The ex-Norwegian international is a free agent after leaving Bursaspor, and with his experience he could be the perfect fit for LaLiga.
Erling Haaland is set to snub the Premier League for LaLiga. The Norwegian international has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona, as they look to replace Neymar Jr., who recently departed for Paris Saint-Germain.
The January transfer window is approaching, and therefore, speculation about who will go where is heating up. As we approach the winter transfer window in 2022, Transfer Talk gives you all the latest news.
TOP STORY: Haaland prefers to relocate to Spain over England.
Erling Haaland, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, favors a transfer to Spain’s LaLiga over the English Premier League as his next destination.
The Norwegian international has been widely connected with a transfer away from Borussia Dortmund, with a number of English teams reportedly interested, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Newcastle United. However, given the journalist’s admission that it’s not “exactly his ideal right now,” it seems improbable.
His current favorites are LaLiga and Bundesliga, with Real Madrid and Barcelona being the two locations he feels are suitable for his next move.
According to reports, the 21-year-contract old’s has a provision that allows him to leave Dortmund for €75 million next summer.
However, Di Marzio points out that Haaland may not leave Dortmund this summer, since the club has tabled a new contract offer, believing that another year might be crucial to his development.
So far this season, Haaland has 13 goals and five assists in 11 Bundesliga matches, with four additional goals in the Champions League and DFB Pokal.
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Barcelona has finalized the transfer of Manchester City winger Ferran Torres, who was announced on Tuesday at 13.30 GMT.
According to ESPN, Barca was close to finalizing a €55 million deal for Torres, which has now been done.
Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City’s director of football, said: “Ferran should be proud of what he has accomplished here at Manchester City.” His first season in a new nation was a success, and he quickly adjusted. He always gave his all, worked tirelessly for the squad, and scored goals that helped us win championships.
“Unfortunately, injury prevented him from playing more games this season, but Ferran is a player with whom we have all loved working, and we wish him the best of luck at Barcelona and throughout his career.”
Torres, 21, has committed to Barcelona until 2026 and might make his Copa del Rey debut against Linares Deportivo on January 5 (he won’t be registered in time to play Mallorca on January 2), having recovered from a foot ailment that has kept him out since September.
13.04 GMT: According to Diario Sport, Barcelona will go all out in the summer to sign striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, but they are also considering other options if they are unable to get him.
Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina is thought to be another candidate, as is Karim Adeyemi of FC Salzburg.
Adeyemi’s team stated earlier this month that Barca had made an offer for the attacker, but that it had been rejected, amid claims that he had decided to join Dortmund. Barca, according to Sport, have not given up on the Germany international and are still interested in signing him if Haaland is not available.
Meanwhile, Vlahovic is getting a lot of interest with his goal-scoring exploits and might cost €80 million, which is greater than the €75 million release clause in Haaland’s contract that will take effect next year.
Barca are close to completing a €55 million deal for Manchester City striker Ferran Torres, who is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday, but they still want to add a No. 9 to their roster for next season.
12.25 a.m. GMT: According to ESPN’s Rob Dawson, Manchester United has turned down a loan deal from Sevilla for striker Anthony Martial.
Martial has informed coach Ralf Rangnick that he wants to go in January, but United have rejected a bid from Real Madrid since they only offered to pay half of Martial’s salary.
According to ESPN, United would only entertain bids that cover all of Martial’s salaries and include a loan fee, with the 26-year-old being content to stay if those criteria are not satisfied.
Martial has resumed full training but was left out of the squad for Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle. He has not played since a 2-0 victory over Villarreal on November 23. After signing a contract extension in 2019, the France international is under contract at Old Trafford until 2024, with an option to extend for another year.
12.11 a.m. GMT: According to rumours in the Catalan press, Barcelona wants to capture Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen when their contracts expire next summer.
According to Sport and Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona is in talks with both players to improve their defense ahead of next season.
In November, ESPN claimed that new coach Xavi Hernandez is interested in Azpilicueta. The Spain international can play in a back three or across the back four.
Denmark’s central defender Meanwhile, Christensen is seen as a player who may help Barcelona’s backline, which is being held together by an aging Gerard Pique and teenagers Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia.
Luiz Felipe of Lazio, who is out of contract in six months, is also being watched, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Barca would prefer to bolster their defense with players whose contracts are coming to an end so that they can save money for a striker next summer.
Newcastle United are allegedly interested in two France internationals as they hunt for defenders in the January transfer window.
In Monday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Newcastle surrendered the 80th goal in the Premier League in 2021, more than any other team in the league in a calendar year for more than 30 years.
One possible addition next month is Everton left-back Lucas Digne, who has been locked out at Goodison Park following a split with manager Rafa Benitez. According to the Sun, Everton would want a £25 million transfer price for the 28-year-old.
Meanwhile, Magpies manager Eddie Howe is eyeing Samuel Umtiti, with Barcelona seeking to offload the centre-€260,000-per-week back’s salary in order to make room for the acquisition of Ferran Torres from Manchester City. The Sun reports that the 28-year-old would be available for £17 million.
With the signing of ex-Southampton and Japan attacker Tadanari Lee, Albirex Niigata has delivered a statement of intent in their effort to recover the Singapore Premier League in 2022.
Albirex, which won four SPL championships in five years from 2016 to 2020, forfeited their title last season after finishing two points behind Lion City Sailors.
Lee, 37, played for Southampton from 2011 to 2013, but is most remembered for scoring the game-winning goal for Japan in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup final, coming off the bench to beat Australia 1-0 in extra time.
09:56 UTC: According to Tuttomercatoweb, Lille would not contemplate a deal for defender Sven Botman, who is a target for AC Milan, for less than €30 million.
Milan are so keen on getting the 21-year-old that they want to bring him in on loan in the January transfer window with the intention of making him a permanent deal in the summer.
Lille, on the other hand, will not risk losing Botman in the middle of the season after he helped them win the Ligue 1 championship last season, owing in large part to the fact that they had the best defensive record in the league.
09:00 GMT: Manchester City striker Ferran Torres was in Barcelona on Monday for his physical, however the news of his upcoming move might be delayed.
According to ESPN, Barca and City officials have agreed on a deal of €55 million up front, with a further €10 million in future add-ons.
Barca, though, still has work to do in order to complete the trade. Due to LaLiga’s financial constraints and €1.4 billion debt, the club must sell players before making new acquisitions.
The Spanish league has set its spending cap for the season at €97 million, which is much less than their salary cost, but they are allowed to spend 25% of whatever savings they generate, whether in pay or transfer fees.
Barca may have to wait until the player registration window opens on January 3 in Spain before formally confirming Torres’ signing, according to Football Espana.
Spurs are looking like a squad that can contend for the top four again, according to Shaka Hislop.
GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Luke Thrower)
– According to the Daily Express, Tottenham are leading the battle to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on a pre-contract deal in January. The 24-year-contract old’s with the Rossoneri expires at the end of the season, and he has been linked with a free move to a number of teams. According to the source, Spurs manager Antonio Conte is eager to sign him and is presently in the lead.
– According to Calciomercato, Internazionale may be open to consider bids for defender Stefan de Vrij if a new deal cannot be reached. The Netherlands international has a contract that runs through 2023, but there are no plans to extend it. The club has no plans to hurry up the process, but if a €20 million bid comes in for him, they are thought to be eager to consider a deal.
– According to writer Ekrem Konur, Leeds United are interested in signing Atletico Mineiro left-back Guilherme Arana. Arana, 24, joined the Brazilian club from Sevilla in the summer and has started every game since, earning his international debut with Brazil in October. Marcelo Bielsa’s squad, on the other hand, is considering a transfer in order to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
– According to writer Nicolo Schira, Leicester City and Newcastle United have inquired about Internazionale midfielder Matias Vecino. The Uruguay international’s contract at the San Siro expires next summer, and he has only played a supporting role this season.
– Due to a lack of game time, Real Madrid may recall teenager Reinier from his loan at Borussia Dortmund. Los Blancos and the 19-year-old both wish to end the loan, according to Mundo Deportivo, since he has only made 11 appearances in his second stay with the Bundesliga club.
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