Liverpool’s Fernandez agreement; Dembele on PSG radar
90min rounds up the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip circulating around the world…
Liverpool have reached an agreement with Benfica over a deal to sign Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez, who is also wanted by Manchester United. (La Capital)
Fernandez is an alternative option for Real Madrid, who are prioritising a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham instead. (Sport)
Arsenal are the favourites to land Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, who is expected to receive offers from PSG, Man Utd and Aston Villa in the January transfer window. (Marca)
Leicester City are expecting one final attempt from Arsenal to sign midfielder Youri Tielemans next month before his contract expires and he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. (The Mirror)
Another Foxes midfielder, James Maddison, has emerged as a ‘top target’ for Liverpool in the January transfer window. A fee of £60m would be enough to get a deal done. (Fichajes)
France winger Ousmane Dembele has returned to the wish list of Paris Saint-Germain, who are watching his contract talks with Barcelona with a very keen eye. (El Nacional)
Rafael Leao is unwilling to renew his AC Milan contract and has concerns that the Serie A side can match his financial demands, amid significant interest from Chelsea. (Sky Germany)
RB Leipzig are expecting a bidding war for centre-back Josko Gvardiol and the biggest offer they have received to date is from Manchester City, who have vowed to pay in excess of £85m for the Croatia World Cup star. (Foot Mercato)
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Real Madrid have rejected the chance to land Ilkay Gundogan on a free transfer when his Man City contract expires in the summer. (Defensa Central)
Man Utd and Aston Villa are giving serious consideration to signing Athletic Club goalkeeper Unai Simon, who started for Spain at the World Cup. (Fichajes)
It comes as Juventus have established an interest in signing Villa stopper Emiliano Martinez at the end of the season. (Calciomercatoweb)
Tottenham have registered an interest in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha on a free transfer next summer. (Football Insider)
Sergio Busquets had been prepared to leave Barcelona in 2023 but is now open to signing an extension if the right offer arrives. (Mundo Deportivo)
Following the season-ending injury to Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich will take a closer look at Under-19 goalkeeper Tom Ritzy Hulsmann, who has already impressed manager Julian Nagelsmann. (Bild)
Real Madrid are concerned about losing 20-year-old centre-back Rafa Marin when his contract expires in the summer. Chelsea and PSG are both interested in signing the Spaniard. (Sport)
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Tottenham director Fabio Paratici banned from football worldwide by FIFA
Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici has been banned from football worldwide after FIFA extended the punishment imposed in Italy following his involvement in Juventus’ penalised accounting practices.
In January, the Italian giants suffered a shock 15-point deduction after the club was deemed to have inflated player transfer values in swap deals among other financial offences.
Paratici joined the Juventus hierarchy in 2010 and was the club’s sporting director between November 2018 and the summer of 2021, before he took up a similar role at Tottenham. The investigation into Juve’s accounts scrutinised transactions between 2019 and 2021 – when Paratici was at the heart of the club’s dealings.
At the start of the year, Paratici was one of several former Juventus board members that were banned from football following the conclusion of the investigation by the Italian Football Federation. Initially, Paratici was handed a 30-month ban from just Italian football, although the threat of extending the scope of that punishment internationally always loomed.
On Wednesday, FIFA released a statement confirming that they had indeed taken up that option, extending the ban handed out to Paratici and the other Juventus board members – including former owner Andrea Agnelli – worldwide.
The statement read: “FIFA can confirm that following a request by the Italian FA (FIGC), the chairperson of FIFA disciplinary committee has decided to extend the sanctions imposed by FIGC on several football officials to have worldwide effect.”
Paratici was due to be in court this week for a a preliminary committal hearing regarding a portion of the charges levelled at Juve, but the date for those proceedings have been shunted back to 10 May. Juve appealed their 15-point penalty – which the prosecution only recommended as a nine-point punishment – and will hear the ruling of which on 19 April.
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Sir Alex Ferguson & Arsene Wenger inducted into Premier League Hall of Fame
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have become the first managers to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
The duo won 16 Premier League titles between them across respective long-term spells with Manchester United and Arsenal.
With 13 of those championships, Ferguson is the most decorated manager in the history of the competition. He is the only coach to have won the Premier League three times in a row, doing so on two different occasions.
Ferguson said: “I’m truly delighted to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. It’s an honour when you receive recognition like this. However, it’s not just about me as a person. It’s about the job at Manchester United and the bond we had over many years, so I’m also proud for the club, the staff and my players.
“My job was to send the fans home happy. United’s history and my own expectations were the things that drove me, and I then had to try and develop all my players with the same expectations and make sure we could go out and achieve them.
“I feel Arsene is a very worthy inductee as he transformed Arsenal Football Club fantastically. They became a tough team to compete with and we both wanted to win, which motivated us further. Through the years since retirement, we’d go for dinner together in a little restaurant he knows well in Switzerland. He is a really interesting man and I enjoy his company, but it is still my job to pick the wine!”
Wenger arrived in England in 1996 as one of the Premier League’s first foreign coaches, and quickly proved sceptics wrong, transforming Arsenal into title winners and changing English football’s culture with his scouting and dietary expertise.
The Frenchman won three Premier League titles with Arsenal, including an unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ season in 2003/04.
Wenger said: “I am very grateful to have been selected for the Premier League Hall of Fame. We always wanted to give something special to the fans and when you have players capable of remarkable things, the most important thing for me is the obligation of perfection.
“I’d like to be known as someone who loved Arsenal, who respected the values of the club and left it in a position where it can grow and become even bigger.
“To share this with Sir Alex is a great honour for me. It’s like two boxers, you fight like mad and go the distance together. At the end of the day, you have respect and it will be a great opportunity to meet with him, share a good bottle of wine and memories of our old battles.”
In addition to Ferguson and Wenger, there are 16 other inductees in the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were the first two people inducted when the Hall of Fame was created in 2021. They were followed later that year by Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Dennis Bergkamp, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham.
In 2022, Wayne Rooney, Patrick Vieira, Sergio Aguero, Didier Drogba, Vincent Kompany, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes and Ian Wright were inducted.
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