ello and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of the January transfer window.
The rumour mill is really hotting up with deadline day approaching ever closer on the horizon, with clubs vying to complete those late deals to boost their respective squads during a hectic campaign.
Arsenal are reported to have entered talks with Real Madrid over a deal for Martin Odegaard, though it seems that a move for Norwich’s Emi Buendia is off the table for now as Mesut Ozil waits to complete his move to Fenerbahce.
Frank Lampard is said to be facing the sack at Chelsea if performances and results do not improve immediately, while Tottenham are believed to be eyeing Danny Ings as the striker ponders an exit from Southampton.
Spurs and West Ham are both being linked with Jesse Lingard, with Manchester United apparently now on the trail of ex-Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen as well as Brazilian teenager Gabriel Veron and Lens’ Facundo Medina.
Crystal Palace are set to clinch an 18-month loan deal for Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, though West Ham seem to be struggling in that department with approaches for Gaetan Laborde and Youssef En-Nesyri falling flat.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain have joined Barcelona in the race for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, Wolves are closing in on Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose and Liverpool are keen on Adama Traore.
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Buendia not expecting Arsenal move
While Martin Odegaard could be heading to Arsenal, it seems that Emi Buendia is not.
Championship leaders Norwich and manager Daniel Farke have been adamant that they do not want to lose the Argentine this month as they plot an instant return to the Premier League.
It has been suggested that only a bid worth in excess of £40m would convince the Canaries into selling their prized asset, though Goal report that Buendia himself does not expect a late window swoop from Arsenal and is content to decide his future in the summer instead.
Lampard fighting for Chelsea future
Unsurprisingly after a run of five defeats in eight Premier League matches, there are plenty more reports on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea future circling at present.
Sky claim that the Blues icon is facing the sack if he cannot immediately improve results and performances.
They add that former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and ex-Paris-Saint Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel would both have interest in the Stamford Bridge job were it to become available.
Chelsea host Championship side Luton in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend before the midweek visit of Wolves to West London.
Arsenal make Odegaard approach
Arsenal are reportedly keen on a deal for Martin Odegaard.
Widespread reports – including from Sky Sports – claim that the Gunners have again approached Real Madrid over the Norwegian playmaker, 22.
It is said that Madrid are currently “considering” that proposal, with the expectation that Odegaard will be able to leave Los Blancos on loan this month.
However, there is plenty of competition for the player, with Real Sociedad eager to clinch his return to Anoeta.
Lampard has three games to save job?
Is the writing on the wall for Frank Lampard? Not quite yet.
According to reports, Chelsea will stick by their manager for three more games – which takes him to the end of January. Will a new man be in charge for the trip to Tottenham on February 3?
Arsenal ready for Buendia
An update on Arsenal’s interest in Emi Buenida from Fabrizio Romano. With plenty of outgoings done, is now the time for Mikel Arteta to buy?
One to watch with Ozil’s confirmed exit imminent.
Hasenhuttl to Chelsea?
An interesting tidbit – one of many, of course – from our earlier Chelsea Q&A with correspondent James Robson when asked about possible replacements for Frank Lampard.
“I know Ralph Hasenhuttl’s name has been mentioned quite prominently – and it’s hard not to be impressed by the job he’s done at Southampton, but I would think Abramovich would want that immediate hit from a top class manager. He’s gone for the patient approach with Lampard over the past 18 months – I’d imagine he wants tangible results now.”
Sokratis: I gave everything for Arsenal
Sokratis has bid an emotional farewell to Arsenal and the club’s fans on social media…
“One of the most enjoyable times in my career ended today,” he tweeted.
“It has been an honour to wear the Arsenal shirt and I want to thank all the coaches, team-mates, staff and fans around the world for the love and respect they have given me.
“I gave everything for Arsenal and Arsenal also gave me a lot. I wish you all the best health and success always. Thank you.”
Where next for Sokratis?
Sokratis is attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Serie A side Genoa, Greek giants Olympiacos and LaLiga outfit Real Betis, writes Simon Collings.
He is the latest player Arsenal have sought to get off their books this window as Arteta looks to trim his bloated squad.
Mesut Ozil has also mutually terminated his contract and is close to joining Fenerbahce in Turkey, while Sead Kolasinac has been loaned to former club Schalke.
William Saliba was also sent out on loan to Nice in Ligue 1.
Sokratis is obviously now open to negotiate with any other club after becoming a free agent.
The Greek international made 69 appearances in total after joining the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in a £17m deal in 2018, winning last season’s FA Cup and reaching the 2019 Europa League final.
However, he had fallen down the defensive pecking order and was due to be out of contract in the summer.
“On behalf of Mikel, our coaches, players and everyone at the club, I would like to thank Papa for his contribution to the club,” said Arsenal technical director Edu.
“He has been an important part of our group and has been a model professional throughout. The negotiations to end his contract have been collaborative and we wish Papa and his family well for the future.”
Sokratis leaves Arsenal by mutual consent
Sokratis Papastathopoulos has officially left Arsenal.
The Gunners announced in the last few minutes that the Greek defender’s contract – which was due to run until the summer – had been cancelled early by mutual consent.
Sokratis made 69 appearances for Arsenal after joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 but was left out of Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads this term.