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Transfer News Roundup: Amad Diallo and more

Transfer news: The eighteen-year-old Amad Diallo made his Serie A debut on 27th October 2019 having impressed in the youth team.

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It is no doubt that the January transfer window has been a fairly busy one, with clubs all over Europe rushing against the fast nearing deadline to better their performances. Here are some of the deals that have gone through.

Sebastien Haller (West Ham to Ajax)

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After two seasons with the Hammers, the twenty-six-year-old French-Ivorian signed for Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam on 8th January for a four-and-a-half-year contract.

The move cost Ajax €22.5 million for the forward and is so far proving to be a good investment.

Haller made his debut as a substitute two days after his move against PSV Eindhoven. He created an opportunity for Antony to score the equalizing goal. Haller has scored two goals and provided three assists in four matches.

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Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg to RB Leipzig)

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The twenty-year-old right-back had an impressive 2019/2020 season in the Austrian Bundesliga netting nine goals and getting ten assists to his name in 27 matches. He played a key role in helping Salzburg finish top of the league table.

He signed for Leipzig in December last year but only became eligible to play in January. For €25 million, he became the most expensive Hungarian player in football history.

Amad Diallo (Atalanta to Manchester United)

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The eighteen-year-old Ivorian made his Serie A debut on 27th October 2019 having impressed in the youth team.

Coming from the bench in the 79th minute against Udinese, he scored his first goal four minutes later in a 7-1 home win, becoming the first player born in 2002 to score in the Italian top flight.

On 5th October, Manchester United made a deal for the youngster to move to Old Trafford in 2021, letting him finish the rest of the season in Atalanta on loan.

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On 7th January, United announced the arrival of Diallo at the club for €37 million including bonuses. Diallo’s ambidexterity makes him a versatile player, playing in a couple of roles including a winger and forward.

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Rangers

Rangers fear major exit for ‘key’ player wanted by clubs abroad

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Scott Arfield has been a vital part of the Rangers team since joining in 2018, and his current form, especially after van Bronckhorst took charge, is nothing short of exemplary.

The 33-year old Scottish-Canadian’s display is on a high now, and he recently helped his side’s win against Livingston with his “unbelievable” (according to Richard Foster) 75th minute goal.

He is a must-keep, but according to transfermarkt, the reigning Scottish champions risk losing him and other senior team members, including Steven Davis and Allan McGregor, in the summer following contract expiry.

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The Mirror’s print edition reported that the Gers fear letting their No. 37 go in exchange for nothing, given that USA clubs have their sights set on the midfielder, and his contract is only months away from expiry.

Money included or not, Scott’s departure could be a big blow come next season since he now practically determines Rangers’ performance (the one time he didn’t play after Gerrard’s exit is the only time Rangers dropped points.)

Hopefully, Rangers will consider holding talks to fight for the former Huddersfield Town’s contract extension, and he (Scott) is willing to stay in Scotland and at Ibrox, otherwise the double loss in terms of money and talent could hugely affect the Gers next season.

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Liverpool FC

Liverpool win race for £50m Porto star

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Liverpool are preparing a late £45 million bid for Porto striker Luis Diaz, who is also being pursued by Tottenham.

The Colombian winger was Jurgen Klopp’s first option for the summer transfer window, but due to Spurs’ significant interest, Liverpool have hastened their preparations.

Liverpool is thought to be proposing an initial £37 million, plus bonuses, which will only be activated if Diaz is a major success at Anfield.

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Tottenham has been in discussions with Porto over Diaz, reportedly willing to spend up to £46 million for the player.

Spurs are reportedly willing to pay £37.6 million upfront for Diaz, with an extra £8.4 million in performance-related add-ons, according to reports in Portugal.

Spurs have already appeared to miss out on Wolves attacker Adama Traore, who appears poised to return to Barca on loan, and missing out on Luiz would be another major blow this month.

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It is unclear whether Diaz will move to Anfield this month or wait till the end of the season. In 18 outings for his current club this season, he has managed to score 14 goals.

Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor:

“Obviously, it’s far from done and could easily come to nothing.

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“However, Liverpool view this as an excellent deal if it gets completed – very much close to a Diogo Jota-type fee. Also, it is far better value than the original €60m asking price.

“Diaz was Jurgen Klopp’s first choice for the summer, but they have brought those plans forward because it was clear if Liverpool didn’t act this window, the player would move on.

“This isn’t done and could yet collapse – the player is in Argentina with his national team, so it will be far from straightforward to complete the deal.

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“However, if it does get done, it’s a big coup for Julian Ward, who is to succeed sporting director Michael Edwards in the summer. It was a deal in which Ward lead for the first time, but it is fair to say he’s been supported strongly by Edwards who put together the strategy to secure the player this month.”

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Leeds United FC

Player wants Leeds exit to join club with money to spend – report

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According to BILD, Crysensio Summerville wants to join Hamburg SV, but Marcelo Bielsa prefers the winger to continue at Leeds United.

Hamburg have the funds to invest on new players this month, according to the German media, and Summerville, 20, has signaled to club officials that he would be interested in a loan move to the 2.Bundesliga team.

However, it is claimed that Bielsa is hesitant to loan Summerville out owing to Leeds’ injury problems.

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Leeds’ injury issue has hopefully reached its apex, thus we don’t see why Bielsa can’t allow Summerville’s loan request.

Summerville has made eight appearances for the first team this campaign, but has been left out of Bielsa’s last two Premier League matchday rosters.

Bielsa has a lot of wingers, so loaning Summerville out may be the ideal choice in the long run. The fans don’t want a situation where the Dutchman stays at Elland Road and then doesn’t play for the rest of the campaign.

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He will be dissatisfied, thus we believe Bielsa would be prudent to enable Summerville to sign for Hamburg on loan.

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