Transfer Talk: PSG make pricey bid for Rudiger


The 2022 January transfer window is open (find out when it closes here) and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: PSG make a pricey play for Rudiger

Paris Saint-Germain have made an official offer to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, according to Foot Mercato.

The Ligue 1 club are looking to tempt him away from a potential move to Real Madrid and have therefore proposed a more lucrative salary package: a €7 million per-season deal, according to the report. The move would become official when his contract with Chelsea expires in the summer.

It has seemed that the 28-year-old centre-back’s preferred destination would be the Santiago Bernabeu, so PSG sporting director Leonardo is doing all he can to persuade Rudiger to choose Paris as his next home.

The Germany international has been a priority for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season, with the club hoping that he would renew his current terms at Stamford Bridge. But the arrival of another top European club to the bargaining table could now mean that the Blues must begin to look for alternatives ahead of next season.

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Lucas Digne‘s next club looks set to be Aston Villa, according to Sky Sports. The Everton left-back has been on the radar of a number of Premier League sides during the winter transfer window, but it now looks as though a £25 million fee has been agreed with Steven Gerrard’s side. The 28-year-old was also on the shortlist of Napoli, though the Serie A club pulled out with reports that his salary demands are in the region of £8.5 million per season.

– Jurgen Klopp has no plans to let Divock Origi leave during the current transfer window, according to Ekrem Konur. The 26-year-old striker has been linked with moves to both West Ham United and Fenerbahce recently, but his performances have seen him become a frequent tool off of the bench, scoring the winning goal against Wolves back in December.

Philippe Coutinho could join Aston Villa on a permanent deal, with reports that Barcelona have included a €40 million option clause to make the move permanent in the summer, per Fabrizio Romano. The 29-year-old attacking midfielder is expected to have his loan deal with the Premier League club announced soon after talks of a deal began last week.

Sevilla are ready to make another approach for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, per Ekrem Konur. The LaLiga club have maintained interest in a loan deal for the 26-year-old, despite difficulties over the salary that the Red Devils would contribute, and they are now reportedly ready to try their hand again to add firepower to the attack. Martial has struggled for minutes this season, starting just two games in the Premier League.

Newcastle United are continuing their search for a striker after the injury to Callum Wilson, and the Telegraph reports that they have set their sights on Burnley‘s Chris Wood. It is reported that they have already made an official enquiry to the Clarets regarding a potential deal. The 30-year-old has been in mixed form this season, scoring three goals from 17 league appearances.

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