We’re almost there. It’s almost the biannual Jim White Yellow Tie day. The negotiations are getting fierce, and the excitement is palpable.
So, here’s today’s transfer rumour offering for you to pore over. Don’t choke on your yellow tea, or whatever it is you drink in anticipation of this fateful day.
6. Gerard Deulofeu Could Make Milan Switch for €30m
Remember Gerard Deulofeu? Of one-minute-he’s-world-class-the-next-he’s-a-ghost fame? Yeh, that one. Well, apparently Milan have seen enough of his world class moments, and didn’t notice or don’t care about the disappearing acts, to bring him to San Siro.
As reported by Calciomercato, the Spaniard is keen on a move to the Italian side, but has too much respect for Watford to force through a move. Plus, Watford are unwilling to let the player leave on loan, so any deal would have to be permanent, with his potential value around €30m.
Is that reasonable? It’s hard to say. Will it happen? Ditto. Is it exciting? You tell me.
5. Newcastle, Fulham & Cardiff Battling Over Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui
We are in the midst of a relegation dog fight. No, not the actual one in the Premier League, the one over 28-year-old SK Slava Prague defender Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui.
The relegation-threatened triumvirate of Fulham, Cardiff & Newcastle are all set to do battle over Ngadjui, who is said to have a £3.9m release clause placed in his contract, as reported by Calciomercato.
4. West Ham Looking to Bring in Stanislav Lobotka as Part of Maxi Gomez Deal
West Ham are in talks over a loan move for Stanislav Lobotka, as part of the deal to sign his highly rated teammate Maxi Gomez.
The Hammers have coveted the £35m-rated Gomez since the start of the month, and according to the Sunday Mirror, as relayed by HITC, they are edging closer in the negotiations for the addition of both these players on a temporary basis.
Lobotka is an energetic and efficient defensive midfielder, and his arrival would probably mean Declan Rice will be forced to join Hoffenheim in the summer. But still, great signing!
3. Real Madrid End Interest in Christian Eriksen Leaving Man Utd & Chelsea Scrapping
Real Madrid appear to have ended their interest in bringing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to the Santiago Bernabeu after deeming the Danish international too expensive.
As per the Daily Express, this now leaves Manchester United & Chelsea in a mano-a-mano slap-heavy scrap for the great Dane – because they certainly know a thing or two about overspending. This one will run and run until Eriksen does or doesn’t sign a new contract. Exciting!!!!!
2. Southampton Lead Charge for Birmingham Striker Che Adams With £8m Bid
Southampton have made the first move in what is expected to be a hotly contested race for Birmingham City marksman Che Adams.
The 22-year-old Englishman has 14 goals in the Championship so far this season, the fifth most in the division, and this led no less than 12 clubs to send scouts to watch him against Middlesbrough earlier this year.
And, according to the Mirror, the Siants have tabled the first bid for the forward, with an £8m offer… that was duly rejected by the Blues. However, they will not be deterred, and are preparing another bid before deadline day as they look to capture the in-form man.
1. Rabbi Matondo Set to Swap Man City for Schalke in £11m Deal
If you’re a youngster in this country right now, all roads lead to the Bundesliga. And the case for this is set to be bolstered by another English (well, Welsh, but same thing) bolter, in the shape of Manchester City’s Rabbi Matondo.
According to reports from the Telegraph, Schalke 04 have agreed to pay £11.29m for the 18-year-old, with just personal terms left to be negotiated before he completes the move. Previous reports from Bild had suggested a fee of between €5-7m had been agreed by the two clubs, with the caveat of the inclusion of a €30m buy-back clause. As of yet, it is unclear if there is such a clause in this latest deal.
Just like *wait for it* Jadon Sancho, City have been trying to tie the youth player down to a new lucrative deal, but he was not to be convinced.