LIVE Transfer Talk Man Utd’s Smalling may spurn Roma for Everton Spurs

LIVE Transfer Talk Man Utd’s Smalling may spurn Roma for Everton Spurs

The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around following the Jan. 31 deadline day.

TOP STORY: Smalling may spurn Roma for Spurs, Everton

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, currently on loan at Roma, may be set for a return to the Premier League — but not to Old Trafford.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the English defender may head to Everton or Tottenham should his Serie A stint conclude in the summer.

Roma’s chances of qualifying for Champions League are growing slimmer each matchday, which has now prompted Smalling — who has apparently grown smitten with the Eternal City — to look at options back home.

Smalling has been a solid contributor to the Giallorossi and is reportedly even willing to take a slight wage cut, but Roma will be hard pressed to keep him for the reported transfer fee of €20 million if they can’t count on top-flight European revenues.

Such as it is, Smalling’s agent has now been in touch with the folks at North London and Goodison Park, who could see that pricetag as a reasonable one for a veteran defender.

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09.38 GMT: Luis Figo wins the ‘stating the obvious award’ for today as he says Real Madrid should sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe, 21, has scored 23 goals in 27 games across all competitions this season and is valued at around €250m. But there have been suggestions that the France World Cup winner is ready to move on this summer.

“Age doesn’t mean anything when you have all these qualities,” Figo told RMC Sport at the Laureus Sports Awards in Berlin. “The important thing is that he continues to be passionate about this sport, that he continues to improve, to want to be better every day. That is the way he will achieve everything he wants.

“Mbappe is a young player, one of the best in the world, one of the most expensive too. He is in a team that has no financial problems, I do not know if it will be possible to sign him. But he would be a great signing for Real Madrid.”

09.03 GMT: Paul Pogba‘s brother, Mathias, is a bit of a regular on Spanish TV given he plays for CD Manchego in the Tercera Division. But of course people only want to ask him about Paul.

“Everyone knows that Paul wants to leave Manchester United, he wants to play Champions League football and win titles,” Mathias told El Chiringuito TV. “We all know that won’t happen at United. We will see what happens this summer.”

08.27 GMT: Martin Braithwaite‘s agent, Ali Dursun, is in Barcelona to complete the transfer of the Leganes forward to the Camp Nou club, according to Cadena Cope.

Barca have selected the Denmark international to replace injured Ousmane Dembele after La Liga gave the Catalan club authorisation to make an emergency signing. They will pay Braithwaite’s €20m release clause and the 28-year-old will put pen to paper on a contract until June 2023.

Braithwaite joined Leganes on loan in January 2019 from Middlesbrough before the La Liga outfit acquired his sporting rights in the summer. The former Toulouse forward has scored six goals and set up one more in 24 league appearances for Leganes this season.

08.00 GMT: Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare has been tracked by Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea but his manager Christophe Galtier told L’Equipe: “There is a situation at the club that I do not comment on. In seasons, there can be tension between a player and his club. We’ll settle this internally and find a solution.

Soumare, 20, turned down the chance to join Newcastle in January, with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and AC Milan also interested. But he was left out of Lille’s game against Marseille on Sunday, suggesting a move is not long in coming.

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Chelsea’s Pasalic set to join Atalanta

He has hardly been a regular sight at Stamford Bridge but now it looks like Chelsea fans will never get the chance to see Mario Pasalic in competitive action. The Guardian reports that the Croatian will be off in the summer, with Atalanta set to snap him up for £12.5m.

Pasalic moved to Chelsea in 2014 from Hadjuk Split but has been a ghost in West London ever since, spending time on loan at Elche, Monaco, Milan and Spartak Moscow. He joined Atalanta on loan initially in 2018, with the Guardian now reporting that that move is now set to become a permanent switch.

Big clubs circle for Milinkovic-Savic

Juve and Inter will have to spend big to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with Calciomercato reporting that anyone wanting to secure his services will have to shell out £100m.

The 24-year-old Serbian has a contract that runs until 2024, but that hasn’t put off those clubs prepared to spend big on a player who has been a standout performer for Lazio this season.

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Thomas Partey has revealed that his agent is in talks with Atletico Madrid over a contract renewal — with the Spanish club keen ward off potential suitors. His deal comes to an end in June 2023 but Partey has confirmed that his agent is already in talks after recent transfer speculation, though Marca reports that the player only has eyes for Atletico.

– Inter are looking to invest in youth — with Pescara full-back Gabriele Zappa the latest to attract the attention of the Italian giants. Zappa has been in flying form this season and Inter CEO Beppe Marotta, along with sporting director Piero Ausilio, having had their head turned by the Pescara youngster. If that deal comes to fruition, then it would be quite some homecoming, with Inter having sold him to Pescara last year. Calciomercato reports that they inserted a €4m buy back clause in his contract — which might prove to be a wise piece of business if he makes the return trip. The 20-year-old has made 12 appearances in all competitions for his new club this season.

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