Top transfer rumours of the day – January 20, 2015
The rumour mill has not stopped working overtime since the transfer window opened. Some of the roumers that sprouted in the first two weeks of January were turned into reality, while others were put down by players or officials. Lionel Messi was heavily linked with a transfer to Chelsea or Manchester City. The air was cleared when Lionel Messi silenced all the transfer talks about him at the Ballon d’Or ceremony. The major done deals of the transfer season so far are – Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski to Inter Milan, Yaya Sanogo to Crystal Palace, Fernando Torres to AC Milan.The third week of the transfer season has already startled football fans by linking reputed clubs with top players. Let’s take a look at the rumours that are doing the rounds today, with clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Valencia and A.S. Roma being heavily linked:
#1 Real Madrid and Valencia
Martin Odegaard has agreed to join Real Madrid after the player had meeting with the officials to negotiate terms. The attacking midfielder will initially join the La Liga giants’ B team Castilla but will have opportunities to train with Real Madrid. It has been reported that the player’s father will also follow him into the club as a coach or scout.
Valencia has reportedly rejected a bid of £27 millions from Manchester United for Nicolas Otamendi.The defender has a buy-out clause of £38 million and Valencia are persistent about letting the player go only if the clause is satisfied. Otamendi has a contract with Valencia until 2019 and the latter want him to lead in order to secure a place in Champions League.
Valencia have reportedly shown interest in Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher. The Spanish side are said to be one of the three European clubs to have their eyes on Fletcher. The 30-year-old has six months to go at Old Trafford and is keen on obtaining more first-team experience but as new players arrive at Manchester United, that chance is going to diminish.