appy New Year and welcome back to our LIVE coverage of the latest transfer news, deals, gossip and rumours with the January window now open.
Mikel Arteta has hinted that Arsenal‘s window may be more about departures than arrivals as he looks to trim a bloated squad, and Sead Kolasinac’s loan move to Schalke looks set to be the first of a few exits – with Mesut Ozil potentially next.
As for potential signings, Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt is reportedly on the radar along with Real Madrid playmaker Isco and Celticâ€™s Ryan Christie, while AS Roma’s Â£35m defender Roger Ibanez is said to be on the list – but he had also been linked with Liverpool.
Speaking of the champions, it looks as though they beat last night’s Brexit deadline to sign 16-year-old defender Stefan Bajcetic from Celta Vigo. Meanwhile, Mo Salah’s future looks secure at Anfield… but should he decide to move on, Didi Hamann says Jurgen Klopp could do worse than turn to Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.
Moving on to Manchester United, Norwich full-back Max Aarons is said to be on their radar, while Amad Diallo will join up with the squad after sealing a move from Atalanta in the last window. Jadon Sancho was their top summer target, and while a Janaury move would be a shock, donâ€™t rule out anything just yet. But will they look at Jack Grealish instead – especially if Paul Pogba leaves?
As for Chelsea? Frank Lampard spent big in the summer, but could be tempted back into the market again with Declan Rice’s name never far away from the back pages – while AC Milanâ€™s Gianluigi Donnarumma could be a targeted on a free transfer in the summer.
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Moyes not ruling out signings
David Moyes has not ruled out dipping into the January transfer market, but is more than happy with the way West Ham are playing after their 1-0 win at Everton.
“I think if the right things were there we would try but we are very aware there has been no money coming through the club so everyone should be aware there isn’t the money to do deals,” he said.
“We aren’t ready yet to compete with the top boys but we are putting on a good show when we are playing them. We are coming close.
“We went to Goodison and got a result, which shows how well the players are playing. I couldn’t praise the players enough, having to play their third game in six days. They have done an incredible job and the level of their fitness and professionalism to be in the best condition is a great credit to them.
“We have added to the squad and those players are contributing. If they don’t contribute they get left aside but when they are coming they are making contributions.”
Botman to Liverpool â€˜confirmedâ€™ by Fonte?
Former West Ham and Southampton defender Jose Fonte saw one centre-back partner move to the Premier League in 2020 as Gabriel left Lille for Arsenal, and another one may be heading to England as well.
Sven Botman has been linked with Liverpool given the Redsâ€™ defensive injury woes, and Squawka posted a photo of Botman on Instagram with the message: â€œFonte could be losing another centre-back partner to the Premier League soon.â€
Fonte has steered into the speculation by replying: â€œAnother oneâ€¦ Always happy to help.”
Another one to watch this monthâ€¦
Ibanez to Arsenal update
While Mikel Arteta may be more focused on getting rid of players than signing them this month, Roger Ibanez is one player who could be on Arsenalâ€™s wishlist.
According to Calciomercato, the 22-year-old Brazilian – who is set to complete a full move from Atalanta to AS Roma in the summer – is a target for Arteta, though Liverpool are also said to be interested along with PSG, Leicester, Tottenham and Everton.
That sort of interest could spark a summer bidding war, which would suit Atalanta – but not necessarily Arsenal.
Van de Beek kicking his heels
One Manchester United player who wouldnâ€™t benefit from any move for Jack Grealish is Donny van de Beek, who has struggled for game time despite a hectic festive schedule. A January exit is unlikely, but youâ€™d think the Dutch international will surely be on the move next summer if he doesnâ€™t start getting minutes.
Grealish to Man Utd?
Jack Grealish impressed for Aston Villa at Old Trafford despite a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaerâ€™s words with the midfielder at full-time have sent United fans into a frenzy.
Solskjaer and Grealish were seen joking after the game, though one thing that would wipe the smile off the United managerâ€™s face is the fact that the Villa captain is likely to cost around the Â£100million mark.
That price tag, and Grealishâ€™s importance to Villa, mean a summer move after the Euros is a more likely option if the deal comes to pass – but watch this spaceâ€¦
Donnarumma to Chelsea?
Chelsea already have three capable goalkeepers on the books – Edouard Mendy, Kepa Azpilicueta and Willy Caballero – but they could add a fourth in Guanluigi Donnarumma, it seems.
According to multiple reports, AC Milanâ€™s Donnarumma may be seen as an ideal signing given he is a free agent next summer. That would surely mean the end of Kepaâ€™s Chelsea careerâ€¦
Good morning and welcome back to our LIVE transfer blog as the January window officially opens today.
Solskjaer expecting Diallo to join Man United soon
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting Amad Diallo to join Manchester United very soon.
It was announced on transfer deadline day last summer that the Red Devils had reached an agreement with Serie A side Atalanta over Ivorian winger Diallo, whom they enthusiastically hailed as â€œone of the most exciting young prospects in Italian footballâ€.
United said then that they had been keeping tabs on the teenager from Under-15 level and that Diallo would join â€œat a later date, subject to medical, personal terms and work permitâ€.
The deal struck with Atalanta was understood to be worth â‚¬41million (Â£36.6m), which will see United pay â‚¬21m (Â£18.7m) up front.
“Amad, we’ve had all the paperwork, I can’t see any obstacles,â€ Solskjaer said.
â€œWe hope very soon he will be with us. We are very excited to have him in. He’ll need time to develop.â€
However, Solskjaer does not seem to be desperate for any further signings in the immediate future, adding: “Apart from that I’m not thinking too much about January.”
Hodgson calm over Zaha future
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is unconcerned by renewed speculation over the future of Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha has struck eight goals in 14 games for the Eagles this season, with PSG and AC Milan the latest clubs to be linked with a big-money move for the 28-year-old.
Hodgson said: “There has been so much speculation regarding Wilf over the years that I tend to let those concerns disappear, as they often do.
“Wilf’s good and it doesn’t surprise me that there’s clubs out there who would like to sign him, but a lot of things have to be put in place before a player leaves a club.
“I’m just happy at the moment that Wilf is playing as he is, displaying his discipline and concentration and his passion for football and the club, and unless I’m given a reason to think otherwise, I expect that to keep going.”
Mourinho: Spurs signing would be â€˜big surpriseâ€™
Tottenham did good business in the summer – but Jose Mourinho has warned Spurs fans not to expect anything this month.
“I’m not expecting, no,” he said. “Times are not easy. The club made a big effort in the summer to try and build a good squad.
“Honestly, if something good happened to us, it would be a big surprise for me. I don’t feel the right to ask for something.”