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THE transfer window is almost here as clubs look to freshen up their squads going into a packed second half of the season.

All Europe's top leagues are currently experiencing competitive title races meaning there's plenty of work to be done among the big guns.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

  • William Pugh

    MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Man United reportedly have no desire to loan Amad Diallo back to Atalanta after the youngster officially becomes a Red Devil.

    The Italian outfit are thought to be eager to keep the 18-year-old on loan until the summer after his anticipated arrival at Old Trafford this month.

    However, Manchester Evening News claims Solskjaer’s side are keen to have the teenager settle into United’s squad as soon as possible.

    United are thought to be in the process of sorting out a work permit for Diallo after the clubs agreed on a £37million transfer of the winger.

    Chelsea are rumoured to be eyeing a move for AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma despite adding Edouard Mendy to their ranks last year.

    The 21-year-old Italian is due to be out of contract at the end of the season.

    And Chelsea have also been linked with a swoop for Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan.

    Le Sport10 claims the club have been in contact with the Ligue 1 outfit over the possibility of a move for the £13.5million rated star.

    The Strasbourg ace has also been a target for AC Milan, Burnley, Tottenham and West Ham.

    Arsenal have reportedly revived their interest in Valencia ace Carlos Soler.

    Spanish outlet El Desmarque claim the LaLiga side may be willing to consider offers for the attacking midfielder.

    The 24-year-old has netted five times and provided four assists in 12 top-flight appearances in Spain this term.

    And Arsenal are rumoured to be rivalling Celtic for the signature of Leicester City’s Ryan Christie.

    The Foxes star is thought to be among a number of attacking midfield players thought to be on Mikel Arteta’s January transfer shopping list.

    Real Madrid’s Isco and Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia are also rumoured to be transfer targets for the Emirates boss.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    CARMO OVER HERE

    Braga's David Carmo is thought to be attracting interest from Liverpool, according to reports in Portugal.

    The 21-year-old defender is rumoured to be seen as a possible option for boosting Jurgen Klopp's defensive ranks at Anfield.

    And the Under-20 Portugal international has also been linked with Leicester City this season.

    Sport Witness says Portuguese paper Record are reporting Liverpool's interest in the Braga starlet.

    Carmo has made 31 appearances for Braga since making his debut for the club's first team.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    JORGIN-TO GO?

    A move to Italy could potentially be on the cards for Chelsea ace Jorginho, according to the player's representatives

    The midfielder's agent Joao Santos told the Mirror that the 29-year-old is "very happy" at Stamford Bridge.

    However, Santos also revealed the Italy international would consider a Serie A switch.

    Santos told the Mirror: "It was a great year for Jorge, he did very well in the national team as well.

    "Next year there will be the European Championship, where he hopes to do very well with Italy.

    "As for Chelsea, they are not very well-placed in the table now, but being a young team, it takes time. Jorge is a Chelsea player and he is very happy there, but I wouldn't rule out a return to Italy in future."

    A move to Italy could be a possibility for Jorginho

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    KLOPP AFTER BOT

    Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Lille over a potential January swoop for Sven Botman.

    The Daily Star reports the 20-year-old centre-back has emerged as possible target for Jurgen Klopp with Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez currently on the treatment table.

    The 20-year-old joined Lille for £7million in the summer from Ajax's Under-21 side.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    HAVE HAMZA

    Newcastle United, Southampton and West Brom have been offered the chance sign Hamza Choudhary on loan.

    The Daily Mail claims Brendan Rodgers is willing to consider a temporary move for the Leicester City starlet who has made 10 appearances for the Foxes this term.

    Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is reportedly keen on the England Under-21 midfielder as well as Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori.

    Sam Allardyce is thought to be eager on adding a new defensive midfielder to West Bromwich Albion's ranks.

    However, the Baggies boss can only seal one more domestic loan deal with his side having signed Conor Gallagher for one term from Chelsea.

    Leicester are looking to secure a loan move away from King Power for Hamza Choudhary
  • Sandra Brobbey

    MILAN WANT SIM

    AC Milan have had a £13.3million bid for Mohamed Simakan rejected by Strasbourg, according to L'Equipe.

    The Italian giants are rumoured to be in the market for a centre-back and are thought to be rivalling Chelsea for the Ligue 1 star.

    However Strasbourg, who are battling to avoid the drop into the relegation zone, are thought to be reluctant to allow their centre-back to leave.

    Milan's rivals Napoli are rumoured to be among the other sides keeping tabs on Simakan whose current club are 17th in Ligue 1.

    AC Milan have reportedly had a bid for Mohamed Simakan turned down
  • Sandra Brobbey

    A WARD WIN

    Peterborough United's Joe Ward will be extending his stay at the club until the summer of 2023.

    The 25-year-old midfielder, who is recovering from a knee injury, has played 120 times for the League One side since joining them from Woking in 2018.

    A knee problem has kept Ward out of action since 21 November this term.

    The midfielder said: "I can't wait to get back out there and hopefully helping the club to a positive second half of the season."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    BRANDT'S GUNNER STAY

    Borussia Dortmund have reportedly dismissed rumours linking Julian Brandt with a switch to the Emirates.

    Arsenal's interest in the winger is thought to be a topic of conversation amongst players on the club's dressing room.

    However Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc has reportedly come out to squash speculation concerning a potential move, according to Football.London.

    Zorc told Sport1: "No one has contacted us, there is nothing on the table – and not even in the fax machine.

    "That's all I can say."

     

  • William Pugh

    BACK FOR MAUR

    Former Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino has arrived at Paris Saint-Germain as he prepares to return to football management.

    The Argentine chief, 48, has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham in November 2019.

    Despite being linked with a host of jobs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, Poch is to be named PSG chief following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.

    The German boss was given the boot just before Christmas on the back of a 4-0 thumping of Strasbourg with PSG one point off the top spot in Ligue 1.

    After Tuchel’s sacking, PSG moved quickly to open up talks with Pochettino, who captained the French giants as a player.

    And now Pochettino has arrived at PSG HQ, with journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming he there is an ‘official announcement coming.

  • William Pugh

    MANNY HANDS UP

    Manuel Lanzini has tweeted an apology after he was caught breaking Covid rules at Christmas.

    West Ham's Argentine midfielder met up at Giovani Lo Celso's house with Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon and a large group of friends and family.

    Lanzini tweeted: "I want to apologise for a bad mistake I made over Christmas and I take full responsibility for my actions.

    "I know people have made difficult sacrifices to stay safe and I should be setting a better example."

  • William Pugh

    UP FOR SAL

    William Salba is reportedly prepared to leave Arsenal permanently this month.

    The French defender, 19, is yet to make his first-team debut for Mikel Arteta’s side.

    According to L’Equipe, Saliba held a meeting with the club to discuss his future. Both parties are in agreement that he can leave on loan or permanently this month.

    Saliba signed for the North London club for £27million in the summer of 2019. He was loaned back to Saint-Etienne before he returned to the Emirates over the summer.

    The 6ft 4in youngster was expected to be a key player for Arteta during the 2020-21 campaign.

    But he looks set to leave the club this month in some way after being frozen out of the squad. Saliba’s only appearances have come in the Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy.

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  • William Pugh

    AMAD FOR IT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting Amad Diallo to join up with his Manchester United teammates ‘very soon’.

    United agreed a £37million deal including add-ons for the Atalanta forward on deadline day in October but the transfer was subject to the 18-year-old being granted a work permit.

    Solskjaer believes the necessary paperwork is now complete and the Red Devils boss is ‘excited’ about Diallo’s imminent arrival.

    Solskjaer said: “We have had all the paperwork, I can’t see any obstacles. He’s coming. I hope very soon he will be with us.

    “I’m very excited about bringing him in, I think he’s shown a few times his qualities. Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football.

    "We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself. Apart from that, I’m not really thinking too much on what we’re going to do with players [in the January transfer window].”

  • William Pugh

    'STUPID AND SELFISH'

    Labour MP David Lammy has slammed Tottenham trio Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon as well as West Ham's Manuel Lanzini for breaking Covid rules at Christmas.

    The quartet were caught flouting Government guidelines by getting together at Christmas when in Tier 4 London while millions of people across the UK stuck to the rules – with some spending it alone.

    Lammy took to Twitter and blasted: "Lo Celso, Lamela, Reguilon and Lanzini breaking lockdown rules over Christmas!

    "So damn stupid and selfish. It just beggars belief."

  • William Pugh

    FEEL THE BURN

    Fulham's game against Burnley has been postponed after more coronavirus cases were confirmed within Scott Parker’s squad.

    The Cottagers were unable to face Tottenham earlier in the week due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club.

    Fulham were scheduled to be back in action at Turf Moor on Sunday, with kick-off set for midday. But the match has been called off after the latest batch of testing revealed more positive results.

    A statement from Fulham read: “Following further new positive results returned from the most recent Covid-19 tests, the Club can confirm that this Sunday’s away at fixture at Burnley has been postponed after discussions with the Premier League and advice from the medical teams.

    “Those who tested positive are self-isolating in line with UK Government and Premier League guidance.

    “The welfare of our players, staff and their families continue to be of paramount importance, and we wish those who have tested positive a safe and speedy recovery.”

  • William Pugh

    WENGER IN

    Arsene Wenger has sensationally offered to RETURN to Arsenal if the club ask with Mikel Arteta struggling.

    This season, rookie boss Arteta has guided the Gunners to their worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign having taken over in December 2019.

    Arsenal have managed just 20 points from their first 16 games this season, with the club way down in 13th averaging a meagre one goal per game.

    And Wenger, who spent 22 years in charge before leaving at the end of the 2017-18 season, has admitted he would be open to helping if he was called upon.

    Wenger – who won three Premier League titles in North London – told the Men In Blazers podcast: “If I’m needed, I will help them.

    “But I don’t expect that, no. I wish nothing. Time is a good doctor, you know?”

  • William Pugh

    A Spurs statement read: “We are extremely disappointed and strongly condemn this image showing some of our players with family and friends together at Christmas…

    “Particularly as we know the sacrifices everybody around the country made to stay safe over the festive period.

    “The rules are clear, there are no exceptions, and we regularly remind all our players and staff about the latest protocols and their responsibilities to adhere and set an example.

    “The matter will be dealt with internally.”

    West Ham released their own statement, saying: “The Club has set the highest possible standards with its protocols and measures relating to Covid-19 so we are disappointed to learn of Manuel Lanzini’s actions.

    “The matter has been dealt with internally and Manuel has been strongly reminded of his responsibilities.”

  • William Pugh

    COVIDIOTS!

    Four Premier League stars have been condemned by their clubs after they appeared to break Government Covid guidelines.

    Argentine Giovani Lo Celso hosted the bash which was attended by his Tottenham team-mates Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela and West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini.

    A picture first posted on social media shows the quartet and their families at an indoor Christmas celebration – despite living in Tier 4 London.

    The image is claimed to have been uploaded to Instagram by one of the family members – with the account quickly made private.

    The party in question could have taken place last month, with Lanzini posting another picture of himself in a smaller group to his own Instagram wishing fans a happy Christmas on December 25.

    In total it is believed there were 18 people present – the four players, 11 other adults and three children.

  • William Pugh

    AL OR NOTHING

    Premier League clubs look set to miss out on David Alaba as Real Madrid are reportedly ‘close’ to signing him.

    The Austrian superstar, 28, is set to leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

    According to Marca, Real Madrid are keen to seal the deal with Alaba as ‘soon as possible’.

    The La Liga giants have offered him a four-year deal worth around £9million-per-year.

    Madrid are ‘close’ to securing Alaba’s signature despite interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

    Alaba also revealed he is an Arsenal fan in the past which had seen the Gunners linked with a move.

  • William Pugh

    PS-GEEEEEZ!

    New Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with moves for two of his former Tottenham players – Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

    Both attacking midfielders have fallen out of favour at Spurs and Inter respectively.

    And their old manager could reunite them in France, according to AS.

  • William Pugh

    SOK-ER PUNCH

    Arsenal defender Sokratis could finally be on his way out of the club with both Napoli and Fenerbahce interested in signing him, according to reports.

    The 32-year-old was not registered for the Gunners' Premier League or Europa League squads.

    And with his contract due to expire in the summer Arsenal could look to move him on.

  • William Pugh

    TO BE FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hinted at some possible out-goings in the January transfer window.

    Lampard said: “We have a big squad, we will see if that changes – if there are opportunities for players that aren’t playing so much.

    “That will be a conversation for the player, club and myself.

    “Then we will see if we feel we can strengthen in the right way but we are not jumping up and down to do so.

    “My focus this year is purely on work, because we have new players, because we have young players. I’m focusing on that. But we’ll see. It’s a long month.”

  • William Pugh

    ENTER SAN MAN

    Manchester United are confident they will sign Jadon Sancho for less than £100million this month after the Borussia Dortmund star’s drastic dip in form, according to reports.

    The Red Devils made the England winger, 20, their No1 target during last summer’s window but failed to land their man.

    Three Lions whizkid Sancho has struggled in 2020-21, failing to score a single goal in 11 Bundesliga games this season, laying on just three assists.

    Last season, Sancho was involved in a stunning 34 goals in just 32 league games, scoring 17 times and adding a further 17 assists.

    Even in 2018-19 – starting the season aged just 18 – the England ace scored 12 times and added another 17 assists in 34 matches.

    Despite his paltry record this term, 90min claim Man Utd chiefs are still keen to sign Sancho. The report adds United are now confident they will be able to land their man for under £100m thanks to his dip in form.

  • William Pugh

    KARREN BRADY – EXCL COMMENT

    I was confused this week when I read Premier League clubs were considering a two-week 'circuit breaker' in the season over fears of Covid-19 outbreaks causing chaos.

    It was complete nonsense. It has never been discussed or been raised by ANY club in any of our multiple PL meetings and there are no plans to discuss it.

    Our fixture list is already congested and our priority is to finish the season as long as it is safe to do so. And we ALL think it is safe to do so.

    All clubs have excellent Covid-19 protocols which allow us play our games behind-closed-doors — and our protocols continue to have the full backing of Government.

    Some fixtures have been postponed but this is mainly because Public Health England are closing down training grounds, which means that while clubs still have the required 14 players to complete the fixture, they have nowhere to meet, train and prepare for the fixture.

    And that’s simply unfair and wrong so, quite rightly, the PL have suspended the game, a decision I fully support.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    The January transfer window for all English clubs is officially OPEN.

    Brighton could end Sergio Romero’s Manchester United nightmare with a January transfer.

    The club are looking to bring in another keeper after telling former No1 Mat Ryan he is free to go.

    United and Arsenal could face stiff competition in the pursuit for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to AS.

    The Red Devils are said to be keeping an eye on the Spaniard, but Sevilla have entered the race and Isco is keen on a reunion with former coach Julen Lopetegui.

    Arsenal defender Sokratis could finally be on his way out of the club with both Napoli and Fenerbahce interested in signing him.

    The 32-year-old was not registered for the Gunners' Premier League or Europa League squads, and with his contract due to expire in the summer Arsenal could look to move him on.

    The North Londoners are also said to be looking at bringing in Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie, according to reports.

    The 25-year-old's contract is due to expire at the end of the 2021-22 season and according to 90min, he has given no indication that he intends to renew his contract.

    Arsenal may have a secret weapon up their sleeve should they pursue a deal for Christie.

    Former team-mate Kieran Tierney joined the Gunners back in 2019 and could prove to be rather useful in luring the Scotland international to the Emirates. 

    Elsewhere, West Ham are interested in bringing former Southampton striker Graziano Pelle back to the Premier League, according to respected journalist Nicolò Schira

    He scored 30 goals during his two-year stay on the south coast.

    The 35-year-old is now a free agent after leaving Chinese club Shandong Luneng.

    Pelle almost joined the Hammers three years ago.

    Finally, Chelsea are plotting an audacious move for AC Milan wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to respected Chelsea blogger Simon Phillips.

    The Blues would face stiff competition from Juventus and AC Milan, but they’re believed to have already made contact.

    Donnarumma’s contract is set to expire in the summer and the player is free to speak to other clubs over potential pre-contract agreements. 

    The shot-stopper made his Milan debut at the tender age of 16 and has been a regular feature ever since.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HASSELBAINK RETURNS

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been reappointed manager at Burton Albion.

    Hasselbaink returns to Burton five years after leaving for QPR.

    Speaking to the club after his reappointment, Hasselbaink said: "It’s great to be working with Ben Robinson again. We had a really good working relationship last time and hopefully we can get that back on track.

    “Burton Albion is a club which is very close to my heart and a really special club for me and my family.

    “The job is totally different from the first time, but we are coming in to try as quickly as possible to get us up the league and keep ourselves in League One – that’s our aim and first and foremost that’s what we will be trying to do.

    “We know there is enough quality in the playing squad but that’s not reflected in where we are in the table so there is a lot of hard work to be done."

    Credit: Getty Images

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