The summer transfer window may be over but the rumour mill is omnipresent. Despite domestic leagues and European competitions in full flow there are lot to speculate as we anticipate the ‘fast approaching’ January transfer window.
We bring you a roundup of all the latest transfer stories including Arsenal joining the race to sign a dazzling Manchester United target. Also on our agenda is an Ukraine international who has spoken up on rumours linking him to Chelsea and Liverpool.
Arsenal enter race to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu
According to reports from Talksport, Arsenal and Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Hakan Calhanoglu.
Turkish Football reports that the player is rated at £30m and the youngster is considered as one of the hottest young prospects across Europe. We had reported earlier this month that United are looking to sign the free kick specialist but now that Barcelona and Arsenal are also interested, the three way battle will become interesting.
Calhanoglu has taken over from where he left last campaign scoring six goals and providing two assists already in all competitions this season. A modern day number 10 who can play the role to perfection, Calhanoglu has also been given the name of the ‘New Mesut Ozil’. In fact the report from Talksport also states that Italian giants AC Milan are also keeping tabs on the player’s situation.
Andriy Yarmolenko speaks up on rumours linking him with Chelsea and Liverpool:
We had reported earlier this week that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was present in the stands to watch Spain’s 1-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev with the main purpose of his visit being to take a closer look at Andriy Yarmolenko.
We had cited reports from Spain claiming that Chelsea are preparing a formal bid to sign the Kiev forward, who would cost around €25m. It is believed that Mourinho has spoken with the player’s agent, Mikhail Gulordava, and it seems Chelsea are laying the groundwork necessary to sign the forward in the January transfer window.
The Daily Express have now reported that Yarmolenko has spoken up on rumours despite signing a new deal at his current club.
The striker who put put pen to paper on a five-year deal said he could leave for a top club if a serious proposal arrives. Yarmolenko said, “I still want to try my hand at some of the top championships as part of one of the strongest European clubs. I know that if Dynamo do receive a really serious proposal, we will find an option that will suit all parties.”
“Frankly, I really want for my club received adequate training compensation. I could have soon left for free, but I felt that on my part it would be wrong.” The report states that Liverpool are also interested in the 25 year old.
Manchester United keeping tabs on Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez:
The Newcastle Chronicle reports that Manchester United are keeping tabs on Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez who has continued to impress for the Magpies since his arrival from Spanish side Tenerife.
Newcastle had earlier resisted Tottenham’s approach for the 22-year-old in the summer but Manchester United will be a different proposition in the coming January transfer window. With Anthony Martial making an instant impact since his deadline day move from Monaco and Wayne Rooney struggling to hit form, Louis Van Gaal could be tempted to make a move for the young Spaniard.