Daily transfer news and rumours roundup - 15th November 2016
Here are the top transfer stories and rumours from 15th November 2016 which sees Arsenal dominate the headlines but with Manchester City making a stunning move for one of their top superstars. Elsewhere, Bastian Schweinsteiger's troubles are set to end after finding a new lease of life in last 48 hours.
Meanwhile, there is a new twist to Harry Kane’s contract discussions with Tottenham Hotspur. Elsewhere, West Ham are lining up a £28million January bid to sign a quality striker which also sees Liverpool’s hitman make the final shortlist.
Messi heading to the Premier League?
Manchester City are confident of signing Lionel Messi after the Argentine forward rejected a new deal with Barcelona. According to Marca, Manchester City are the favourites to sign Messi due to the obvious relationship Pep Guardiola has with the player. Earlier this season, Guardiola spoke about how Messi has a burning desire to prove his worth in Premier League and British media is confident of seeing Messi in the Premier League in the coming seasons.
Sturridge in a 2-way fight between West Ham and Stoke
According to reports from Daily Mirror, Liverpool have opened the door for clubs to make a January bid for striker Daniel Sturridge after Jurgen Klopp is convinced that the Englishman is not the answer to his playing XI. As per the report, Liverpool have slapped a £28m price tag on the striker and two Premier League clubs, West Ham and Stoke are ready to meet Liverpool’s valuation and make a January bid for Sturridge who is expected to have a final say in his move away from Anfield.
Schweinsteiger set to live the American dream
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has held talks with MLS side Chicago fire. The Guardian claims that Schweinsteiger met with MLS officials earlier this week and held a 4-hour discussion to join the club in January. While final details are yet to be struck, it is believed that the German midfielder is 100% certain to quit Old Trafford at the start of new year.
Harry Kane’s wage demands hold up contract talk
According to Daily Mirror, Harry Kane will demand at least £120,000-a-week to sign a new contract at Tottenham. We covered the story of the contract extension in last night’s transfer roundup but things have been pit on hold in the last 24 hours. As per the report, Kane’s camp are demanding almost £20k-per-week in excess to what Spurs are willing to offer for the English striker. Given the hold-up, we may see this story drag along until the start of new year.
Manchester City to make an audacious move for Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal are sweating over the future of Alexis Sanchez after Daily Mirror have made an astonishing claim that Manchester City are the favourites to sign the Chilean international at the start of next season. Sanchez is in talks with Arsenal for a new long-term deal but the dynamic forward is set to keep his current club waiting and will not make a decision until he gets a clear idea about Arsenal’s title ambitions this season.
Gerrard and Lampard to make their Premier League return
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have confirmed that they will both leave their MLS clubs this season. Both Gerrard and Lampard joined MLS in a space of a few months and are now set to call time on their playing career. While Gerrard could still make a move to Scottish side Celtic, The Guardian are convinced that the duo could make a return to their former clubs (Liverpool and Chelsea) in a role of backroom staff or even in the capacity of first team coach.