Transfer Rumours: Rudy to Manchester City, Godin to Inter, Silva to Bordeaux & More

With around a week and a half left of the January transfer window, it’s fair to say that panic may be starting to creep in for the sides that haven’t completed their intended business yet.

In the rumour mill today, Manchester City and Tottenham are both looking to bolster their midfield options with acquisitions from the Bundesliga, whilst Inter are convinced that they can pull off a deal for one of the world’s best defenders. 

Here’s five transfer stories you may have missed.

1. Manchester City Planning Surprise Loan Move for Schalke Midifelder Sebastian Rudy

Sebastian Rudy

The one obvious weakness in the current Manchester City squad is the lack of dependable cover for Fernandinho, and Pep Guardiola is said to be searching for a short-term solution to that problem.

According to the Sun, City are interested in securing a six-month loan deal for Schalke midfielder Sebastian Rudy.

Guardiola is familiar with the German international after his time managing in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, and the player himself could be open to a loan deal – as long as a fee is involved.

2. Tottenham in Talks to Sign Jonas Hofmann

Jonas Hofmann

Following the recent sale of Mousa Dembele to Guangzhou R&F F.C., Tottenham are eyeing up Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann as a potential replacement for the Belgian.

Gladbach have made it clear that they want to keep hold of Hofmann and the club’s sporting director previously announced that he would like to extend the 26-year-old’s contract, but Bild  are reporting that Tottenham have offered up to four times his current salary.

The report also suggests that negotiations have already begun between Tottenham and Hofmann.

3. Giuseppe Marotta Claims Diego Godin Wants to Join Inter

Diego Godin

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has been tentatively linked with a move to Inter over the past few days and the Nerazzurri’s sporting director Giuseppe Marotta was in no mood to deny the rumours.

Speaking before Inter’s goalless draw against Sassuolo on Saturday, he told DAZN, as per Calciomercato: “Godin? I have to underline how Inter has a very strong appeal.

“Many players are looking for us and many agents knock at our door, which flatters us, because we represent a point of reference for many important players. We evaluate profiles of champions that we must not let go and Godin is one of them”

4. Adrien Silva Waiting for Claude Puel to Sanction Loan to Bordeaux

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City - Carabao Cup Third Round

It’s no secret that Adrien Silva has fallen out of favour at Leicester, but he could get the opportunity to revive his career with a loan move to Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux this January.

According to L’Equipe, Leicester and Bordeaux have been in talks over the past week and, after Silva has agreed personal terms, it’s now up to under-fire manager Claude Puel to give the move the green light.

Leicester’s head of recruitment Eduardo Macia could also be joining Silva at Bordeaux after continuously being linked with the director of football position at the French club.

5. Watford in the Running for South Korea defender Kim Min-Jae

Kim Min-jae

According to the Daily Mail, Watford have joined the race for 22-year-old centre back Kim Min-Jae, a South Korean international who is affectionately nicknamed ‘monster’.

The Hornets could face some stiff competition from Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan, but they are hoping that the lure of the Premier League will be enough to persuade him to move over to England.

Kim is currently on international duty at the Asian Cup, where he scored during South Korea’s 2-0 win over China in their final group match.


Luciano Spalletti Concedes His Side Did Not Show Their Quality After Inter’s 0-0 Draw With Sassuolo

?Luciano Spalletti admitted that his side did not make their superior quality count after Inter were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sassuolo in Serie A on Saturday.

The Nerazzurri endured a sluggish outing as goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was the star of the show for the home side at the San Siro, producing crucial wins to deny Kevin Prince Boateng and Jeremie Boga to save his side from a potential upset.

Spalletti conceded that his side did not impose themselves enough on the stalemate, as the ?Inter boss told DAZN after the game, via ?Football-Italia: “It was a complicated match because Sassuolo played very well.

“At times we managed to win back the ball early, but we kept giving it away again too quickly.

“We simply didn’t show the difference in quality between the two teams.”

Inter’s star-studded frontline appeared to be off the boil at the San Siro, with Argentine superstar ?Mauro Icardi and World Cup star ?Ivan Perisic failing to have their usual attacking influence for the Nerazzurri.

“We were below par this evening in the individual performances,” Spalletti added. “Mauro didn’t find much space because Sassuolo defended well, but he also didn’t move very much to create the space, because we did create a few chances.

“He was unlucky on a couple of occasions, slipping at the crucial moment.”

The match was played behind closed doors at the San Siro following the recent occurrence of racist chanting at the ground, though the club invited 11,000 children from local schools to attend the game.

“You could hear these children shouting, the sound of kids enjoying any situation that was happening,” Spalletti said of the unique atmosphere. “They weren’t all Inter supporters, there were kids who like other teams too, but they were all enjoying the occasion.”

Milan Skriniar

Inter will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Torino away in another testing Serie A clash next Sunday. Spalletti’s side sit third in the table, 13 points adrift of leaders ?Juventus, who have a game in hand.


Inter 0-0 Sassuolo: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Blunt Nerazzurri Held at San Siro

?Inter missed the chance to move within two points of second placed Napoli on Saturday after a goalless draw with Sassuolo at San Siro.

The visitors had an early chance when Manuel Locatelli burst through only to shoot wide before Kevin-Prince Boateng tested Samir Handanovic with a curler.

Inter came close when Matteo Politano’s flick was touched wide by Andrea Consigli, while Mauro Icardi fluffed his lines when presented with a free header from Danilo D’Ambrosio’s cross.


Check out our roundup of the game below.


Key Talking Point

While the Nerazzurri have undoubtedly made big strides in recent years, they still seem to lack the killer touch in some games, which is incredibly odd considering they have one of the best strikers in the world in Mauro Icardi.

However, the Argentina international was disappointingly subdued throughout the affair, while Politano, Joao Mario and ?Ivan Perisic all struggled to influence the game.

Inter look good for a third place finish in Serie A at the moment, but until they start winning these kind of games they won’t be able to amount to anything more than that.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Handanovic (8); D’Ambrosio (7), De Vrij (6), Skriniar (7), Asamoah (7); Vecino (6), Brozovic (7); Politano (6), Mario (6), Perisic (6); Icardi (5)

Substitutes: Nainggolan (5), Martinez (5).

STAR MAN – Had it not been for Samir Handanovic, Inter may have lost on Saturday night. The 34-year-old made five saves in total, including an important block from Boateng.

Samir Handanovic

Inter are usually solid at the back, due to the quality of their centre back pairing, but Sassuolo still created chances and could have left San Siro with all three points had they taken them.

WORST PLAYER – When you’re the talisman of one of the biggest clubs in Europe, big things are expected of you. Sadly for ?Mauro Icardi, he had something of an off night.

All strikers have bad games and Icardi will most likely bag four goals in his next game, but the former Sampdoria man managed just one shot all night as his side struggled in attack.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi

Looking Ahead

Inter have a tough looking trip to Torino next before a massive game at home to Lazio in the Coppa Italia.

Serie A matches against Bologna and Parma follow before the club returns to European action, taking on Rapid Wien in the Europa League.


Nicolo Barella Set for €50m Move to Inter as Italian Side Beat Chelsea and Napoli to Midfielder

?Inter have reportedly won the race for Cagliari star Nicolo Barella, beating the likes of Napoli and Chelsea to the Italian’s signature.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, and the speculation only intensified as Cesc Fabregas was granted a transfer to Monaco. It was rumoured that Chelsea had agreed a deal to sign Barella, but it now appears as though they have lost out to Inter.

News of Barella’s imminent move to Inter comes from ?Calciomercato, who state that ?Inter and Cagliari will soon have finalised all the terms of the deal. They will pay an initial €40m, as well as a further €10m depending on Barella’s performances.

He will be allowed to remain with Cagliari until the end of the season, which is thought to have been a deciding factor in Cagliari’s decision to pursue the deal. Barella has already given his consent to the move, and the two sides now coming to the end of their negotiations.

Cagliari are set to sign Boca Juniors midfielder Nahitan Nandez in a €15m deal, and the deal for Barella will be confirmed once the signing of Nandez has been officially finalised.

Nicolo Barella

?Chelsea are still on the hunt for a replacement to ?Fabregas, with only Jorginho capable of operating in the centre of Maurizio Sarri’s midfield. Barella was one of several names to be linked with the club, with Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Leandro Paredes also reportedly on Chelsea’s wish list.

This season, Barella has made 21 appearances for Cagliari and even earned his first cap for the Italian national team. He has started Italy’s last four matches, including two appearances in the UEFA Nations League.

Nicolo Barella

He is regarded as one of the county’s hottest prospects and has drawn comparisons to ?Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, as a result of his creativity and power. He has been used primarily as a central midfielder, but has also proven to be an option in both more attacking and defensive roles on the pitch.


Picking the Best Potential Inter Lineup to Face Sassuolo in Serie A on Saturday

Inter host 11th-placed Sassuolo in the league at the San Siro on Saturday as they look to keep pace on with Napoli in the race for second place. 

The Nerazzurri, who sit third in Serie A, have won their last three matches in all competitions and face a Neroverdi outfit, who have gone four matches without a victory.

Here’s the potential lineup Luciano Spalletti could select for Saturday’s encounter.

3. Goalkeepers and Defenders


Samir Handanovi? (GK): The keeper has been in impressive form this campaign, managing to keep ten clean sheets in 19 league games this campaign, including three in his last four. He isn’t usually called upon, considering his side have the second best defensive record in the league, conceding just 14 goals, but when he is summoned, he usually does his part to keep the Nerazzurri in front.

Šime Vrsaljko (RB): The full back has had his injury concerns this campaign but seems to be back to full fitness and has contributed to goals too (two assists). He has started five of the last six matches and has been on the losing side just once, when he has started. He has also helped to keep four clean sheets when he’s played the entire ninety.

Milan Škriniar (CB): The Slovakian has been pivotal to Inter’s defence this season. He has been such an important player, which is evident, considering he’s played all but twice this campaign, helping his side keep nine clean sheets in 17 league appearances.

Stefan de Vrij (CB): The Dutchman has made 19 appearances in all competitions and has helped to keep eight clean sheets. He has become a reliable figure under Spalletti, starting eight of the last ten matches and also possesses an aerial presence in the opposing box, contributing to two goals (a goal and an assist).

Kwadwo Asamoah (LB): The Ghanaian has become a real favourite of Spalletti’s on the left side of defence, as a result of his attacking nature and quality from out wide. The Italian has faith in the full-back, which is evident by the fact, that Asamoah has played ten of the last 12 games in all competitions. He may have provided just one assist, but the full-back has done his defensive duties and has helped his side keep eight clean sheets.

2. Midfielders


Matteo Politano (RM): Politano has impressed for Il Biscione since joining in the summer. The Italian, who had a decent start to the campaign, hasn’t been among the goals as of late, but Spalletti seems to be an admirer of the 25-year-old, who has featured in every game for Spalletti’s men. Politano has been involved in six goals in 26 appearances.

Matías Vecino (CM): The Uruguayan has struggled with muscular injuries this campaign, but has still contributed for the Nerazzurri, with a goal and four assists in 19 appearances in all competitions. He has featured in three of the last four games and has done well in a deeper role, being able to keep possession under pressure and finding players in key attacking areas.

Borja Valero (CM): The Spaniard has become a reliable member of Spalletti’s squad, considering he’s played in the last 19 games in all competitions. He has excellent passing, can spread the ball out to the opposite flank to initiate opportunities and knows when to press the opponents. He has also provided one assist.

Ivan ?Periši? (LM): The Croat hasn’t had the best of campaigns, but he has looked more like his usual self in recent games. Periši? has contributed to eight goals in 24 appearances, including three assists against Benevento alone in his last outing, and will look to kick on in the second half of the season. 

1. Forwards


Lautaro Martínez (ST): The Argentine has done well in his debut season in Italy. He has contributed to six goals in 16 appearances – (five goals and one assist) – including three in his last three. The first of three was the winner against Napoli at the San Siro, before he grabbed a brace against Benevento in the Coppa Italia. He has thrived alongside compatriot Icardi and could form a fine partnership going forward.

Mauro Icardi (ST): Icardi has been instrumental for Inter this campaign, continuing last season’s form which saw him finish as joint top scorer in the league. He already has 14 goals and three assists in 23 appearances overall and his goal against Benevento ended a run of three games without netting, which provide him with some confidence going into the game against Sassuolo.