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Transfer rumours: Newcastle land Guimaraes for £40 million, Vlahovic signs with Juventus and van de Beek now certain to depart Old Trafford

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28th January, 2022
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The vacant coaching position at Everton appears to have come down to a final three candidates, with Vitor Pereira, Frank Lampard and Duncan Ferguson all being interviewed for the job in the coming days.

It seems likely the Portuguese will take the reins at Merseyside, with Lampard destined to suffer from much criticism around his performance as manager of Chelsea before his rather humiliating departure.

Ferguson has been nothing more than a stand-in and the decision as to who becomes the next boss looks a no-brainer from this side of the fence.

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Newcastle United appear to have landed one of the big fish that has so often slipped through their grasp during this transfer window, with Bruno Guimaraes about to undergo the obligatory physical before his move becomes complete.

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A complicated financial package has been agreed upon with Lyon for the sale of the talented Brazilian and at just 24, the midfielder could well prove part of the backbone of a new-look Newcastle team once the full potential of their spending capabilities comes to pass.

£40 million (A$77 million) appears to have been the agreed price and such a deal comes with great expectation.

Bruno Guimaraes

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Logic suggests Newcastle will win a Premier League title in the next five seasons and potentially more than one. Such is the way of modern football and the sheer power of money spent on top-class talent.

Dusan Vlahovic’s move to Juventus appears to be certain, with a medical due on Friday once Fiorentina have completed all the paper work required to send the Serbian on his way.

A host of Premier League clubs will be furious that they were unable to secure his services and Juventus, currently fifth in the Serie A, should feel mighty fortunate to have lured the star striker to Turin.

It is a massive signing for the club and one that did not come cheaply, with a reported €70 million (A$112 million) paid in a winter transfer deal more financially significant than all bar two others in history.

Such an arrangement comes with great expectation, yet the Serbian is the real deal and could well be sold for an even greater sum should his time at Juventus prove profitable.

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Crystal Palace continue to hunt Donny van de Beek, with his parent club not averse to a sale for the right price.

Donny van de Beek

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The 24-year-old Dutchman has not proven to be the player that Manchester United thought he was and despite not wanting to take too considerable a loss on any trade, seeing the midfielder out of Old Trafford will be far better for the rebuild of the club in the long term.

Current information suggests that United are looking for a loan arrangement with their options then open depending on what the player achieves at his new club.

Aston Villa have continued their impressive transfer window, with the signing of Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on a permanent deal.

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After eight years as a Gunner, the 27-year-old Chambers is in desperate need of a new challenge and a club where more football minutes come his way.

The switch to Villa could well be exactly what he needs and with the invigoration of new playing talent and Steven Gerrard at the helm, Chambers could well be about to live a rewarding second phase of his career that appeared unlikely were he to stay in London.

Clubs are circling around Liverpool’s Japanese star Takumi Minamino, with the talented attacking midfielder becoming something of a cup specialist in red and he is surely frustrated at the amount of time he has spent on the pitch as a Liverpool player.

Despite his naivety in thinking that he would ever be more than a bit part under Jurgen Klopp, I can only feel sorry for a player who should be showing his wares each week and entertaining crowds with his immense talent.

Jurgen Klopp

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Now, with multiple clubs interested in acquiring a footballer not happy with his current situation, Liverpool are apparently reluctant to let him leave, despite the fact that Minamino does everything they ask of him in the lesser matches.

The Reds will play a little hardball in negotiations with Monaco and Leeds in an effort to either receive maximum compensation or retain a player they need in B-grade competitions. A serious bid could well lure the Japanese international away from Anfield.

A sense of desperation has entered the air, with European clubs seeking to finalise the deals that will make them better, avoid the drop and/or challenge in elite competitions.

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Stay with The Roar for all the rumours and deals over the final days of the winter transfer window.

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