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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Eriksen to Inter nearly complete, Spurs looking for replacement

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Tottenham Hotspur is in the news on multiple fronts this Sunday morning, for both incoming and outgoing transfer rumors.

Christian Eriksen, who has been heavily linked with a move to Inter, is nearing the completion of that deal, according to Inter CEO Beppe Marotta who went public with the news. “We are not hiding, we have been negotiating with Tottenham for some time,” Marotta told DAZN about the Eriksen move. “I am optimistic, I hope to conclude as quickly as possible. I am confident that it can be resolved in the next few days.”

Despite all the speculation, Eriksen has been playing for Spurs, but he was held out of the squad for Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with Southampton. Gianluca di Marzio reports that talks have progressed to the stage where Eriksen is expected in Italy today for a medical.

The 27-year-old’s contract is up at the end of the season, and Spurs clearly wished to offload him early rather than see him leave for nothing. However, the delay Marotta suggested is reportedly due to Spurs hoping to secure an attacking replacement. Reports state their talks for Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose have fallen flat, while Spurs have reached out to PSV about Steven Bergwjin and continue to hold interest in AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek.

Tottenham has also reportedly been in contact with Juventus, according to tabloid reports in England. It would cost Spurs around $33 million, a win for Juventus given they signed Can on a free transfer in the summer of 2018. The 26-year-old midfielder has yet to earn a consistent place on the Juve squad packed with midfielders, with just eight Serie A appearances this season.


Leicester City is in a fight for the top four, but the Foxes have come down to Earth a bit in Premier League play, having picked up just 10 points in their last eight matches. That could push Leicester to make a move for a January reinforcement, and they have been linked with young French midfielder  Ibrahima Diallo.

According to a report in France, Leicester City submitted a $17.6 million bid for the 20-year-old who plays for Ligue 1 club Brest. The former Monaco youth product has 18 appearances for the 13th placed side, playing 90-minute shifts in nearly all of those.

Unfortunately for Leicester City, the report states that Diallo is wary of a move too soon in his career, wanting to finish out the year. That’s still workable, with the possibility of a permanent deal to Leicester City in January followed by a loan back to Brest for the remainder of the season, if that placates the player.


Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport is confident that Everton will move forward with the pursuit of Inter midfielder Matias Vecino before the January deadline.

The Sunday edition of the publication claims that Inter received an offer for the 28-year-old Uruguayan who’s made 14 appearances for Inter this season but has recently been out of the squad the last few weeks. The report says he’s interested in a move to Everton, and therefore the Toffees have gone forwad with a bid.

Transfer rumor roundup: Young, Giroud to Inter Milan; Begovic to AC Milan

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s biggest transfer rumors, including those involving Premier League outfits.

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Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud are reportedly heading to San Siro, respectively.

Young, 34, has agreed to personal terms with the Italian giants, according to Sky Sports’ Fabrizio Romano.

Both teams will need to come to an agreement on the transfer before the move is made official. Just days ago, Manchester United offered Young a one-year deal, but the English veteran denied.

Giroud, too, is days away from making his switch out of Stamford Bridge official.

The Frenchman has a two-year contract on the table, with negotiations reportedly set to continue over the weekend. As of late, Giroud has fallen out of favor in Frank Lampard‘s pecking order.

Chelsea are expected to receive around a reported $7 million for the 33-year-old’s services.


With Pepe Reina set to join Aston Villa on Monday, AC Milan are looking for a quick replacement for the substitute role.

His name? Asmir Begovic. AC Milan have their sights set on Bournemouth’s goalkeeper as the desired replacement for the Spaniard, according to Sky Sports.


There has been a lot of talk on Christian Eriksen departing Tottenham, and it seems like it’s coming to an end.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Danish star has reached a personal agreement to join Inter Milan on a four-year deal.

Spurs are looking to get $22 million for the midfielder, but Inter, who still need to reach an agreement with the English club, are expected to negotiate for less.


Donny van de Beek isn’t making a move to Manchester United – or elsewhere – just yet.

The 22-year-old midfielder declared on Saturday that he is staying at Ajax this winter amid links to United and real Madrid.

“It is not that I can or want to do something at the moment,” Van de Beek told Fox Sports Netherlands. “I have said it before and I will say it again: I will remain at Ajax this season. And maybe next season as well.

“These reports about Real Madrid or Man United are a good sign, but it is not important now,” he aded. “I’ve said I will stay at Ajax and I will do so 100 per cent.”


Gedson Fernandes may not be heading to West Ham after all.

Fernandes, 21, was reportedly on the verge of signing a 18-month loan deal with the Irons; however, last-minute interest from Spurs might send the midfielder to North London.

Report: AC Milan seals Zlatan Ibrahimovic return

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Carlo Ancelotti and Everton look set to miss out on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The big Swede is moving back to Milan, according to a Sky Sports report.

Many (including us) were titillated by the idea of an Ancelotti-Zlatan reunion, but AC Milan looked like the No.1 option if it was able to get the finances in order.

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In fact, reports of a Milan return have been growing since November.

Zlatan returns to Europe two years removed from scoring 28 goals and 10 assists in 46 matches for Manchester United.

He then tortured MLS to the tune of 53 goals and 15 assists in 58 matches with the LA Galaxy.

But while the attacks of MLS are improving, there’s a chasm between Major League Soccer defenses and Serie A.

The club’s center forwards have struggled mightily this year, and Krzysztof Piatek has not picked up where he left off scoring 30 times between Genoa and Milan last season.

The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic has not played in Serie A since leaving Milan in 2012. His Serie A career includes 122 goals and 46 assists in 219 matches between AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus.

Report: Mikel Arteta set to leave Man City for Arsenal

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According to esteemed Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Mikel Arteta has left his post at Manchester City ahead of an imminent appointment as next permanent Arsenal manager. The Spaniard reportedly has the permission of Man City to leave for Arsenal, passing what was likely the biggest hurdle to his appointment. Fellow freelance reporter Fabrizio Romano corroborated this report.

Arteta to Arsenal has seemed imminent for at least the last 24 hours, but to this point all reports had indicated that talks had not progressed to a point where he would depart his assistant manager job alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and would be on location for Man City’s game at Oxford United today in Carabao Cup action.

However, di Marzio’s report seems to indicate that Arteta will not be with the club today as he veers towards the Arsenal position. All this could be confirmed or denied simply by Arteta’s presence, or lack thereof, at the game later today.

[ UPDATE: Arteta was on the touchline for Man CIty’s game at Oxford United as reports swirl about the club’s frustration at having not yet received an official approach from Arsenal for Arteta. ]

The Gunners play Everton this weekend, and a Sky Sports report earlier this morning indicated that Arsenal hopes to have the deal done in time for Arteta to take charge of the match on Saturday at Goodison Park. Clearly the club is working quickly to have structure and consistency through the festive fixtures.

Former Arsenal player Freddie Ljungberg has been in charge since the dismissal of Unai Emery at the end of November, and while he has kept the squad together and sentiments seem to have improved, fortunes on the pitch haven’t necessarily turned around. Ljungberg did see through a 3-1 victory over West Ham to break the club’s seven-match Premier League winless run, but that is the only victory among his four league matches in charge, and even that game required a comeback to secure all three points.

After the Everton match, Arsenal has games against Bournemouth, Chelsea, and Manchester United through the holiday season and into the 2020 calendar year.

Ex-USMNT winger Picault traded; Four selected in MLS Re-Entry Draft

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Four players found new clubs via Stage One of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft on Tuesday, while a one-time USMNT winger found a new home by way of trade.

That player is Fabrice “Fafa” Picault, who is headed to FC Dallas in exchange for $300,000 of 2020 General Allocation Money and a conditional $75,000 in 2021.

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Picault, 28, had five goals and five assists in 35 appearances for Philadelphia this season, his third in MLS. He scored 17 times with eight assists his first two seasons in the league, and his next appearance will be his 100th in the league. He earned caps for the USMNT in 2016 and 2018.

As for the Re-Entry draft, Mikey Ambrose is headed from Atlanta United to first-year club Inter Miami CF, while fellow expansion side Nashville SC has selected Eric Miller from New York City FC.

A pair of goalkeepers are also moving, with Richard Sanchez going from Chicago to Sporting KC and Kendall McIntosh heads from Portland to the New York Red Bulls.