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Transfer rumor roundup: El Clasico for Dele; Wilshere to Everton

By on January 8, 2017

The Dele Alli hype train is chugging along full-steam ahead following seven goals in four games from the 20-year-old Tottenham Hotspur star. There’s not a club in the world that wouldn’t take England’s newest “great hope,” including Real Madrid, and now, according to a report from the Mirror, Barcelona. Here’s a free idea for you, FIFA/UEFA: Madrid and Barca face off in El Clasico on April 23 — winner earns the right to pay Tottenham $80 million to sign Alli.

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Also from the Mirror, Ronald Koeman reportedly wants to bring Jack Wilshere to Everton in the summer, which seems something much more likely to actually happen than the above Clasico proposition. Given that Wilshere has just 18 months remaining on his current Arsenal contract, he could probably be acquired for a rather unimpressive transfer fee. Of course, Arsene Wenger came out this week to say he made a mistake by letting Wilshere go on loan to Bournemouth this season, so he might just have a future at Emirates Stadium after all.

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Patrice Evra could be finished at Juventus, with a return to Manchester United a surprise possibility, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The 35-year-old was left out of Juve’s squad on Sunday, fueling speculation he could be transferred this month. Matteo Darmian is seen as a potential replacement for Evra, should he leave, according to Goal.com. Valencia are also reportedly interested in acquiring Evra. Juve are also lining up Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester City’s Gael Clichy, both of whom will be free agents in the summer, according to Calcio Mercato.

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Torino have rejected a $69-million bid from Arsenal for striker Andrea Belotti, according to the club’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi. The 23-year-old has scored 13 goals in 16 Serie A games this season, and recently signed a new contract which features a $105-million release clause.