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Manchester United are no longer interested in Erling Haaland.

A transfer for the Borussia Dortmund star is reportedly seen as beyond the Red Devils, who accept that the Norwegian is set for a move to Real Madrid.

Los Blancos could be in for a mega summer with Kylian Mbappe high on their wish list. Paris Saint-Germain are launching fresh attempts to hold onto the Frenchman yet Florentino Perez is said to be confident of sealing his signature.

Arsenal’s plans to sign Dusan Vlahovic could be disrupted by Juventus.

Fiorentina are considering a reported player-plus-cash bid from their Italian rivals, having spoken publicly about their preference of cashing in on Vlahovic this month.

Across the capital at Tottenham, Adama Traore and Diego Carlos have been named as key targets for Antonio Conte. Keeping Harry Kane is also a priority and the striker has revealed his current stance on his future.

Spurs are reported to have agreed a £22.75m deal with Wolves for Traore.

At Chelsea, Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt continues to be the name on everybody’s lips and even a move for Ousmane Dembele has been discussed in gossip columns. The Blues have also landed Derby youngster Dylan Williams.

Over at Manchester City, they are thought to have held talks over a move for Julian Alvarez.

Keep on top of all the latest developments with Standard Sport’s transfer blog...

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Juventus land big offer for Vlahovic

  • West Ham knocked back in Lingard bid

  • Real Madrid confident of Mbappe deal

  • Tottenham ‘agree’ Traore deal

  • Chelsea land Derby youngster

  • Man City hold Alvarez talks

Ralf Rangnick’s message to Jesse Lingard

21:39 , Jonathan Gorrie

Hugo Lloris’ message to Tottenham fans after signing new deal

21:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

Thomas Tuchel on Ousmane Dembele

20:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Chelsea boss has admitted he regrets not working with Dembele for longer...

Newcastle in talks with Tottenham over Dele Alli

19:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

Football Insider also claim Newcastle United have now opened early talks with Tottenham over a move for Dele Alli.

The midfielder has not been afforded much of a look in by Antonio Conte and could become a target for Newcastle should they fail to land Jesse Lingard.

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Jamie Carragher labels Romelu Lukaku a ‘timebomb’ at Chelsea

19:22 , Jonathan Gorrie

Writing for The Daily Telegraph, Jamie Carragher gave his view on Romelu Lukaku’s time at Chelsea.

“All the talk about how a couple of years working with this weekend’s opponent, Antonio Conte, have elevated Lukaku’s game tactically has proven premature. Thomas Tuchel is managing the same striker who prompted Manchester United to run out of patience and sell him to Inter Milan.

“That’s why I can’t help but think there is a timebomb in the Chelsea dressing room, with the player and club already losing patience with each other. The recent furore over the interview Lukaku gave to Italian media was a hint of what might follow.”


A sight Manchester United fans will enjoy seeing!

19:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

Positive injury news for Chelsea

19:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

Sunderland land Patrick Roberts from Manchester City

19:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

Rivlado backs Roberto Firmino for a move to Barcelona

18:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Speaking to Betfair, Brazilian legend Rivaldo has tipped Roberto Firmino for a move to Barcelona.

“Although he already plays for a big European club, I am sure that any player dreams of playing for a club like Barcelona, ​​and Roberto Firmino should be no different, especially in the current situation where he has been playing less at Liverpool.

“Arriving at Barcelona and establishing himself as one of the stars of the team would be great for Firmino.

“And that could enable him to be called up again for Brazil in a World Cup year. So, I see this transfer as very possible and it could benefit all parties given the current situation.

“Liverpool will be able to receive some money and get him of their wage bill while Barcelona can bring in a great striker for a reasonable price. The player himself can arrive in a team where he will be one of the main players and return to being an option in the Brazilian national team ahead of the World Cup.”

Manchester City hold talks over Julian Alvarez

17:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

A worrying thought for the rest of the Premier League...

Tottenham ‘agree’ Adama Traore deal

16:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to Football Insider, Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Wolves star Adama Traore.

They suggest a fee of around £22.75m has been agreed and that Spurs could wrap up a move for the Spanish international quickly.

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Chelsea agree deal to sign Derby youngster

16:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Derby youngster Dylan Williams, writes James Robson.

The 18-year-old is not expected to be thrust into Thomas Tuchel’s first team squad.

The left-sided defender is instead seen as an option for the development squad.

Derby manager Wayne Rooney revealed on Friday that a fee had been agreed with a Premier League club for the highly-rated teenager.

It has since emerged that Chelsea are the club to have struck a deal.

Rooney said: “We’ve agreed a fee with a Premier League club for Dylan Williams - I couldn’t stand in the way of his opportunity.”

You can read James’ full article here.

Vermaelen calls it a day

14:56 , Marc Mayo

Veteran defender Thomas Vermaelen is retiring and joining Belgium's coaching staff as the national team continues to chase a major title.

The 36-year-old Vermaelen was out of contract after over two years with Japanese club Vissel Kobe, where he signed after leaving Barcelona.

Vermaelen — who also played for Ajax, Arsenal and Roma — will become an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

"I am looking forward to this challenge immensely," Vermaelen said.

Rooney responds to Everton rumours

14:40 , Marc Mayo

Wayne Rooney is “flattered” by the idea that boyhood club Everton want him as their manager.

But the Derby boss insists that any approach will have to take place through the Rams’ administrators amid a very complicated time for the Championship side.

“I'm the same as everyone else, I see the speculation on social media and in the newspapers,” he admitted. “Of course Everton is a club I grew up supporting.

“I'm flattered to get brought up in those conversations, but I know that Everton know that to have any communication with me they have to go through the administrators.”

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Done deal!

14:22 , Marc Mayo

Millwall have landed winger Oli Burke on loan from Championship rivals Sheffield United.

Rudiger lays out contract demands

14:06 , Marc Mayo

Antonio Rudiger is asking for £220,000-a-week in wages and bonuses to leave Chelsea in the summer.

That is according to Marca, who report on Manchester United entering the fray to sign the defender.

Out of contract in the summer, Rudiger has interested Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in recent weeks.

But Madrid are said to be out of the running following initial talks in December.

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Martinez signs new Villa deal

13:50 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa have tied down goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to a new contract, which will run to 2027.

Adama Traore latest

13:34 , Marc Mayo

Bruno Lage has insisted that Adama Traore is being fully professional amid links with a move to Tottenham.

The Wolves boss told reporters: “I don't know how much Spurs offered or if they did an offer. I won't talk about money, that's not for me.

“We have a top player, a lovely guy. Sometimes this is about business. I remember how much Spurs protected Kane. We will protect our player.

“I don't see any difference in his behaviour, his mentality or the way he works. The club talks with him, they will decide the future. I'm happy with him.”

Read the full story.

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£100m boost for Everton

13:19 , Marc Mayo

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has bolstered the club’s transfer funds by increasing his stake in the club.

Speaking amid a sharp downturn in results, he told the Toffees website: “The club has announced today the conversion of a £100m loan to the club into equity which is a clear demonstration of my commitment and greatly strengthens the balance sheet.

“I am a private man and I do not speak publicly very often. But I promise you that my determination to deliver for Everton will not waver.”

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Done deal!

13:01 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea youngster Juan Castillo has signed for League One side Charlton on a loan spell until the end of the campaign.

The 22-year-old said: “Once I heard that Charlton were interested, I looked at games on YouTube and the first thing that stood out was the fans and the atmosphere.

“I'm a creative player, I like to get up and down the left side and I bring energy. I hope that I can develop here and have a successful time. I can't wait to get started and show what I can do.”

12:51 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal are interested in signing US goalkeeper Matt Turner, which could lead to Bernd Leno leaving the club, writes Standard Sport’s Simon Collings...

Leno has slipped down the pecking order at Arsenal, with Aaron Ramsdale establishing himself as the club’s new No1 since joining in the summer.

It had originally been thought Leno would leave at the end of the season, but Turner’s arrival would likely change that.

Read the full story.

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Man United end Haaland interest

12:41 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United have pulled out of a move for Erling Haaland.

Old Trafford sources have informed ESPN that they believe Real Madrid will seal a deal for the Norwegian in the summer.

And they have given up hope of convincing Haaland or his entourage that a move to Manchester is the better option.

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Madrid assured of Mbappe chances

12:30 , Marc Mayo

Real Madrid are confident of holding off Paris Saint-Germain’s attempts to re-sign Kylian Mbappe.

Talk of a short-term contract offer for the Frenchman has sparked hope that Les Parisiens will be able to keep him through the summer.

But ESPN detail Real president Florentino Perez’s belief that Mbappe will press ahead with the long-anticipated move to the Bernabeu.


Madrid assured of Mbappe chances

12:27 , Marc Mayo

Real Madrid are confident of holding off Paris Saint-Germain’s attempts to re-sign Kylian Mbappe.

Talk of a short-term contract offer for the Frenchman has sparked hope that Les Parisiens will be able to keep him through the summer.

But ESPN detail Real president Florentino Perez’s belief that Mbappe will press ahead with the long-anticipated move to the Bernabeu.


Klinsmann on Haaland vs Lewandowski battle

12:04 , Marc Mayo

Jurgen Klinsmann has tipped Erling Haaland to depose Robert Lewandowski from his spot as Europe’s top striker.

The Bayern Munich star won Fifa’s The Best crown earlier in the week but will soon have the Norwegian chasing down his throne.

Former Germany star Klinsmann told the Bundesliga website: “When I see Erling Haaland I see the young version of Lewandowski in a certain way.

“We will see how this plays out over the next few years. I think Lewandowski still has the edge, because of his experience and also because of the titles he wins year in, year out.

“He's a step ahead there, but Haaland will definitely be the future and it will be very interesting to follow his path over the next few years.”

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Nketiah enters Villa radar

11:51 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa are considering a move for a striker this month.

The Athletic detail the club’s plans to bring in a new centre-back and midfielder before the deadline but a forward could also pop up on their radar.

Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah has reportedly been discussed at the club ahead of his contract expiring.


Barcelona named as Dybala’s preference

11:32 , Marc Mayo

Paulo Dybala wants to join Barcelona, if he is to leave Juventus in the summer.

Inter Milan are keen on the Argentine, whose contract expires soon with talks not going too smoothly in Turin.

TMW report that the Camp Nou is Dybala’s preferred destination, even if Juve will put up a fight to not lose him for free.


Juve won’t entertain Arsenal’s loan plan

11:21 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal’s offer for Arthur Melo is a straightforward loan proposal, without any future transfer clauses.

That is according to Sky Sport Italia, who detail a meeting between the club and Arthur’s agent on Wednesday.

However, Juventus are determined to agree a fee for an obligatory permanent switch if letting the Brazilian go, as they will also need to sign a replacement.

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Man United’s Lingard valuation revealed

10:58 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United have named their price for Jesse Lingard.

A club will need to pay £3.5million to take the midfielder on loan this month, according to talkSPORT.

Newcastle and West Ham are both tracking the player, who is out of contract in June, but the Hammers have already been told they are barred from bidding due to their fight with the Red Devils for fourth place.

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Giroud: I rejected Juventus

10:39 , Marc Mayo

Olivier Giroud has revealed that he almost came close to signing for Juventus while playing for Chelsea 18 months ago.

The AC Milan striker told Corriere dello Sport: “Yes, it happened in the summer of 2020, with [Andrea] Pirlo as coach, but I preferred to stay at Chelsea where I wanted to take my chances.

“I won the Champions League so it was the right decision.”

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Frank not expecting Brentford activity

10:22 , Marc Mayo

Thomas Frank is not planning on making any January signings to supplement Brentford’s strong start to the season.

“I think we have a strong enough squad to compete in the Premier League," said head coach Frank.

“I do think a player or two would bring extra energy to the squad but I don't think it's essential. But we are always in the market and if a player comes up we will do it.

“I think it can be more difficult [in January] depending on where players are coming from.”

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Man United reject Hammers Lingard loan bid

10:04 , Marc Mayo

West Ham have been dealt a blow in their bid to sign Jesse Lingard this month, with Manchester United refusing to allow him to join a top-four rival, writes Jack Rosser.

David Moyes had been keen to bring Lingard back to the London Stadium following his stellar loan spell last season, while Spurs have been tracking him since Jose Mourinho’s time as manager and lodged a bid for the 29-year-old last summer.

The two teams face off at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the Hammers fourth and Red Devils sixth, two points back.

Read the full story.

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Dembele to leave Barcelona

09:45 , Marc Mayo

Barcelona are determined to sell Ousmane Dembele before the month is up.

Negotiations over a new contract have collapsed between the club and French winger, leading to sporting director Mateu Alemany’s announcement on the situation.

He declared: “We started conversations with Ousmane and his agents back in July, more or less. In all this time, these six or seven months, we have spoken, we have had dialogue, we have made various offers.

“We looked at ways that he could stay with us. All those offers were turned down by his agents. The fact that he is not in the squad is no more than a consequence of this whole process.

“The conclusion in sporting terms, as evaluated by the coaching staff, is that we don’t want players who are not committed. It’s not the club that takes this decision – the coach does – but he has all our support and we think it is an entirely coherent decision.”

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Breaking news!

09:25 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham have extended Hugo Lloris’ contract to 2024.

United suffer Zakaria setback

09:08 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United are set to miss out on Denis Zakaria.

Borussia Monchengladbach are ready to cash in on the Swiss midfielder this month, ahead of his contract expiring.

Several clubs, including Juventus, are tracking his situation but Sky Sports Germany reveal Bayern Munich’s place as the frontrunners for his signature.

Zakaria is seen as an ideal replacement for Corentin Tolisso, who is tipped to depart Bavaria.

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Fiorentina open to Vlahovic bids

08:58 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal have been handed a boost in their attempts to sign Dusan Vlahovic with Fiorentina insisting they are open for business regarding a January transfer.

With the striker’s contract expiring in 18 months’ time, his club are ready to cash in now and have, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, received a £30million offer from Juventus which includes winger Dejan Kulusevski.

“There will be some exits but we will also be very careful,” Fiorentina director Joe Barone told La Nazione.

“The market is not closed. Some English teams have contacted Fiorentina but there is no agreement. In any case, we are available [for talks].”

Read the full story.


Spurs ponder £50m double deal

08:46 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham want to sign Adama Traore and Diego Carlos for a combined £50million.

While the Mail report on a £15m bid being rejected for the Wolves winger, The Sun detail plans to improve that offer to bolster Antonio Conte’s options at wing-back.

Sevilla defender Carlos is said to be ready to leave Spain and has already been the subject of a £30m proposal from Newcastle.

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Kane calls on Spurs to make up for lost time

08:29 , Marc Mayo

Harry Kane has addressed his future ahead of facing Chelsea in a London derby on the weekend.

The Tottenham striker told Sky Sports: “I just want to be playing at the highest level possible.

“My focus is fully on this season and trying to get as high up the league as possible. We're still in the FA Cup and we're trying to win a trophy.

“I'm not going to go into loads of detail about anything else going on. It's just about working hard for the team and trying to improve.”

Read the full story.

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New defender on Chelsea’s agenda

08:16 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are fighting Barcelona and Bayern Munich for Matthijs de Ligt.

The Juventus defender could be let go as part of the Serie A giants’ plans to cut their wage bill.

La Repubblica report on a £54million asking price for the Dutchman.

Chelsea may need a new centre-back in the summer given Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are all currently out of contract in June.

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Ramsey back at the Emirates?

08:04 , Marc Mayo

Aaron Ramsey is dreaming of a move back to Arsenal.

Allowed to leave by Juventus, the Italian club are hoping to seal a loan exit for the player this month before a permanent departure at the end of the campaign.

According to TMW, Crystal Palace are very keen on the Welshman but Ramsey is biding his time in the hope of a bigger Premier League club making a bid.

And Arsenal are named as his ideal destination once he leaves Turin - although the Gunners have instead been linked with teammate Arthur Melo.

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Juventus make Vlahovic offer

07:54 , Marc Mayo

Juventus are pushing ahead with their bid to sign Dusan Vlahovic.

After a £41million offer was rejected by Fiorentina in November, a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport has outlined a new £30m bid, plus winger Dejan Kulusevski.

Negotiations between the clubs are only just beginning but the Serb is said to be happy with Juve’s £100,000-a-week contract.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are all monitoring the situation.

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Good morning!

07:53 , Marc Mayo

Welcome to another big day in the January transfer market.

We’ll be keeping you abreast of all the latest goings on, rumours and developments - so buckle up and let’s enjoy the ride!

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