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Transfer news LIVE!

Borussia Dortmund are eager to have Erling Haaland’s future sorted quickly, with Barcelona apparently confident they can sign the striker despite a huge salary offer from the German side. It’s reported Dortmund see Karim Adeyemi as a potential replacement.

A transfer ‘pact’ has allegedly been organised between club president Joan Laporta and agent Mino Raiola. However, one man the Catalans will not be signing is Alvaro Morata, after Massimiliano Allegri told the striker he is not leaving Juventus.

Kieran Trippier, meanwhile, has been spotted in Newcastle ahead of his move and could be joined by Aaron Ramsey, who is set to leave Juventus after Allegri admitted he’d asked to return to England.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is said to be keen on a reunion with Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona, having worked together at Liverpool.

Barcelona are said to be confident of landing Erling Haaland.

Follow all of today’s latest transfer news, gossip and rumours with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!

Latest transfer news and gossip

  • Aston Villa keen on Coutinho

  • Kieran Trippier is IN Newcastle ahead of transfer

  • Man United mike Mike Phelan plea

  • Dest could leave Barcelona for Chelsea

  • Barcelona confident of Haaland deal

  • Duo could leave Arsenal

Duo could leave Arsenal

21:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

It was claimed on Sky Sports that Arsenal would be willing to listen to offers for both Pablo Mari and Callum Chambers this month as they continue their rebuild under Mikel Arteta.

Dest considering leaving Barcelona for Chelsea

20:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

Sergino Dest, who has struggled to convince since joining Barcelona in 2020, is reportedly considering his future at the club.

Indeed, Chelsea are believed to have considered him a potential option and could offer him a tempting move to Stamford Bridge after their recent spate of injuries.

Barcelona confident on Haaland

20:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

ESPN claim Barcelona, despite their financial difficult, ARE confident of landing Erling Haaland this summer.

The club are in a rebuilding process under the legendary Xavi Hernandez and are hopeful of bringing the forward to the Camp Nou when he comes to leave Borussia Dortmund.

Kieran Trippier arrives in Newcastle

20:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Footage of Kieran Trippier arriving at Newcastle United’s training ground ahead of his big move from Atletico Madrid has emerged.

Gerrard wants Coutinho reunion

19:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to BBC Sport, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is eager to reunite with Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho.

Out of favour at the Camp Nou, the two played together at Liverpool and the Midlands giants could make a move this month.

Man United make Phelan plea

19:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

Called in again like a knight in shining armour, The Daily Telegraph report that top brass at Manchester United have asked Mike Phelan to step in and help unify a broken dressing room.

Ralf Rangnick has struggled since being appointed and there are rumours of discontent amongst the playing staff, leading to Phelan reportedly being asked to lend a hand.

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Tuanzebe off to Napoli

18:41 , Matt Verri

It’s been in the works over the last couple of weeks, but Axel Tuanzebe’s loan move to Napoli is now effectively complete.

Fabrizio Romano reports that everything has now been signed between Man United and the Italian club, with Tuanzebe joining Napoli until June. The 24-year-old has been on loan at Aston Villa, but has decided to make the move it Italy.

United will receive £500k loan fee plus £500k bonuses, with the medical scheduled for this Friday.

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Hammers unlikely to make Barbosa swoop

18:33 , Matt Verri

It’s no secret that West Ham are looking to sign a striker in January, to provide another option to both cover Michail Antonio and also bring competition.

Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa is one of those that have been linked, with a loan move ahead of a permanent deal a potential consideration.

However it looks increasingly likely that David Moyes will turn his attentions elsewhere in the coming weeks, leaving Barbosa as an option for other clubs, such as Newcastle.

Brereton Diaz won’t come cheap

17:55 , Matt Verri

Ben Brereton Diaz has enjoyed a stunning season so far for Blackburn, with 20 Championship goals to his name already - only Aleksandar Mitrovic has more.

That has unsurprisingly led to Premier League clubs taking an interest in the striker, with West Ham and Leeds both linked to the 22-year-old.

But TEAMtalk claim that Blackburn will not sell Brereton Diaz for less than £30m, as they see him as a pivotal part of their promotion bid.

That valuation may well make clubs think twice...

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United interested in Kamara

17:33 , Matt Verri

Ruben Neves is one potential option as Man United look to bolster their midfield ranks, but Boubacar Kamara is another name being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old Marseille midfielder is out of contract in the summer, and it looks increasingly unlikely that he will sign a new deal at the French club. That means he is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of France in January.

According to Sky Sports, United are interested in Kamara, but they will face competition from Newcastle and Roma.

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Origi on the move?

17:16 , Matt Verri

Divock Origi has made a habit of scoring big goals for Liverpool, but the talent of the Reds’ frontline has meant limited minutes for the striker.

Il Tempo report that Lazio are preparing to make a bid for the 26-year-old this month, and that Liverpool could be open to offers.

Origi’s contract expires at the end of the season, which could encourage Liverpool to cash in while they can rather than lose the striker for free in the summer.

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Mourinho on Maitland-Niles

16:55 , Matt Verri

Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks certain to sign for Roma on loan in the coming days, as he looks for more regular first-team action than he has had at Arsenal. Here’s what Roma boss Jose Mourinho has had to say.

“I’m not comfortable talking about it because no one told me he’s officially our player,” Mourinho said.

“At the moment he is not our player. He grew up in Arsenal when I was at Chelsea and Tottenham, I know him well.”

“I can’t say too much now but yes, Ainsley looks like a serious option for us. When you look at the Arsenal squad they have Tomiyasu, then they have 3-4 options and we have found this option.

“We tried to do it, let’s see. If a player arrives, I will feel much better. Then we see, the market is open for practically a month. If we can do this in the first week of January, there is always the hope of doing something else.”

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Chelsea won’t get Emerson back in January

16:40 , Matt Verri

With Ben Chilwell likely to be out for the rest of the season, it’s no surprise that left-back is a position of priority for Chelsea this month.

But they will not be boosted by the return of Emerson, who is on loan at Lyon, with Le10 Sport reporting that the French club have refused the Blues’ attempts to recall the Brazilian.

Emerson has made 15 starts in Ligue 1 for Lyon this season, so it’s no surprise they are unwilling to let him leave.

Dortmund line up Haaland replacement

16:29 , Matt Verri

One of the biggest stories of every window seems to be Erling Haaland’s future, and whether he will leave Borussia Dortmund.

It’s reported that the striker has been told to make a decision this month, and Marca claim that Dortmund see Karim Adeyemi as the perfect replacement should Haaland decide to pursue a move.

The 19-year-old plays for RB Salzburg, as Haaland himself did before making the move to Germany.

Speaking earlier this season, Adeyemi said: “In recent years, many young players have matured at Salzburg and then moved to the best clubs in the world.

“I think of Erling Haaland, but also of Sadio Mane and Naby Keita of Liverpool. Obviously, I also have this goal. I would like the next stage of my career to be at a top club.”

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Rangers eye Danish winger

16:16 , Marc Mayo

Rangers are hoping to use some of the cash earned for Nathan Patterson with a deal for Andreas Skov Olsen.

TuttoBologna claim a £5million bid has landed for the Danish international winger.

Sampdoria, Copenhagen and Hertha Berlin are all said to be keen on the Bologna man with a decision expected over his future in the coming days.

United backing the Partenopei

16:07 , Marc Mayo

More details are emerging about Axel Tuanzebe’s loan move to Napoli.

The Mail outline an initial £500,000 payment for the centre-back with an additional £165,000 if he reaches a set number of appearances.

Napoli, who sit third in Serie A, will owe an extra £333,000 if they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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North London duel for Schick

15:56 , Marc Mayo

Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick has reportedly caught the eye of Arsenal and Tottenham.

The North London rivals are both keen to bolster their attack this month with Fiorentina hotshot Dusan Vlahovic both sought.

But 90min detail their interest in Czech forward Schick, who is seen as a cheaper option than the Serbian.

Schick wowed fans at Euro 2020 with a wonder goal against Scotland and has hit a further 16 goals this campaign in the Bundesliga.

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More on Coutinho

15:41 , Marc Mayo

ESPN are now also reporting that Aston Villa want Philippe Coutinho - with the player’s camp ruling out “no club” at this stage.

His agent, Kia Joorabchian, is overseeing the player’s departure alongside Barcelona and as many as five teams are said to be interested.

Villa are joined on that list by Everton, with a loan move most likely.


Transfer ‘pact’ for Haaland

15:30 , Marc Mayo

Erling Haaland will sign for Barcelona to avoid being in the same team as Kylian Mbappe - if the LaLiga giants can raise the necessary funds.

That is the claim laid out by Deportes Cuatro, who report of a ‘pact’ between the Norwegian’s agent, Mino Raiola, and Barcelona chief Joan Laporta.

A meeting between the two in December laid the groundwork for a potentially extraordinary deal, particularly given the Blaugrana’s money woes.

Raiola and Laporta are said to be good friends since thrashing out a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join Barcelona back in 2009.

Haaland reportedly prefers not to join a team just as Mbappe arrives, most likely Real Madrid in the summer, to ensure he is the central star of his new club.

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Van de Beek interests Toon

15:15 , Marc Mayo

Newcastle are preparing to test Manchester United’s resolve by making a January enquiry for Donny van de Beek.

The Telegraph report on the Magpies’ extensive plans for the January window in their bid to beat the drop.

And the outcast Dutchman, rarely used by new interim boss Ralf Rangnick having been snubbed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is named as a target to improve the Toon midfield.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Gerrard seeks Coutinho reunion

15:02 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa are in talks with Barcelona over a shock deal for Philippe Coutinho.

Spanish outlet COPE claim a loan switch to the West Midlands is on the cards.

Arsenal and Newcastle have previously been linked with the Brazilian, who is unwanted at the Camp Nou and could now link up with former teammate Steven Gerrard.

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Man United back in for Neves

14:52 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United are preparing a fresh bid to sign Ruben Neves from Wolves.

After previously tracking the Portuguese midfielder in the summer, a £35million bid is being readied to test his club’s resolve after their Premier League meeting on Monday.

Ralf Rangnick’s side are in need of fresh impetus having lost 1-0 at Old Trafford.

And The Sun report on Wolves wanting £40m at least for Neves, who has 18 months left to run on his contract and looks unlikely to sign an extension.

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Trippier incoming

14:36 , Marc Mayo

Kieran Trippier is at Newcastle’s training ground to finalise his move from Atletico Madrid.

A £12million fee has been agreed for the English right-back.

Messi brother to set up Christensen future

14:26 , Marc Mayo

Andreas Christensen’s future is in the hands of Lionel Messi’s brother, Rodrigo, after the defender changed his agent.

The Chelsea man has signed with KIN Agency run by the Argentine ahead of crunch talks over his future at Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona reportedly want to sign Christensen when his contract expires in June.

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Ramsey’s Turin trip set to end

14:14 , Marc Mayo

Aaron Ramsey’s time at Juventus is set to end this month after Massimiliano Allegri described the midfielder as “on the way out” of the club.

The Welshman has scored just six times since a free transfer from Arsenal in 2019, with just five appearances this season since Allegri rejoined as coach.

“Ramsey is on the way out of Juventus,” the Italian said.

“I think that the squad will 99 per cent remain what it is right now.”

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Sarr linked with Chelsea exit

14:01 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are considering a fresh loan stint away for Malang Sarr.

Foot Mercato detail a high number of clubs monitoring the centre-back’s situation, after only a handful of appearances for the Blues this season.

Sarr spent last year on loan at Porto and is said to be content with life at the Bridge - and a potential exit for Antonio Rudiger in the summer may provide a better shot at game time.

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Balogun close to Middlesbrough loan switch

13:45 , George Flood

Folarin Balogun is close to sealing a temporary exit from Arsenal.

The highly-rated academy graduate was always expected to join a Championship club on loan this month and that move is now progressing quickly.

Middlesbrough is the destination, with ‘Boro boss Chris WIider having also tracked the striker during his time in charge at Sheffield United.

Fabrizio Romano reports that talks are ongoing in their latter stages, with Arsenal prepared to accept the loan offer.

‘Boro have already strengthened their striking unit this month by loaning Brighton’s Aaron Connolly.

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Mourinho’s Roma revolution continues

13:34 , Marc Mayo

Jose Mourinho is preparing to make another key move as Roma boss.

Marseille defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara is reportedly a major target for the Serie A side.

Corriere dello Sport detail an advancing of negotiations between the two clubs, who have a good relationship having struck a number of recent deals.

Morata going nowhere

13:25 , Marc Mayo

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has told Alvaro Morata that he is NOT leaving the club to join Barcelona this month.

The Catalans have been pushing for the striker’s signature in a complicated move involving the two clubs and Atletico Madrid, who loaned him to Juve last year.

But Allegri told reporters this lunchtime: “I told Alvaro that he is staying here, he is not leaving Juventus, end of story.”

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Newcastle search continues

13:18 , Marc Mayo

Notch up another rumoured Newcastle target!

Lyon striker Moussa Dembele has caught the eye of Eddie Howe, according to Foot Mercato, and could join this month ahead of his contract expiring in June.

However, the Magpies are yet to make contact with the Ligue 1 club over a deal.

Cavani a no-go for Blaugrana

13:07 , Marc Mayo

Barcelona have accepted that Edinson Cavani will not sign for the club this month.

Marca state that Manchester United’s refusal to sell the Uruguayan has been noted at the Camp Nou, leading to their move to other targets.

Alvaro Morata remains a key option to bolster the attack while Barcelona look to lighten their wage bill by offloading unwanted stars.

Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Yusuf Demir are all tagged for moves this month.

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Dortmund plot Haaland stay

12:46 , Marc Mayo

Borussia Dortmund will offer Erling Haaland a bumper new contract worth over £250,000-a-week to convince the striker to stay put.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and PSG have all been touted to bid for the striker, whose £63million release clause becomes active in the summer.

However, LaLiga is said to be his preferred next move.

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Ramsey rejects Clarets

12:33 , Marc Mayo

Aaron Ramsey has rejected Burnley’s offer of a return to the Premier League.

Sky Sports report on the failed move for the Welshman amid his difficult time at Juventus, with a Newcastle bid still said to be on the table.

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Real no longer in for Rudiger

12:19 , Marc Mayo

Real Madrid have pulled out of the running for Antonio Rudiger.

Spanish outlet Marca detail the club being put off by Rudiger’s demands of around £200,000-a-week in wages.

Furthermore, a new central defender is not seen as a priority for Madrid.

Rudiger is out of contract at Chelsea in the summer, leading to speculation over a move to Bayern Munich, Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain.

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Kulusevksi a wanted man

12:10 , Marc Mayo

Newcastle have entered the race for Dejan Kulusevski, according to reports in Italy.

Tottenham, Sevilla and Arsenal have all been linked with the Swedish winger, who has failed to make a big impact since arriving in Turin from Atalanta for £30million.

SportItalia claim Newcastle are considering a bid for the 21-year-old as part of their revamp under new Saudi owners.

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Nketiah wanted by A23 rivals

11:59 , Marc Mayo

Brighton and Crystal Palace are the latest contenders for Eddie Nketiah’s services.

The Arsenal striker is out of contract in the summer and is reportedly in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a move to Germany.

But the Mail detail the Premier League duo’s interest in a January transfer which would allow Arsenal to cash in on their academy product.

Palace saw a summer move for Nketiah collapse on deadline day and want to increase Patrick Vieira’s striking options, with rivals Brighton seeking support for Neal Maupay.


Coutinho not keen on Toon

11:50 , Marc Mayo

Newcastle is not a club that interests Philippe Coutinho at this time, according to reports in Spain.

Tottenham, Leicester and Everton have all monitored the Brazilian in recent times but Sport name Arsenal as the club best placed to sign the Barcelona outcast.

However, while the Premier League is the player’s ideal destination, the Gunners do not want to agree a loan deal that would involve an obligatory purchase clause or his full wage packet.

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Eriksen homecoming on the cards

11:36 , Marc Mayo

Christian Eriksen is open to a return to English football as he seeks a place in Denmark’s World Cup squad.

Unable to play in Italy following his cardiac arrest during the Euros, the midfielder has left Inter Milan and is searching for a new team. Agent Martin Schoots has told the BBC that the Premier League would be an ideal destination for Eriksen.

"Playing in England again would absolutely feel like coming home for Chris and his family," he said.

"Christian has been treated exceptionally well by the British public, not only because of his top football skills, but also because of his human values, his modesty and altruism."

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11:25 , Marc Mayo

Everton and Newcastle have joined Arsenal in tracking Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser and Simon Collings write...

The Brazilian has impressed in France with Lyon and he is now attracting interest from clubs around Europe. Arsenal have been following the midfielder for a few years and scouted him when he was playing at his previous club, Athletico Paranaense in Brazil.

No clubs have made firm offers for Bruno yet but, if Arsenal do, they are likely to face competition from Everton and Newcastle, who are also tracking him. The pair have watched the Brazilian, who helped his country win Olympic gold in the summer, and he is on their radars.

Lyon are very reluctant to let Bruno leave during the current transfer window, though, and it is more likely they would sanction a deal in the summer. Sources in France believe he could go for a fee in the region of £40million.

Bruno’s former club, Athletico Paranaense, are due a percentage of any future fee, with the amount believed to be in the region of 20 per cent of a sale.

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Azpilicueta chased by Atletico

11:10 , Marc Mayo

Atletico Madrid have emerged as contenders for the signature of Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Chelsea stalwart is out of contract at the end of the season and can now sign a pre-agreement for a free transfer in the summer.

Mundo Deportivo detail Diego Simeone’s interest in the Spaniard as he fits the coach’s specific style of play.

A decision is said to be coming from the player in the coming days with Chelsea hoping to sign him up to a new deal.

If Atletico fail to complete a deal, Wolves defender Nelson Semedo and Pedro Porro of Sporting CP, on loan from Manchester City, are alternatives.

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Conte delivers Kane update

11:00 , Marc Mayo

Antonio Conte has called on Tottenham to build the team around Harry Kane in a bid to keep the striker from pushing for another move away from the club.

"I knew the situation in the summer and, when Harry decided to stay in Tottenham, I found a player totally involved in this project,” he told reporters. “If we want to think to build something to win, Harry must be a starting point.

"I understand Harry's situation. When you finish your career, you can see your appearances and the teams you made them for but, at the same time, it's right to see what you have won. This is important, especially for the top, top players.

"I think that when Tottenham brought me here they wanted to send a signal outside, and maybe also to our players ... We have to try to build a situation where we are all involved and to try to create a situation that we can be competitive to try to win."

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Mauro to Manchester?

10:51 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United are joining the race to sign Mauro Icardi.

L’Equipe have revealed early interest from the Red Devils in swooping for the wantaway Paris Saint-Germain striker, who has reportedly grown unhappy in Ligue 1.

No contact has been made by United over a deal, it is said, but they could ramp up their efforts if Anthony Martial or Edinson Cavani depart the club.

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Done deal! Wolves sign Hayao Kawabe

10:43 , George Flood

Another confirmed signing to report in the Premier League this morning.

It comes at Wolves, who have announced the arrival of midfielder Hayao Kawabe from Swiss side Grasshoppers.

The Japan international has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Molineux, where he will remain throughout January before returning to Grasshoppers on loan for the rest of the season.

“Naturally, Hayao is a player we’ve watched a lot and he’s done really well this season,” said Wolves technical director Scott Sellars.

“He’s an attacking midfield player, very energetic, very busy, and has good quality. He’s really shone at Grasshoppers this year, and he’s one of the main reasons they’re doing so well.

“Due to the GBE criteria for signing international players, Hayao is a player who is eligible to sign for a British club this month, but may not be in the future, which is why we’ve moved now to confirm his signing.

“Hayao will spend January with Bruno’s group while the Swiss Super League is on a winter break, then he’ll likely return to Grasshoppers to finish the season there, as he has been an important player for them so far this season.”

Newcastle chase Arsenal man

10:33 , Marc Mayo

A new centre-back is one Newcastle’s agenda as they near the signing of Kieran Trippier.

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal defender Rob Holding is on a list of names devised by the club for a January move.

Holding has made almost half of his nine appearances this season in cup competitions but is first reserve to the Gunners’ regular pairing of Ben White and Gabriel, coming on after the Brazilian was sent off against Manchester City.

Lille star Sven Botman is a key target, it is claimed, while Tottenham’s Joe Rodon is joined on their watch list by Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, Everton’s Mason Holgate and Liverpool’s Nat Phillips.

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Quiet window for Watford

10:20 , Marc Mayo

Watford’s sporting director Cristiano Giaretta has told fans to not expect “fireworks” during the January transfer window.

Speaking to TuttoMercato, he said: “January is always special, this will be a little better than last year but no fireworks," he said.

“We look everywhere. We are doing something to improve ourselves. If there are opportunities we will see. In Italy as in France and everywhere, we are evaluating every possibility, even knowing we have a competitive squad."

Chelsea watching Tchouameni

10:00 , George Flood

Chelsea are interested in signing Aurelien Tchouameni, reports suggest.

That is per Goal, who say that the club are running in-depth scouting on the Monaco midfielder, 21, ahead of a possible summer bid.

However, it will apparently be either Tchouameni or West Ham’s Declan Rice that arrive and NOT both, with Thomas Tuchel said to be eager to give chances to Conor Gallagher upon his return to Stamford Bridge this summer from an impressive loan stint at Crystal Palace.

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Barcelona confident over Haaland

09:54 , George Flood

Joan Laporta evidently believes that Barcelona have quickly become a major force in the transfer market once again.

The LaLiga giants have already signed Ferran Torres from Manchester City this month, with a bank loan helping to complete the deal worth an initial £46m.

Now Barca’s president is apparently confident that Erling Haaland can be lured to the Camp Nou as he looks to make him the figurehead for the new post-Messi era.

That is according to Marca, who say that Laporta has already been trying to convince agent Mino Raiola that Catalonia is the best destination for Dortmund’s Norwegian goal machine.

“I’m going to sign Haaland next summer,” Laporta is reported to have told colleagues.

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Newcastle close on Trippier signing

09:39 , George Flood

Kieran Trippier is on the verge of sealing his return to the Premier League.

Newcastle have been working hard to clinch a deal for the former Tottenham right-back, who has been at Atletico Madrid since 2019.

That deal is expected to be completed soon, with The Guardian reporting that the clubs have agreed a fee of £12m plus add-ons.

England international Trippier is also said to have agreed personal terms, with Newcastle now scheduling his medical.

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Done deal! Brighton sign Kozlowski

09:20 , George Flood

One done deal to report already in the Premier League this morning.

Brighton have announced the signing of Poland international midfielder Kacper Kozlowski from Ekstraklasa outfit Pogon Szczecin.

The 18-year-old has signed terms until the summer of 2026 and joins for a fee of around £10m.

He is expected to head straight out on loan to Belgian league leaders Royale Union St-Gilloise.

“His style of play suits us and our style. During my time here, we have done very well in recruiting players for the future and Kacper is a similar signing,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.

“He will initially head out on loan, as it is important for him to continue his development, and he is keen to continue playing regularly.

“We will be watching with interest, as he is a very exciting young talent and a player I am really looking forward to working with in the future.”

Gunners willing to consider Aubameyang offers

09:16 , George Flood

Aubameyang is currently away preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations with Gabon, but Arsenal have not ruled out an exit this month.

The ex-Dortmund star has been frozen out of the first-team picture by Mikel Arteta since being stripped of the captaincy last month following a disciplinary breach.

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal will consider suitable offers for top earner Aubameyang, who has 18 months left on a contract that pays him £350,000 per week.

Newcastle and Juventus have been linked with his signature.

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Arsenal table cash-plus-player Vlahovic bid

09:09 , George Flood

Good morning and welcome back to Standard Sport’s rolling LIVE coverage of the January transfer window.

We begin today with news of Arsenal’s search for a long-term replacement for former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who could yet leave the club this month... more on that in a moment.

The Gunners appear to have focused their attentions on Dusan Vlahovic, with Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that an offer worth £58.3m has been tabled for the prolific Fiorentina striker.

The deal would also see Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira - currently on loan with La Viola - stay at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on a permanent basis.

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