Chelsea still want Jude Bellingham
Chelsea still hold an interest in Jude Bellingham and haven't been put off trying to sign him, despite their recent extraordinary spending spree.
The Telegraph reports that they are ready to try and convince Bellingham to head to Stamford Bridge in the summer, even though they are aware they aren't among the favourites to sign him.
Danilo's new Juve deal set to be announced
More on Danilo. Brazilian fullback’s new deal with Juventus will be announced in the next days — it’s done and sealed ⚪️⚫️🇧🇷 #Juventus— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 14, 2023
Danilo will sign new contract until June 2025 with an option to extend until 2026. pic.twitter.com/rJlcidgMta
Leeds commit to interim manager Skubala
Leeds United have confirmed that they will continue with interim boss Michael Skubala for the club's upcoming fixtures, following the sacking of Jesse Marsch eight days ago.
Assistant coaches Paco Gallardo and Chris Aramas will also remain in charge, as well as the existing backroom team.
The move comes after the Whites struggled to land a host of potential replacements, including West Brom's Carlos Corberan and Rayo Vallecano's Andoni Iraola, among others, with Marsch set to be announced as Southampton boss later this week.
📰 #LUFC can confirm Michael Skubala will continue to lead the men’s first team for the club’s upcoming fixtures— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 14, 2023
Mawson forced to retire aged 29
Former Fulham, Barnsley and Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson, who was most recently contracted at Wycombe Wanderers, has been forced to retired aged 29 due to persistent knee injuries.
Alfie Mawson reflects on the difficult decision he's made to retire from playing football.— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) February 14, 2023
Full interview to follow later this week on WanderersTV.#Chairboys pic.twitter.com/50jBDgj9PF
Spurs eyeing Bounou & Oblak as Lloris replacements
Tottenham have earmarked Sevilla's Yassine Bounou to succeed 36-year-old Hugo Lloris in goal, as the Morocco international is reportedly favoured by Antonio Conte.
That's according to British agent Haydn Dodge, who also feels that Spurs' relationship with Atletico Madrid could also aid a move for experienced 'keeper Jan Oblak.
“A change of goalkeeper [at Spurs] is inevitable," Dodge told CaughtOffside in an exclusive interview. “Hugo Lloris is 36 years old and with inconsistencies and injuries creeping into his game, Spurs have already started looking for a new number one.
“I know Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou is right at the top of their list so I expect them to try and do something there in the summer. I’d also expect Jan Oblak to come into the picture considering Spurs’ strong relationship with Atletico Madrid."
Barca made January offer for Brazil U20 star
Barcelona made a formal offer for Athletico Paranaense forward Vitor Roque in January, who recently shone at the U20 South American under-20 Championships earlier this year for Brazil.
The player's agent, Andre Cury, confirmed the offer to Globe Esporte (via Catalan outlet MD), explaining: “There was already a proposal, but it was rejected. We got more or less a value of €25m, and we immediately rejected it, because I understand that the player has a higher value than that, because even in Brazil some players are being sold for €20m.”
Roque is reportedly seen as a long-term solution for 34-year-old Robert Lewandowski at Barca, although they may face competition from Premier League giants Arsenal, who are thought to the unnamed English club that made an offer.
Chelsea join race to sign Ecuadorian starlet Paez
Chelsea have joined Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen in the race for Independiente del Valle midfielder Kendry Paez, Fabrizio Romano has revealed.
The 15-year-old Ecuadorian is fast becoming one of the most sought-after young talents in world football.
Chelsea are in the race with Man Utd and Bayer Leverkusen to sign Kendry Paez, 2007-born Ecuadorian talent ⭐️🇪🇨 #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 14, 2023
Independiente del Valle’s midfielder, Kendry Paez is highly rated — decision to be made soon.
🎥 https://t.co/CmlarAfNTu pic.twitter.com/MMl6sQJDzt
United set to sign Biancheri from Cardiff City
Manchester United are set to complete the signing of young talent 2006-born striker Gabriele Biancheri from Cardiff City 🔴🏴🤝🏻 #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 14, 2023
Understand it’s 4 year pro contract now completed, just waiting for Fifa approval to finalise the deal. pic.twitter.com/ZnslrA9J4C
Valencia appoint Baraja as new coach
COMUNICADO OFICIAL | RUBÉN BARAJA— Valencia CF (@valenciacf) February 14, 2023
🔗 https://t.co/Lnsvk7TTFa#BenvingutBaraja 🦇 #ADNVCF pic.twitter.com/vC5hmPwwma
Bayern open to selling Sabitzer if United come with an offer
News #Sabitzer: The Board of #MUFC is totally confident with his performances in the last days. They like his physically strength. His future is still open. Been told again it’s a straight loan. But Bayern is very open to sell him. Laimer could replace him instead. @SkySportDE 🇦🇹 pic.twitter.com/sn3IKmd0KU— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) February 13, 2023
Arsenal could sign Rice for a cut-price
Arsenal can get the opportunity to sign West Ham captain Declan Rice for a much lower price than the one suggested by David Moyes, according to Daily Express.
His current deal expires in 2024, and though West Ham do have the option to extend it by a further year, the player is not keen to trigger the extension.
“Undoubtedly he’s going to be a top player and undoubtedly he'll be a British transfer record and more whenever he leaves West Ham,” Moyes said after his side’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle. "A lot's been said about it and when you see what's been happening with prices, I think Declan will be blowing that out the water when it comes around."
Hamilton signs new contract with Hibernian before agreeing loan move
Robbie Hamilton has signed a new contract with Hibernian FC 📝⚽️— Hibernian Football Club (@HibernianFC) February 14, 2023
The promising 18 year-old midfielder has joined @Stirling_Albion for the rest of the 2022/23 season 👇
Leeds consider interim manager after Schreuder backs out
Leeds might chose to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season after Alfred Schreuder became the latest candidate to bite the dust, according to the Dail Mail.
The Whites are also in talks with Al-Ittihad's Nuno Espirito Santo, Steven Gerrard, and Gary McAllister as they are assessing the option to make an interim appointment.
Southampton close to appointing Marsch as head coach
Southampton are close to appointing Jesse Marsch as new head coach, as reported by @TheAthleticFC ⚪️🔴🇺🇸 #SaintsFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 14, 2023
Parties are discussing final details of the contract in order to get it done in the next hours/days — meeting on Monday was positive. pic.twitter.com/ivnktkd5Re
De Vrij in talks with Inter to extend his stay
Stefan de Vrij on his contract expiring in June: "We're in very good relationship with Inter board, we're in talks on new contract so let's see what happens". 🔵🇳🇱 #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 14, 2023
"Spanish clubs want me? My agent said that, I'm now focused on the games and we'll see". pic.twitter.com/4q84t7PZz8
Madrid tracking Vlahovic and Richarlison
Real Madrid have already started tracking Juventus forward Dusan Vlahovic and Tottenham's Richarlison as long-term replacements for Karim Benzema, according to a report from ESPN.
Rooney will consider taking up Southampton job
Wayne Rooney is keen to return to the Premier League and is weighing up the opportunity to become the next Southampton manager, according to talkSPORT.
The Saints parted ways with Nathan Jones last week and have made contact with the DC United manager. However, there are other candidates as well in the running like Jesse Marsch, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Ivan Juric.
Premier League clubs interested in Celtic's Starfelt
Celtic central defender Carl Starfelt, one to watch in the summer as Premier League clubs are following him as possible option for next window. 🟢 #Celtic— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 14, 2023
Scottish club will try to keep him as he's considered an important player for Celtic. pic.twitter.com/HoIRZHKnOb
Tottenham monitoring Bristol City's Scott
Tottenham are keenly following the progress of Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott, according to a report from Football Insider.
The London club had even sent a senior scout to watch the 19-year-old midfielder play against Norwich City on Saturday.
Mbabu joins Servette on loan from Fulham
Kevin Mbabu has signed for @ServetteFC on loan. 🇨🇭— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) February 13, 2023
Good luck, @Kevin_Baboo!#FFC pic.twitter.com/TEUMWfxnut
Barca reach verbal agreement for Ndicka
Barcelona are thought to have reached a verbal agreement over the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicki, German journalist Patrick Berger has revealed.
The France international is out of contract at the end of the season meaning he would join on a free transfer, having been a vital part of Frankfurt's European push this campaign.
However, Berger has clarified that, despite this verbal agreement, the transfer is not complete just yet, as the Catalan club will make a decision sometime around March.
Inter primed as Kessie nears Barca exit
Franck Kessie could be one of many players on the Barcelona chopping block in the summer as the club look to offload significant portions of their hefty wage bill.
Italian outlet FCInter1908 write that Inter, who have long been admirers of the 26-year-old, could be ready to pounce should he be let go.
Despite previously representing arch rivals AC Milan, Kessie could give the green light to the move in the hunt for more game time, as he continues to be isolated on the fringes of Barca's squad.
Gallagher & Loftus-Cheek to fund Rice transfer
Sources close to Football Insider report that Chelsea are planning on another "box-office midfielder signing" in the summer, with West Ham's Declan Rice earmarked as the prime target.
It is thought that Connor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, whose deals expire in 2025 and 2024 respectively, could be sold to facilitate a move for the England international.
Rice's ties with the Blues are no secret having come through the ranks in west London, meaning a return to his boyhood club has long been mooted.
However, Todd Boehly and the Chelsea hierarchy will face stiff competition for the 24-year-old's signature, most notably from league leaders Arsenal.
Roma join the race for Everton's Branthwaite
Roma have joined a host of Premier League clubs in the race for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite, who is currently impressing while out on loan at PSV Eindhoven.
That's according to a recent report from Italian outlet ForzaRoma, part of Gazzetta dello Sport, who write that the Serie A club are long-term admirers of the centre-back, who they have been monitoring since the winter.
The likes of Manchester United and Liverpool are among those already scouting Branthwaite, meaning the former Carlisle defender could have a plethora of options when the time comes in the summer.
Bayern want Cancelo on reduced fee
Bayern Munich have already told Manchester City they are unwilling to trigger the €70 million buy-back option for Joao Cancelo, reports 90min, but they are keen on a permament move for a reduced fee.
It is thought that talks have already taken place between the two clubs, with a fee somewhere nearer to €60m a possibility.
For his part, Cancelo is said to be well settled in Bavaria and would favour a permanent move there, amid a floury of interest from around Europe, including the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea.