Rumour Rater: Arsenal pushing hard for Ivan Perisic; Man United want Steven Bergwijn
The January transfer window is quickly closing and there are a lot of teams still looking to strengthen before the deadline. Which players are likeliest to move before the window closes on Thursday? David Amoyal rates the top rumours from around world football.
Ivan Perisic to Arsenal: 40 percent
Both Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti and the club's executive director Beppe Marotta have confirmed publicly that the Croatia international has asked to be sold during the January window, not to mention Perisic didn't play in Sunday's loss to Torino. But while Arsenal have reportedly submitted a €4m loan bid with an option to buy in the summer for €40m, Inter are looking for an immediate permanent sale. A compromise could be reached by substantially increasing the loan fee, which would make the option to buy almost a formality given the outlay.
Steven Bergwijn to Man United in January: 15 percent
The Dutch winger has been one of the keys to PSV's success in the Eredivisie so far and his performances have drawn the attention of many scouts, including from Bayern Munich and Manchester United. The Red Devils are reportedly leading the way for 21-year-old away, however PSV value Bergwijn at more than €30m and are reluctant to let him leave mid-season given they are in the middle of a title charge. As a result they may hold off on a sale and hope to get an even higher fee in the summer.
Wilfried Zaha to Borussia Dortmund: 25 percent
Since the announcement of Christian Pulisic's future move to Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund have been looking for a suitable replacement and have directed their interest towards Crystal Palace's forward Wilfried Zaha. The Bundesliga leaders are reportedly ready to submit a €50m bid to bring the winger to the Bundesliga, but Palace boss Roy Hodgson dismissed the rumours by stating that no contact has yet been held between the two clubs.
Yannick Carrasco to Inter: 30 percent
If the Nerazzurri sell Perisic then they would need to find a replacement quickly as they are in a battle to secure a Champions League spot. Dalian Yifang's Carrasco has been pushing to return to Europe from China during the January window, but the biggest hurdle for Inter are the Belgium international's annual wages of €10m -- more than what they are offering captain Mauro Icardi to extend his contract. Should Carrasco agree to lower his demands, Inter could offer Antonio Candreva to Dalian Yifang to lower the transfer fee and take a significant contract off their payroll. As an alternative to Carrasco, Inter could also try and move up Rodrigo De Paul's arrival -- initially set for the summer -- or bring Yann Karamoh back from his loan at Bordeaux.
Miranda to Monaco: 50 percent
Perisic isn't the only Inter player pushing for a move before the January window closes: former Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda has been dissatisfied with his role as a backup since Stefan de Vrij's arrival last summer. After turning down proposals from Brazil and China because he wanted to continue playing in Europe, Miranda has found a potential landing spot in Ligue 1 with relegation-threatened Monaco. Inter would need to sign an replacement before they let him go though, with Andrea Ranocchia their only backup in the position. Parma's Bruno Alves and Besiktas' Domagoj Vida are two names to keep an eye on in that regard.
Youri Tielemans to Leicester City: 60 percent
While Tielemans had been given an important role under Thierry Henry, Leonardo Jardim's stunning return at Monaco makes it likely the Belgium international will leave before the January window closes. While he has also been linked to Manchester United, he would get more opportunities to start at Leicester with the club open to a loan move rather than a permanent acquisition.
Sebastian Giovinco to Al-Hilal: 65 percent
After four seasons in MLS, could the diminutive Italian leave to start the next chapter of his career in the Saudi Pro League? Al-Hilal made him a substantial offer on a multi-year contract but Toronto president Bill Manning confirmed the club turned down that initial bid. Giovinco has enjoyed living in North America yet, unless Toronto offer him a rich extension, he could push to leave in the coming weeks. To make matters more complicated, the former Juventus man picked up a leg injury during the recent training camp.
Gerard Deulofeu to Milan: 25 percent
The former Barcelona youth team product is reportedly eager to return to the Rossoneri, having played for them during the 2017-18 season. The Italian club need for a winger with pace to complete their attack but Watford are looking for a permanent sale or a loan with a forced option to buy for at least €20m in order to let him go in January. Unless the Premier League club budge on these terms, or accept a player in exchange, the deal is unlikely since Milan have to respect their Financial Fair Play parameters.
Nikola Kalinic to Schalke: 60 percent
With the addition of Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, Atletico Madrid's attack appears rather crowded. For this reason, the Spanish club are looking to make some space by selling Nikola Kalinic. The Croatian, who has struggled to win over manager Diego Simeone since arriving last summer, is on the radar of Schalke 04. The German side are reportedly ready to offer a loan with an option to buy, a transfer formula that -- given the circumstances -- could be accepted by Atletico's board.
Sandro Tonali to Liverpool: 20 percent
Just like Marco Verratti before him, playing in Italy's second division hasn't prevented Tonali from being linked to top clubs abroad. But unlike the PSG star, Tonali will almost certainly head to a Serie A club next. While it's true Liverpool have scouted the 18-year-old midfielder, Milan, Roma, and especially Juventus and Inter are ahead in the race to sign "the new Andrea Pirlo," despite his hefty price tag of €30m.