Manchester United have made a breakthrough and are nearing the first signing of the Ralf Rangnick era in Boubacar Kamara, Newcastle are chasing three big-name strikers, while Tuesday’s transfer gossip claims a Chelsea man is a target for Lazio.
BOUBACAR KAMARA DEAL AGREED FOR MAN UTD
Manchester United are nearing the signing of Boubacar Kamara having agreed personal terms with the Marseille midfielder.
We brought you the news on Sunday of how United were looking to secure his signing on a pre-contract agreement. That would see him move to Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of the season.
However, according to The Sun, via FourFourTwo, Ralf Rangnick wants Kamara brought in during January. They report that a fee of around £10.2m (€12m) has been struck with Marseille and that Kamara will become the first signing of the German’s reign.
The 22-year-old will likely prove a smart addition to United’s midfield. Blessed with huge energy, a good passing range and strong in the tackle, he has truly caught the eye for Marseille this season.
He is comfortable as part of a ‘double midfield pivot’ Rangnick prefers and may prove an upgrade on the ageing Nemanja Matic. Competing with Fred and Scott McTominay, Kamara will undoubtedly strengthen United’s engine room.
He is expected to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal on a contract to summer 2025.
Manchester United in talks for Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara
Manchester United are reportedly in advanced talks to sign highly-rated Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a potential free transfer.
Kamara’s arrival though is likely to spell bad news for another man in Donny van de Beek. Signed in a £35m deal in summer 2020, the Dutchman has failed to find his feet at Old Trafford.
Not good enough to impact in their attacking midfield positions, his best hope of saving his United career was in the ‘No 6 role’.
However, as per the Daily Express, Rangnick has decided Van de Beek does not have the qualities needed. As such, they reckon he’s highly likely to head through the exit door next month, with the club open to offers.
DZEKO AND MARTIAL ON NEWCASTLE LIST
Newcastle United are ready to bolster their attacking options in January after launching a double bid for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Inter Milan’s Edin Dzeko. (The Sun)
Real Madrid are serious contenders to beat Manchester City and United in the race for superstar Erling Haaland. (The Sun)
Barcelona’s £1.3billion renovation of the Nou Camp are getting the green light despite the club being in financial crisis. (The Sun)
Premier League matches may again take place behind closed doors, according to reports. (The Sun)
Tottenham’s Europa Conference League exit has seen English clubs slip behind French and Dutch counterparts in UEFA’s rankings. (The Sun)
KLOPP VOICES ANOTHER TOTTENHAM COMPLAINT
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp criticised the lack of hand sanitiser available ahead of his post-match press conference at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (The Sun)
As well as Martial and Dzeko, Newcastle are considering a move to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. (Daily Mail)
Barcelona are considering a loan approach for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having been alerted by his exile at Arsenal. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal are considering signing three Juventus stars in the upcoming January transfer window. (Daily Mail)
Maurizio Sarri is hoping to be reunited with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at Lazio, according to reports. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Managers and players are feeling angry with their clubs and the Premier League for rejecting a ‘festive firebreak’ amid the upsurge in coronavirus cases. (Daily Telegraph)
Newcastle United will make a formal complaint to the Premier League over the standard of officiating in their last three games after a series of controversial decisions went against them. (Daily Telegraph)
Tottenham are seeking legal advice over UEFA’s decision to effectively throw them out of Europe even though the club are not planning to appeal. (Daily Telegraph)
Leeds’ chances of signing Noussair Mazraoui appear over with his agent, Mino Raiola, appearing to rule out a January exit. (Daily Express)
Everton are to sign Dynamo Kyiv left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko in a £17m deal, paving the way for Lucas Digne to depart. (Daily Mirror)