The transfer window might be shut but that doesn’t stop clubs from being linked with certain players. Here are the top seven transfer stories doing rounds in the media this morning.
Arsenal and Liverpool will have to pay £30 million for Michu
Michu has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool for quite some time and although Swansea were able to retain him this summer, his future at the Liberty Stadium remains in speculation. Michael Laudrup has earlier said that Michu is worth £30 million in the current market and now Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins has voiced his consent. Jenkins insisted that they would want to retain him, but insisted that “every player has a price”.
“We’ve seen with Tottenham and Gareth Bale that every player has a price. We are not in that bracket with Tottenham but they sold a top player. We are realistic about that side of things.
“I would say Michael was about right with his valuation of Michu if you look at the current market, but this call-up enhances that further.
“We know we have a very talented player and naturally we want to keep him.” – The Swansea chairman said.
Bacary Sagna set to leave Arsenal
Reports suggest that the French international has rejected Arsenal’s latest offer for an extension. Sagna’s current contract expires at the end of this season and it looks unlikely that he will extend his stay at the Emirates. It is believed that Arsenal offered him a one-year extension but 30-year-old Sagna, who is currently injured, wants a big contract as he approaches the fag end of this career.
The right back has been Arsenal’s most consistent defender since joining them back in 2007 and his loss will leave a big gap at the back. Jenkinson is yet to show enough consistency to command a first team start and it is believed that Arsene Wenger has instructed his scouts to look for a replacement.
Meanwhile, a lot of European clubs are monitoring Sagna’s situation at Arsenal and are preparing to make a move for him. PSG, Monaco, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce have been linked with him in recent times.
Barcelona courting Thibaut Courtois
Barcelona have stepped up their interest in 21-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is currently on loan to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea. The Belgium international has been in fantastic form over the past two seasons and has already established himself as one of the best young custodians in Europe.
Barcelona are in the market for a new goalkeeper as they look to replace Victor Valdes, who is set to leave the club. The Catalan club are reportedly eyeing a move for the Chelsea custodian and Sandro Rosell has confirmed his admiration for Courtois.
“He is a great goalkeeper, he is very good and I like him a lot.” – Rosell said.
But it will be hard for Barcelona to negotiate with Chelsea considering the fact that Courtois is seen as the long term replacement for Petr Cech.
Wigan interested in signing Arsenal forward Park Chu Young on loan
South Korean international has been on the periphery of the Arsenal squad since his move to the London club back in 2011. While his transfer still remains a mystery, the 28-year-old has made only one league appearance for the Gunners so far. Last season Park Chu-Young spent last season on loan at Spanish side Celta Vigo scoring four goals in 25 appearances. Park is yet to feature for Arsenal this season and would consider a move away from the club in order to gain regular first team action – or some action at the least.
Reports suggest that Championship side Wigan Athletic are lining up a loan move for Park Chu-Young. Owen Coyle has been left short in the striking department after injuries to Grant Holt and Marc Antoine Fortune and he hopes that Park would be able to fill the gap up front. Although he will be ineligible to participate in the Europa League for Wigan, it is a move that will suit both the sides. With the World Cup looming large on the horizon, Park would be desperate to win back his place in the national side. Moreover, the striker also has a point to prove and this could in turn help Wigan.
Juventus to move for Pajtim Kasami in January
Pajtim Kasami has made on 15 appearances so far for Fulham FC despite joining back in 2011. But this season under Martin Jol the 21-year-old has been a regular fixture in the starting line-up. He scored the winner in Fulham’s opening day victory over Sunderland and has churned out some decent performances despite his team performing quite poorly in the league.
Reports from Switzerland suggest that Juventus are lining up a move for the midfielder in January. The rumors have also gained momentum because of the fact that Kasami is represented by Mino Raiola, who was also instrumental in Pogba’s transfer to the Turin club.
Liverpool eyeing move for Koke
Koke has seen his stock rise over the past few weeks this season. Atletico Madrid are currently flying in the league with eight wins in eight games and they have also managed to outscore everyone else except Barcelona. While Diego Costa and David Villa takes most of the spot light in attack, Koke has been as important any other player in the squad.
This in many ways is turning out to be the breakthrough season for the Spaniard. He has already scored two and created six for this team mates. Currently he leads the assists chart in La Liga along with Cesc Fabregas.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly keen to add another creative midfielder to the squad in January after missing out on his initial targets Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Diego Costa and Willian last summer. Reports suggest that the Merseyside club are lining up a move for Atletico Madrid youngster Koke in the January transfer window. Liverpool scouts have monitored the Spaniard and Rodgers is impressed with his development this season. But it will be tough for Liverpool to prize away Koke from the Madrid based club as he is seen a key player in Diego Simeone’s side and has recently signed a contract extension till 2018.
Arsenal and Everton to fight it out for Bruno Martins Indi
Reports suggest that both Arsenal and Everton are lining up a move for Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi in January.
Everton were interested him in the summer, though they didn’t lodge an official bid; but manager Roberto Martinez is said to be keen to add to his defensive ranks and is lining up a £8 million for the Dutchman.
Arsene Wenger is also impressed with the development of the Feyenoord youngster over the past two seasons as scouts have submitted rave reviews about the defender. Arsenal are lining up a move for the defender and are willing to match his valuation.