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Transfer news: Koulibaly to Liverpool, Jimenez to Juventus

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The transfer rumor mill continues to hum along despite the window not opening for some time.

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That’s not a surprise with a lot of contracts expiring at the end of the month and some teams’ new knowledge of their fate for next season.

Koulibaly to Liverpool

A Virgil van Dijk-Kalidou Koulibaly partnership at Liverpool is a monstrous and imposing idea, but the Reds so far have only offered a discount bid on the Napoli star.

Reports out of Italy say the Reds sent a $67 million offer to the Coppa Italia champions, but that Napoli remains steadfast in their $112 million asking price.

Recently linked to Manchester United and even Newcastle if a takeover happens, Koulibaly is a massive talent.

He turned 29 on Saturday and has a contract in Naples through 2022-23. Koulibaly has 33 Senegal caps and 235 appearances for Napoli after beginning his career with Metz and Genk.

Jimenez to Juventus

Wolves’ big price tag on Raul Jimenez seems likely to turn most teams off the 29-year-old Mexican, but that won’t stop teams from circling the Molineux.

A report out of Italy says Juventus would love to woo Jimenez to Turin but that his $65 million price tag is a bit too much.

Jimenez broke Wolves’ PL single season scoring record with his 14th goal of the season in Saturday’s defeat of West Ham.

It should be noted that Jimenez has little reason to want to move with Wolves still holding the chance to qualify for the Champions League via the league route or a Europa League title.

He’s having a career year with a number of players who also look set to stick around under boss Nuno Espirito Santo. But we’re here to bring the rumors, just in case.

Vertonghen to Roma, Smalling to Roma

Longtime Tottenham Hotspur center back Jan Vertonghen has been a steady part of the club’s return to top four prominence.

He may be looking to help AS Roma steady its ship in Serie A, according to Sky Sports.

Vertonghen, 33, has made 311 appearances for Spurs since arriving from Ajax in 2012. He’s been linked with a return to the Amsterdam set or Inter Milan prior to the Roma report.

The 118-times capped Belgian could play alongside fellow PL mainstay Chris Smalling, as Roma’s reportedly ready to buy the loan star off Manchester United after one more loan campaign.

Transfer news: Koulibaly to Man United; Zaniolo to Liverpool

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In the latest transfer news Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Man United, while their bitter rivals Liverpool are linked with Nicolo Zaniolo.

Fun fact: Kouliabaly and Zaniolo have both been linked with Man United and Liverpool in recent weeks. Nothing like a little bit of local rivalry, especially when huge transfer fees and talented players are involved.

First up, this is not the first time Man United have been linked with Koulibaly. The 28-year-old center back will reportedly be up for sale in the upcoming transfer window as Napoli aim to recoup some of the funds they will lose by not being in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Per Gazetta dello Sport, Man United are now ‘ready’ to come back in with a bid for Koulibaly after Liverpool showed interested in the towering Senegalese defender. After all, Koulibaly has been at the heart of several impressive defensive displays, and results, as Napoli and Liverpool have sparred on multiple occasions in the Champions League in recent seasons.

The report says that Koulibaly will likely be heading to the Premier League but for closer to $75 million rather than the previous figure of $109 million.

Koulibaly is a dominant center back and both Liverpool and Man United already have one of those each in Virgil van Dijk and Harry Magurie respectively, but it appears the Premier League giants want another giant to further bolster their increasingly sturdy defense.

Liverpool have Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren battling to start alongside VVD, while Man United have Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly challenging to partner Maguire. If Koulibaly arrives at either he would be a guaranteed starter and this could be the best time to do a deal for him as Napoli know it is very unlikely they will receive UCL money next season, plus the current financial situation means players will not be worth as much when it comes to transfer values.

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Sticking with a tasty transfer tussle between Man United and Liverpool, that takes us to Roma and Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.

The talented 20-year-old has been a star after bursting on the scene at Roma over the last two years and Roma, like Napoli, could miss out on UCL qualification next season. A takeover by the Friedkin Group has also stalled amid the pandemic, so Roma’s financial situation isn’t great.

Zaniolo is a tall, skilful and versatile midfield player and before his ACL injury in January he scored six goals and added seven assists in 24 appearances across their midfield.

Liverpool, like Man United, are probably one player short in midfield right now. Naby Keita continues to be an injury concern for Jurgen Klopp, while the trio of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum are all incredibly reliable but are pushing towards the end of their careers.

Zaniolo has attacking flair and is able to create and surge forward from midfield as well as keeping the ball. His main competition for a spot at Liverpool would be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as Klopp prefers two more defensive midfielders out of his midfield three.

Previously Roma wanted over $85 million for Zaniolo, who has over four years left on his current contract, but it’s safe to say that like most deals for the foreseeable future, the transfer fee will be a lot lower than that.

Transfer news: Fraser to Tottenham; Koulibaly to Liverpool

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The latest transfer news from around the Premier League gives us plenty of intriguing tidbits with Liverpool linked with a move for Kalidou Koulibaly the headline news.

First up, Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser will be interesting a lot of clubs as he becomes a free agent this summer and the Scottish winger is reportedly to be keen on a move to Tottenham.

Fraser, 26, has let his contract run down at Bournemouth and he’s been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool in the past. But according to multiple reports, ‘wee man’ would like a move to Tottenham to play for Jose Mourinho.

On paper, that would actually be a very good spot for him to land. Is he going to play at Liverpool or Arsenal regularly? Definitely not at Liverpool and probably not at Arsenal.

Fraser had an exceptional 2018-19 season, registering the second-most assists (14) in the Premier League. This season he’s gone off the boil a little but his contractual situation hasn’t been easy and he’s admitted his focus hasn’t been right. That is refreshingly honest and you have to say that free agents like Fraser will now be in huge demand as clubs around the globe are hit hard by the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

A speedy winger providing for a focal point of a striker is something Mourinho loves and with Harry Kane in the middle and Fraser and Heung-min Son on each wing with Dele All and Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso buzzing around, Tottenham’s attack would be pretty stacked and balance. Now, that defense…

Talking about defense, Liverpool have reportedly reached out to Napoli about signing Kalidou Koulibaly to strengthen theirs.

The Senegalese center back, 28, has long been linked with a move to just about every Premier League club in the top 10 but according to Tutto Mercato in Italy, Jurgen Klopp’s side have reached out about his availability.

With Joel Matip suffering injuries throughout the 2019-20 season, Joe Gomez has stepped in to fill the gap admirably but there are still some lingering concerns about who is best suited to play alongside Virgil van Dijk at center back.

Per the report, Koulibaly is seen as the answer to any of Napoli’s financial problems as they are unlikely to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Koulibaly has been sensational for Napoli over the last six seasons but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is ready to sell him even if the current decrease in transfer valuation means he will get less than the $130 million previously asked for the towering center back.

Bringing in a new center back probably shouldn’t be top of Klopp’s wish-list but if Liverpool can acquire Koulibaly for less than $100 million, that would be a very, very good deal. They know that after coming up against Koulibaly on seemingly a yearly basis in the Champions League and only beating Napoli once in their last four attempts.

Transfer rumor roundup: Salisu to Man Utd, Koulibaly to Spurs

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Kalidou Koulibaly could really leave Napoli this time.

No, really.

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The Senegalese defender headlines Tuesday’s run through the transfer rumor mill, with Premier League clubs linked with the center back.

Koulibaly turns 29 this summer and has been absent for most of 2020 through injury but remains one of the best backs in the world.

He has 10 goals and five assists in 233 career appearances for Napoli, and played every minute of the UCL group stage. Napoli went unbeaten, holding Liverpool to one goal over two matches, and is still alive after a 1-1 home draw with Barcelona.

Reporter Gianluca DiMarzio says that both Tottenham and Everton would like to get their hands on the big man, saying Daniel Levy has a good relationship with Koulibaly’s agents. Koulibaly, of course, played well under current Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Koulibaly has also been regularly linked with Manchester United, with Chelsea rumors in his history as well.

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The agent for Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu says the player is in demand by many top clubs including Manchester United.

That could mean something, considering the agent is the father of a current United midfielder.

Juan Mata Sr. made the claims about the young center back, who has a goal and an assist during his debut La Liga campaign with Real Valladolid (He debuted for the first team at 2018-19 Copa del Rey).

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are also linked with the left-footed center back, who has a reported $12 million release clause. Salisu turned 21 less than two weeks ago.

Transfer rumor roundup: Everton to Everton, Koulibaly to Man Utd

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Sometimes, the gossip mill gives us legit laughs.

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Gremio executive director Klauss Camara had the distinct privilege of giving a truly wondrous comment regarding one of his players.

“Everton in Everton is a situation that has been coming out more intensely. But there is no proposal put forward.”

The club is Premier League side Everton, and the player is 23-year-old winger Everton Soares. He’s scored 30 of his 47 career senior goals the past two seasons in becoming a 14-times capped Brazil international.

Sky Sports reports that Arsenal, Spurs, and a host of other clubs have registered interest in the player, but that Everton the club may leap into action this January.

That could also make for a lot of difficulties for media, not that that should discourage Carlo Ancelotti or Marcel Brands. Then again, Everton stars for Liverpool might make the world explode in irony.


Could Kalidou Koulibaly end years of life in the transfer rumor roundup by actually transfering this month?

Football.London says the 28-year-old center back wants out of Napoli, and that Manchester United may be willing to pony up the big bucks.

United reportedly bid over $100 million for the player in the summer, and it’s almost certain that United would have to break its own defender transfer fee record to land Koulibaly. He’s been an absolute monster for the Neapolitan set, racking up 232 senior appearances since arriving from Genk.

Partnering with Harry Maguire at center back or joining Maguire and Victor Lindelof in a three-man back line would allow attacking fullback talents Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams to create plenty of headaches for the Premier League.

Koulibaly also has been lauded for his class in discussing the racial abuse he’s suffered in his career.