According to reports, Real Madrid is currently leading the competition in securing the signing of Caylan Vickers, a promising young striker from Reading. This has left Arsenal trailing behind in the pursuit. Vickers, who is only 18 years old, made his debut in the senior team in August and has since become an influential player for Reading, appearing in 17 matches and scoring three goals. Despite Reading’s struggles in League One, Vickers has stood out as a rare positive aspect for the team. Initially, Arsenal had expressed interest in the player after he impressed in a match against their Under-21 team. However, Real Madrid has now initiated negotiations with Reading for a potential transfer in January. Their offer includes £1 million in addition to a percentage of any future profits from a subsequent sale of Vickers. Moving on to other transfer updates, it is anticipated that Kalvin Phillips, the midfielder from Manchester City, will depart from the club during the January transfer window. Pep Guardiola, the manager, has expressed regret for not granting Phillips more opportunities to play, and both Newcastle and Liverpool have shown interest in acquiring his services. Phillips, who was brought to City for a fee of £45 million, has appeared in 29 matches but has only been included in the starting lineup for five games. Guardiola has expressed uncertainty regarding Phillips’ future but has acknowledged his own failure in effectively utilizing the midfielder.
As for Barcelona, they have set their sights on obtaining permanent deals for their loaned players, Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix. Xavi, the manager of Barcelona, has acknowledged the valuable impact made by the Manchester City defender and Atletico Madrid forward on the team’s season. Despite the financial challenges faced by Barcelona, club president Joan Laporta has assured that Cancelo and Felix are crucial to the club’s future plans and every effort will be made to retain their services.
In their endeavor to acquire Fulham’s Portuguese international midfielder Joao Palhinha, Liverpool is facing competition from Arsenal and Manchester United. Manager Jurgen Klopp is allegedly seeking to reinforce his squad in the upcoming January transfer window. Palhinha, who has been rumored to leave Fulham for quite some time now, encountered an unsuccessful attempt to transfer to Bayern Munich during the summer. Liverpool aims to secure his agreement and protect themselves from competition posed by their fellow Premier League teams.