We are officially halfway through the January transfer window, but with fixtures coming at us thick and fast, new signings have taken somewhat of a back seat.
So far, there haven’t been any signings of any note but with plenty of top drawer stars entering the final six months of their contracts, expect plenty of action as time goes on.
And even if the signings aren’t coming quickly, the gossip certainly is, and it’s all in today’s Rumour Mill…
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£100m OR BUST
Manchester United and Liverpool have both been warned they must be prepared to stump up at least £100m ($A175m) this month if they want any chance of signing the highly rated Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Senegal international is considered one of the best defenders in the world at the moment and was heavily linked with Manchester City at the end of last season.
No agreement could be reached between the two sides and Koulibaly stayed, but is still open to a move to the Premier League and the most likely avenue is now with either Liverpool or Manchester United, who are both in the market for a new centre back.
But they’ve been warned, it will be a heavy price to pay.
Speaking on talkSPORT, presenter Jim White revealed he had spoken to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
“There isn’t a window in the last two, three or four that we don’t see big mentions of the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly,” he said.
“This morning, I spoke to Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli owner, and said what about your player, are there bids in for him?
“He laughed it off saying he’s not for sale. It seems on this occasion Koulibaly is going nowhere. He stays and that was as recent as this morning. Anyone going in with anything other than £100million for Koulibaly can forget it.”
OZIL PUSHING FOR EXIT
Unwanted Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is “prepared to forego some of the £7m Arsenal owe him before the summer” in order to force through a transfer this month.
The 32-year-old is desperate to leave the club having been excluding from both the Premier League and Europa League squad for this season.
Ozil earns £350,000-a-week to not play for the first team and has been linked with a move to either Turkey with Fenerbahce or an MLS team.
And, according to The Athletic, Ozil is set to earn £7m between now and the end of his contract in June but is willing to leave some money on the table to secure an earlier move this month.
If Arsenal don’t take this offer, Ozil is likely to never play for the club again and pocket the full £7m for just training with the first-team squad.
Manchester United are weighing up whether to allow England international Jesse Lingard to leave the club this month after his representatives held initial discussions with Nice over a loan move.
According to Sky Sports, the French club are expected to make a formal approach in the next week for Lingard, whose contract runs until 2022.
The 27-year-old is surplus to requirements having not starting a Premier League game for more than a year, with all his appearances this season coming in either the FA Cup or the League Cup.
LaLiga side Real Sociedad had held initial talks last month too, as his representatives have been shopping him around to clubs both in the Premier League and abroad.