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: Pogba key to a Griezmann move to United
Jose Mourinho hopes to take advantage of Paul Pogba’s friendship with Antoine Griezmann in order to convince the Atletico Madrid striker to move to Manchester United this summer.
The Daily Record reports that United failed to entice Griezmann last year, but Manchester hope the France international will change his mind with world-record signing Pogba now on the case.
There will be no problem putting a financial package together to satisfy Atletico and Griezmann, but selling the move to the player remains the outstanding issue.
United are said to view Griezmann as Wayne Rooney’s long-term replacement at the club due to his tactical flexibility. Although he has only just broken United’s all-time goal-scoring record, Rooney can leave if an acceptable offer is tabled. Mourinho said earlier in the week that he wouldn’t criticise his captain for ending his career elsewhere.
13.45 GMT: Villarreal coach Fran Escriba has confirmed there is a “solid offer” from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian for Pato and said he would “run any risk of injury” to the player against Granada on Saturday.
Earlier, it was reported that representatives of the Chinese club — who were linked with Diego Costa and are managed by Fabio Cannavaro — would meet their Villarreal counterparts this weekend in an attempt to close a deal for the Brazilian striker.
Escriba said: “There is a concrete offer for the player to leave Villarreal and we are going to respect his decision if he wishes to leave. If that is the case, we are not going to run any risk of him getting injured.”
13.32 GMT: Hull boss Marco Silva says Robert Snodgrass, who is reportedly undergoing a medical with West Ham, has made it clear that he wants to quit the club. “The player, when he talked with me and with the club, said he wanted to leave,” Silva told a news conference. Story here.
13.22 GMT: Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been speaking about the futures of Asmir Begovic and Branislav Ivanovic at his news conference this afternoon…
Conte on Begovic: “Only if we have a good substitution he can go. Otherwise he will stay here. I don’t know the chances” #cfc
– Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 27, 2017
Conte on Ivanovic: “I don’t know [if he will leave in January]. There is this window a lot of speculation – a lot of lies truth” #cfc
– Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 27, 2017
13.07 GMT: The Sun reckons it has some good news for Arsenal fans should Alexis Sanchez fail to sign a new deal with their club — Arsene Wenger will replace the Chilean by buying Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus for £ 51 million.
12.50 GMT: We mentioned earlier Leon Bailey was undergoing a medical with Bayer Leverkusen ahead of his move from Genk — and the German club’s coach Roger Schmidt has now confirmed that is true. Story here.
12.35 GMT: Talking of Manchester United, 21-year-old midfielder Sean Goss is set to leave the club for Queens Park Rangers, Press Association Sport reports. QPR are to pay an initial £500,000 but the deal could rise with add-ons depending on Goss’ success at the Championship club. Story here.
12.20 GMT: Anthony Martial was linked with a loan move away from Manchester United earlier this month, but Sky Sports is reporting that the Frenchman is content with life at Old Trafford.
– Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 27, 2017
12.05 GMT: And a DONE DEAL in France, with Saint-Etienne signing Anthony Mounier from Bologna on loan until the end of the season…
[OFFICIEL] Anthony Mounier en Vert https://t.co/GiSKWdoFV0
– AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) January 27, 2017
11.56 GMT: DONE DEAL Some movement at Everton, with young goalkeeper Russell Griffiths departing on loan for Motherwell…
– Everton (@Everton) January 27, 2017
11.45 GMT: Andy Delort is set to join Toulouse from Mexican side Tigres for €6 million, L’Equipe reports. Delort is due to arrive in France to undergo a medical on Friday before signing a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.
11.29 GMT: We mentioned earlier this morning that Shanghai Shenhua are apparently interested in luring Wayne Rooney to China… Well, that was seemingly incorrect as the Shanghai Football Association has moved to reject the speculation. “The head of the Shanghai FA described the report as totally groundless and sheer fictitious,” the association has reportedly said.
11.16 GMT: Arsenal are ready to send highly rated striker Stephy Mavididi out on loan with a number of clubs in England and abroad chasing his signature, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. Story here.
11.07 GMT: Another DONE DEAL, this time in Serie A, where Atalanta have signed Bryan Cristante on loan for the rest of the season from Benfica, with an option to extend the deal for the 2017-18 campaign and to make it permanent…
– Atalanta B.C. (@Atalanta_BC) January 27, 2017
10.50 GMT: Chelsea have opted to recall Dion Conroy from his loan stint at Aldershot Town… Perhaps Antonio Conte has plans for him in the first team at Stamford Bridge?
Dion Conroy has been recalled from his loan spell by Chelsea FC.
– Aldershot Town FC (@OfficialShots) January 27, 2017
10.39 GMT: A DONE DEAL in the Championship, where Brentford have signed Florian Jozefzoon from PSV Eindhoven on a six-month deal with the option to extend his stay at Griffin Park for an extra year…
– Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) January 27, 2017
10.27 GMT: Lille are continuing their pursuit of Sao Paulo forward Luiz Araujo, L’Equipe reports. An initial offer of €6 million was turned down by the Brazilian club, but an improved bid of €6.5m has now been tabled by the Ligue 1 side.
10.12 GMT: Genk winger Leon Bailey is to undergo his medical with Bayer Leverkusen on either Friday or Saturday, according to kicker. Leverkusen are apparently paying €11 million plus add-ons for the 19-year-old, who has also been attracting plenty of interest from Premier League clubs.
09.51 GMT: Sunderland have confirmed that they have accepted a bid from Crystal Palace for Patrick van Aanholt and given him permission to speak to the club. The Blacks Cats also said in a statement that the defender “advised officials that he no longer wanted to play for the club and submitted a transfer request.” Story here.
– Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 27, 2017
09.36 GMT: Quincy Promes may have been linked with a move to Liverpool, but the Spartak Moscow man says he is only thinking about playing for the Russian side. “I never thought about other clubs — never,” he said. Story here.
09.24 GMT: We have our first DONE DEAL of the day — Alex Ferrari has joined Hellas Verona on loan from Bologna until the end of the season…
– Hellas Verona FC (@HellasVeronaFC) January 27, 2017
09.12 GMT: Serge Gnabry‘s father has had a few words of advice for his son, telling him to stay and develop at Werder Bremen for another three years, amid talk of a move to Bayern Munich or a return to Arsenal for the winger. Story here.
08.57 GMT: Another player closing in on a move seems to be Robert Snodgrass, with The Guardian stating that the Hull midfielder is due for a medical at West Ham on Friday ahead of a £10 million switch to the London Stadium.
08.39 GMT: Crystal Palace are edging closer to completing the signing of Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland, the Daily Telegraph claims…
– John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 27, 2017
08.27 GMT: Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira is not set for a move to New York City FC, despite speculation suggesting otherwise. “There is nothing I can say because he’s not one of the players that we are targeting,” NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said.
08.16 GMT: Could Wayne Rooney be the next player set for a big-money move to China? According to The Sun, Shanghai Shenhua are interested in the Manchester United captain and are offering him the chance to earn £600,000-a-week in wages.
08.03 GMT: Good morning all and welcome to another edition of Transfer Talk… It’s in Scotland we start this morning, where Celtic have told Chelsea that goalkeeper Craig Gordon is not for sale, Press Association Sport reports. The Blues are in the market for a new keeper as backup to Thibaut Courtois after sources told ESPN FC that Bournemouth are looking to sign Asmir Begovic. Story here.
Liverpool to move for Durmisi?
Liverpool may have found a solution to their problem at left-back after Denmark international Riza Durmisi has been linked with a move to Anfield by the Daily Mail.
James Milner has done a fine job playing out of position for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, but Real Betis man Durmisi presents a better solution in the longer term.
The 23-year-old moved to La Liga from Brondby last summer, but he has a £17 million buyout clause, making a transfer a legitimate possibility.
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen and Germany striker Julian Brandt is also on Liverpool’s wanted list; speculation about Daniel Sturridge’s future continues.
Pato could triple wages in CSL
Just when you thought it had all gone quiet on the Chinese Super League front, Alexandre Pato has emerged as Tianjin Quanjian’s latest target.
Marca claims representatives of the club — who were linked with Diego Costa and are managed by Fabio Cannavaro — will meet with Villarreal chiefs this weekend in an attempt to close a deal for the Brazilian striker.
Former Chelsea and AC Milan player Pato signed a deal until 2020 with Villarreal when he joined in the summer and is said to earn €2m a season, although he could triple that amount in China.
– Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has been linked with a move to Zenit St. Petersburg, but Tony Pulis, always keen to bolster his defensive options, is interested in bringing the Serbia international to West Bromwich Albion. The Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea will field offers for 32-year-old Ivanovic, with Everton also a possibility.
– Manchester United midfielder Sean Goss is set to drop down a division and join Queens Park Rangers for a fee of £500,000, the Independent reports. The 21-year-old midfielder, who would have been a free agent in the summer, rejected a new contract with United in order to pursue first-team football.
– Dimitri Payet has agreed to terms with Marseille ahead of a move back to France, but a deal is not in place with West Ham United. The Daily Mirror reckons the Hammers turned down an offer of £25m plus £3m in add-ons for the France international, but OM still hope to take Payet on loan with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.
– Crystal Palace have agreed to a fee of almost £13m to sign midfielder Luka Milivojevic from Olympiakos. A deal for the Serbia international is almost over the line, the Independent claims, with just the percentage of any future sale to agree upon. Milivojevic has won the League and Cup double in Belgium with Anderlecht and in Greece with Olympiakos.