Transfer News Today: Liverpool To SWAP Balotelli For £30m Napoli Star

Forum chatter

Manchester United are closing in on a £25million move for Atletico Bilbao’s French central defender Aymeric Laporte.

Is he worth it? Laporte, 20, is considered one of the best up-and-coming defenders in the world and Manchester United want to secure a deal this month, according to reports. A definite upgrade on Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, Laporte could prove a revelation at United. 

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Tabloid speculation

Liverpool are hoping to secure a deal for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain by offering Mario Balotelli to the Serie A side.

Will it happen? Liverpool need to get rid of Balotelli and it’s unlikely he’ll go anywhere other than his homeland. But does anyone want Balotelli? Napoli will demand significant compensation for Higuain, whom they value at £30million and the current offer of Balotelli + Lucas Leiva probably won't cut it. Liverpool will have to cut their losses on this one.

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Loan star

Samuel Eto’o looks set for an 18-month loan move to Sampdoria.

Why’s that then? The Cameroonian’s move to Everton hasn’t been the inspiring signing many expected, with the striker scoring only four only in 20 games. With Sampdoria offering wages of £1.6million a year, it would be wise for Everton to get him off the wage bill.

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The New Bony?

Swansea want to sign Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse as a replacement for Wilfried Bony, who is set to join Manchester City.

But Cisse is no Bony… True, but he is capable of scoring goals. The striker, currently on African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal, has scored nine goals in 13 games this season for Newcastle and has 18 months left to run on his current deal. But will Newcastle sell?


On his way

Kyle Naughton is expected to leave Spurs this month, with Leicester City and Swansea battling for his signature.

Who who will get him? Spurs fans don’t care, they just want rid. Naughton, 26, has never consistently impressed in a Spurs shirt and Leicester, who have already had a £3million offer rejected, probably need him most. Another million and Leicester will probably land him.

Reus to Real? Cech to Arsenal? Vlaar to United? Bet on the January transfer window now