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Arsenal are reportedly ready to battle Barcelona for the services of Renato Sanches this month after the former Swansea City flop completed an impressive career turnaround while at French champions, Lille. Interestingly enough, Barca are also said to have made a fresh approach to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Manchester United, meanwhile, see their problems continue with a number of players reportedly ‘sick to death’ at the dwindling standards at Old Trafford as Ralf Rangnick struggles to get to grips with the size of the task at hand.
In-demand Erling Haaland could cost Paris Saint-Germain up to £250m in the summer while Real Madrid are said to have made a cut-price offer to sign Kylian Mbappe this month as he comes towards the end of his contract in the French capital.
Everton defender Lucas Digne, another name to have frequently been discussed this month already, is believed to want a move to Chelsea.
The biggest news, perhaps is that Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be considering his future at United.
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Latest transfer news and rumours
Cristiano Ronaldo considering Manchester United future
Arsenal ready to battle Barcelona for Renato Sanches
Newcastle keen on Man United star Anthony Martial
Steven Gerrard refuses to be drawn on Philippe Coutinho
Haaland could cost PSG £250m
Crisis at Manchester United
Liverpool deny Diaz contact
Cristiano Ronaldo considering his future at Manchester United
22:38 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to The Daily Star, Cristiano Ronaldo is already considering his future at Manchester United.
With the club still languishing despite his goals, Ronaldo could leave Old Trafford quickly if he does not agree with the club’s choice of their next permanent manager.
That sounds like a healthy relationship...
Manchester United consider Icardi
20:06 , Jonathan Gorrie
Reports in France suggest that Manchester United, a club who already have far too many strikers, are considering a move for PSG’s Mauro Icardi.
Given the reports about a conflicted dressing room, the Argentine’s arrival would certainly make things interesting...
Gareth Bale back to Southampton?
20:03 , Jonathan Gorrie
No stranger in returning to former clubs, El Nacional suggest freshly taken over Southampton are considering an emotional move to bring Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale back to Southampton.
Digne wants Chelsea move
19:12 , Jonathan Gorrie
Journalist Dean Jones, meanwhile, has revealed that Lucas Digne’s ideal destination in January is Chelsea.
The Everton full-back has fallen out with Rafa Benitez and is expected to leave Goodison Park this month.
West Ham and Newcastle have also been linked, although the Frenchman (perhaps understandably) favours a move to Stamford Bridge.
Barca make fresh Aubameyang approach
19:11 , Jonathan Gorrie
Spanish outlet El Nacional suggest that Barcelona, looking to rebuild under Xavi Hernandez, have reignited their interest in outcast Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
A deal could reportedly even be struck this month after the Gabon international fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta.
Watford complete another deal
18:11 , Jonathan Gorrie
Watford have completed the signing of Udinese centre-back Samir as they continue to strengthen after a difficult season so far.
It's official. ✅
Samir is a Hornet! 🇧🇷🐝 pic.twitter.com/ZUiLrYdgru
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 6, 2022
Liverpool deny Luis Diaz contact
17:44 , Jonathan Gorrie
As per transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool have denied any suggestion they could make a move for Porto forward Luis Diaz.
The Colombian was reportedly scouted five times by the club over the last year but there seems to be little prospect of a move this month.
Liverpool and Porto sources deny contacts/talks over Luis Díaz move in January. There’s no proposal to discuss, as things stand. 🔴🇨🇴 #LFC
Liverpool sent their scout to follow Díaz five times last year but there’s no negotiation now.
🇪🇬 Current priority: Mo Salah new deal. pic.twitter.com/eGOnrAjOGI
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 6, 2022
Crisis at Manchester United
17:32 , Jonathan Gorrie
The MEN claim a number of Manchester United players are “sick to death” of the club’s dwindling standards.
There are reports of widespread discontent within the dressing room, which is certainly not a good look given they only recently committed to a major change in direction.
Haaland could cost PSG £250m
17:29 , Jonathan Gorrie
It’s tough to remember a prospect more in-demand than Erling Haaland.
Pretty much all of Europe’s leading clubs have been linked with the Borussia Dortmund forward and, according to L’Equipe, PSG have been told to fence off £250m in transfer fee and wages to land him.
Arsenal ready to battle Barcelona for Renato Sanches
17:24 , Jonathan Gorrie
Portuguese outlet ELEVEN claim Arsenal are ready to battle Barcelona for Renato Sanches this summer.
The Portugal international has rebuilt his career with Lille and could be available for a cut-price fee, though Arsenal will not have it easy.
Newcastle turn to Anthony Martial
15:29 , Jonathan Gorrie
While much of the focus on Newcastle United at the moment appears to be in regard to defensive targets, The Daily Mail suggest Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has emerged as an option.
Following an injury to Callum Wilson, the Frenchman - reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford - could be targeted to a bid to bring more goals into the team.
Steven Gerrard won’t be drawn on Philippe Coutinho
15:23 , Jonathan Gorrie
Speaking to Sky Sports, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard refused to be drawn on speculation linking the club with Philippe Coutinho.
While the Liverpool icon, who played alongside the Brazilian at Anfield, admitted that the midfielder was a “magician”, he flat out refused to discuss a player at another club before anything “concrete” emerged.
New deal for Antonio
15:20 , Marc Mayo
The Sun report on Michail Antonio having his contract extended by West Ham.
The Hammers are said to have taken up a 12-month option is his deal, which previously lasted to the summer of 2023.
Young defender interests United
14:46 , Marc Mayo
German outlet FussballTransfers have stated that Manchester United are preparing to sign Dan-Axel Zagadou from Borussia Dortmund.
The 22-year-old central defender is out of contract in the summer and the Red Devils are named as one of several teams making contact with his agent to gauge a deal.
United interim boss Ralf Rangnick tried to sign Zagadou while at RB Leipzig, and faces competition from Newcastle and an extension offer from Dortmund this time around.
Tottenham considering new Traore approach
14:33 , George Flood
Tottenham are back on the trail of Wolves winger Adama Traore.
According to The Athletic, Spurs are considering a fresh January swoop for the Spain winger as Antonio Conte looks to kickstart his rebuild in N17.
It is said that Matt Doherty could return to Wolves as part of the deal, with Conte envisioning Traore being converted into a similar role as Victor Moses performed so admirably for his title-winning Chelsea team.
It is also claimed that Wolves are anticipating Traore’s exit this month, with no sign of an extension to a contract that expires in the summer of 2023.
Watford put Rose up for sale
14:21 , Marc Mayo
Sky Sports News report on Danny Rose being told by Watford that he will not play for the club again.
The former England and Tottenham man has appeared only nine times since arriving as a free agent in the summer.
Not involved in Claudio Ranieri’s recent matchday squads, it is said that Watford are looking for a January buyer for Rose.
And the new...
14:10 , Marc Mayo
Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior is the most valuable player in the world, according to a new study.
The boffins at CIES Football Observatory regularly produce lists based on their formula of a player’s age, contract length, and on-pitch performance to determine their leaderboard.
And Vinicius tops this month’s chart at £139million, ahead of Phil Foden (£127.5m) and Erling Haaland (£119m).
Interestingly, they even have Scott McTominay (£56.7m) above Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah (£55.2m).
Gunners duo free to go
13:56 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal will listen to offers for defensive duo Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers this month, as reported by Sky Sports.
Neither player has hugely impressed under Mikel Arteta with Gabriel and Ben White the first-choice defensive pairing, backed up by Rob Holding.
Mari has not played in the league since August but was on the bench that faed Norwich on Boxing Day, while Chambers last featured off the bench against Leeds in the Carabao Cup in October.
Man United’s next steps
13:41 , Marc Mayo
TalkSPORT have outlined what they understand to be Manchester United’s plan for their transfer activity.
The January window is reportedly set to see little incoming activity for the club, with the summer market their focus.
At that point, a central midfielder is their priority with Declan Rice and Franck Kessie linked with an Old Trafford move.
Newcastle’s Digne deal revealed
13:33 , Marc Mayo
Newcastle are attempting a player-plus-cash move for Lucas Digne.
Sky Sports detail a £22.5million bid for the Everton left-back, with Sean Longstaff thrown in to tempt the Toffees into a deal.
However, it is said that the Frenchman is not keen on a move to St James’ Park - with Chelsea and West Ham also keen.
United boardroom switch-up
13:24 , Marc Mayo
News in the Manchester United boardroom that will certainly have an impact on their transfer dealings.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will leave the club at the end of the month, as reported, with Richard Arnold promoted as his successor.
Co-owner Joel Glazer said: “We are now looking forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club’s evolution, with ambitious plans for investment in Old Trafford, the strengthening of our engagement with fans, and continued drive towards our most important objective – winning on the pitch.”
ℹ️ We are pleased to announce that Richard Arnold will become Chief Executive Officer of the club, effective from 1 February.#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 6, 2022
Juventus formulate Icardi plan
13:14 , Marc Mayo
Juventus have told PSG they will only sign Mauro Icardi on loan this month - in stark contrast to the French club’s plans to only let him leave on a permanent deal.
Tuttosport report on the Bianconeri formulating alternative targets even with the Argentine said to be ready to leave Paris.
Dusan Vlahovic and Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca are named as of interest to Juve.
Toon suffer Botman setback
13:01 , Marc Mayo
Newcastle have competition in the race for Lille defender Sven Botman.
La Gazzetta dello Sport detail AC Milan’s interest in the Swede, who is rated at £33.5million by the French club.
The Toon are also reportedly monitoring Rob Holding, Diego Carlos and Joe Rodon as they look to bolster their defence in January.
Raphinha going nowhere in January
12:47 , Marc Mayo
The Mirror claim that Leeds have fully ruled out selling star winger Raphinha this month.
Liverpool have long been linked with the Brazilian, who has hit eight goals in the Premier League this campaign.
But Leeds are focused on extending his contract past its 2025 expiry date in January after initial talks with his agent were described as positive, while Raphinha himself is said to be settled in Yorkshire.
Tottenham pull out of Coutinho deal
12:36 , Marc Mayo
Premier League sides are battling for Philippe Coutinho - but Tottenham are NOT among them.
Sky Sports report on Spurs not holding an interest in a January switch.
Aston Villa, Arsenal and Newcastle are all linked with the Barcelona midfielder, who is allowed to leave on loan this month.
West Ham edge away from Digne
12:28 , Marc Mayo
West Ham may not need to sign Lucas Digne to cover their left-back area, writes Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser…
Aaron Cresswell’s injury has heightened the need for investment in the Hammers’ defence.
But sources at West Ham indicate that Cresswell is close to a return to action despite the lack of clarity around his back injury, lessening the need to invest in that area.
As reported earlier, Digne’s £100,000 weekly wages are also a sticking point in talks with the Everton man.
Toffees outcast set to leave
12:15 , Marc Mayo
Jean-Philippe Gbamin can leave Everton this month, according to Liverpool Echo.
The midfielder signed in 2019 but has struggled on Merseyside and is attracting interest from Germany and Italy, although that is thought to be at the early stage.
Everton reportedly want to sign a new winger in January.
Newcastle seek Wilson help
12:10 , Marc Mayo
Callum Wilson’s calf injury has escalated Newcastle’s attempts to land a new striker.
Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke of Bournemouth are two top targets for a January switch.
The Telegraph name Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell as an alternative option to bulk up their attack, along with Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
Origi is valued at around £7million by Liverpool but is a high earner, while Norwich would seek around £20m for Cantwell.
Julian Alvarez latest
11:53 , Marc Mayo
Manchester United have been linked with River Plate star Julian Alvarez.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter and AC Milan are also named as interested parties in reports concerning the 21-year-old, who has hit 18 goals in 21 appearances this season.
It is claimed that Alvarez is available for just a £17million release clause.
According to MEN, United are not currently considering a bid - although with the player out of contract at River Plate soon that is always liable to change...
11:39 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham are chasing Jordan Pickford in their hunt for a new goalkeeper.
Hugo Lloris is out of contract at the end of the season and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson has been linked with replacing the Frenchman.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Everton shot-stopper Pickford has entered their radar.
Hammers back in for Lingard
11:33 , Marc Mayo
West Ham are ready to revive their interest in Jesse Lingard, according to talkSPORT.
The report states the Manchester United midfielder could be persuaded to move back to East London, if allowed, in January.
Ralf Rangnick has given Lingard just one appearance since taking over as interim manager.
Arsenal hit Vlahovic hurdle
11:22 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal have faced difficulty in moving forward with a bid for Dusan Vlahovic.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that the Gunners’ attempts to contact the Fiorentina forward’s agents have been met with the cold shoulder.
Nonetheless, Vlahovic has told his club that he will not renew his contract past 2023.
Inter plot Digne plan B
11:13 , Marc Mayo
Inter Milan have thrown their hat in the ring for in-demand defender Lucas Digne.
But negotiations with Everton are reportedly stalling, leading to a plan B for the Nerazzurri.
La Gazzetta dello Sport name PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa as their ideal alternative on a six-month loan spell.
New striker to join Vlahovic at Fiorentina
10:58 , Marc Mayo
Potential movement in the race for Dusan Vlahovic…
Fiorentina are reportedly nearing a deal to sign striker Krzysztof Piatek on loan - as a potential replacement for the Serb.
Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has stated that the Pole has agreed the deal, with a view to a permanent move, although the Tuscan club hope at this point he will supplement Vlahovic.
Haaland’s full price
10:43 , Marc Mayo
The total cost of buying Erling Haaland could top £250million - even with his release clause drastically cutting his transfer fee.
Borussia Dortmund would take £63m for the striker but agent Mino Raiola’s commission amounts to £17m, as reported by L’Equipe.
A six-year contract reaching as high as £30m-a-year must then be taken into consideration.
Manchester clubs United and City, Real Madrid, PSG and Barcelona are all named as keen on Haaland’s signature, and Dortmund have offered a bumper contract extension.
Brighton striker completes departure
10:30 , Marc Mayo
Brighton have completed the sale of striker Jurgen Locadia to Bochum.
The Dutchman cost £15million from PSV Eindhoven in 2018 but failed to make an impact and spent time on loan at Hoffenheim and FC Cincinnati before today’s exit.
Boss Graham Potter said: "Jurgen is keen to play, and Bochum provides him that opportunity, and the possibility to reinvigorate his career in the Bundesliga, where he has previously enjoyed success with Hoffenheim. We wish him all the very best for the future."
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 6, 2022
Mateta nearing Palace exit
10:15 , Marc Mayo
Crystal Palace flop Jean-Philippe Mateta is close to leaving the club this month, writes Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser...
The striker, who joined from Mainz on an 18-month loan deal last January with a view to a permanent move, has underwhelmed in the Premier League, scoring just twice in 13 appearances for the Eagles. Ligue 1 side St. Etienne are interested in taking the French forward on loan.
The loan agreement between Mainz, who have ruled out a return to his parent club. and Crystal Palace comes to an end this summer and, having made just five starts in all competitions since joining the club the option to make the deal permanent for £13million will not be activated.
Palace upgraded their forward line with the addition of Odsonne Edouard over the summer and are open to opportunities of adding another attacking player this month should the chance arise. Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah, out of contract in the summer, has been considered.
West Ham in talks over Digne deal
10:08 , George Flood
Plenty of intriguing transfer rumours for West Ham fans to get stuck into this morning.
Chief among them relates to Lucas Digne, who is going to be a popular name in dispatches across the window.
Chelsea and Newcastle have already been linked with the ex-Barcelona left-back, who is free to leave Everton this month following the signings of Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson.
Now the Daily Mail report that West Ham are in talks over Digne, with cover sought for the injured Aaron Cresswell.
However, it is said that the Frenchman’s £100,000 a week wages could yet prove a stumbling block.
ICYMI: Aston Villa in contact over Coutinho
09:36 , George Flood
One of the more surprising transfer stories making the rounds at the moment concerns Philippe Coutinho.
The former Liverpool playmaker is once again on the lookout for a new club to end his hugely disappointing spell at Barcelona and kickstart a stalled career.
The likes of Tottenham and Everton have been tentatively linked with the Brazilian, but now Aston Villa are said to be in the running, with manager Steven Gerrard obviously knowing Coutinho from their time together at Anfield.
Fabrizio Romano says that Villa are in direct contact with Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian over a loan switch, with three Premier League clubs having expressed an interest in the player so far this month.
Coutinho, unsurprisingly, is reported to be willing to leave Barca in this window.
Tottenham and Arsenal eye Lamptey
09:19 , George Flood
Tottenham and Arsenal are both eyeing Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey, according to the latest reports.
The Sun claim that the ex-Chelsea starlet is a key target for Spurs, having also previously been tracked by their north London rivals.
Antonio Conte is likely to want to upgrade Tottenham’s full-back options once again over the next couple of windows, though reportedly is likely to have to wait until the summer in this case.
Brighton are said to be looking for around £50m for Lamptey.
Borussia Dortmund confident over Haaland stay
09:15 , George Flood
Another day, another predictable raft of Erling Haaland transfer updates.
After initial suggestions that a decision over the Norwegian goal-getter’s future was looming in the coming weeks, now comes the claim that Borussia Dortmund are growing increasingly confident that he will stay put for another year.
That is according to Sport Bild in Germany, who report that Haaland could remain at Signal Iduna Park until the summer of 2023 before opting for a switch to Real Madrid when Karim Benzema leaves the club.
Man United determined to strike Ruben Neves deal
09:06 , George Flood
Manchester United are reportedly back on the trail of Ruben Neves.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Wolves midfielder in the past as they look to add to their Portuguese contingent that already includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot.
The Sun now say that United are determined to strike a deal this month as they look to kickstart Ralf Rangnick’s temporary tenure, with an offer worth around £35m potentially in the offing.
However, that is said to be around £5m short of Wolves’ asking price for a player who has two years remaining on his current contract at Molineux.
Lewandowski set for Premier League move?
08:57 , George Flood
Could Robert Lewandowski take his talents to the Premier League before his goal-laden career is through?
Sky Sports Germany claim that the prolific Pole could be on the move from Bayern Munich at the end of the season, if agent Pini Zahavi has anything to do with it.
“Lewandowski really wants to have this one big move, to Spain or the Premier League,” said reporter Marc Behrenbeck. “So Lewandowski and his agent will try to get this move in the summer.
“Bayern want to extend his contract. So what is happening at Bayern at the moment The first point of contact is Lewandowski to extend his contract and if this doesn’t work they will be back in the game around Erling Haaland.
“At the moment, they want to extend his contract. But Lewandowski is dreaming of Spain and the Premier League.”
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are all said to have been placed on alert over the Bundesliga’s second all-time top scorer.
Liverpool close to £60m Luis Diaz deal
08:52 , George Flood
Good morning and welcome back to Standard Sport’s rolling LIVE coverage of the January transfer window!
Things are beginning to heat up nicely and we begin this morning with rumours of a potential big-money deal for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp is not usually one to bother with the mid-season market, but The Sun claim that FC Porto winger Luis Diaz is close to sealing a £60million switch to Anfield.
Liverpool are said to view the Colombian international as the ideal signing to cover for the Africa Cup of Nations absences of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as they battle to get a cheaper deal than his £67m release clause at the Estadio do Dragao.