Daily transfer news and rumours roundup - 26th November 2016
Klopp interested in German midfielder, update on Manchester United targets, and Chelsea have found a replacement for Fabregas.
Here are the top transfer stories and rumours from 26th November 2016 featuring latest updates on Manchester United’s pursuit of David Alaba and Antoine Griemann. Liverpool have found a new midfielder target after losing out on the same player last summer.
Elsewhere there are reports of 3 marquee Premier League transfers happening in the upcoming January window including the inevitable replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
Alaba turns down Manchester United and picks Arsenal
Manchester United defensive target David Alaba will prefer a move to Arsenal next summer instead of joining Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, according to reports from Manchester Evening News. Recent reports have suggested that Mourinho is weighing up a move for Alaba next summer but the Bayern Munich man in favour of joining Arsenal due to their playing style.
Manchester United dealt blow in Griezmann chase
Antoine Griezmann has confirmed that he is not eying a summer move to Manchester United to achieve the next level in his career, according to reports from Daily Star. Speaking with Spanish media, Griezmann said: “I had some doubts [about my future at Atletico Madrid] last summer when there were reports Simeone could leave,” Griezmann said.
“I called him and he told me that he would stay. So I stayed as well. I have a lot of respect for him and feel that he believes in me. I need to stay with him and work for him a bit more. But that does not necessarily mean I would follow him if he leaves Atletico.”
Klopp to bid £25million for Dahoud
Reports in Germany claim Jurgen Klopp is ready to step up his interest in Mahmoud Dahoud after losing out on the player last summer. A £25million bid is seen as the value which will prise away the highly rated midfielder from the Bundesliga club.
However, contrary to reports, the German club’s sporting director Max Eberl told Kicker earlier this month that there is a zero per cent chance that Mahmoud will leave in January. He said: “There is no offer for him on the table from any club and we have not had any offers for him in the past either.”
Chelsea confident of signing Ajax midfielder
Chelsea are monitoring £12m-rated Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer as a potential replacement for out of favour midfielder Cesc Fabregas, according to reports from Voetbal International. Fabregas is tipped to leave Stamford Bridge in January and Antonio Conte is looking to sign a powerful midfielder to ensure they keep their momentum in the second half of the season.
West Brom making fresh Jay Rodriguez inquiry
West Brom manager Tony Pulis will make a fresh bid to sign Southampton’s out of favour forward Jay Rodriguez in January as a potential replacement for Saido Berahino. West Brom were close to signing Rodriguez last summer but the striker’s injury stalled the move for the Baggies.
Moyes admits Pickford could leave in January
Sunderland manager is wary of losing his in-form goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in January if an offer comes from one of the big teams. Pickford has been in fine form this season keeping vital clean sheets and winning crucial points for Sunderland. Moyes rates Pickford as one of the best keepers in Premier League and admits that he can play for any team in England.
Berahino on his way to Stoke City?
Saido Berahino has emerged as a potential target for Stoke City in January after it was revealed that Chinese Super League sides are weighing up a move for Wilfried Bony who has failed to make an impression at Britannia Stadium since his move earlier in the summer. Berahino is also not settled at West Brom and it is about time he seeks a move away from the club.
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