Daily transfer news and rumours roundup - 4 October 2016
European league football is on break this weekend with International football being the topic of debate. This break would give all the managers enough time to re-think their strategy for the season and plan their transfer business for the upcoming January transfer window.
The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are still trying to figure out their best squad and are expected to dip into the transfer market in coming weeks. On that note, we bring to you the best transfer news and rumours from 4 October 2016.
Hector Bellerin swayed away by Manchester City
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is considering the option of joining Manchester City next summer instead of signing a new contract with the Gunners. Bellerin has been approached by Pep Guardiola’s representatives who have advised him not to accept an offer from Barcelona or Arsenal and sign with the Citizens next summer. Bellerin is one of the three players along with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who are yet to agree a contract extension with Arsenal.
Cesc Fabregas involved in a swap deal?
Chelsea are ready to use Cesc Fabregas in a swap deal to strengthen their fragile defence. According to reports from Calciomercato, AC Milan are ready to sign Fabregas on loan until the end of the current season and in return are ready to offer the talented defender Mattia de Sciglio. Antonio Conte is eager to switch to a 3-5-2 system and wants a stable player alongside Gary Cahill and John Terry. Fabregas has accepted that he has no part to play in Conte’s plans and is ready to bring his time at Stamford Bridge to an end.
Antoine Griezmann drops huge Manchester United hint
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann claims that he is keeping a close eye on Manchester United’s progress this season after his newly formed friendship with Paul Pogba. Griezmann claimed that Euro 2016 brought the duo closer and they are in constant touch with each other. Griezmann is linked with a move to Old Trafford next summer after he has constantly claimed to be a United fan. With Pogba, Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin already at the club we may see Griezmann sign for United in perhaps another world record transfer.
Arsenal in hunt for a new striker
Arsene Wenger is keen on adding a prolific striker to his ranks next season with Celtic striker Moussa Dembele rumoured to be his top target. According to The Sun, Arsenal scouts have monitored Dembele’s game over the past 3-4 weeks and are convinced of his abilities to play for Arsenal. Wenger is frustrated with Olivier Giroud’s lack of goals and Danny Welbeck’s injury concerns and sees Dembele as the ideal striker to play for Arsenal alongside Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez.
Real Madrid fear Manchester United Gareth Bale swoop
Real Madrid are fearful of Gareth Bale joining Manchester United in coming seasons after the Daily Mirror reported a secret meeting between Bale and United earlier this week. Wales superstar is tired of being under the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo and with Ronaldo set to sign a new contract with Los Blancos, Bale is quietly assessing his options. Manchester United are his first choice if he quits Real Madrid as he believes Jose Mourinho is the right man to bring out the best from his abilities.
Jurgen Klopp’s January plans revealed
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign Hoffenheim centre-back Niklas Sule in January, according to reports from SportBild. Klopp has enjoyed a superb start to the season and wants his team to build on that good start. So far the only issue is his central defensive partnership and Klopp wants to sign the highly rated Sule in January transfer window. Sule earned his first international cap against Finland in August and helped Germany claim a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games.
Manchester City failed to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that Manchester City tried to sign him earlier this summer and held talks with his father. In an interview with Goal.com, Auba said: “It’s true, there was contact, my father held talks with the club, but in the end there was nothing concrete. I still have time. If they want me, they will come.”
Aubameyang is linked with a move away from Dortmund for last 12 months with clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United also interested in his signing.
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