TRANSFER NEWS LIVE – Thursday, January 24
- Chelsea signing Gonzalo Higuain keen to get started
- Manchester United continue to be linked with Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho
- Arsenal stand no chance of James Rodriguez deal
- Liverpool nearing signing of youngster, Timo Werner update
UPDATE 21.15 – Everton not expecting to make signings
Everton are not expecting to make any signings in the transfer window this month.
The only way the Toffees will add to their squad if players leave.
Marcos Silva said: “If something special happens with our players and they leave the club we have a solution to sign new players.
“If not it will be really difficult.”
Transfer news LIVE: Marco Silva is not expecting big moves from Everton
UPDATE 20.45 – Monaco drama
Monaco are in talks with Leonardo Jardim to replace Thierry Henry, according to Sky Sports.
Jardim was in charge at Monaco at the start of the season before he was sacked, leading to Henry’s appointment.
Henry has been suspended while Monaco make a decision over his future.
In truth the Arsenal legend has been sacked as the process in France starts with a suspension from the club.
Transfer news LIVE: Thierry Henry has been suspended by Monaco
UPDATE 20.10 – Good news for Newcastle
Lazio full-back Jordan Lukaku is set to have his Newcastle medical in the next 24 hours.
If they register him by noon on Friday he’ll be able to face Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez is in the market for two attacking players.
Newcastle have missed out on Gelson Martins from Atletico Madrid though.
Transfer news LIVE: Jordan Lukaku is set to sign for Newcastle
UPDATE 19.30 – Chelsea to miss out on Leandro Paredes
Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a €47million raid with Zenit St Petersburg for the sale of Leandro Paredes, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
Paredes will join the French champions on a four-and-a-half year deal, subject to a medical.
Chelsea had been linked with a swoop for the star this month.
The Blues have already secured deals for Christian Pulisic and Gonzalo Higuain.
Transfer news LIVE: Could Arsenal sign Benatia this month?
UPDATE 19.05 – Arsenal eye Medhi Benatia
Arsenal are one of six clubs in the hunt for Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia, according to reports in Italy.
Arsenal are set for a quiet January transfer window with Unai Emery admitting funds are not available for a huge spending spree.
But they would like to sign a defender given the problems they have faced at the back this season and Hector Bellerin’s lengthy injury lay-off.
Arsenal will be limited to loan deals before the end of the month and there are a number of options available to them.
However, it seems they will have to scrap it out in order to get one of their apparent prime targets on board.
Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web indicate Benatia is in Arsenal’s sights with a week of the window to go.
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool will be welcoming back a ‘new player’ in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
UPDATE 18.25 – ‘New player’ at Liverpool
Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be as good as a new signing for Jurgen Klopp, former Red Phil Thompson has suggested.
“It would be an absolutely brilliant addition and it would be like having a new player,” Thompson said, when asked about the midfielder’s impending comeback.
“It’s so difficult. As players, you go through these turmoils, and it is a turmoil to you when you have to sit out.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain may return from a knee injury at the end of next month, 10 months on from suffering a serious knee injury.
UPDATE 18.05 – Crystal Palace sign goalkeeper
Crystal Palace have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri.
He has joined on loan from Sao Paulo until the end of the season.
The Premier League side have an option to buy the 21-year-old once the loan spell ends.
The deal comes in the wake of Wayne Hennessey facing a lengthy ban for an alleged Nazi salute.
Transfer news LIVE: Roy Hodgson has signed a goalkeeper for Crystal Palace
UPDATE 17.40 – Guillem Balague gives Denis Suarez update
Guillem Balague has given an update on Denis Suarez possibly joining Arsenal in the current transfer window.
The expert believes Barcelona are now fighting to keep the midfielder at the Nou Camp.
He tweeted: “Denis Suarez was out of Sevilla game and #FCB could take him out of squad if he doesn’t accept Sevilla or Betis offer (they pay €20m).
“He only wants #AFC but they not convinced of accepting clause to buy, so player had decided to stay #armwrestling”.
Transfer news LIVE: Denis Suarez continues to be linked with an Arsenal switch
UPDATE 17.20 – Vigil van Dik told to bring Matthijs de Ligt to Liverpool
Liverpool fans have told Virgil van Dijk to secure the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.
That’s after the Reds defender congratulated Frenkie de Jong on securing a summer switch to Barcelona.
He tweeted: “Congratulations Frenkie! Well deserved. @WillemII did alright I think #FrenkieFuturo.”
And that led to a host of Liverpool fans responding and telling Van Dijk to talk to De Ligt.
One Liverpool fan said: “Get us De Ligt Captain!”
Another added: “Agent Virgil get us De Ligt.”
And a third explained: “Mate, Gomez is not better than de Ligt.. de Ligt is the most talented defender in the world, we need him. Go get him agent Virgil #YNWA.”
Transfer news LIVE: Virgil van Dijk has been told to secure Liverpool a deal
UPDATE 17.00 – Why Chelsea really signed Gonzalo Higuain
Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain was NOT signed for his goalscoring pedigree, but for how he ‘benefits the rest of the team’, according to Danny Higginbotham.
“He’s got a great opportunity,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports.
“It could benefit the other players, in particular Hazard. He’s Chelsea’s best player, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.
“The key is getting him in the team and Hazard being able to shift position. He’s worked under Sarri before and knows how he works.
“They’ll be hoping he comes and scores the goals, but it’s about how he benefits the rest of the team.
“I think what you’ll see with Higuain is that he is more of an out-and-out centre forward.
“You’ve got plenty of players with pace around him, so he can be the focal point that Chelsea don’t have when Hazard is playing as a false nine.”
UPDATE 16.40 – Aston Villa transfer update
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says his phone is ‘red hot’ as he looks to bolster his squad this month.
“There’s been an awful lot of work put in,” he explained. “I had a day off yesterday but the phone was red hot.
“The January window is about strengthening us as a squad. The players we bring in have got to be better than what we already have got. That’s the only way you strengthen.
“The future of the football club has to be getting players who have potential so we can raise some market value with these players, too.
“We want players who want to develop and get better and probably lower the age group of the squad we have at the moment.”
Transfer news LIVE: Juan Mata is wanted by Arsenal
UPDATE 16.20 – Arsenal eye Juan Mata
Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to land Manchester United star Juan Mata, according to reports.
Arsenal boss Emery managed Manchester United star Mata earlier in his career while the duo were at Valencia.
The Red Devils are keen to keep Mata at Old Trafford but the player’s contract is expiring at the end of the season.
Manchester United are reluctant to offer players over 30 more than a one-year extension, but the Spain international wants a two-year deal.
And the Mirror claim Arsenal are interested in securing Mata on a free transfer.
Transfer news LIVE: Victor Moses is set to leave Chelsea
UPDATE 16.00 – Victor Moses to leave Chelsea
Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses is set to sign for Fenerbahce after completing his medical.
The 28-year-old will join on loan until the end of the season.
Moses has fallen down the pecking order under Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
Cesar Azpilicueta is the first-choice right-back at the club.
UPDATE 15.30 – Marcelo Bielsa proud to have signed Kiko Casilla
Kiko Casilla has joined Leeds from Real Madrid this month.
And Marcelo Bielsa is very happy with the signing.
He said: “I think that the fans of Leeds United should be proud to have Casilla as a goalkeeper.
“Because it’s not frequent that you can get a player from Real Madrid. It’s not often a player of this level chooses to play in the Championship.”
Transfer news LIVE: Marcelo Bielsa is happy to have signed Kiko Casilla
UPDATE 14.30: Why Morata failed
Alvaro Morata failed at Chelsea because of his game strategy, according to Danny Higginbotham.
“I think if you look at his performances this season for Chelsea, what we have covered before is that he is a player who likes to stretch the game,” he told Sky Sports News.
“If you look at Chelsea and the way they’ve been successful in recent years, you’ve got the likes of [Diego] Costa, even [Olivier] Giroud when he’s played there dropping deep and creating space in behind.
“There were times when he was stretching the game, but there wasn’t any space for anyone in behin
Transfer news: Alvaro Morata has struggled at Chelsea
UPDATE 12.15: Arsenal told to avoid Rodriguez
Arsenal shouldn’t be going after James Rodriguez this month, according to Lauren.
“I’m not sure that Arsenal should be seriously considering James Rodriquez, even on loan,” he told BWIN.
“Rodriguez has got a lot of talent, but the warning signs are there that he hasn’t been able to settle at either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
“He comes with a massive wage bill so Arsenal would have to make sure he was fully on board with the philosophy of the club.
“Rodriquez has played in the big games for the big clubs so there’s no doubting his talent. If Emery can get the best out of him then he could make a real impact on whether Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League. It’s a roll of the dice.”
UDPATE 11.20: Mike completes Boro move
Middlesbrough have confirmed the signing of John Obi Mikel on a free transfer.
Mikel, a Chelsea legend, joins Tony Pulis’ promotion push for the rest of the season.
And news appears to have gone down well with the Boro website crashing.
Transfer news: John Obi Mikel joins Middlesbrough
UPDATE 10.40: James Rodriguez latest
James Rodriguez’s step father has revealed the Bayern Munich playmaker is considering his options.
Arsenal are chasing the 27-year-old, who has fallen out of favour with the Bundesliga giants.
And Rodriguez’s step father Juan Carlos Restrepo says the Real Madrid loanee is content at Bayern, however, there may be offers on the table.
“He is comfortable in Munich,” Restrepo said. “I don’t have news about it, but there may be offers based on those rumours coming from England.
“He is calm and he feels that he’s at a good level again and that he’s physically strong.
“That gives us a perspective that he is happy, motivated and working well, as he is eager to achieve new success.”
Transfer news: James Rodriguez is considering his future
UPDATE 10.00: Denis Suarez update
Guillem Balague has provided an update on Denis Suarez’s future.
The Barcelona man has been linked with Arsenal but could now be forced to move to another La Liga side.
“Denis Suarez was out of Sevilla game and #FCB could take him out of squad if he doesn’t accept Sevilla or Betis offer (they pay €20m),” Balague tweeted.
“He only wants #AFC but they not convinced of accepting clause to buy, so player had decided to stay #armwrestling.”
Transfer news: Denis Suarez’s move to Arsenal looks off
UPDATE 09.40: Solskjaer on Arsenal’s Bailly interest
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not surprised by Arsenal’s interest in Eric Bailly.
The Manchester United defender has an uncertain future at Old Trafford and Arsenal made a move to loan him this month.
And Solskjaer was asked about the situation today.
He said: “I’m not surprised if they do [want him], to put it that way but that’s just one of those things there’s always speculation, it’s not a big surprise.”
Transfer news: Eric Bailly has been linked with a move to Arsenal
UPDATE 9.00: Barca make Suarez threat
Barcelona have threatened to put Arsenal target Denis Suarez in with the reserves if he doesn’t renew his contract or complete a move to Real Betis or Sevilla.
Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claim Betis and Sevilla are willing to pay £17m (€20m) for Suarez this month.
Suarez, who is keen to join Arsenal to reunite with Unai Emery, is currently under contract until 2020.
Barca fear Suarez’s transfer fee will diminish greatly this summer if he joins Arsenal on loan this month without penning a new deal.
Transfer news: Denis Suarez could be dumped into the Barca reserves
UPDATE 08.25: Moses set to leave Chelsea
Chelsea wide man Victor Moses is today expected to complete a loan move for the rest of the season to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
The former Crystal Palace and Wigan forward has made only two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.
He helped Chelsea win the Premier League under Antonio Conte but is set to depart after being deemed surplus to requirements under Maurizio Sarri.
Transfer news: Victor Moses is set to leave Chelsea today
UPDATE 08.00: Thierry Henry is facing the sack at Monaco
The Arsenal legend is expected to lose his job in the Principality following a wretched start to his managerial career.
Henry will be told in the next 48 hours that he is surplus with former boss Leonardo Jardim in line for a shock return.
Jardim was kicked out of office in October to make way for the former Gunners’ striker but now it appears the club’s owners are about to make an abrupt U-turn – and take him back to avoid the embarrassment of a drop into the second tier.
Monaco lie one place and one point off the bottom and their season has lurched from one problem to the next.
Transfer news: Thierry Henry is set to be sacked as Monaco boss
UPDATE: 07.40: Higuain on Maurizio Sarri relationship
Gonzalo Higuain reveals how key Maurizio Sarri was in making his decision to join Chelsea.
“Maurizio Sarri is the coach who, in my career, has got the best out of me as a player,” Higuain told Chelsea’s official website after signing.
“He’s someone who knew how to work with me, particularly on the emotional side.
“That year together was fantastic and in big parts thanks to him, so coming to work with him is very important for me.
Transfer news: Gonzalo Higuain has joined Chelsea for the rest of the season
UPDATE 7.00: Hudson-Odoi wants Bayern move
Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi wants to fast track a transfer to Bayern Munich following the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain.
The 18-year-old hopes a move to the German champions will be able to be completed in the January transfer window, claims The Sun.
Hudson-Odoi has only clocked up 61 minutes of Premier League football so far this season for Blues manager Maurizio Sarri.
And the winger is hoping a move to the Bundesliga will see him get more playing time
Transfer news: Callum Hudson-Odoi is keen to leave Chelsea
UPDATE 6.20 – Arsenal dealt James Rodriguez blow
Arsenal stand no hope of recruiting James Rodrigez this month, according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein.
“For the time-being he’s not going anywhere,” Honigstein told ESPN FC.
“Unless something dramatic happens in the next 10 days and he really falls out with Niko Kovac and says, ‘Under no circumstance am I playing for you any more!’, he’s staying.
“Because remember, Thomas Muller is not eligible to play in what will be the two biggest games for Bayern bar the game against Dortmund.
“He’s almost guaranteed to be starting unless something happens.
“For Bayern to cut this loan deal to get €3m (£2.6m) in return, what’s the point? Bayern have no incentive to do this.”
UPDATE 5.35 – Gonzalo Higuain reveals Chelsea hope
Gonzalo Higuain insists he wants to bring “a lot of happiness” to the lives of Chelsea fans after joining the club on loan.
The Blues have struggled for goals of late and the Argentine is tasked with helping push them back into the Champions League.
He said: “For a long time I’ve wanted to play in England but until now such a concrete opportunity hasn’t presented itself, so it was something I was never going to miss out on.
“It’s a huge challenge to come and play in the Premier League and I hope I’ll be able to settle in here at Chelsea. It’s a wonderful team and I hope we can bring a lot of happiness to the fans.
“Chelsea is a team who always has great players and as kids everybody watched the Premier League, so it’s a real dream for me to come and play in this league.
“Having already played in three of the best leagues in the world, it’s a real source of pride for me and I hope to make the most of it.
Gonzalo Higuain is keen to make a real impact at Chelsea
UPDATE 05.00 – Liverpool to snap up January signing
Liverpool are close to securing 16-year-old defender Billy Koumetio from US Orleans.
That’s accordng to RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, who wrote on Twitter: “Liverpool will sign a young promising French defender – Billy Koumetio, 16 years old.
“He played in Lyon and now in Orleans. He arrived in England this week.”
Transfer news LIVE: Callum Hudson-Odoi is wanted by Liverpool
UPDATE 04.20 – Rush pleads for Mo Salah stay
Ian Rush wants Mohamed Salah to stay at Liverpool for the long term and become an Anfield legend.
The Egyptian has previously been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Rush told the Liverpool Echo: “At the start of this season it was more difficult for him. Teams had sussed him out a bit and were putting two men on him.
“But playing him through the middle has worked brilliantly. He’s become a better, more complete player.
“On a personal level he might not achieve what he did last season, but if he scores 30 goals and Liverpool win the title he’s had an even better season.
“People talk about [Fernando] Torres and [Luis] Suarez, they were great players but they weren’t around long enough.
“I want Mo to stick around for a lot longer than them and become a true legend here.”
Mohamed Salah has 19 goals this season
UPDATE 03.30 – Eric Bailly move ‘impossible’
Arsenal signing Eric Bailly this month is ‘impossible’ according to ESPN.
The Gunners tried to sign the Manchester United defender on loan this month but an ESPN report claims sources told them it will not be happening.
The Ivorian has only started once since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge in mid-December.
Eric Bailly will not join Arsenal this month, per ESPN
UPDATE 02.50 – Honigsten reveals Werner to Liverpool update
Liverpool are unlikely to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig in the summer as it stands, per Raphael Honigstein.
He told ESPN FC: “I’m not sure I’ve got the answer. I think he’s still most likely to stay at Leipzig at this point.
“I think Bayern and Liverpool are keeping him on the stove, keeping him warm to see if they want to make a big move.
“What’s happened is Leipzig have told him to hurry up and make up his mind. I’m thinking if he’d already got something lined up Leipzig would know by now.
“It seems as if things are going on but there’s perhaps not quite that demand for a player who is going to command almost €100m in fees. So I think he might still stay.”
Timo Werner has been linked with Liverpool
UPDATE 01.30 – Gerrard makes Defoe admission
Steven Gerrard has admitted he must continue to manage Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis after the pair made their Rangers debuts last night.
The Gers lost 2-1 to Kilmarnock though Defoe scored his first goal for the club after 12 months.
“Jermain gets his goal, that’s what he does and what he will do – I’m sure he will go on and score many more,” said Gerrard.
“Him and Steven will get better and sharper with time.
“I have to be careful on their load at the moment because they haven’t played much football.”
Jermain Defoe scored his first Rangers goal on Wednesday night
UPDATE 00.40 – Zaha to Dortmund?
Borussia Dortmund reportedly have an interest in Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, per Bild.
The Bundesliga giants will bid goodbye to winger Christian Pulisic in the summer with the American off to Chelsea for £58million.
And Bild say Dortmund have been in contact with Palace to discuss a possible deal for Zaha.
Wilfried Zaha has been linked with Borussia Dortmund
UPDATE 23.50 – Chelsea to lose out on midfielder
Chelsea are set to lose out on midfielder Leandro Paredes to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentine was in Paris yesterday to conclude a deal with the Telegraph reporting that it is expected to go through via sources for a fee in the region of £34.9million.
The 24-year-old agreed a deal in principle with Chelsea earlier this month to sign Paredes but the club stalled to allow PSG to jump in and steal away the star.
Leandro Paredes seems set to join PSG
UPDATE 23.20 – Brendan Rodgers provides update
Brendan Rodgers has given an update on apparent Celtic target Maryan Shved.
The Hoops boss said of the Ukrainian attacker: “I can’t say I know a great deal about him.
“But what I have seen he is a talent and something that will probably benefit the club in the future.
“We have got about a million wingers, we don’t need another one.
“It is something that has come to the club through circumstance and he has been watched.
“I think they will look to get the deal done on him and he will probably be out on loan.”
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea have signed Gonzalo Higuain
UPDATE 22.35 – Gonzalo Higuain reveals why he joined the Blues
Chelsea star Gonzalo Higuain has revealed why he joined the Blues.
He explained: “It was an opportunity that when it presented itself I couldn’t miss out on.
“I’m really excited to be here, to be working with Maurizio Sarri again and to be at a club with so much history.
“I’m just really happy to have completed the move and I hope to achieve all the goals which the club has set for itself between now and the end of the season.”
UPDATE 22.10 – Man Utd still interested in Ivan Perisic
Manchester United have made a move for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic, it’s claimed.
The Red Devils tried to sign the Croatia ace in the summer of 2017.
Jose Mourinho was a big admirer of the winger, with the former United boss keen for Perisic to replace Anthony Martial at Old Trafford.
Manchester United and Inter failed to agree a transfer fee, with Perisic staying in Serie A.
They say the Red Devils and Atletico Madrid have approached inter over Perisic’s availability.
Gazzetta dello Sport add that Inter are contemplating the proposals and refusing to rule out a deal.
The Serie A giants are already eyeing a replacement for Perisic, with United star Martial and Steven Bergwijn lined up.
Transfer news LIVE: Ivan Perisic is still wanted by Man Utd
UPDATE 21.45 – Chelsea U-turn on Gonzalo Higuain
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has explained the club’s decision to sign Gonzalo Higuain on loan.
“Gonzalo was our number one target in this transfer window and arrives with a proven record at the highest level,” she said.
“He has previously worked with Maurizio to great effect and is familiar with how the coach likes to play.
“This was not an easy deal for us to do because of the numerous parties involved, but we are delighted we were able to make it happen and we look forward to seeing the impact Gonzalo will make for us in the second half of the season.”
UPDATE 21.20 – Why Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona signed Frenkie De Jong from Ajax as the La Liga giants were desperate to get revenge on PSG, according to reports.
Barcelona completed the signing of De Jong from Ajax today, snubbing a move to PSG in favour of the Catalan giants in a massive £65million transfer deal.
The 21-year-old was previously on the radar of PSG, with Thomas Tuchel earmarking him as the ideal replacement for Adrien Rabiot, whose days at the Parc des Princes are numbered.
And Goal claim Barcelona decided to go all-in for De Jong because they could not bare the thought of PSG winning ANOTHER transfer battle.
UPDATE 21.00 – Matteo Darmian to Juventus
Darmian joined United from Torino in 2015 but he has failed to nail down a place in the side under Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho or current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
His contract expires at the end of campaign but he has been tipped to leave Old Trafford this month.
According to The Guardian, the 29-year-old is in advanced talks to join Juventus on loan until the end of the season with an option to sign him permanently for £7.1m in the summer.
Darmian is said to be keen on a move and Juve view the Italian as and excellent utility player.
Transfer news LIVE: Gonzalo Higuain is now a Chelsea player
UPDATE 20.40 – Chelsea announce Gonzalo Higuain signing
Chelsea have confirmed the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain.
He said: “When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it.
“It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.
“I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.”
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona are keen to keep Philippe Coutinho
UPDATE 20.20 – Philippe Coutinho going nowhere
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde will not consider selling Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea, according to reports in Spain.
The midfield maestro has played a bit-part role for Barca this term.
It was suggested over the weekend that the Blues could swoop in the summer with Coutinho yearning for a Premier League return.
However, according to Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, Valverde is desperate for the Brazilian to succeed at the Nou Camp.
Transfer news LIVE: Philippe Coutinho is not leaving Barcelona in January
Update 20.00 – What was Unai Emery told when he got the Arsenal job?
Tim Sherwood has given his verdict on Arsenal and their transfer dealings.
“It would be interesting [to know] what he was told when he came into the club,” he told The Debate.
“He must have felt there would be money to spend.
“I would suggest he’s been taken by surprise to realise in his first window there’s only going to be loan signings to the football club when they’re desperate for defenders, that seems to be the case.
“Is it comparable to Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool in his first window?
“Possibly. I’m sure Arsenal are going to give him time as well.”
UPDATE 19.40 – Dutch winger tempted by Man Utd move
Manchester United transfer target Steven Bergwijn is tempted by a move to Old Trafford.
The Dutch winger has been heavily linked with a move to United in recent weeks.
Manchester United are eyeing a £25m bid for the PSV Eindhoven ace, 21.
However, Tottenham, Inter Milan, West Ham and Bournemouth are are also chasing the youngster.
They add that United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the Old Trafford board to sign the forward.
Transfer news LIVE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could make a signing at Man Utd this month
UPDATE 19.20 – Gonzalo Higuain has signed his Chelsea contract
Gonzalo Higuain has signed his Chelsea contract, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
“Gonzalo Higuain has just signed his contact with Chelsea. Here we go!” he tweeted.
The Argentina international’s imminent move to Stamford Bridge was confirmed by Maurizio Sarri today, with the Blues boss saying: “I know Higuain and his agent are negotiating with the club in this moment.
“I hope, and I think, we will finalise the deal in the next few hours.
“This season he had some troubles but I think that’s part of every player’s career, you have your down moments.”
Transfer news LIVE: Could Timo Werner move to Liverpool?
UPDATE 18.50 – Liverpool transfer theory
A Liverpool fan has claimed the Reds have declared their interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi to help them sign Timo Werner.
That’s because Bayern Munich are known to be interested in Hudson-Odoi.
He tweeted: LFC’s main competitor for Werner is Bayern who want him as a wide player.
“Their #1 target is Hudson-Odoi but Chelsea don’t wanna sell.
“LFC declare interest in Odoi, pressuring Chelsea to sell to Bayern instead of a rival – leaving LFC with a clear run at Werner.”
UPDATE 18.30 – Tottenham to hold talks with Adrien Rabiot tonight
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will hold showdown transfer talks with PSG ace Adrien Rabiot TONIGHT, according to reports in France.
Tottenham manager Pochettino has been tipped to sign Rabiot, despite Barcelona being in pole position to secure his signature.
The France international is eager to leave PSG for a new challenge elsewhere and, with his contract expiring in the summer, a fresh adventure away from the Parc des Princes beckons.
Tottenham have not signed anybody this winter – just like in the summer – but Rabiot has been linked.
The general consensus seems to be that Barcelona will manage to sign Rabiot, who is admired by manager Ernesto Valverde.
But France Football have sensationally claimed Pochettino will hold talks with Rabiot TONIGHT.
Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham are holding talks with PSG ace Adrien Rabiot
UPDATE 18.10 – Eric Bailly wants to stay at Man Utd
Manchester United star Eric Bailly wants to stay at Old Trafford after seeing a move to Arsenal fail, according to reports.
Manchester United defender Bailly has been linked with a sensational move to Arsenal amid his current struggles at Old Trafford.
The Ivory Coast toiled under Jose Mourinho during the 55-year-old’s spell in charge, often being stuck behind the likes of Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the pecking order.
It has been a similar story since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the Manchester United job, with Bailly featuring just once under the 45-year-old.
Arsenal have reportedly seen a loan attempt at landing Bailly fail.
And the Daily Mail say the defender is eager to remain at Old Trafford.
Transfer news LIVE: Frenkie de Jong has joined Barcelona
UPDATE 17.50 – Barcelona confirm Frenkie De Jong signing
Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong will join Barcelona at the end of the season.
He will join on July 1 and Barcelona have paid €75m (£65.4m) as well as a further €11m (£9m) in possible add-ons.
De Jong has signed a five-year contract until the summer of 2024.
Does this mean Denis Suarez could be on his way to Arsenal shortly?
UPDATE 17.30 – Eden Hazard told to leave Chelsea
Michael Ballack has told Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid.
“Eden Hazard has to decide if he wants to stay or not,” Ballack told ESPN.
“He’s not only an outstanding player at Chelsea but also in the Premier League.
“Now he has to decide if he wants to play at an ultimate top club. That’s what he’s already communicated from time to time.
“In my opinion he is a little bit coo calm, especially at Chelsea. There should be more demanding and expressing of his wishes.
“He can do that because he is in an outstanding position. If he wants to win more titles with Chelsea, something has to happen otherwise Eden Hazard will think about looking for another opportunity.”
Transfer news LIVE: All the latest gossip from Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool
UPDATE 17.00 – Chelsea to sign Gonzalo Higuain today
Chelsea should complete the signing of Gonzalo Higuain today, according to Maurizio Sarri.
“We believe he will sign the contract today,” Sarri said.
“I hope that he will start scoring for us.
“I know he has had some difficulties at the moment, but we hope he can get back to his best form.
“He is a very strong striker, especially in my first season at Naples.
“He did very very well, for sure he is one of the best strikers in my career.
“He has played four seasons with Real Madrid, he is the right player to play here.”
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UPDATE 16.45 – Philippe Coutinho to Man Utd latest
Philippe Coutinho will NOT be joining Manchester United, according to Guillem Balague.
“We expected much more, the fans did, Barcelona did,” he said on the Guillem Balague Transfer Show.
“Right now he seems like a very shy player who is not making a big enough impact into games. Even though he’s given the opportunity to grow and I’m sure at some point he will certainly improve.
“But linked to that and the fact that he’s not starting the big games and not starting every game, there are stories that come out in the English press, not the Spanish press, saying Manchester United one day and Chelsea the next.
“It would be easy to guess where those stories come from. Perhaps from the same people that actually went to Barcelona and said ‘what’s happening here?’
“Those are the representatives of Coutinho trying to put pressure to Barcelona.
“Barcelona have got no intention to get rid of Coutinho.”
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UPDATE 16.30 – Denis Suarez to Arsenal off?
Arsenal’s transfer talks with Barcelona over a deal for Denis Suarez have collapsed.
Arsenal want to sign Suarez as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
Bringing in the Spaniard on loan would mean Ramsey can be sold to Juventus six months before his contract ends.
But the transfer is OFF after Suarez himself told Barca manager Ernesto Valverde that he is staying at the Nou Camp, Mundo Deportivo claim.
UPDATE 16.15 – Liverpool eye Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi
Liverpool have joined the race for Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The 18-year-old is keen to quit Stamford Bridge after a lack of game time in west London.
Bayern Munich are desperate to sign the winger, who is frustrated under Maurizio Sarri.
It’s claimed the youngster has snubbed Chelsea’s offer of a new contract worth £85,000-a-week in a bid to force through a move to Bayern.
However, according to German newspaper Bild, Liverpool are in the running to sign Hudson-Odoi.
Published at Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:26:00 +0000