Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal for PSV’s Cody Gakpo


The January 2022 transfer window is open (find out when it closes here), and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, business done!

TOP STORY: Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal eye Gakpo

PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo ignored admiring looks from Marseille last summer to stay in the Netherlands and his decision appears to have paid off, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City now in hot pursuit of the 22-year-old, according to Footmercato.

Gakpo has signed an extension at PSV which sees the Dutch international – who has four caps – already tied to the club until 2025, amid rumors he could be set to add another year to the squad. OK. However, his loyalty is set to be tested by some of England’s top clubs, who are all considering bidding for his services.

Gakpo has scored 10 goals and added 10 assists in 25 games so far this season, including a strike against Monaco in the Champions League.

The left-footed striker was previously watched by Bayern Munich, but the Germans have reportedly cooled their interest. Arsenal would appear to be the most enthusiastic club as they look to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they would struggle to match the appeal of Liverpool or Manchester City.

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08:00 GMT: Tottenham Hotspur set to make improved offer for FC Porto winger Luis Diaz after rejecting an opening offer of €45m plus add-ons, sources told ESPN’s James Olley.

Porto have a solid negotiating position based on the presence of an 80 million euro ($90.23 million) release clause in the 25-year-old’s contract, but Spurs are certain a deal can be concluded below this figure.

Tottenham are planning to increase their offer, but the clubs remain quite far apart in their valuations as negotiations continue, forming one aspect of what promises to be a busy few days at Spurs.

Antonio Conte stressed the urgency of reinforcements this month rather than waiting for the summer and identified Diaz, a Colombia international with 16 goals in 26 games in all competitions this season, as a key part of his rebuild.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)

– Southampton are so keen to continue Armando Broja that they are ready to break their transfer record to get him away from Chelsea permanently. Team talk believes Broja, who has scored five goals in 18 Premier League games this season while on loan at the South Coast, has impressed the Saints coaching staff so much that they are ready to part ways with £25million , more than they paid Liverpool. Danny Ings, for having it. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has a number of attacking options at Chelsea and may be willing to let Broja go.

– Major League Soccer Talented Goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina is attracting Premier League interest and could be set to take €10m from the Chicago Fire, say fabrice romano. Last year, Slonina became the youngest goalkeeper to start an MLS league game, and his subsequent clean sheet was also a record. Yet to make his full debut for the United States, Slonina was compared to Gianluigi Buffon, and the 17-year-old enjoyed a remarkable rise. It did not go unnoticed. As well as two unnamed Premier League sides, Slonina is also reportedly attracting interest from the Bundesliga, Serie A and Atletico Madrid in Spain.

– Expect a busy week in Valencia with the Spaniards closing in Ilaix Moriba on loan and Daniel Wass ready to join Atletico Madrid, according to fabrice romano. Valencia have been in direct contact with RB Leipzig over 19-year-old midfielder Moriba, and the player himself seems keen on returning to La Liga. Valencia is also always on the lookout for Bryan Gil of Tottenham Hotspur and Samu Castillejo from AC Milan. Meanwhile, Atleti are set to sign Wass on a one-year contract as an agreement has been reached between the two clubs.

– Following last night’s reports that Chelsea were monitoring Niklas Sule, it now looks like Newcastle United have also joined the race. On Wednesday, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn confirmed that the German will leave the club this summer. That’s according to Teamtalk’s James Holland, who suggests Sule won’t leave until the summer when he becomes a free agent. However, Chelsea and Newcastle are keen to land the centre-back before the end of the January transfer window, even if it means parting ways with £32million.

– Manchester City are close to signing the Hungarian wonderkid Zalan Vancsa from MTK Budapest. The Telegraph reports that the 17-year-old winger will stay in Hungary until the end of the season before joining his new City team-mates in the summer. Vancsa is due for a medical this week. Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Sevilla are all said to be watching the rising star, but City moved quickly to beat opposition to his signature.

Victor Osimhen is a wanted man, and although he seems happy to stay at Napoli until the summer, he has been identified by Arsenal and Newcastle as a priority target, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Arsenal’s interest appears to hinge on whether or not they can offload the aforementioned Aubameyang, whose future is clearly destined to be away from North London. Barcelona are interested in the Gabon striker, and if this deal materializes, the Gunners could replace Osimhen. The 23-year-old has a goal roughly every two games for the Italian side and his record with previous side Lille was equally impressive.

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