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.
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.
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.
– Thomas Partey has revealed that his agent is in talks with Atletico Madrid over a contract renewal — with the Spanish club keen to seal his signature to ward off potential suitors. His current deal comes to an end in June 2023 but Partey has confirmed that his agent is already in talks to ensure that his stay is more lengthy. Partey has been the subject of recent transfer speculation but Marca reports that the player insists that he 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 seaosn 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 in the deal — 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.
– 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 for his services. The 24-year-old Serbian has a contract with Lazio that runs until 2024. But that hasn’t put off those clubs who would be prepared to spend big on a player who has been a standout performer for Lazio so far this season.