Manchester City is close to finalizing a deal to sign Claudio Echeverri from River Plate, emulating the successful acquisition of Julian Alvarez. According to The Athletic, City is ready to sign the 17-year-old talent for a sum of approximately £17.5 million (€20m/$22m). Echeverri, who led Argentina to triumph in the Under-17 World Cup, is likely to be sent back to River Plate on loan as a component of the deal. This replicates the same arrangement that was made when Alvarez joined City earlier in January 2022. Echeverri showcased his skills at the tournament, netting five goals, with a remarkable hat-trick against Brazil in the quarter-finals. Tottenham Hotspur is closely observing Dominic Solanke as they contemplate the possibility of acquiring the Bournemouth forward in the upcoming summer transfer window. According to The Sun, Solanke’s impressive performance of scoring a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League has captured the attention of Spurs. The 26-year-old has had an excellent season so far, scoring 12 goals in 20 games across various competitions. With Harry Kane’s departure, Tottenham is in need of a new striker, and Solanke is considered an ideal candidate who fulfills many of the club’s requirements. Bournemouth is fully aware of the attention they have been receiving and is making preparations for potential offers.
Top English clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United, are closely monitoring the progress of Estevao Willian, a promising young talent from Palmeiras. The 16-year-old, who is also known as ‘Messinho’, recently made his debut for Palmeiras and has expressed his interest in joining Barcelona. However, given Barcelona’s current financial challenges, Mundo Deportivo suggests that the trio of English clubs, along with Paris Saint-Germain, might consider pursuing a transfer for this gifted youngster. Willian is being encouraged by Palmeiras to make a choice as they are eager to sell him. Even though he cannot transfer to Europe until the summer of 2025, the clubs that are interested in him are willing to pay his release clause of €60 million.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has made it clear that the club does not plan on selling Anthony Martial during the January transfer window. Despite Martial having only six months left on his contract, United has not hurried to activate the option for a 12-month extension. Despite the possibility of financial support from Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s partial acquisition, Ten Hag implies that there are not many attacking options available and he would appreciate additional reinforcements. United’s past transfer actions have been constrained, as they only managed to secure a loan deal for Wout Weghorst after Cristiano Ronaldo left. Nevertheless, they did invest £72 million on Rasmus Hojlund during the summer, but he has encountered difficulties in scoring goals. Martial has also endured a challenging season, managing to find the back of the net only twice across all competitions.