January 2 is here, which means the winter window is officially open for Premier League clubs to start making any moves following a dramatic start to the season.
Manchester United have gone level on points with League leaders Liverpool. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy with his squad, summer signing Amad Diallo is set to join up with the Red Devils squad, Jadon Sancho is still a target, while reports of a move for Jack Grealish won’t go away – even if the Aston Villa captain would cost £100million.
As for Arsenal, January looks to be more about Mikel Arteta cutting his squad rather than adding to it, with Mesut Ozil’s future a chief concern. Still, the Gunners have been linked with Real Madrid playmaker Isco, AS Roma defender Roger Ibanez and more – so don’t rule out anything just yet.
Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea have the money to spend despite over £200m of summer arrivals, and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma – available on a free this summer – could be a surprise target.
Liverpool are looking at defenders with Lille’s Sven Botman a possibility, while Jose Mourinho says any Tottenham arrivals would be a “big surprise”… but is that a smokescreen from the Spurs boss?
Follow all the latest January <i>transfer window</i> news, gossip and rumours on our LIVE blog.
This weekend get a £10 free bet with Betfair, when you bet £10 on a Same Game Multi on the Premier League.
Terms: Min £10 Same Game Multi bet on any EPL match this Fri – Sun. Free bet valid for 72 hours, awarded at bet settlement. Excludes cashed out bets. T&Cs apply.
Sancho back on United’s radar?
Manchester United tried and failed to land Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund last summer, with the England winger’s £108m asking price too rich for the Red Devils.
However, 90min.com reports that United are confident that they can sign Sancho for far less in 2021 – particularly after his slow start to the season. Sancho is said to still be keen on a move, while the coronavirus pandemic’s continued impact on football finances mean any potential deal could be done for a smaller figure – if not now, then in the summer.
Moyes not ruling out signings
David Moyes has not ruled out dipping into the January transfer market, but is more than happy with the way West Ham are playing after their 1-0 win at Everton.
“I think if the right things were there we would try but we are very aware there has been no money coming through the club so everyone should be aware there isn’t the money to do deals,” he said.
“We aren’t ready yet to compete with the top boys but we are putting on a good show when we are playing them. We are coming close.
“We went to Goodison and got a result, which shows how well the players are playing. I couldn’t praise the players enough, having to play their third game in six days. They have done an incredible job and the level of their fitness and professionalism to be in the best condition is a great credit to them.
“We have added to the squad and those players are contributing. If they don’t contribute they get left aside but when they are coming they are making contributions.”
Botman to Liverpool ‘confirmed’ by Fonte?
Former West Ham and Southampton defender Jose Fonte saw one centre-back partner move to the Premier League in 2020 as Gabriel left Lille for Arsenal, and another one may be heading to England as well.
Sven Botman has been linked with Liverpool given the Reds’ defensive injury woes, and Squawka posted a photo of Botman on Instagram with the message: “Fonte could be losing another centre-back partner to the Premier League soon.”
Fonte has steered into the speculation by replying: “Another one… Always happy to help.”
Another one to watch this month…
Ibanez to Arsenal update
While Mikel Arteta may be more focused on getting rid of players than signing them this month, Roger Ibanez is one player who could be on Arsenal’s wishlist.
According to Calciomercato, the 22-year-old Brazilian – who is set to complete a full move from Atalanta to AS Roma in the summer – is a target for Arteta, though Liverpool are also said to be interested along with PSG, Leicester, Tottenham and Everton.
That sort of interest could spark a summer bidding war, which would suit Atalanta – but not necessarily Arsenal.
Van de Beek kicking his heels
One Manchester United player who wouldn’t benefit from any move for Jack Grealish is Donny van de Beek, who has struggled for game time despite a hectic festive schedule. A January exit is unlikely, but you’d think the Dutch international will surely be on the move next summer if he doesn’t start getting minutes.
Grealish to Man Utd?
Jack Grealish impressed for Aston Villa at Old Trafford despite a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s words with the midfielder at full-time have sent United fans into a frenzy.
Solskjaer and Grealish were seen joking after the game, though one thing that would wipe the smile off the United manager’s face is the fact that the Villa captain is likely to cost around the £100million mark.
That price tag, and Grealish’s importance to Villa, mean a summer move after the Euros is a more likely option if the deal comes to pass – but watch this space…
Donnarumma to Chelsea?
Chelsea already have three capable goalkeepers on the books – Edouard Mendy, Kepa Azpilicueta and Willy Caballero – but they could add a fourth in Guanluigi Donnarumma, it seems.
According to multiple reports, AC Milan’s Donnarumma may be seen as an ideal signing given he is a free agent next summer. That would surely mean the end of Kepa’s Chelsea career…
Good morning and welcome back to our LIVE transfer blog as the January window officially opens today.
Solskjaer expecting Diallo to join Man United soon
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting Amad Diallo to join Manchester United very soon.
It was announced on transfer deadline day last summer that the Red Devils had reached an agreement with Serie A side Atalanta over Ivorian winger Diallo, whom they enthusiastically hailed as “one of the most exciting young prospects in Italian football”.
United said then that they had been keeping tabs on the teenager from Under-15 level and that Diallo would join “at a later date, subject to medical, personal terms and work permit”.
The deal struck with Atalanta was understood to be worth €41million (£36.6m), which will see United pay €21m (£18.7m) up front.
“Amad, we’ve had all the paperwork, I can’t see any obstacles,” Solskjaer said.
“We hope very soon he will be with us. We are very excited to have him in. He’ll need time to develop.”
However, Solskjaer does not seem to be desperate for any further signings in the immediate future, adding: “Apart from that I’m not thinking too much about January.”
Hodgson calm over Zaha future
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is unconcerned by renewed speculation over the future of Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha has struck eight goals in 14 games for the Eagles this season, with PSG and AC Milan the latest clubs to be linked with a big-money move for the 28-year-old.
Hodgson said: “There has been so much speculation regarding Wilf over the years that I tend to let those concerns disappear, as they often do.
“Wilf’s good and it doesn’t surprise me that there’s clubs out there who would like to sign him, but a lot of things have to be put in place before a player leaves a club.
“I’m just happy at the moment that Wilf is playing as he is, displaying his discipline and concentration and his passion for football and the club, and unless I’m given a reason to think otherwise, I expect that to keep going.”