Dele Alli‘s skilful finish vs Manchester United
Welcome along to Thursday’s transfer news live with the latest rumours, gossip and done deals from the Premier League and around Europe. There are a number of top players primed for a move and ready to contribute immediately, but as Manchester United have proven with the signing of Amad Diallo, the best young talents in the world are always on the radar of the top clubs, including Palmeiras wonder kid Gabriel Veron. One of the priorities in the final week of the window will be to shed any dead weight, to streamline the squad and ensure the atmosphere in the group remains as good as possible.
Today’s rumour mill involves Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Southampton in particular, while Danny Ings, who has transformed his career at Southampton, and Nico Barella, Inter Milan’s midfield phenomenon, are the most valuable names doing the rounds over the last 24 hours.
Dele Alli remains out of favour at Spurs under Jose Mourinho and Paris Saint-Germain could offer him a lifeline this month under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, having fallen out of form and therefore out of the picture for England ahead of Euro 2020. PSG of course must be conscious of securing the long-term futures of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, with Real Madrid lurking after the Frenchman resisted signing a new contract.
Manchester United meanwhile could reward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for positioning the club in the thick of the title picture, though there could be many outgoings at Old Trafford, too, with Juan Mata linked to his former club Valencia.
Mesut Ozil’s move to Fenerbahce, United’s deal to bring in Amad Diallo from Atalanta and Sebastian Haller’s big-money deal to leave West Ham for Ajax rank among the most significant deals of January so far. Follow all the latest developments below.
LINGARD SET FOR UNITED STAY
Jesse Lingard is set to spend the remainder of the season at Manchester United despite attracting interest from Premier League clubs, according to Sky Sports.
Sheffield United were one of the clubs who reportedly held an interest in signing Lingard on loan, however, despite being a bit-part feature under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club do not want to leave themselves short during such a congested run of fixtures in case of injuries.
Tom Kershaw21 January 2021 13:57
NUNO CONFIRMS WOLVES ON VERGE OF SIGNING JOSE
As The Independent reported yesterday, Willian Jose is on the verge of signing for Wolves on loan with an option to buy. The striker scored twice for Real Sociedad last night in what is set to be his final game for the club.
Asked about the signing at his press conference today, Nuno Espirito Santo said: “It is as you say but nothing has been signed yet, and he is not our player yet, so I don’t want to talk about him yet, until he is a Wolves player.”
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 13:35
HARPER JOINS BIRMINGHAM ON LOAN
West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper has joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. The 20-year-old, who has been restricted to just four appearances this season, will hope to boost Aitor Karanka’s side’s bid for survival.
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 13:22
ARSENAL IN DANGER OF MISSING OUT ON ODEGAARD
While it seems Martin Odegaard is certain to leave Real Madrid before the end of the month, it appears Arsenal are in danger of missing out on the talented playmaker, who is said to favour a return to Real Sociedad.
Odegaard spent last season in San Sebastian and enjoyed his time at the club, with La Ser reporting that he is “edging closer to a return and the possibility of a buy option is being negotiated”.
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 13:12
ARTETA TALKS JANUARY SIGNINGS
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 13:02
WEST HAM MAKE SIMEONE OFFER
West Ham have made a loan offer for Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone, according to Sky Italia.
The Hammers are reportedly willing to pay €1m to secure the 25-year-old for the rest of the season, with an option to buy included.
But Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego, is said to be “unconvinced” by the offer.
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 12:50
BARCA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RULE OUT JANUARY MOVE FOR GARCIA
Barcelona presidential candidates Toni Frexia, Victor Fonte and Juan Laporta have all but confirmed that Manchester City defender Eric Garcia will not be signed this month.
The 20-year-old defender is out of contract in the summer and has been heavily linked with a move to the Blaugrana.
But Barcelona’s presidential candidates have held discussions with manager Ronald Koeman and reached a decision.
“It was a cordial conversation with Ronald Koeman to talk about the situation of the team but without him asking us to make this signing. It’s something that will be decided next Tuesday in a meeting with the Management Commission to sign him at the end of the season, which is when he [Garcia] arrives free,” Frexia told Mundo Deportivo.
Laporta added: “There’s been talk of the possibility of signing Eric now paying money. It’s is not viable and we know that City want money. I’m of the position that if he finishes a contract and is interested, he’s signed.”
Fonte, meanwhile, said: “The Management Board wants to close the signing so that at the end of the season he comes. If the operation is done, I’ve asked for a last attempt in case with little money we can meet the coach’s needs, although it’s almost impossible.”
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 12:37
WOLVES HOPE TO COMPLETE JOSE SIGNING TODAY
Wolves are hopeful that Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose will join the club in the next few hours, according to Diario Vasco.
Negotiations are reportedly in their final stages as Wolves look to secure a replacement for the injured Raul Jimenez.
Jose will sign on loan, with an obligation to buy for €25m.
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 12:23
ARTETA INSISTS BALOGUN COULD STAY AT ARSENAL
Mikel Arteta has rejected claims Folarin Balogun is set to leave the club.
Football Insider reported last week that the 19-year-old striker, whose Arsenal deal expires in the summer, had agreed a pre-contract with RB Leipzig.
Asked whether those claims were true, Arteta said: “As far as I know no.
“If anything regarding his contractual situation with the club, I just want to convince him he has a future with the club. Not sending the opposite message.
“Before he wasn’t training with the first team. We changed that. He’s showing a real hunger and desire to be with us.
“We’re trying to get something done because we want him to stay. We have to go step by step. I think he’s made some big steps in the last few months where he wasn’t even training and then he had a few good games for us. So the steps are there and we want to try to keep him.”
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 12:13
INTER CONSIDER ERIKSEN & TORREIRA LOAN SWAP WITH ARSENAL
Inter are open to a possible loan swap that would see Christian Eriksen join Arsenal and Lucas Torreira move to Italy, according to Tuttosport.
Torreira is currently at Atletico Madrid but has been on the periphery of Diego Simeone’s first-team, leading to suggestions that he could be sent elsewhere for the second half of the season.
Inter are believed to be interested, while Arsenal remain in the market for an attacking midfielder, with Eriksen a potential option.
Callum Rice-Coates21 January 2021 12:02