Welcome to the Evening Standard’s live coverage of the January Transfer Window as Manchester United continue to chase a deal for Bruno Fernandes in the aftermath of Wednesday’s woeful defeat to Burnley.
United and Sporting remained ‘miles apart’ in their valuation of the midfielder as of Wednesday afternoon, and reports now suggest that talks may have collapsed between the clubs.
Reports in Spain meanwhile suggest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be interested in a move to Barcelona – if the Catalans are bold enough to make a move for the Arsenal skipper this month.
Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos could be pushing for an Emirates Stadium exit after reportedly asked Real Madrid to find him a new club for the second half of the season and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future at Chelsea in uncertain.
Stay tuned to Standard Sport for all the latest from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Tottenham and the rest of the Premier League.
MAN CITY NEWS
Otamendi on course for Valencia return
Valencia have made Manchester City centre-back Nicolas Otamendi a summer transfer target, according to The Sun.
The Argentine joined City from Valencia in 2015, but is down the pecking order at the Etihad and Pep Guardiola seems certain to bring in defensive reinforcements after his side’s struggles this season.
Coutinho to be offered to Premier League clubs
The Express says that Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho will be offered to Premier League clubs this summer, sparking the possibility of a return to English football.
The former Liverpool man is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, but German outlet Bild reported this week that the Bundesliga giants are unlikely to exercise their option-to-buy when the season comes to an end.
No bids for Hull star Bowen
Hull City boss Grant McCann says the club have had no offers for top scorer Jared Bowen.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs, both in the Premier League and at the top end of the Championship.
“No, I don’t believe so. Nothing’s come to me,” McCann said.
“As is well publicised, there was an improved [contract] offer made to Jarrod and his representatives [by Hull], so we’re just waiting to hear back from that.
“I haven’t sat with Jarrod, it’s really down to the representatives and the football club to get to the bottom of that. We just focus on the football.”
Brentford keen on Arsenal youngster
The Mail say that Brentford are interested in signing Arsenal academy star Folarin Balogun.
The 18-year-old scored 28 goals in 28 appearances for the Gunners at various youth levels last season, and could command a fee of as much as £5million.
Inter Milan new boy Victor Moses has been speaking to the club’s website about being reunited with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte…
“Having the opportunity to work with the coach again is something I’m really happy about,” Moses told the Inter website.
“I’ve spoken to him and he’s already explained the clubs project to me. I want to be part of it, I’m happy to be here,” he added.
MAN UTD NEWS
Fernandes deal ‘off’
This is not what Manchester United fans want to be reading less than 24 hours after they were beaten at home by Burnley.
According to The Sun, their move for Sporting star Bruno Fernandes has collapsed this afternoon, with the two sides still too far apart in their valuations of the player.
Newcastle close to Lazaro deal
Newcastle United are in advance talks over the singing of Inter Milan’s Valentino Lazaro, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The deal is said to be an initial loan, for which the Toon will pay €1.5million, but will also include a €23.5m option-to-buy.
Shakhtar want £30m for Arsenal target
Shakhtar Donetsk have placed a £30million asking price on defender Mykola Matviyenko, according to Sky Sports News.
Yesterday the 23-year-old’s agent claimed that talks between the clubs had already taken place as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his defensive options.
Moses joins Inter
Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Victor Moses on loan until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.
The move will see Moses reunited with Antonio Conte, the manager under whom he won the Premier League with the Blues.
Villa sign Barca youngster
Aston Villa have confirmed the arrival of Barcelona academy youngster Louie Barry.
The 16-year-old is originally from the Midlands and was on West Brom’s books before moving to La Masia a year ago, but now returns home.
Podolski off to Turkey
Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has joined Turkish side Antalyaspor, returning to the league where he spent two years with Galatasaray.
Podolski arrives having left Japanese club Vissel Kobe after winning the Emperor’s Cup earlier this month.
WEST HAM NEWS
‘Payet not for sale’ – AVB
Marseille boss Andre Villas Boas has rubbished reports that Dimitri Payet could be set to rejoin West Ham this month.
French outlet L’Equipe reported this morning that the Hammers were keen on bringing the Frenchman back to London, where he shone in his previous brief stay.
“For me yes, Dim is not transferable,” Villas Boas said. “He knows it, we have a special relationship, he also knows the importance he has for the team. After that, it’s not only the position of the club, that of the player also counts.
“I read what came out in L’Equipe and in England today. I don’t know if it’s true, we have to be ready if it happens. There are a lot of parameters to take into account: the offer for the club, for the player… I don’t think it’s going to happen. We will wait.”
Jose deal not close
Tottenham’s hunt for a striker is continuing but Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose is not thought to be a primary target, despite widespread reports in Spain that a deal is close.
The Brazilian is among a plethora of forwards who have been offered to Spurs since Harry Kane suffered a torn hamstring on New Year’s Day.
AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, Ze Luis of Porto, Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke and their former forward Fernando Llorente are among the other names to have been put forward.
Standard Sport understands that Spurs held talks with AC Milan over a £30million deal for Piatek, with the Poland international made available after Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to the club.
The 24-year-old remains a possible target but Spurs have so far refused to meet Milan’s valuation and are continuing to explore other options.
Tuchel explains Cavani absence
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has denied that Edinson Cavani’s absence from Wednesday night’s 3-0 French Cup win over Stade Reims was due to his imminent departure.
“Cavani has not disrespected us,” he told Canal+. “He said it himself: he has discomfort in his pubic bone and it was not possible for him to be was with us today.”
Valencia keen on Ceballos
AS are reporting that Valencia are interested in signing Dani Ceballos, if his loan move to Arsenal from Real Madrid is cut short this month.
The Spaniard needs regular playing time if he is to keep his place in Luis Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020, but has struggled to force his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans since his return from a hamstring injury.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Saints not for selling
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has once again insisted that Che Adams will not be leaving the club this month, amid interest from Leeds.
“We don’t need to sell anyone,” he said. “Nobody has knocked on my door asking to leave. Atmosphere is great in the squad and recent success has been about the squad not the 11.”
Mustafi ‘won’t go to hell to seek transfer’
The father of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi admits his son is having a ‘difficult time’ in London, but insists he will only consider a move if it is right.
Mustafi has slipped down the pecking order at Arsenal, and made another horrendous error in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
“He’s currently having a difficult time in London, but he’s not someone who spreads unrest or brings bad spirits into the team or club,” he told Transfermarkt.
“If something good were to come now, we would think about it. We’re not going to hell looking for a change.
“It must make sense and fit for him. Shkodran is the one who shows us the way and gives us direction.
“There is always a market for an internationally experienced defender. We always get inquiries. He felt very comfortable in Italy and Spain.
“He has never played in Germany, so maybe that’s an option. Then he has played in the top four leagues.”
Fletcher – United must beat Chelsea to Cavani
Former Manchester United star Darren Fletcher insists the club cannot afford to let PSG striker Edinson Cavani join Chelsea.
The Uruguayan’s most likely destination this month looks to be Atletico Madrid, but should that move break down and a switch to the Premier League be on the cards, Fletcher insists United must pounce.
“If Cavani is available, there’s talk of him going to Chelsea… Manchester United can’t allow Cavani to go to Chelsea,” he told BBC FiveLive.
“I’m not sure if he is, whether it’s Atletico Madrid [he’s moving to], but if he’s going to Chelsea there’s no way Manchester United can let that happen, they’ve got to make sure he comes to Old Trafford.”
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Chris Wilder was also pretty unequivocal earlier on when asked abut the prospect of any of his stars being snapped up this month after an impressive start to life in the top flight…
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Pedro set for full debut
Watford’s £2million Brazilian striker Joao Pedro is relishing the chance to finally make his first start in their FA Cup replay at Tranmere tonight, writes Jack Rosser.
Pedro came off the bench for his debut in the 3-3 draw against the League One side at Vicarage Road.
“I don’t feel as anxious ahead of the away trip as I did with the first tie,” said the 18-year-old (left), who joined Watford this month after the club agreed a deal with Fluminense last year.
“My team-mates made me feel at ease. There is always nerves but after my first bit of play in the first game I got more comfortable.”
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When does the January transfer window close?
Transfer deadline day is on Friday, January 31, 2020.
The window will close at 11pm GMT, with Premier League sides needing to submit deal sheets before that time to be able to complete all of the necessary documentation on a deal after the deadline has passed.
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