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Arsenal are reportedly ready to offer Lucas Torreira as part of a deal to land Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic this month and could send another of their stars to Italy, having accepted a loan offer from Roma for Aisnley Maitland-Niles.
Elsewhere, Manchester United have been linked with a shock move for Antonio Rudiger with his Chelsea future still up in the air, while there could be a transfer battle between rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton for Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
Romelu Lukaku has apologised to Chelsea for his public interview a number of weeks ago, seemingly ending any idea that he could leave Stamford Bridge only a few months after joining while Erling Haaland’s agent may have agreed a secret deal with Barcelona.
Follow all of the rumours and gossip with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.
Latest transfer news and headlines
Arsenal accept Roma loan offer
Man United keen on Rudiger
Chelsea could lose Azpilicueta
Kieran Trippier set for Newcastle medical
Man United players underwhelmed by Rangnick
Erling Haaland set transfer deadline
Erling Haaland set transfer deadline
22:49 , Jonathan Gorrie
Spanish outlet Marca claim Borussia Dortmund have told star striker Erling Haaland to decide on his future by the end of January.
The forward has been strongly linked with a raft of Europe’s leading clubs and his current employers reportedly want clarity on his future as soon as possible.
Big battle for Lucas Digne
22:21 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to Rob Dorsett of Sky Sports, Chelsea, West Ham United and Newcastle are among the teams battling to sign Lucas Digne this month,
The Everton defender is expected to leave after falling out with Rafa Benitez and reportedly carries a price tag of £30m.
ELEVEN players want to leave Man United
22:10 , Jonathan Gorrie
The Mirror report also suggests up to ELEVEN players are eager to leave Manchester United after growing disillusioned with life at the club of late.
Many don’t believe their treatment has improved under the new boss and are considering their futures.
Not a great look...
Man United players unhappy with Ralf Rangnick
21:53 , Jonathan Gorrie
Not necessarily a transfer rumour but The Daily Mirror suggest there are some Manchester United players who feel underwhelmed by Ralf Rangnick’s coaching style.
The German has struggled to implement his ideas during his time in charge thus far and it will be fascinating to see how that develops.
Kieran Trippier set for Newcastle medical
21:09 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to Craig Hope of the Daily Mail, Newcastle United hope Kieran Trippier will be on Tyneside tomorrow for his medical ahead of a move from Atletico Madrid.
The England international could be the first of many signings the club make this month as they bid to beat the drop.
Chelsea could lose Azpilicueta
20:17 , Jonathan Gorrie
Atletico Madrid are understood to be weighing up a potential move for Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Reports in Spain suggest the capital city club view him as a replacement for Kieran Trippier, who is expected to join money bags Newcastle United.
Man United keen on Rudiger
20:16 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to Sky Sports, Manchester United admire Antonio Rudiger.
The Chelsea defender can leave Stamford Bridge for free in the summer as is thought to be attracting interest from Europe’s leading clubs.
United, who look set for another busy summer, are understood to be keeping tabs.
Arsenal accept Roma offer for Ainsley Maitland-Niles
18:37 , Jonathan Gorrie
Arsenal have accepted Roma’s loan offer for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
You can read Simon Collings’ full report here.
Watford make early transfer move
18:36 , Jonathan Gorrie
Welcome to Watford, Hassane! 👋
✍️ Kamara joins from Ligue 1 side OGC Nice on a deal until June 2025.@_AFEX
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 4, 2022
Arsenal make swap offer for Dusan Vlahovic
18:34 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal would be ready to include Lucas Torreira in a deal to bring hotshot forward Dusan Vlahovic to the club.
Their midfielder is currently a teammate of the Serbian at Fiorentina and could be used as a makeweight in the move.
Done deal! Everton announce Patterson
15:29 , George Flood
Everton have now officially confirmed the arrival of Nathan Patterson from Rangers.
The Scotland right-back, 20, has put pen to paper on a long-term deal at Goodison Park that lasts until 2027.
Patterson becomes Everton’s second signing of the window already, with Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko having arrived from Dynamo Kyiv last week.
The deal is worth £10m plus add-ons.
Patterson told evertontv: “I’m over the moon to sign for Everton and looking forward to getting started.
“It was an easy choice to sign. This is a massive club with huge history and the fanbase is tremendous.
“Obviously we aren’t in the place where we want to be right now but we can definitely get there with the talent in the changing room and staff here, and I have full belief we can do that.
“It is really exciting to come to a club that has huge talent in the team. I am going to work my socks off and hopefully I can do well with them in training and in games.
“It was also great for me knowing the manager (Rafael Benitez) really wanted me here and that made my decision.
“When a club really wants you, it makes your mind up early on. I wanted to come here from the very start. I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to playing in front of the fans at Goodison.
“Long-term, I want to nail down a starting position and win some trophies to make the fans proud.”
📁 We'll file this under things we love to see 😍 pic.twitter.com/ezgcTuYZRO
— Everton (@Everton) January 4, 2022
Chelsea ‘in communication’ with Rudiger over new deal
14:42 , Giuseppe Muro
Tuchel was also asked about Antonio Rudiger, who is now free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs as he is in the final six months of his Chelsea contract.
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus are interested in the defender.
“I cannot predict the future,” said Tuchel. “I do not know if his representatives talk to other clubs. Of course, it is possible now because it is January and he has not signed yet. As I understand it, we are in communication with him, the club is in communication with him.
“I know he is very aware how I appreciate to work with him. The point is very clear, the club is trying the very best and there are communications going on.”
Tuchel: Lukaku is very committed to Chelsea
14:21 , George Flood
And how about Lukaku’s long-term future at Chelsea after this unfortunate episode?
“You have to ask him,” Tuchel told reporters.
“I don’t know how he feels about his long-term future, he has a long-term contract and he’s very committed.
“He’s our number nine - he had no intention to create problems.”
Odubeko makes West Ham return
14:05 , George Flood
West Ham youngster Mipo Odubeko has seen his loan spell at Huddersfield cut short after the Championship club activated the break clause in the deal.
The former Manchester United youngster only made six appearances for the Terriers, all from the bench, and was not named in the squad for their last five League games.
In a statement, Huddersfield said: “Everyone at Huddersfield Town would like to thank Mipo for his contribution during the first half of the season and wishes him all the best for the future.”
📝 Mipo Odubeko's loan spell at #htafc has ended today, with the striker returning to @WestHam.
Everyone at Huddersfield Town would like to thank Mipo for his contribution during the first half of the season and wishes him all the best for the future.
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) January 4, 2022
Tuchel: Lukaku feels responsibility to clean up mess
13:58 , George Flood
Here’s more from Tuchel on Lukaku, including the latter’s need to take personal responsibility to limit the damage caused by his explosive interview:
“It’s not that big as maybe people want it to be, but it’s also not small,” said Tuchel.
“But it is small enough to stay calm, accept an apology and to move on forward. He’s very aware of what happened and what he created and he feels the responsibility to clean the mess up.
“Maybe we will have a bit of smell still from it of course. He can handle it, but he also has no other choice.
“He cannot expect everybody to be super happy the very next day.
“But he’s still our player and we have good, good reasons and a lot of reasons to make him play for us, and to convince him and to fight hard that he’s our player. We’re happy he’s our player, we will protect him.”
Lukaku BACK in Chelsea squad for Tottenham clash, Tuchel confirms
13:56 , George Flood
Romelu Lukaku will return to the Chelsea squad for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg showdown with rivals Tottenham.
The Belgian striker was dropped completely for Sunday’s Premier League draw with Liverpool after the airing of a Sky Sport Italia interview conducted a few weeks earlier in which he complained about life at Stamford Bridge and his usage by Thomas Tuchel as he also voiced a desire to return to Inter Milan in future.
But Lukaku apologised to his manager during clear-the-air talks held at Cobham yesterday and Tuchel has confirmed at his pre-match press conference this afternoon that Chelsea’s £97.5m record signing will be back in contention to face Spurs at Stamford Bridge.
“First of all we were even in the background happy that we took the time that it needed to look calmly on it and talk calmly,” said Tuchel.
“He apologised and is back in the squad for today’s training. For me the most important thing was to understand and clearly understand and believe that it was not intentional.
“He did not do this intentionally to create noise in front of such a big game. And it’s the very first time even he has behaved like this.”
Fernandez undergoing Leeds medical
13:44 , George Flood
Leeds are putting the finishing touches on their first January signing.
Espanyol striker Mateo Joseph Fernandez is undergoing a medical today ahead of a switch to Elland Road, per Sky Sports.
It is thought that the highly-rated forward will initially join Leeds’ Under-23 side.
Done deal! Gallacher leaves Liverpool
13:15 , George Flood
News of an exit from Liverpool this afternoon.
Left-back Tony Gallacher has left Anfield for the Scottish Premiership’s bottom side St Johnstone, penning terms until 2024 at McDiarmid Park.
The former Falkirk youngster was unable to break into the first-team squad after joining Liverpool in 2018 and spent part of last season on loan at MLS outfit Toronto FC.
“I’m really excited about my move to St Johnstone and can’t wait to get started,” Gallacher said.
“I had a great time at Liverpool and I’d like to thank everyone there for looking after me and helping me to improve as a footballer and teach me so many good habits.
“I feel very lucky to have been part of a massive football club with so many wonderful professionals and people. It was an incredible education.
“But I felt the time was right to look for first-team football and an exciting opportunity presented itself at St Johnstone.
“Having been out on loan at Toronto, I enjoyed my time there and it made me want more and more first-team football.
“It’s now up to me to show everyone at St Johnstone that I’m good enough to play regular first-team football and that’s what I plan to do.
“My preference is to play on the left-hand side as I feel I have good energy to get up and down and can deliver crosses into the box. I also enjoy the defensive side of the game.”
🆕 | The Club is delighted to announce the signing of Tony Gallacher from @LFC
The 22-year-old left-sided defender moves to McDiarmid Park on a contract until the summer of 2024.
Welcome to Saints, Tony 👏#SJFC
— St. Johnstone FC (@StJohnstone) January 4, 2022
Premier League clubs eye shock Eriksen swoop
12:56 , Giuseppe Muro
Christian Eriksen expects to begin training with a European top-flight team this month, and Premier League clubs are showing an interest in the former Tottenham midfielder.
Eriksen’s contract with Inter Milan was terminated last month because Italian regulations prevent him from playing in Serie A because he is fitted with an internal defibrillator.
But, following after a series of medical tests, Eriksen has been cleared to resume his career and he can sign for a new club as a free agent.
His agent Martin Schoots told the Daily Mail: “It is going really well for Christian. He had all the checks just before Christmas and the results were so good that we expect him to be involved in a group training with a team some time later in January.
“Although Christian’s position will not be affected by the January transfer window as he is a free agent, we are looking at the second half of this month.”
Maitland-Niles cleared to leave Arsenal
12:34 , Giuseppe Muro
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been cleared to leave Arsenal for Roma this month.
Roma have made an offer to sign Maitland-Niles on loan with view to a permanent move in the summer and the Daily Mail report that Arsenal are set to respond to the offer in the next 24 hours.
While there is no final agreement in place yet, the deal appears to be moving in the right direction.
12:28 , Giuseppe Muro
There has been an outgoing at Old Trafford, with Manchester United confirming 19-year-old defender Teden Mengi has joined Championship side Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.
Mengi made his United debut in the Europa League against LASK in August 2020 and has made one appearance for them this season, coming off the bench in the Champions League against Young Boys at Old Trafford in December.
“I am delighted to be here,” said Mengi. “[I am] ready to work hard and kick on for the rest of the season.
“It was important for me to try and find what was best for me, which is here at Blues and to just kick on and get as many games under my belt and improve as much as I can as a player and as a person.”
Man United join Liverpool in Zakaria race
12:04 , George Flood
Denis Zakaria is going to be a very popular name in transfer dispatches throughout this window.
The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has already been linked with the likes of Liverpool, who are said to have lodged an enquiry over his transfer status.
Now The Mirror claim that Manchester United are also tracking Swiss international Zakaria, who is valued at around the £25m mark with his current contract due to expire this summer, as well as Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.
RB Leipzig duo Amadou Haidara and Christopher Nkunku have also been mentioned as potential targets as Ralf Rangnick looks to boost his midfield options.
Barcelona in race for Haaland?
11:58 , George Flood
According to several outlets, Barcelona are believed to be close to finalising the arrival of ex-Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata from Juventus on an initial six-month loan that includes the option for a permanent summer transfer.
However, that’s not the only big rumour concerning the LaLiga giants just at the moment.
Barcelona are also being touted as players in the Erling Haaland sweepstakes as club president Joan Laporta declared the club back in business as a transfer force after their well-documented financial issues.
Asked about interest in Haaland, he said: “We’re working to build a top team.
“Everything is possible if we do things well and I’m sure we will.
“Top players are open to joining Barca. We’re definitely recovering our status.
“Everybody in the world should get ready, as we are back as big players in the market.”
Barca have already signed Ferran Torres from Manchester City this month, securing a bank loan to help seal the £46m deal.
Patterson undergoing Everton medical
10:26 , George Flood
Everton are close to wrapping up their second signing of the January window already as they look to kickstart a disappointing season under Rafael Benitez.
We mentioned earlier that the club were closing in on the capture of Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson, having already acquired the services of Ukraine international Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv.
The Times’ Paul Joyce has just reported that Patterson is currently undergoing his medical ahead of a switch south from Ibrox to Goodison Park.
Everton are believed to be paying £10m up front for the Scotland defender.
Arsenal transfer latest
10:12 , George Flood
With the January window now in full swing, Standard Sport’s team of football writers will be offering the latest transfer guides to all of our clubs throughout the day.
First up, it’s Simon Collings on Arsenal...
Arsenal’s business in the January transfer window is likely to be defined by who leaves the club this month.
The future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is very uncertain and the striker has not played since being stripped of the captaincy last month.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a target for Roma, who want to sign him on loan, while left-back Sead Kolasinac is likely to leave too.
Strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contract in the summer, making now the last chance to cash in on them, but Arsenal are unlikely to sell the pair given their shortage of alternative options up front.
Fellow forward Folarin Balogun, however, will leave on loan to a Championship club.
Arsenal would prefer to do their business in the summer, when they want to sign a striker and central midfielder. Strikers Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonathan David and Ollie Watkins have all been scouted.
Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has been watched also. Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevski has been offered to Premier League clubs and could act as loan cover, if Aubameyang leaves.
West Ham ready to launch new Lingard bid
09:38 , George Flood
Plenty of West Ham transfer gossip flying around at the moment as David Moyes targets new additions this month to try and sustain an unlikely Champions League qualification push.
While the likes of Brazil striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa and Wolves winger Adama Traore are being linked with moves to east London, one very familiar rumour is doing the rounds once more.
According to The Express, West Ham are now ready to table another bid to secure the return of popular former loanee Jesse Lingard.
Moyes reportedly hopes that United will be willing to offload the England midfielder - who has played just 88 minutes of club football all season - for a cut-price fee of around £10m, rather than lose him for nothing when his contract expires in the summer.
Ancelotti tight-lipped over Mbappe to Real Madrid
09:21 , George Flood
The Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid rumours have really begun to gather pace once again over recent weeks.
The French superstar is now able to discuss terms with long-term suitors Los Blancos having entered the final months of his deal with Paris Saint-Germain, who still hope to agree a big-money extension.
However, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is not giving anything away when it comes to a swoop for Mbappe.
“I don’t know. We think we will continue to fight for titles,” he said when asked about a potential move before Sunday’s shock defeat by Getafe.
Aaron Ramsey to leave Juventus for Newcastle?
09:16 , George Flood
Could former Arsenal favourite Aaron Ramsey make a return to the Premier League?
The Welsh international has fallen down the Juventus pecking order under Max Allegri and is now being linked with a sensational move to Newcastle.
Reports in the Daily Star claim that Ramsey is personally trying to negotiate an exit from Turin and is seen as a potential ideal signing to bolster Eddie Howe’s struggling midfield at St James’ Park.
Ramsey has 18 months left to go on his £230,000-a-week deal at Juve, but Saudi-backed Newcastle now surely won’t have an issue in terms of matching those figures.
Liverpool to battle AC Milan for Camara?
08:49 , George Flood
Liverpool will be interested spectators in the Africa Cup of Nations this month.
As well as following the fortunes of their own stars in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita in Cameroon, the Reds will also be monitoring attacking midfielder Aguibou Camara.
Keita’s Guinea team-mate has been impressing in Greece with Olympiacos and, according to Football Italia, is attracting interest from Liverpool and AC Milan.
Tottenham split on Juventus duo McKennie and Kulusevski
08:44 , George Flood
Tottenham seemingly have their eye on a pair of Juventus players, but reports suggest there is a split in camp over who would be the better acquisition this month.
Spurs are believed to be looking at American midfielder Weston McKennie and Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski.
However, reports in Italy cited by The Sun say that manager Antonio Conte favours a move for McKennie, while sporting director Fabio Paratici is keen on Kulusevski.
Chelsea step up Lucas Digne chase
08:30 , George Flood
While Lukaku will not be leaving Chelsea this month, one potential new arrival in west London is Lucas Digne.
The former Barcelona defender appears free to leave Everton, who have already signed Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv in January and are now about to complete a deal for Rangers’ Nathan Patterson.
Chelsea are looking for left-back cover after losing Ben Chilwell for the remainder of the season following knee surgery and have been unsuccessful in their request to recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan stint at Lyon.
Now The Sun say that the Blues will step up their bid to capture Digne on loan.
Lukaku has ‘no intention’ of forcing Chelsea exit
08:25 , George Flood
Romelu Lukaku has no intention of leaving Chelsea either this month or in the summer window.
That is according to The Times, who say that the Belgian striker is not trying to force an exit from Stamford Bridge despite the recent controversy over an explosive, unsanctioned interview in Italy in which he expressed frustration with life at Chelsea.
Lukaku was dropped from the squad altogether for Sunday’s key showdown with Liverpool, but is reported to have held positive, conciliatory talks with manager Thomas Tuchel yesterday.
He is expected to play some part tomorrow night as Chelsea meet Tottenham in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie.
Arsenal and Tottenham target Vlahovic speaks on future
08:20 , George Flood
One striker who might not be coming to the Premier League in 2022 is Dusan Vlahovic.
The Serbian international has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, with Fiorentina appearing to admit defeat in their bid to convince him to sign a contract extension.
However, Vlahovic has not ruled out potentially staying in Serie A.
When asked over a new deal, he said: “Never say never. But at the moment I am focused on new victories.
“We have a good team, great football players, great support from the fans. It all deserves respect.
“Only God knows what will happen in the next period. My wish is to bring Fiorentina to Europe, because we have not been in Europe for a long time.
“I don’t know what can happen overnight. We’ll see.”
Arsenal ‘win race’ to sign Real Sociedad striker Isak
08:14 , George Flood
Arsenal have ‘won the race’ to sign Sweden striker Alexander Isak, reports suggest.
El Nacional claim that Real Sociedad have blocked a move for the highly-rated 22-year-old to domestic rivals Barcelona, leaving the path clear for the Gunners to pounce.
Isak would be seen as a long-term replacement to deposed captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is apparently now being offered to big clubs around Europe with his Emirates future in severe doubt.
Arsenal and Tottenham face Kulusevski competition
Monday 3 January 2022 22:13 , Marc Mayo
Sevilla could rival Arsenal and Tottenham for Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski.
Spanish newspaper Sport say a bid of around £30million will be enough to sign the Swede - but Sevilla are unable to afford such a deal.
Therefore a loan deal until the summer is most likely on the cards.
Tottenham on Traore trail
Monday 3 January 2022 21:55 , Marc Mayo
The Telegraph report on Tottenham chasing Adama Traore from Wolves.
A fee of around £20million is said to be enough to tempt the Molineux club to sell the winger, who started on the bench for tonight’s win at Manchester United.
West Ham are also named as interested.
Monday 3 January 2022 21:42 , Marc Mayo
PSG could attempt to snatch one of Real Madrid’s key players amid the hunt for Mbappe.
El Nacional claim Casemiro is a top target for the French club in their search for a new central midfielder.
It is said that PSG are ready to bide their time and approach the deal carefully, with a summer bid on their agenda.
Paul Pogba, Marcelo Brozovic and Franck Kessie have also reportedly interested Les Parisiens.
PSG identify Mbappe replacement
Monday 3 January 2022 21:33 , Marc Mayo
Mauricio Pochettino will ask PSG to bid for Joao Felix if Kylian Mbappe leaves for Real Madrid.
The French striker is hotly tipped to sign for Los Blancos when his contract expires in the summer.
And Les Parisiens could have their replacement already on their radar as Spanish outlet Sport report on Felix being Pochettino’s ideal new signing - amid competition from Juventus and Manchester City.
Icardi wants out due to Messi?
Monday 3 January 2022 21:19 , Marc Mayo
Mauro Icardi is nearing a move to Juventus after reportedly falling out with Lionel Messi.
The Mirror claim that Juventus are in pole position to sign the PSG striker, who has fallen out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino.
Calciomercato add that Manchester United are interested as a replacement for Edinson Cavani.
Icardi is even said to feel that Messi is behind his lack of call-ups for Argentina in recent years…
West Ham chase Gabigol
Monday 3 January 2022 21:05 , Marc Mayo
West Ham are in talks over a deal for Gabriel Barbosa, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazilian, known as Gabigol, was a youth prodigy who struggled at Inter Milan and now plays for Flamengo.
A move to England is said to interest the 25-year-old, with three other Premier League teams said to be tracking him as he looks to cement his place in Brazil’s World Cup squad.
The Hammers are well known to be chasing a striker to support Michail Antonio in their bid for a top-four finish.
Arsenal duo return
Monday 3 January 2022 20:36 , Marc Mayo
Jonathan Dinzeyi and Nikolaj Moller are back at Arsenal after being recalled from their loan spells.
Dinzeyi only made three appearances with League Two Carlisle while Moller featured 13 times for third-tier German side Viktoria Koln.
Real Madrid, Bayern, PSG and Juve want Rudiger
Monday 3 January 2022 20:12 , Marc Mayo
Four teams are said to be in talks with Antonio Rudiger over a pre-contract agreement.
The Chelsea man is free to discuss a summer move with European clubs ahead of his Blues contract expiring in June.
According to Sky Sports, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG have all made contact with Rudiger’s camp.
Earlier tonight, Chelsea sealed the future of Thiago Silva while Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are also out of contract this year.
Patterson confirmation imminent
Monday 3 January 2022 19:54 , Marc Mayo
The Scotsman report that Rangers defender Nathan Patterson arrived on Merseyside today for a medical at Everton.
An initial £12million deal to take the 20-year-old to Goodison Park could rise to £16m.
The final details of the transfer are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
Bale’s Madrid stay due to end
Monday 3 January 2022 19:33 , Marc Mayo
Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo are all set to leave Real Madrid in the summer to free up over £50million in wages.
The trio are out of contract at the end of the campaign and Los Blancos are linked with moves for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
According to AS, Madrid have made up their mind with Bale among their highest earners at £600,000-a-week.
Eagles seeking young star
Monday 3 January 2022 19:05 , Marc Mayo
Crystal Palace are keen on Dundee United defender Kerr Smith, according to reports.
The 17-year-old would slot into the Eagles’ youth setup, according to Football Scotland.
Kerr previously interested Manchester United and Aston Villa and is contracted to 2023.
Conte delivers Tottenham update
Monday 3 January 2022 18:41 , Marc Mayo
Antonio Conte has remained coy on his plans for the January window.
The Tottenham boss told reporters this afternoon: “My expectation is to speak with my club and then to tell them my opinion.
“The club will know after I speak and what decision they want to make.”
Villa fancy Arsenal target
Monday 3 January 2022 18:21 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal face competition in their bid to snap up Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria.
The Gunners are strongly linked with a move for the soon-to-be available midfielder, whose contract expires in the summer.
Manchester United and Liverpool are also linked but Daily Mail now claim Aston Villa are keen on a move for the Switzerland international.
Silva on new Chelsea deal
Monday 3 January 2022 17:51 , Marc Mayo
“To play here with Chelsea is a real pleasure,” he told the club website. “I never thought I would play for three years here in this great club so I’m very happy to stay for another season.
“I would also like to say thanks to my family, the club, Marina and to Mr Abramovich for this opportunity. I will continue to give everything for this club and for the supporters, who have always been by my side since I arrived.
“It’s amazing to have this relationship with the fans and not only that but the players, staff and the whole club. I’m going to give everything to keep playing at this level in the most important league in the world.”
Silva signs on
Monday 3 January 2022 17:40 , Marc Mayo
Thiago Silva has signed a new contract at Chelsea to 2023.
Celtic nearing January swoop
Monday 3 January 2022 17:21 , Marc Mayo
Celtic are set to press ahead with the £6.5million deal to sign loanee Jota from Benfica.
The winger has hit eight goals since arriving at Parkhead and A Bola report on Celtic advancing talks over a permanent move, which they have first refusal on.
Monday 3 January 2022 16:52 , Marc Mayo
One to watch for the future as Bundesliga side Augsburg complete a deal for FC Dallas youngster Ricardo Pepi.
The £14.5million move was confirmed today with forward Pepi saying: “Moving to Europe after the conclusion of the MLS season was my dream
“I believe Augsburg and the Bundesliga will prove the perfect settings for me to gain match practice at the top level as a youngster.”
Now arriving in Augsburg: Ricardo Pepi 🚂 pic.twitter.com/pLVjFK5RNN
— FC Augsburg (@FCA_World) January 3, 2022
Vlahovic speaks out on speculation
Monday 3 January 2022 16:26 , Marc Mayo
Fiorentina marksman Dusan Vlahovic has given an update on his future amid links with Arsenal, Tottenham, Real Madrid and several top clubs.
He told Russian outlet Politika: “I've said it several times so far.
“There is a good football story being made here in Florence. We have a good team, great players, great support from the fans. Everything deserves respect.
“Only God knows what will happen in the next period. My desire is to take Fiorentina to Europe, because we haven't been in Europe for a long time. We'll see.”
Wolves recall young winger
Monday 3 January 2022 16:08 , Marc Mayo
Ahead of today’s game with Manchester United, Covid-hit Wolves have recalled midfielder Ryan Giles from his loan spell at Cardiff.
"We'd like to thank Ryan for his efforts during his time in south Wales and wish him the very best of luck going forward," a Bluebirds statement confirmed.
Wolves kick off at Old Trafford at 5.30pm having last played on December 19 due to several positive tests.
Welcome back, @ryangiles7! 👋
We've recalled Ryan Giles from his loan spell at Cardiff City to work with Bruno Lage's squad.
— Wolves (@Wolves) January 3, 2022
Roma make Maitland-Niles bid
Monday 3 January 2022 15:51 , Malik Ouzia
The Athletic are reporting that Roma have tabled a formal offer for Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
They say the deal would contain an option-to-buy, with the Serie A side keen to bring the England international in on a permanent basis but not in a financial position to do so during this window.
Whether Arsenal would sanction his departure at this stage remains to be seen, however, with central midfielders Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny both having headed to the AFCON.
Laporta quizzed over Haaland deal
Monday 3 January 2022 15:34 , Malik Ouzia
We told you a little earlier on about Joan Laporta’s bullish remarks about Barcelona’s transfer market resurgence.
Well, the Nou Camp chief was also asked specifically about the prospect of winning the race for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and had this to say:
“We’re working to build a top team. Everything is possible if we do things well, and I’m sure we will. Top players are open to joining Barça. We’re definitely recovering our status.”
Botman blow for Newcastle
Monday 3 January 2022 14:37 , Malik Ouzia
The Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle’s pursuit of Sven Botman has hit a stumbling block, with Lille insisting he is not for sale.
The Magpies are pushing for defensive improvements, with Kieran Trippier looking likely to join, but a proposed £30m deal for Botman looks to be off the table.
Mourinho eyeing Ndombele reunion?
Monday 3 January 2022 13:51 , Malik Ouzia
Italian outlet Calciomercato say that Jose Mourinho is keen on taking Tanguy Ndombele to Roma this month.
The Portuguese worked with Ndombele at Spurs, but the midfielder’s stop-start career has continued under both Nuno Espirio Santo and Antonio Conte, and he would appear to be out of favour under the latter.
Could Wijnaldum return to Premier League?
Monday 3 January 2022 13:14 , Malik Ouzia
There’s plenty of speculation around today regarding the short-term future of Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, whose summer move from Liverpool to PSG has not quite worked out as he would have liked.
Spanish outlet AS say Arsenal would like to bring Wijnaldum in on loan to cover for the losses of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny to the AFCON.
However, there have also been reports linking the 31-year-old to Newcastle, or even with an immediate return to Anfield, where Liverpool’s midfield has looked weaker for his departure.
Isak boost for Arsenal
Monday 3 January 2022 12:38 , Malik Ouzia
Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak as they step up their hunt for a new striker.
Spanish outlet El Nacional report that the Gunners’ hopes have been boosted by the fact that Sociedad do not want to sell to a LaLiga rival, with Barcelona among the clubs to have been linked with the Swede.
Morata set for Barca switch
Monday 3 January 2022 12:13 , Malik Ouzia
And while we’re on Barcelona, there are various reports around today suggesting Alvaro Morata’s move to the Nou Camp could be completed as early as this week.
In case you were having trouble keeping track of Morata’s travels across Europe, the Spaniard is currently playing for Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid, but Spanish outlet AS say he will be recalled and sent to Barca on an initial six-month loan, before the deal is made permanent in the summer.
Laporta: Barca are back
Monday 3 January 2022 11:53 , Malik Ouzia
Speaking at that Ferran Torres unveiling, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has been dishing out a bit of fighting talk, claiming the club are “back” as a force in the transfer market after their well-documented financial difficulties.
“Everybody in the world should get ready, as we are back as big players in the market,” he said, according to Fabrizio Romano. “Barça are back.”
Barcelona unveil Torres
Monday 3 January 2022 11:35 , Malik Ouzia
Barcelona have officially unveiled new signing Ferran Torres in a ceremony at the Nou Camp following his arrival from Manchester City.
The Spaniard has also been speaking to the press so we’ll have quotes to come.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 3, 2022
Spurs to rekindle Traore interest?
Monday 3 January 2022 11:20 , Malik Ouzia
Wolves are ready to sell Adama Traore this month, putting Tottenham and West Ham on alert.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who say the Midlands club would accept an offer of £20m or more for the winger as they look to fund their own transfer business.
Spurs have been heavily linked with the Spanish international in the past, including in the summer after the arrival of former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo in the dugout.
Gunners recall Clarke ahead of Hibs switch
Monday 3 January 2022 10:58 , Malik Ouzia
Arsenal youngster Harry Clarke has been recalled from his loan spell at Ross County ahead of a permanent departure from the club.
The 20-year-old has impressed during the first half of the season, so much so that Hibernian have moved to agree a deal with the Gunners to take the 20-year-old, initially on loan until the end of the campaign, when his current contract expires.
“I hope his time here was enjoyable,” said County boss Malky Mackay.
“Although we are disappointed to be losing Harry, I would like to thank him for his contribution in the last six months and I think he has become an even more rounded player in that time.”
QPR set to miss out on Cook
Monday 3 January 2022 10:43 , Malik Ouzia
The Mail say that QPR are set to miss out on signing Bournemouth defender Steve Cook this month, with the centre-half headed to Nottingham Forest.
Cook is expected to end his decade-long spell with the Cherries this month and QPR had reportedly been leading the race for his signature but Forest have swooped with a two-and-a-half-year contract offer.
Everton agree £12m Patterson deal
Monday 3 January 2022 10:28 , Malik Ouzia
Everton are on the brink of agreeing a deal to sign Rangers star Nathan Patterson, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The report claims the Toffees will pay £12m for the Scotland international, which would represent a record selling fee for Rangers.
Newcastle closing on Trippier deal
Monday 3 January 2022 10:01 , Malik Ouzia
To Newcastle next, which I suspect is something I’ll be writing quite a lot over the next month.
The I say the Magpies are hopeful of having Kieran Trippier signed and ready to feature in time for their next Premier League game, against Watford in just under a fortnight’s time.
The England international played 90 minutes for Atletico Madrid in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano but the Toon are optimistic they will be able to agree a deal, possibly even this week.
Dembele to form part of Martial swap deal?
Monday 3 January 2022 09:37 , Malik Ouzia
Another day, another Ousmane Dembele to the Premier League rumour.
Today’s offering comes from Catalan outlet Are, who claim Barcelona will offer the Frenchman to Man United as part of a swap deal for his countryman Anthony Martial.
Martial looks likely to leave Old trafford this month providing a suitable offer comes in, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick having admitted as much over the weekend.
Cresswell at centre of race
Monday 3 January 2022 09:20 , Malik Ouzia
Manchester United and Liverpool are among the top clubs reportedly keen to sign Leeds defender Charlie Cresswell.
The 19-year-old has been handed opportunities to impress amid Leeds’ struggles and injury crises this season, though he is currently sidelined himself with a shoulder problem.
Along with the likes fo Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, the academy graudate, who is under contract until 2025, is likely to be one of the club’s most saleable assets should they be relegated at the end of the campaign and according to The Sun, that has put the likes of Liverpool and United on alert.
Mbappe to Real Madrid latest
Monday 3 January 2022 09:02 , Malik Ouzia
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has suggested the club will wait until the end of the season before making their move for Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe has already said he will see out the campaign with PSG, rather than looking to move this month, but entering the final six months of his deal, he is already eligible to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs.
Asked whether Real could try to get a deal done early, Ancelotti said: “I don’t know. We think we will continue to fight for titles.
“It’s an interesting moment because we’re back in La Liga, we have the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. It’s an important moment. [Moving for Mbappe is] the last thing to do, which I think is what will happen on June 30.”
Lukaku to meet with Tuchel today
Monday 3 January 2022 08:57 , Malik Ouzia
As for what we know for sure regarding Romelu Lukaku’s future, the forward is set to hold a crucial meeting with Thomas Tuchel today.
Speaking after the draw with Liverpool yesterday, Tuchel said he would also consult senior players before deciding whether to bring Lukaku back into the fold ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham.
“I don’t take decisions in the office or around my thoughts,” Tuchel said. “I take decisions for the team and I listen to them.
“I hear their opinion, what they think and then I make my decisions once I hear them out. It is their club, their team and it is not a personal thing from me to decide only on my thoughts.
“We have a squad who we protect, which is strong in belief and behaviours. This is how we take decisions, not only this time, but we regularly speak to the five or six players to get their opinion and inside view.
“We want a clearer understanding of the situation and take a decision on a bigger foundation.”
Lukaku wants shock Spurs move
Monday 3 January 2022 08:52 , Malik Ouzia
There’s only one place to start today and that’s with the latest on Romelu Lukaku’s situation - and a quite stunning report in the Italian press.
The Belgian was dropped by Thomas Tuchel for yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool after an explosive interview in which he spoke off his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge and professed his love for Inter Milan.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, it is a reunion with former Inter boss Antonio Conte across London at Tottenham that would interest the forward if he is forced out of Chelsea this month.
Monday 3 January 2022 08:50 , Malik Ouzia
Hello and welcome to another day of Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the January transfer window.
We’ll start with a round-up of all of today’s latest news and rumours...