Thursday Transfer Frenzy: clubs activate contract extensions, plus other stellar deals

In the bustling landscape of Thursday’s football transfer scene, clubs across Europe are making bold moves and triggering key extensions.

Manchester United takes centre stage, securing the immediate future of Aaron Wan-Bissaka with a triggered one-year contract extension and plotting negotiations for a new deal down the road.

Over at Liverpool, Mohamed Salah’s contract talks advance despite tempting interest from the Saudi Pro League.

Manchester City faces renewed interest in midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, setting the stage for a potential summer showdown.

Borussia Dortmund has their sights on Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen, contemplating a loan or permanent deal, while the possibility of Jadon Sancho joining them on loan adds another layer to the mix.

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Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise emerges as a target for the new era at Old Trafford, signalling potential changes under Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s ownership.

Meanwhile, Arsenal navigates the January market, prioritizing a left-back with the likelihood of a loan deal under Mikel Arteta’s management.

The transfer rumour mill continues to churn with Crystal Palace eyeing Eddie Nketiah, Lyon pursuing West Ham’s Said Benrahma, and Manchester United considering a loan move for Germany’s Timo Werner.

Everton aims to offload Andre Gomes, and Monaco explores a loan deal for Thilo Kehrer.

Sheffield United is on the brink of securing Ben Brereton Diaz on loan, while Wolves engage in advanced talks for PSG’s Noha Lemina.

In international waters, Atlanta United inches closer to signing Norwegian CB Stian Gregersen while Chelsea confirms the return of Andrey Santos, and AC Milan secures goalkeeper Lapo Nava with a long-term deal until June 2027.

As the day unfolds, exclusive details emerge on Manchester City and River Plate’s Claudio Echeverri deal, shedding light on the intricacies of the transfer.

Chelsea’s Josh-Kofi Acheampong pens his first professional deal, and Zack Steffen undergoes medical tests as he prepares to join the Colorado Rapids from Manchester City.

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The Thursday transfer frenzy proves relentless, showcasing a dynamic mix of contract extensions, potential moves, and exclusive insights into the intricate world of football transfers.

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