Chelsea suffered a record loss when selling Romelu Lukaku. According to Calciomercato, Chelsea is about to record the largest loss ever for a player when selling Romelu Lukaku. Specifically, the two-time European champion offered Lukaku a price of 37 million pounds – 61 million pounds less than the amount they spent on him in 2021. The Belgian striker rejoined the Blues from Inter Milan two and a half years ago for £98 million – a record transfer fee for the West London giants at the time – only to see the striker fail when he returned to Stamford Bridge.
David De Gea is about to return. According to Daily Mail, goalkeeper David De Gea will likely return to play football this month. De Gea is in talks to join Saudi Pro League side Al Shabab. Notably, Al Shabab is currently ranked 11th in Saudi Arabia’s top league. They have won just one of their last seven matches before the winter break. They expect De Gea’s appearance will help turn the situation around, especially in defense.
Matic has a new destination. Lyon’s homepage officially announced that rookie Nemanja Matic transferred from Stade Rennais with a contract worth 2.6 million euros valid until June 2026. Although Rennes has no intention of selling the former Manchester United midfielder in January, Matic is determined to move on the grounds that he cannot enroll his children at an international school in Rennes. The problem is that there is no such school in Rennes, so billionaire Francois Pinault decided to sell Matic to Lyon for a slightly higher fee than when they recruited him from AS Roma last summer.
Arteta called and agreed to sign a contract worth 60 million euros to Arsenal. The Gunners failed in their attempt to sign Martin Zubimendi a year ago and are now determined to push the deal forward. Mikel Arteta had a direct call with Zubimendi and the midfielder is ready to join Arsenal. Zubimendi has a release clause of 60 million euros (£51.2 million) in his contract with Real Sociedad. Zubimendi has established himself as one of the best deep-lying midfielders in La Liga recently.
Michael Olise agrees to join Man Utd. Football London claim that the France Under-21 international preferred a move to Old Trafford rather than landing in London, despite Olise being a member of Chelsea’s academy until he was 14 years old. Olise has only started 7 times in the Premier League this season due to injury problems but has scored 5 goals and provided 1 assist, thereby showing the outstanding talent of the French player. Man Utd needs Olise to upgrade the right wing when Antony does not meet expectations.
Man Utd in preliminary negotiations with scanner Sporting Lisbon. According to Record, Man United is interested in Morten Hjulmand. However, the transfer fee for this deal will be no less than 80 million euros, equal to the amount of money released from Hjulmand’s contract. Erik Ten Hag really wants to strengthen the midfield after witnessing Casemiro’s decline in form. Meanwhile, at the age of 24, Hjulmand has a whole future ahead of him. The Dane has an 87% passing accuracy this season, with an average of 2.1 tackles and 3.8 duels won.