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Transfer news LIVE – Man Utd eye bargain, Arsenal ‘ready to overpay’

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Premier LeagueChampionshipScottish PremiershipEuropean Teams Express Sport keeps you updated with the day’s latest transfer stories. 14:54, Sat, Jan 7, 2023 | UPDATED: 15:00, Sat, Jan 7, 2023 ten Hag comments on Man Utd’s January transfer plans Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoA week of the January transfer window has come and gone with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool already on the board. Arsenal are hoping to join them soon with Mykhaylo Mudryk firmly in their sights, but rival interest from the Blues is making life difficult.  Related articles Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has plenty of incentive to strengthen this month with a five-point Premier League lead to protect and Manchester City in hot pursuit. United are also expected to keep pushing with Erik ten Hag keen on a new striker following Cristiano Ronaldo’s bitter departure. Chelsea have been the most active so far with three completed deals. Benoit Badiashile and David Datro Fofana are already bedding in after completing moves from Monaco and Molde respectively, while Vasco de Gama confirmed Andrey Santos’ switch with an announcement on Friday. With plenty of business left to be conducted in the Premier League and around Europe, follow Express Sport’s live transfer updates below…READ MORE: Man Utd could ‘unleash next Wayne Rooney’ as Cristiano Ronaldo exit sparks a change Marcus Thuram, Mikel Arteta and Mykhaylo Mudryk could all play a central role in this month’s drama (Image: GETTY) 1 hour ago14:54 Charlie GordonCeltic miss out on World Cup starCeltic are poised to miss out on South Korea international Cho Gue-sung this January, according to the Evening Standard. The 24-year-old scored twice at the World Cup in Qatar and his current club, Jeonbuk Hyndai Motors, are supposedly prepared to let him leave for £2.5million. However, Cho is expected to choose Mainz as his next destination with Celtic soon to be sent back to the drawing board in pursuit of a new forward.  Cho Gue-sung has scored six goals in 20 appearances for South Korea (Image: GETTY) 2 hours ago14:23 Charlie GordonTottenham prepare Porro offerTottenham are prepared to double Pedro Porro’s wages in an attempt to lure him away from Sporting Lisbon this winter, according to Record. Spurs have already set aside £4.4million per year to cover the right-back’s salary in case they can strike a deal with the Portuguese outfit. Manager Antonio Conte is thought to be keen on a right-flank upgrade but Sporting reportedly want £44m for his services.  2 hours ago13:41 Charlie GordonEnzo Fernandez given Benfica reality checkBenfica boss Roger Schmidt claims that Chelsea target Enzo Fernandez was ‘not right’ for skipping training to join New Year celebrations in Argentina. The midfielder is in high demand since excelling in his country’s World Cup triumph in Qatar. Chelsea have held talks with Benfica and Fernandez’s representatives but the Portuguese outfit want his entire £106million release clause paid up front. After leaving the player out of Benfica’s win over Portimonense, Schmidt explained: “He is our player, we count on him and we need him to be champions. What he did wasn’t right, that’s why he wasn’t in the team today.” 3 hours ago13:03 Charlie GordonChelsea snubbed for LiverpoolA tell-all interview from Josko Gvardiol has given Chelsea and Liverpool fans plenty to chew on over the past 24 hours. The Blues have been long-term admirers of the RB Leipzig defender but look unlikely to come back in for him this month, having already swooped for Benoit Badiashile. Croatian international Gvardiol did leave the door ajar for Liverpool to make a move, however, with Virgil van Dijk facing a spell on the sidelines. When pressed on which club he wanted to play for as a youngster, he told RTL Danas: “That would definitely be Liverpool. Since I was little, I watched a lot of Liverpool matches with my dad and we covered every season in detail. It is a club that has remained in my heart.” Josko Gvardiol impressed at the World Cup with Croatia (Image: GETTY) 4 hours ago12:11 Charlie GordonBurnley open talks for Al-DakhilBurnley are poised to begin transfer talks for Sint-Truiden defender Ameen Al-Dakhil, Express Sport understands. The Clarets have been left a man light in the centre of defence following Kevin Long’s departure to Birmingham City. Burnley boss Vincent Kompany is a long-term admirer of the youngster, who plays in his native Belgium, and the 20-year-old could arrive at Turf Moor before the end of the month. Burnley set to open talks with Belgian side Sint-Truiden over deal for 20-year-old central defender Ameen Al-Dakhil after Kevin Long joined Birmingham. Player targeted in summer & wants chance to work with Vincent Kompany but wonu2019t agitate for transfer this month. #BurnleyFCu2014 Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) January 7, 2023 5 hours ago11:27 Charlie GordonArsenal and Chelsea in £44m dilemmaArsenal, Chelsea and a host of other top European clubs have been offered the chance to sign Evan Ndicka on a free transfer, according to reports. The sought-after French centre-back is approaching the end of his contract at Eintracht Frankfurt and overseas clubs are already allowed to begin negotiating a pre-contract agreement for a free move to go through in the summer. Ndicka’s agents are supposedly trying to cash in, however, with a one-off payment to the player and a mammoth contract poised to set interested parties back £44million in the long run. READ MORE 5 hours ago10:36 Charlie GordonAl-Nassr plot another massive swoopAl-Nassr have already pulled off a major feat by signing Cristiano Ronaldo this winter but Foot Mercato claim that they want to pair him up with Eden Hazard. The Real Madrid outcast has been a shadow of his former self in recent years but Al-Nassr boss Rudi Garcia has supposedly contacted Hazard with a view to signing him in January. The Saudi Arabian side have also been linked with Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, although it looks as though the Frenchman could remain at Stamford Bridge on renewed terms.  Eden Hazard’s career has slid downhill since he joined Real Madrid (Image: GETTY) 6 hours ago09:49 Charlie GordonGunners lay down lawArsenal are working on a loan deal for Joao Felix and although other reports indicate that the Gunners are prepared to pay slightly over the odds to take him for the rest of the season, Express Sport understands that they are unwilling to agree to Atletico Madrid’s current demands. Super-agent Jorge Mendes has been asked by Arsenal to lower the price with the Rojiblancos thought to be asking for £13million. Manchester United are also in the running with Felix and manager Diego Simeone’s relationship deteriorating. Arsenal are actively working on loan deal for Jou00e3o Fu00e9lix but wonu2019t agree to current package demands. Talks ongoing with both Jorge Mendes & Atlu00e9tico Madrid to lower price. Portugal international set to return for Atlu00e9tico this weekend vs Baru00e7a & could yet stay put this Jan. #AFCu2014 Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) January 7, 2023 7 hours ago09:10 Charlie GordonAston Villa ‘advancing in talks’Aston Villa are closing in on Real Betis left-back Alex Moreno, according to Relevo. New boss Unai Emery is keen to bring the La Liga star to the West Midlands to provide competition for Lucas Digne on the left side of defence. Moreno, 29, has a price tag of £12million, can also play more advanced and has been through a host of La Liga sides including Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano.  7 hours ago08:34 Charlie GordonArsenal ‘ready to overpay’Arsenal have accepted that they may have to overpay to bring in Joao Felix on loan this month, according to transfer expert Dean Jones. The Portuguese is keen to leave Atletico Madrid amid a strained relationship with boss Diego Simeone but the Rojiblancos are demanding a hefty sum for interested parties to take him on loan. Manchester United have supposedly offered £3.5million but Arsenal could trump that with a bid of their own, although Atletico’s demand for £13m is unlikely to be met. “I’m hearing that Arsenal are going to try to negotiate with Atletico over Joao Felix,” Jones told GiveMeSport. “They will try to find some common ground over the loan fee and accept that they might have to overpay compared to a typical loan fee.” Joao Felix is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this month (Image: GETTY) 8 hours ago08:00 Charlie GordonMan Utd eye bargainManchester United are in the hunt for Borussia Monchengladbach star Marcus Thuram but they may have to fend off Chelsea if they are to land a bargain January deal. The French international is into the final few months of his contract which presents a free transfer opportunity at the end of the season, but the Blues are reportedly prepared to beat the rush and shell out this month. That could leave United playing catch-up with funds thought to be limited after a free-spending summer. Even if they are forced to pay up, Thuram’s contract situation means he would likely come at a discounted price.  8 hours ago07:40 Charlie GordonMudryk latestArsenal and Chelsea are still in a head-to-head battle for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk. Reports indicate that the Blues are prepared to trump whatever Arsenal bid for the Ukrainian but Todd Boehly will hold off on doing so until he gets assurances that the player would be willing to ditch his dream of playing for the Gunners. Shakhtar could demand the entirety of their £88million asking price as they believe that Mudryk is a better player than Antony, who joined Manchester United for a similar price in the summer. Shakhtar chief Darijo Srna was at Stamford Bridge this week after another round of talks with the Blues.  9 hours ago07:26 Charlie GordonWelcome!Good morning and welcome to Express Sport’s Transfer news LIVE!It’s shaping up to be another jam-packed day of action on and off the pitch, with the FA Cup third round sure to be accompanied by more breakthroughs in the transfer market. Stay right here throughout the day to make sure you don’t miss a beat… IPSO Regulated Copyright ©2023 Express Newspapers. “Daily Express” is a registered trademark. 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