The January transfer window is opened again, and the rumour mill is already approaching full swing. Lionel Messi, Odion Ighalo, Amad Diallo, and David Alaba headline the latest January transfer stories.
According to rumours, Lionel Messi could sign a two-year contract extension at Barcelona after a torrid summer when he tried to force a move away from the club. However, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would take his time before deciding with Manchester City, led by former boss, Pep Guardiola and Paris St Germain lurking. As his contract winds up in the summer, he is free to speak with other clubs.
Lionel Messi is not the only name on the rumour sheets, Manchester United duo Odion Ighalo and Amad Diallo are in with January transfer stories. Nigerian striker, Ighalo joined his boyhood club in the January 2020 transfer deadline day on a loan deal from Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua. His deal with the Old Trafford side is set to expire at the end of the current month and he could either return to China or negotiate another loan deal with other clubs as he looks very likely he would leave United on January 21.
📝 | Odion Ighalo is attracting interest from clubs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia ahead of the expiration of his #MUFCcontract on January 31. Two unnamed Premier League clubs have also made tentative enquiries [Sky] pic.twitter.com/lrNclKjoM5
— UtdXclusive 🔴 (@UtdXclusive) January 5, 2021
Despite starting on a high, scoring five goals in his first six appearances, the striker has been restricted to four substitute appearances this season. Amad Diallo is only days from completing his move to Manchester United. The young right-winger was signed from Atalanta last season for a fee rising to 37 million Pounds on deadline day.
Other January transfer stories include Olivier Giroud who has reportedly emerged as a target for Serie A side, Juventus. The Chelsea outcast has impressed every time he has been given a chance, but with Frank Lampard favouring either of Tammy Abraham or Timo Werner, he may leave this current window.
Bayern Munich left-back, David Alaba is also linked with an exit. The defender’s contract expires in the summer, and he is now free to speak with clubs. Credible sources confirm that he has been approached by five clubs including Liverpool and Real Madrid with the Spanish club the most likely to beat other teams to his signature.
The January transfer window will last up until the 31st and 1st in some leagues. It is a window where most top clubs do not make major buys, but there could be exits.