Strasbourg: an offer from Lens to Thomasson?
According to L’Equipe, RC Lens have made an offer to Strasbourg for their midfielder Adrien Thomasson. The Alsace club would not close the door on the departure of the former Nantes player (29 years old) and would be in the reflection phase.
Declared “untransferable” by Barça, Ousmane Dembélé does not want to leave the club
After a tumultuous episode during the 2022 winter transfer window, Ousmane Dembélé was declared “untransferable” by the president of FC Barcelona. The Frenchman also says he is “very happy” at Barça, with no desire to leave the horizon.
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Blind at Bayern for 6 months
According to Fabrizio Romano, everything is now done for Daley Blind to join Bayern Munich for 6 months. The Dutchman passed his medical this morning and will be free following the termination of his contract with Ajax. There is no option in his contract to go beyond 6 months, he will discuss again with Bayern managers next summer to possibly extend.
Angers confirm Abdel Bouhazama as first team manager
Appointed interim coach after the dismissal of Gérald Baticle, Abdel Bouhazama is confirmed in his role as head coach of SCO. The Anjou club does not confirm the duration of the contract.
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Jere Uronen (Brest) will be loaned to Schalke 04
The Finnish international left-back Jere Uronen is leaving Brest in the winter transfer window. Stade Brestois has reached an agreement with the Germans in Schalke 04, 18th place, for a loan with an option to buy. Uronen arrived in Brest in July 2021, but never won with 23 games in a season and a half. The Brestois do not plan to replace him immediately with Jean-Kevin Duverne’s incumbent and central defender Lilian Brassier able to replace him.
Benfica’s coach turns on Chelsea over Enzo Fernandez
Benfica’s coach, German Roger Schmidt, was very annoyed on Thursday by Chelsea’s attempts to recruit Enzo Fernandez, who was recently crowned world champion with Argentina but is linked to the Lisbon club with a €120m release clause.
“There is a club that wants our player. They know we don’t want to sell him and they can only sign him if they pay the clause. So it’s a very clear situation,” the club said. The 55-year-old coach. asked during a press conference about the pressure from Chelsea to sign Fernandez. “What the club that wants to buy Enzo is doing is disrespectful to all of us at Benfica and I cannot accept that. Drive the player crazy, pretend he can pay the clause and try to negotiate later. I think it’s not what I understand as a good relationship between the clubs,” he added.
Since the Albiceleste crown in Qatar, Fernandez has missed several training sessions to travel to Argentina without permission and faces disciplinary action, Roger Schmidt confirmed on Thursday.
Enzo Fernandez at Chelsea would be dead
According to information this Thursday from Argentinian media Tyc Sports, Enzo Fernández will not come to Chelsea, barring a huge turnaround. The managers of Benfica have always been clear with those of the Blues: they demand 120 million euros (the amount of the player’s release clause) to be paid in one payment.
Chelsea initially said they were ready to offer 127 million euros, but in several installments. Discussions continued at the beginning of January, before a new offer from Chelsea: 90 million euros, in four installments, and the possibility of including players in the operation. A proposal that did not please Benfica at all, who then put an end to the negotiations.
Since Chelsea do not want to pay 120 million euros in one go for Enzo, the deal would therefore be dead.
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A PSG hope turns pro
PSG announces this Thursday the signing of Ayman Kari’s first professional contract. The 18-year-old midfielder is now tied to the capital club until June 30, 2025. French U19 international (3 caps), he has been training regularly with the first team since the start of the season.
Surprise, Ronaldo has to wait for the departure of a foreign player to play with Al-Nassr
The tile. Cristiano Ronaldo cannot play for Al-Nassr yet because the Saudi club has exceeded its quota of foreign players, club officials told AFP on Thursday.
The Portuguese is the ninth foreign player to join Al-Nassr, surpassing the maximum of eight allowed by the Saudi Football Association. CR7 is therefore not yet registered.
According to Saudi media, Uzbek midfielder Jalaluddin Masharipov will most likely make way for the five-time Ballon d’Or and five-time Champions League winner.
The list of Al-Nassr foreign players: David Ospina, Alvaro Gonzalez, Ghislain Konan, Luiz Gustavo, Pity Martinez, Jalaluddin Masharipov, Vincent Aboubakar and Talisca.
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It’s official, Badiashile is joining Chelsea
As expected for several days, Benoît Badiashile is a new Chelsea player. The London club has just formalized the news. AS Monaco will receive around 38 million euros in the operation. The French central defender agrees for seven and a half years.
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Barça: an unthinkable departure from Dembele
Joan Laporta is keen on Ousmane Dembélé, as he recalled in an interview with Cadena Ser on Thursday. “Dembélé is not for sale, he is one of the most important players we have, one of the pillars of the team, he confided.
Barça: no move planned this winter
In an interview with Carrusel Deportivo, Joan Laporté, president of FC Barcelona, indicated that there would be no recruits or departures in the winter transfer window. “In the winter market, there will be no movement unless an unexpected opportunity arises, which in principle we do not expect,” he said.
Saint-Etienne has found its goalkeeper
Gautier Larsonneur will be AS Saint Etienne’s next goalkeeper. The Valenciennes goalkeeper will arrive at the club from Saint-Etienne late in the afternoon, where he will undergo a medical in the evening. The transfer fee amounts to 1.5 million euros, and he will tie himself up for two and a half years with the resident of Ligue 2.
Bellingham, player with the highest market value, valued at €208 million
In its weekly letter, Football Observatory is interested in the list of the 100 players who currently have the highest market value in the transfer market. CIES ranks Jude Bellingham as number 1 with an estimated worth of €208.2 million. The England international, who impressed at the World Cup, is under contract until 2025 in Dortmund.
He is ahead of Phil Foden (200.5 million) and Kylian Mbappé (190.7 million). Vinicius is fourth (190.5 million), followed by Erling Haaland (174.9 million), Pedri (170.2 million) and Gavi (147.6 million).
Butland is closing in on Manchester United
According to Fabrizio Romano and The Athletic, Jack Butland will undergo his medical this Thursday at Manchester United. The 29-year-old goalkeeper will be on loan until the end of the season from Crystal Palace, where he has six months left on his contract (the Eags have an option to extend it by a year). A way for the Red Devils to compensate for the departure of Martin Dúbravka, recalled from his loan by Newcastle. Butland will be number 2 behind David De Gea.
Bayern: against a surprising rookie in defence
PSG’s next opponent in the Champions League, Bayern should quickly register the signing of Daley Blind, according to The Athletic. Information verified by Picture in Germany, which specifies that he will sign for six months with the option of an additional season. Able to play at left-back with Lucas Hernandez missing, the Dutch defender could sign for Bayern.
A few weeks after being released by Ajax, the 32-year-old Dutchman could therefore afford a nice new challenge in Munich. He will soon make his medical visit there, according to British media.
Everton: Rooney on shortlist if Lampard leaves
The future of Frank Lampard seems more and more uncertain on Everton’s bench, who are currently 17th and first relegated in the Premier League. The management is already investigating how to succeed the English manager. And one of them would lead to a former child of the club: Wayne Rooney, according to The Sun. Trained at the Toffees before exploding at Manchester United, the former striker returned to play there for one season (2017-2018). He ended his career in 2021 and retrained as a coach. Rooney had revealed he pushed Everton away last year after Rafael Benitez was sacked. Will he change his mind this time as he is currently on the bench for American side DC United? The next days will show.
Rooney is not the only profile studied by the managers of the Liverpool club: Sean Dyche and Roberto Martinez, former coach of Belgium who also walked the bench at Everton (2013-2016), are also cited.
Bellingham ‘on his way’ to Real Madrid, says Marca
According to Marca, Jude Bellingham (19), a highly courted midfielder from Borussia Dortmund, is “on track” to join Real Madrid. The Spanish managers would be confident of welcoming the England star, very prominent at the last World Cup, who is not extending his contract with Dortmund. Its price is already estimated at 100 million euros.
Bayern finally keep their goalkeeper
According to Sky Germany, Bayern Munich have finally found a replacement for Manuel Neuer, who suffered a skiing injury and will be out for a long time. And it won’t be Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), as was once whispered.
Bayern have reached an agreement with Borussia Mönchengladbach regarding the transfer of Swiss international Yann Sommer. The latter will commit until 2025. He should be in goal for the round of 16 of the Champions League against PSG, where he will find Kylian Mbappé, from whom he had taken the shot on goal in the round of 16 of the European Championship 2021.
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