Transfer Rumours 17/01: Juventus Consider Summer Bid for Pogba, Guardiola Eyes £200m Attacking Overhaul

Jan 17, 2021, 2:07 PM GMT+5:30
Juventus are planning to bid for Paul Pogba in the summer
Juventus are planning to bid for Paul Pogba in the summer | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Less than 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 presidential candidate Joan Laporta has claimed that Lionel Messi is "happy" and will "do everything in his power" to remain at the club as long as he receives a suitable offer. Messi's contract expires at the end of the current season, and his future has been a topic of much discussion, with the club captain putting in a transfer request last summer.

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.

Juventus consider summer bid for Pogba

Juventus will reportedly make a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano via Calciomercato.

A January exit for the Frenchman is definitely off the cards, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be willing to let the midfielder leave at the end of the season for the right fee. Romano adds that Juventus aren’t only hoping for a discount, but they would also like to lower the price even further by offering some of their current players in exchange.

Rumour Rating: 7/10

Ozil agrees Arsenal contract termination

Mesut Ozil has reportedly agreed to join Fenerbahce on a free transfer after agreeing with Arsenal to terminate his contract six months early.

The Athletic claimed that a deal had been agreed 'in principle' with the Gunners over the terms of terminating his contract by mutual consent.

Rumour Rating: 9.5/10

Guardiola eyes £200m attacking overhaul

Manchester City are reportedly considering a massive squad overhaul this year, with Pep Guardiola making Romelu Lukaku and Erling Haaland his top targets. Guardiola requires several long-term replacements with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, and Eric Garcia able to leave the Eithad for free this summer.

According to The Telegraph, City are in the market for a new striker, left-back, and a defensive midfielder. The report also claims that Lukaku, Haaland, and Benfica forward Darwin Nunez have been targeted as long-term successors to Aguero.

Rumour Rating: 5.5/10

Madrid want Ramos to take pay cut

Real Madrid reportedly want Sergio Ramos to take a pay cut in order to remain at the club, according to ABC.

The report states that president Florentino Perez wants his captain to sign a one-year contract extension with a 10 percent reduction to his current wages, as opposed to the two-year deal Ramos is holding out for. The Spaniard's deal expires at the end of the current season, and he has been linked to a number of clubs, including Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and PSG.

Rumour Rating: 5/10