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We are almost halfway through the January transfer window and the market is gathering momentum amid a weekend of huge on-pitch action.
Kylian Mbappe’s future continues to be a major talking point with the Paris Saint-Germain striker undecided on his future and now reportedly offered a short-term contract to hold off Real Madrid’s interest.
Los Blancos are among the teams tipped to sign Erling Haaland and updates on the Borussia Dortmund hotshot’s next move continue to arrive thick and fast. Manchester City, Barcelona and Manchester United are also keen on the Norwegian.
Over at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo rumours are going nowhere while Eric Bailly is the latest Red Devil linked with a move away.
Tottenham look set to bolster their squad this month with Adama Traore on their radar and Tanguy Ndombele one of many ready to be moved on, for the right price.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are seeking defensive reinforcements amid an injury crisis at the back. A left-back to cover for the injured Ben Chilwell is a priority, as are new contracts for Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Arsenal are also in the hunt this month, but their focus remains up top with Dusan Vlahovic a key target and Diego Costa surprisingly linked. A new central midfielder would be of use too, where the Gunners are very short of options.
Follow along for all the key market updates on this Saturday...
Latest transfer news and rumours
PSG offer Mbappe fresh deal
Man United consider Bailly bid
Haaland delivers Dortmund update
Inter Milan target Dybala
Vinicius Junior wanted by Man City
Smalling enters Newcastle radar
Chelsea tipped for De Jong swoop
Diego Costa to Arsenal?
Ralf Rangnick unhappy at Manchester United
21:32 , Jonathan Gorrie
The Daily Star claim Ralf Rangnick is unhappy with the lack of influence he’s having at Manchester United.
Heralded as the man to turn things around at Old Trafford, the German has struggled to convince thus far.
Everton ‘sack’ Rafa Benitez
21:30 , Jonathan Gorrie
Following Saturday’s dismal loss to Norwich City, journalist Pete O’Rourke has revealed that Everton HAVE sacked Rafa Benitez and are merely waiting to announce it while they sort out the relevant compensation.
Everton have sacked Rafa Benitez. Just sorting out compensation. Should be confirmed by Monday at the latest. #EFC
— Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) January 15, 2022
Ralf Rangnick drops Man United bombshell
21:13 , Jonathan Gorrie
Ralf Rangnick has revealed that Anthony Martial REFUSED to travel with the Manchester United squad for their draw away at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Fabrizio Romano with the Arsenal latest
18:14 , Jonathan Gorrie
The noted transfer insider has revealed where Arsenal stand in regards to a potential deal for Arthur Melo.
There’s still nothing agreed for Arthur Melo deal. Next week will be key - Arsenal have decided to push again with Juventus, loan move not approved yet by Allegri ⚪️🇧🇷 #AFC
Juve board have not opened talks with Chelsea for Loftus Cheek as potential Arthur replacement, as of now. pic.twitter.com/9dkkdCsPA6
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 15, 2022
Coutinho could make Aston Villa debut TODAY
17:40 , Jonathan Gorrie
🗣️ "If the game needs Phil (Coutinho), I'd have no problem with putting him out there"
Steven Gerrard is excited by new signings Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne 🟣🔵 pic.twitter.com/BNRChZ1eol
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 15, 2022
Lewis Baker departs Chelsea
17:05 , Jonathan Gorrie
An emotional day for Lewis Baker as he ends his long association with Chelsea and joins Stoke City.
Lewis Baker has signed a permanent deal with Stoke City, bringing to an end his 17-year association with Chelsea.
Wishing you all the best for the future, @lew_baker. 🤝
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2022
Arsenal Women continue recruitment process
16:45 , Jonathan Gorrie
Two signings in two days for the Gunners!
Welcome to The Arsenal, Laura Wienroither 👋
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) January 15, 2022
Real Madrid want to sign Kalvin Phillips
16:39 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to Spanish outlet El Nacional, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is “obsessed” by the idea of signing Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
The Yorkshireman has struggled with injury this season but had made a huge impact at Euro 2020.
The next Galactico in the making?
Transfer battle on for Jed Wallace
16:23 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to The Sun, Millwall star Jed Wallace is attracting an awful lot of attention from elsewhere.
The likes of Besiktas, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are all reportedly keen to lure him away in the summer at the end of his contract, with Wallace said to be frustrated at not being allowed to leave this month.
Southampton keen on Dean Henderson
16:04 , Jonathan Gorrie
Southampton are reportedly considering a move for Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, according to Football Insider.
Firmly behind David De Gea in the pecking order at Old Trafford, the 24-year-old is understood to have told the club he wants to leave.
Saints - who were forced to sign Willy Caballero on a short deal earlier this season - could now make a move.
Ralf Rangnick has called on Cristiano Ronaldo to keep airing his frustrations at Manchester United
15:47 , Jonathan Gorrie
Ronaldo recently gave an extended interview to Sky Sports in which he lamented the current state of United.
While, given the size of the circus that goes along with the forward, that is always likely to cause headlines around the world, Ralf Rangnick has backed the player.
“If it is necessary to speak in a very direct manner to the boys it helps a lot, even in the locker room,” he said.
“If Cristiano for example or any of the other players address that to the players directly on the pitch or in the dressing room they are more than welcome to do that.”
Lille rule out Sven Botman sale
15:40 , Jonathan Gorrie
Newcastle United have been dealt a fresh transfer blow as Lille president Oliver Letang confirms Sven Botman will NOT be sold this month.
The Dutchman had been been the subject of a number of bids from the club.
Lille president Olivier Letang confirms: “Sven Botman will stay here until the end of the season. He’s not gonna leave the club - he’s key player to help us achieve our goals”. 🚫🇳🇱 #Botman
Lille have turned down Newcastle bids - AC Milan will push to sign him in the summer. pic.twitter.com/DF1nbUD88a
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 15, 2022
Gary Neville fumes as Tottenham vs Arsenal is called off
15:10 , Jonathan Gorrie
Game off. What started out as postponements due to a pandemic has now become about clubs not having their best team . The Premier League must stop this now , draw a line in the sand and say all games go ahead unless you have an exceptional amount of CV cases . It’s wrong 👍
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) January 15, 2022
Newcastle agree personal terms with Germany international
14:48 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to Sky in Italy, German international Robin Gosens has agreed personal terms ahead of a move to Newcastle United.
Currently with Atalanta, the left wing-back could become the latest addition to Eddie Howe’s rebuild.
Barcelona issue Ousmane Dembele an ultimatum
14:28 , Jonathan Gorrie
According to Foot Mercato, Barcelona have told Ousmane Dembele he will not play for the club unless he extends his contract.
The French forward - one of the most expensive players in the history of the game - will be a free agent in the summer and has so far snubbed any advances of a new deal.
More trouble for Xavi!
Wolves could sell Boly
14:12 , Jonathan Gorrie
With Willy Boly, a former fixture of the first-team, dropping out of Wolves contention of late, Bruno Lage could look to sell him.
Though currently injured, the Old Gold do appear to have moved on from him anyway and would be willing to sell should they receive the right kind of offer during what remains of the transfer window according to The Daily Mail.
Jurgen Klopp calls for patience over Mo Salah’s Liverpool contract
14:06 , Jonathan Gorrie
So much has been made of Mo Salah’s Liverpool future and the forward himself has claimed the ball now lies firmly in the club’s hands.
Still, Jurgen Klopp has called for patience. Indeed, signings contracts of such size is not a simple process and the German is pretty much asking everybody to relax.
Klopp on Mo Salah contract: "Signing a big contract, it is not like buying a smartphone where you just sign one thing and it is done". 🔴 #LFC
"I wouldn’t say there is a problem, to be honest - these are conversations. There are a lot of things to consider", he added. #Salah pic.twitter.com/tUJI8KVBCr
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 15, 2022
Salah to Spurs?!
14:04 , Marc Mayo
Teddy Sheringham has cheekily called on Mohamed Salah to leave Liverpool for Tottenham.
The Egyptian is in talks over a new contract at Anfield and the former Spurs star would like to see him hop down to North London if things don’t work out on Merseyside.
"Salah is the man. He keeps producing. I'm surprised it has taken them this long to come up with a package for him," he told talkSPORT.
"He's openly come out and said he wants to stay. You'd like to think Liverpool would want him to stay. Get it done or he can come down to Tottenham!"
Real plot Clasico capture
13:59 , Marc Mayo
Ronald Araujo could be given the chance to make the move across the Clasico divide.
Few players have dared move between Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the Blaugrana centre-back is reportedly of interest to Los Blancos.
Radio Kanal Barcelona claim Real are monitoring Araujo’s talks with Barcelona over a new contract that would extend his current deal to June 2023.
Madrid are described as long-term fans of the Uruguayan.
Reds ready to bid for Diaz
13:39 , Marc Mayo
Liverpool are ready to plunge £58million into the transfer market to improve their attack.
That is according to A Bola, who report on an incoming bid for Porto’s Luis Diaz.
The 25-year-old Colombian has hit 15 goals in 26 matches this season.
Wolves urged to enter the market
13:18 , Marc Mayo
Wolves legend Steve Bull has warned that the club must enter the January transfer market or risk the season fizzling out.
He wrote in the Shropshire star: “Thank goodness we have not had too many injuries over the last few years, but new faces are definitely needed.
“Now that [Roman] Saiss has gone to the African Cup of Nations I think we need a centre-back. I would also go for a midfielder if Moutinho or Neves get injured or fall a bit flat.
“It all depends on how ambitious we want to be. If we want to be in the top seven or six, I think we have to get a couple more players in. I don’t want to see us middle of the table for years to come, I want to see us progressing.
“We are progressing to an extent, but not at the fast rate we all want to see.”
Conte ‘not motivated by transfer money'
12:57 , Marc Mayo
Antonio Conte has assured Tottenham fans that he did not join the club because of a transfer promise from chairman Daniel Levy.
He told reporters: "I did not sign for Tottenham because the chairman or the general director told me something about the transfer market or about the money the club is going to spend, honestly.
"I accepted because I felt that Tottenham could be a fantastic situation for me to work, to try to bring my idea of football, to try to create something important for this club.
"For sure they said to me that ‘we want to improve and we would like to work with you’. I said OK, yes, and now we have to try to improve and to bring the team to an important level.”
12:45 , Marc Mayo
Former Manchester United winger Nani has signed for Serie A side Venezia.
The 35-year-old has agreed an 18-month deal after leaving Orlando City, with his new side a point above the relegation zone in Italy’s top-tier.
Nani joins Venezia FC.
One of the most talented wingers of his generation, with honors including a European Championship, a Champions League, four Premier League titles, and three Portuguese Cups, Nani signs through 2022/23.https://t.co/7Qb54EVmWP#ArancioNeroVerde 🟠⚫️🟢 pic.twitter.com/wsNm23OVH9
— Venezia FC (@VeneziaFC_EN) January 14, 2022
Inter mull over Sanchez’s future
12:28 , Marc Mayo
Inter Milan are considering terminating Alexis Sanchez’s contract at the end of the season.
With his deal due up in 2023, the Chilean must, as reported in Italy, prove his fitness to save his Nerazzurri career.
The striker hit the winner in the Supercoppa Italiana game against Juventus on Wednesday.
Afterwards, he said: “I always said I felt like a caged lion, I wasn't playing! Conte arrived one day and said, ‘Nobody else is like you’.
“He would put me on for the final 15 minutes and said I'd make the difference. I said put me on earlier, I can make the difference then too! This is the roar of the lion!”
Tuchel delivers Chelsea update
12:09 , Marc Mayo
Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Chelsea have the power to reject any new signings if they are not right for the club.
Reinforcements at the back are seen as key for the Blues’ title bid this January yet the German will not be held to ransom.
“Nothing has changed,” he told reporters. “But it needs to make sense, to be possible, make sense on a high level and also in quality, personality.
“We have a look into the market, nothing has changed. We have all options, also the option to say no.”
Ndombele wages a major sticking point
11:52 , Marc Mayo
Tanguy Ndombele’s move to Roma has hit a major stumbling block, according to reports in Italy.
The Tottenham outcast is available for a transfer this month but his wages exceeding £200,000-a-week make any deal difficult.
Former Reading full-back Tomas Esteves is another being eyed by the Italian club, with TMW claiming a deal could be completed this weekend.
Barcelona seek Chelsea three
11:42 , Marc Mayo
Barcelona are watching THREE Chelsea defenders with an eye on making a huge summer swoop.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are all reportedly interesting the Camp Nou club - and are all out of contract in the summer.
Sport report on Azpilicueta seeking a two-year deal with the option of a further 12 months, causing tension in his talks with the Blues.
Christensen joins the Spaniard as Barcelona’s top targets, with Rudiger seen as less likely, with even Thiago Silva targeted before his extension at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal in shock Costa swoop
11:25 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal have made contact with Diego Costa’s camp to determine a possible deal for the ex-Chelsea striker.
A free agent after leaving Atletico Mineiro, Goal report on tentative interest from the Gunners - but no formal offer has arrived yet.
Corinthians and Cadiz are also said to be keen with Costa on holiday in Spain following the conclusion of his time in Brazil.
Napoli must cut wage bill
11:13 , Marc Mayo
Dries Mertens’ future at Napoli is under threat due to a cash crisis at the Serie A club.
An agreement to renew the veteran forward’s contract has been reached but fresh talks may be required to lower his salary.
La Gazzetta dello Sport detail plans to slash £25million off Napoli’s annual wage bill, with Lorenzo Insigne already let go as part of the cuts.
De Jong up for grabs?
10:53 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea have offered £33million to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.
According to El Nacional, the Catalan giants are holding out for £50m for the Dutchman, who has struggled to live up to his billing in Spain.
It is claimed that a compromise fee of £41m could be settled on, with De Jong’s father recently stating that five clubs have enquired about the midfielder.
Dalot available for the right price
10:33 , Marc Mayo
Ralf Rangnick will consider selling full-back Diogo Dalot this month.
According to Spanish outlet AS, the Portuguese player’s return to first-team contention will not save him from the Manchester United axe.
A bid will be considered, it is claimed, amid interest from Atletico Madrid.
Ben Arfa finds a new home?
10:13 , Marc Mayo
Former Newcastle and Hull star Hatem Ben Arfa is considering his next career move.
After a spell with Bordeaux ended in May, the 34-year-old is in talks to sign for Lille, according to L’Equipe.
Man City look to latest big-name target
09:54 , Marc Mayo
Manchester City are preparing an ambitious bid for Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior.
The 21-year-old cost £40million when arriving in Spain as a teenager and has impressed this season, scoring 15 goals and setting up nine more.
But El Nacional report on City seeing him as an alternative to Erling Haaland, particularly if the Norwegian signs for Real.
Dybala torn between Italian giants
09:43 , Marc Mayo
Inter Milan and Juventus are tussling over Paulo Dybala.
Out of contract in the summer, the Argentine striker has been offered a basic wage of £165,000-a-week to stay in Turin, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Inter’s offer is a touch below that but Dybala’s time with Juve has not been straightforward of late and a change of scenery could be of interest.
His agent, Jorge Antun, is set to take stock of the situation later this month.
Roma reject Newcastle approach
09:26 , Marc Mayo
Newcastle have failed in a bid to land Chris Smalling.
The former Manchester United defender is now part of Jose Mourinho’s defence at Roma and the Italian club have rejected an approach from the Toon.
According to Il Romanista, a £10million offer was quickly rebuffed due to his important role in the Lupi team.
Diego Carlos of Sevilla is also reportedly of interest to Eddie Howe.
Haaland ‘pressed’ into key decision
09:10 , Marc Mayo
Erling Haaland has opened up on Borussia Dortmund’s attempts to keep him at the club.
Amid interest from Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona, the young forward has claimed he is being “pressed” into a decision - adding that “things will happen now”.
"The last six months I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund, but now the club has started to press me into making a decision,” he told Viaplay.
"All I want to do is play football. But they press me ... about my future, so that means I have to make a decision soon.
"That is what they want. It means things will happen now."
Man United open to Bailly exit
08:58 , Marc Mayo
La Gazzetta dello Sport detail AC Milan’s hunt for a new central defender.
Eric Bailly is said to be the Rossoneri’s first-choice target despite his AFCON participation with Ivory Coast.
A loan transfer would be most likely with Manchester United described as open to such a deal, and Bailly’s close friendship with Milan ace Franck Kessie could help the deal along.
PSG in fresh Mbappe plea
08:51 , Marc Mayo
Real Madrid are hotly-tipped to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer once his Paris Saint-Germain contract expires.
But Les Parisiens have far from given up in attempting to get their man to sign on the dotted line.
According to FootMercato, a short-term deal on a mega wage is to be dangled Mbappe’s way to ward off Real.
Likewise, the Telegraph describe the 23-year-old as being open to signing the deal.
08:47 , Marc Mayo
Welcome to another day of transfer market action - strap in and let’s begin!