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Transfer news LIVE! Tomori close to Chelsea exit; De Paul to Liverpool

Halfway through the midseason window we are still yet to see any major moves by any of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, with many of them instead focusing on outgoing. 

Chelsea epitomise that, having spent big on a host of new stars in the summer, and all the speculation today is over Fikayo Tomori’s proposed loan move to AC Milan and whether or not it will include an option-to-buy, while Danny Drinkwater is finally headed for the exit door. 

Arsenal are another club with a keener eye on the exit door than the entrance at the moment, with there still being the possibility that Mesut Ozil could join Fenerbahce this month, while youngster Folarin Balogun is said to be in talks with potential suitors with less than six months to run on his contract. 

Jurgen Klopp has made clear that it is unlikely that Liverpool will sign a centre-back this month despite the Reds’ injury woes but there are rumours linking the Premier League champions with Udinese’s Rodrigo de Paul as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, should the Dutchman leave on a free in the summer. 

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Tomori closing on Milan move

Plenty of suggestions this morning suggest that Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is on the brink of joining AC Milan on loan – but there are conflicting reports regarding the prospect of a permanent move.

Frank Lampard insisted in his press conference yesterday that the England international would only be allowed to leave on a temporary basis.

However, The Guardian report that Milan will only complete the deal if it includes an option-to-buy for around £26million. 

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Fergie: Why Man Utd didn’t sign Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson has led Liverpool to glory as captain over the last few years – but it could have all been so different had Sir Alex Ferguson not passed up the chance to bring him to Manchester United from Sunderland.

Speaking on ‘A Team Talk With Legends’ panel in aid of Sports United Against Dementia and the League Managers Association’s charity In The Game tonight, Ferguson said: “We were ready to make a bid for Jordan Henderson at Sunderland. I spoke to Steve Bruce and he loved the guy.

“And then our medical department said they were not happy with his running style – he could be the type to have injuries.

“I must say it was one of my bits of management to make sure the player is always available. If you sign a player and he is not available for you, it is a waste of time so that is the point I have to make about Jordan.

“We loved him as a player and he has proved that now, he has been fantastic and all the stories I am being told, it tells me I missed out on a really good person.”

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Meyer leaves Palace

Crystal Palace have confirmed that Max Meyer has left the club by mutual consent.

The German midfielder made 56 appearances for Palace since signing in 2018, but has been allowed to leave to find a new club.

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Done deal!

Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Moussa Dembele from Lyon.

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‘Super-agent’ involved in Arsenal’s Solomon move

Football.London claim that super agent Pini Zahavi is in talks with Arsenal over brokering a deal for Israeli international Manor Solomon. 

The Guardian reported earlier this week that Arsenal are keen on a summer move for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger, who has impressed in Champions League action for the Ukrainian side. 

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Guardiola: Garcia could leave this month

Pep Guardiola admits defender Eric Garcia could leave Manchester City this month.

Garcia, who is in the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, has been heavily linked with a return to boyhood club Barcelona when his deal expires.

The 20-year-old Spaniard is now entitled to speak with other clubs and there been suggestions Barca could even move to complete a deal this month.

Asked if that might happen, Guardiola said: “I hope not but maybe the people from Barcelona know more than me. I don’t know what is going to happen but maybe it is going to happen.”

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Official: Rooney appointed permanent Derby manager

Wayne’s got the top job!

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Lampard: Tomori can only go on loan

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Fikayo Tomori will only be allowed to leave the club on loan this month, amid interest from AC Milan. 

The Italian giants are in talks over the prospect of taking the England international to Serve A but reports in the local press have suggested a permanent deal could be on the cards. 

However, Lampard said: “He absolutely has a long-term future at this club and we will see if and when he goes out on loan.   

“There is a long-term plan for Fikayo in my head about his career here. And if he goes out on loan it will be to enhance his personal development, hopefully, help the team he goes to, and come back as a better player.”

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United join Rice race

Manchester United are willing to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea in the race to sign West Ham star Declan Rice, according to ESPN.

The England international has been heavily linked with a return to Chelsea, the club he left as a teenager, but it appears United may enter the fray in the summer. 

The report claims West Ham are still hopeful that their £70million asking price will ward off potential suitors. 

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West Ham face Dia competition

West Ham face considerable competition if they are to pursue Stade de Reims striker Boulaye Dia this month, reports Jack Rosser.

The forward, who has 12 goals in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season, is thought to be available for around £15million this month as West Ham look to replace Sebastien Haller, who joined Ajax for £20million.

Dia is one of a number of targets West Ham are considering and it remains unclear whether any signing will be made this month. If they are to move for Dia, however, sources in France claim that the 24-year-old is in “great demand” during this window.


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