The 2022 January transfer window is closed, but there’s still plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Lewandowski pushing for Real Madrid move
The 33-year-old is entering the last 18 months of his contract at the Bavarian club, with the report claiming that the Poland international has turned down contract offers from Bayern in order to leave this summer.
Lewandowski has continued to break goal-scoring records in the Bundesliga, beating Gerd Muller’s single-season mark with 43 goals in the 2020-2021 season. The forward has picked up where he left off, scoring 24 goals in 21 appearances so far this campaign.
Los Blancos have been made a priority for the player, but the club reportedly view him as a second option should they not land Erling Haaland in the summer.
Haaland, 21, has been linked with many top clubs for the summer, with a rumoured £75 million release clause in his contract. While Real Madrid are one of those clubs, reports claim that their move for Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer might rule out a move for the Norway forward because of financial constraints.
That could open the door for Lewandowski, whose representatives are pushing for a move to the Spanish capital at the end of the season.
08.00 GMT: Here’s a deal that was confirmed on Wednesday — the Chicago Fire announced that they have completed the transfer of Lyon and Switzerland international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, and signed him to a Designated Player contract.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but one source with knowledge of the transaction said that the Fire paid a transfer free of around $7.5m. The transfer reunites Shaqiri and Heitz, who worked together at Swiss side FC Basel, where the player began his professional career in 2009. Shaqiri’s contract with the Fire will run through the 2024 season, pending a receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Shaqiri, 30, has played for some of the world’s biggest clubs, including Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Liverpool, as well as Basel, Lyon and Stoke City. Among the 17 trophies that Shaqiri has won during his career are three Swiss Super League titles, three Bundesliga titles, one Premier League championship as well as two UEFA Champions League crowns. The first UCL triumph was with Bayern in 2013 while the second was with Liverpool in 2019. This season Shaqiri has two goals and three assists in 11 league appearances for Lyon. All told, he has made 421 appearances across all competitions.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)
– Newcastle United are preparing a move for Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly in the summer, reports journalist Ekrem Konur. The 23-year-old can play at both centre-back and left-back and has started the majority of the Cherries’ games in the Championship this season. His contract on the south coast expires in 2024, and he could join the likes of Dan Burn and Kieran Trippier at the back, both of whom made the move to the Magpies in January.
– Real Madrid are looking to extend the contract of winger Vinicius Junior, says Nicolo Schira. The 21-year-old has become an important player for Los Blancos this year, stepping up with 12 goals and six assists in 21 LaLiga appearances this season. The Brazil international’s deal runs until 2024, though the club are looking to extend his stay until 2027.
– Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan are monitoring Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, according to A Bola. Nunez, 22, has impressed this season, with West Ham United reportedly making a late move for the striker. The club is not willing to move him on for less than €50m, according to the report, with his deal at the Portuguese club lasting until 2025.
– Juventus are looking to strengthen their defensive options in the summer, and Calciomercato reports that the club are interested in Antonio Rudiger and Gleison Bremer. Rudiger, 28, is a free agent in the summer and has been linked with a number of top European clubs. The Bianconeri are said to have joined the race for the Germany international. There is also Torino defender Bremer, who has become a key player for the Serie A side, with his deal there running until 2024.
– Barcelona are looking to move on three strikers in the summer, according to Sport. The report claims that Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong are all free to leave the club due to their large squad in the attacking areas. De Jong, 31, is on loan from Sevilla with an option of a permanent deal, however, they are not set to activate it. Braithwaite and Depay have deals that run longer for the Blaugrana, with the club looking to move them on amid their financial distress and a squad rebuild from Xavi Hernandez.