Inter Milan eyes Paulo Dybala as Juventus drama continues
The January 2022 transfer window is open (find out when it closes here), and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Inter eye Dybala amid Juve drama
Internazionale already have a strong squad, as indicated by their position atop the Serie A table, so they have turned their attention to players whose contracts end this summer, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport. .
The big name of the report is that of Juventus Paulo Dybala, which has been the center of much concern in Turin as the Argentine is yet to sign a contract extension with the Old Lady despite it being a big talking point for months.
Dybala apparently glared at Juventus directors after scoring in the team’s 2-0 win over Udinese on Sunday in an apparent gesture of frustration, later saying: “I have nothing to prove to no one. The club has decided that we will speak in February or March.”
Although there are no signs that Inter have moved yet, CEO Giuseppe Marotta is watching the situation closely. If Dybala’s contract is allowed to expire, it’s likely there will be plenty of competition for his signature this summer.
With an agreement for the goalkeeper of Ajax Amsterdam André Onana almost certain – as they have been for some time – Inter are also working to sign the centre-back from Borussia Mönchengladbach Matthias Ginter.
That could mean Inter moving for the Germany international this window, rather than waiting for him to become a free agent, to avoid additional competition this summer.
They could also move for a midfielder if either or both Matias Vecino and Stefano Sensi leave, while renewals are underway for Marcelo Brozovic and meVan Perisic.
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08:39 GMT: Celtic manager Ange Postecoglu has confirmed that the striker Leigh Griffiths will be released by the club this month.
Griffiths, 31, has scored 123 goals for Celtic in 261 appearances since signing in 2014 but has been loaned out to Dundee this season and will not return to play at Parkhead.
“I think it’s over, yes,” Postecoglou told Sky. “Leigh is now looking for the next chapter in his career. An outstanding football career at Celtic.
“We all go through clubs in a way, but you want to leave a mark there when you do. Leigh certainly did. I think he can look back on his Celtic career with great pride and he’s moving on. . chapter in his footballing career. We wish him all the best.”
Dundee boss James McPake has indicated he may be interested in signing his former Livingston team-mate on a free transfer.
08:00 GMT: Brentford are in talks to sign Christian Erikson on an initial six-month contract, sources told ESPN’s James Olley.
Eriksen, 29, is a free agent after his contract with Inter Milan was terminated last month following the refusal of Italian medical authorities to allow him to play with a heart implant.
Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland in June last year and received life-saving treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital.
He was then fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Serie A rules prohibit any player from using such a device, but Eriksen believes he can continue to play at the highest level.
And Brentford have reportedly offered a six-month contract with an option for an additional year. Negotiations are believed to be at an early stage and sources have told ESPN that a number of clubs in England and other countries are talking to Eriksen’s representatives about a possible deal.
– Newcastle United hope to capitalize on Barcelona’s loss of patience with Ousmane Dembele by persuading the Frenchman to sign for them, reports Nicolas Schira. If Dembele leaves Camp Nou, Calciomercato that Barcelona set to sign Alvaro Morata of Juventus.
– Tottenham Hotspur have reached a verbal agreement with the Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore personally, according to Ekrem Konour. Although Spurs are yet to reach an agreement with Wolves, it is added that the negotiations are continuing in a positive direction.
– AC Milan, West Ham United and Newcastle are all looking to sign the centre-back from Fenerbahce Attila Szalai, reports Sky Sports, with the Hungary international valued in the region of £16.7m. The Magpies’ desire to bring in someone to bolster their core defense has been well documented, and TEAMtalk have suggested the Everton player Yerry Mina is also someone Eddie Howe is watching as the relegation battle threatens the club’s options.
– The Belgian club Kortrijk asked AS Roma about Bryan Reynolds, who is still set to leave the Serie A outfit on loan in January, as reported fabrice romano. The United States international has also attracted interest from Anderlecht, but nothing is finalized yet. Although MLS clubs are garnering attention, Belgium will likely be the right-back’s next destination.
– Roma, Lille, Genoa and Bordeaux are all hoping to sign Bouna Sarr from Bayern Munich, as reported by Foot Mercato. The Senegal international is at the Africa Cup of Nations and although that is all the 29-year-old is focusing on at the moment, it is suggested he could move on before the end of the window, having played just 55 minutes in the Bundesliga this season.
– Former New York City FC midfielder jesus medina joined CSKA Moscow of the Russian Premier League on Monday. The 24-year-old Paraguay native signed with the club throughout the 2024-25 season. Medina helped NYCFC win the MLS Cup in 2021, but his contract option was declined after the season.