As we edge closer to Deadline Day, let’s take a look at the latest rumours in Europe’s Top 5 leagues with another Transfer Roundup.
Barcelona to hijack Frenkie De Jong’s deal?
It seemed all and signed for. Frenkie De Jong was going to join Thomas Tuchel’s Paris St Germain side. They even put on a show as they dispatched EA Guingamp 9-0 this evening, but there’s been a turn in the tide…
Catalan giants Barcelona have swooped in for a last-ditch attempt to sign the Dutch midfielder. They’ve sent over their best; Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu and former Barca man Eric Abidal amongst the club’s officials to travel to Amsterdam this evening in an effort to match PSG’s promises.
The Ligue 1 side offered £70m, which was quickly accepted by Ajax, and a huge wage hike for De Jong (something around £200,000), but it seems the light may have finally shined on Frenkie and his ‘raw passion’ to play in a farmers league, hitting teams for at least six, week in week out (because that’s definitely why he’s going).
The Blaugrana need a successor to the ageing Sergio Busquets, and Frenkie De Jong fits the bill perfectly. The 21-year-old averages 80 passes per game, at least one of them creating a goal-scoring chance; he would fit right in with Barcelona’s ethos of passing teams to death, a perfect fit.
Newcastle to pay £13 million for Roma forward
Newcastle United are set to make their first signing this January, reportedly preparing a bid for Grégoire Defrel.
The Magpies have had a quiet transfer window with unpopular owner Mike Ashley keen on selling the club. However, this may change with the acquisition of Defrel. The Frenchman has spent his entire career thus far in Italy, with his finest season being for Sassuolo in 2016/17 where he scored 16 goals in 38 appearances (all competitions).
The 27 year old was rewarded with a move to Roma in 2017/18 but a disappointing 1 goal in 20 games meant the €15 million signing was shipped out to Sampdoria for this season. He has started 2018/19 well with 6 goals in 18 Serie A games for the Blucerchiati.
Martins on his way to Monaco?
After making just 8 appearances in La Liga since a long awaited switch from the Liga NOS, Gelson Martins could be allowed to leave the Wanda Metropolitano in the next few days.
Martins was linked to Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern United as well as various other clubs in the summer, but signed for Atletico after terminating his Sporting contract following trouble with supporters. His lack of playing time under Diego Simeone has alerted Monaco, who are confident about signing him in this window.
The winger contributed to 16 goals in 31 league games in his final season for Sporting (2017/18). A skillful player with blistering pace, Martins averaged 2.6 dribbles and 1.5 key passes per game last season and is still an exciting prospect in Europe. The 23 year old could be a valuable addition to Thierry Henry’s side in their quest to survive relegation from Ligue 1.