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Wout Weghorst is in line to become Manchester United’s second signing of the January transfer window, while Arsenal and Chelsea are continuing their difficult pursuits of Mykhaylo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandez respectively

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We’re now one week into the January transfer window and things are getting interesting.

While Liverpool’s £37million signing of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven got us off to a nice start, a host of Premier League clubs are getting busy in the hope of bolstering their squads. Manchester United are chief among them and Erik ten Hag appears to have found an unlikely answer in his search for a new forward – Wout Weghorst.

The Burnley striker looked to say goodbye to Besiktas on Saturday, where he’s currently on loan, and is in line to become the Red Devils’ second January signing after Jack Butland. Meanwhile, Arsenal remain in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over Mykhaylo Mudryk.

The Ukrainian giants are holding out for their £85m asking price, with Chelsea interested too. Graham Potter is also keen to snap up Benfica star Enzo Fernandez but a deal looks out of reach as things stand, despite the Argentine midfielder going AWOL.

Stay tuned to Mirror Football for all of Sunday’s transfer news, which you can find below.

Nathan Ridley

Man Utd coach shortlisted by Blackpool

Blackpool have put Manchester United coach Eric Ramsay on their shortlist amid manager Michael Appleton’s uncertain future, journalist Alan Nixon claims.

The Tangerines pulled off a superb 4-1 win against Premier League Nottingham Forest yesterday but are languishing in the Championship relegation zone.

Ramsay left Chelsea last summer to join United’s coaching staff under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, specialising in individual player development and set pieces.

He’s been infuential this season working alongside Erik ten Hag, with the Red Devils scoring a series of set-piece goals.



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Nathan Ridley

Leeds face battle for Bundesliga ace

Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen has provided an intruiging update on Leeds’ pursuit of 20-year-old French striker Georginio Rutter, who’s reportedly in talks for a £30million move to Elland Road.

“There is currently more than one club that is trying hard to get the player,” Rosen confirmed to Sky Germany. “Ultimately we have to decide what is best for TSG Hoffenheim under the given circumstances.”

He added that Rutter won’t take part in training ahead of Hoffenheim’s friendly match on Monday.



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Everton and Southampton line up Dyche

Struggling Everton and Southampton are eyeing moves for former Burnley boss Sean Dyche if they decide to make a change.

Dyche, who was sacked by the Clarets after nine-and-a-half years in charge despite performing miracles at Turf Moor, has been waiting for a Premier League club to entice him back to the front line. That opportunity could be approaching, with Frank Lampard at Everton and Nathan Jones, who only took over at St Mary’s in November from Ralph Hasenhuttl, under severe pressure.

Ironically, the two relegation-threatened clubs meet at Goodison Park on Saturday 14 January – a must-win fixture for both managers, if they last that long. Dyche, who constantly had Burnley punching above their weight, has admirers in both boardrooms and the fact that he is immediately available is a huge advantage.

Read the full story HERE.

Nathan Ridley

Besiktas director breaks silence on Weghorst

It seems that Wout Weghorst’s move to Manchester United might not be so straightforward.

In quotes carried by Turkish outlet Fanatik, Besiktas are still hoping to keep the 30-year-old Dutch striker in Instabul for the second half of the season, continuing his arranged loan from Burnley.

Despite Weghorst appearing to say goodbye to fans after scoring last night, Besiktas sporting director Ceyhun Kazanci is quoted as saying: “I don’t understand why Weghorst said goodbye to the fans, why he made such a move. He is our football player right now. Our contract expires at the end of the season.

“If Manchester United or any other team wants Wegnorst, they will meet with Burnley anyway. Burnley will then contact us and discuss the terms of separation. If we accept, the contract will be terminated. Otherwise, it will go on until the end of the season.

“He can’t just go. There will have to be a reward for us to approve the separation. I’ll give an example. Burnley told us, ‘We made a deal with this team for Weghorst. We give you half of the transfer fee’. This may be a different condition. Then we’ll sit down and talk.”



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Nathan Ridley

Atletico want Garnacho return

Atletico Madrid are interested in re-signing Manchester United starlet Alejandro Garnacho, according to Fichajes.

United paid Atletico £420,000 for the Spanish-born winger when he was just 16 in September 2020, but now the La Liga side reportedly want him back after a breakout year at Old Trafford.



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Nathan Ridley

Man Utd to implement ‘Ronaldo rule’ salary cap

Manchester United will introduce a salary cap of £200,000 per week to ensure that there’s no bad blood in the Old Trafford dressing room when it comes to wages, it’s claimed.

The Red Devils are set to implement the ‘Ronaldo rule’ after United waved goodbye to their Portuguese megastar and his £480,000-a-week contract in November after months of behind-the-scenes unrest. Chief executive Richard Arnold, football director John Murtough and manager Erik ten Hag have devised the strategy in an effort to move away from a culture of jealousy within the team.

According to the Sunday Mail, no player will earn more than £200,0000 per week and the long-serving David de Gea is first in line to be affected. The 32-year-old goalkeeper is understood to have accepted a significant wage cut on his soon-to-expire £375,000-a-week deal in order to stay at Old Trafford beyond the summer.

More HERE.



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Nathan Ridley

Arsenal maintain Abraham interest

Tammy Abraham remains on Arsenal’s radar this month, according to La Repubblica.

The 25-year-old England international was briefly linked with a move to the Emirates last summer before Gabriel Jesus was signed from Manchester City.

But despite Abraham just three Serie A goals in 16 appearances this season, Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be considering a move for the ex-Chelsea striker.



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Man Utd close in on Weghorst

Manchester United are closing in on a shock loan move for Burnley flop Wout Weghorst.

Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has been exploring the possibility of bringing the 30-year-old Dutchman after being told there is no money to sign the new forward he craves.

Weghorst, who at 6ft 5ins will give United a serious attacking threat in the air, left Turf Moor in the summer to sign for Besiktas for the season after suffering relegation with the Clarets following his £12 million arrival from Wolfsburg last January.

Read the full story HERE.



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Nathan Ridley

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Hello and welcome to Sunday’s live transfer blog!

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Josh O’Brien


That concludes today’s transfer news – return same time, same place tomorrow for more!

Nathan Ridley

ICYMI – Depay keen on Man Utd return

Memphis Depay is reportedly interested in returning to Manchester United.

Barcelona-based newspaper Sport claim that the 28-year-old Dutchman would be open to joining Erik ten Hag’s side, who’re reportedly keeping tabs on him in their search for a new forward.

Depay spent two years as a United player between 2015 and 2017 but failed to deliver on lofty expectations.

Josh O’Brien

Potential homecoming for Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is the subject of interest from Brazilian giants Corinthians.

Spanish outlet Sport claim that the Coutinho is wanted on loan.

Club president Duilio Monteiro Alves said: “The contact exists and the desire is there, but it is a very difficult deal.

“We want the player on loan, but while the transfer window in Europe is open, everything is very difficult. It is still a very premature operation but we have to try.”

Tom Hopkinson

Man Utd issued new Joao Felix transfer demands

Atletico Madrid are demanding a £9.5million loan fee and a commitment to buy at £70.5m from Manchester United as negotiations of Joao Felix hot up.

The attacker is free to leave the Wanda Metropolitano, having fallen out of boss Diego Simeone’s plans. The Portugal international has failed to deliver consistent performances since his club record move from Benfica four years ago.

Colin Millar

Wout Weghorst could be Old Trafford-bound

Wout Weghorst appeared to say his goodbyes to Besiktas fans with reports that a move to Manchester United is nearing completion.

The Dutch international striker is on a loan deal at the Turkish giants from Burnley but has been identified by United boss Erik ten Hag as a January transfer target. It comes after Cristiano Ronaldo – who completed a stunning move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr – left Old Trafford in November.

Jacob Leeks

Chelsea urged to sell Aubameyang

Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock has urged Chelsea to sell flop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“You get players like that and you are better off without them. People like him are after themselves really, they look after themselves as players and they’ll throw the manager under the bus rather than take any blame,” he told talkSPORT.

“It’s similar to what’s happened with (Cristiano) Ronaldo at Man United. I don’t think he’ll (Aubameyang) ever change; you know from Arsenal to Chelsea, now he looks the same type of player. On his day, as good as you’ll see, but his days are few and far between.”

Josh O’Brien

Arteta sends transfer message to Mudryk

Mikel Arteta has put the ball back in Mykhaylo Mudryk’s court as Arsenal continue to pursue the Shakhtar Donetsk winger.

The Gunners are admirers of the 22-year-old Ukrainian since the summer, and have stepped up their interest in the January transfer window. Arteta is desperate to bolster the Premier League leaders’ attacking options.

The admiration is certainly not one-sided, with Mudryk flirting with Arsenal via social media on a number of occasions in recent weeks.

The Shakhtar star has posted clips of himself watching the Gunners play, while also dubbing Arteta a ‘top coach’ during the recent 4-2 win away at Brighton. More recently, Mudryk has taken to ‘liking’ posts of mocked up images that show him locked in a prison cell being held captive by Shakhtar. Many of the posts liked by the winger are also accompanied with the hashtag ‘FreeMudryk’.

Find the full story HERE.

Tom Hopkinson

Forest handed Dennis swap offer

Nottingham Forest are being presented with an intriguing swap deal that would see them send Emmanuel Dennis back to Watford in exchange for Ismaila Sarr.

Dennis has failed to hit it off at the City Ground following his £15million arrival in August. But the fact he has already played for Forest and Watford this season means he could only sign for an overseas side… or make a swift return to Vicarage Road.

Sarr almost joined Aston Villa in the summer and there is a belief that Forest boss Steve Cooper could get him given his desire for Premier League football.

Jacob Leeks

Ten Hag makes United U-turn

Erik ten Hag has admitted he has U-turned on his decision to sign a new right-back for Manchester United.

“As a coach you should always work first with the players you already have available. The position of right-back in our selection is a good example of that,” he told VI Magazine.

“In the beginning, I also had my doubts and wondered if we should look for reinforcements there.

“But then you start working with your squad and come to new insights. A player like Diogo Dalot did very well in pre-season and I saw the boy’s potential. So that position is no longer a priority to get reinforcements.”

Jacob Leeks

Fofana’s first words

David Fofana has admitted joining Chelsea has been a dream move after his arrival at Stamford Bridge was finally confirmed.

The Frenchman said: “Hello dear fans, I’m here, I’ve arrived well and I’m very happy to sign for the club of my dreams. I’ll see you soon on the pitch, cheers!”

Tom Hopkinson

Spence in demand

Tottenham defender Djed Spence is in demand this month with three Premier League clubs keen to land him on loan.

Southampton, Wolves and Brentford all want the 22-year-old right-back. And he is understood to be open to a move if Spurs boss Antonio Conte won’t use him more often.

Spence has had just four Premier League appearances as a substitute and 25 minutes of Carabao Cup action. Saints boss Natham Jones is desperate to bolster his side’s defence, Brentford tried to sign Spence last summer – while Wolves are searching for more British players.

Jacob Leeks

Fernandez set for Benfica stay

Benfica boss Roger Schmidt appears to have poured cold water over the chances of Enzo Fernandez joining Chelsea by insisting he “needs” the midfielder to stay.

“It’s clear what Enzo Fernández did wasn’t right, that’s why he wasn’t in the team. He is our player, we need him… now Enzo can focus on Benfica and football again,” Schmidt said.

“Now we restart from zero with Enzo. He will be back today, we count on him – he’s our player, we need Enzo.”

Tom Hopkinson

Leicester lead Souttar race

Leicester are leading the race for Australia’s World Cup star Harry Souttar as boss Brendan Rodgers looks to sort out his defensive problems.

Stoke centre-back Souttar was one of the standout players for the Aussies in Qatar. The fact he had only recently returned from more than a year on the sidelines made his performances all the more impressive.

West Ham and Wolves also fancy the 6ft 6in, 24-year-old, but Rodgers has had him watched in his last three matches.

Jacob Leeks

Caciedo makes Brighton admission

Moises Caciedo appears to have dealt a blow to Liverpool’s hopes of signing him by insisting he is happy at Brighton.

“I’ve gained a lot more experience and that’s making me a player with a big profile. I’m enjoying every training session and every match,” he told Brighton’s club website.

“We are having a great season with this coach and I am sure we are going to stay up there in the table. We are training very well, are very focused on every match and I’m sure we will take Brighton to a qualification place for the Europa League.

“Something incredible is happening to me and this team and I thank God because without him I’m sure this wouldn’t have happened. The road was hard and I fought a lot but I’m here, playing for a big team and helping my family a lot as well.”


DONE DEAL – Chelsea confirm Fofana arrival

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of David Fofana from Molde.

Fofana was in the crowd for the Blues’ defeat to Manchester City on Thursday. And now his anticipated arrival has been confirmed, with the striker signing a contract until 2029, with the option of a further year.

He scored 24 goals in all competitions for the Norwegian champions after joining them at the start of the 2021 campaign.

Jacob Leeks

Arsenal dealt Mudryk blow

Arsenal have been dealt a blow to their hopes of signing Mykhaylo Mudryk after Ukrainian football agent Igor Kryvenko described their chances of buying him as “minimal”.

“Shakhtar won’t let Mudryk go for the money they are currently offering. €100m (£88m) is an inadequate price,” Kryvenko added to Footboom.

“A player from the Ukrainian championship cannot cost more than, for example, a player from the Netherlands. You have to look at things realistically.

“There is a market value, and Shakhtar seem to be taking figures from the ceiling. The guy [Mudryk] is in the ‘golden cage’.

“I know for sure that in the summer, Brentford offered good money for Mudryk, but the Donetsk team refused. It seems as if they want to reflect on their talent and everything that they lost in the past failed transfers.”

Simon Mullock

Ten Hag makes De Gea and Dalot decisions

David de Gea and Diogo Dalot have both grabbed a Manchester United lifeline with their impressive performances under Erik ten Hag.

De Gea has hinted that talks about a new contract could have a positive conclusion soon, despite United’s decision to trigger a one-year extension to a £350,000-a-week deal that was scheduled to expire at the end of the season. And Dalot has made Ten Hag think again about his plan to bring in a new right-back after a series of performances that have impressed the United manager.

More HERE.

Diogo Dalot and David de Gea have impressed Erik ten Hag (


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Nathan Ridley

Napoli confirm Bereszynski deal

Napoli have confirmed the signing of right-back Bartosz Bereszynski from fellow Serie A side Sampdoria.

The Poland international, 30, could join the Italian league leaders permanently in the summer, as they have an option to buy included in the deal.



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Nathan Ridley

Leeds eye Bundesliga youngster

Leeds United reportedly want to sign Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim this month.

According to Sky Germany, the Yorkshire side are in talks for a deal worth around £30million, and it’s added that the 20-year-old Frenchman is open to the move.

Rutter joined Hoffenheim from Stade Rennes in January 2021, and he’s registered two goals and two assists 15 Bundesliga games this season.

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Nathan Ridley

Man Utd linked with Skriniar move

Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.

The Slovakian centre-back, 27, is set to be a free agent in June as his contract at San Siro soon expires.

After a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain fell through last summer, Media Foot report that United are chasing Skriniar alongside Tottenham Hotspur.

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Nathan Ridley

Corinthians pushing for Coutinho

Aston Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho is wanted by Brazilian side Corinthians.

“The contact exists and the desire is there, but it is a very difficult deal,” club president Duilio Monteiro Alves admitted. “We want the player on loan, but while the transfer window in Europe is open, everything is very difficult. It is still a very premature operation but we have to try.”

Coutinho, 28, has a contract at Villa Park which runs until 2026.


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