The winter market is now open for business, with Premier League clubs free to bolster their respective squads ahead of a hectic second half to the 2020/21 season.
Arsenal are said to be interested in Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia and PSG’s Julian Draxler, though Mikel Arteta’s priority appears to be moving on players this month after the respective loan exits of Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba. Mesut Ozil is thought to be in talks over a move to MLS side DC United and Sokratis is attracting interest from Serie A outfit Genoa, while it is reported that Lucas Torreira – currently on loan at Atletico Madrid – could be recalled and sent to Fiorentina instead as Alexandre Lacazette awaits new contract talks.
Tottenham have put contract talks with fearsome strike duo Heung-min Son and Harry Kane on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic, with no major new arrivals expected this month. However, there could soon be a reunion between two former Spurs favourites, with Mauricio Pochettino supposedly keen on taking Christian Eriksen from Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain.
West Ham have a new striker in their sights, with Josh King and Graziano Pelle mentioned as possible options, though a return for Marko Arnautovic is unlikely. Liverpool are keen on a deal for Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, though Xherdan Shaqiri looks likely to remain at Anfield until the summer. As for Manchester United, Kingsley Coman seems content to stay at Bayern and Southampton are believed to have failed with a move for Brandon Williams.
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Wijnaldum ‘wants Liverpool stay’
Sky Sports are reporting that Georginio Wijnaldum is still hopeful of agreeing a new deal at Liverpool.
The Dutchman is due to be out of contract at the end of the season and is free to negotiate with European clubs from now, though reports have suggested he will inform Liverpool of a final decision one way or the other first.
The midfielder has been heavily linked with a free transfer to Barcelona – where he would link up with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman – this summer, but the Sky Sports story claims his preference would be to sign a new contract at Anfield.
Balcombe joins Doncaster on loan
Brentford goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan after penning a new contract at the club.
The England U21 international is third choice in west London, behind David Raya and Luke Daniels.
Bissouma a wanted man
Despite Brighton’s struggles this season, Yves Bissouma is drawing plenty of admirers across the Premier League.
The 24-year-old midfielder is being linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and AS Monaco by the BBC, while Arsenal are also said to be interested in his signature.
One positive for Brighton is that with a host of parties set to compete for his signature, Bissouma will not necessarily come cheap – and the midfielder is set to have his pick of clubs, even if a move is more likely in the summer.
Buendia a tough sell for Norwich
Should Mesut Ozil be on his way this month, Emi Buendia is on Mikel Arteta’s shortlist – but Norwich are not looking to sell the playmaker.
Norwich are top of the Championship, and Canaries boss Daniel Farke said earlier this week: “Emi is a key player for us, an important member of the group, and he is totally committed to us.
“He is our player and will continue to be our player. He is on a long-term contract so we keep him.
“Everyone knows his qualities – I don’t expect interest just because he scored a wonder goal today. People know what he can do.”
Mesut Ozil latest
Mesut Ozil’s future appears to lie away from Arsenal, but whether he will be on the move this month is another matter.
Now Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has said the former German international intends to stay at Arsenal this month and leave in the summer, but admits that things could change very quickly this month.
“We were not allowed to talk legally before January 1 so now we are just starting to look at the options with the numbers and details,” Sogut told ESPN.
“I can’t talk about the clubs directly because it would be unprofessional but generally, there is six months left on the contract and it is nothing unusual that we will talk to people about different opportunities and try to find the best option for Mesut.”
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