Transfer tales: Wijnaldum rejects new deal, Villa demand £90 million for Grealish
The ongoing January transfer window hasn't really seen much of action yet, but there could well and truly be major happenings as we progress. Here we look at what is transpiring as of yet:
Manchester United would need £90 million for Grealish
Manchester United will require a whopping £90 million if they tend to acquire Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish in the ongoing January transfer window.
Despite signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax in the summer transfer window ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League season, the Athletic quotes that United are keen on swooping the Villa midfielder, who won't really come cheap especially after signing a five-year contract in September. United's interest in Grealish dates back to the summer transfer window, but decided to back out after Villa slapped a £70m valuation on the player. This is when United decided to bring van de Beek, but with Paul Pogba's future under scrutiny, the Red Devils are keen on finding a like-to-like replacement.
Ozil in talks with DC United and Fenerbahce
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil's representatives are in talks with the likes of DC United and Fenerbahce over a possible move, but the player himself is keen on seeing out his contract, which expires at the end of the current season. The midfielder is free to negotiate a move elsewhere in the ongoing transfer window, but if he wants to leave in January, his representatives will have to speak to the club.
Ozil's agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, recently told Sky Sports: "In the next seven to 10 days it will be a little clearer."
As for the Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, he was asked whether Ozil will see out his contract at the club, and the former midfielder said, "We will see what happens in the transfer window and we will assess at the end of that."
Wijnaldum's contract talks stalled
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has rejected the new offer from the club as he believes his wages should compare to that of the team's biggest earners. Wijnaldum's contract is set to expire in the summer, and although Jurgen Klopp has expressed his desire to keep the former Newcastle United midfielder at Anfield, a potential interest from Barcelona could lure the player away.
With Ronald Koeman at the helm of the Catalan club, Barcelona may look to offer Wijnaldum a lucrative contract, but that potential move hasn't really resulted in an official offer yet. From Barcelona's perspective, there are several overriding factors, which includes the ongoing presidential elections, while Koeman's future itself is under the scanner.
Wijnaldum, on his part, was handed a new deal in December 2020 but demanded time to come up with an answer.
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