|Kieran Trippier is the first player to join the revolution at Newcastle, who is next? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The transfer window is heating up, while the January window isn't exactly the ideal shopping mart, clubs need to chop and shove, we highlight the leading transfer news across leagues.
Newcastle makes first big statement
A lot of people fear for them, are they going to go down with their wealth? Well QPR did and never bounced back till date so it won’t be new but Newcastle are not going down without a fight.
Atletico Madrid and Newcastle have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Kieran Trippier, the former Tottenham right back will join the Magpies on a four year deal, he will add the needed bite on the right side of the defense currently occupied by Javier Manquillo and Emile Krafth.
Roma agree terms with Arsenal on Maintland-Niles
Arsenal’s utility player Ainsley Maintland-Niles is on his way to AS Roma to join Jose Mourinho after the two clubs agreed a loan arrangement that will see the one cap England player join the Serie A side without any option to buy.
Maintland-Niles is one of those players who suffer from identity crisis, one moment he’s at right back and the next he’s in the middle of the pitch without really nailing one role, not sure he fits Mourinho’s kind of profile but let’s see how that goes.
…So who replaces AMN at Arsenal?
Sanctioning a move away for Ainsley Maintland-Niles means Arsenal must have something in the pipeline with respect to the midfield; Thomas Partey is off to AFCON as well as as Mohammed Elneny, leaving Granit Xhaka and Albert Sambi Lokonga as the only available senior midfielders.
Bruno Guimares from Lyon as well as Renato Sanches from Lille have been touted as possible replacements but major news outlets are reporting that the Gunners could be interested in out of favor PSG midfielders Gini Wijnaldum who left Liverpool in the summer for free, that is heating up.
Who can afford Aubameyang?
Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for their disgraced former captain, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang but who can afford his hefty wages of about £250k weekly?
Aubameyang has fallen out of favor at Arsenal and hasn’t featured in any of the last six games in which Arsenal won five and scored 20 times, Barcelona were rumored to be interested in the Gabonese striker but can they balance their books to accommodate him?
Lucas Digne wanted by Chelsea, Newcastle and Westham
The richest club in England already snapped up Kieran Trippier and they’re looking at Lucas Digne, the Frenchman on the left side of Everton but they have to fend off interests from Chelsea and Westham.
There’s no real extra motivation for Digne to choose the Hammers, Aaron Cresswell is doing fine over there but Chelsea have lost Ben Chilwell to a season long injury and only Marcus Alonso is available with Reece James also in trouble at the moment, where will this swing?