Transfer talk: Liverpool eye Kimmich; Saudis at door for Man Utd’s sale, Lukaku on move again?

January 25 – Liverpool have joined Manchester City in the race to sign FC Bayern want-away midfielder Joshua Kimmich. The highly-rated German international’s contract expires at the end of the season, with the 28-year-old unlikely to pen a new deal.

Kimmich (pictured) could be the final piece of Liverpool’s midfield puzzle as they look to acquire a world-class number 6 to fill in alongside summer pickups Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.

Manchester United are planning to recoup £100 million in the sale of players this summer, starting with 22-year-old English forward Mason Greenwood, who is on loan at Getafe.

Despite the player’s impressive performances in Spain, it is unlikely that Manchester United would consider keeping the player due to his controversial reputation and the negative backlash it could cause.

Al-Nassr are lining up an audacious bid for Brazil midfielder Casemiro, 31, and ex-England Under-21 defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 26. The Saudi club are not shy to recruit from United, having already picked up Alex Telles alongside marquee signing Cristiano Ronaldo from the Red Devils.

Chelsea have set an asking price of £38 million for 30-year-old Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who is on loan at Italian club Roma. The player has impressed during his time in Rome, scoring 15 goals already this season across all competitions despite Roma’s drop in form that led to Jose Mourinho’s sacking last week.

Newcastle United have joined Arsenal as potential suitors for Everton’s 22-year-old Belgian midfielder Amadou Onana. Everton are reportedly open to letting go of the midfielder for a deal in the region of £60 million.

Arsenal are chasing a deal for 20-year-old Paris-St Germain and Netherlands attacking midfielder Xavi Simons, who is on loan with RB Leipzig, as back-up to a move for Wolves’ Portuguese forward Pedro Neto, 23.

FC Bayern have dropped interest in 33-year-old Newcastle and England fullback Kieran Trippier after showing heavy interest in recent weeks. Trippier has impressed since transferring to Newcastle from Atletico Madrid in January 2022, quickly becoming one of the Premier League’s standout performers as Newcastle returned to the Champions League, though his recent form has dipped like his club’s.

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