Footy Extras

Serie A club have plan to keep Italian star targeted by Liverpool

Inter Milan are allegedly preparing to offer Liverpool-linked Nicolo Barella a new deal until June 2026, while the Italian star could also be handed the captain’s armband for the 2022/23 season.

The 24-year-old star’s future has been the subject of speculation in the latest months, and Jurgen Klopp’s side are believed to have recently contacted I Nerazzurri to discuss the central midfielder.

Nicolo still has three years left to run on his existing deal at San Siro, but according to a report from an Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A champions are preparing a fresh and improved contract until the summer of 2026.

The report also states that the star will be promised the captaincy at the club next term in order to convince him to reject interest from the Premier League.

Nicolo has been in impressive form for the European giants at the start of the 2021-22 campaign, netting once and providing six assists in 10 matches in all competitions.

Liverpool have still not penned a replacement for the Netherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum and are expected to be in the transfer market for a new central midfielder either in the winter transfer market or at the end of the season.

Chelsea suffer setback in their chase to land former Ajax skipper

Chelsea have reportedly been handed a blow in their pursuit of a new centre-back, as Matthijs De Ligt’s entourage Mino Raiola has reportedly begun talks with Manchester City.

The Blues thought they had purchased Jules Kounde this summer, but Sevilla raised their asking price for the French ace, causing a reported deal to fall through, while Antonio Rudiger could be quitting the club next summer.

He is into the last year of his Stamford Bridge contract, and thus far no new deal has been agreed, leaving manager Thomas Tuchel potentially short of options at the back ahead of next season.

Matthijs was thought to be on the club’s radar, but the defender is allegedly in contact with City instead.

The Dutchman joined Juventus in 2019 after captaining his boyhood club Ajax that enjoyed a golden generation, reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-final before losing in the final seconds versus Tottenham.

The 22-year-old ace is a regular starter for I Biaconeri and is very much a part of the Italian side’s future, but De Ligt’s representative thinks differently, and according to Calciomercato, Mino has had some contacts with the elite European clubs, including Pep Guardiola’s side.

However, Matthijs has a €150m (£126.5m) buy-out clause, and his club don’t want to let the player depart and they aren’t willing to grant discounts for him, according to the report.

Liverpool become favourites to land 22-year-old Dutch attacker

Liverpool have allegedly moved ahead of Leeds United and Arsenal in the race for Club Brugge starlet Noa Lang.

The 22-year-old star has enjoyed a prolific start to the term in the Belgian first tier and also produced a man-of-the-match performance against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.

Noa was linked with a switch to the Whites over the summer, while the Gunners are now rumoured to be plotting a winter swoop for the Netherlands international.

However, Calciomercato states that the Reds are now at the head of the queue for his signature, although AC Milan have now joined the race as well.

Brugge head coach Philippe Clement has previously revealed that his side may be powerless to stop the player moving on in January, but it’d reportedly take a bid of €25 million (£21.1 million) to land the attacker.

He boasts 21 goals and 16 assists from 51 matches in a Brugge shirt, and his deal with the club does not expire until 2025, with the ex-Ajax ace penning a new contract in September.

Elsewhere, Liverpool are allegedly weighing up a £20m swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. His current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu outfit is due to expire in the summer of 2023.

Brazilian club look to sign Man Utd star outright but on one condition

Flamengo are allegedly keen for the Manchester United board to reduce their asking price for the Brazilian star Andreas Pereira.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who is currently on loan at the Serie A side, has registered three goals and an assist from nine league matches so far this season.

The Scarlet-Black have already agreed an option with the Red devils where they can push through a £17 million permanent transfer at the end of the term.

However, a Brazilian media source Globo Esporte states that the South American outfit want to negotiate a lower sum for Pereira over the coming months.

Flamengo officials reportedly feel that it wouldn’t be reasonable to pay such a transfer fee in the current financial climate.

Andreas has a contract at the 20-time English champions until the end of the 2022-23 season.

In other news, Marcus Rashford’s camp have allegedly been irked by comments towards the attacker made by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He has also become renowned for his work off the field over the past 12 months, although the Norwegian recently claimed that his player should “prioritise his football” instead.

According to a report from The Athletic, the manager’s words have not gone down well with the Englishman’s camp, especially with the star often on the receiving end of alike criticisms on social media.

The report adds that the club believe the comments were misinterpreted, but the fact that the boss’ words made headline news have upset those close to Marcus.

Chelsea considered Dortmund No.9 as potential signing in summer

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Chelsea explored the possibility of landing Erling Haaland ahead of Romelu Lukaku this summer.

The Norwegian has established himself as one of the continent’s top strikers with 70 goals in 69 matches for Borussia Dortmund.

The 21-year-old has attracted attention from several sides across Europe including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

The Blues had considered a move for him in the summer but any deal for the in-demand ace would’ve cost the UEFA Champions League holders in excess of £150m.

And Tuchel admits the club’s hierarchy felt that the prospect of snapping up Haaland was ‘absolutely unrealistic’.

‘We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times, including during the transfer window. But then it seemed absolutely unrealistic and not at all feasible,’ he told SportBild.

‘We talk about him regularly, of course, because he’s a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure at Dortmund, who is a big rival for us in the Champions League.’

When quizzed if he could see Erling arriving at Chelsea to play alongside Romelu, Tuchel replied: ‘You mean playing Lukaku and Haaland together? I have no problem to talk about that!

‘I don’t think we’ve been really serious about it yet, but let’s see what will happen in the next few weeks.’

Liverpool discover asking price for one of Lazio top players

Liverpool would reportedly have to make a ‘sensational’ proposal to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic next year, reports say.

The Anfield outfit had a quiet summer transfer market but could move to strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s squad next year.

Ibrahima Konate was the Reds’ only new addition in the summer, with the centre-half arriving in a £36 million deal from the German club RB Leipzig.

The Reds instead focused on handing their current players longer deals, with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson all extending their stays on Merseyside in August.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are the next players in line for new contracts, with the attacking trio’s current deals set to expire in the summer of 2023.

However, the English giants are likely to dip back into the transfer window in 2022, with Klopp’s roster potentially needing a refresh.

One of the zones they could look to bolster is central midfield, considering they lost Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer in the summer.

They have previously been linked with Lazio’s Serbian star Milinkovic-Savic, who has impressed this campaign by registering three goals and two assists in eight Serie A matches so far.

However, he wouldn’t come cheap. According to Calciomercato, it’d take a ‘sensational’ bid of around £67 million (€80 million) for I Bianconeri to think about selling their star player.

Arsenal vying for services of €15m-rated Brazilian attacker

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are keen on signing Arthur Cabral, but they are facing competition from city rivals Tottenham Hotspur among other sides, according to an exclusive report from TEAMtalk.

The media outlet are reporting that Mikel Arteta’s side are scouting the 23-year-old Brazilian forward.

Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United are among the teams who have watched the attacker in action in recent weeks.

The same report has claimed that the Whites wanted to sign him in the summer transfer market.

The West Yorkshire outfit were informed at the time that the ace was unlikely to be granted a work permit as Arthur was playing in the Swiss top flight.

The 23-year-old has netted as many as 20 goals already this campaign. Cabral has hit 11 goals and grabbed two assists in nine Super League matches.

The forward scored eight goals and picked up four assists in six Europa Conference League qualifiers and one goal in two ECL games.

The South American is a very talented striker and he is only 23. Therefore, he can only grow and develop as a centre-forward in the coming years.

Man Utd linked with £76m transfer swoop for Sweden wonderboy

Manchester United are reportedly set for a transfer battle with Manchester City for Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak.

Both sides want to sign a new long-term centre-forward to lead the line for the coming seasons and according to Fichajes, they’d be prepared to fork out £76 million to trigger his exit clause.

Edinson Cavani’s deal at United expires next year, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refuses to play Cristiano Ronaldo every match and is being patient with academy graduate Mason Greenwood.

Across town, Sergio Aguero left the Citizens for Barcelona and they failed in their chase for Harry Kane over the summer.

And Alexander, who only penned a new contract until June 2026 this summer, appears the perfect candidate for both clubs.

Speaking of his fresh deal, the highly-rated attacking prodigy said: “I’m very happy to continue at la Real. It is a great club, I feel loved here and hope to enjoy things with this team for many more years.”

On the international stage, the player has nine in 30 Sweden matches with four of those coming in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying this year.

The youngster may not have netted at UEFA Euro 2020 but certainly impressed with his showings and chipped in with two assists.

European giants powerless to snare world-class Man Utd midfielder

Barcelona will allegedly not be in the transfer hunt to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in 2022, as the Catalan heavyweights cannot afford to pay the towering France international’s wages.

The 28-year-old’s deal at Old Trafford is due to expire next summer, and a number of teams, including Barcelona, have been touted with a genuine interest in the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.

A recent report stated that Pogba’s entourage Mino Raiola had contacted the La Liga side’s board to offer them the chance to land his client in 2022.

However, according to a Spanish daily sports newspaper AS, Blaugrana’s financial problems mean that they wouldn’t be able to get close to the wages that he would demand from a potential buyer.

The report goes on to say that Pogba would want at least €17 million (£14 million) a year, while the Italo-Dutch representative’s commission would also make the reported deal impossible for Ronald Koeman’s side.

Paris Saint-Germain, former club Juventus and Real Madrid are all believed to be interested in acquiring the versatile player on a free transfer, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still working to sign Paul to a new contract.

Gifted defender will not return to Arsenal at midway point of term

Arsenal allegedly have no plans to recall centre-back William Saliba from his loan stint at Marseille early.

The 20-year-old star has established himself as a mainstay of Les Olympiens under manager Jorge Sampaoli and has already featured 10 times across all competitions during the 2021-22 term.

Considering his rapid rise and the Gunners’ lack of squad depth in the centre-half areas, rumours were circulating that William could have been recalled back to the Emirates in the January transfer window.

However, TF1‘s Julien Maynard quashed such speculation on Twitter, posting: “According to our information, despite some rumors, there is no question for William Saliba to leave OM this winter. The defender will remain Marseille at least until the end of the season.”

William is yet to make a senior team appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side, and his temporary move to Orange Velodrome represents his third loan away from Arsenal after previous stints with Nice and Saint-Etienne.

The France Under-21 international is due to see his Gunners deal expire in the summer of 2024, but the Spanish head coach reportedly plans to integrate him into the senior team next season.

Elsewhere, Premier League trio Arsenal, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping close tabs on in-form Basel’s Brazilian forward Arthur Cabral.