There are just days left until the January window slams shut and while it’s hardly been the busiest month of transfer activity, there are still several deals that could go through.
Joel Matip’s injury is likely to accelerate Liverpool’s search for a new centre-back, with Real Madrid defender Eder Militao and United States international Aaron Long the latest players to be linked with a move to Anfield.
However, thoughts are already turning towards the summer, with reports this morning that the Blues are interested in another raid on the Bundesliga, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba among their top targets.
Elsewhere, Arsenal confirmed the signing of Martin Odegaard earlier this week and it looks as if any further business will likely be in the outgoings department. Versatile academy graduate Ainsley Maitland-Niles is being heavily linked with a loan move to West Brom as he seeks regular playing time, while Southampton are also interested.
Standard Sport understands that West Ham have agreed a deal with Manchester United to sign Jesse Lingard on loan, while it remains to be seen if Dele Alli will still be at Tottenham beyond Monday night’s 11pm GMT deadline.
Manchester United’s Facundo Pellestri is also heading to LaLiga side Alaves on loan.
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Pellestri set for Alaves loan
Teenager Facundo Pellestri is set to leave Manchester United on loan.
The Uruguayan winger moved to Old Trafford from Penarol on deadline day in October, but has yet to be given a chance to impress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Instead, Goal report that Pellestri will spend the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at LaLiga side Alaves.
Liverpool eye Long loan deal
It is also reported that Liverpool are keen on a deal for Aaron Long.
The New York Red Bulls defender is being lined up by the Reds on a short-term loan basis, according to ESPN, after initially attracting interest from Championship promotion-chasers Reading.
It is claimed that United States international Long has other interest from clubs both in England and France
Liverpool linked with Militao – ‘Anything could happen’
Liverpool’s search for a new centre-back looks set to dominate the headlines during the last few days of the January transfer window.
Such a quest has only been accelerated by the potentially serious ankle injury suffered by Joel Matip during last night’s win at Tottenham that has left Jurgen Klopp with no fit senior centre-backs for a tough clash with in-form West Ham on Sunday.
Reports in Spain have now linked the Reds with Eder Militao, formerly a target for Tottenham and Jose Mourinho who could be allowed to leave Real Madrid.
“As the boss [Zinedine Zidane] always says, until February 1, anything could happen,” Real assistant manager Davide Bettoni said when asked if Alvaro Odriozola, Militao or Isco could follow the likes of Arsenal loanee Martin Odegaard and Luka Jovic out of the exit door.
“Right now we have a squad, we’re happy with the players, and then we’ll see.”
Done deal! Benrahma loan made permanent
Said Benrahma’s loan move to West Ham has been made permanent, the club have confirmed.
The Hammers had always intended to sign the Algerian on a permanent deal from Brentford before late medical complications during the summer window meant the move had to be quickly changed to a loan with an agreement to buy at the end of this season.
Brentford are owed a £20million fee, paid in instalments, as well as £5million in add-ons on top of the £5million loan fee paid last year. Benrahma has signed a five-and-a-half year deal in east London, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2025-26 season.
Maitland-Niles heading for loan?
The Athletic say that West Brom are pushing to sign Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan in the final days of the window.
The versatile academy graduate has struggled to nail down a position or a regular place in Mikel Arteta’s starting line-up, and is desperate to play as he looks to hold down a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Lingard in London for West Ham medical
Jesse Lingard is in London this morning to undergo his West Ham medical as the Hammers and Manchester United finalise the terms of his loan move, writes Jack Rosser.
The two clubs agreed a deal in principle late on Thursday after a day of fraught negotiations over how large a loan fee the Hammers were willing to pay. The deal struck and being signed off this morning will see West Ham pay all of the 28-year-old’s wages, thought to be in excess of £100,000-a-week, as well as a fee of £1.5million.
Should David Moyes want to include Lingard in his squad for the game against Liverpool on Sunday, he will have to be registered by 12pm today.
Blues eye latest Bundesliga swoop
That doesn’t, however, mean that Chelsea aren’t plotting.
According to reports this morning, the Blues are already lining up another summer raid on the Bundesliga, having signed Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in last year’s window.
Sky Sports say that David Alaba – who will be a free agent when his Bayern Munich contract expires – is a key summer target, as is Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Halland, who has a £66million release clause.
Tuchel: No rushed business
Chelsea have a new manager in charge and Thomas Tuchel confirmed yesterday that there is unlikely to be any quick-fire business done in the final days of the window.
Asked about the possibility of late deals, the German said: “No, it’s hard to judge for me right now because we have had one game and two training sessions.
“I’m very happy with what I’ve seen so far in those trainings, the game yesterday, the performance the attitude and the talent and potential.
“I think the squad is not too big, right now we have N’Golo Kante came back today.”
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No permanent Lingard option for West Ham
Standard Sport’s James Robson believes Lingard to West Ham is a move that suits all parties, with the player in need of a change of scenery.
He also confirms that the loan deal includes no option for a permanent summer transfer.