elcome back to our LIVE coverage of all the latest transfer news, deals, gossip and rumours with the January window now just days away from opening.
While Covid-19 has had a huge impact on clubs’ finances across the world, big money was still spent in the summer window and will no doubt change hands once again as we enter 2021.
There will also be the chance to land some big players on pre-contract agreements for the summer, with Lionel Messi unlikely to sign a new deal at Barcelona following his extraordinary fallout with the club.
Manchester City look odds-on to land the Argentine legend with Pep Guardiola in charge, but a reunion with Neymar at PSG is also a distinct possibility.
It could be a case of one-in, one-out at the Etihad is reports are to be believed, with The Mirror claiming Real Madrid want to sign Phil Foden this summer.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are reportedly keen on Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey, if Hector Bellerin leaves the club, while there are suggestions in the Italian press that Juventus have been offered the chance to sign Mesut Ozil on loan.
Follow all the latest January transfer window news, deals, rumours and gossip in our LIVE blog below.
Jordan another Arteta target
Arsenal are also looking at Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan, reports The Sun.
The 26-year-old’s is a combative midfielder and has been identified by Mikel Arteta as the answer to his team’s weak centre.
Sevilla are looking for a club to trigger Jordan’s £55million buy-out clause, but the player is expected to be available for closer to £32m.
And that is a price Arsenal will be willing to pay to fire up their floundering campaign and start giving Arteta and his side the “identity” they crave.
Arsenal like Puig
Arsenal have scouted Barcelona youngster Riqui Puig on several occasions, reports the Athletic.
Puig has reportedly fallen out with coach Ronald Koeman and has been tipped for a January move, with Leeds linked.
Arsenal are also interested but have reservations over the player’s capability for Premier League football.
Arsenal January transfer guide
Ahead of the January window, our writers have ben taking a look at what the month may hold for each London club.
A creative midfield player is high on Mikel Arteta’s agenda once again but Arsenal may be forced into sales first, with a bloated squad that has seen Mesut Ozil and Sokratis not even registered.
Juventus offered Ozil loan
Tuttosport in Italy claim Juventus have been offered the chance to sign Mesut Ozil on a six-month loan deal next month.
The report claims Arsenal would subsidise his wages in a bid to get the German off their books, with his contact set to expire at the end of the season.
Lamptey on Arsenal radar
The Mirror say that Arsenal would be keen to land Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey – if Hector Bellerin leaves the club.
Bellerin, who captained the Gunners in the Boxing Day win over Chelsea, has been linked with his boyhood club Barcelona in recent weeks, while PSG have also held reported interest in the past.
Lamptey has excelled since making the bold decision to quit Chelsea in favour of the Seagulls and is said to have attracted interest from Man City and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool weigh up Kabak move
Liverpool’s defensive injury problems worsened last night as Joel Matip was forced off during the 1-1 draw with West Brom.
The Cameroon international had been the Reds’ only fit senior centre-half, with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk longer term absentees, and Fabinho filling in as a makeshift solution.
Unsurprisingly, there is plenty of transfer chatter about a January move this morning, with Eurosport suggesting that Turkish defender Ozan Kabak could be available from Schalke for just £22million next month.
Messi on his future
Lionel Messi says he will wait until the end of the season to decide on his future despite being able to speak to clubs about a Bosman transfer in January.
“I have nothing clear until the end of the year,” he told La Sexta. “I will wait until the season is over. I focus on getting titles and not on other things.
“I don’t know if I’m going to leave or not, but if I go I would like to leave in the best way. If I leave, I would like to return to live in the city and work at the club. Barcelona is much bigger than any player. Hopefully the president who comes will do things well.
“It’s a love story from a very young age with the club and the city. No matter how it ends, it doesn’t have to stain everything I’ve experienced in my career. Everything is always overcome.”
Moyes: I thought about signing Welbeck
West Ham take on Brighton later on this afternoon and Hammers boss David Moyes has revealed that he considered trying to sign the Seagulls forward this summer.
“I am really pleased for Danny because I enjoyed working with him at Manchester United, he is a great boy and enthusiastic,” Moyes said.
“He has had a few injuries and he was someone who I did consider and I was probably just a little concerned about his injuries in the past more than anything else.
“I have got to say I am really pleased for him because he is a good boy, a good footballer who has worked hard on his game and been doing well for Brighton.”
Arsenal considering Brandt
The Athletic say that Arsenal may make a move for German international Julian Brandt next month.
The Gunners’ creative woes are well documented and they failed with a move for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar in the summer.
However, the report claims that interest in the Frenchman has cooled, and attention could turn instead to Brandt, who has struggled to secure a regular starting spot at Borussia Dortmund.
Juve still interested in January Pogba move
Juventus are still keen on taking Paul Pogba back to Turin next month, according to Eurosport.
The saga over the Frenchman’s future seems a never-ending one, with his agent Mino Raiola starting a rather public war of words with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over it in recent weeks.
As for whether we’ll get a resolution in January – the report claims Juve would only be able to pay £50m, so you’d imagine not.