Transfer Rumours 15/01: PSG Step up Chase for Alli, Chelsea and Spurs Battle for Kim Min-jae, Garcia Close to Barca

Jan 15, 2021, 4:08 PM GMT+5:30
Paris Saint-Germain are determined to close a deal for Tottenham's Dele Alli
Paris Saint-Germain are determined to close a deal for Tottenham's Dele Alli | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Just over two weeks left in the January transfer window, but apart from rumours, there haven't been too many big-name signings yet. The financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic is clearly having an effect on transfers, but deals are still expected to happen this month.

Everton transfer chief Marcel Brands has revealed that the club signed James Rodriguez from Real Madrid for free in the summer and called the transfer window "one of the weirdest ones ever". The 29-year-old signed a two-year contract at Goodison Park, with the option to extend his deal by a year.

Arsenal have confirmed that Richard Garlick has been appointed as their new Director of football operations and will join the club in the coming months. Garlick to set to leave the Premier League, where he has been director of football since 2018, tasked with overseeing football operations, youth development, young player education, and coaching.

Here's a look at some of the top transfer rumours of the day from the best sources possible. We will also provide a rating to these transfer rumours, giving our opinion on how likely a particular rumour is to become a reality.

PSG step up chase for Alli

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign Tottenham's Dele Alli on a loan deal this month.

As reported by the Guardian, new PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is determined to close a deal for his former player. Alli is one of Pochettino's favourite players, and the Argentine is keen to bring him to the Parc des Princes on loan in January.

Rumour Rating: 6/10

Liverpool target Wijnaldum replacement

Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a move for Renato Sanches, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The Lille midfielder spent a rather unhappy spell at Bayern Munich, but could replace Gini Wijnaldum in the summer, whose contract is expiring. The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Barcelona, with Ronald Koeman keen to reunite with his countryman.

Rumour Rating: 6.5/10

Chelsea and Spurs battle for Kim Min-jae

Tottenham are reportedly ready to rival Chelsea for highly-rated South Korean centre-back Kim Min-jae, according to the Mirror.

Jose Mourinho wants to add defensive reinforcements at Spurs, while Frankk Lampard continues to look for a long-term replacement for Thiago Silva. The report claims that Mourinho's side were interested in Son Heung-min's international team-mate last summer as a replacement for Jan Vertonghen.

Rumour Rating: 5.5/10

Bale's Spurs future in doubt

Gareth Bale's future is up in the air as a second season with Jose Mourinho's side seems "unlikely". According to the Times, Spurs are reportedly "unlikely" to extend Bale's loan for a second season.

The 31-year-old has made 12 appearances across all competitions, but only four have come in the Premier League.

Rumour Rating: 6/10

Garcia 'close' to Barca

Barcelona are reportedly closing in on the signing of Eric Garcia from Manchester City, Sport reports.

The 20-year-old has reached an agreement with the Spanish giants and will join this month if they can strike a deal with City. Otherwise, he will make the move in June for free.

Rumour Rating: 6.5/10