We’re into day three of the January transfer window, with Premier League clubs continuing to work on improving their squads.
Liverpool have raced ahead and already completed the signing of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven for an initial £37million. But after last night’s bruising 3-1 defeat away to Brentford, a frustrated Jurgen Klopp is desperate for reinforcements, with Wolves ace Matheus Nunes the latest to be linked.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have much fewer problems but are still keen to offset Gabriel Jesus’ injury in the forward line. Mikel Arteta wants to bring in Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk, with the Gunners reportedly submitting two bids for the Ukrainian wonderkid and personal terms already agreed.
Chelsea are also down the line with a big-money signing, as Benfica star Enzo Fernandez is set to become the Premier League’s record import for a whopping £106million. Manchester United won’t be bettering that for a while, too, as Erik ten Hag scrambles to find a forward within his club’s reduced budget and hopes to finally get his hands on Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Stay with Mirror Football for all of Tuesday’s live transfer news.
Chelsea set for further Fernandez talks
Chelsea and Benfica will be in further talks today as they negotiate a deal for Enzo Fernandez, reports in Italy claim.
The 24-year-old Argentine midfielder is said to want a move to Stamford Bridge and has already agreed personal terms with the Blues.
Benfica are holding out for the maximum profit after paying River Plate £15.5m for Fernandez’s services last summer and including a 25 per cent sell-on clause in the deal.
It’s been claimed that Chelsea are willing to pay up to £112m in order to secure the World Cup winner’s signature.
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Rodgers confirms Leicester’s Tielemans stance
Brendan Rodgers expects to keep contract rebel Youri Tielemans this month and intends to continue to select the midfielder.
Leicester’s FA Cup final hero from 2021 is into the final six months of his contract at the King Power Stadium and can now speak to overseas clubs. The Belgian international, who has 58 caps, has consistently refused to pen new terms amid interest from Arsenal.
But Foxes boss Rodgers has praised the star’s professionalism ahead of Tuesday’s visit by Fulham. Rodgers also insists he hasn’t given up hope of keeping the ace, 25, long term despite a protracted contractual stand-off with City’s £40million signing from Monaco in July 2019.
Giroud on Man Utd’s radar
The Times report that Manchester United have Olivier Giroud on their radar in their search for a new striker.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, the 38-year-old Frenchman is expecting a new contract offer from AC Milan, with his current deal expiring in June.
One to keep an eye on.
DONE DEAL: Leeds sign Austrian ace
Leeds have confirmed the signing of Austrian defender Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg in a permanent deal worth a reported £10million.
The 24-year-old centre-back, who can also play comfortably as a left-back, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Elland Road, keeping him in Yorkshire until June 2027.
Partey helps Arsenal’s Felix chase
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has reportedly made contact with his former Atletico Madrid teammate Joao Felix in an attempt to persuade him to join the Premier Leagueleaders.
Felix, 23, has started just six of Atleti’s 15 La Liga matches this campaign and has fallen out of favour entirely under boss Diego Simeone despite finding the net four times in his limited game time. Manchester United have been linked with a move for the former Benfica ace but a host of clubs are monitoring his situation.
As reported by The Athletic, Partey has reached out to his former teammate in an attempt to persuade him to move to North London.
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Sommer ‘wants’ Bayern move
Bad news for Erik ten Hag and Manchester United, as Borussia Mochengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer has reportedly requested a move to Bayern Munich this month.
According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, via Bulinews, the 34-year-old Switzerland international wants to cover for Manuel Neuer, who’s set to miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg while on a skiing holiday.
Sommer’s contract with Gladbach expires in June and he’d been targetted by Ten Hag for the summer transfer window.
The German club are already looking to replace him with former Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, now of Copenhagen.
Ten Hag hesitant over Amad recall
Erik ten Hag has admitted he is unsure about recalling Amad Diallo from his loan spell at Sunderland – and hinted the winger could remain at the Stadium of Light until the end of the season.
The Manchester United forward has been a shining light for the Black Cats in recent months, having scored six goals in his last 11 matches as Sunderland chase a play-off place. “We consider everything, but I have a little bit of reservation about that because I don’t want to stop the process,” Ten Hag said.
“He’s made really good progress there so I’m happy with that. When we decide for him to come back, he has to be a player who can compete for the starting line-up or come on for a lot of games and make an impact.”
Leao ‘close’ to new AC Milan deal
Rafael Leao is close to agreeing a new contract with AC Milan, according to Sky Italia.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been linked with the 23-year-old Portuguese forward, who won Serie A’s player of the season award last term.
Ten Hag facing fresh dilemma
Manchester United are weighing up whether to replace or stick with Tom Heaton after Martin Dubravka’s premature departure from Old Trafford on New Year’s Day.
Newcastle decided to recall the Slovakian goalkeeper from his season-long loan spell at the Red Devils, having only joined the club back in August. It is a decision that has given Erik ten Hag a major dilemma, however, as United could go out and sign a first-choice goalkeeper in the January transfer window with David de Gea’s deal running out in June.
Fernandez handed Benfica ‘ultimatum’
Enzo Fernandez has been told to show up to training on Tuesday by Benfica after the Chelsea target returned to Argentina without the club’s permission on New Year’s Eve.
According to Portuguese outlet A Bola, Fernandez missed two training sessions on Monday after returning to Argentina for New Year’s Eve. While Benfica have refused to comment on how Fernandez will be disciplined, the playmaker has been warned that he ‘must show up for training’ on Tuesday.
Sky Sports Italy claimed late on Monday night that the Blues were thrashing out the ‘final details of a €127m (£112.5m) agreement. The fee, which is slightly higher than Fernandez’ release clause, would be paid in instalments if the final formalities can be wrapped up in the coming days.
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Liverpool target insists ‘more to come’
Matheus Nunes has insisted that fans will see the best of him in 2023 amid transfer links to Liverpool.
The Wolves midfielder, who became the club’s record signing in the summer, admitted he hasn’t lived up to expectations at Molineux.
Speaking to The Express and Star, Nunes said: “I want to be better than I was in the last six months, and I think these first six months of 2023 are going to be better individually for me. I have that in my mind and I’m pretty sure that I’m going to show that.”
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Man Utd ‘favourites’ to land Thuram
Manchester United are favourites to land Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram, according to Italian outlet La Repubblica.
The report claims that Inter Milan, who were also interested in Thuram, have been priced out of a move for the French international, who caught the eye at the World Cup.
And that could pave the way for United to land the coveted 25-year-old, who is believed to be available this month.
Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr Newcastle clause
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly has a clause in his Al-Nassr contract to play for Newcastle United should they qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Ronaldo’s eye-catching deal in Saudi Arabia is said to include a clause that will allow him to make a loan move to Newcastle should the Magpies qualify for the Champions League for next season. Eddie Howe’s side are currently third in the Premier League and are on course to feature in Europe’s premier club competition next campaign.
The details are outlined in a report in Marca, which claims that Ronaldo could make a stunning temporary move to St. James’s Park should they secure a top four finish this campaign and progress through to the competition for the first time in two decades. Newcastle are owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Read more here.
Chelsea ‘very close’ to Fernandez deal
Chelsea are reportedly ‘very close’ to signing Enzo Fernandez.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Blues are closing in on a deal for the Benfica midfielder in a deal worth around €127million in instalments.
Portsmouth sack Danny Cowley
Portsmouth have parted company with head coach Danny Cowley and assistant head coach Nicky Cowley.
Chief executive Andrew Cullen said: “We are desperately disappointed that, following our recent run of results, we have today made the difficult decision to part company with Danny and Nicky.
“Both Danny and Nicky have given everything to Pompey, working so hard inside and outside of the training ground with a determination to bring success – not just to the football club, but to the city of Portsmouth and the wider community.
“Danny and Nicky both really understand Portsmouth and they should look back with pride at the progress and innovation they have delivered at the club.”
Ronaldo and delegation arrive in Riyadh
Cristiano Ronaldo and his “delegation” has reportedly arrived in Riyadh after he completed his move to Al-Nassr.
Newcastle plan Gabriel move
Newcastle United are planning a move for Santos’ talented winger Angelo Gabriel in the January transfer window.
As per Caught Offside, the Magpies are impressed with the talented wideman and want to invest in the player as part of their long-term plan.
Atletico make Soyuncu plan
Atletico Madrid are ready to try and sign Caglar Soyuncu from Leicester in January, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Spanish club reportedly have an agreement already in place to sign the Turkish defender in the summer when his contract expires but are trying to get a deal done to sign him six months earlier.
Leicester ‘interested’ in Dubravka
Leicester are reportedly interested in a move for Martin Dubravka after the goalkeeper was recalled from his loan spell at Manchester United.
According to the Guardian, the Foxes are keen on a move for the 33-year-old after Newcastle decided to recall the ‘keeper on Monday.
Dolberg joins Hoffenheim
Danish forward Kasper Dolberg has joined Hoffenheim on loan with an option to buy from Nice.
The move was confirmed on Monday after Dolberg decided he wanted a new challenge.
Spurs not in Moura talks
Tottenham are not currently in talks with Sao Paulo over the sale of Lucas Moura this month, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Moura’s contract is due to expire in June and he has been linked with a move back to his boyhood club. But Spurs are expected to keep hold of him until the end of the season and then let him leave on a free transfer.
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Rodgers explains Leicester plans
Brendan Rodgers was asked about Leicester’s plans for the January transfer window in his press conference today.
“It’s a very difficult league. It is not all about money but if you’re going to progress you have to be able to bring in players. If you stand still, others overtake you,” he said.
“For us, these guys are working so hard and developing really well. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is only going to get better, Harvey Barnes and all these guys are developing. You want to continually develop the squad. Hopefully we can do that. Otherwise it’s a very, very difficult league.
“I think there will be a little bit of money to spend in the areas we want to, so we feel we can do that.”
Vieira wants transfers
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira believes the club “need” new players if they are to remain competitive in the Premier League.
“The focus is really on the players that we have. I think (in the 2-0 win against Bournemouth) we showed that we have a really good group of players. Of course we want to improve the squad. We’ve identified the profile of players that we need.
“And now the scouting department is starting to look after those players. And then the second phase of it is to see if we can make it happen or not. But of course we will need players if we want to be more competitive in the Premier League.
“But if we don’t find those players, we will work as well as we can, like we did (against Bournemouth).”
Liverpool to return for Nunes
Liverpool are plotting a move for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes as per an agreement last summer when he was close to joining the club.
According to the Telegraph, It is understood that Liverpool made a commitment to bid for him subsequently and that deal is still very much alive this month.
Should it go through, Nunes would likely move to Liverpool at the end of the season despite how well he performs for Wolves.
Club Brugge unveil Parker
Club Brugge have unveiled Scott Parker as their new manager.
The 42-year-old had been out of work since August after he was sacked by Bournemouth following their 9-0 defeat to Liverpool, after which he complained about the club’s transfer policy.
Offer submitted for forgotten Chelsea man
Galatasaray are reportedly keen on signing Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Bakayoko is currently on loan at AC Milan, although he is yet to make a single appearance for the Italian side this season.
Milan are trying to get out of their obligations in January and are therefore delighted to learn of an offer from Galatasaray, which has been reported by Calcio Mercato.
Three suitors for Dumfries
Inter Milan right-back Denzel Dumfries is a wanted man, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham considering a bid, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Dumfries performed well for the Netherlands at the World Cup and Inter value him at €60million (£53m). They are reportedly hoping that a bidding war could ensue this month.
Leeds close to first signing
Leeds United are close to completing a deal for Red Bull Salzburg defender Max Wober.
The 24-year-old, who can play centre-back and left-back, is expected to cost around £10million – the same fee Salzburg paid Sevilla for him.
Wober is well known to manager Jesse Marsch from his time in charge of Salzburg and would be the fourth player to join from the Red Bull stable, following Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from Salzburg and Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig.