The transfer window is officially open, so now is the time for negotiations and surprises. After Ferran Torres, Barcelona started to explore the possibility of buying a new central striker for Xavi Hernandez. His desire these days is Alvaro Morata, who is currently on loan to Juventus from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season. The deal covers three clubs and is not easy to close, especially in January.
Morata wants an immediate transfer to Barcelona and Xavi is constantly looking for him. The problem is mainly linked to Juventus, who are due to find another striker in the coming days, which will not be easy. Meanwhile, a deal is also needed between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, which has yet to be reached. This is why the operation is complicated and it remains to be seen whether Barcelona will be able to resolve the situation within four weeks.
Remaining in Spain, Real Madrid have denied rumors of a deal for the transfer of Erling Haaland. As for January, there is no possibility of a transfer and the Norwegian will stay at Borussia Dortmund at least until the end of the current season. It is only in the next few months that he will decide which clubs he wants to move to.
Real Madrid are, however, working on new contracts. For now, Luka Modric, whose deal expires in June 2022, is the priority. The club have scheduled a new contract for Modric until 2023, but there are still some details to work out after which there will be a meeting to ensure the Croatian’s continuity for the 2022-23 season. His relationship with Carlo Ancelotti is excellent and therefore he will not be leaving the club as a free agent.
The case of the week in the Premier League is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker angered Chelsea fans, the club and Thomas Tuchel over a very strong interview in which he spoke openly about his love for Inter Milan, his decision to leave Milan only because of his failure to renew his contract and much more. These are strong claims that surprised everyone as the club were not aware of Lukaku’s interview.
Tuchel himself was very surprised by what happened and his decision to leave the striker out of the squad for the game against Liverpool was a form of protection for his side. Tuchel had no doubts about his decision precisely because Lukaku had given an interview without alerting the club and also because the content of the interview was highly questionable.
Chelsea have no plans to sell Lukaku despite questionable interview
The parties will be clarifying face to face very soon, but Chelsea’s position is very clear in the first few weeks of the January transfer window – there is no intention to sell or offload Romelu Lukaku during the month of January.
The Blues have invested 115 million euros for the Belgian this summer and have absolutely no desire to get rid of him after just four months. They will have to clarify the situation and heal a fracture – Lukaku will certainly have to be forgiven by the club, Tuchel, his teammates and of course, the fans.
What about Inter? It’s fair to clarify that at this time, the club have no plans to re-sign Lukaku in January. Indeed, his salary is around 12 million euros net per year and Inter are not in an easy economic situation, so they absolutely cannot afford to buy Lukaku despite his love for the club. The only possibility would be linked to a loan which Chelsea have never considered until now. There has been no dialogue or negotiation with Inter and there is no real possibility of seeing Lukaku in Milan in January. AC Milan and Juventus are not considered pleasant destinations for the player who has already explained publicly that he will never go to either of Inter’s two rival clubs after signing for Chelsea last summer. In short, Romelu knows that settling the situation with the London club is probably the wisest thing.
Finally, Manchester United’s plan for Edinson Cavani is very clear. As Ralf Rangnick has reiterated, there is no intention to sell the striker in January as he is seen as fundamental to the club’s goals. The Corinthians have never approached Cavani’s side directly, while Barcelona have considered the Uruguayan before looking for Alvaro Morata. Cavani will remain in England and decide his future at the end of the season, with his contract with Manchester United due to expire in June 2022.
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Anthony Martial, meanwhile, could leave the club soon, but Manchester United are asking potential suitors to pay his salary until the end of the season as well as loan compensation to let the Frenchman go. Sevilla, like other clubs, are now aware of the conditions to buy Martial in January.