Transfer rumours: Arsenal target Jovic, Lingard pursuit intensifies

Arsenal may pursue a loan move for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic after learning that long-term target Dusan Vlahovic is keen to join Juventus. (The Sun)

The Gunners are also considering Real Sociedad‘s Alexander Isak, Lille‘s Jonathan David and Everton‘s Dominic Calvert-Lewin as potential alternatives. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona will rekindle their interest in Juventus striker Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard is likely to be surplus to requirements if La Vecchia Signora complete the signing of Vlahovic. (Goal)

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has emerged as a surprise target for Ligue 1 high-flyers Nice. The 29-year-old is one of Newcastle‘s main targets and has also been linked with West Ham. (Foot Mercato).

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta will sign a three-year contract with Barcelona once his contract expires this summer. (Sport)

Bayern Munich have turned their attentions to Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen after Niklas Sule rejected a new contract. 25-year-old Christensen is out of contract in the summer. (Goal)

Newcastle have opened talks with Tottenham over the loan signing of Dele Alli (Telegraph) and are considering a move for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus, PSG and Barcelona are among six European clubs interested in signing former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has fallen out of favour in north London. (Daily Mirror)

Aubayemang has made it known that he’s not interested in a move to Saudi Arabia. The 32-year-old has been subject of interest from Al Nassr and Al Hilal in recent weeks. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid and Barcelona have agreed not to target each other’s players if they are under contract. The agreement comes as a result of the former’s alleged interest in defender Ronald Araujo, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Camp Nou. (Marca)

Bayern Munich have contracted the agent of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong regarding a possible move. Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG are other clubs interested in the 24-year-old. (Marca)

Manchester United are one of ten clubs understood to be tracking Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira, who has previously shone for Portugal’s Under-21s. (The Sun)

United won’t be following up their interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, and neither will rivals Liverpool. (Daily Mail)

West Ham will have to make a permanent bid for Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car if they are to persaude the Ligue 1 to agree a January deal. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, who is keen to play regular first-team football, is a target for Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard. (Football Insider)

Manchester United will allow left-back Alex Telles to leave Old Trafford if a bid of around £13m is made by an interested party. (Express)

Tottenham have enquired about the availability of Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat. The 25-year-old is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with Morocco and is the younger brother of former Watford forward Nordin. (Daily Mail)

Transfer news LIVE: Sevilla close on Martial, Carlos to Spurs, Vlahovic latest

Welcome to 90min‘s rolling transfer news blog this Tuesday – where you can keep up to date with all the goings on across Europe as we enter the final week of the January window.

As has become the case with the mid-season transfer window in recent seasons, although rumours have been rife, there has been relatively little activity to this point.

However, there is a sense that things are building to a crescendo, with some of the biggest names to have been regulars in the rumour mill finally nearing moves to new clubs.

On Monday, Man Utd duo Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were back in the headlines, while there was a big update on coveted Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. There are likely to be flurries of activity at Tottenham and Newcastle too, with both clubs looking to have a minor overhaul of their squads before the deadline on Monday night.

We’ll have all the latest news as it happens. You can stay across everything in the live blog below…

9:00am – Juventus make Vlahovic move

We revealed yesterday that Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has informed the club of his desire to join their Serie A rivals Juventus – the club they specifically did not want to sell to.

I’m sure has gone down really well, then.

According to various reports from Italy, the Bianconeri have now made their move with a €60m plus bonuses offer for the Serbian hitman. Some go as far as to claim that the deal is done…

8.50am – Quick Martial update…

Quick update on Anthony Martial’s move to Sevilla, with things progressing quickly.

90min understands the Frenchman is set to complete his medical and Sevilla will announce the deal today.

8:48am – Lingard would be nice for Nice

French side OGC Nice have been linked with a surprise move for Man Utd’s Jesse Lingard, rivalling Newcastle for the England international.

According to FootMercato, Nice – who are second in Ligue 1 – want to strengthen on the wings and manager Christophe Galtier is keen on Lingard.

However, the midfielder’s wages would be a major stumbling block.

8:36am – Martial heading for Seville

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial will travel to Andalusia today to secure a loan move to Sevilla.

90min understands Martial has agreed to reduce his hefty wages in order to make the deal possible.

8:00am – Good morning!

Welcome aboard this grey, cold Tuesday!

While the weather is wintery, the transfer window is hotting up. Stay with us for all the latest news.

Watford hold talks with Roy Hodgson

Watford have held talks with former Crystal Palace, Fulham and England manager Roy Hodgson following the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri on Monday afternoon.

Being shown the door in the wake of Friday’s home defeat to Norwich, Ranieri was in charge of the Hornets for just 14 games after being hired to replace Xisco Munoz in October.

90min can reveal that talks between Watford and Hodgson have taken place, with the 74-year-old understood to be the leading candidate to take over.

Hodgson already has Premier League great escapes under his belt, having guided Fulham to safety when he replaced Lawrie Sanchez at Craven Cottage halfway through the 2007/08 campaign.

The following season, Fulham finished seventh in the Premier League to qualify for the Europa League and then went on to reach the final of the competition in 2010.

Hodgson similarly guided West Brom to safety when he was appointed in February 2011 and took the Baggies into the top half in his first and only full season in charge. That saw him rewarded with the England manager’s job ahead of Euro 2012, which he held until 2016.

Hodgson returned to club management in 2017 when he was hired by boyhood club Crystal Palace. The Eagles finished 11th, 12th, 14th and 14th during his four seasons in charge, leaving Selhurst Park at the end of last season when his contract expired.

His coaching career has lasted 45 years to date and has spanned six decades. He is revered for his work in Scandinavia in the 1980s and has also worked in Switzerland, Italy and UAE in addition to also taking charge of Blackburn and Liverpool in the Premier League era.

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AFCON tragedy sees at least 6 people die in stampede outside stadium

At least six people are believed to have died as a result of a stampede that occurred outside the stadium hosting the Africa Cup of Nations last 16 clash between Cameroon and Comoros.

The game was played at the purpose-built 60,000-capacity Paul Biya Stadium to the north of Cameroon’s capital city, Yaounde.

There were initial unconfirmed reports of a crush outside the venue before the game, claiming that 10s of people were injured and several tragically killed. It has since been confirmed by the Associated Press that there have been at least six fatalities as a result of the incident.

The game on the pitch was narrowly won by the host nation, despite facing an opposition without a specialist goalkeeper and that played most of the contest with 10 players after an early red card.

Cameroon struggled to even test emergency goalkeeper Chaker Alhadhur for much of the game but got ahead midway through the first half through Karl Toko Ekambi.

Vincent Aboubakar added some breathing room in the second half which proved very necessary when Youssouf M’Changama scored a screamer from distance for Comoros that could yet end up being the goal of the tournament.

The Olembe Stadium had already hosted five games at the tournament prior to the knockout rounds, including all three of Cameroon’s group fixtures.

It is also due to host one of the quarter-finals, one of the semi-finals and the final itself.

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OL Reign sign goalkeeper Laurel Ivory to 1-year contract

OL Reign have signed former University of Virginia goalkeeper Laurel Ivory to a one-year contract with a second-year option, the club announced on Monday. 

Ivory stands as a Discovery signing after going undrafted in 2021. 

“Getting an opportunity with this club and in a fantastic city is something I have dreamed about and have worked towards for as long as I can remember,” said Ivory in a team release.

“I’m super grateful for Laura [Harvey] and the coaching staff who believe in me enough to have me join this team and I’m excited to get started,”

She joins Phallon Tullis-Joyce as an OL Reign goalkeeper in the pre-season. 

“I’m really pleased to have Laurel joining the club,” said head coach Harvey in the release. “She is a great goalkeeper and hard worker; she has proven her qualities over the past five years at UVA. She will make an excellent addition to our goalkeeper group.”

Ivory also has experience with the US women’s national team youth programs, having been involved with both the Under-17 and Under-20 teams. She was the starting goalkeeper for the Under-17 women’s national team at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Ivory was recently called into this month’s USWNT Under-23 camp, taking place concurrently with the senior USWNT camp in Austin, Texas.