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Fulham Transfer Rumour Round-Up: Söyüncü, Matic, Chalobah

Written by Cameron Ramsey on 17th January 2024

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We’re seemingly in the clear with PSR Premier League ruling, we’ve still got a few domestic loans to make the most of and given our dealings in the summer, we’ve probably got a wedge of cash to flaunt as well, if we fancy it. We’ve a little less than two weeks to wrap a few deals up if we can or indeed want to, so here’s the latest rumours that have cropped up since our last edition.

Felipe Anderson – SS Lazio

Premier League duo Aston Villa and Fulham, as well as Serie A giants Juventus, are set to slog it out for for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, as per Italian outlet Calciomercato. Formerly of West Ham United, Anderson is more than familiar with life in the English top-flight and as he is choking over a new deal at the Stadio Olimpico, a move back to the British Isles could very well be in the offing if his wage demands can be stomached.

The 30-year-old winger is after €4m per annum, and it’s said Lazio are only comfortable with offering the Brazilian a four-year contract worth €3.5m a year. Those figures may seem fairly steep, however Anderson has been in pretty decent form for le Aquile this season, as his 2 goals and 6 assists in 20 outings attest. Don’t get me wrong, his return isn’t world beating but he is a key figure for Maurizio Sarri and actually, I fully expect him to remain at the Rome-based side for the remainder of the campaign at the very least.

Çağlar Söyüncü – Atletico Madrid

Fulham’s slim hopes of landing Atletico Madrid’s Çağlar Söyüncü have been railroaded as it’s emerged – via Daily Mail – that the ex-Leicester City centre-back doesn’t want to swap La Liga for SW6 whatsoever and in light of this, I couldn’t be more delighted.

The Turkey international defender has been cast out of Diego Simeone’s selection this season, he’s only taken to the turf for 213 minutes across 9 outings and while the Whites could offer him greater game time, the 27-year-old just isn’t tempted by the prospect of a return to the Premier League, so it’s probably best to leave Lord Farquaad to it in the Spanish capital. Ho-hum, then.

Wilfried Gnonto – Leeds United

During the summer transfer window, Leeds United’s Wilfried Gnonto was allegedly on Fulham’s watchlist but the young Italian stayed put. Now, subject to a SportLens report, Fulham have been associated with Gnonto yet again and this time, they’ve also been joined by David Moyes’ West Ham.

While the 20-year-old hasn’t been firing for Leeds this season, he is still a prospect I’d love Fulham to take a chance on at some point because when he’s at the very top of his game, he is a nightmare for fullbacks to track and trace. He was sidelined for a month earlier in the campaign and as he’s only notched a goal and an assist in 21 appearances so far, it’s obvious he isn’t enjoying his football under Daniel Farke but as he is a tried and tested young talent, it’s likely he’d cost a pretty penny, especially midway through the season. Maybe one for later, not right this second.

Ramón Sosa – CA Talleres

ESPN journalist Roberto Rojas has disclosed that Everton and Fulham are supposedly monitoring CA Talleres attacker Ramón Sosa. The 8-time Paraguay international is valued at $15m by his employers and as the Argentine Primera División is due to commence later this month, both the Toffees and the Whites will have to act quickly if they’re to lure him from South America.

Last season, Sosa’s goal contribution was eye-catching. the 24-year-old tallied 10 goals and 7 assists as Tallares finished second to River Plate, so there’s no mystery as to why he is rated so highly by both his national set-up and his club. He’s evidently a useful player but in truth, I don’t think we’ll hear anymore of this in the coming weeks as the window comes to a close.

Ronnie Edwards – Peterborough United

Being one of League One’s rising stars, Ronnie Edwards is attracting notable interest from the Premier League and it’s TEAMtalk’s understanding that the Hammers, Crystal Palace and Fulham are keen on the 20-year-old centre-half. Peterborough are only behind league leaders Portsmouth by a single point and they also have a game in-hand, and Edwards’ efforts have been massively important to his side’s successes to date.

The England U20 representative has 18 months left on his standing deal at London Road, however The Posh are aware that Edwards is destined to play at a much higher level before long. They’ll surely want to do all they can to retain his impressive services for the time being, though, especially as a title push is very much on the cards. Definitely a defender to look out for in the not-so-distant future.

Frank Onyeka – Brentford

This isn’t likely to happen because Brentford just aren’t going to negotiate with us in any way, shape or form but The Guardian believe the Whites, and Everton predominantly, are wanting to acquire unsettled Bees midfielder Frank Onyeka on loan.

The Nigeria international is currently competing at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations alongside Fulham’s Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi but as the 26-year-old isn’t a regular starter for Thomas Frank, it’s thought he is angling for Lego Land’s exit door and the brighter side of south west London could be an option. It just ain’t gonna happen, though, and other than us and the Toffees, Fiorentina, RC Lens and Villarreal CF are also said to be in the running. Onyeka penned a new four-year deal last summer and is valued at £20m.

Nemanja Matic – Stade Rennais

Respected Italian correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio broke the news that Rennes’ veteran midfielder Nemanja Matic could be set for a sensational return to the Premier League with Fulham being the proposed destination. Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais have also been touted. It’s been widely reported that Matic is dismayed with the French club’s conduct after they promised to enrol his children in an international school, an assurance that could not be honoured because there is no educational system of that type in the city. As a result, the Serb is close to terminating his two-year contract at Roazhon Park. Oops.

Having locked down midfield departments for both Chelsea and Manchester United, the 35-year-old will feel right at home in the Premier League, particularly in London, where he still owns a property, apparently. He won three league titles in England, as well as an FA Cup and a League Cup, but at 35 years of age, many are adamant he’s not worth signing, even on a mooted 6-month deal. We should know better. Age is nothing but a number in Silva’s system and if this rumour really is a goer, his vast experience will enrich our squad and we will be better off for it.

Nicolo Tresoldi – Hannover 96

Announced by well-known German publication BILD, Fulham are said to be one of several teams that are tailing Hannover 96’s Nicolo Tresoldi, an exciting striker that’s turning heads in the 2.Bundesliga. The 19-year-old Germany U21 international is gradually establishing himself at Hannover and in 13 outings, he’s registered 2 goals and 3 assists.

One of the presumed teams that’s also watching Tresoldi’s development is Inter Milan, but it is not known if the Cagliari-born teenager’s willing to relocate so soon in his budding career. It’d probably be wise for Tresoldi to remain at the HDI arena for the rest of the campaign but if Die Roten aren’t promoted to the German top-flight come May, I’d certainly check back in on the youngster and test his employer’s resolve.

Pablo Rosario – OGC Nice

According to the Daily Mirror, the Whites are pursuing Nice’s Pablo Rosario, who has two years remaining on his contract at the Ligue 1 outfit. Graduating from Ajax’s famed academy, whilst also turning out for Almere City’s youth ranks and first team, Rosario eventually made his mark in Dutch football at rivals PSV Eindhoven and since joining Nice in 2021, the 27-year-old’s admirers have grown in numbers.

He may only have one cap for the Dutch national team – a privilege which came and went in 2018 – but the defensive midfielder is toughened to top-flight football, albeit French, and as a more than capable squad member, one that can also play at centre-back, he’d surely slot into Silva’s plans… nicely.

Morgan Whittaker – Plymouth Argyle

Informants working closely with Football Insider have told that West Ham, Brentford and Fulham are in the swim for Plymouth Argyle goal getter Morgan Whittaker. Whittaker has slammed home 15 goals and has also provided 6 assists in all competitions for Argyle, making him one of the Championship’s most prolific hitmen. He is on a hot streak currently, as he has scored 6 goals in his last 6 outings.

The 23-year-old was previously on loan at Home Park from fellow Championship side Swansea City, however his stay in Devon was cut short. He eventually joined Plymouth permanently last summer for a figure thought to be £1m plus add-ons, a club record, amazingly, but if he is to bid farewell to The Pilgrims just half a season after putting pen to paper, it’ll surely take a bid worth ten times his signing fee, maybe even more.

Trevoh Chalobah – Chelsea

Joao Palhinha-loving football reporter Florian Plettenberg has suggested that the Whites are due to offer forgotten Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah an escape route from Stamford Bride, with a view to loan the 24-year-old for the remainder of the season. The ex-England U21 man was linked to Bayern Munich and AC Milan last summer, as well as the Whites, but interest from abroad has evidently cooled off.

Brother of former Fulham midfielder Nathaniel, of course, Chalobah has suffered numerous injury setbacks and is yet to make Mauricio Pochettino’s matchday squad. As it’s likely he’ll make an impact at the Blues this season, a change of scenery will be appropriate is he is wanting to re-establish himself, although it’s thought that if he is to jump to the nicer side of SW6, an option to make his brief stay permanent could be put in place.

Alessio Romagnoli – SS Lazio

A Premier League threesome consisting of Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle United and Fulham is set to thrash it out for Lazio defender Alessio Romagnoli, according to various reports originating from Italy via Football Italia. The 29-year-old was allegedly on our transfer radar during the summer transfer window, so he is evidently a central defender we’re watching with intrigue.

The Italy international’s contract expires in 2027, it’s believed he’s fully committed to matters under Sarri but a move away from Rome has not been ruled out, if potential suitors manage to convince club president Claudio Lotitio to cash-in, that is. Romagnoli has had to wade through countless injury difficulties – he was out for a few weeks this season with a calf strain – but he has become a dependable figurehead for Lazio when he’s been ready for selection, nonetheless. He’s always been a bit of a sicknote, to be honest, so for that reason despite his underlying ability, I’m out.

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