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Transfer Talk: Dortmund’s Haaland to make decision ‘soon’

The 2022 January transfer window is open (find out when it closes here), and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Dortmund want Haaland to choose club ‘soon’

Borussia Dortmund are pushing for Erling Haaland to make a decision regarding his future, with his €75 million release clause now just months away from activating.

The 21-year-old scored twice in the 5-1 win against Freiburg on Friday evening, and in an interview with ESPN contributor Jan Aage Fjortoft after the game, he revealed that the club are putting pressure on him to make a decision.

Haaland has been linked with all of Europe’s top clubs, while Dortmund still have hopes he might sign a new deal that would erase the release clause.

As shared by Viaplay, and translated in English, the Norway international said: “The last six months I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund, but now the club has started to press me into making a decision, all I want to do is play football.

“So that means I have to make a decision soon.”

And with Haaland’s performances this season showing no signs of slowing, contributing to 20 goals in 13 appearances, his list of suitors waiting patiently for the end of the season are unlikely to be going away anytime soon.

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11.06 GMT: Tanguy Ndombele looks to be on his way out at Tottenham Hotspur, with Football London reporting that the midfielder has been told train on his own by coach Antonio Conte.

The 25-year-old was booed off by the Spurs fans during last weekend’s FA Cup game against Morecambe, and was left out of the Carabao Cup semifinal second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Napoli are one club who have been linked with Ndombele, who was Spurs’ record signing when he joined from Lyon in 2019.

“In this moment Tanguy Ndombele is a Tottenham player. For this reason, you have to consider him a Tottenham player,” Conte said on Friday, hardly a glowing endorsement.

10.18 GMT: La Repubblica in Italy is reporting that Arsenal are pressing ahead with their interest in Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

Vlahovic, 21, is one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe and has rejected a new contract. The Serie A club are now trying to get the best transfer fee they can with only 18 months left on the striker’s deal.

Arsenal have tried to jump the queue by making efforts to sign the Serbia international this month. And the report says that the Gunners have offered €70 million to try and get a deal done now.

09.30 GMT: Sergino Dest faces an uncertain future at Barcelona after being left out of the squad for Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa, but is determined to fight for his place, sources have told ESPN.

Teams from around Europe, including Bayern Munich and Chelsea, are monitoring Dest’s situation, but sources close to the United States international have told ESPN he hopes to stay at Camp Nou beyond the January transfer window and prove his worth.

However, sources at the club refuse to rule out an exit this month. The right-back has fallen out of favour under new coach Xavi Hernandez and his departure could help fund a move for a new striker.

PAPER GOSSIP

Telefoot reports that Kylian Mbappe wishes to wait until the end of the season to make his decision on whether he signs a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain. The Ligue 1 club don’t want to lose him on a free, and would like him to sign a short deal, but Real Madrid still planning to tempt the 23-year-old away from the Parc des Princes in the summer.

– Journalist Ekrem Konur reveals that West Ham United are keen on acquiring Ludovic Ajorque. The 27-year-old Strasbourg forward has provided 10 goals and six assists in 17 games. West Ham may have to offer a significant fee to persuade Strasbourg to release their key frontman in a season where they are chasing European qualification.

Palmeiras have advanced their approach for Bayer Leverkusen striker Lucas Alario, according to Ekrem Konur. The 29-year-old has mainly found himself on the bench this season, coming on as a substitute 11 times in Bundesliga games, while starting on just one occasion. But after a previous successful spell with River Plate, he could now be set for a return to South America, with Copa Libertadores winners Palmeiras looking to bolster their forward line.

– The Portland Timbers are continuing their moves in the transfer market, and journalist Cesar Luis Merlo writes that they are in for David Ayala. The 19-year-old midfielder has worked himself into the Estudiantes first team in recent months, as well as having represented Argentina at the youth levels.

Sampdoria are moving fast in the January window and have overtaken Genoa in the race for Roberto Piccoli, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. It is reported that the Serie A club are now favourites to land the in-demand 20-year-old Atalanta forward. And Sampdoria are also working hard to secure a second move: Inter Milan midfielder Stefano Sensi, who has struggled for regular minutes this season, with the 26-year-old starting just one game for the Nerazzurri.

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