Transfer Roundup: Batshuayi returns to Chelsea, Mauro Icardi to Real Madrid and Fulham hunt Cahill
We return once again for another Transfer Roundup. The rumour mill has been turning and churning out new stories, new possibilities for players to take a step up, or down. It’s why we love the January Transfer Window. So little time. So much to do…
Batshuayi Loan Cut Short
Life in England hadn’t been too great for Michy Batshuayi since joining Chelsea from Marseille for just over £30m in 2016. One and a half seasons in South West London and the Belgian had made 36 appearances in all competitions, 31 of them coming from the bench. Talk about a bit part player.
This was when he got his ‘perfect’ move to German outfit Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. 14 games, 9 goals. This was the return Chelsea were expecting from the former Standard Liège youngster. Not only was Michy back scoring goals but he was happy too, frequently posting on social media showcasing his delight at returning to first-team football in Germany.
“I think we have to get in some strikers. I’ve clearly run out of patience with certain individuals” – Marcelino’s Press Conference following Batshuayi’s half time-substitution in their 2-1 Copa del Rey loss against Sporting Gijón.
Valencia sit a troubling 12th place in La Liga and General Director Mateu Alemany has confirmed that they will try and move him onto other unnamed clubs, but we could be looking at a permanent transfer as Michy is clearly unhappy with his current situation and Sarri is unwilling to even give him a shot, despite their current goalscoring woes.
Real Madrid ‘close’ to Icardi
Mauro Icardi has been linked with every elite European club ever for the last 3-4 seasons yet continues to remain at the San Siro. How is a striker that has scored an incredible 109 goals in 175 games for a quite frankly average Inter Milan side still in Italy?
Finally the Argentinian may have a suitor in the form of Real Madrid. Various reports are claiming Los Blancos are close to acquiring the Nerazzurri’s star man, with Chelsea also keen. After 5 years at Inter, Icardi’s agent is suggesting that a new deal with Inter is ‘far away’.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo departed for Turin in the summer, Real have really struggled for goals with Karim Benzema’s exponential decline and Gareth Bale’s poor injury record. They need a striker to put the ball in the back of the net and there are few better poachers then Mauro Icardi in world football.
Ranieri Hunts Gary Cahill
Fulham are terrible at the back. Absolutely miserable. Two clean sheets this season and in dire need of an experienced leader at the back. In steps Gary Cahill. The 33-year-old leader has 61 England caps and with Alfie Mawson out for the foreseeable future, The club from South West London’s issues could get worse without a proper central defender brought in.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is also set to have his loan deal from Manchester United cut short, mustering only 8 appearances since joining in the summer. In all honesty, Fulham WILL go down without a defender. They have quality and potential all across the pitch, but without a proper leader, they’ll once again slip out of the English top-flight.
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