Everton, by the skin of their teeth, were able to avoid relegation this season. They didn’t make it easy on themselves, going as deep…
The most sought after and gettable property in world football has finally determined his immediate future, with Dusan Vlahovic signing and arriving at Juventus to begin the next phase of his career.
The 22-year-old Serbian has arrived in Turin, passed a medical and is ready to help his club make a late charge for a 2023 Champions League place, that all of a sudden looks well within their reach.
The massive deal put together by Juventus will eat away at the big Premier League clubs who probably rightfully assumed that the young strikers’ next home was almost certain to be in England. Logic suggests that may well happen at some point in the future, yet for now, Vlahovic will spend the next season in Italy and probably continue to add to his reputation and value.
Olympique Lyonnais has agreed to terms with Tottenham Hotspur and midfielder Giovani Lo Celso will soon be in France to make up for the loss of Bruno Guimaraes, who has abandon ship and is in transit to Newcastle United and all the riches they offer.
Lo Celso will arrive on loan barring a reported late offer from Villarreal upsetting the apple cart and forcing negotiations to be reconsidered.
After the smart money suggested that Portuguese Vitor Perreira was the man most likely when it came to the Everton coaching position, Frank Lampard now appears to be the favourite after interviews have been conducted and the credentials of the applicants fully considered.
In what would be stunning return to the Premier League for the former Chelsea manager, Everton will be hoping for something near a miracle from him with relegation looking far more likely than a top 15 finish at this stage of the season.
Leeds United’s Raphinha appears to be a player on the market as we enter the final days of the winter transfer window.
West Ham United appear to be the most keen of all for the 25-year-old attacking winger and after a disappointing trade period where the Hammers, despite a recent injection of cash from a new part-owner, have failed to secure players to assist in both their Europa League campaign and a Premier League push for something better in 2023.
Liverpool appears to have become the likely destination of Porto star Luis Diaz, with the player preferential to a move to Anfield and a short-term future at Tottenham apparently not his first choice. The Reds had been keen on a summer move, yet with Spurs hopeful to get a deal done in the winter window, Liverpool has jumped at the chance to initiate talks with a player they desperately want on their books.
The endless drama over Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has further developed, with both Juventus and Barcelona now looming as potential destinations on loan deals.
Arsenal have had their fair share of hits and misses in the current window and may well seek to hang on to the Frenchman until they are able to snare a replacement deemed adequate, yet with serious suitors in the picture, the 32-year-old could finally be released from a contractual situation that does not appear to have benefited player nor club in recent times.
In other news, Barcelona look to have snared their man with Adama Traore undergoing a medical in the hours just passed and Spurs licking their wounds after a £15 million offer appeared not to meet the demands of home club Wolverhampton Wolves.
The £29 million package offered by the Catalan giants appears to have suited the English clubs’ needs far better and the player seemingly has his heart set on a return to Spain, despite keeping such a wish well and truly secret when it came to initial discussions with Spurs.
With Wolves being well aware that hanging on to Traore in the long term was impractical and impossible, it was important they looked elsewhere.
Following the lead of Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, Wolverhampton have spotted Asian talent that they feel could well prove something of an asset in the short and medium term, signing Jeong Sang-bin from Suwon Bluewings. Initially the 19-year-old will be loaned to Grasshopper Club Zurich on an 18-month deal, with his future almost certain to be in England once he develops as a player.
Already playing at the top level in Korea, Sang-bin will be a star once fully matured and likely to become yet another Asian Premier League star in the years to come.
As the days count down until the end of the winter window, clubs are moving and shaking; attempting to make last-minute moves to help their causes towards survival or triumph. Be sure to stay with The Roar for all the rumours and deals as the final days of the transfer period unfold.