Daily transfer news and rumours roundup - 2nd November 2016
Here are the top transfer stories and rumours from 2nd November 2016 featuring latest reports on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s immediate future with Manchester United and Chelsea’s failed attempts at signing Lazio’s central defender.
Schweinsteiger has no future at Man United
Bastian Schweinsteiger is training with Manchester United’s first team as a result of his sheer dedication to the club and game in general, according to Jose Mourinho. Despite training with the first team, Bastian will not be allowed to play in a United shirt unless there are serious injury concerns for Mourinho in his midfield.
According to Independent, Mourinho is allowing Schweinsteiger to train with the first team so that he is able to offload him in the January transfer window.
Lazio set to offer De Vrij a bumper new contract
Chelsea are once again set to accept defeat in their chase of a quality central defender after Lazio are prepared to offer Stefan de Vrij a new deal to stay with the Serie A club. The Blues have made de Vrij their priority signing in January which has put Lazio’s contract talks with the defender on hold for now. However, Gazzetta dello Sports claims that de Vrij could end up signing a 3-year extension with Lazio and snub a move to Chelsea.
Thiago Maia wants PSG move ahead of Real and Barca
Brazilian wonder kid Thiago Maia is keen on a move to Ligue 1 side PSG, according to reports from ESPN FC. Maia is currently linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea but the 19-year-old star wants to sign for PSG as he expects to get more playing time under Unai Emery.
Arsenal man on his way to West Ham .. once again?
West Ham are weighing up a loan move for Carl Jenkinson after Slaven Bilic has failed to resolve his right-back conundrum. Jenkinson played for The Hammers last season but was sent back to the Emirates after he sustained an injury at the start of this season.
Jenkinson is now 100% fit and started in Arsenal’s Champions League tie vs Ludogerets last night, however, he is still the second choice for Arsene Wenger behind Hector Bellerin. Jenkinson is expected to join West Ham during the upcoming January transfer window.
Pulisic welcomes Liverpool move
Liverpool transfer target Christian Pulisic has hinted that he would be open to a move to Anfield by revealing his love for English football. Borussia Dortmund rejected an £11million bid from Liverpool last summer but Jurgen Klopp is expected to make another bid for the USA midfielder in January. Discussing a potential move to England, Pulisic said: “It’s a big reason [for] where I am today.
“A lot of people don’t realize but it really brought on my passion for the game. After school every day, I was just out for hours in the park, playing with my schoolmates. That’s really where my love for the game started to come alive and that was a big part of my development.”
Pepe to sign new Real Madrid contract
Real Madrid defender Pepe has decided to snub Chelsea’s advances and is ready to sign a new contract with Real Madrid following Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale. Real Madrid hierarchy are aware of their transfer bans in the upcoming two transfer windows and are not in favor of losing a player of Pepe’s abilities.
Pepe, 32, is adamant on getting a 2-year deal instead of the 1-year extension initially offered.
According to Marca, Los Blancos are ready to offer Pepe a 2-year deal in the coming weeks which will keep the Portuguese defender at the Santiago Bernabeu at least until 2018.