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Transfer news LIVE! Arsenal track Solomon, Grant back to Chelsea

The midseason window is now almost at its halfway stage but we are yet to see too many major moves as clubs grapple with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic

Reports today claim that one of the big moves may not involve any players at all, with suggestions Avram Grant could make a shock return to Stamford Bridge to assist Frank Lampard, while Fikayo Tomori is being linked with a loan move to AC Milan. 

Arsenal’s business will depend heavily on any outgoings and with Sead Kolasinac having departed on loan already, all eyes are on his close friend Mesut Ozil, who looks increasingly likely to join Fenerbahce. Mikel Arteta has also said the club will look to address their goalkeeping situation this month.

Meanwhile, on the continent, Real Madrid are said to be planning a mass clearout in order to free up funds to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer, while the Frenchman’s current club, PSG, are being linked with a move for Sergio Aguero. 

Elsewhere, West Ham’s efforts to bring in a replacement for Sebastian Haller look set to intensify, but England U21 striker Eddie Nketiah no longer looks an option, with Arteta having confirmed the forward will stay at at Arsenal this month. 

Follow all the latest January transfer window news, deals, rumours and gossip with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.

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Arsenal line up Solomon move

Arsenal are considering a summer move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon, according to The Guardian

The report claims that the Gunners have been scouting the 21-year-old and have held preliminary talks with the player’s camp.

The Israeli international has scored Champions League goals against the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid in the last two seasons 

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Hello and welcome back to Standard Sport’s coverage of the January transfer window.

We’ll have all the latest news and rumours throughout the day. 

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Avram Grant back to Chelsea?

Now this would be special… Sky Sports is reporting that Roman Abramovich is considering asking Avram Grant to return to Chelsea in a bid to assist Frank Lampard.

According to Sky, Abramovich believes that Grant’s experience could “provide invaluable” support to Lampard following Chelsea’s recent struggles.

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Ozil’s agent working on Fenerbahce move

Mesut Ozil’s agent has revealed they are still working on a potential move to Fenerbahce and has said he is hopeful the move will be agreed this month.

Ozil hinted Fenerbahce could be his next destination during a Twitter Q and A on Monday, saying he grew up a fan of the Turkish giants.

“Mesut Ozil can now meet with any club he wants, sign a contract. Whatever is best for Mesut,” Dr Erkut Sogut  told BEIN. “Mesut only lacks match fitness. There is no training lacking. Mesut is fit for now.

“Everyone knows that Mesut is from Fenerbahce. He announced it yesterday. Mesut is not just a football player. Mesut is Fenerbahce.” 

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Man Utd signings unlikely

Manchester United have the chance to go top of the Premier League tonight – but will they strengthen in the January transfer window? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted it’s not likely…

The United manager said on Monday: “I think that the signings we made in the summer strengthened the squad really well. Good signings, good characters, good players. January’s always difficult but if something comes up that you think about in the long term, it’s a long-term target anyway, that’s another scenario. 

“But not many teams would like to lose their players in January, so unlikely something will happen on the in side. There might be two or three going out because they deserve to play more football for their own good and their own career.”

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Done deal! New contract for Rob Holding

A boost for Arsenal now as Rob Holding has signed a contract extension until 2024, with the option of a further year.

It caps a remarkable turnaround for Holding, who looked set to leave the Gunners last summer before impressing Mikel Arteta.

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Winks going nowhere

With that speculation around today regarding Harry Winks’ future, Mourinho was asked about the midfielder and was pretty unequivocal. 

“What do I have to say to stop with this talk? I said already, he’s going nowhere,” he said. “So when I say he’s going nowhere, what more do you want me to say?

“He’s played the last matches. He didn’t play the last one [against Marine], was a decision to let play other players like Gedson and players that are not basically playing many minutes.

“Tomorrow’s he’s selected again. And if somebody is speaking with other clubs, my advice is don’t lose [waste] your time, don’t lose your time because he’s going nowhere.”

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Mourinho hits back at Ozil jibe

Jose Mourinho has hit back at Mesut Ozil over the Arsenal star’s claim that he would rather retire than join Tottenham, quipping: ‘Who said we’re interested in him?’

During a fan Q&A on Twitter on Tuesday evening, Ozil was asked whether he would sign for Tottenham if they were the only club to offer him a contract at the end of his Arsenal stay, or if he’d prefer to bow out of the game.

The German replied: “Easy question. Retire!”

That response was put to Jose Mourinho during his press conference ahead of Spurs’ rearranged trip to Fulham, and the Portuguese was sharp in his reply, asking: “Who told him that Tottenham is interested in signing him?” 

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No Guendouzi recall

Earlier this week there was speculation that Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi could be set for a shock recall from his loan spell at Hertha Berlin this month. 

The young Frenchman has impressed since being send on  a year-long loan to the German capital, having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta. 

Italian football expert Fabrizio Romano says that despite the speculation, Guendouzi will see out the season at the Bundesliga club. 

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Tottenham keen on Gonzalez in summer

Another player being linked with Tottenham this morning is Stuttgart winger Nicolas Gonzalez.

The Argentina international is reportedly wanted by Juventus and Leeds and The Athletic are reporting today that Spurs are also interested, though any move would likely wait until the summer. 


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