What the papers say Arsenal are a step closer to permanently signing Dani Ceballos, the Daily Mirror reports. The 23-year-old has been put on a list of surplus players at Real Madrid, where he is due to return in the coming months. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is open to the Spain midfielder being loaned to the north Londoners again, but the Daily Star reports LaLiga clubs Valencia and Real Betis are also interested in Ceballos.
What the papers say West Ham are set to make a surprise bid for Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite, even though the striker only joined Barcelona in February. The Daily Mail reports the Hammers want the former Middlesbrough and Leganes striker to add firepower to their attack as they face Premier League relegation. The 28-year-old joined the Catalan giants for £15 million, and after appearing just three times without scoring a goal the club are willing to let him go for a similar amount.
What the papers say Manchester United might use Paul Pogba, 27, as bait to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus. The Holland international has not impressed since signing with the Italian giants last summer for £67.5million from Ajax. The Daily Star reports the centre-back, 20, has started just 15 Serie A matches amid knee and shoulder injuries, making him a prospect for United as they look to offload Pogba to his desired destination of Turin and recruit some young talent.
What the papers say Jack Grealish‘s recent off-field trouble may turn out to be a positive for James Maddison, according to the Daily Star. The paper says Manchester United had been prepared to pay up to £70million for Aston Villa captain Grealish, 24, but after his recent indiscretion the club may attempt to sign 23-year-old England midfielder Maddison from Leicester instead.
What the papers say Arsenal’s 30-year-old Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is believed to be on Real Madrid’s radar. The Daily Express reports that Aubameyang, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season, has been eyed as a potential boost to the club’s attacking ranks.
What the papers say Liverpool are the favourites to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, the Sunday Express reports. The paper says that by the start of next season the 24-year-old striker could find himself at the Merseyside club, where he would find himself “ready to compete” against Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
What the papers say Two years after Jose Mourinho failed to sign Diego Godin while at Manchester United, the Inter Milan centre-back is once again believed to be in the Tottenham manager’s sights. The Daily Mirror reports that Mourinho is keen on bringing the 34-year-old defender in to help bolster his backline.
What the papers say Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “eager” to bring Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho back to England, the Evening Standard reports. But the England winger is also wanted by Chelsea, with former Blues captain John Terry quoted in the paper as saying the 19-year-old would be a “great addition” at Stamford Bridge. Sancho previously played in the north-west as part of United rival Manchester City’s youth team.
What the papers say Manchester United have slashed the asking price for Paul Pogba, according to The Sun. The Red Devils had originally placed a £180m price tag on the Frenchman, however both parties are believed to be desperate to move on from one another. So much so, that the club is reportedly willing to offload the 27-year-old for around £100m.
What the papers say The battle for 16-year-old wonderkid Jude Bellingham‘s future looks set to come down to a shootout between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United, with the Daily Mirror reporting United are currently in the lead for his services. The Birmingham teenager toured the Red Devils’ Carrington training complex last week and the paper believes the club are willing to pay about £30million to secure the England youth international’s signature.
The summer and winter transfer windows could be adjusted as FIFA sets to work on a package of “exceptional measures” to lessen the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
What the papers say Riyad Mahrez may be set for a move to Paris St Germain, but Manchester City are reportedly making sure the winger will not come cheap. The Sun says City will not block a potential transfer but have placed a hefty £80m price tag on the Algeria international. Mahrez is under contract at the Etihad until 2023, but rumours of Kylian Mbappe’s imminent departure from the French club mean PSG could be eager to lock in a replacement as soon as possible.
What the papers say Porto’s Alex Telles could be on his way to Chelsea after the north Londoners reportedly made ‘initial contact’ with his Portuguese club. The Sun cites A Bola as saying the Blues are willing to pay £36million for the Brazil left-back. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants to sign Leicester’s England international Ben Chilwell at left-back this summer but will settle for 27-year-old Telles in a deal A Bola describes as ‘inevitable’.
What the papers say Manchester United appear set to lose target Harry Kane to either Juventus or local rivals Manchester City, according to the Daily Express. The England striker is reportedly open to leaving Tottenham for a club with better prospects of silverware at home and in Europe. United and Juventus are interested, but if the Italian side withdraws and picks up City forward Gabriel Jesus then Pep Guardiola will go after Kane, the paper says.
What the papers say Goalkeeper Andre Onana could be on his way to Chelsea if the Blues’ new signing Hakim Ziyech has his way, the Daily Mail reports. Ziyech will arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer, and is eager to persuade Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to sign his Ajax team-mate Onana. The Cameroon international is keen on a move to the Premier League after five years with Ajax, with Chelsea and Tottenham reportedly on his list of preferred destinations. He would likely cost between £40million-£50m.
What the papers say England and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling could be set for a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham. The Daily Mail says Mourinho is eager to make a summer bid for the 30-year-old following an impressive stint on loan with Roma. Smalling is yet to agree to a permanent move to the Serie A side and has history with Mourinho, having played under him for three years at Old Trafford.
What the papers say The Chelsea squad could be subject to a shake-up over the summer, with the Sun reporting that Frank Lampard will lead a clear-out at Stamford Bridge which could see Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho and Ross Barkley heading for the exit.
What the papers say Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is looking to his previous employers as he looks to improve Inter’s defence, reports the Daily Mail. The paper says the Conte is looking at either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri and will make one of them a target in the summer.
What the papers say The Daily Express reports Liverpool have overtaken Manchester United as the preferred destination for 19-year-old England forward Jadon Sancho. Although United were previously tipped as the favourites to sign Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, it is believed that Liverpool’s ability to offer Champions League football could affect the youngster’s decision.
English clubs spent 69 per cent more on international transfers in the January 2020 window than the corresponding period the previous year.
Chelsea made the biggest net profit of any club in the world in the last two transfer windows, according to newly-released data.
The overall amount spent by Premier League clubs on transfers in the 2019-20 season was the second-highest on record, recently released figures show.
As the January transfer window closed at 2300 GMT, Premier League clubs scrambled to complete their business before the deadline.
Manchester United agreed a shock loan deal for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo and West Ham sealed the big-money signing of free-scoring Hull forward Jarrod Bowen in a dramatic finish to an underwhelming deadline day.
Clubs are scrambling to complete their transfer business on the final day of the January window
The desire of clubs at both ends of the table to obtain a “competitive advantage” is behind this season’s Premier League transfer spending topping the £1.5billion mark for just the second time, according to Deloitte.
11.40pm – And with that we will call it a day. Man Utd provided the shock on an otherwise pretty quiet transfer deadline with the signing of Odion Ighalo. West Ham and Aston Villa brought in attacking players to boost their survival hopes while Sheffield United further bolstered their squad as they look to secure a place in Europe. But it was not smooth sailing for everyone today, with Wigan defender Antonee Robinson left to reflect on a failed move to AC Milan. Thanks for joining us today.
With the end of the January transfer window fast approaching, clubs face a race against time to complete their business.
English clubs paid out 22 per cent less on international deals in 2019 compared to the previous year but were still comfortably the world’s biggest spenders, according to a new FIFA report.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo remains confident Wolves will land his transfer targets to boost their thin squad.