March 22, 2023

Here are the latest transfer updates and done deals in the ongoing January transfer window for various clubs across Europe.

Done Deal: Ireland U21s’ Zack Elbouzedi makes Bolton move

Republic of Ireland Under-21 winger Zack Elbouzedi has left League One table-toppers Lincoln City on loan and joined Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season.
The Dubliner, who joined the Imps from Waterford FC 12 months ago, drops down to League Two where former Premier League regulars Bolton find themselves in the bottom half of the table.
The 22-year-old has made six appearances in all competitions for Lincoln this season, with just two of those coming in the league against Northampton and Burton in December.

Source: BBC

Done Deal: Crawley striker Max Watters joins Cardiff
Crawley striker Max Watters has joined Championship side Cardiff on a three-year deal.

The 21-year-old joined the Reds in October and has impressed for them.

He was their top scorer this season with 16 goals in all competitions.

Watters won the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month award for December.

Source: BBC

Celtic summer target linked with big money move to Arsenal
Ivan Toney was heavily linked with a move to Celtic in the summer but despite the very public dispute of the striker, Toney signed for Brentford whilst Celtic went for Albian Ajeti from West Ham. The sizeable fee that Brentford will surely ask for from any suitors will likely highlight the missed opportunity of the Celtic recruitment team during the summer.

According to The Daily Mail, Celtic’s transfer failings could be compounded as Toney is linked with a big money move to Mikel Arteta’s side. Despite signing for a fee that could go up to £10m in the summer, Toney is already being linked with a move away.

The striker netted 26 times last season for Peterborough but since a move to Brentford, he has scored 24 goals for the Championship side in all competitions already. Celtic missed out on a move for the striker and now the striker is being linked with West Ham and Arsenal.

Source: Daily Mail

Barcelona and Napoli are negotiating a loan deal for Firpo

Italian side Napoli are looking to secure Junior Firpo on a loan deal, according to reports from Sky Sports Italy. Gennaro Gattuso’s search for a fullback has opened him up to the idea of bringing the 24-year-old to Italy. The Italian side are reportedly in contact with Barcelona to discuss a potential loan deal.

Napoli are also trying to secure a transfer for Kevin Malcuit. Parma are reportedly still keen on signing the French fullback. This would make the Firpo operation immediately possible.

Junior Firpo has made 33 appearances for Barcelona since arriving in August 2019. Since his move from Real Betis, he has served as a deputy to Jordi Alba at left-back. However, he hasn’t quite imposed himself to be in contention for a starting spot. While he would benefit from more game time and a move away, Barcelona’s depth at the left-back position is already scarce. Firpo’s departure, if not for a decent transfer fee, could pose problems for Barça.

Source: Sky Sports

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher backs Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign Mane over Salah

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah hinted he could move to Real Madrid during an interview with Spanish press last year and rumours have been circulating that Zinedine Zidane could be plotting a summer swoop.

The ex-Chelsea attacker has fired Liverpool to great heights, winning the Premier League and Champions League titles.

His time on Merseyside could be coming to an end as Real and Barcelona are apparently interested in the Egyptian’s services.

However, Carragher feels the 28-year-old may not get his dream move to La Liga because of his age.

He feels Mane, who is also 28, would be more suitable to joining the Spanish European heavyweights.

Source: Sunday Express

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