January transfer news & rumours: Liverpool to sign Keita on Sunday

Liverpool to sign Keita on Sunday

Liverpool have succeeded in their bid to push forward the signing of Naby Keita, according to the Express.

The Reds agreed terms with RB Leipzig over the midfielder in the summer, but the sale of Philippe Coutinho has left the club short of cover in the middle. 

Their efforts to move up the transfer date have apparently been successful, and Keita could sign as early as Sunday.

Man Utd to challenge Liverpool for Pulisic

Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund

Manchester United are set to challenge Liverpool over the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s US wonderkid Christian Pulisic, claims the Independent.

Pulisic, 19, is already a regular starter with both club and country, and his added value as an icon in the lucrative US market makes him an attractive signing. 

And while Jurgen Klopp is a confirmed admirer of the star from his former club, he could face stiff competition from Old Trafford this summer.

West Brom set Evans transfer deadline

Jonny Evans West Brom

Manchester City and Arsenal target Jonny Evans has been set a deadline of just over two weeks to decide his future by West Brom, according to the Daily Mail.

The former Man United man has seen his name linked with some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs in the current window. 

But he will have to make up his mind by January 28, or his club will veto a move expected to be worth around  £35 million. 

Spurs drop interest in Arsenal target Malcom

Malcom Bordeaux

Arsenal’s hopes of landing Malcom have received a boost after Spurs cooled their interest in the Bordeaux man, reports the Daily Star.

The 20-year-old has attracted interest from both sides of north London in recent weeks, and could be available this window for £45 million.

But the Gunners, who see him as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez, seem to be in pole position as their rivals dropped out of the race. 

Man City make Fred bid

Fred Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester City have made a £45 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, according to the  Manchester Evening News

The Brazilian has been identified by Pep Guardiola as the long-term successor to Fernandinho in midfield, although he may face competition from rivals United.  

Real Madrid turn to Roma’s Alisson

Alisson Roma

Real Madrid have turned to Roma goalkeeper Alisson as a possible new No. 1 at the Bernabeu, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.  

With Keylor Navas’ place between the posts coming under scrutiny, a number of shot-stoppers have been linked with a Madrid move. 

Among those is the Brazil star, who has gained many fans with his fine performances in Serie A.

Arsenal join chase for Rafinha

Rafinha Barcelona 2016-17

Arsenal have joined the likes of Inter and Celta in pursuing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to Sport. 

Ravaged by injuries, Rafinha has been made available for transfer at Camp Nou as he seeks more playing minutes. 

Both Inter and Celta are keen to strike a loan deal in January, and with Arsenal now in the picture the player will have no lack of options.

Real Madrid move for Man City’s Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is in talks with Manchester City over the possible signing of Raheem Sterling, claims Don Balon.

Sterling has seen marked improvement in his game since coming under the wing of Pep Guardiola. 

And that upturn in form has not escaped the attention of Perez, who sees him as a possible successor to Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.

Conte dismisses Chelsea exit talk

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has redoubled his commitment to Chelsea amid speculation that he could be ready to walk out on the club after just 18 months in charge.

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Wenger plans to stay until 2019

Arsene Wenger Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he is still committed to the Premier League club and has no plans to leave before the end of his contract in 2019.

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Spurs line up new Eriksen and Son deals

Christian Eriksen Tottenham West Ham

Tottenham’s attempts to keep their first team together will continue with fresh contracts for Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son, according to the Mirror.

While Dele Alli and Harry Kane’s deals are top priority at the club, they are also keen to tie down the midfield pair to long-term extensions.

Arda set for return to Turkey

Robin van Persie Fenerbahce

Arda Turan is on the verge of sealing a return to his native Turkey as he negotiates with Superlig leaders Basaksehir, according to Sport.

Frozen out of Ernesto Valverde’s plans at Barcelona, Arda is set for an 18-month loan back home.

Independiente confirm Barco sale

Ezequiel Barco Independiente

Independiente have confirmed Atlanta United target Ezequiel Barco will leave the club in a move believed to be worth $15 million.

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Van Persie to return to Feyenoord

Robin van Persie Fenerbahce Robin van Persie will return to boyhood club Feyenoord after 18 years away from the Netherlands, according to Voetbal  (via the Sun).

The former Arsenal and Manchester United star is expected to undergo a medical on Saturday, having fallen out of favour at Fenerbahce.

‘Chelsea never wanted Vardy’

Jamie Vardy  
Antonio Conte has denied that Chelsea were interested in signing Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

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Man City consider Seri approach

Jean Michael Seri Nice

Manchester City have identified Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri as a possible signing, according to L’Equipe.

Seri, who was close to a Barcelona move in the summer, would add more depth to the City midfield and is highly rated through his displays in Ligue 1. 

Atletico consider Belotti bid

Belotti Torino Serie A

Atletico Madrid are considering an approach for Torino’s Andrea Belotti, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

With Antoine Griezmann’s future far from certain, the Liga side see Torino’s Italy international as a fine replacement in the summer. 

Arsenal want Martial in Alexis deal

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Arsenal want Anthony Martial included in any deal that would take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants a replacement before he allows Alexis to leave, and he is hopeful Martial can be that player.

United are reluctant to let Martial go, however, though they would be willing to include Chris Smalling in the deal should Arsenal be keen on the centre-back.

Man Utd to make De Gea highest-paid player

David de Gea Manchester United

Manchester United are ready to give David de Gea a massive raise in an attempt to fend off interest from Real Madrid, according to The Sun

Madrid are still circling for the 27-year-old and with De Gea’s contract set to expire in 2019, the Red Devils want to offer a new deal to lock down their prized goalkeeper. 

Man Utd reportedly plan to up De Gea’s £210,000-a-week wages to £300,000-a-week, making him the club’s joint highest-paid player along with Paul Pogba.