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09 Feb 2019, 20:36 IST
Welcome to the Sportskeeda daily transfer tracking.
With the window of winter transfer done and dusting, all the attention is back in the field, for what promises to be an exciting second part of the season in all the major European championships.
Several prominent teams have ventured into the market to recruit reinforcements, while others do not. A number of high profile players have changed clubs during the month window.
Now clubs will start preparing for the summer transfer market, where most major business takes place. It is foreseeable that speculation on the transfer did not end with the window and several voices and stories emerged.
The most important transfer stories of today include some giant clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, among others. They also present some extremely popular superstars that are being promoted to move to different clubs during the summer.
In this note, here is a look at the most important news on the transfer, stories, voices and updates for the day:
Medhi Benatia reveals why he has snubbed Arsenal and Manchester United
Medhi Benatia, former star of Roma, Bayern Monaco and Juventus, completed last month a move to the club of Qatar Al-Duhail for a share of 8 million euros (without bonuses), after a series of successes in the Bundesliga and A league.
In particular, the Moroccan defender had been linked with Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United, who were interested in signing it. However, as reported by The sun, Benatia has snubbed a move to the Premier League due to religious reasons, bearing in mind his family.
Speaking of the matter, Benatia recently stated:
"I have faced criticism from Moroccan sports critics after moving to Doha, but I want everyone to respect my decision because it was the best for me and my family".
"I want my children to grow up in an Islamic atmosphere and I could go to clubs in the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia, but I preferred to stay with Al Duhail, and there are many Moroccan players playing in the national team and I'm with the Gulf clubs.
"[Morocco] the trainer Herve Renard knows me well and if he sees that I do not deserve to be with the national team, I will respect this decision ".
Bayern Monaco leads by Nicolas Pépé
The twenty-three-year-old from Lille, Nicolas Pépé, has been in sensational form this season, having scored 16 goals in 23 Ligue 1 games for the French club. As a result, he has collected a lot of attention from the clubs involved, which apparently include artists like Barcelona, Manchester City and Arsenal.
Despite the interest of many other giant clubs, however, it is Bayern Monaco who lead the race for the Ivorian star, as is clear from Le10Sport (through Goal.com).
It seems that Pépé leaves Lille at the end of the season, which will require an all-out battle to guarantee his services. The reports also state that it could cost more than 50 million euros.
Christian Eriksen supports a new 110,000-pound Spurs contract per week
Tottenham Hotspur superstar Christian Eriksen seems to have decided to leave the club. Despite repeated attempts (three, to be precise), the Spurs have failed to negotiate an extension of the contract with the Danish midfielder.
According to the football transfer expert, Ian McGarry, away Football London, Eriksen rejected three new contract deals, including one that would see him earning an incredible salary of £ 110,000 per week.
Eriksen's refusal to prolong his stay in the club has kept the market rumors amid specious interests of Real Madrid and Barcelona. With its expiring contract expiring in 2020, the current situation could very well see the 26 year old club switches in the summer.
Barcelona to listen to offers for Philippe Coutinho
Only a year after he signed for Barcelona in an agreement worth £ 146 million, Philippe Coutinho failed to establish himself as he would have liked. The Brazilian has struggled to find a consistent form, and Barcelona is believed to be losing patience with him.
The latest reports from Brand (through Sky Sports) state that Barcelona is considering the opportunity to sell it and are apparently ready to listen to offers for twenty-six.
Barcelona is aware of wanting to recover as much money as possible and will be open to receive offers for him. This is bound to cause a stir in the market, with heavyweight clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea who are believed to be interested in signing Coutinho.
Real Madrid to offer Isco as part of the agreement for Eden Hazard
The episode of Santiago Solari as manager of Real Madrid announced a crisis with Isco, whose playing time has become extremely limited by the new manager. As a result, Isco says he is unhappy with the situation and may try to get away from the Liga giants.
According to reports by The Daily Mail (through Sky Sports), Madrid may decide to let him leave the club, but he could do so by including him in the Chelsea Eden Hazard offering, which is presumably desperate to acquire.
The report suggests that Madrid could use Isco as a burden in the business to reduce the prices of Hazard. However, it remains to be seen if Chelsea is interested in Isco.
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