Follow the latest transfer news, gossip and done deals live on Tuesday as we bring you all the stories from the Premier League and around the world today. Keep tuned for news from Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and more.
Manchester United have been in the headlines recently as they chase Bruno Fernandes to bolster their midfield options. However, their long-running pursuit of the Sporting Lisbon captain may now be forced to take something of a backseat as they refocus their attention on signing a new striker, after the influential Marcus Rashford suffered a back injury last week. Chelsea are also chasing a new striker and expect the Premier League rivals to clash over the next few days as they pursue similar transfer targets.
Liverpool have been fairly active this month and could move for a third younger player while also continuing to monitor Timo Werner, who appears increasingly open to a move to Anfield. Arsenal are likely to make a move in the loan market while north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur continue to be linked to all manner of weird and wonderful targets. Their latest target, according to the European press? Leicester City flop Islam Slimani, who is currently out on loan at Monaco. So stick with us and follow all of the latest transfer news, gossip and done deals live below.
The Argentine forward died on January 21, 2019 when the plane carrying him from Nantes in France to his new club Cardiff crashed in the English Channel near Guernsey.
“All of our thoughts are with the family and friends of Emiliano Sala and (pilot) David Ibbotson,” said a club statement on behalf of the owner Vicent Tan and the board.
“The pain they have been through over the last 12 months must be indescribable.
“To mark the anniversary we are welcoming supporters to lay floral tributes at the Fred Keenor Statue throughout the day.”
Here are some very interesting quotes from PSG striker Kylian Mbappe.
The 21-year-old World Cup winner discusses rumours he could leave PSG and praises Liverpool’s “very good” team…
A slightly strange one: Wolves are reportedly interested in snapping up AEK Athens striker Nelson Oliveira.
The former Norwich, Forest and Reading striker has impressed in Greece and could be brought in as a back-up option at Wolves.
He’s not quite Thomas Lemar, is he…
Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has told Sky Italy that the club have secured a deal for Antonio Conte favourite Victor Moses.
“There is an agreement in principle with Chelsea for Victor Moses. We are making evaluations at the moment,” he said.
Newcastle United expect to complete the signing of former Spurs man Nabil Bentaleb today, The Independent understands.
Bentaleb has not played for Schalke since April last year after being ordered to train with the reserves because of disciplinary issues, and has previously been linked with Crystal Palace.
The French-born Algeria international, who has been working his way back from a knee injury, made 66 senior appearances for Spurs before going out on loan to Schalke. The Bundesliga club then clinched a permanent deal for him in July 2017.
Magpies head coach Steve Bruce is also hopeful of sealing a loan deal for Inter Milan winger Valentino Lazaro, whose agent was at St James’ Park on Saturday for the 1-0 Premier League win over Chelsea.
Here’s some good news for Crystal Palace supporters.
The Daily Mail this morning has a report that claims Wilfried Zaha will not leave the club this month.
Zaha has long been rumoured to be on the verge of quitting Selhurst Park, but the Mail says no clubs are even remotely close to meeting his lofty £80m valuation.
And so super-agent Pini Zahavi has admitted defeat, with the player now focused on remaining at Palace for the rest of the season.
That’s not the only transfer news involving Inter Milan this morning.
Sky Italy meanwhile claim that Manchester United are considering a move for 28-year-old midfielder Matias Vecino as an alternative to Bruno Fernandes.
The Guardian this morning report that there has been some movement in the talks between Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan over Christian Eriksen.
They claim that Inter are now poised to offer £12.8m plus add-ons to sign the 27-year-old this month, a fee Spurs are likely to accept.
Just short of £13m for a player available to leave for the handsome sum of nothing in around four months time … crazy.
Sheffield United are today close to signing defender Jack Robinson from Nottingham Forest.
A potential new signing, thought to be Robinson, was being shown around the club’s training ground on Monday morning.
The 26-year-old is expected to complete his move to Bramall Lane in the next 24 hours in a deal that could be worth in the region of £1m.
Robinson would have been out of contract at Forest at the end of the season and available on a free transfer but the Blades were willing to pay a fee to secure his immediate release rather than wait until the summer.
United boss Chris Wilder has been keen to add reinforcements in defence this month as he looks to consolidate the club’s position in the Premier League during the second half of the season and build on an impressive return to the top flight thus far.
Robinson, who has made 19 appearance this season for Forest, fits the bill. The former Liverpool trainee can play as either a left-back or centre-back and has experienced Premier League football, having played a handful of times for the Merseysiders as a teenager.
He will become the second new signing for the Blades during the transfer window, following former Everton and Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell.
His move will also see him reunited with former Forest team-mate Ben Osborn, who left the Reds to join United last summer.
Wilder still hopes to add at least one more player to his squad before the January 31 deadline.
He said: “I’m no different to any other manager around the country. I’m looking to improve the players we have and bring more through the door.”
Top Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner has reportedly admitted that a move to Anfield is his ‘preferred goal’.
That is according to Bild, who are reporting that the Germany international has decided he wants to join Liverpool upon leaving Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.
They report that Werner has a contract lasting until June 2023, with his release clause currently set around the £55m mark.
But that fee reportedly decreases with each passing year.
Villa have played their last three matches without a recognized striker after Brazil international Wesley was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Premier League club meanwhile sold Jonathan Kodjia to Qatari side Al-Gharafa earlier yesterday.
Samatta has scored 10 goals for Gent in all competitions this season, including one at Anfield against Liverpool in the Champions League.
Samatta is the first player from Tanzania to play in the Premier League.
He did not sign in time to be available for Villa’s league match at home to Watford on Tuesday.
We begin with some remarkable news from France.
Foot Mercato, via the Manchester Evening News, are claiming that Manchester United are preparing a £43m for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.
The France striker has long been a top transfer target for Chelsea, but the French outlet claims United have been shocked into action following the injury suffered by Marcus Rashford.
The England international injured his back earlier this month, with our Northern Football Writer Mark Critchley revealing yesterday his layoff is likely to be longer than first feared.
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United and Chelsea have both been linked with Dinamo and Spain star Dani Olmo. There could also be some big moves across Europe. Real Madrid have been linked with a £68m move for Timo Werner, as well as Flamengo wonder kid Reinier, while Arsenal have turned their eyes to RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as a long-term target.