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 rumours, whereabouts and, of course, business done!
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Italian side Udinese continue to be busy in the January transfer window and are reportedly close to signing Pablo Mari on loan from Arsenal, reports fabrice romano.
Mari had drawn admiring glances from fellow Italian side Sampdoria but it is Udinese who now appear to be loaning the Spaniard out for the rest of the season.
The centre-back joined the Gunners from Flamengo two years ago and although his transfer has since become permanent, he has struggled to gain playing time at the north London club. This season, after just three appearances, it’s clear the 28-year-old is not in boss Mikel Arteta’s plans.
Udinese will cover part of Mari’s salary but they won’t have the option to buy him at the end of the loan spell. The move could signal the first in a string of Emirates Stadium departures as Arteta looks to freshen up his squad.
Udinese have also reached an agreement with Leicester City to sign Philippe Benkovic on a free.
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– Newcastle United remain active in January as they seek to strengthen their squad for the upcoming relegation battle, and the Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph reports that the Magpies have made a new offer to Sevilla for Diego Carlos. The report follows the striker’s signing from Newcastle Chris Wood from Burnley for £25m, and it is hoped that 28-year-old defender Carlos – whose transfer could cost £40m – can help plug the gaps in Newcastle’s defence. In a bid to strengthen their squad, Newcastle are also said to be interested in Todd Canwell of the city of Norwich. The 23-year-old midfielder would cost around £15m, according to Rudy Galletti.
– Newcastle are also reportedly launching a bold bid to sign RB Leipzig Amadou Haidara under Manchester United’s nose, according to the Daily Mail. The 23-year-old central midfielder has been linked with Ralf Rangnick’s side but Newcastle are reportedly meeting Leipzig’s £80million asking price which could help them complete the deal. Haidara is currently playing for Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations.
– Genoa is getting closer to a move to Nadiem Amiri of Bayer Leverkusen, according to Nicolas Schira. The Germany international tested positive for COVID last Friday, and may move to Italy at the end of his quarantine period, rather than return to action for the Bundesliga side. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder last played in Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw against FC Union Berlin last week, and he has featured 12 times in total this season, scoring once.
– As well as loaning the aforementioned Mari, Arsenal are also looking to make room in their squad for new faces which could include the Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo and Leicester City star Youri Tielemans. It depends Goal, who believe talks have taken place between the Gunners and Juventus over a loan deal which would see the 25-year-old join until the end of the season. Meanwhile, Arsenal have also reportedly spoken to Tielemans’ agent about a potential move. The 24-year-old Belgian has 18 months left on his contract at the King Power Stadium and he is unlikely to sign an extension.
– Cristiano Ronaldo told ESPN Brasil that “anything is possible” when it comes to the prospect of playing in Brazil. In an exclusive interview, Ronaldo – who has recently been linked with a move from Manchester United – says he has a lot of respect for what he calls a ‘brother country’. The 36-year-old is said to be unhappy with United’s performance, and so a move to Brazil, where he could live near his sister who already lives there, is not beyond the possibility.