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Transfer rumours: McGree and Postecoglou to be reunited at Celtic, an emotional departure for Insigne and Pogba's journey continues to baffle us all

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9th January, 2022
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Celtic continued their recent spree of signings, with 18-year-old Irishman Johnny Kenny joining the club on a five-year deal.

Along with the three Japanese stars recently signed and now on their way to Parkhead, the manager Ange Postecoglou is slowly building depth in the hope of one day returning Celtic to serious contention in major European competitions.

Australian Riley McGree impressed at Birmingham on loan and now looks like a prime target for a manager who knows his talent all too well.

Riley Mcgree of Birmingham City urges the away supporters to stop throwing bottles onto the pitch during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Birmingham City at MKM Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Hull, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

Napoli have similar aspirations to the Scottish powerhouse and Axel Tuanzebe has joined the club on loan until the end of the current season.

After time spent at Aston Villa on a temporary basis, the 24-year-old Englishman will now head to Naples in an effort to revive a career that initially looked bright within the Manchester United system, where he was one of the mostly promising players.

Bologna are also active in the window, with an approach made to Aberdeen over their future plans for right-back Calvin Ramsay imminent.

The 18-year-old has been on the radar of a host of clubs, with Leicester City and Eintracht Frankfurt others interested in acquiring the services of a player likely to be a long-term proposition for the successful bidder.

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As is the way, Aberdeen are asking for plenty to see the young man depart and any club hoping to snatch him had best be prepared to pay a record fee.

Toronto FC have also completed an interesting deal over the last 24 hours, with Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne agreeing to terms and destined to arrive in North America on July 1.

A reported €11.5 million (A$18 million) will see the Italian depart his city of birth and the club for which he has played on well over 300 occasions.

In Premier League news, both Arsenal and Liverpool have been open in admitting over recent days that their intentions are to be very active in the transfer window, despite both not being able to snag some of the prospects they have been connected with thus far.

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The Reds are keen to cover their African stars on Cup of Nations duty and Arsenal are still circling around Dusan Vlahovic.

No doubt there will be others in the market for the young Serbian, yet Arsenal are rumoured to be as good a chance as any when it comes to snaring the signature of one of the most exciting players in Europe.

The saga that has been Paul Pogba’s time in England continues, with a four-to-five-week injury now sidelining the Frenchman and the reported super offer made to him earlier in the week by Manchester United being denied by the club.

Back in September, Pogba’s manager suggested that Juventus was a possible destination for the enigmatic 28-year-old star.

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With Pogba, we never really know what to expect and another few twists and turns in this period of his professional life appear likely before a decision is made around where his next challenge will eventually lay.

Wolverhampton’s Adama Traore appears to be a hot property in the current market, with Tottenham and West Ham keen to acquire his services.

Arsenal are keen to bring Aaron Ramsey back to the Emirates and Boubacar Kamara is after serious coin in his next deal, with West Ham and Newcastle United likely forced to fork out £150,000 (A$284,000) per week should they be keen to bring the 22-year-old Frenchman to England.

Aaron Ramsey dribbles in Juventus' match against Napoli

Aaron Ramsey (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

In potentially the biggest news set to break in the UK, Cristiano Ronaldo has apparently instructed his management to open discussions with Manchester United in an effort to map out a clear path for the Portuguese’s future, with signings in the transfer window key to the competitiveness of Ralf Rangnick’s squad over the coming months.

Essentially, Ronaldo wants to play for a team capable of winning and should United continue in the same vein as recent times and not sign talent capable of redirecting the narrative, one of the world’s greatest footballers will almost certainly want out.

In France, Lille remain keen to hang on to central defender Sven Botman, however Newcastle United have apparently approached the club for a second time, keen to see the Norwegian join as quickly as possible.

Lille have apparently set a higher price (€41 million) ($A65 million) on his head than Newcastle’s new owners are prepared to pay and this may end up being one of those transfer window deals that just never comes to fruition.

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The big moves continue to come as the European winter transfer window enters its second week. Be sure to stick with The Roar for all the rumours and deals as the big guns of European football come out to play.

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