Transfer Rumours 16/01: Manchester United to Rival Chelsea for Rice, Atletico Interested in Arsenal Star and More

Jan 16, 2021, 1:57 PM GMT+5:30
Manchester United to rival Chelsea for West Ham's Declan Rice
Manchester United to rival Chelsea for West Ham's Declan Rice | Pool/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.

Barcelona's presidential elections have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The elections which were slated to happen on January 24, have been pushed to March 7. Doubts are now emerging over Eric Garcia's potential move to Camp Nou, as interim president Carles Tusquets isn't able to sanction new signings.

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.

Manchester United to rival Chelsea for Rice

Manchester United have reportedly joined the chance for long-term Chelsea target Declan Rice. According to ESPN, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to continue his overhaul of the squad, and considers West Ham's Rice as a viable addition to his squad.

Chelsea are in pole position to sign the 22-year-old if he is allowed to leave the Hammers, but United have thrown their hat in the ring for the England international. The report claims that David Moyes' side aren't particularly keen on letting Rice leave, and hope a £70 million fee would be enough to ward off interest from interested parties.

Rumour Rating: 5/10

Everton target Bayern youngster

Everton are reportedly leading the chase to sign Bayern Munich youngster Joshua Zirzkee this month, according to the Daily Mail.

Zirkzee was touted with a move to Eintracht Frankfurt, but a red card while playing for the reserves meant his ban would be upheld everywhere in the Bundesliga. The report adds that Carlo Ancelotti is looking to add a backup for Dominic-Calvert Lewin and Richarlison.

Rumour Rating: 6.5/10

Atletico interested in Arsenal star

Atletico Madrid have reportedly revived their interest in Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to AS. The report claims that the Frenchman's relationship has been strained with Mikel Arteta, and he could be on the lookout for a new club.

Diego Simeone's side were interested in the forward during the summer, but the Gunners weren't entertaining the possibility of parting with the 29-year-old. He has recently found himself back in the manager's good books, having scored crucial goals for the north London side in recent gameweeks.

Rumour Rating: 5/10

Alli "unhappy" at Tottenham

Jose Mourinho has hinted that Dele Alli is "unhappy" at Tottenham, but refused to comment on rumours linking him with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain. Mauricio Pochettino is keen on bringing his former player to Paris, but there have been no concrete talks yet.

"In every dressing room are unhappy players,” Mourinho said before concluding, “For sure. If any one of us, of my tribe, tells you that in his dressing room are only happy players, I don’t think it’s true. The question is if I let Dele go without getting a player in exchange and I’m not going to answer that. It’s not a question that I am comfortable to answer. Of course, I would know how to answer. But I am not ready to answer. I am not ready to make public my vision of the situation.”

Rumour Rating: 6/10

Napoli want Barcelona full-back

Napoli are reportedly interested in Barcelona defender Junior Firpo, according to Sky Sports Italy. The Serie A side are keen on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The report claims that talks also ongoing with Marseille for the sale of Arkadiusz Milik, but there is still distance between the parties.

Rumour Rating: 5.5/10