Manchester United and Liverpool are vying with a Champions League giant for the signing of a Barcelona man, Wolves are worried about their chances of landing a new striker, while Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip reveals why Hakim Ziyech stayed on Chelsea this summer.
MAN UTD, LIVERPOOL IN PURSUIT OF GAVI
A report named Manchester United and Liverpool as potential suitors for Barcelona midfielder Gavi, although they may have to fend off German titans Bayern Munich to land him.
Gavi is in the final 12 months of his contract at Barcelona, putting top clubs on high alert for a potential hit.
Barca are said to be confident of securing a new deal for the 18-year-old, who has already won 10 caps for Spain.
However, they know rival UCL teams are starting to monitor his situation as he could become a free agent next summer, should they fail to reach a contractual agreement.
And 90 minutes Barca state will allow Gavi to leave for a large sum in the January transfer window if new terms prove too difficult to sort. They want to have a replacement lined up before he can secure an exit as well.
The Daily mail coming up with an update on the starlet’s future. They put Man Utd and Liverpool in the frame to give it a big shot.
He would be a fantastic signing for either Premier League side, given that Gavi is considered one of the best young talents in Europe.
But it probably won’t be easy to win the race for him. This is because Bayern have set their sights on Gavi, according to a German newspaper Image. They write that Bayern are ‘eager to bring in the young midfielder’.
As with Man Utd and Liverpool, this will only happen if Gavi’s potential new contract with Barca falls through. If the player extends his tenure at Camp Nou, interested clubs will be unlikely to strike a deal.
Barca will hand him a huge release clause, which could come close to Pedri’s €1bn (£860m) release clause. Although the Spanish side will always agree to a fee lower than this fee, it is unlikely that any club will manage to obtain Gavi cheaply.
Gavi could consider Barcelona departure
The Spaniard has strong ties with Barca after joining their youth team as an 11-year-old. However, he might be tempted by the offer to play for Man Utd, Liverpool or Bayern.
After all, these three clubs are currently in a much better financial situation than Barca. This means that they could offer him higher wages under a long-term contract.
Man Utd added to their midfield in the recent summer transfer window by snapping up Casemiro and Christian Eriksen. But some would say they could also land Gavi as he could become the long-term successor to 30-year-old Eriksen.
It would be more surprising if Liverpool followed through on their interest in Gavi. The Liverpool midfielder’s future will likely revolve around Harvey Elliott, while their main target for next year is Jude Bellingham. The Reds are unlikely to spend big on both Bellingham and Gavi.
Bayern already have strong midfield options including Ryan Gravenberch, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Marcel Sabitzer. But they clearly admire Gavi’s talent and could improve their squad by snapping him up this winter.
WOLVES WORRIED ABOUT DIEGO COSTA’S ARRIVAL
There could be a catch for wolves as they look to bring in former Chelsea man Diego Costa to increase their attacking options.
Costa became a shock target for Bruno Lage’s side on Sunday. They need a new hitman after Sasa Kalajdzic’s ACL injury and have therefore offered Costa a return to the Premier League.
The 33-year-old was a nightmare for Prem defenders during his time at Chelsea between 2014 and 2018. He was also a controversial player due to his short temper.
Wolves believe Costa could still score goals in the English top flight and have set up medicine. If he is successful, Wanderers will put a one-year deal on the table.
However, The sun raise the possibility of Costa’s move failing due to the lack of a work permit. The Home Office could apparently reject his candidacy due to his age and lack of recent appearances for the Spanish national team.
Wolves chiefs are now waiting to see if Costa will be given the green light to return to England. If he gets a work permit and passes medical tests, the two-time Prem winner will provide backup and competition for Raul Jimenez up front.
Lage can also use South Korea international Hwang Hee-chan there. However, Lage also likes to use him on the left wing, which explains the need to bring in Costa.
The Wolves hierarchy will be frustrated that Kalajdzic has been injured and they now have to spend more money on a new striker.
The club parted ways with around £15.4m to sign Kalajdzic from Stuttgart, but he now faces a long spell of inactivity.
Costa won’t cost anything in the form of a transfer fee as he is a free agent. This has been the case since January, when his contract with Atletico Mineiro was terminated by mutual consent.
Although the forward is available for free, his signing won’t necessarily come cheap to Wolves. He used to bring home £150,000 a week during his Chelsea days and could demand a hefty salary to move to Molineux.
HAKIM ZIYECH STAY IN CHELSEA EXPLAINED
A journalist revealed why Hakim Ziyech stayed at chelsea this summer, despite rumors of a return to Ajax.
The winger netted 49 goals and 81 assists for Ajax before joining Chelsea in July 2020. But he hasn’t had the best spell at Stamford Bridge and is relatively low in Thomas Tuchel’s pecking order.
Many outlets are putting Ziyech in line for a return to Ajax or a move to Manchester United. Joining Premier League rivals Chelsea would have seen him reunite with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
However, Ziyech remained in west London on transfer deadline day and will now have to fight for playing time under Tuchel.
According to Fabrizio Romano, that’s because Chelsea were holding out for £30m (€35m). And that’s not the kind of transfer Ajax had in mind.
During an interview with TakenOffsideRomano said: “Ziyech’s deal with Ajax fell apart because Chelsea demanded a €35m fee for the Moroccan.
“Ajax wanted a loan with an option to buy, also because Hakim had opened up the possibility of returning to the Eredivisie. But Chelsea only wanted a permanent transfer, so the deal was never done despite the rumors .
The wide man has three years left on his contract with Chelsea. He’s unlikely to achieve that and will likely find a new club next year, either in January or in the summer.
Transfer Gossip: Man Utd, Liverpool in three-club Gavi hunt; Wolves worry Diego Costa