Kylian Mbappe’s name is rarely far from the gossip columns right now and Wednesday’s headlines include PSG’s last-ditch bid to persuade the star to turn down a potential Premier League exit and stay in Paris.
Here are the biggest transfer rumours from January 17.
We’ll start with Mbappe, and the never-ending saga surrounding the France captain. The guessing game on where the 25-year-old will play his football next season continues, with interest from the Premier League and Real Madrid in a player who will be available for nothing in six month’s time.
AS claim PSG will not give up their record scorer without a fight, however, and have offered Mbappe a deal worth €100m (£86.15m) per season. That’s more than triple the numbers on offer from Real Madrid, whose proposal is already almost double the rate of their best-paid players.
Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri is at the centre of a transfer tussle between Arsenal and Liverpool, claim Football Transfers. Both teams are hamstrung with injuries at full-back and view the French-born Algeria international as an option this month.
Sticking with Wolves, Gary O’Neil’s side want to sign a striker this month. Having allowed Saša Kalajdžić to join Eintracht Frankfurt on loan, Wolves want Chelsea’s Armando Broja to fill that void. Fulham and West Ham have also been linked with the 22-year-old, who could be a casualty of Chelsea’s centre-forward chase, say The Guardian.
Incomings and outgoings at Manchester United could include Joshua Zirkzee and Amad Diallo. The former is wanted from Bologna at the end of the season, while the latter could leave Old Trafford on loan this month.
Diallo spent last season at Sunderland and Middlesbrough are keen to bring the Ivorian back to the North East. However, the Mail say that Erik ten Hag wants to run the rule over the winger after his recent return from injury.
The Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules have been headline news this week, with Everton and Nottingham Forest charged with breaching the division’s laws. The latter are planning sales this month, report The Times, to appease the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Newcastle, another team ‘perilously close’ to their financial limits, are busy looking down the sofa for old change. The Magpies want a replacement for Joelinton, who is out for six weeks.