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Chelsea progress for Kanté extension

Announced the departure in recent weeks, with interest from Barça and Al-Nassr among others, N’Golo Kanté could finally extend to Chelsea, where he will arrive when the contract expires in June 2023.

According to information from The Athletic, discussions between the two parties have progressed well. And internally there would now be optimism about this possible extension.

Only problem: the duration of this new contract. Kanté, 31, wants to commit for the long term and not for two years + an optional third year, which Chelsea would have offered him a few months ago. The London club are now looking for a compromise.

Arnaud Souquet to MLS

Montpellier defender Arnaud Souquet should soon leave Ligue 1 to fly to the US and discover MLS there. According to L’Equipe, the player will be released from his contract to join the Chicago Fire. The 30-year-old defender is expected to sign a three-year contract there.

This season, Arnaud Souquet has seen his playing time coalesce against competition from younger players.

Shakhtar’s president confirms for Mudryk and Arsenal

Mykhaylo Mudryk is well and truly on Arsenal’s shelves. This Thursday, the president of Shakthar Donetsk, Sergei Palkin, confirmed this, explaining that “negotiations continue between the two clubs”. A first offer of 60 million euros was rejected a few days ago to the Ukrainian club for the transfer of the 21-year-old player.

“We’re getting offers, but they’re not the ones we want to see on our table. Now, literally in five minutes, I’m going to have a phone conversation with Arsenal. We’re ready to exchange ideas and numbers,” Palkin explained. From there to see the situation calm down before January?

Newcastle and Manchester United reportedly interested in Gusto

Malo Gusto, who has been injured for several weeks, will miss several Ligue 1 matches. Daily mail, at least two Premier League clubs are said to be ready to forward an offer to Olympique for the 19-year-old right-back. Manchester United, but especially Newcastle, would be hot on the record, although the transition to the offensive will probably wait until next summer.

Lyon would require a loan of 40 million euros to part with their player, a large sum that neither of the two Premier League clubs seems ready to spend this winter on a position that does not is a priority.

Benfica’s coach fears losing Enzo Fernandez

“Until December 31, we are sure we have all the players and nobody can leave,” joked Roger Schmidt, the Benfica coach, at a press conference ahead of the match against Braga. Asked about the situation of his players, and primarily Enzo Fernandez, whom all of Europe is courting after he was named best young player at the World Cup in Qatar, he could not hide his concern.

The player could quickly pack up to join the Premier League, where several clubs would be ready to pay the amount of his release clause, or even more.

Soon a Ronaldo-Ramo reunion in Al-Nassr?

Al-Nassr’s crazy dream. Imagine watching Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos develop in the same team as was the case at Real Madrid for nine years, the ones who won the C1 four times together. According to feelthis is the aim of the managers of the club based in the city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

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Mac Allister wants to Juventus

The author of a fantastic World Cup with the Albiceleste, Alexis Mac Allister caught the eye of several major Europeans. But if the English press reports interest from Premier League leaders such as Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham or the two Manchester clubs, the 24-year-old Argentine would be Juventus’ priority for the winter transfer window, according to Gazzetta dello Sports.

Better, the Brighton player would be seduced by the idea of ​​joining the Bianconeri and would have already spoken to his family about it. But the Torino club has still not reached an agreement with the Seagulls on one of the revelations of the 2022 World Cup, whose contract was recently extended until June 2027.

AC Milan: Giroud close to extending

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Olivier Giroud (36) should soon extend his contract with AC Milan. The striker, who returns to the club on Friday twelve days after the World Cup final, is due to meet soon with his agents and the Lombard managers to discuss a one-year extension until 2024. According to the Italian newspaper, there is already an agreement between the various parties and the formalization will take place in January.

Endrick reveals why he chose Real over PSG

Brazilian hottie Endrick (16) was courted by the biggest European teams including PSG and finally signed up for Real Madrid, who he will join in 2024 for Cristiano Ronaldo, his idol, and Vinicius JR, his compatriot.

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“Real Madrid is a very fantastic team and Vini (Vinicius Jr, editor’s note) had sent me messages and given me more hope, he confides to Marca. Also Cristiano, who is my idol, played for Real Madrid. Therefore I chose Real Madrid and I think it’s the right choice. God has always been with me and he told me it was the best way.”

No signings are expected at Manchester City in January according to Guardiola

After completing a great summer transfer window with the arrivals of Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips, Manuel Akanji and especially Erling Haaland, Manchester City did not need to recruit in January. Asked after his side’s success against Leeds on Wednesday, Pep Guardiola explained that he had not targeted any players for the winter transfer window.

“No, I don’t think so. I think we will end up this way,” said the technician when asked if part of his team needed to be strengthened. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

And to clarify in comments reported by the English club’s website: “But since I came back from Abu Dhabi, with the sporting director, with Txiki Begiristain and all the managers, we have not put any names on the table.”

Gakpo opens up on Van Dijk’s importance to Liverpool signing

Cody Gakpo successfully passed his medical on Wednesday in Liverpool, with the formalization of his transfer announced immediately afterwards. While he waits for his work permit, he has already crossed paths with compatriot and future team-mate Virgil van Dijk, who played a big part in his signing.

– We have spoken a lot on the phone in recent days, the striker told the club’s website. What he told me is that this is the right decision for me, to develop myself and become a better player, that the club is a really big and massive club, but also like a real family – I also think it is very important to me because I I am a very family person. He only said good things. When I called the coach, he went into the coach’s office, then he saw me and we talked a little bit. I’m also glad he’s here so he can help me with some things. I’m really grateful to be here.”

Arsenal have approached Atlético for Joao Felix

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal contacted Atlético de Madrid for the loan of Joao Felix this winter. The Portuguese attacking midfielder did not hide his annoyance at being used in the first part of the season and is coming off a good World Cup. But the Spanish club will not let him go at any price: He is asking for the full payment of his salary plus a loan indemnity of nine million euros. Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested.

“We’ll call him Marc!”, Galtier joked about Verratti’s longevity in Paris

Christophe Galtier, PSG coach, welcomed Marco Verratti’s new contract extension until 2026 with Paris. He poked fun at this longevity by suggesting that his first name be Frenchized.

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“We can call him Marc at some point, smiled the technician. He is very Parisian, PSG. I often say that Marco is definitely the best player in the world in his position. It is very good news for the club, the supporters and for the coach, I am.”

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