In what has become a championship edition of Football Transfer Gossip, there is plenty of top-flight interest in two second-tier stars…
BATTLE FOR BERGE
Chelsea and Liverpool are two Premier League clubs in need of midfield recruits and are expected to be busy recruiting in that department in 2023.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are out of contract next summer, with the former expected to leave with the Blues reluctant to extend the injury-prone Frenchman’s stay.
Liverpool’s midfield woes have been well documented over the past year, with their usual heavy metal midfield trio looking old and a bit rubbish this season. They signed Arthur Melo on loan last summer, but he has played once before suffering a long-term injury.
Chelsea and Liverpool are expected to battle it out for the signing of Borussia Dortmund and England sensation Jude Bellingham, but it’s not about him, for once…
According to French channel Jeunes Footeux, the Reds and Blues will be in contention for the signing of Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge. The Norwegian has been linked with a move to the top flight since the Blades were relegated, with Arsenal expected to complete the double signing of him and Aaron Ramsdale.
Berge is “anxious” to leave United and the Premier League duo are “monitoring the situation”. It could be available for 20 million euros. Any takers?
PREM TRIO WANT SARR
Staying a bit of Championship carryover, a trio of Premier League teams are on Watford winger Ismaila Sarr.
Another player who has been constantly linked with a transfer in recent seasons; Sarr was relegated with the Hornets in 2020 and many expected him to leave. He stayed and was brilliant in the Championship as his team returned to Nostra Liga. Watford were relegated again last season and were once again expected to finally land a big move. It didn’t happen, with Newcastle United preferring team-mate Joao Pedro, but failed to agree a fee with the southerners despite a famous ‘Here We Go’ from Fabrizio Romano on the move.
Liverpool and the Magpies have been the two clubs most linked with Sarr, but we are not talking about those two here.
Italian journalist Ignazio Genuardi believes Everton, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace will be competing for Sarr’s signature. The Senegal striker may be “the target of an offensive” in the winter transfer window, believes Genuardi.
A move to Palace could make a lot of sense Wilfried Zaha’s contract expires at the end of the season.
MAN UTD LIKE SPURS FLOP
Juan Foyth didn’t really impress during his time with Tottenham in the Premier League, but has been excellent for Villarreal in La Liga and is currently in Qatar with World Cup semi-finalists Argentina.
Despite his underwhelming spell in north London, Fichajes believes Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in signing the versatile defender.
Barça are very enthusiastic, the report claims, but the English duo have “asked” Villarreal about the availability of the Argentine international.
The Yellow Submarine will apparently tell interested parties to invest €42m if they want to sign Foyth, with Barca boss Xavi keen to sign him after taking a look at Hector Bellerin who was trying to defend.
Sticking with Villarreal and throwing Liverpool back into the mix, there is interest from the Reds in Alex Baena.
The 21-year-old winger has enjoyed a stellar start to 2022-23, scoring nine goals and assisting four in 21 games in all competitions, and his form has worried Villarreal due to the its termination clause of 35 million euros. The Spanish want to tie him to a new agreement, especially to be able to increase this figure.
To fend off interest from the Reds, Villarreal expect his release clause to be €80m, which is likely to delay a transfer.
According to Sport, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have shown interest in Baena, and we have already discussed the interest of the Reds in a previous edition of the wonderful column that is Football Transfer Gossip.
The report mainly outlines how Villarreal want their release clause to be higher, while noting that all four English clubs are interested in a transfer.
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