Thursday's transfer news round-up: Rumours, gossip and done deals from Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and more
Liverpool were the summer’s biggest spenders with no fewer than four new arrivals. Goalkeeper Alisson was the headline-grabber with the Brazilian already proving worth every penny of the world-record fee the Reds shelled out for the Brazilian but something of a defensive crisis could see Jurgen Klopp go back in for a new centre-back this month. United got a couple of new faces in through the door in the summer but it hasn’t made a difference with Jose Mourinho out and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in. Will he spend them out of trouble in the January sales?
Chelsea have made the biggest splash with the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic while Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal could all choose to dip their toes in the water as they battle for an all-important top four spot. We will have all the latest news, views, rumours, gossip and done deals right here.
Good morning and welcome to today’s Independent transfer live blog.
The January window is upon us with the Premier League’s biggest clubs set to spend, spend, spend as the sales re-open.
We’ll bring you all the latest news plus all the done deals and the juiciest gossip throughout the day right here so don’t touch that dial.
Without further ado, off we go.
Let’s start today at Arsenal where Aaron Ramsey is said to have agreed his next move.
The Welsh international is out of contract in the summer and with no new deal forthcoming is free to talk to foreign clubs.
One of those is Juventus who, according to the Guardian, have persuaded Ramsey to sign a pre-contract agreement with them.
He’ll join for nothing on July 1 as the likes of Bayern Munich, PSG and Real Madrid miss out.
Atletico Madrid are aiming to end Alvaro Morata’s nightmare spell in England, by taking him on loan until the end of the season with a view to buying in the summer. Should the move be successful, Chelsea will almost certainly make a £50million move for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson.
The Independent has been told there have already been meetings between intermediaries over Morata, with Atletico wanting to move quick due to potential competition.
Despite Morata struggling at Stamford Bridge and going on long goal droughts since his summer 2017 move, the striker still has a lot of interest, with Sevilla, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund also looking.
Sevilla had been the first club to make a move, but see the potential deal as “very complicated”, and are balking at having to pay the £5m remaining of Morata’s salary this season.
Atletico do not have such constraints, and their sporting director Andrea Berta is understood to have already made trips to London to try and move a deal along. Chelsea’s policy is to never sell when a player’s perceived value is low, but to send out on loan first.
Toby Alderweireld has insisted that he is “only focussed” on giving his best on the pitch, when asked about the possibility of leaving Tottenham Hotspur for his £25million release clause this summer.
Tottenham will be powerless to stop Alderweireld leaving this summer if another team offers £25m for him more than two weeks before the end of the transfer window. This is the consequence of Spurs triggering the option to extend the defender’s contract for one more season, which they did this week.
Spurs spent years trying to tie Alderweireld to an improved deal to the one he signed when he joined the club in 2015. But that new deal was never agreed, and there was brief interest from Manchester United in signing him last summer. Now it is very difficult to see Alderweireld remaining at Spurs next season, unless there is no real interest in him, or he refuses to move.
But Alderweireld has been a consistent performer this year, despite the fact he missed the whole second half of last season. And when asked about his future in the aftermath of Spurs’ 1-0 win over Chelsea last night, Alderweireld insisted that his commitment to Spurs was never in doubt. He said that he would be happy to stay, now that Spurs have exercised that option in his contract, and that for as long as he was at the club he would continue to do his best.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is wanted by Crystal Palace after he snubbed a loan switch to Wolves, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 21-year-old has impressed after netting 16 times in 20 appearances on loan at Aston Villa, with Palace in need of firepower up front.
Bayern Munich are still confident of signing Callum Hudson-Odoi despite Chelsea’s insistence that they will hold on to the England youth international.
The Bundesliga giants most recently submitted an offer of £30m to sign the teenager, who is out of contract in the summer and looking for assurances over first-team minutes.
Hudson-Odoi is understood to initially have needed some convincing over a move to Germany but has been impressed by Bayern’s commitment to trying to bring him to the Allianz Arena.
To Spain where Real Madrid are said to be ready to bid £90m to land Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
The Senegal international is on Manchester United’s radar too but according to reports in Italy it is the European champions who are set to blink first.
Will United choose to match them?
PSG have also been linked.
Stoke are set to unveil former Luton manager Nathan Jones as Gary Rowett’s replacement today.
The 45-year-old Welshman emerged as the leading contender for the job after impressing since taking over at Kenilworth Road in January 2016.
Back to Arsenal where the Gunners are looking for reinforcements this month.
One of Unai Emery’s top targets remains Barcelona’s Denis Suarez with the midfielder surplus to requirements this month.
However, the Mirror report Barca are playing hardball over a potential loan deal with the option of making the move permanent in the summer.
It is suggested they want to keep the 25-year-old from leaving.
Liverpool youngster Rafael Camacho is being linked with a loan move to former club Sporting until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old winger could return to his native Portugal on a temporary basis as Liverpool want him to gain more first-team experience.
However, the Liverpool Echo report that a decision on his future will only be made following the forthcoming FA Cup third round tie with Wolves.
Mario Balotelli could be set for a surprise return to the Premier League.
The Italian is set to have his contract cancelled at Nice and is expected to join Marseille on a free transfer.
But the Mirror report that Newcastle are also interested in taking him.
Diego Godin appears unlikely to sign a new contract with Atletico Madrid.
Godin’s current deal expires in the summer with the chances of the 32-year-old renewing his stay now slim.
The Uruguayan was the subject of eleventh-hour interest from Manchester United on the final day of the summer transfer window, though their advances failed.
And Tuttomercato in Italy report that they have renewed their interest this month.
Chelsea are continuing to keep track of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the Daily Mirror reports.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is said to be taking a vested interest in a possible £100million move for the Argentine.
Everton are reportedly monitoring Algeria international Yacine Brahimi, who is set to be out of contract at Porto at the end of the season.
The Daily Mirror reports that Everton sent a scout to watch the forward in action during his club’s 3-1 victory over Nacional on Monday.
Clinton N’Jie could be on his way back to the Premier League.
Fulham are said to have joined Burnley, Cardiff and Newcastle in trying to sign Marseille’s former Tottenham winger this month according to the Daily Mail.
A done deal from the Premier League this morning.
Leicester City youngster Fousseni Diabate has left the club on loan.
He joins Turkish side Sivasspor.
Over to Italy now where Juventus’ Paulo Dybala is the subject of heavy interest.
Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG have all apparently seen bids rejected this month according to Tuttomercato.
The Old Lady are apparently holding out for bids in excess of £90m.
Real Madrid have made initial steps to prise Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur this summer, and are preparing what they hope will be a £100m deal.
The struggling European champions are planning a necessary overhaul of their squad this summer, and want one of Eriksen or Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to be their new playmaker, but the Dane is seen as more gettable.
While the contracts of both are up in 2020, Spurs’ way of doing business means they are seen by Madrid as likelier to sell for a fee in the last year. Barcelona had previously been hugely interested in Eriksen, and saw him as an alternative to
Philippe Coutinho before they signed the Brazilian a year ago, but do not now plan any move.
Ander Herrera appears set to sign a new deal at Manchester United, The Sun claims.
Despite interest from former club Athletic Bilbao, the 29-year-old is ready to commit himself to United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he had a future with them.
Wigan have signed striker Anthony Pilkington on an 18-month contract, subject to international clearance.
The 30-year-old joins the Latics following a four-and-a-half year spell at Cardiff, for whom he made 111 appearances and scored 23 goals.
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