Transfer Roundup: Man City target Sebastian Rudy, Palace join the race for Cahill and Tottenham want Rabiot

Man City want Rudy

Every time Fernandinho is absent from that Manchester City midfield, they look ropey. With the Brazilian littered with injuries and not getting any older (33 now), Guardiola has begun looking for back up, returning to Germany for answers.

Sebastian Rudy was a player Pep Guardiola truly desired, someone he thought was a necessity at Bayern. It happened that once Guardiola went out the door, in came Rudy. However, after one unsuccessful season at the Allianz that saw him only make 16 starts, out went Rudy. He was a Guardiola player playing in a Heynckes system.

Now playing for Schalke, Guardiola is coming in for round two, but it’ll cost City £35m…

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DEPTH: The midfielder would be cover for the injury prone and aging Fernandinho

At 28-years-old, Sebastian Rudy’s best spell in his career has been at Hoffenheim. In the 2015/16 season, the German international lost the ball an average of once every two games. Guardiola-esque. City initially wanted a loan but Schalke won’t agree without a fee. The price being upwards of £30m.

There’s no doubt Manchester City have the finances to bring in Rudy, but with injury problems of his own, is it the deal City really need? Or Guardiola’s fantasy?

Palace interested in Gary Cahill

With just one Premier League start and seven in total this season, it’s understandable why Gary Cahill wants out at Chelsea.

The 33 year old has enjoyed a decorated spell at Stamford Bridge since his move in 2012, winning the Champions League, 2 Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and much more. But now with younger, faster and better defenders ahead of him in the pecking order, the former centre-half Bolton defender’s time with The Blues is coming to an end.

Fulham have been strongly linked with Cahill throughout the window, with Claudio Ranieri desperate to strengthen his lackluster defence. Yet discussions between the two parties have failed to advance towards a loan or permanent deal.

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TIME’S UP: Cahill is likely to leave Chelsea either in this window or at the end of the season

A new offer has arrived for the centre back, with Roy Hodgson‘s Crystal Palace interested. The Eagles are reportedly leading the race to get Cahill’s signature on either a loan or permanent deal, with defender Scott Dann expected to leave Selhurst Park, perhaps even to Craven Cottage.

Despite being past his prime, the 6ft 4 defender can still do a job in the Premier League. He reads the game well, tackles strongly and is a massive threat offensively, with powerful headers and surprisingly good shooting.

Tottenham bid for Rabiot

A talented ball playing midfielder that comes with a short temper and bad attitude. Is Adrien Rabiot an asset or a liability?

The 23 year old has established himself as one of Europe’s up and coming midfielders, with a handful of top clubs wanting to prize him away from Paris. But alongside a reputation of being a joy to watch on the pitch, recent antics have given him the notorious ‘bad-boy’ tag.

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TROUBLESOME: The midfielder’s arrogance has perhaps overshadowed his talent

Refusing to be put on the French squad’s World Cup standby list, turning up late, refusing a new contract, the Frenchman is a trouble maker and wants to force a move away from the Parc Des Princes. Barcelona have been strongly linked to Rabiot for multiple windows now, reportedly agreeing a deal to sign him in the summer. Yet Spurs are also admirers of the midfielder.

The North London side have reportedly submitted an £18 million bid for the PSG contract rebel, attempting to replace Moussa Dembele, who left for China earlier this window. However, their attempts to acquire the French international could be futile, with Rabiot himself saying Tottenham are ‘below his level’. The statement alone makes this move highly unlikely…

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