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Transfer news - LIVE!
Cristiano Ronaldo once again leads the headlines in an increasingly busy January market.
The Manchester United star is said to be considering his future after a tricky period for the Red Devils, and talks over Ronaldo’s next steps have taken place with his agent, Jorge Mendes.
There has also been a blow for United, plus Chelsea and Manchester City, with AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez nearing a new contract at the San Siro. In other news at Stamford Bridge, It’s reported that Atletico Madrid are keen on Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea face a difficult couple of days in the transfer window with Romelu Lukaku tipped to replace Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, with the striker set to leave France as a free agent and potentially join Real Madrid. Los Blancos are also among the clubs monitoring Erling Haaland.
In North London, Arsenal are plotting their next move after a disappointing FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest, though target Dusan Vlahovic has made huge wage demands if he is to move. Reinforcements are on the way while rivals Tottenham look to be considering multiple sales for the likes of Tanguy Ndombele.
Spurs might also have just been given more encouragement as they reignite their pursuit of Wolves star Adama Traore, while Ajax are trying to sign Steven Bergwijn, who will be allowed to leave the club this month.
This Monday could also see Philippe Coutinho’s move to Aston Villa go through, and Steven Gerrard’s side are also linked with a move for Lucas Digne of Everton. Newcastle have been dealt a blow in their bid to sign Sven Boltman.
Plus there are updates on the futures of Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Luka Modric, Divock Origi, Adam Diallo and Sergio Oliveira, while Manchester United have seemingly yet to make their move for Denis Zakaria.
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Latest news and rumours
Cristiano Ronaldo latest
PSG seek Lukaku
Man City linked with shock Modric swoop
Vlahovic makes wage demands
Mbappe to Real Madrid not yet a done deal
Tottenham willing to let Bergwijn leave
Man United yet to table Zakaria bid
Atletico Madrid keen on Azpilicueta
Newcastle consider Schlotterbeck move
22:11 , Matt Verri
Newcastle seem to be interested in half of Europe, and here’s another one to add to the list.
Freiburg centre-back Keven Schlotterbeck is the subject of interest from the Magpies, according to Sky Sport in Germany.
It’s believed it would take about £20m to persuade Freiburg to sell, but it sounds like the defender isn’t massively keen on a move anyway.
Another one to add to the ‘no’ pile for Newcastle?
The answer to Newcastle’s attacking woes?
21:43 , Matt Verri
Newcastle have approached Reims for talented striker Hugo Ekitike, born in 2002. He already scored 8 goals in Ligue1 this season - many clubs interested but Magpies are on it, as @SkySportsLyall reported. ⚪️ #NUFC
Reims asking for €30m. No agreement yet between clubs. Not easy. pic.twitter.com/g7UjmP5L6C
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 10, 2022
Digne to Bayern?
20:46 , Matt Verri
Lucas Digne has made no secret of his desire to leave Everton this month, with Rafa Benitez confirming as much.
Chelsea and West Ham have been put forward as potential options, but Sky Sport in Germany report Bayern are also interested.
They claim the Frenchman would be interested in a move to the German giants, but could be put off by the fact he would be behind Alphonso Davies in the pecking order. Digne is believed to want regular football.
Balogun off to Middlesbrough
19:56 , Matt Verri
Plenty of talk about strikers who might be joining at Arsenal, but it looks like one will be leaving imminently.
Folarin Balogun is available for loan and has been heavily linked with a move to Middlesbrough, and according to Fabrizio Romano that move is now done.
The 20-year-old will reportedly have his medical at the club tomorrow, ahead of completing a move to join Chris Wilder’s side until the end of the season.
Vlahovic won’t come cheap...
19:17 , Matt Verri
Arsenal continue to be linked with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, as they look to make a big-money signing to address their issues in attack.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal future looks to be effectively over, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contract in the summer.
The Gunners are very keen on Vlahovic, who according to the Daily Mail wants wages of £300,000-a-week.
With a transfer fee of around £58m required to secure the striker, and the player’s representatives demanding significant fees too, Arsenal’s interest will certainly be tested by the financial requirements.
Norwich send defender out on loan again
18:45 , Matt Verri
Rocky Bushiri joined Norwich in 2019, and has then he has been out on loan on several occasions.
Blackpool, Sint-Truiden, Mechelen, Eupen... and you can now add Hibernian to that list!
The 22-year-old centre-back has joined the Scottish side on loan until the end of the season, and Hibernian have the option to make it a permanent move in the summer.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 10, 2022
Atletico keen on Azpilicueta
18:23 , Matt Verri
After selling Kieran Trippier to Newcastle, Atletico Madrid are in the market for a right-back to replace the Englishman.
Cesar Azpilicueta is one of those at the top of the four-man shortlist the Spanish club have drawn up, according to ESPN.
The Chelsea defender is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer, and so is free to now negotiate with clubs abroad.
Daniel Wass is another player Atletico are also considering, with Arsenal’s Cedric Soares and Wolves’ Nelson Semedo the others on the list.
Gerrard accused of letting rivalry impact Tuanzebe's chances
17:42 , Matt Verri
Axel Tuanzebe cut short his loan spell at Aston Villa to join Napoli for the rest of the season.
The Man United defender spent the first part of the campaign at Villa Park, but his brother and agent Dimitri Tuanzebe has claimed manager Steven Gerrard overlooked the 24-year-old because of Liverpool’s rivalry with United
“Axel is very excited to begin a new chapter in his football career, playing abroad and for a club with so much history behind it and fans who worship football,” he told ESPN.
“Axel didn’t decide to move until it became very clear that he isn’t the manager’s first-choice centre-back and the Napoli offer was very tempting.
“I have a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to Axel’s time at Villa. He is loved by the fans as he contributed highly to the club’s success in the Championship where he was one of the key players that helped Villa return to the Premier League.
“However, following the arrival of Steven Gerrard at Villa Park, it felt as if the rivalry between Man United and Liverpool came to life.”
Ake a wanted man
17:23 , Matt Verri
West Ham are expected to look for a centre-back this month, with Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma both out with injury for the Hammers.
Nathan Ake has been touted as a potential option, with the defender struggling to get consistent game-time at Man City.
However, they may face competition, as The Sun report AC Milan are also keen on Ake and are considering enquiring about his availability.
It’s believed City are reluctant to let the Dutchman go as they do not want to risk being left stretched at the back should they suffer any injury problems.
No Ajax agreement over Bergwijn yet
17:01 , George Flood
Another update on the Steven Bergwijn front.
Italian transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano insists there is no agreement yet between Tottenham and Ajax over the Dutch winger.
Ajax submitted an offer for Bergwijn yesterday, but the two sides haven’t settled on a price at this stage.
It is said that Antonio Conte is willing to let the player go this month, with that decision set to be supported by chairman Daniel Levy.
Coutinho completes Villa medical
16:46 , Matt Verri
Philippe Coutinho has completed his Aston Villa medical, and the Brazilian is in France obtaining a work permit ahead of joining up with his new teammates later this week.
“Philippe is currently in the process of finalising his immigration papers and we are looking forward to getting him on the training pitch with the group on Wednesday at Bodymoor,” Villa boss Steven Gerrard said.
“He is an outstanding footballer who boasts a highly impressive CV laced with plenty of elite honours.
“I am really pleased that we have been able to bring him on board and I am looking forward to working with him.
“He is a player I enjoyed playing with previously and I know the rest of the squad here at Aston Villa will benefit from his quality and experience. His presence will be invaluable given injuries and the AFCON tournament have reduced our attacking options.”
Newcastle in desperate bid for striker
16:37 , Matt Verri
With Callum Wilson injured and out for eight weeks, the need for a striker is abundantly clear at Newcastle.
Sky Sports report they are pushing hard to sign a forward, and hope to do so before this Saturday’s crucial clash against Watford.
Divock Origi, Dominic Solanke, Patrick Schick, and Chris Wood are all potential options... can Newcastle secure a deal this week though?
Mbappe hits back at trolls
16:16 , Matt Verri
Kylian Mbappe has hit out at abuse on social media towards an eight-year old girl, after she was targeted following her request for the Frenchman to stay at PSG.
The young girl, who suffers from VACTERL syndrome, posted a video messaging to Mbappe, saying: “Please stay at PSG, and keep making us dream for a long time . We love you .”
A number of accounts sent abusive responses to this, leading to Mbappe putting out his own message to the young PSG fan.
“I also wish you a happy new year my little Camille. Keep fighting as you do, you are teaching us all a life lesson,” he tweeted.
“The violence of the comments for a child. We are really hitting rock bottom. We should come to our senses a bit.”
Je te souhaite également une bonne année ma petite Camille ❤️🙏🏽.
Continues de te battre comme tu le fais, tu nous donnes une leçon de vie à tous. ✊🏽
La violence des commentaires pour une gamine… On est vraiment en train de toucher le fond. Il s’agirait de se ressaisir un peu. https://t.co/UgBTVnzhTB
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 10, 2022
No Botman move for Newcastle
15:50 , Matt Verri
How quickly things change!
It had looked like Newcastle might have some hope of securing Sven Botman this window, but the Athletic report that the move is now off.
The centre-back was the Magpies’ top target, but Lille’s refusal to engage in talks has led to Newcastle accepting defeat.
Arteta: Clear where we must strengthen
15:36 , Matt Verri
Albert Sambi Lokonga is now Arsenal’s only fit senior central midfielder available and the pairing of him and 18-year-old Charlie Patino, making his first start, struggled against Nottingham Forest.
Even in attack Arsenal looked short, underlined by the fact that left-back Sead Kolasinac, who could leave on loan this month, was thrown on as they pushed for a late equaliser.
“I want to try to get the best out of the players we have,” said Arteta. “It’s clear where we need to strengthen, but at the moment it’s what we have and what we have has to play.”
Magpies given Botman price
15:13 , Matt Verri
Newcastle have been told they will have to spend £45m if they want to secure Lille defender Sven Botman.
The Magpies were initially told the centre-back was not for sale, before having a bid of around £35m rejected as they look to try and bolster their options at the back.
Lille have now told them they will consider an offer of £45m for Botman, according to the Northern Echo, though it remains to be seen if Newcastle plan to match that valuation.
Koulibaly confirms PSG interest
14:56 , Marc Mayo
Kalidou Koulibaly has confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain once contacted him over a transfer from Napoli - which the Italian club rejected.
“I have had discussions with many clubs, including PSG,” he told Canal+.
“There was interest, but these are things I don't like to talk about. Napoli decided to keep me and this shows all their love for me, from the club and also from the fans. I will continue to work to do well and be among the best defenders in the world.
“It makes me happy, the fact that PSG thought of me shows that people see that I am doing well and this encourages me. It is nice to be approached by Sergio Ramos, an idol for every player.”
Man United yet to launch Zakaria bid
14:44 , George Flood
Manchester United are yet to make their move for Denis Zakaria, according to reports.
The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has been linked with a host of potential suitors this month - including Liverpool - with his current contract due to expire in the summer.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Ralf Rangnick likes Zakaria and he has been discussed at Old Trafford, but a bid is yet to be tabled.
He adds that more than four clubs are already working to try and sign the Swiss international on a free transfer in the summer.
14:37 , Marc Mayo
Wolfsburg have snapped up talented Polish teenager Jakub Kaminski from Lech Poznan in a deal that will go through in the summer.
“Although he prefers to play as an attacking winger, he’s versatile and can also operate as a deep-lying forward or full-back,” sporting director Marcus Schafer said of the signing.
“He has a brilliant mentality as well as great commitment, he adds dynamism, pace and athleticism and sets himself apart with his work rate.”
📃✒️ ANNOUNCE Kaminski! 🇵🇱
Jakub #Kaminski will move to #VfLWolfsburg in the summer.
The Polish international signs a 5-year contract with the Wolves keeping him here until 2027!
Welcome Jakub! 👏 pic.twitter.com/CkSnIhUONT
— VfL Wolfsburg EN/US 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) January 10, 2022
Celtic near another deal
14:28 , Marc Mayo
Celtic are set to complete the £6million permanent signing of loanee Jota.
Benfica have held talks with the Glasgow club over the deal, which Daily Record report on going well.
Despite facing injury issues at Parkhead, Jota has hit eight goals this season.
Villa take a look at Randolph
14:12 , Marc Mayo
Aston Villa have been very busy this month and are now said to be preparing a move for West Ham’s Darren Randolph.
According to talkSPORT, the veteran is wanted to back-up Emilian Martinez at Villa Park.
The 34-year-old has 18 months left to run on his Hammers deal.
Mbappe’s mind not made up yet
13:58 , Marc Mayo
Kylian Mbappe has not ruled out an extended stay at Paris Saint-Germain.
French outlet Le Parisien detail the striker’s continued indecision over his next move, amid interest from Real Madrid.
It is said that Mbappe’s mind is far from made up and talks over a new contract with PSG are ongoing.
The player’s deal expires in June and he is able to sign a pre-contract agreement now.
Rush: Lukaku has learned his lesson
13:44 , Marc Mayo
Liverpool stalwart Ian Rush has had his say on Romelu Lukaku’s falling out with Chelsea.
The Belgian was forced to apologise after giving an interview in which he detailed his frustration under boss Thomas Tuchel, also earning a fine in the process.
Rush told CalcioMercato: “There’s no one bigger than the club, that’s what it is all about.
“The club comes first and I thought it was an excellent decision by him [Tuchel] to drop him. Lukaku will come back stronger and better. Lukaku has learned his lesson.
“If there are individuals that think they are better than the team, that creates problems but I think the coaches nailed it, it was an excellent choice from him.”
Ismael confident on Johnstone
13:31 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham target Sam Johnstone will remain at West Brom this month.
That is according to Baggies boss Valerian Ismael, with West Ham and Southampton also tipped to offer the goalkeeper a deal when his contract expires in June.
“At the minute I am pretty sure that he will stay,” he said. “But you never know what can happen in football.
“If a keeper gets a big injury and a club needs to replace him - you never know what the situation could be. But at the moment it’s not the plan for Sam to leave us. We want to have all the players.
“Now Sam needs a break and he has his break to reflect, come back stronger and help us in the season.”
13:19 , Marc Mayo
Aston Villa are reportedly at the front of the queue to sign Kerr Smith.
Everton and Liverpool have also been linked with the young Scot, who has been a regular part of the Dundee United side this season.
The Mail report on Villa prepping themselves for a big push to sign the 17-year-old, although no fee has been agreed at this stage.
Schick wants Leverkusen stay amid Premier League links
13:05 , George Flood
Patrik Schick insists he is happy at Bayer Leverkusen amid speculation over a move to the Premier League.
Newcastle are the latest club to be linked with the Czech Republic striker, who has already been mentioned in connection with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.
However, Schick says he is not currently considering an exit from Leverkusen as he looks to fire the Bundesliga outfit into the Champions League.
“I’m really, very happy in Leverkusen and I want to go to the Champions League with the club,” he told German publication Bild.
“I love to live in Germany. At the moment it is not at all an issue for me to think of another club.”
United outcast offered route away
12:58 , Marc Mayo
Andreas Pereira has been offered a permanent transfer away from Manchester United.
A four-year deal is on the table from Flamengo, with BolaVIP claiming only the Red Devils’ approval is needed for the move.
Pereira joined the Brazilian club on loan in August.
Tottenham eye two arrivals
12:39 , Marc Mayo
Antonio Conte has named his two key areas of improvement for the January window.
Sky Sports News report on a striker and a right wing-back being the club’s priorities after the Italian’s opening spell in charge.
Adama Traore and Tariq Lamptey have been linked with bolstering the flanks while Dele Alli, Matt Doherty, Steven Bergwijn and Tanguy Ndombele could all leave the club this month.
Lille consider Sanches cash-in
12:26 , Marc Mayo
Lille are ready to accept an offer well below their £30million valuation of Renato Sanches due to a cash crisis at the French club.
El Nacional report on the Portuguese midfielder, who has rebuilt his career in Ligue 1, being available for a January transfer.
Barcelona are said to have been offered the player but coach Xavi turned down the deal.
Frenkie de Jong is named as one player who could leave the Camp Nou soon - but Sanches will not replace the Dutchman if he does leave.
Origi set for Liverpool stay
12:12 , Marc Mayo
Divock Origi is set to remain at Liverpool until the end of the campaign, rather than leave the club this month.
According to Sky Sports News, a trio of Italian clubs are in talks with the striker over a summer switch after his contract expires at Anfield.
But it has still not been ruled out that he could stay on Merseyside on a fresh deal.
Tottenham agree to sell Bergwijn
12:00 , George Flood
Tanguy Ndombele might not be the only player potentially on his way out of Tottenham this month.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Spurs have decided to sell Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn.
A number of clubs are said to be interested in his signature, with Eredivisie giants Ajax having already submitted an offer for the former PSV Eindhoven star.
Bergwijn - previously tipped by Antonio Conte as a potential striker understudy to Harry Kane - has not played for Tottenham since Boxing Day due to a calf injury sustained in a cameo against Crystal Palace.
Marseille calling for Kolasinac
11:55 , Marc Mayo
Sead Kolasinac is drawing interest from Marseille, according to reports in France.
The Bosnian made a rare appearance for Arsenal as a late substitute in last night’s defeat to Nottingham Forest.
But L’Equipe suggest he could leave for the Ligue 1 side this month.
Kagawa joins Belgian club
11:40 , Marc Mayo
Former Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa has signed for Sint-Truidense.
The 32-year-old most recently endured a torrid spell at PAOK in Greece.
— STVV (@stvv) January 10, 2022
Barcelona register Torres after Umtiti renewal
11:30 , Marc Mayo
Samuel Umtiti has agreed a new contract at Barcelona, reducing his wage in a fresh commitment to 2026.
The Frenchman had been expected to leave the club but his renewal has played a role in the Camp Nou club’s attempts to get a grip on their finances.
A club statement detailed: “Barcelona wish to publicly express their gratitude to Samuel Umtiti for his willingness and the affection that he has demonstrated towards the club.
“Through this contract extension, Barcelona will be able to increase their ‘financial fair play’ quota and thus register Ferran Torres with the Spanish Professional Football League.”
Villa on the move again
11:18 , Marc Mayo
Aston Villa have agreed personal terms with Lucas Digne over a £25million move from Everton.
TalkSPORT claim a long-term contract offer has been accepted by the Frenchman amid rival interest from Inter Milan, Chelsea and Newcastle.
Steven Gerrard’s side are also hoping to complete the loan capture of Philippe Coutinho today.
Lage hints Wolves could sell Spurs target Traore
11:06 , George Flood
Bruno Lage has suggested Wolves might be willing to sell Adama Traore this month, provided the deal is right for both the club and the player.
Tottenham have rebooted their pursuit of the Spanish winger and are expected to make another move for his services this month, with Antonio Conte envisioning him playing a similar role as Victor Moses did for his title-winning Chelsea team.
It has generally been reported that Wolves are prepared to offload Traore, who is out of contract at Molineux next summer.
“You are giving me something new. I don’t know anything about that, but what I said before I will say again,” Lage said after Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United, which Traore started.
“The most important thing, especially now, if it’s good for the club and it’s good for the player…
“The main thing is I’m happy with everyone.
“Just now I was asked about Morgan (Gibbs-White) and I said I’m happy with Morgan (being at Sheffield United) because I’m happy with the four guys.
“I’m happy with Adama, I’m happy with Daniel (Podence), with Trincao, with Hwang and I’m available to receive players and not to see anyone go. But you never know.”
Derby in for United youngster
11:02 , Marc Mayo
Amad Diallo’s future lies away from Manchester United this month.
Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has stated that the Ivorian youngster will leave on loan in a bid for playing time away from Old Trafford.
Feyenoord are said to be keen after talks with Birmingham collapsed, and a move to an English club is reportedly United’s preference.
The Telegraph say Derby are in a good position to make a bid.
10:47 , Marc Mayo
Roma have made a breakthrough in talks to sign Sergio Oliveira from Porto.
Jose Mourinho’s rebuild is reportedly set to include the midfielder’s arrival on a £1.25million loan switch this month, followed by a £12.5m permanent move.
The Italian club have already landed Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal this window.
Spurs to consider Ndombele offers
10:30 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham face a challenge to offload Tanguy Ndombele after he was booed off the pitch in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Morecambe, writes Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick...
Spurs are open to offers for Ndombele but remain conscious of the difficulties involved in any deal, and they are set to explore a number of possibilities this month.
Sources close to the French midfielder last night acknowledged that he may have to leave the club in the transfer window, while insisting he was still happy at Spurs and determined to fight for a place in Antonio Conte's team.
Rangnick assures of Cavani’s future
10:13 , Marc Mayo
Edinson Cavani will not be leaving Manchester United this month, Ralf Rangnick has confirmed.
“Edi said that I can rely on him until the end of the season and that he will continue to give his very best in order to be a role model for the younger players,” said the German.
“If he should play from the start he's always happy to do so and to give his all but if even if he is not playing he will try to be the best possible role model for the other players.
“Edi is one of those players with a very strong mentality. He has vast amounts of experience and a good work ethic that can also set a good example for the rest of the players.”
Seagulls set Bissouma fee
09:52 , Marc Mayo
Brighton will ask for £50million for midfielder Yves Bissouma.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the midfielder, who has been an impressive part of the Gulls’ team in recent years.
But The Athletic state that a big fee will be required to sign him, amid rumoured rival interest from Newcastle and Aston Villa.
Barcelona look elsewhere
09:38 , Marc Mayo
Barcelona are not interested in signing Anthony Martial this month.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Catalans are focusing their intentions elsewhere and have previously been linked with Edinson Cavani.
Milan interested in Ake
09:21 , Marc Mayo
Sky Sport Italia name Nathan Ake as a target for AC Milan.
The Serie A side is looking for a new central defender following a serious injury for Simon Kjaer.
Sven Botman of Lille is a major target that the Italians are reportedly losing out on, amid Newcastle’s interest.
Conte demands more of Ndombele
09:06 , Marc Mayo
Antonio Conte has urged Tanguy Ndombele to buck up his ideas or face being booted out of Tottenham.
After boos for the player in yesterday’s game against Morecambe, Conte said: “You have to be good to change the opinions. I was a player and it happened sometimes to me that someone was unhappy with my performance.
“This is our life. It’s OK. We have to continue to work and try to be better next time. We have to know very well that if we perform well, the fans are happy. If you don’t perform well, the fans are not happy.”
Kelleher tipped for loan move
08:50 , Marc Mayo
Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been urged to leave the club and build on his experience elsewhere.
Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given told Premier Sports: “If it was me, I'd be knocking Klopp's door down, I really would.
“I'd be saying that I need to go out on loan, go and play. January is a time to do that, I'd be on to my agent and manager to get me playing games.
“I think for all parties concerned the best thing would be to go on loan. I think he's good enough to play in the first team, he's a really good goalkeeper. I think he wants to show people that.”
08:39 , Marc Mayo
Theo Hernandez will not sign for Chelsea or Manchester United this month, according to MilanNews.it.
The left-back had been linked with reinforcing a Premier League side, with Manchester City also interested, this month.
But he will now sign a new contract at the San Siro to 2027 after talks with the club.
Hernandez is set to earn £65,000-a-week and said last night: “We are at a very good point. I have been happy here since my first day. We are talking.”
City in shock Modric swoop?
08:28 , Marc Mayo
Manchester City are considering a shock move for Luka Modric.
El Nacional report on the Croatian running out of patience in talks over a new contract, with his desire to sign a two-year deal.
Modric’s intention is said to be retiring at Madrid and he is even willing to take a pay cut to ensure his future to 2024.
Should the 36-year-old fail to agree terms, City are waiting in the wings…
Arteta delivers Arsenal update
08:18 , Marc Mayo
Mikel Arteta refused to look to the transfer market as the cure to his Arsenal team’s dire display against Nottingham Forest last night.
“I want to get the best out of the players that we have,” he said.
“I think it’s clear where we need to strengthen. But at the moment it’s what we have and with what we have we have to play.”
Fernandes going nowhere
08:10 , Marc Mayo
Bruno Fernandes has hit back at suggestions he will leave Manchester United for Barcelona.
Reports in Portugal linked the midfielder with a move this month but he criticised the notion in a comment on Instagram.
“And I thought the new year only started a few days ago, yet we’re already on April 1,” he wrote.
“Or is this once again just bad journalism?”
PSG eye Lukaku
08:00 , Marc Mayo
Romelu Lukaku is being eyed to replace Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain.
According to El Nacional, the French club have accepted that their star striker is set to depart on a free in the summer - most likely to Real Madrid.
And that will push them towards a £75.5million bid for Chelsea’s Lukaku.
The Belgian has not enjoyed the best of times since re-signing for the Blues but that fee would represent a huge financial loss on the player…
Cristiano Ronaldo considers future
07:53 , Marc Mayo
Cristiano Ronaldo has held crunch talks with agent Jorge Mendes over his future.
A source close to the player has described him as “very concerned” over the direction Manchester United are heading in, according to The Sun.
It has previously been reported that the identity of the club’s next manager will hold a big sway in his decision to stay or leave Old Trafford.
This latest update adds that “nothing has been ruled out” by Ronaldo.
07:52 , Marc Mayo
Welcome to another frantic day of transfer activity... buckle up!