Wednesday afternoon official done deals and transfer updates for Borussia Dortmund’s goal machine, Erling Haaland and other star players that we are tracking for you at this time.
Official: Crystal Palace starlet Tyrick Mitchell signs new contract to ease Premier League side’s summer contract headache
The 21-year-old made his top-flight debut in July 2020 and has played 14 times for Roy Hodgson’s side in all competitions during the current campaign.
Mitchell told Palace TV: “I’m delighted. It’s a great place to be and an exciting time so I’m delighted to sign a contract.
“I can see, especially with the academy building now and academy players coming through, it’s a great time.”
Palace chairman Steve Parish added: “This shows once again how our academy can attract the very best young talent and develop them into first-team players.
“Tyrick’s progress is an immense source of pride for our club and academy.”
Singapore soccer star Jordan Webb joins Atletico Ottawa
Atletico Ottawa has signed attacking winger Jordan Webb, who grew up in Oshawa and played youth soccer with Toronto’s East York Komets.
Webb’s pro career began in 2010 in the Singapore Premier League, with Hougang United, where he scored 34 goals in 88 appearances.
“Jordan Webb is going to be a special player for us,” said Atletico Ottawa CEO Fernando Lopez. “He is an experienced renowned player that has an innate ability to create chances and score goals and he has proven it throughout his entire professional career. He has been overseas for many years and now it was the right time to be back to his country and demonstrate to Canada what he is capable of.”
Webb joins Canadians Dylon Powley, Chris Mannella, Keesean Ferdinand, Milovan Kapor, Antoine Coupland, Ben McKendry, Brandon John and Malcolm Shaw and internationals Viti Martinez, Bernardinho, Tevin Shaw and Vashon Neufville on the Atletico side.
Source: Official Website
The France international was hours away from joining United from Lens in 2011 before Sir Alex Ferguson’s move for the centre-back was hijacked by Zinedine Zidane, who was asked to speak to Varane by Real’s hierarchy.
Varane’s choice to move to the Bernabeu was an inspired one, with the defender winning the Champions League on four occasions during his ten-year stint in the Spanish capital.
But the defender is now keen for a fresh challenge and United have been given encouragement that he wants to move to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail.
Varane has a year left on his deal at the Bernabeu and with little sign that he’s receptive to signing an extension, the club will have no option but to sell this summer in order to avoid losing him for free in 2022.
With that in mind, Madrid hope to raise as much as £60m through the sale of the France international this summer.
But United have been heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the club had budgeted for this summer on the basis that fans would return to Old Trafford this season – which of course did not materialise.
Barcelona Consider Re-Signing Mateu Morey
According to a report from Spanish publication Fichajes, Barcelona are mulling over a potential deal that would see former defender Mateu Morey return to the club from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Morey, 21, started out at the Mallorca academy before making the switch to Barcelona’s youth setup in 2015. The young right-back spent four years on the Catalan club’s books but left for Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2019 on a free transfer.
Having initially linked up with the Borussia Dortmund II side, Morey has become more of a regular for the first-team this season, with 21 of his 26 senior appearances for the Black and Yellows coming in 2020/21, in which the right-back has managed to deliver a couple of assists.
Morey’s gradual development at the Signal Iduna Park has now caught the attention of former employers Barcelona, who are considering the possibility of bringing him back to Camp Nou.
The right-back position has been a problem for Barcelona ever since Dani Alves decided to move on. Nelson Semedo was brought in, but the Portuguese underwhelmed for the most part before departing last summer, following the arrival of Sergino Dest. The USMNT international has had an up and down debut season so far in Catalonia, leading to the club considering signing another player for the position.
Source: The Hard Tackle
Manchester United lead race for Aston Villa star
This comes after Football Insider reported that the Argentine graduate of rivals Arsenal tops the Red Devils’ goalkeeper shopping list.
The 28-year-old has been solid between the sticks after taking the difficult but right decision to leave Arsenal after a decade at the club for an initial fee of £17m in a deal rising to a potential £20m.
Football Insider add that United have been keeping a close eye on the man bound to win a senior cap for Argentina when international football for South American nations returns.
It’s claimed that United plan to recruit two senior goalkeepers in the summer transfer window, they intend to keep academy graduate Dean Henderson but move on David de Gea and Sergio Romero.
Martinez will be a sure-fire contender to be named as the stopper in the PFA’s Team of the Year and all other honours of its nature after a remarkable debut campaign with the Villains.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland makes Chelsea transfer decision
The Norway international, who is considered as one of the hottest prospects in the world, is being linked with an array of clubs ahead of the summer window opening in a few months time.
Amongst them are Chelsea, who have reportedly been tracking Haaland’s developments over the last few months in preparation for launching a move for the 20-year-old this summer.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel, who will be looking to see his side progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League when they lock horns with Portuguese outfit FC Porto in the second-leg of their quarter-final showdown this evening, is believed to be a big fan of the Norwegian’s talents and is keen on adding him to his attacking ranks ahead of next season.
But Chelsea are not alone in hoping to secure the striker’s signature. A variety of clubs from right across Europe, including Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, are all keen on laying their hands on the attacker.
Raiola has confirmed that Dortmund have no intentions to sell their star man this summer, despite knowing that the release clause within his contract comes into effect in the summer of 2022, potentially meaning that they could earn more money for him by selling him this summer opposed to next
According to a report by Sport1, the striker has set his sights on joining either City or Madrid, leaving Chelsea and his other admirers to look elsewhere in their search for a striker.