The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Mou ready to splash the cash
Manchester United have spent lavishly since Jose Mourinho arrived, but this summer they are prepared to ramp it up another level with the Sun revealing Monaco star Bernardo Silva is one of their prime targets.
The Portuguese No.10 would cost an enormous £70 million, yet money appears to be no object as the former Chelsea boss continues to assemble his star-studded squad.
The Red Devils are also reportedly confident of landing Antoine Griezmann for £85m, and the 22-year-old attacking midfielder could follow, though Mourinho will face competition in the form of Real Madrid.
With seven goals and six assists, Silva is part of a highly entertaining Monaco side who will become familiar to United fans next month when his side take on Manchester City in their Champions League last 16 tie.
– Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 18, 2017
11.29 GMT: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed earlier today that Carl Jenkinson‘s move to Crystal Palace is still not finalised, saying: “It’s basically down to him now to find an agreement with them.” Well, according to the Daily Mirror, the deal is now off…
Carl Jenkinson’s move to Crystal Palace is OFF. He’s still keen to move but it won’t be to Palace. More on @MirrorFootball
– John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 19, 2017
11.13 GMT: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says he’s “not surprised” reported Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has plenty of suitors and won’t stand in the France international’s way if he wishes to move on.
“I don’t tie anybody down” Simeone said. “He is in an extraordinary moment, he is working well. I’m not surprised that those that can afford him are seeking him.” Story here.
10.59 GMT: And talking of West Brom, they are also edging closer to signing Watford striker Odion Ighalo, Sky Sports claims…
– Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 19, 2017
10.55 GMT: West Brom are closing in on a deal to sign Jake Livermore from Hull, according to the Daily Telegraph…
– John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 19, 2017
10.51 GMT: DONE DEAL Granada have completed the signing of Sverrir Ingi Ingason from Lokeren, with the Iceland international penning a contract with the Spanish club until 2020.
– Granada C.F. (@GranadaCdeF) January 19, 2017
10.41 GMT: Carlos Tevez has touched down in China as he embarks on his new career with Shanghai Shenhua following his move from Boca Juniors…
– AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) January 19, 2017
10.38 GMT: And another DONE DEAL in the Championship — Wolves have completed the signing of Andreas Weimann on loan from Derby for the rest of the season…
– Wolves (@OfficialWolves) January 19, 2017
10.31 GMT: DONE DEAL in the Championship, where Rotherham have signed Richard O’Donnell from Bristol City…
SIGNING | Richard O’Donnell signs for #rufc from Bristol City, subject to EFL and FA ratification.
– Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) January 19, 2017
10.15 GMT: Sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool have rejected a loan bid from Southampton for defender Mamadou Sakho.
10.10 GMT: Andre Gray may have been linked with a move to West Ham this month, but he’s more than happy to stay put at Burnley. “It [speculation] is just what happens,” he said. “It’s always good to hear your name mentioned in the right way but I’m happy here and I’m settled here.” Story here.
09.55 GMT: Arsenal fans hoping for a big signing at the Emirates Stadium this month may be disappointed to hear what Arsene Wenger has had to say on his January transfer plans (which include not signing West Ham’s unsettled star Dimitri Payet…)
Wenger expects rest of transfer window “to be a very quiet period. … Overall I do not expect to do antyhing special.”
– Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) January 19, 2017
Asked whether he’s interested in Payet, Wenger says: “We don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players.”
– Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) January 19, 2017
09.50 GMT: Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Frances Coquelin all extended their contracts with Arsenal recently — and Arsene Wenger has revealed in his news conference this morning that club captain Per Mertesacker has now followed suit…
Wenger confirms Arsenal have exercised option to extend Mertesacker’s contract for another season.
– Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) January 19, 2017
09.40 GMT: Gabriel Jesus has had this to say about playing for new club Manchester City…
“My dream in a City shirt is to win titles, to be happy and to make all of Manchester City’s fans happy too,” he told City’s official website. “I was very pleased that the fans wanted to find out about me and were following me. When I’m presented officially and when I run out onto the pitch, I’ll be playing for them.”
09.24 GMT: Big news coming from Manchester City, who will finally be able to select Gabriel Jesus after he was given clearance to play for the club in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham. Jesus joined City in a reported £27 million deal from Palmeiras in the summer but initially remained with the Sao Paulo club on loan. Story here.
– Manchester City (@ManCity) January 19, 2017
09.16 GMT: AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani has confirmed his club’s interest in signing Gerard Deulofeu from Everton but said they are not willing to accept an obligation to make a loan deal permanent. “We are proposing a straight loan deal or a loan with an option, they are demanding a loan with an obligation,” Galliani said. Story here.
09.03 GMT: Michail Antonio has sure enjoyed an impressive season so far, with his form supposedly catching the eye of Chelsea. The Sun claims, however, that West Ham will offer their player a new £70,000-a-week deal to fend off interest from the Blues.
08.49 GMT: Reports from Brazil are claiming that Lille have had an €8 million offer for midfielder Vitor Bueno rejected by Santos.
08.34 GMT: Lucas Leiva can’t complain too much at the moment — fresh from scoring Liverpool’s FA Cup winner against Plymouth Argyle, the Brazilian has now been told by Jurgen Klopp that he’s set to stay at the club beyond the January transfer window.
“From my point of view, yes,” Klopp said on whether Lucas will be remaining at Anfield. “What is ‘definitely’ in this job? We have a kind of agreement, so I would say yes.” Story here.
08.25 GMT: Today’s front page of L’Equipe focuses on Memphis Depay‘s move from Manchester United to Lyon, claiming the Dutchman will sign a four-and-a-half-year contract worth €16 million with the Ligue 1 club… Depay is currently in Lyon discussing the terms of his deal.
L’OL PASSE À L’ATTAQUE !
Memphis Depay sera lyonnais pour 4 ans et demi et 16 millions d’euros, hors bonus. pic.twitter.com/Rh31choUAy
– L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) January 18, 2017
08.14 GMT: Is Alexis Sanchez heading to Juventus, as reports in Italy have hinted at? Not if Arsenal have anything to do with it, so says the Daily Mirror. The newspaper reports that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is adamant that Sanchez will not be sold and is hopeful that the Chilean will accept a new deal with the North London club.
08.03 GMT: Morning all and welcome to Transfer Talk — our first stop of the day is at West Ham, who are in advanced negotiations with Southampton to sign defender Jose Fonte, according to Sky Sports. Fonte is hoping to leave St Mary’s this month, having already handed in a transfer request to his club.
Liverpool and Chelsea battle for Bailey
Genk starlet Leon Bailey is the subject of a transfer tussle between Liverpool and Chelsea with the Mail reporting that both clubs are readying £20 million bids.
The Premier League duo will face stiff competition from Roma and Bayer Leverkusen for the 19-year-old, while Nice, Lyon, Everton and Bournemouth have also entered the race.
The Jamaica under-23 international has shone this term, striking eight times and laying on 10 assists for his teammates, to announce himself as one of Europe’s most exciting talents.
Palace ready bid for Davies
Crystal Palace are keen on Tottenham defender Ben Davies, with the Sun detailing that a £10 million bid is set to be tabled for the Wales international.
Spurs are said to want £20m, despite Danny Rose’s brilliant form meaning Davies is currently condemned to a squad role.
Sam Allardyce is reportedly desperate for a new left-back with a £10m bid for Patrick van Aanholt believed to already been knocked back this month.
Sanchez for Pjanic?
Yesterday, Tuttosport claimed that Juventus were preparing an audacious offer for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez that would involve Miralem Pjanic heading in the other direction.
Is a legit move? Or has the Old Lady lost her senses? ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti has his say:
Stoke to table final Berahino bid
Stoke are set to make a take-it-or-leave-it £12 million bid for Saido Berahino, according to the Star, though West Brom are thought to want more.
The Baggies will ask for £14m, plus add-ons, but with the window dragging on and no sign of the player penning an extension — despite a £60,000-per-week offer — this will be the final opportunity to recoup some money before Berahino becomes a free agent next summer.
Tony Pulis has supposedly grown frustrated by Hull demanding double their initial £8m offer for Jake Livermore, but could still use the Berahino cash to revisit the negotiating table.
– Swansea and Southampton are in the hunt for Yoric Ravet, according to the Mirror, after the French star’s stunning season for Young Boys.
The 27-year-old has already chipped in with 14 assists, scoring six himself, leading to the Premier League duo attempting to prize him away in January.
– Hull hope to bring in full-back Omar Elabdellaoui in a boost to new boss Marco Silva, reports the Mail.
The Olympiakos defender is also interesting Watford, though the Tigers are confident of securing the Norway international on a loan deal.