Transfer news LIVE: Arthur to Arsenal falling apart, Newcastle latest

Welcome to 90min’s transfer blog this Wednesday, keeping you on top of every breaking story, report and rumour that you need to know about.

Transfer action has kicked into life these past few days after a relatively quiet window until this point, and clubs now have less than a week to complete their wheeling and dealing this season.

You can keep on top of everything in the live blog below…

7.50pm – Chelsea interested in Alex Sandro

Another day, another left-back being linked with a move to Chelsea.

Today that left-back is Juventus’ Alex Sandro. La Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that the Blues are interested in bringing the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge before the end of the January window – news that Juve fans will be pleased with because he’s not been very good this season.

7.25pm – Alvaro Morata unlikely to join Barcelona

Despite Dusan Vlahovic’s impending move to Juventus, it looks like Alvaro Morata will not be leaving the club in January.

According to COPE’s Helena Condis Edo, Morata’s meetings with club representatives in Madrid have not gone to plan. Atletico Madrid are only interested in a permanent transfer from his parent club to Barcelona, rather than a move that would see Morata’s Juve loan transferred to Barcelona.

7:08pm – Arsenal still struggling with Arthur deal

Juventus are still standing firm with their demands for Brazil midfielder Arthur. They want an 18-month loan at the very least, but as 90min reported last week, Arsenal are not offering that.

The Gunners only want six months, and unless they budge, this move looks like it won’t go through.

7:00pm – Atletico closing in on Daniel Wass

Atletico Madrid are set to sign Daniel Wass as their replacement for Kieran Trippier, says Fabrizio Romano.

They have been negotiating with Valencia all month and have now finally struck a deal to bring the Denmark international in.

6:30pm – Barcelona still considering Traore deal

ESPN state that Barcelona could push to sign Wolves’ Adama Traore this month regardless of what happens with Ousmane Dembele.

Tottenham have been pushing for Traore, but as revealed by 90min, they are yet to agree to Wolves’ demands.

6:20pm – Everton join Ndombele race

Everton are the latest side to express an interest in Tanguy Ndombele, according to Foot Mercato.

The Toffees are prepared to pay his wages to take Ndombele on loan, but the Frenchman isn’t particularly keen on joining Everton.

6:05pm – Real to leave Reinier in Dortmund

AS report that Real Madrid will not terminate Reinier’s loan with Borussia Dortmund, despite concerns over his lack of minutes.

The 20-year-old has 53 minutes of Bundesliga action to his name this season, but Real are not looking to find him a better home.

5:50pm – More on Bakker…

Sources have now confirmed to 90min that Newcastle are once again looking at Bakker.

You can find all the details here.

5:40pm – Man City to sign Hungary wonderkid

Manchester City are close to sealing a deal to sign MTK Budapest starlet Zalan Vancsa, say The Telegraph.

The 17-year-old has been chased by a number of the game’s top sides but is close to committing his future to the Premier League leaders.

5:31pm – Watford signing confirmed!

Watford have completed the signing of 24-year-old winger Samuel Kalu from Bordeaux on a permanent deal.

5:23pm – Watford signing incoming?

5:20pm – United value Lingard at WHAT?!

Man Utd have been reluctant to accept Newcastle’s £10m loan offer for Jesse Lingard because, according to The Guardian, they value him at…

Wait for it…

£50m.

5:10pm – Newcastle launch Bakker bid

Next up in the Newcastle merry-go-round is Bayer Leverkusen left-back Mitchel Bakker.

L’Equipe state that a €20m bid has gone in, and Bakker’s agents are in England already to try and get this one done.

4:55pm – Chelsea reluctant to sell Broja

Earlier reports from Italy tipped Newcastle to launch a bid for striker Armando Broja, who is currently shining on loan with Southampton.

The feeling is that Chelsea will resist a mid-season sale, however, in favour of evaluating the situation again at the end of the season.

4:35pm – Barcelona chasing Meunier

Gerard Romero has revealed that Barcelona are working on a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund right-back Thomas Meunier.

As part of the deal, Barcelona hope to send Sergino Dest to Dortmund in exchange.

4:20pm – Saliba ready to fight for Arsenal future

William Saliba would prefer to leave Marseille at the end of the season and fight for his spot in the Arsenal squad, say football.london.

Earlier reports had claimed that Saliba could stay in France if Marseille reach the Champions League next season.

4:10pm – Morata inches closer to Barcelona move

Juventus’ imminent signing of Dusan Vlahovic has seen Alvaro Morata suddenly become expendable, and Sport say that has helped his chances of joining Barcelona.

Juventus and parent club Atletico Madrid are both ready to approve the move, and El Desmarque add that Morata and his agent are currently in Madrid to negotiate his exit.

3:50pm – Newcastle in for Broja?

TuttoMercatoWeb are back once again, but this time, they’ve brought a claim that Newcastle have launched a bid for Chelsea’s Armando Broja.

£34m is on the table apparently, but loan club Southampton are also expected to bid soon as well.

3:35pm – Liverpool following Dybala

Liverpool are keeping a very close eye on Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, say TuttoMercatoWeb.

The Reds have been tipped to launch a bid for Dybala in the coming weeks, and he is believed to be interested in what Liverpool have to say.

3:10pm – Wijnaldum keen on Arsenal

Sky Sports claim that Georginio Wijnaldum would be keen on a move to Arsenal this month.

Things haven’t gone particularly well for him at PSG and he could return to the Premier League six months after leaving Liverpool.

2:53pm – Hwang to join Wolves permanently

Wolves have confirmed that they have triggered their option to sign Hwang Hee-chan permanently at the end of the season.

2:50pm – Inter closing on Gosens

Inter have struck a deal to sign Atalanta left-back Robin Gosens, says Fabrizio Romano.

The German is set to join on an initial loan with a €25m obligation to buy in the summer.

2:35pm – PSG contact Ousmane Dembele

Here’s a good one for you. Ousmane Dembele’s agent has landed in Barcelona and his arrival was caught on camera. He had his phone in one hand and coincidentally received a call while the screen was pointed towards the camera.

Who was calling him?

“Leonardo PSG”

2:20pm – Newcastle in for Burn

What’s that? You want more Newcastle rumours? Well, you’re in luck!

The next centre-back tipped to move to St James’ is Brighton’s Dan Burn, with negotiations over a £10m move reportedly underway.

2:05pm – Lyon furiously deny Guimaraes reports

Lyon have released a statement denying that they have agreed a fee with Newcastle for the sale of Bruno Guimaraes.

“Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media reporting an agreement between Newcastle and OL for the transfer of Brazilian international midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

“In this transfer window period where the slightest rumour is often presented as reality, Olympique Lyonnais reminds that only information officially released by the club is to be taken into consideration.”

1:45pm – Neymar opens up on failed Barcelona transfer

In case you’ve missed it, Neymar has released a documentary about his life and career on Netflix recently.

The Brazil superstar opened up on his desire to leave PSG in the last few years in order to return to Barcelona.

“When I made the decision to leave PSG, it wasn’t because of a fan or a club.

“It’s because I saw that I felt better elsewhere. I never had anything against PSG supporters, nor against the club itself. It was never that.

“On the contrary. I am very grateful, we are on the same side, we defend the same shirt. I am here to help.”

1:25pm – Guimaraes deal not yet agreed

Despite earlier reports that Newcastle have agreed a fee for Bruno Guimaraes, 90min understands this isn’t the case just yet.

You can read the latest on the deal here.

1:15pm – Bayern confirm Sule summer departure

Niklas Sule will leave Bayern Munich upon the expiry of his contract this summer, according to CEO Oliver Kahn.

“The negotiations with Niklas dragged on for a very long time. We made him an offer. He didn’t accept it. He wants to leave the club at the end of the season.

“We have a certain responsibility when it comes to the offers. We have to stick to certain financial conditions. It’s normal in this business that you’ll not always reach an agreement.”

1:10pm – Clarke leaves Tottenham on loan

There’s been some transfer action at Spurs, but only on the outgoings front.

Jack Clarke has joined Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season…

12:45pm – Spurs continue Amrabat pursuit

Tottenham are closing in on the loan signing of Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, though the player still needs to green-light the move himself.

You can read more on this developing story here.

12:20pm – Gil responds to exit rumours

Mundo Deportivo ran a story this morning claiming that Bryan Gil is desperate to leave Spurs after just six months in north London.

But the floppy-haired winger has responded to these claims on Twitter…

12:00pm – Mbeumo signs new Brentford contract

Well, it’s not Christian Eriksen (yet), but it’s still good news for Brentford.

Star forward Bryan Mbeumo – who has managed to hit the woodwork a league-high seven times this season – has signed a new contract in west London until 2026.

11:40am – Brighton’s bid for Spain international rejected.

Brighton have had an initial bid for Braga and Spain striker Abel Ruiz turned down, 90min understands.

You can read our exclusive story here.

11:25am – Ndombele loan hinges on PSG sales

Tottenham want Tanguy Ndombele to leave. Ndombele wants to leave. PSG want Ndombele. Ndombele wants PSG.

Simple, right? Well, not quite.

The Evening Standard report that PSG need to clear their wage bill a little to make room for Ndombele.

11:05am – Pique advised De Ligt against Barcelona move

Spanish TV personality Albert Lesan has shared a story of a conversation he had with former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The ex-Barça chief revealed that Gerard Pique bumped into Matthijs de Ligt while holidaying in 2019 – the year he left Ajax – and advised the Dutch youngster against a move to Camp Nou at this stage of his career.

Barcelona could probably have done with him is the tragic truth…

10:50am – Aubameyang omitted from Arsenal training camp squad

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t keen on a move to Saudi Arabia, Arsenal seem insistent that he doesn’t have a future at the club.

The Telegraph say that out-of-contract Jack Wilshere will join the Gunners on a warm-weather training camp this week, but former club captain Aubameyang will not.

Ouch.

10:30am – Newcastle linked with Szalai move

What’s that? Another player linked with Newcastle? Surely not.

The Chronicle are reporting that Attila Szalai has been offered to the Magpies as a deal for Diego Carlos hangs in the balance.

The Hungary international had been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the autumn.

10:20am – Gil wants to ‘leave Tottenham at all costs’

Oh Bryan Gil, we hardly knew ye.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish youngster has not adapted to life in England and wants out of Spurs after just six months in north London.

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10:15am – Roma keen to build around Zaniolo and Abraham

England striker Tammy Abraham has impressed since moving to Roma, and the club are keen to build around the former Chelsea man.

Gazzetta dello Sport write that Roma want to tie down fellow starlet Nicolo Zaniolo to a new deal amid prior interest from Tottenham and are able to start building a young core.

10:05am – Wolves to make Hwang move permanent

Wolves have been flying under Bruno Lage this season, thanks in part to the contributions of RB Leipzig loanee Hwang Hee-Chan.

And Alex Crook of Talksport reports that the club are ready to activate their £14m clause to make the South Korean’s move to Molineux permanent.

10:00am – Real Madrid lead Endrick race

Imagine being 15 and having the world’s top clubs chasing your signature.

Well, that’s the life of Brazilian starlet Endrick, who has broken into the Palmeiras first team and is being eyed by Europe’s elite.

Marca report that Real Madrid are now the frontrunners to sign the teenager, but it’s hardly a foregone conclusion that he’ll end up at the Santiago Bernabeu.

9:35am – Xavi sets sights on Morata

It seemed inevitable that elite-club journeyman Alvaro Morata somehow find his way to Barcelona eventually.

Mundo Deportivo write that Xavi is keen to sign the Spain striker in addition to Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico before the end of the window.

9:10am – Southampton to make Broja bid

The rise of Albanian youngster Armando Broja has been exciting to watch, going from strength to strength on loan at Southampton.

And now Fabrizio Romano reports that the Saints will make a club-record £25m offer to Chelsea to sign the striker on a permanent deal.

8:55am – Lingard move on the ropes

Jesse LingardJesse Lingard

Lingard’s contract is up in the summer / Dan Mullan/GettyImages

90min understands that talks between all parties regarding Jesse Lingard’s proposed loan to Newcastle broke down late on Tuesday.

However, a deal isn’t quite dead yet and further negotiations are planned for this week.

You can read the full story here.

8:30am – Vlahovic nears Juventus move

One of January’s longest running sagas appears to be coming to an end, with it being widely reported that Juventus have agreed terms for the transfer of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

Commiserations, Arsenal fans.

8:15am – Arteta draws up transfer wish list

After a rather rancid January, Arsenal have come crashing back down to Earth and it’s become apparent that they need to add to their squad.

The Athletic report that Mikel Arteta has identified three key targets, with Wolves’ Ruben Neves headlining his shortlist.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz are also under consideration.

8:00am – Good morning!

Welcome back to 90min’s transfer live blog.

Get your toast down you, grab your coffee and pull up a chair – it’s time to talk about some deals.

Bruno Guimaraes tells Lyon he wants Newcastle transfer

Brazilian international Bruno Guimaraes has told Lyon that he wants to join Newcastle United this month, 90min understands.

The 24-year-old has been a target for a number of clubs, with Juventus and Arsenal both engaging in talks, but the Magpies are clear favourites for his signature.

Lyon, who signed Guimaraes from Athletico Paranaense in 2020 for €20m, are ready to sell but they have insisted that terms with Newcastle have not been agreed.

It is believed that a €40m fee would be required to bring the player to St. James’ Park, but one of the main issues at the moment is the make-up of the deal, in terms of bonuses, payment schedules and other money due to third parties – such as the 20% sell-on fee for Paranaense.

We understand that Guimaraes, currently with the Brazil squad, has confirmed to Lyon’s hierarchy that he would agree to move to St. James’ Park and personal terms are not seen as an issue.

However, we understand that Newcastle will not allow the deal to drag on deep into the weekend as they want the transfer finalised as soon as possible. The Magpies have in face made it clear to the French giants they will walk away from the deal if a satisfactory conclusion is not reached in the very near future.

Anthony Martial refuses to rule out permanent Sevilla move

Anthony Martial has refused to rule out a permanent move to Sevilla and has confessed he is looking forward to enjoying football once again.

Martial asked to leave Manchester United this month after tumbling down the pecking order, and after a public disagreement with interim manager Ralf Rangnick, eventually accepted a pay cut to seal a six-month loan to Sevilla.

There is no option to buy Martial permanently in the loan contract, but the Frenchman has left the door open to a long-term stay in Spain.

“I have joined for five months but you never know what the future holds,” Martial told Sevilla TV.

“It’s not just about money. It’s to play and to enjoy it. That’s it. That’s why I chose to come here, to play and to enjoy football again.

“I want to play more and show what I can do. I believe Sevilla is the perfect place to do that.

“I want to score goals, provide assists and be crucial for this team in the next five months. There are many good players at Sevilla and I want to bring my experience to the side.”

Martial remains under contract at United until 2024 and the Red Devils have the option to extend that by a further year, so they are in no rush to part ways with the 26-year-old and make a loss on the £36m they paid to sign him back in 2015.

United agreed to waive a loan fee to allow Martial to join Sevilla, but they are reluctant to do the same for Jesse Lingard, whose proposed loan switch to Newcastle is on the brink of collapse.

Premier League’s best midfielders – ranked

The Premier League is home to a string of great midfielders and the best thing is, there’s a player to suit everyone’s needs.

Destructive number fours, playmaking number sixes, dynamic number eights and silky number tens. You name it, the Premier League’s got it.

But who is the cream of the crop? Here is 90min’s top 10 PL midfielders on current form…

Conor GallagherConor Gallagher

It’s been a coming of age season for Gallagher / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Conor Gallagher showed promise at West Brom last season, but few expected him to push on quite this much at Crystal Palace.

Gallagher is a boundless bundle of energy in midfield, who racks up goals and assists regularly. Expect to see him bundling around for Chelsea next term.

Mason MountMason Mount

Mount is a manager’s dream / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It is rare that attacking midfielders are as consistent as Mason Mount.

Spotless out of possession, he also uses the ball efficiently, as his seven goals and eight assists this season can attest to.

Chelsea have spent a lot of money on their squad in recent times but few players are as important as this homegrown talent.

Phil FodenPhil Foden

Foden can play almost anywhere / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Phil Foden can do things that very few players in the Premier League can replicate.

An irresistible blend of pace, technique and movement make him nigh-on impossible to defend against. It is scary to think what he will go on to achieve before he calls time on his career.

Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes

Fernandes would have topped this list at times last season / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Bruno Fernandes being as low as seven on this list would have been unthinkable during the early part of his Man Utd career.

However, although he has been picking up his game in January, he has failed to replicate the heights of his early Red Devils days this season.

On his day, he remains unplayable.

Ilkay GundoganIlkay Gundogan

Gundogan is great going in both directions / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages

Once lost in the shuffle of world-class midfielders at the Etihad Stadium, Ilkay Gundogan stepped out on his own in 2021.

Scoring for fun and plugging gaps in the City midfield before they even formed, he can no longer be ignored when compiling a list of the Premier League’s best.

N'Golo KanteN'Golo Kante

Kante is tireless / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

N’Golo Kante’s powers were being doubted a while ago but he has made these critics look very stupid over the past 12 months.

Underrated on the ball, his defensive powers are legendary and over the past few seasons he has even started to add some goals to his game. He’s also a thoroughly nice bloke by all accounts.

Declan RiceDeclan Rice

Rice is a target for several Champions League sides / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

One day, probably in the future, West Ham are going to sell Declan Rice for a lot of money.

Sure, his price tag will be inflated by the ‘English player’ tax, but he will also attract monster bids because he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.

RodriRodri

Rodri has gone from strength to strength this season / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Rodri has had his doubters over the years, but this season accepting his brilliance has become mainstream.

Replacing the timeless Fernandinho was never going to be an easy task but the Spaniard has continually risen to the challenge and is now one of the few ‘undroppables’ in Pep Guardiola’s side.

Bernardo Silva, Mateo KovacicBernardo Silva, Mateo Kovacic

Bernardo is so hard to dispossess / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

It is impossible not to marvel at Bernardo Silva whenever he takes to the pitch.

His close control, agility, and turn of pace mean he can carry the ball for pretty much as long as he wants. Once he gets to the end of his meandering runs he normally provides a key pass, assist or goal too.

Kevin De BruyneKevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne is one of the best players around / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Here he is. The best midfielder in the Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne seems to finally be on his way back to his best following a few injury frustrations – and we’re loving it.

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Honduras vs Canada: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Canada will look to maintain their unbeaten record in World Cup qualifying when they travel to Honduras on Thursday.

John Herdman’s side are without defeat in eight games so far, topping the Concacaf table one point ahead of the United States and two clear of Mexico.

Honduras, meanwhile, are bottom with zero wins and just three points – nothing but a victory will do here to keep their slim hopes of reaching Qatar 2022 alive.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game…

When is kick-off? Thursday 27 January, 20:05 (EST)
Where is it being played? Olímpico Metropolitano
What TV channel is it on? Sportsnet 360 (Canada)/Paramount+, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA)
Live stream: OneSoccer

Alberth Elis is Honduras' most dangerous attacking weapon.Alberth Elis is Honduras' most dangerous attacking weapon.

Alberth Elis is Honduras’ most dangerous attacking weapon. / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Hernan Dario Gomez has picked a very different roster to the one that lost to Costa Rica and Panama in November, with Boniek Garcia left out and the likes of Denil Maldonado, Diego Rodriguez, and Juan Delgado figuring among the new faces.

CF Montreal forward Romell Quioto will be important in attack, but a huge performance is needed from Alberth Elis, who has eight goals to his name in 14 Ligue 1 appearances for Bordeaux this season.

Alphonso Davies is out of action for Canada.Alphonso Davies is out of action for Canada.

Alphonso Davies is out of action for Canada. / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Alphonso Davies is easily Canada’s biggest absence, but he’s not the only important name missing from the roster with midfielder Stephan Eustaquio testing positive for Covid-19.

Even so, Herdman still has pleny of firepower at his disposal in the likes of Jonathan David, Cyle Larin, and Tajon Buchanan.

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Despite Canada’s recent rise, they haven’t managed a win over Honduras in their last three attempts – only doing so once in the last six meetings. They even lost 8-1 to Thursday’s opponent back in 2012.

The 1-1 draw between these two sides back in September counts for one of just three points earned for Honduras so far, and is one of four ties by Canada.

Away games in any Concacaf match are tough – not least in World Cup qualifying.

Even though this is a match between top and bottom of the group, Herdman will know nothing will come easy for his side. Honduras will be defensive and aggressive. Can the Canucks split them open without the dynamism of Alphonso Davies?

It’s a tough task, but Jonathan David and Co should just about get the job done.

Prediction: Honduras 1-2 Canada