With injuries mounting and clubs finding themselves in either surprising contention or relegation danger, the rumor mill’s been acting up a bit earlier than usual.
Given the relative nothing that goes down in January, it feels things might have a bit more life in 2016. With a wide-open Premier League at both the top and bottom end, England is no exception.
Express says that Southampton is “desperate” to get a new contract for Sadio Mane. Chelsea and Manchester United have long been-linked with Mane, but it’s difficult to imagine the 23-year-old wouldn’t have many more suitors if he became available for transfer.
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Is Newcastle United going to turn to Belgian international striker Michy Batshuayi in the hopes of saving its Premier League life? The Marseille man is well-regarded and has nine goals this season. His price tag is said to near $50 million, but Express says $33 mil could do the trick. He has two goals in two caps for Belgium, and Express also claims Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs want the near 6-footer.
And since it’s not a Newcastle transfer note without multiple French ideas for the club, come January oft-rumored goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu of PSG could be Tim Krul’s replacement for the rest of the campaign.
Spanish site Fichajes claims that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could turn to Serie A for veteran midfielder Lucas Biglia, but says the Lazio man is also wanted by Manchester United. The 38-times capped Argentine scored against Colombia last week.
Staying in Italy, Gazzetta says both Manchester United and Arsenal are seeking the signature of young Juventus back liner Daniele Rugani. The 6-foot-2 center back can’t find playing time in Turin after moving from Empoli in the summer.