Transfer news and rumours of the day: 5 January 2016
Gareth Bale is devastated with Rafa Benitez’s sacking and could move back to EnglandJanuary brings with it a lot of mid-season crisis as well as solutions. The transfer mill is expected to be the same this time around with many clubs seeking reinforcements and many players seeking a new start. There has been a buzz around many players and clubs, with players seeking moves away from their respective clubs for various reasons from playing time to better contracts. Nonetheless, the January window is poised to give us some interesting news.Here are the transfer news and rumours for the day.
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- Inter have confirmed the extension of Samir Handanovic’s contract till 2019. Handanovic's previous terms at Inter were due to expire in the summer and the Slovenian, who signed for the Nerazzurri from Udinese in 2012, said: “This is what I wanted, and when there is the same desire on both sides there are never any issues.”
- According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli have resumed their pursuit of Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic. Torino had earlier turned down a bid from Napoli in the summer for the Serbian but the Azzurri are intent on getting their man in January.
- Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez is set to go out on loan to Watford with an option to make the deal permanent, according to reports. The 28-year-old has managed four Serie A starts and just 12 appearances in all competitions after signing for the club in the summer from Atletico Madrid.