Robert Lewandowski is prepared to snub Manchester United in a bid to join Real Madrid after deciding that he wants to leave Bayern Munich, as revealed by the Independent.
At present, Real cannot register any new signings until 2017 after being sanctioned by Fifa over a breach of their transfer regulations regarding minors, although they have appealed the decision. But Lewandowski is determined to test himself in another country and, despite long-standing interest from United, is well aware of Real’s preference to take him to Spain.
United had agreed a deal in principle with Borussia Dortmund to sign Lewandowski back in 2012, but decided to pursue Robin van Persie instead, leaving the Poland international to join Bayern on a free transfer at the end of the 2013/14 season.
Meanwhile, Feyenoord’s 16-year-old talent Tahith Chong has spoken out to claim that he’s aware of United’s interest in him, but says he will not consider leaving the Dutch side at this time as he wants to focus on his development.
The 16-year-old talent has been linked with a move to both United and Chelsea, although the clubs has to wait until his 16th birthday before any approach could be made given Fifa’s international transfer regulations.
However, speaking to Dutch news outlet FR12, Chong ruled out any transfer this month and confirmed that it is his intention to sign a professional contract with Feyenoord in the coming weeks.
Big January transfers that may go through this week
Big January transfers that may go through this week
1/6 Loic Remy - Chelsea to Leicester City, £11.5m
The ex-QPR and Newcastle striker look set to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. The signing of Brazillian forward Alexandre Pato means that the French international is now considered surplus to requirements at the champions. Whilst Newcastle and Crystal Palace has been interested in the player he now looks set to be heading to high-flying Leicester City. An £11.5m bid from Claudio Ranieri is expected to mean that Remy will join Jamie Vardy and Riyah Mahrez at the King Power stadium.
2/6 Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar Donetsk to Liverpool, £30m
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is in the midst of an injury crisis at Anfield with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all out. January is a notoriously challenging time to do business of this magnitude so the Reds’ offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira should be commended. Scoring 15 goals in just 22 appearances for the Ukrainian outfit, Liverpool have already failed with two offers, worth £24.5m and £28m respectively, as the transfer window hurtles along. Expect Klopp to go in with a late bid before deadline day.
3/6 Mathieu Debuchy - Arsenal to Sunderland or Aston Villa, six-month loan
Sunderland have reportedly joined fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the race to sign Mathieu Debuchy. The Arsenal full-back has fallen out-of-favour at the Emirates this season and will be allowed to leave on loan if the Gunners receive a financial package which matches their valuation. Remi Garde, the Villa manager, has pursued Debuchy’s signature all month but has been frustrated with the lack of progress made.
4/6 Saido Berahino - West Brom to Newcastle or Tottenham, £23m
The unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker is stirring for a move away from the Hawthorns. Tottenham had two bids rejected for the forward in the Summer but are yet to move in for the former England Under 21s man. Whilst Spurs may move late on deadline day to secure a deal they could also face competition from Newcastle. Steve McClaren is thought to be interested in bringing Berahino to the club to form an English triumvirate with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend. However, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is thought to be unwilling to sell to a relegation rival.
5/6 Eder - Sampdoria to Leicester City, £10m
Leicester City have been linked with a £10m move for Sampdoria and Italy striker Éder as manager Claudio Ranieri looks for a new forward to spearhead their title challenge. The Foxes are three points clear atop of the Premier League table following the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City on Saturday, but recently offloaded Andrej Kramarić on loan to Hoffenheim for the rest of the season. Sky Sports Italia report Leicester are prepared to meet Sampdoria’s valuation for the 29-year-old, who has scored twice in eight appearances for the Azzurri.
6/6 Renato Sanches - Benfica to Manchester United, £30m
The name of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches has dominated most of Manchester United's transfer talk in the window's closing stages. The youngster has a £60million release clause but the Portuguese club may be willing to strike a deal for half that amount.
“Feyenoord is and remains my first choice and we are still negotiating,” Chong said. “It’s true that Manchester United are interested in me, but I want to just stay at Feyenoord.
“There is absolutely no question that I’m going out of the club. Feyenoord now has come up with a plan of how they see me in the coming years at the club. I am hopeful that it will be all right and that I’m going to sign a contract with Feyenoord.”
Louis van Gaal has rejected a loan approach from Premier League leaders Leicester for Andreas Pereira, despite the attacking midfielder’s desire to seek first-team football either at Old Trafford or elsewhere, according to the Daily Mail.
Pereira is in line to feature in Friday’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Derby, but the 20-year-old has made it clear that he wants more first-team opportunities in what has been a frustrating season for him personally as well as the club on a whole.