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Transfer news - LIVE!
We’re rapidly approaching the final week of January and, naturally, things are heating up on the transfer front.
Paris Saint-Germain are thought to want to offer Tanguy Ndombele a route out of Tottenham while Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele has publicly stated his desire to continue to play for the club even despite a rather public contract dispute.
Elsewhere at Spurs, Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic is linked once again, this time as a potential partner to Harry Kane.
Rather strangely, Everton are thought to have interviewed Fabio Cannavaro as a shock contender to replace Rafa Benitez.
Follow all of the latest news, rumours and gossip with Standard Sport’s transfer centre!
Latest transfer news and rumours
Everton interview Fabio Cannavaro
PSG want Tottenham’s Ndombele
Dembele makes Barcelona statement
Tottenham fail in Traore bid
Newcastle make fresh Lingard offer
Chelsea could lose Andreas Christensen
Five destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo
Celtic complete deal for highly-rated MK Dons star Matt O’Riley
21:22 , Jonathan Gorrie
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 20, 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible destinations
20:47 , Jonathan Gorrie
The Daily Mirror cite MLS, Sporting Lisbon, Manchester City, PSG and Real Madrid as potential options for Cristiano Ronaldo should the forward leave Manchester United this summer.
Ronaldo, who appeared to react negatively to being brought off against Brentford, has been linked with a move away should United not qualify for the Champions League.
Bayern and Barcelona leading Andreas Christensen chase
20:41 , Jonathan Gorrie
It feels like there's no chance for Andreas Christensen to accept any Premier League club proposal [as free agent]. He wants to respect Chelsea - but there's still no agreement on new contract proposal. 🔵 #CFC
Barcelona and FC Bayern are interested in signing him.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 20, 2022
Hause extends Aston Villa deal
20:26 , Jonathan Gorrie
"From the first day I signed, I felt loved and wanted, and to extend for another three-and-a-half years, I'm delighted." 🙌
The thoughts of @Kortney_30 after he signed a contract extension with Aston Villa. 🗣️
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 20, 2022
More on Adama Troare
20:00 , Jonathan Gorrie
Wolves want £20m for Adama Traore after snubbing Tottenham’s opening offer.
Arsenal looking into Matt Turner deal
19:57 , Jonathan Gorrie
Arsenal are considering a move for US international Matt Turner in a deal that could see Bernd Leno leave the club, writes Simon Collings.
Newcastle United make fresh Lingard offer
18:25 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to The Daily Telegraph, Newcastle United have made a second loan offer for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard.
The Magpies are desperate for new recruits and view the England international as the perfect mid-season addition.
Tottenham fail in Adama Traore bid
17:44 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to The Daily Telegraph, Tottenham have failed in a £15m bid for Adama Traore.
The Wolves star has been strongly linked with a move to the capital club ever since Antonio Conte - famous for his use of wing-backs - was appointed in November 2021.
Still, Spurs’ opening offer is believed to have been snubbed.
Ousmane Dembele makes Barcelona statement
17:30 , Jonathan Gorrie
Official statement by Ousmane Dembélé. 🚨 #FCB
“Don’t think I’m out of the project. Don’t speak of intentions I never had. I’ve a contract and I’m available for Xavi. I’m not gonna give up”.
“There are contract talks ongoing. My agent is on it - I’m only focusing on the pitch”. pic.twitter.com/S3kDqz1hX4
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 20, 2022
PSG eye Tanguy Ndombele
17:26 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to The Athletic, Barcelona are keen on signing Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele.
The Frenchman looks out of the picture under Antonio Conte and the Ligue 1 giants could be keen to bring him back to more familiar settings in what would be a dramatic late development in the window.
Everton to interview World Cup winner
16:04 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to The Sun, Everton are set to interview former Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro.
A potentially left-field choice, the former Real Madrid and Juventus star has been out of work since leaving Guangzhou Evergrande in September 2021.
Tottenham pondering Kessie swoop this month
14:26 , George Flood
Tottenham are weighing up a January move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports suggest.
Serie A-based Kessie has been mentioned in connection with Spurs since the arrival of managing director Fabio Paratici last summer, with those links only getting stronger following the hiring of Antonio Conte as manager.
Now The Telegraph report that Tottenham could swoop for the in-demand Kessie before the deadline in order to avoid being dragged into a bidding war in the summer, when his contract at the San Siro expired.
It seems that Spurs are particularly worried about rival interest from Paris Saint-Germain in the Ivorian.
13:24 , George Flood
Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has confirmed the club are working to sign Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu and are also interested in Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips, writes Simon Collings.
A deal for Kalu is thought to be at an advanced stage, with Watford ready to pay around £3million for the Nigerian.
The 24-year-old will bolster the Hornets’ options out wide, which have been hit following an injury to Ismaila Sarr.
“It is not closed 100 per cent and for this reason I said if the club think he is good for us, for now, for the future, we are ready to train with him,” said Ranieri, when asked about interest in Kalu.
Watford have signed three players already this month to bolster their squad as they bid to stay in the Premier League.
Further reinforcements could arrive and Ranieri has confessed he is fan of Liverpool defender Phillips, who is also being tracked by West Ham.
“Look, I like Phillips a lot,” he said. “Now, we are very, very full of defenders.
“[But] until the end of the market everything could happen and I have an open mind and am an open man. If someone arrives who can help us, I appreciate that.”
Kalu deal progressing as Watford target Phillips
13:17 , George Flood
#WatfordFC Ranieri confirmed interest in Samuel Kalu, but said deal not 100 per cent done.
Confirmed too that he is a fan of Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) January 20, 2022
Liverpool in Fabio Carvalho hunt
13:02 , George Flood
Liverpool are among a host of clubs eyeing Fulham star Fabio Carvalho, reports suggest.
The talented Portuguese teenager has notched back-to-back braces for the dominant Championship leaders, who are the first English side in 88 years to score six or more goals in three consecutive matches.
However, Carvalho is out of contract at Craven Cottage in the summer and is attracting admiring glances from multiple suitors.
That number includes Liverpool, according to the Liverpool Echo, who say there has been no contact with Fulham but that chief scout Barry Hunter watched the 6-2 demolition of Bristol City on January 15.
Fifa announces new regulations to cap international loans
12:35 , George Flood
New regulations capping the number of international loans in and out at any club are set to come into force in July, FIFA has said, report PA Sport.
The new rules, drawn up with the intention of helping to develop young players, improve competitive balance and prevent the hoarding of players, were originally due to be implemented in July 2020 but were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Provided the regulations are given final approval by the FIFA Council, between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 clubs will be limited to a maximum of eight international loan signings in and eight loaned out, dropping to seven in 2023-24 and remaining at six from 2024-25.
The rules do not cover domestic loans, but FIFA has said national associations must bring their regulations in line within three years - so by July 1, 2025 at the latest.
Chelsea currently list 21 players as being out on loan on their website, with eight of those at clubs outside England.
The changes are part of a wider reform of the transfer system which FIFA instigated in 2017.
The regulations also include the requirement for a written agreement defining the terms of the loan, the introduction of minimum and maximum loan terms (from one window to one year), a limit on the number of loans per season between the same clubs (three in, three out) and a prohibition on 'sub-loaning' to a third club.
Suarez wants ‘one more European challenge’ amid Gerrard interest
12:07 , George Flood
Luis Suarez is targeting one more stint in Europe, with a move back to the Premier League not ruled out at this stage.
That is according to the Daily Mail, who say that Suarez - 35 next week - wants another club on this continent before potentially finishing his illustrious, oft-controversial career alongside Lionel Messi in America’s MLS.
The veteran striker has slipped down the pecking order under Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid and has been linked with a sensational reunion with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa, who recently loaned another ex-Reds star from that era in Philippe Coutinho.
Dembele must leave Barcelona ‘for his sake and the club'
11:36 , George Flood
Here are those quotes in full from Barcelona director Mateu Alamany, who told Barca TV today that Ousmane Dembele must leave the club immediately...
“The reality is that we began negotiations with his agents five months ago. During this time there has been continuous communication in which the club’s position has been to want him to continue,” he said.
“Different offers have been made to him, we worked really hard and put a lot of effort, we have done enough for the player to consider what he has to do with his future.
“We are 11 days away from the closing of the transfer window and we understand that... the player has decided not to continue and what we want are players committed to Barca. Both for his sake and for the club he has to leave as soon as possible.”
No Mari buy option for Udinese
11:10 , George Flood
My understanding is there is no option-to-buy clause included in Mari deal. Straight loan.https://t.co/O1cQtuNBLJ
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) January 20, 2022
Bergwijn takes heat off Levy and forces Spurs transfer rethink
11:09 , George Flood
When Antonio Conte spoke last week about the desperate need to get his injured players back to breathe new life into Tottenham’s season, Steven Bergwijn’s name did not immediately spring to mind, writes Malik Ouzia.
The defensive solidity of Eric Dier and Cristian Romero has been more sorely missed, so too the balance and thrust offered by Sergio Reguilon down the left and the irreplaceable attacking talents of Heung-min Son.
In fact, given interest from Ajax — who have failed with a £15million opening bid for the Dutchman already this month — it seemed that if Bergwijn was to be making a defining contribution to anyone’s season anytime soon, it would more likely be in the land of tulips, windmills and clogs than in Leicester.
Yet here he was, sent off the bench at the King Power on his first appearance since Boxing Day on a rescue mission, Spurs undeservedly trailing to goals from Patson Daka and James Maddison, despite Harry Kane’s 250th career club goal, 18 of them coming in just 17 appearances against the Foxes.
Bergwijn’s impact was more immediate and more significant than even Conte could have hoped, the forward scoring an equaliser in the 95th minute and then, less than two minutes later as time ran out, a famous winner as well.
11:06 , George Flood
Belated official confirmation from Arsenal of Pablo Mari’s loan switch to Udinese...
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 20, 2022
Dembele to leave Barcelona ‘immediately'
10:23 , George Flood
The end is nigh for Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona.
Barca director Mateu Alemany has confirmed that the Frenchman does not want to carry on at the Camp Nou and will be sold this month.
Yesterday, Blaugrana boss Xavi had indicated his public frustrations with Dembele, imploring the former Borussia Dortmund forward to sign an extension to his expiring contract or be moved on in this window.
“It’s clear that Dembele does NOT want to continue with Barcelona. He doesn’t want to be part of our project,” Alemany said on Thursday.
“We told Dembele he has to leave immediately. We expect Ousmane to be sold before Jan 31”.
Arthur Melo to Arsenal update
09:53 , George Flood
Here’s the latest on Arsenal’s pursuit of Arthur Melo from Standard Sport reporter Simon Collings...
Arsenal have held further talks with Arthur Melo’s agent as they bid to tie up a move for the Juventus man.
The Gunners have identified the Brazilian as the midfielder they want to sign this month, but Juventus have so far been unwilling to sanction a loan deal.
Further talks took place yesterday, however, and possible solutions, such as an 18-month loan, have been discussed.
Juventus are reluctant to let Arthur leave at the moment as they have so far been unable to bring in a replacement.
Arthur, however, is keen to make the move to north London, if only on loan, and Arsenal are working hard to get a deal over the line.
Speaking in general about Arsenal’s transfer business, manager Mikel Arteta said on Wednesday: “The team are working extremely hard to get the players that we want and we are have no news to give you.
“We have a plan to try to bring players in and try to get the players we want with the right qualities and improve the squad in the best possible way every single window.”
Done deal! Pablo Mari loaned to Udinese
09:29 , George Flood
Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has completed his switch to Udinese.
The Spanish centre-back will spend the remainder of the season on loan in Serie A as he looks to secure more regular playing time.
Mari has not featured for the Gunners since September, making just three appearances all season under Mikel Arteta.
He will be back however, with Udinese’s loan deal not containing an option for a permanent transfer.
— Udinese Calcio (@Udinese_1896) January 20, 2022
Conte wants Bergwijn stay after Spurs heroics
09:19 , George Flood
Steven Bergwijn was the hero as Tottenham came from behind to beat Leicester in stunning last-gasp fashion last night.
The Dutch winger scored in the 95th and 97th minutes as Spurs incredibly turned a 2-1 deficit into an unforgettable 3-2 triumph at the King Power Stadium.
Bergwijn had been linked with an exit this month, with Spurs apparently willing to let him go and Eredivisie giants Ajax expected to return with a second bid for the former PSV Eindhoven star.
However, Antonio Conte insists he wants him to stay put.
“In the past, when someone asks me about Steven I was very clear,” Conte said. “For me, he is a very important player because he has characteristics that in our squad we don’t have many of - we don’t have many creative players.
“He’s an important player and the player has to be happy and I think the player is happy to be with us and play in Tottenham.”
Barcelona in advanced Christensen talks
09:02 , George Flood
The speculation over the future of Andreas Christensen continues.
The Danish defender is out of contract at Chelsea this summer and appears no closer to agreeing an extension.
Fabrizio Romano reports that he will not entertain other Premier League offers out of respect, but adds that Bayern Munich and Barcelona are both very interested in his services.
Indeed, Catalan publication Sport even go as far as to say that Barca have entered into advanced talks with Christensen.
West Ham eye Brereton Diaz and Phillips
08:48 , George Flood
West Ham are looking to have a busy end to the January window.
David Moyes would ideally still like competition/support up front for Michail Antonio and more defensive cover to boost their unlikely Champions League push.
Per the Daily Express, Blackburn and Chile sensational Ben Brereton Diaz is top of the wishlist, but could cost around £25m having bagged 20 goals already this season and also attracted interest from Brighton.
The Hammers are also said to be eyeing Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips, who is available for around £15m and is recovering from a cheekbone fracture suffered in early December.
Ronaldo could leave Man United this summer
08:29 , George Flood
Cristiano Ronaldo was not happy about being substituted against Brentford last night and could be seen openly questioning interim boss Ralf Rangnick’s decision.
Reports from The Sun that preceded that game in west London said that Ronaldo could leave Manchester United this summer if they do not secure qualification for the Champions League.
The Portuguese superstar’s camp are said to hold concerns over the direction of the club and have held talks with new CEO Richard Arnold, with Ronaldo desperate to win further trophies during the twilight of his extraordinary career.
Following a 3-1 win at Brentford, United currently sit seventh but just two points adrift of the top four.
Spurs ponder Ndombele/Veretout swap
08:25 , George Flood
Tottenham are known to be trying to offload Tanguy Ndombele, with links to Roma coming as a surprise given ex-Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is their current boss and did not always have kind words to say about the Frenchman.
Despite that, Italian outlet Tuttosport claims that Ndombele could be used as part of a deal to sign Jordan Veretout, a player whom Antonio Conte admires.
The French international has gone from strength to strength since a poor spell at Aston Villa, rebuilding his career in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma and earning five caps for Les Bleus.
Chelsea target Barcelona starlet Gavi
08:19 , George Flood
Chelsea seem to be looking at Barcelona for potential new signings again.
Following links to the likes of Sergino Dest and Frenkie de Jong, fresh reports from El Nacional claim they are targeting highly-rated teenage midfielder Gavi.
The 17-year-old La Masia graduate is out of contract at the Camp Nou in the summer of 2023 and has yet to agree an extension.
He apparently has a release clause in his current deal worth £42m.
Arsenal hold talks with Arthur Melo agent
08:15 , George Flood
Arsenal are ramping up their pursuit of Arthur Melo, according to the latest reports.
Goal claim that the Brazilian’s agent Federico Pastorello travelled to London Colney on Wednesday for talks with Gunners technical director Edu.
Fabrizio Romano adds that Arsenal have offered a straight loan until the end of the season, but Juventus are seeking an 18-month agreement that includes the option for a permanent transfer.
He says that Arthur is keen on joining Arsenal, but it seems nothing is sorted yet and Juve still need a replacement amid links to Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes.
Vlahovic ‘unsure’ over Arsenal despite riches on offer
08:07 , George Flood
Good morning and welcome back to Standard Sport’s rolling LIVE coverage of the January transfer window!
We are slowly edging towards the business end of the market now, with so much still to be played out and decided over the next 11 days.
Not least at Arsenal, who are still pushing to complete a high-profile move for prolific Fiorentina marksman Dusan Vlahovic.
Reports from La Nazione in Italy suggest that the Gunners are even willing to make the Serbian international one of the highest-paid players in world football.
However, Vlahovic is still said to be uncertain over a potential switch to the Emirates.
Oxford keen on Jermain Defoe
Wednesday 19 January 2022 17:25 , Matt Verri
After leaving Rangers earlier this month, Jermain Defoe is a free agent.
The 39-year-old is not short of options thought, with Oxford United, Sunderland and Ipswich Town all believed to be interested in the strike.
The Telegraph report that Oxford have held talks with Defoe, who talked about his future on talkSPORT.
“To be honest, it’s been mad. My phone has gone mad,” Defoe said.
“We’ve got a few options. Sunderland is one and I think it’s well documented that it is there.”
Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard remain in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans
Wednesday 19 January 2022 16:54 , Jonathan Gorrie
Two expensive signings to have struggled to even get on the pitch for Real Madrid, both Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale are frequently linked with moves away from the Spanish capital.
Still, manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed the pair remain in his plans.
“Bale is back now after a long time, Hazard has been fine for a month and he is physically fit.
“I don’t have to give advice to Hazard. He has the character and experience to decide himself and by the way, the quality that both of them have could help us a lot.
“Only the first half of the season has gone. They have not had the opportunity to help the team due to the injuries they’ve had. Hopefully the second half of the season will be better.”
Newcastle pushing for Zapata
Wednesday 19 January 2022 16:16 , Matt Verri
Newcastle have already signed Chris Wood this window, but it sounds like they’re not done with additions to their squad in forward areas.
The Magpies have made a loan offer for Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata, with the option to make it a permanent deal in the summer should they stay in the Premier League. Atalanta rejected that offer, preferring to a permanent fee immediately.
Tutto Mercato report that Atalanta are expecting Newcastle to make a second offer for the striker in the coming days.
More on Aubameyang situation
Wednesday 19 January 2022 15:58 , Matt Verri
Al Nassr are understood to be willing to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who earns £250,000-a-week, on loan for the rest of the season before signing him permanently for around £6.5million, reports Simon Collings.
Arsenal have not yet responded to the offer and it is unclear if Aubameyang would be open to a move to the Middle East.
Arsenal receive Aubameyang offer
Wednesday 19 January 2022 15:34 , Matt Verri
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not played for Arsenal since being stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta, and he faces an uncertain future in north London.
Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr have made an offer for the striker, according to CBS Sports, which would see them take Aubameyang on loan before signing him permanently for £6.7m in the summer.
That would free up plenty of space on the wage bill for the Gunners, and potentially help fund a move for Dusan Vlahovic.
Lingard to Newcastle latest
Wednesday 19 January 2022 14:27 , George Flood
Newcastle have asked Manchester United about a loan for Jesse Lingard, reports Jack Rosser.
As stated earlier, it is thought that Newcastle would be willing to pay a loan fee - as West Ham did last season - in addition to covering the player’s £100,000-a-week wages in full.
However, it remains to be seen if Lingard will be open to heading up to Tyneside as he has been targeting a return to London amid more West Ham and Tottenham links.
Xavi: Barcelona prioritising new Araujo deal
Wednesday 19 January 2022 14:05 , George Flood
Back to Barcelona, with Xavi describing a new deal for Ronald Araujo as a big priority.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with the highly-rated Uruguayan international, who is out of contract in the summer of 2023.
“Renewing Araujo is a priority. He is an extraordinary defender,” Xavi said before the Copa del Rey trip to Athletic Club.
“For us it’s important to reach an agreement because he is a necessary player for the present and the future.”
Watford agree Kalu deal
Wednesday 19 January 2022 13:34 , George Flood
Watford are on the verge of another signing as they fight for Premier League survival.
The Hornets have already added the likes of Samir, Edo Kayembe and Hassane Kamara to their squad this month as Claudio Ranieri’s side hope to avoid an instant return to the Championship.
Now the Daily Mail report that Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu is due to undergo a medical at Watford ahead of a £3.5m January switch.
Watford are also apparently trying to secure a work permit for another recent recruit in Colombian teenager Yaser Asprilla.
Xavi delivers Dembele ultimatum
Wednesday 19 January 2022 13:12 , George Flood
Barcelona boss Xavi looks to be losing patience with Ousmane Dembele.
The French forward’s future has been subject to plenty of speculation over recent weeks, with his current Camp Nou contract due to expire in the summer.
There has been talk of tension, ultimatums and bust-ups over a renewal, with Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester United all rumoured to be watching developments closely.
Dembele’s agent has also been fanning the flames in the press, with Xavi evidently tired of the situation.
“We can’t wait for Ousmane,” he said on Wednesday. “He either renews the contract or a solution to sell him must be found immediately.
“I don’t consider sending him to the stands. He says he wants to stay but then he doesn’t sign”.
Xavi added: “The message is clear. Ousmane Dembele has to sign a new contract or we find a way to sell him in January. No other way.
“I also wonder why the agent is talking the way he is and Dembele, on the other hand, telling me he wants to stay. I can’t understand”.
Newcastle working on Lingard loan bid
Wednesday 19 January 2022 12:31 , George Flood
Newcastle have entered the race to sign Jesse Lingard.
The Manchester Evening News reports that a loan deal is being worked on that would see the midfielder spend the rest of the season at St James’ Park.
Newcastle are reportedly willing to pay a loan fee and cover Lingard’s £100,000-a-week wages in full.
However, MEN add that Lingard has not yet signed off on the move and still favours coming back to London amid ongoing speculation regarding West Ham and Tottenham.
Brentford £3m short in Johnson chase
Wednesday 19 January 2022 12:00 , George Flood
Djed Spence is not the only Nottingham Forest star attracting big interest in the January window.
20-year-old winger Brennan Johnson has caught the eye of the likes of West Ham and Brentford with some sensational performances at the City Ground.
The Bees have moved ahead in that particular race, but the Daily Mail report they are still around £3m short of Forest’s valuation after talks between the two clubs.
Brentford are apparently willing to pay £15m for Johnson, though Forest are holding out for at least £18m.
Juventus to rival Man United for Zakaria?
Wednesday 19 January 2022 11:55 , George Flood
We’ve already heard today that Juventus could be lining up Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes as a replacement for the potentially Arsenal-bound Arthur Melo.
However, it seems that Denis Zakaria is another potential candidate to succeed the Brazilian in Turin.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Juventus could move for the Swiss international, who is attracting plenty of interest this month with his contract at Borussia Monchengladbach due to expire in the summer.
Manchester United have also been heavily linked with Zakaria over recent months.
Ronaldo to leave Man United if they don’t secure UCL qualification
Wednesday 19 January 2022 11:16 , George Flood
Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United this summer if they do not manage to qualify for the Champions League.
That is according to The Sun, who say that Ronaldo’s camp are concerned over the direction of the club and have held talks with new chief executive Richard Arnold.
The report describes Ronaldo as an “aloof and frustrated” figure at United, who currently sit seventh in the Premier League after letting a 2-0 lead slip at Aston Villa on Saturday and five points adrift of the top four ahead of tonight’s rearranged trip to Brentford.
The Portuguese superstar understandably wants to continue to win trophies in the twilight of his brilliant career, though the chances of that happening at Old Trafford at the moment appear slim
Arsenal target Vlahovic wants summer exit
Wednesday 19 January 2022 10:50 , George Flood
More frustrating news for Arsenal concerning No1 transfer target Dusan Vlahovic.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the Serbian striker is planning to leave Fiorentina in the summer, not during the current window.
The Gunners have apparently been trying to sign Vlahovic since October in a bid to steal a march on their competition, but are now likely to face a serious battle for his services at the end of the season.
Arsenal and Tottenham to battle for Spence
Wednesday 19 January 2022 10:32 , George Flood
Arsenal and Tottenham are set to go head to head over a move for Nottingham Forest full-back Djed Spence, writes Jack Rosser.
The Gunners are keen to bring in competition for summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu, while Spurs manager Antonio Conte has identified the right side of defence as a priority area.
The north London rivals are both considering a move for Spence - who featured in Forest's remarkable FA Cup third-round win over Arsenal - this month, but any deal would see the 21-year-old remain at the City Ground until the end of the season.
Spence is on loan from Middlesbrough and, having played for both his parent club and Forest this season, he cannot represent another team in 2021/22.
The full-back, who was formerly at Fulham's academy, will have two years left on his deal at the Riverside come the summer, with ‘Boro expected to demand up to £12m for a deal.
Cedric Soares could soon leave Arsenal while Spurs have signed Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal in recent years, but neither have lived up to their billing.
Smith exits Millwall on free transfer
Wednesday 19 January 2022 10:03 , George Flood
Another Championship departure, this time at Millwall.
Towering striker Matt Smith has left The Den and joined League Two play-off chasers Salford City on a free transfer.
Smith made over 100 appearances in total for Millwall after joining from London rivals QPR in 2019, scoring 22 goals across all competitions.
Done deal! Jenkinson leaves Forest on loan
Wednesday 19 January 2022 09:59 , George Flood
Carl Jenkinson... remember him?
The former Arsenal full-back has left Nottingham Forest this morning, joining Australian outfit Melbourne City on loan until the end of the season.
Jenkinson has only made 15 appearances for Forest since joining in 2019 - and none at all this term.
Can the one-cap England international - who turns 30 next month - revive his career down under?
✍️ Carl Jenkinson joins Melbourne City on loan until end of the season
🤝 We wish Carl well for the remainder of the campaign
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) January 19, 2022
Brighton reject £30m Bissouma bid
Wednesday 19 January 2022 09:55 , George Flood
Brighton are fighting to keep hold of key midfielder Yves Bissouma.
Aston Villa, Newcastle and Arsenal have all been linked with the ex-Lille man over recent weeks, while Liverpool are thought to be long-term admirers of his talents.
Now Get French Football report that Brighton have rejected a £30m bid from an unnamed club for Bissouma in recent days.
Bissouma is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali.
No Haaland deadline set, Dortmund insist
Wednesday 19 January 2022 09:33 , George Flood
Borussia Dortmund have rubbished claims that Erling Haaland is under pressure to make a decision over his future soon.
The Norwegian striker revealed earlier this week that BVB were trying to get him to decide things in the near future amid more reports over a move to Real Madrid.
“Borussia Dortmund are now pushing me to make a decision about things… but I just want to play football,” Haaland said.
“That probably means that I will soon have to get things started. I never spoke until now to respect the club.
“Dortmund have started to put lot of pressure on me. They want me to decide [my future] now.
“And so yes, things will happen now, even if I only wanted to focus on football and play football.”
However, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has now dismissed reports over any Haaland deadline.
“Saying that Borussia would give Erling an ultimatum is b******t,” he told ARD in Germany. “There’s no deadline.”
Rangnick has no problem with Pogba amid future uncertainty
Wednesday 19 January 2022 09:10 , George Flood
Going back to Paul Pogba for a second, Ralf Rangnick says there is value in playing the midfielder this season even as his contract winds down and a summer exit begins to look more and more inevitable.
“Yes, of course,” Manchester United’s interim boss said ahead of the trip to Brentford tonight.
“I also played Nemanja Matic now in the last games and his contract is also expiring. By the way, my contract as a manager is also expiring in the summer.
“So, for us, we have the same goal, we have the same ambition to be as successful as we can possibly be in the next three or four months.
“For me, it’s not a question if a player has an expiring contract. The question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group? How much does he still feel emotionally and physically on board?
“And as long as this is the case, why shouldn’t Paul Pogba now after two and half months of injury, being fully fit again now and he also wants to show up?
“He wants to show the fans of Manchester United, the board, the whole world what kind of player he can be, and even if it’s for only showing up for a new contract elsewhere, I mean, he will be highly motivated to do that. Why should I then not play him?
“But then, as I said, there is a difference of how do players deal with their current situation? How do they handle that?
“If they handle that in a professional way, in an ambitious way, of course I can and I will play players although they have a contract expiring in the summer.”
Newcastle also in talks for Bakker
Wednesday 19 January 2022 09:06 , George Flood
You get the feeling that Carlos will be far from the only arrival in the last half of a transfer window for struggling Newcastle that has already yielded Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier.
The Daily Mail report that the relegation-threatened Magpies are also in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a move for left-back Mitchel Bakker, who only switched to the Bundesliga from PSG last summer.
Leverkusen paid £8.5m for the Dutch international and it is thought Newcastle will offer them a swift return on their investment.
Newcastle close in on Diego Carlos deal
Wednesday 19 January 2022 08:44 , George Flood
Newcastle could be edging much closer to their third January signing and the centre-back they so badly covet.
The Guardian report that Sevilla have reluctantly entered into advanced negotiations over a £30m deal for Diego Carlos.
That comes after the Brazilian defender handed in a transfer request in a bid to force a move to Tyneside.
Indeed, there is even hope that a deal could be completed in time for Carlos to be registered to play against Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday.
Paul Pogba to PSG or Real Madrid?
Wednesday 19 January 2022 08:27 , George Flood
Plenty of Paul Pogba rumours flying around this morning, as usual.
ESPN report that PSG have opened talks with the Manchester United midfielder - as well as AC Milan’s Franck Kessie - as part of their bid to stop Kylian Mbappe from leaving in the summer.
However, the Daily Star say that Pogba has now told United that he wants to leave for Real Madrid.
United are apparently willing to let him walk away for nothing when his contract expires.
It seems that Pogba’s future is likely to have a huge say in compatriot Mbappe’s next move...
Vlahovic wants Juventus switch
Wednesday 19 January 2022 08:23 , George Flood
While Arsenal may have finally got a boost from Juventus on the Arthur Melo front, they could be scuppered by the Old Lady in their quest to sign Dusan Vlahovic.
Italian journalist Giacomo Scutiero claims that the prolific Fiorentina striker only has eyes for Juve, agreeing early terms in October.
The interest is reciprocated, but can they afford the deal?
Barcelona have also been linked with Vlahovic this week...
Liverpool weigh up Fabio Carvalho bid
Wednesday 19 January 2022 08:13 , George Flood
There is a new name on the Liverpool transfer radar this morning.
The Sun report that the Reds are ready to fight West Ham for Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho.
Liverpool are said to be pondering a £5m bid for a player who is out of contract at Craven Cottage in the summer, though a deal might be hard to seal given the bad relationship between the clubs owing to the Harvey Elliott transfer saga.
Carvalho has scored three goals in his last two games, including a brace last night as Fulham became the first English side in 88 years to score at least six times in three consecutive matches.
Tottenham still pushing for Traore deal
Wednesday 19 January 2022 08:08 , George Flood
Tottenham are still pushing to try and sign Adama Traore, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Italian transfer specialist reports that Antonio Conte has asked for a new winger and that Spurs have reignited their summer pursuit of the Spaniard.
However, he adds that Wolves boss Bruno Lage wants to keep Traore until the summer, when he is likely to be sold given he only has a year left on his contract at Molineux and doesn’t want to sign an extension.
Romano adds that Tottenham are also still trying to offload a number of players including the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Matt Doherty.
No Chelsea return for Eden Hazard
Wednesday 19 January 2022 08:04 , George Flood
Eden Hazard’s future has been widely discussed this week, with all sorts of possibilities depending on which Spanish newspaper you read.
There has been talk of the Belgian’s unhappiness in Spain, Madrid willing to cut their losses on the cheap and even a rejected move to Newcastle.
A sensational return to Chelsea will always be touted as a possibility where Hazard is concerned, but Marca insist that is not an option.
They say that Madrid have put Hazard up for sale, but that the player would rather wait until the summer to move on.
Arsenal get Arthur Melo boost
Wednesday 19 January 2022 07:56 , George Flood
Arsenal may finally have got the breakthrough they’ve been waiting for in their quest to sign Arthur Melo.
It has been widely reported that the Gunners are targeting a loan move for the Brazilian this month as they look to ease a midfield problem that is already getting much better with the early return from AFCON of Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard’s return to fitness following Covid.
However, it has also been said that Juventus won’t sanction Arthur’s exit until they can source an adequate replacement.
They could now be on the road to doing just that, with Get French Football News reporting that the Serie A giants have approached Lyon over a potential deal for Bruno Guimaraes - also heavily linked with Arsenal over recent months.
Juve are also said to be keeping an eye on Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch.