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 – and Mauricio Pochettino is all set to be the next coach in Paris.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are reportedly keen on Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey if Hector Bellerin leaves the club, while Real Madrid playmaker Isco and Heretha Berlin defender Omar Rekik are said to be on Mikel Arteta’s shortlist. Tottenham are after Marcel Sabitzer, while Frank Lampard is under pressure to get his summer signings firing at Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel now free to take on a new job.
Follow all the latest January transfer window news, deals, rumours and gossip in our LIVE blog below.
Isco to Arsenal?
Moving to north London now… Emile Smith Rowe has offered Arsenal fans a taste of how a creative player can get Mikel Arteta’s Gunners firing once again. Still, with Mesut Ozil looking almost certain of leaving next summer – or possibly earlier – Arteta will need more from his midfield.
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are interested in a short-term loan deal for Isco, which would see the Real Madrid playmaker parachute into the Emirates for the rest of the season. It’s the sort of deal that could work for all parties, though there will likely be competition for the Spain international’s signature – and Spurs were previously interested…
Caicedo and Aarons to Man Utd?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tempered Manchester United fans’ expectations of a busy January window, but could their recent form cause a rethink?
United are two points off Premier League leaders Liverpool, and a couple of winter additions could well take them to the next level in terms of a title challenge.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Norwich City’s Max Aarons is a target to offer a more attacking alternative than Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back. Aarons is said to be “appreciated” at Old Trafford, but a deal is “not close” given there’s no bid.
As for Moises Caicedo? The 19-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder has been making headlines of late with links to United. Romano says the deal is “up to Man Utd. Contacts on but no decision made yet. Other clubs also interested.”
Arsenal told to pay up
Arsenal have been told they need to cough up around €600,000 (£542,000) to sign Hetha Berlin defender Omar Rekik, according to Bild.
Rekik almost joined in the summer but Arsenal were unable to get a deal over the line.
However, the 19-year-old is now expected to complete the transfer in January.
Skriniar a no-go for Klopp
Liverpool have ruled out a move for Inter’s Milan Skriniar, according to Calciomercato.
Spurs failed with a bid for the centre-back in the summer and Inter have not dropped their £54m asking price, a fee Liverpool are unwilling to pay.
Poch wants Dele reunion
Mauricio Pochettino could attempt to raid his former club for Dele Alli once appointed by PSG.
Alli is open to a move away from Spurs in January to reignite his career but the club is increasingly reluctant to allow the 24-year-old to leave – either permanently or on loan – next month, as injuries mount in Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Spurs are also hopeful that Alli can still rediscover the form that made him one of the best young players in Europe, while the club are also conscious that they are unlikely to be able to find a replacement of his quality in the January transfer market.
Arsenal want Jordan
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.
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.”
Pochettino wants Zaha
Mauricio Pochettino is wasting no time identifying his transfer targets at PSG, with Wilfried Zaha among the names he is expected to make moves for.
The Sun claim that Pochettino will be given money to spend in January and Zaha, a target of his while at Spurs, is in his sights.
Arsenal interest in Isco loan
Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Isco on loan for the remainder of the season, according to PA.
The report claims the move would be dependent on Real Madrid subsidising his wages and would also need Arsenal to let a player go because of their home-grown quota.
Chelsea and Liverpool in for Sancho?
That’s the latest, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
“I think he’s moving next summer,” the Sky Italy journalist told Que Golazo Podcast. “Yes, as we said, it’s so difficult in January, we’ve said that so many times about Jadon Sancho, because Borussia Dortmund are not huge to sell their players in the middle of a season, of a complicated season as they are having, so they need their stars to be back at a top level, and they don’t want to sell Jadon Sancho in January.
“But next summer I expect Jadon Sancho to leave the club. Yes, he was really one step away from leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, Manchester United were really close to signing him for €100m, but then Borussia Dortmund changed their plans, but Manchester United had the agreement with the player and his agents, so everything was ready, and then the deal collapsed at the last stages.
“That’s why I say next summer, I expect Jadon Sancho to leave the club and be back in the Premier League. We have to understand if Manchester United will arrive with €120m (£109m), if they will be ready this time to sign the player or if they’ll take the risk of other clubs joining the race.
“I will say like Liverpool, Chelsea, and a lot of clubs are scouting the situation of Jadon Sancho, so at this point the race is open.”