Football Transfer News September 29: East Bengal is expected to announce Robbie Fowler as head coach and have confirmed the Kolkata club has approached the Liverpool legend for the upcoming season of Indian Super League. Jeje Lalpekhlua are also in advanced talks to sign with East Bengal. According to Marcus Mergulhao, FC Goa have snapped up Ishan Pandita on a one-year deal. NorthEast United FC and Kerala Blasters are in hunt to sign Australian centre-back Dylan Fox, according to Marcus Mergulhao. Goal.com. reports that NorthEast United FC have agreed terms with 33-year-old Belgian centre-back Benjamin Lambot.
Follow the News18 Sports live blog for all the transfer news and gossip from both Indian football and European transfer market. The Indian football transfer window is open till October 20, 2020 while the European transfer window is open for 10 weeks – from July 27 to October 5. This year has been an exception for the football transfer window as well due to coronavirus pandemic with the dates extended and altered according to season end. This year, the Indian football transfer market has seen a lot of buzz as well with clubs trying to make smart buys in limited budgets.
In the Indian football transfer window, ATK Mohun Bagan, FC Goa and Odisha FC have been the most active ones while Jamshedpur FC, Chennaiyin FC and Hyderabad FC have had coach changes lately as well. While FC Goa appointed Juan Ferrando as their coach early on and hit the market, Chennaiyin and Hyderabad FC have only just found their coaches. Hyderabad, who had Albert Roca as their coach, had to be changed after the Spaniard got an offer from FC Barcelona and moved on. In the European football market, Chelsea have been on a spending spree buying extremely talented youngsters to make up a formidable squad.
Tottenham Hotspur will likely move for Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger.
According to Sky Sports, 27-year-old Rudiger wants to leave Stamford Bridge after falling behind Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Thiago Silva in the pecking order.
Spurs want Rudiger, but Chelsea are unwilling to let their defender join a main Premier League rival.
Fulham are on the verge of announcing the signing of Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig on loan.
According to Sky Sports, a deal could be completed inside the next 48 hours, as Lookman returns to the Premier League after having gone to Germany's RB Leipzig from Everton last summer for 22.5 million pound.
West Bromwich Albion have signed Benfica's Filip Krovinovic on loan for the rest of the season.
The midfielder helped West Brom 43 win promotion to the Premier League.
𝗞𝗥𝗢𝗩𝗜 𝗜𝗦 𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗞!! 😍— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 29, 2020
Filip Krovinović has joined us on another season-long loan from Benfica ✍️
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is sure that Theo Walcott will stay Goodison Park in this transfer window.
Walcott made only one appearance for Everton this season with British media linking him with a move to Leeds United.
"I don't think so. The problem is the competition is really high in this moment. Sometimes it can happen that a player, like Theo, is not involved," Ancelotti said when asked if Walcott could leave.
"Unfortunately, this is the decision I have to take and I am not absolutely happy to take this kind of decision, to leave out a player like Walcott. A player who is professional, serious in training and always ready."
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter is reportedly keen to get Manchester United's Daniel James.
The Welsh winger is not a regular starter for United and has fallen down the pecking order behind Mason Greenwood on the right wing.
According to The Athletic, Brighton as well as Leeds United are interested in bringing in James on loan.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek made a return from an achilles injury and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard feels the 24-yea-old should go out on loan to get more playing time.
Barcelona had reportedly rejected Manchester United's 136 million pound bid for Ansu Fati.
According to Catalunya Radio, United's offer was turned down and were keen to activate the Fatti's 154 million pound release clause.
Fati's release clause has already risen to 363 million pound after the 17-year-old Spaniard signed a new contract.
FC Goa have signed Ishan Pandita on a one-year deal.
The 22-year-old has played in Spain's football leagues for the last four years. He played for teams like UD Almeria, Leganes, Pobla Mafumet CF and Lorca FC.
Marcus Mergulhao reports that a deal is close.
'Ishan is a surprise addition to the squad. Goa were offered the chance to sign him and couldn't let this chance go. The technical team believes he will be a good addition to the team," a source told TOI.
Jeje Lalpekhlua may be seen playing in the colours of East Bengal for the upcoming Indian Super League season according to a report in Goal.com has reported.
Jeje had parted ways with Chennaiyin FC after six years of association and hinted of move on his social media handles.
Oggy and me are sitting wondering what's the next destination for @IndSuperLeague Season 7.— jeje fanai (@jejefanai) September 28, 2020
He tells me he has the answer but I'm trying to figure out what it is ! #staysafeeveryone #MizoTlangval #JJ12 pic.twitter.com/fL6crcFUSc
East Bengal confirmed that they have approached Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler to take over as head coach from the upcoming Indian Super League season.
"We have had a series of talks with Fowler but I cannot say 'yes' now with responsibility. I can only say Fowler can also be our coach," Hari Om Bangur, the principal owner of the club told PTI from Dubai.
"(The) coach will decide the players so we will have to appoint him at the earliest. We will make the announcement within a couple of days," he added.
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In Europe, the biggest of the latest transfer deals have been the signing of Kai Havertz by Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen for 71m pounds and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United getting the signature of Donny van de Beek from Ajax Amsterdam. Among the women, Pernille Harder became the most expensive female footballer in the world when she signed with Chelsea.