Transfer Talk : Mbappe’s ‘Diva’ Demands, Coutinho to City?

    It’s the winter transfer window in Europe, and there’s still a fair bit of time before it closes on January 31. We look at three transfer tales that have set tongues wagging this season – which player would you want at your club?

    Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid

    The Spanish media have reported that French wonderkid’s list of demands to join Real Madrid are as follows: be made the club’s highest paid player, get a bonus of €500,000 for winning the Ballon D’Or, be handed the club’s No.10 shirt, a private driver, a butler, a bodyguard, a house that’s similar standard to that of a ‘mega star’, and 50 hours usage of his own private jet. And you thought Cristiano was the diva – oh, Kylian!

    Coutinho to Man City

    Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Manchester City have been linked with a shock move for former Reds star Philippe Coutinho.

    The Reds sold the Brazil playmaker for £142m last January and while he is yet to be replaced, Liverpool have well to reach the Champions League final last season, and mounting a title challenge after taking 54 points from their opening 20 league games this season. For the first time in a while, betting odds are in favour of the Reds winning the title.

    Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne’s injury problems have often left Pep Guardiola thin in midfield, with the Spanish media insisting that he is looking to urgently address that issue with a move for Coutinho.

    However, the Premier League champions have been told that they must fork out £144m (€160m) if they are to have a shot at landing the former Inter Milan star.

    Barella to Man United or Arsenal?

    Manchester United and Arsenal are also set to do battle in the January transfer window for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to Corriere dello Sport. The Serie A outfit value the 21-year-old at €50m (£45m, $57m), with Inter Milan also mooted as potential suitors.

    Barella would reportedly prefer to remain in Italy, but the two Premier League giants are still monitoring his situation closely.


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