TOP STORY: Man City interested in Lukaku
City have scored the least goals of clubs in the top five (29) and there have been questions surrounding Sergio Aguero‘s future, as the Argentine’s contract ends this summer.
There is still a chance that City’s leading scorer of all-time could stay put, despite his injury issues this season, but City are still on the lookout for a big-name striker who could come in to lead their line.
While reports have linked them with Tottenham’s Harry Kane, it is also suggested that a move for ex-Manchester United player Lukaku could be part of a £200 million spending spree led by Pep Guardiola during the summer.
10.25 GMT: Former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has agreed a short-term contract to join Bournemouth until the end of the season, says Sky Sports.
Wilshere, 29, was released by West Ham this summer and has been training at Bournemouth, where he spent the 2016-17 season on loan.
10.17 GMT: Manchester City are making a charge for the Premier League title and they have a defender to thank.
Steve Nicol examines John Stones’ turnaround amid Man City’s 15-match unbeaten run.
09.44 GMT: Eintracht Frankfurt have taken a swipe at Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane by posting a message on their twitter account in Spanish to highlight the talent of Luka Jovic, who scored twice for the German club in a win over Schalke on Sunday.
Jovic, who re-joined Eintracht on loan from the remainder of the season last week after a disappointing 15-month spell at Real Madrid, came off the bench and scored twice in 28 minutes in his team’s 3-1 triumph.
Frankfurt tweeted: “All you had to do is put him in…What a great return home, Luka!⚽⚽.”
The Serbian striker, who had failed to score for Real Madrid in his five appearances this season, wrote on social media after the game: “Amazing feeling! Victory, 2 goals. Couldn’t have imagined a better comeback. I hope this is only the beginning and that the best is yet to come. Thank you all for your support….”
09.28 GMT: Barcelona’s signing of Manchester City defender Eric Garcia seemed like a formality, but Marca has news that it could be scuppered.
Garcia, 20, is available on a free transfer next summer and won’t sign a new contract at City. The Spain centre-back had reportedly agreed to move for €8m this month, but Barcelona acting president Carles Tusquets has suggested that the deal has to be agreed by all three of the club’s presidential candidates before it can go ahead.
And with the presidential elections due for Jan. 24 now postponed until March, Victor Font, Joan Laporta and Toni Freixa didn’t agree over the signing.
The report then says “Barcelona’s lack of a president and lack of funds will see them go without signing any new players in January, with [manager] Ronald Koeman having to make do with what he’s already got.”
09.08 GMT: Bundesliga club Hoffenheim are considering making a move for free agent Max Meyer, kicker reports.
Meyer, once a rising star with the German national team, had his contract at Crystal Palace terminated last week to end a dismal two-and-a-half years at the Premier League club.
The 25-year-old, who made 146 Bundesliga appearances for boyhood club Schalke, could now return to Germany to boost Hoffenhiem’s battle against relegation from Germany’s top flight.
08.31 GMT: Melbourne City have bolstered their A-League defence for the long-term, signing Portuguese centre-back Nuno Reis on a three-year deal.
The former Portugal youth international, who captained his country to runner-up at the 2011 U20 World Cup, joins from Bulgarian club Levski Sofia.
A Sporting Lisbon youth product, Reis also played in Portugal with Olhanense and Vitoria Setubal.
He had stints in France with Metz, in Belgium with Cercle Brugge and at Greek club Panathinaikos.
08.00 GMT: Mesut Ozil has landed arrived in Turkey to complete his move to Fenerbahce, the Istanbul club confirmed on Sunday evening.
Ozil confirmed his move from Arsenal, saying he was “very excited” to play for the former Turkish champions and that he was fit despite missing nearly a year of football.
Sources told ESPN on Saturday that Ozil has a verbal agreement with Arsenal to terminate his contract and will join Fenerbahce in the coming days.
Fenerbahce posted images of Ozil late Sunday, stopping short of officially announcing a done deal by stating: “Our club is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.”
Ozil, 32, has not played for Arsenal since March and was left out of the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the season. He has long been linked with a move to Fenerbahce, Turkey’s second-most decorated club.
Mesut Özil İstanbul’da! 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/tSyivOA8Em
— Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) January 17, 2021
PAPER TALK (by Danny Lewis)
Trio of big clubs want Bellerin
There has long been talk around the Spaniard’s future at the Emirates and that is refusing to go away as clubs already look to the next transfer window — even with this one not yet being over.
Bellerin has been a key man for Mikel Arteta this term, starting 16 of the Gunners’ 18 Premier League matches so far.
Inter struggling to pay Hakimi instalment
The expected €40m fee is split up into instalments, with the first €10m of that due. However, the Italian giants are struggling financially due to how heavily Inter owners Suning Group have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
With the two clubs having an amicable relationship, a new deadline has been set for March 30.
– Genoa want Atalanta frontman Sam Lammers on loan before letting Gianluca Scamacca return to Sassuolo, reports Sky Sports Italia. Scamacca has impressed so much on loan at Genoa that Sassuolo are looking to recall him, either to keep, loan out again or leave permanently. Parma, Udinese and Bologna want the forward on loan, while Juventus are interested in a move.
– Benevento are looking into the possibility of signing former Inter Milan striker Eder, reports Calciomercato. The Italian has been plying his trade for Chinese side Jiangsu Suning since 2018, but Benevento are looking to bring him back to his homeland. In 2020, Eder played 21 matches in all competitions, scoring nine goals and assisting a further six.