The January transfer window may be closed, but it will take more than that to stop the rumour mill turning. You can check out all the done deals that were completed before the midseason deadline, before looking ahead ot what the summer may have in store.
TOP STORY: ‘Come to Real Madrid,’ Bellingham tells Haaland
Bellingham, who has scored 18 goals in 26 matches since his summer switch to the Bernabeu, spent two seasons playing alongside Haaland in the Bundesliga before the Norway international joined City in 2022. During that time the two stars became close friends, and now England midfielder Bellingham is hoping a charm offensive will help reunite them in the summer.
Haaland scored 70 goals in 71 games for Dortmund and has continued his run in City colours, netting 52 goals in 53 games last season and 19 so far this term.
According to AS, Bellingham has been telling Haaland how incredible it is to play for Madrid in front of a full house at the recently renovated Bernabeu. He has also been waxing lyrical about the club’s professionalism, the training facilities, and what it’s like playing under boss Carlo Ancelotti, among other things.
Haaland, who made his return after almost two months out injured in midweek, has a release clause that is significantly smaller for non-English sides, which means Los Blancos would need to find around €100 million rather than the €200m a Premier League club would need to pay to secure his services.
Liverpool, Arsenal eye ‘next Rodri’
The 19-year-old Swede only joined the Bundesliga club from Malmo last summer for £7.6m, but he has impressed since breaking into Frankfurt’s first team.
The player dubbed the “next Rodri” has offered promising displays against both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in recent weeks, performances that have prompted some of England’s top clubs to take notice.
Big clubs looking at Lookman
Lookman has been one of the standout players in the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring both goals against Cameroon to help fire the Super Eagles into the quarterfinals. Lookman’s AFCON involvement prevented both Juve and Atletico from pursuing a move in January.
Benzema future still uncertain
That’s according to Ben Jacobs, who says that while the 36-year-old striker was the subject of interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, he made no formal request to leave, while the club stated any bids would have been rejected anyway.
Al Ittihad bosses are hoping to persuade the former Real Madrid man to do another season, but it appears as though Benzema wants to return to Europe. Lyon are also interested in signing the French international, though he would have to take a huge cut in salary to return to his former club.
Marmoush has pick of Premier League teams
The 24-year-old has scored 12 goals and added three assists so far this season for Eintracht Frankfurt, scintillating form which has seen both English clubs take interest. However, his destination could be decided by which of the two clubs will be at Europe’s top table next season, with both Spurs and Newcastle battling it out for a place in the Champions League.
Aurier could still be on the move
The Daily Mail reports that the two clubs failed to agree on payment terms for the 31-year-old, but talks are expected to continue over the weekend. Aurier joined Forest on a free transfer in September 2022 after being released by Villarreal and though he’s played 24 times for the club, he’s yet to feature under new boss Nino Espirito Santo.