Newcastle United’s pursuit of two stars has hit a roadblock, but there is better news for their hopes of landing two more players in their mid-season squad revamp.
Meanwhile, Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has begun training with former club Ajax as he eyes a career rebirth following his terrifying on-field heart attack in Euro 2020.
And a Manchester United star has been shipped off to Spain after a spat with coach Ralf Rangnick.
Here’s all the latest in our Premier League rumour mill!
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MAGPIES SPENDING SPREE CONTINUES
Following their mega-money takeover by Saudi Arabia, Newcastle United have gone into overdrive in the transfer window as they attempt to return the club to its past glory.
Having already signed fullback Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid) and striker Chris Wood (Burnley), the Magpies are showing no signs of slowing down.
Newcastle have made a €40m ($63m AUD) offer for Lyon defensive midfielder Bruno Guimarães, according to The Guardian, but have not yet received an answer from the French side.
The Tyneside club is also reportedly leading the chase for Tottenham’s wantaway midfielder Dele Alli, with Burnley, Brighton and Everton all reportedly keen.
But not every player on Newcastle’s extensive wish list looks set to join the rebuild.
The club’s long-anticipated loan move for Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard appear dead in the water over the Red Devils’ lofty loan fee demands. Newcastle were reportedly happy to pay Lingard’s full wages as well as a fee for his services for the remainder of the season, but United’s multimillion-dollar demands have apparently ended the prospects of a deal being struck.
Lingard is pushing to leave Old Trafford in search of playing time, and if he can’t secure a move this month, he will depart the club for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Newcastle has also received a blow in their pursuit of Sevilla’s Brazilian defender Diego Carlos. The 28-year-old rejected a fresh Sevilla contract and is hoping for a move to Newcastle, but the Premier League club have refused to meet a €45m ($71m AUD) price tag. Newcastle have reportedly offered €30m ($47m AUD) for their top defensive target, with the clubs at a stand-off.
MARTIAL LEAVES MAN UTD AFTER RANGNICK SPAT
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has completed a six-month loan move to Sevilla, the clubs announced on Tuesday, as the France international looks to revive his career in La Liga.
Martial will join Sevilla’s title charge in Spain, with the club in second place and trailing Real Madrid by four points.
The 26-year-old told United’s interim coach Ralf Rangnick that he wanted to leave in January after growing frustrated with a lack of playing opportunities.
Rangnick then accused Martial of refusing to travel to a game against Aston Villa earlier this month, a claim Martial refuted.
He made his first appearance under Rangnick as a substitute against West Ham last weekend and contributed to Marcus Rashford’s winning goal, after being jeered by some United fans when he came on.
“He’s a great player, one of the best strikers in the Premier League, but we have other players in his position. It’s his wish that he wants to leave,” Rangnick said on Saturday.
Martial was one of the brightest prospects in Europe when United signed him for a then world record fee for a teenager in 2015.
After a promising first season under Louis van Gaal, the Frenchman struggled to impress Jose Mourinho during his two-year spell at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment rekindled Martial’s career in Manchester and he enjoyed his best goalscoring season in 2019/20, netting 23 goals.
But a long-term knee injury saw him miss the second half of last season and he fell down the pecking order after the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho.
He has scored only one goal in 11 appearances this term but could be an astute signing for Sevilla if he can recover his goalscoring form under Julen Lopetegui in Spain.
Sevilla have been hit by a number of injuries to key players, including their top scorer last season, Youssef En-Nesyri.
They will also be among the favourites to win the Europa League, particularly as the final will be played at their own Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in May.
Martial will hope the switch can also revive his hopes of playing for France at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
A knee injury scuppered his chances of being included in the French squad at the European Championship last summer while his lack of form meant he was also left out of the last squad in November.
ERIKSEN TRAINS WITH AJAX AS BRENTFORD EYE MOVE
Danish footballer Christian Eriksen, who went into cardiac arrest at last year’s European Championships, is training with Ajax as he seeks a new club, the Amsterdam side announced.
Eriksen, 29, who has been fitted with a pacemaker, joined Jong Ajax, the reserve team of his former club after terminating his contract with Inter Milan by mutual consent in December.
Italian league rules bar players with pacemakers.
“Former Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen is training with Jong Ajax this week. The Danish international is working to keep his fitness levels until he finds a new club,” Ajax said in a statement.
Eriksen joined Ajax at 16 in 2008, made his Eredivisie debut in 2010 and moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.
“I am very happy to be here. At Ajax I know the people, it feels like coming home because I was here for so long. All facilities are available here and with Jong Ajax I can train at a high level in a group,” Eriksen was quoted as saying in the statement.
“I want to be at my best again as soon as possible so that when I find a new club, I can perform well there as quickly as possible.”
Eriksen signed a four-and-a-year deal with Inter Milan in January 2020, helping them to win the Serie A title last season.
He suffered a dramatic cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening game at Euro 2020 against Finland in Copenhagen on June 12 and had to be resuscitated on the pitch.
Denmark then rode a wave of emotion at the tournament, reaching the semi-finals where they were knocked out by England.
The playmaker spent several days in hospital and had a pacemaker implanted to regulate his heartbeat.
He said earlier this month he hopes to play in the World Cup in Qatar this year and was recently in training with his boyhood club Odense.
“If a former player and, moreover, a self-trained product of ours knocks on the door of the club in this situation, we have no doubts, of course he’s welcome back,” said John Heitinga, the coach of Jong Ajax, in a statement on the club website.
“Christian is a footballer who is an example for many of our boys, a source of inspiration for the youth to move up.”
English Premier League Club Brentford — whose Danish boss Thomas Frank on Monday signed a new contract until 2025 — have shown an interest in Eriksen, news agencies in England and the Netherlands reported.