February 3, 2023

As the opening of the January transfer window approaches, gossip is rampant about who is moving where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest news on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, closed deals!

TOP STORY: Man United move to Gakpo in January

Manchester United have opened talks with PSV Eindhoven for an attacker Cody Gakpo and are closing in on a signing in January, according to the Mirror.

Manchester United, who have shown interest in the 23-year-old for several weeks, moved quickly after learning that the Dutch club is in financial difficulties and that PSV are therefore more willing to negotiate Gakpo’s imminent release.

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Manager Erik ten Hag & Co. believe United can sign Gakpo for less than £50m when the window opens next month, and they also believe the Netherlands international could bring some much needed hunger and aggression to United’s attack, especially after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

PSV’s need to sell has reportedly left a number of clubs highly alert to Gakpo’s availability, including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Newcastle United. However, United hope to have beaten their rivals by not only opening discussions, but also agreeing personal terms with the player.

Gakpo, for his part, reportedly understands PSV’s financial constraints and is willing to move sooner rather than later to find a quick fix for the hometown club.

PAPER GOSSIP

Speaking of Manchester United, the Red Devils are reportedly ahead of Liverpool in the race for Benfica and Argentina’s star Enzo Fernandezaccording to UOL Esporte Journalist Bruno Andrade. He believes Man United are already in talks with the Portuguese side and player representatives and are even willing to pay the €120 million release clause to fend off any competition from their rivals. Fernandez, 21, emerged as one of the stars of the World Cup as Argentina lifted the trophy for the third time. Frankie Young also remains at the top of United’s wanted list, but according to Sport, United believe Barcelona are playing a hard ball in an attempt to increase the fee for the 25-year-old.

While Liverpool are gearing up for a busy January transfer window, the Brazilian forward’s extension tops their list Robert Firmino, according to Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte. With the 31-year-old forward’s contract expiring in June next year, Liverpool are keen to prevent their in-form striker from talking to other clubs in January. They are expected to offer Firmino at least a one-year extension, possibly two.

Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund hope for a right back Cody Drama from Leeds United, according to the Sun. The fast-growing full-back has a contract at Elland Road until 2024, but Leeds are keen to extend that contract to fend off interested parties. Drameh hasn’t had the playing time he’s been looking for, but Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has hinted the 21-year-old could play more in the new year. Moreover, with other clubs close by, the Leeds boss could move to tie Drameh to a long-term deal.

– AC Milan could delve into the transfer market for a new goalkeeper after the news about that regular goalscorer Mike Mignan could miss next month’s Supercoppa Italiana final. Maignan underwent a scan of his calf today and is due for reassessment next month. The result is that the Rossoneri looking at potential targets, and the 30-year-old Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello tops the list, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Milan is also considering Monza’s Alessio Cragno and that of Empoli Guglielmo Vicario.

– One last comment from Manchester United: manager Erik ten Hag wants Marcus Rashford to stay at the club at all costs, and the club is ready to offer a new long-term deal, according to Fabrizio Romano. United will first activate a one-year extension option before meeting the 25-year-old to further extend his stay. Rashford returns to his prolific best and scored his ninth goal of the season earlier this week. His return to form has not gone unnoticed and clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly monitoring the situation.

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