Transfer tales: Lingard in Sheffield United's radar, no contact for Declan Rice
Mesut Ozil's eventual departure to Fenerbahce has obviously been the biggest story of the ongoing transfer market, but there are two more weeks left in the winter transfer window. With more than 10 days still to go, there's plenty of room for the deals to happen. Today, we bring you three transfer stories that have been catching the limelight of late.
Arsenal considering move for Manor Solomon
Now that Mesut Ozil is no longer an Arsenal player, reports have emerged that the Gunners are considering a move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon. As per Football London, Israeli 'super agent' Pini Zahavi is already in talks with Arsenal technical director Edu after offering the young winger to the team's former head of football Raul Sanllehi in May 2020. Sanllehi's eventual departure left the deal in tantrums, but a long connection between Zahavi and Edu might see Arsenal moving for Solomon.
Note that Zahavi does not represent Solomon and the former will rather be acting as an intermediary. There are claims that the deal may broker in January itself, but the player will join his new team during the summer transfer window to be a part of Arsenal's pre-season campaign.
Sheffield United want Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard's future at Manchester United continues to be the talk of the town. After the rumours with a potential move to the Ligue 1 side Nice settled down, reports have it that Chris Wilder's Sheffield United are trying to acquire the attacking midfielder in the ongoing January transfer window. As per the Sheffield Star, Wilder is keen on improving his team's fortune and has identified Lingard as one of the two players that he wants to bring in on loan. Lingard has strongly been linked with a move away from Old Trafford but it is said that he is reluctant on joining a side that is fighting relegation.
Sheffield, currently, sit at the bottom of the Premier League table having won just one of their 19 league games so far. Yet the advisors have told Lingard that signing for Wilder won't affect his chances of sealing a high profiles move in the summer.
No contact for Declan Rice
West Ham United manager David Moyes has confirmed that neither Chelsea nor Manchester United have contacted the Hammers asking for the availability of their star midfielder Declan Rice. Though sources have reported that Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer's team has joined the Blues in the race to acquire the in-demand midfielder, Moyes has said that none of the teams have made an actual move yet.
"We've had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn't want any anyway," Moyes told Amazon Prime.
"He's doing great for us, he's a big leader now, he's taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble. He's turning out to be a really good player but also a really good boy and good around the club."
Rice has started all of West Ham's 18 league games this season but a move away is highly touted, if not in the ongoing window then definitely during the summer. It has been quoted that West Ham will demand as much as £70million for their midfielder.
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