Transfer news LIVE! Rice prefers Chelsea to Man Utd, Upamecano latest

It’s been something of a slow start to the New Year window for obvious reasons as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause financial uncertainty across the Premier League and beyond.

However, deals are still expected to be made this month, with clubs and managers eager not to leave themselves too understrength for what promises to be a hectic second half to the 2020/21 campaign.

Chelsea look to have the edge on Manchester United – who could face interest from new PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino in Paul Pogba –  in the race to sign Declan Rice, with reports that the West Ham midfielder would prefer to move to Stamford Bridge.

Both Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are also said to have a strong interest in French defender Dayot Upamecano, who may be allowed to leave RB Leipzig. Jesse Lingard is attracting interest from Inter Milan, meanwhile.

Tottenham have been linked with Real Madrid defender Eder Militao and Upamecano’s Leipzig team-mate Marcel Sabitzer, while West Ham are now said to be tracking Watford’s Ismaila Sarr and Mariano Diaz as they seek attacking reinforcements following the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax, but look to have missed out on Moussa Dembele.

Borussia Dortmund may be willing to sell Arsenal target Julian Brandt for the right price, while the Gunners could have to pay a sizable sum to offload Mesut Ozil.

Manchester City stalwart Fernandinho has received several offers ahead of becoming a free agent this summer and Liverpool are still waiting for good news with regards to David Alaba and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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West Ham eye Mariano Diaz

West Ham have been mentioned in connection with so many potential attacking recruits since offloading record signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax on Friday.

The latest is Mariano Diaz, with the Mail on Sunday claiming that the Hammers are pondering a loan move for the Real Madrid forward, who has made only six appearances this season and was previously a target for West Brom.

The report also mentions Slavia Prague’s teenage forward Abdallah Sima as a possible Haller replacement.


Chelsea and Man Utd want Upamecano

Plenty of Dayot Upamecano speculation doing the rounds this weekend too.

Chelsea have joined the race to sign the highly-rated French defender per the Mail on Sunday, while Liverpool and Manchester United continue to be linked with his signature also.

Now Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has admitted that Leipzig – who sold Timo Werner to Chelsea last summer and previously Naby Keita to Liverpool – will sell key assets again if it makes sense financially.

“We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality,” he told Sport Bild. “So we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view.

“When I think of Werner, [Matheus] Cunha, [Naby] Keita or [Diego] Demme, we’ve already made a lot of money and still made progress in terms of the sporting side.

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“Overall, we have invested a lot in our team, no question about that. But look: the current squad had a market value of less than €250 million when the individual players made their debut.

“And if we now take the current market value, we are at around €550 million. You have to take this plus of over €300 million into account when you talk about investments. We are creating value with our path.”


Chelsea edge over Man Utd in Rice chase?

One of Sunday’s key transfer headlines relates to West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

According to the Sunday Mirror, the England international has told friends he has no interest in moving to Manchester and would prefer to stay in London, with Stamford Bridge his preferred destination.

That would appear to give long-time admirers Chelsea a massive edge over United in the battle to sign Rice, who is said to be valued at a cool £80m by West Ham as things stand.


Chelsea enter Upamecano race

Chelsea have turned attentions to RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, according to the Daily Mail.

The Liverpool and Manchester United target is available for £40m due to a release clause in his contract signed last year.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also interested.


Sokratis on his way?

Genoa are looking to sign the Arsenal defender, reports Fabrizio Romano.


Man United ‘favourites’ to sign Soumare

Manchester United are favourites to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, according to reports in Italy.

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The 21-year-old has become a key player for the Ligue 1 side this season but has just 18 months on his current deal.

“He is an important player but I don’t think he will be coming to Serie A,” Italian journalist Vito Angele told The Italian Football Podcast.

“Man Utd are working on him and they are the favourites to sign him right now. Lille are also asking a high price for him which is too much for Milan.”


West Ham target King makes rare Bournemouth start

West Ham fans might want to keep an eye on this afternoon’s FA Cup third-round tie between Oldham and Bournemouth.

Josh King is making his first start for the Cherries since November at the Vitality Stadium.

The Norwegian is on David Moyes’ list of potential replacements for Sebastien Haller…


West Brom sign Lonergan on short-term deal

West Brom have added to the signing of Robert Snodgrass by bringing in free agent Andy Lonergan.

The veteran goalkeeper, 37, has signed a short-term contract at The Hawthorns lasting until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Lonergan has a wealth of experience gained with the likes of Leeds, Preston, Bolton and Fulham and was most recently at Stoke, having previously won the Premier League as a member of Liverpool’s all-conquering squad.


PSV Eindhoven eyeing Alderweireld swoop

Winks is not the only Spurs player being tracked by potential suitors from the continent.

Dutch publication De Telegraaf suggest that long-serving defender Toby Alderweireld is in the sights of PSV Eindhoven, who have expressed their interest in signing the Belgian defender.

However, Tottenham would surely take some convincing to sell a player who remains a first-team regular under Jose Mourinho.

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