Zubimendi close to Arsenal move, Almiron ‘to leave’ Newcastle and Phillips’ future

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The January transfer window has been slow to get going this month, but might be start to heat up as clubs try to bolster their squads for the second half of the season.

Kieran Trippier is on the list for clubs like Bayern Munich, although Newcastle United are likely to want to hold onto the player Eddie Howe described as the “heartbeat” of the side.

Kalvin Phillips is a wanted man with Newcastle, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all interested in the out-of-favour Manchester City midfielder, with other clubs also monitoring the situation.

Chelsea are prepared to let Armando Broja leave – but only for a substantial fee of £50m, with Ivan Toney a key name on both the Blues’ and Arsenal’s wishlists. Brighton striker Evan Ferguson has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, although the Seagulls have put a high price on the forward, valuing the teenager as over £100m.

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Transfer news and rumours

Arsenal close in on Zubimendi

Bayern Munich have stepped up their hunt for Kieran Trippier

Manchester City and Kalvin Phillips latest

Brian Brobbey plays down reported reunion with former boss Erik ten Hag

Newcastle to sell Miguel Almiron?

Spurs reject Al Nassr’s approach for Emerson Royal

Interest rising in Aaron Wan-Bissaka?

Man Utd target Barcelona defender Araujo

17:00 , Mike Jones

Sky in Germany are reporting that Manchester United have their sights on Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo.

Any potential deal would probably be made for the summer – as a possible replacement for Raphael Varane – but the club have opened discussions with the Spanish giants over the availability of a move in January.

One hold-up may be due to United’s financial restraints. Barca have reported issued a £69m price tag in order to sanction a winter move.

The 24-year-old Argentina international has played 20 times for Barcelona this season and apparantly does not want to leave the club.

Elsewhere, United are said to be interested in Dutch forward Joshua Zirkzee though this interest is in the early stages.

Man Utd and Varane in contract extension talks

16:53 , Mike Jones

Raphael Varane and his representatives are in conversation with Manchester United over a new contract as the defender’s current deal expires in the summer.

The club opted against triggering the one-year option in his current contract though with no defensive reinforcements on the horizon Varane may have a strong chance of remaining at Old Trafford.

The club refused the automatic extension as it would have seen Varane remain on his eye-watering £300,000-a-week wages. Sky Sports report that Varane could now remain at Old Trafford if the two parties can agree on a suitable reduction in wages.

Nuno tells Forest players to ignore points deduction

16:44 , Mike Jones

Nuno Espirito Santo says he will tell his Nottingham Forest players to forget about the threat of a Premier League points deduction.

Forest have been referred to an independent commission over an alleged breach of the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability regulations (PSR).

The league have started the next steps in the process to decide what punishment the club will face, which could include a points deduction and fines.

“Today we will train and we know the players know the situation but I’ll tell them the same thing that I am telling you — let’s forget about it and focus on our job. Our job is the game against Blackpool,” said Nuno.

“We are all concerned within the club but me as a coach, it’s nothing I have to think about or to deal with. My job is clear, it is to prepare the team and that’s what we’re focused with.

“All the conversations and meetings we have are private. I understand that this is the news but at the same time, it’s not my concern. I have to focus, I have to wait until the decision comes and when it does we’re here to deal with that.

“My job is to work, work, work and then work even more. This is all I think about.”

Brighton close to signing new goalkeeper

16:34 , Mike Jones

Brighton are nearing completion on a deal to sign Adelaide United goalkeeper Steven Hall. It is understood the 19-year-old is on his way to the UK to complete a medical and finalise the move.

Hall is an Australia U23 international and Brighton are making an investment in him as a possible future Premier League star.

Leah Williamson issues warning to Fifa over ‘unsustainable’ schedule after ACL injury

16:26 , Mike Jones

Leah Williamson has issued a warning to Fifa and Uefa that their crowded calendar is placing “unsustainable” demands on top women’s players.

Arsenal defender Williamson is closing in on a return from a serious knee injury having resumed training for the first time since tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in April.

The injury forced the England captain to miss last summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

A number of high-profile footballers, including Arsenal teammates Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema, also suffered ACL tears last season.

Leah Williamson issues warning to Fifa over ‘unsustainable’ schedule after ACL injury

What business could Newcastle be doing?

16:20 , Mike Jones

Here’s a round-up of some of the rumours about Newcastle’s possible dealings.

Kalvin Phillips

Midfielder Phillips appears likely to exit Manchester City, with the England international hoping for regular game-time to try and force his way into Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2024 squad. A number of Premier League clubs and Juventus are reportedly interested in the former Leeds man, including Newcastle.

But The Guardian report that the possibility of paying a loan fee and Manchester City’s desire to insert an obligation to buy into the deal have proved a sticking point for Newcastle’s owners. Joelinton’s injury may yet prompt a restarting of talks, though.

Dominic Solanke

Alexander Isak is currently the only fit senior centre forward available to Eddie Howe, with in-form striker Solanke a logical target having impressed for Bournemouth this season having originally been brough to the club by the now-Newcastle manager.

But finances may be a sticking point – Solanke is only likely to move if a significant offer is made, which Newcastle would appear unable to enact without selling one of their own key individuals.

“Yes, a frustrating story for me because, yes, I love Dominic Solanke, I signed him and I rate him very, very highly,” Howe confirmed recently. “But we have not made an enquiry for him and we don’t have the ability to sign a player of that level.”

Bruno Guimaraes

Of course, a significant outgoing could yet open the door to a major incoming. Bruno Guimaraes is the Newcastle player most often linked with a move elsewhere, with Arsenal among the admirers of the Brazilian.

An exit is unlikely to be sanctioned without a suitable replacement lined up.


Ederson of Atalanta has caught the attention of scouts in the Premier League

Could Atalanta midfielder Ederson be the man to replace Guimaraes? The defensive midfielder is attracting the attention of several big clubs, with reports in Italy suggesting that Newcastle scouts have been to Bergamo recently to watch him in the flesh.

Premier League ‘yet to offer’ financial deal to EFL but have spent extra £500m on wages

16:12 , Mike Jones

The Premier League has committed almost half a billion pounds extra to player wages rather than the £285m to the wider pyramid from the deal offered in 2021, according to English Football League chair Rick Parry.

The figure was outlined as the football governance bill enters its “absolute final stages”, according to the government, with the expectation of being passed into law before Easter.

That will bring the establishment of an independent regulator, that will have backstop powers to force the Premier League into a deal, that the EFL wants at a 75-25 split. The top division has as yet made no offer, as it has also developed a cumulative wage bill that is £2bn more than any of the four other major leagues in Europe.

Premier League ‘yet to offer’ deal to EFL but have spent extra £500m on wages

Michael Carrick wants Middlesbrough fans to dream of Wembley but he’s all business

16:04 , Mike Jones

Michael Carrick has urged Middlesbrough supporters to dream of Carabao Cup glory, even if he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

Head coach Carrick, 42, will send his Championship side into their semi-final, second-leg battle with Premier League Chelsea on Tuesday evening knowing they could be just 90 minutes away from Wembley and in with a chance of repeating their 2004 triumph.

Carrick, who enjoyed a glittering playing career during which he won 12 major trophies with Manchester United, insists he and his players must treat the occasion like any other match, but can understand the excitement of the club’s supporters.

Michael Carrick wants Middlesbrough fans to dream of Wembley but he’s all business

Key questions answered as the WSL gears up for a thrilling second half

15:56 , Mike Jones

Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge ensured the title-holders re-established their lead at the top of the WSL table and moved three points clear of both Arsenal and Manchester City.

United, meanwhile, are struggling to recreate the magic that saw them finish runners-up in 2022-23 and just two points below the Blues, securing them a first-ever Champions League berth.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the key questions surrounding the WSL title race with the second half of the season now under way.

Key questions answered as the WSL gears up for a thrilling second half

Chelsea to pay record fee for Mayra Ramirez

15:49 , Mike Jones

Chelsea Women are close to signing Colombia striker Mayra Ramirez for a club-record fee. The 24-year-old has scored six goals in seven league games this season after scoring 14 times last term for Levante.

The Blues have been keen on signing a striker this window after an ACL injury to Sam Kerr.

However, Jessie Fleming is on her way out as the Canada midfielder is on the verge of joining Portland Thorns for a fee of around £250,000.

Manchester United defender set to be next in line to join Saudi Pro League

15:42 , Mike Jones

Manchester United are speaking to Al-Nassr about a potential deal for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The Saudi Pro League club, who signed Cristiano Ronaldo in the first step of the competition’s expansion, are looking for a right-back in what is one of the moves being made in this window.

The fact most foreign player spaces are filled means there is less activity, but Al-Nassr are looking to spend on the position. A £20m bid for Emerson Royal has already been turned down by Tottenham Hotspur.

Wan-Bissaka had been one of the success stories under Erik ten Hag only for injuries to have affected his progress this season. The 26-year-old’s contract runs until the end of next season.

Man United defender set to be next in line to join Saudi Pro League

Mason Greenwood heading to Barcelona?

15:40 , Mike Jones

Mason Greenwood is edging ever closer to a summer switch to Barcelona say The Sun who claim the Spanish giants have been monitoring the former Manchester United star all season.

They are hoping to secure a pre-agreement with the 22-year-old who has told his advisors going to Barcelona is a “dream move”.

Militao extends Madrid contract

15:32 , Mike Jones

Real Madrid defender Eder Militao has extended his contract with the Spanish club until June 2028.

The 26-year-old is currently recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in August but is a vital part of Real’s defence when fit and firing.

Dennis to rejoin Watford on loan

15:22 , Mike Jones

Nottingham Forest have agreed a deal to loan Emmanuel Dennis back to Watford for the remainder of the season.

Forest cut short Dennis’ current loan deal at Super Lig side Basaksehir, who he hasn’t played for since mid-November. He is due to undergo a medical at Watford later today.

The loan move does not include an option to buy.

Who are Aston Villa lining up in January?

15:13 , Mike Jones

Tim Vickery told Sky Sports News: “They’ve been linked with an Argentine centre-back Nicolas Valentini. He’s 22 years old and plays for Boca Juniors as a left-footed centre-back.

“I would be surprised if this one goes through. Valentini is quite often the reserve to Marcos Rojo, the former Man Utd defender.

“The way Villa defend with the high line, that’s something that exposes centre-backs and you wonder if Valentini would be up for that.

“He’s currently in Venezuela playing for Argentina in the U23 championships. He gave away a penalty against Paraguay in the first game.”

Six people die in Guinea celebrating win over Gambia at Africa Cup of Nations

15:04 , Mike Jones

Six people have died in Guinea celebrating the country’s win over Gambia at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Guinea’s 1-0 win at the tournament, which is being hosted in neighbouring Ivory Coast, was only their third Afcon win in the past decade, and gave them hope of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

The victory sparked wild scenes back home as people took to the streets in cars and on motorcycles in the Guinean capital, Conakry, on Friday night. According to Agence France Presse, many revellers sat on car bonnets as they raced around the city.

Six people die in Guinea celebrating win over Gambia at Africa Cup of Nations

Newport forced to close ticket office after ‘appalling abuse’ towards club staff

14:52 , Mike Jones

Newport closed their ticket office ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester United after staff suffered “appalling abuse and threatening behaviour”.

The Welsh minnows host the Premier League giants at a sold out Rodney Parade on Sunday – the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.

Remaining tickets on Monday were only made available for purchase online after the Sky Bet League Two club closed its ticket office.

Newport forced to close ticket office after ‘appalling abuse’ towards club staff

West Ham unlikey to sign Broja

14:43 , Mike Jones

Despite wanting to bring in more attacking players West Ham are unlikely to make a move to sign Armando Broja from Chelsea say The Sun.

The £50m price tag that the Blues have slapped on Broja puts him out of the Hammers’ available funds and they will not want to expunge so much cash for the 22-year-old.

Hayes on leaving Chelsea

14:38 , Mike Jones

Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes expects to “cry her eyes out” during the final weeks of her hugely successful spell at the London club.

The 47-year-old has called it quits on 12 years in charge of the Blues and will move on at the end of the Women’s Super League season to take over as head coach of the United States.

When asked about how she will feel saying goodbye to the club she said: “I don’t think [her feelings] they’ll be mixed, I’ll be absolutely distraught. I’m a bit of a sobber. I think I’ll cry my eyes out for the last few weeks.

“I think I’m now at a point where I’m looking forward to being in the crowd, coming back and hopefully watching Chelsea in many finals.

“I’ve done my bit and I certainly hope they welcome me back as a fan because that’s how I see myself.”

Inter Miami have eyes for Coutinho

14:30 , Mike Jones

Inter Miami are hoping to sign Philippe Coutinho, according to The Sun. The US club are owned by David Beckham who is trying to convince the 31-year-old that a move to America should be the next step in his career.

Calciomercato claim that Beckham is prepared to use current players, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba to convince Coutinho to join.

Coutinho is still on the books at Aston Villa but is currently on loan at Qatari side Al-Duhail until the end of the season.

Diogo Jota confident Liverpool can sustain trophy challenge without absent stars

14:22 , Mike Jones

Diogo Jota is confident Premier League leaders Liverpool can sustain their quest for silverware in the absence of a host of star names following his second-half brace at Bournemouth.

The Reds set aside being without Mohamed Salah, who is due to return to Merseyside for treatment on a muscle injury suffered at the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt, to move five points clear at the top thanks to a thumping 4-0 win.

Manager Jurgen Klopp was also missing defenders Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kostas Tsimikas and Joel Matip and midfielders Dominik Szoboszlai, Thiago Alcantara and Wataru Endo at Vitality Stadium.

Diogo Jota confident Liverpool can sustain trophy challenge without absent stars

Footballers demand ‘consistent and significant consequences’ for racist abuse

14:13 , Mike Jones

Players do not believe the football authorities have put in place strong enough deterrents to combat racism, the chair of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has said.

Coventry midfielder Kasey Palmer and AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan both reported being racially abused during their sides’ matches at the weekend.

Both matches eventually restarted after the alleged incidents, and PFA chair Omar Beckles says players are not convinced the authorities are acting strongly enough on this issue.

Footballers demand ‘consistent and significant consequences’ for racist abuse

Blades target Forest’s Worrall

14:04 , Mike Jones

Sheffield United are interested in signing Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall.

Chris Wilder spoke last week and said that the club were close to making two new signings. Those positions are likely a new goalkeeper and a centre-back.

The Blades are also interested in Everton defender Mason Holgate, who is currently on loan at Southampton, and goalkeeper Ivo Grbic who was on the bench for Atletico Madrid in last night’s 1-0 win at Granada.

Sunderland make approach for Styles

13:55 , Mike Jones

Sunderland have approached Barnsley to sign Callum Styles. The club want to sign him on an initial loan with an obligation to buy him in the summer.

The 23-year-old has scored three times and made two assists in 20 League One appearances so far this season.

Aston Villa reject West Ham offer for Jhon Duran loan

13:46 , Mike Jones

Aston Villa have rejected an offer from West Ham United to sign Jhon Duran on loan.

The London club had proposed a deal that would see the striker move to the London Stadium until the end of the season, while they also included an option to buy the 20-year-old.

Villa, however, have turned down the approach for the Colombia international.

Saudi club Al-Hilal sign Brazil’s Lodi from Marseille

13:38 , Mike Jones

Al-Hilal have signed Brazil defender Renan Lodi from French side Olympique de Marseille, both clubs said on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Lodi agreed a deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2027, with French media reporting that Al-Hilal paid 23 million euros ($24.97 million) for the transfer.

Lodi has earned 19 caps for Brazil.

Al-Hilal top the Saudi Pro League standings with 53 points, seven ahead of second-placed Al-Nassr.

The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) has announced a Sports Clubs Investment and Privatisation Project involving Al-Ittihad, Al-Ahli, Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.

PIF owns 75% of each of the four clubs, while their respective non-profit foundations own 25% of each.

Forest reject approach for Williams

13:30 , Mike Jones

Nottingham Forest have rejected a loan approach from Feyenoord for Neco Williams.

The full-back has played more regularly recently under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo having started against Wolves, Tottenham and Bournemouth and coming off the bench versus Newcastle, Man Utd and Brentford.

Forest signed Williams in 2022 and he has two-and-a-half-years left on his contract.

Smithies retires

13:23 , Mike Jones

Leicester goalkeeper Alex Smithies has announced his retirement from football at the age of 33 due to injury.

The former Huddersfield, Cardiff and QPR keeper has not played for the Foxes since joining in August 2022.

Following a run of persistent injuries, Smithies has been forced to call time on a 17-year playing career that saw him make nearly 500 senior appearances.

Spurs send Perisic out on loan

13:15 , Mike Jones

Tottenham have agreed a deal with HNK Hajduk Split for the loan of Ivan Perisic until the end of the season. The club released this statement:

“We have reached agreement with HNK Hajduk Split for the loan of Ivan Perisic for the remainder of the season.

“The versatile left-sided player appeared in each of our first six games of the season, registering two assists, before he suffered a complex anterior cruciate ligament injury in September.

“Having joined us in May, 2022, the Croatia international went on to make exactly 50 appearances for the club, scoring one goal and providing 14 assists.

“We wish Ivan all the best for the future.”

Martial agent denies Ten Hag rift

13:08 , Mike Jones

Anthony Martial’s agent has denied reports the Manchester United striker has been told to train alone because he is not fit.

Phillipe Lamboley, the France international’s representative, told Sky Sports News that Martial has a hip issue that requires surgery.

“What is said about him is completely false,” Lamboley said on Thursday. “He was not excluded from the group and he has no problem with [Erik ten Hag].

“Anthony has been in Manchester for nine seasons and if he was not a great professional then he would not have been at the club for so long.

“He is simply going to undergo a small operation on his adductors, which he should have done for a while and which did not allow him to be 100 per cent, so he will do it now.”

Martial’s contract has the option of a further year but it is not expected to be taken up by the club.

Bristol City sign promising youngster

13:00 , Mike Jones

Bristol City have completed the signing of Josh Stokes from Aldershot Town.

The 19-year-old is one of non-league football’s most-exciting young players and has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship club.

City have agreed to loan him back to Aldershot for the remainder of the season as part of the deal.

Stokes has scored 16 goals in only 29 appearances for Town.

Brentford loan out Peart-Harris

12:55 , Mike Jones

Brentford midfielder Myles Peart-Harris has joined Sky Bet League One leaders Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old will return to League One after a successful spell with Forest Green Rovers last term though he made his Premier League debut against Luton Town earlier this season.

Manuela Zinsberger signs new Arsenal deal

12:51 , Mike Jones

Arsenal have announced that goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger has signed a new contract with the club. Zinsberger said: “I’m so happy to have signed a new contract with this club.

“I’m so motivated to continue to develop myself as a goalkeeper but also grow as a person – and with the progression that’s taken place here on and off the pitch since I joined, I know this is the right place for me to do that.

“When I step out onto the pitch, hearing the crowd cheering us on, it’s a feeling I can’t describe. The passion our supporters bring lifts us up and together we can go so far.”

West Ham exploring options for attacking reinforcements

12:45 , Mike Jones

West Ham are still exploring deals for Al Ittihad’s Jota and Nordsjaelland’s Ibrahim Osman as they hope to sign a left-sided forward in this window.

Jota has 18 months of his contract left at Al Ittihad but has effectively been omitted from their league games since September. It is understood that he is currently being paid £200,000 per week which would mean taking a massive pay cut should he move to the Hammers.

Osman, meanwhile, is in the US on a warm weather training camp with Nordsjaelland. Should either move happen then West Ham will step up progress for a potential Said Benrahma departure.

Mazilu joins Brighton

12:39 , Mike Jones

Adrian Mazilu has completed his transfer to Brighton, and has subsequently joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the rest of the season.

The Romania U21 international had previously agreed to join the Seagulls in this window from FCV Farul last summer though he continued to play in Romania for the first half of the season.

Technical director David Weir said, “We have been monitoring Adrian and he has done well in Romania. He now has a new challenge with Vitesse in a new league and environment, and we will continue to track his progress closely.”

Race heats up for Kalvin Phillips

12:32 , Mike Jones

There is a clamour for Kalvin Phillips’ services as a host of clubs try to sign the Manchester City midfielder this month.

Phillips has widely been identified as the best central player available on the market right now, and Newcastle are thought to be at the front of the queue among Premier League clubs interested, who include Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are also monitoring the situation and have registered their interest with City, according to the Telegraph.

His future will come down to who can afford to pay the highest proportion of his sizeable wages until the end of the season.

Manchester United set to appoint Man City’s Omar Berrada as new CEO

12:24 , Mike Jones

Manchester United are set to pull off a coup in the first major appointment of the Sir Jim Ratcliffe era, as Omar Berrada of Manchester City is set to be appointed chief executive.

The recommendation comes from INEOS, and has been backed by the board, who have been looking to fill the role since Richard Arnold left last year.

Although there had been expectation that Jean-Claude Blanc would step in as CEO, his preference is to stay with the wider sporting group owned by Ratcliffe. That led United to Berrada, and it is understood he has been earmarked for months.

Manchester United appoint Man City’s Omar Berrada as new CEO

Pochettino not ruling out Broja exit

12:17 , Mike Jones

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out the possible sale of striker Armando Broja this January. The Blues are understood to be demanding a fee of £50m for the 22-year-old, who is attracting interest from Wolves and Fulham.

“At the moment, there is no news,” Pochettino said, “We cannot update in any way.

“It’s all so quiet and I think it’s a good thing because we are working really well and there are no surprises. There is no news about players who can leave or come in.”

Armando Broja could make permanent move away from Chelsea this month

12:11 , Mike Jones

Chelsea could let Armando Broja go on a permanent deal, reports The Athletic’s David Ornstein.

There are plenty of mid-table clubs interested in taking the striker, who Mauricio Pochettino views as surplus to requirements with Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku in his ranks.

Watch this space.

Chelsea have eyes on Dybala

12:05 , Mike Jones

Chelsea are not ruling out a move for Paulo Dybala who has long been rumoured with a move to the Premier League.

According to Calcio Mercato, the Blues are monitoring the Roma striker’s situation especially following the sacking of Jose Mourinho as manager.

There are fear over the striker’s fitness but he is understood to be available for a cut-price fee this month and Chelsea need to bring in forward options.

Sheffield United loan bid for Mason Holgate off after Everton ask for higher fee

11:59 , Mike Jones

Sheffield United’s loan swoop for Mason Holgate has collapsed after Everton’s last-minute demand for a bigger fee.

The Toffees wanted the Blades to pay £250,000 after it was agreed the defender’s loan at Southampton would be cancelled and he would move to Bramall Lane, the PA news agency understands.

United had also agreed to cover a portion of the 27-year-old’s wages but fourth-bottom Everton wanted a late payment as the Blades are Premier League relegation rivals.

Sheffield United loan bid for Mason Holgate off after Everton ask for higher fee

Arsenal not in talks over Benzema

11:50 , Mike Jones

The ex-Real Madrid striker could be making a move back to Europea amid issues with current club Al-Ittihad just six months after his switch to Saudi Arabia.

Chelsea are said to be interested in the forward and Arsenal had been rumoured as potential suitors though the club are not currently thought to be in talks over a move.

Dimitar Berbatov thinks a move to the Emirates pay be the best outcome for both sides.

“Benzema would like playing for Arsenal because of their style of play,” the ex-Manchester United legend told The Sun: “He has an interesting choice to make but right now he’d probably choose to move to a London club.”

Casadei and Moreira brought into Chelsea squad

11:41 , Mike Jones

Mauricio Pochettino says Cesare Casadei and Diego Moreira will be included in his injury-hit first-team squad having been recalled from loan spells at Leicester and Lyon respectively.

Midfielder Casadei made 22 appearances during his spell with Championship-topping Leicester, while winger Moreira featured seven times for French outfit Lyon.

“We need to assess them both now,” said Pochettino. “They have both come back from loan. They have good potential.

“They are going to be part of our squad and then the decision is going to be every week whether they are part of the team. I think it’s good news because we were suffering too many injuries, so to recover players from loan was possible for us.”

Newcastle United are the world’s richest football club – so why can’t they spend any money?

11:33 , Mike Jones

Jurgen Klopp has been vindicated in many a way this season but one of his comments has not aged well. “There are three clubs in world football who can do what they want financially,” he said in October 2022.

No names were proffered but the sense, including at the Etihad Stadium, was that he meant Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United.

On Tyneside, they must rather wish that was true. Newcastle have deep pockets and vaunting ambition. They also have constraints that mean they are unable to access most of their wealth.

Their transfer window has brought no expenditure thus far, not through a lack of willingness but a lack of leeway within financial parameters. For clubs such as Klopp’s Liverpool and Tottenham, who have long looked to break even and for sustainable models, it may prove that Financial Fair Play is financially working.

Others may see it as the established order’s glass ceiling holding firm, preventing Newcastle from vaulting upwards.

Why the world’s richest football club can’t spend any money

Football rumours: Man Utd offer wingers Jadon Sancho and Antony to Saudi clubs

11:24 , Mike Jones

Manchester United are keen to offload embattled winger Jadon Sancho in a permanent deal, putting the England international – currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund – on offer to Saudi clubs for around £50m, the Evening Standard reports.

The club have also opened offers up for Brazil winger Antony, to Saudi sides for a similar price tag, writes the Standard, as United look to claw back some of the heavy investment they made in the two 23-year-olds.

West Ham are inching closer to striking a deal for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, however the Daily Mail reports that there may be some late interest from Juventus in the 28-year-old England international.

Interest rising in Aaron Wan-Bissaka?

11:22 , Mike Jones

Manchester United have turned down an attempt from Inter Milan to land Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to The Sun. It was believed to include a swap deal for Denzel Dumfries but United are not interested.

Neither, it seems, are they wanting to work with Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr who are preparing to bid for Wan-Bissaka in their search for a full-back during the January transfer window.

The Telegraph report that the Saudi club have already seen £20m bid turned down for Tottenham’s Emerson Royal so are reportedly swtiching their attention to the 26-year-old whose one-year option at Old Trafford has been triggered so his contract runs until next year.

Wan-Bissaska has started 13 games this season after recovering from a hamstring problem and he has also been on the radar of European clubs.

Villa have second bid for Rogers turned down

11:15 , Mike Jones

Middlesbrough are standing firm on their valuation of Morgan Rogers after rejecting two consecutive bids from Aston Villa.

Boro are understood to be growing in frustration with the level of Villa’s offers for the winger. They are understood to want around £10m for the 21-year-old, whom they value highly, although a figure has not actually been given to Villa as the preference is to keep a player only signed in the summer.

Rogers came from Manchester City where he was considered an excellent youth prospect. Villa’s opening bid was understood to be around half what would make Middlesbrough consider a sale and despite a improved offer coming in Boro are holding firm.

Rogers is thought to be keen on the move to Villa given their Premier League status and the fact his family live in the Birmingham area but it remains to be seen if the midlands club will up their bid yet again.

Nuno Espirito Santo expects difficult end to transfer window

11:08 , Mike Jones

Nottingham Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo is expecting a difficult end to the January transfer window as he tries to balance his huge squad.

Nuno expressed concern over the size of the squad he inherited and wants to ship several players out as he is wary of finishing the window with players he does not want at the club.

Forest’s activity is not going to be affected by this week’s Premier League charge for breaches of profitability and sustainability regulations but they will have to break even on any transfers.

“It’s very difficult. You have to realise this is a difficult window to operate in because normally the targets you really want are not available,” he said.

“This happens at all the clubs; the players who are available are the players who are not in a happy moment where they are. It happens to us also, the speculation of players in our squad going out because they are not happy here or some circumstances happen.

“We have to be really careful. What you want is sometimes not what you get. We have to be ready for everything in the transfer window. Anything can happen.”

Nottingham Forest write to PGMOL and Premier League over controversial Ivan Toney goal

11:00 , Mike Jones

Nottingham Forest have asked PGMOL and the Premier League for an explanation regarding Ivan Toney’s controversial free-kick that aided Brentford in their return to winning ways against the midlands side on Saturday.

Toney moved the referee’s foam and moved the ball into a more favourable position for a free-kick, which he then scored from to bring the home side level.

The incident drew complaints from Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo, and the club have written to the governing bodies to find out whether Toney’s actions constituted foul play. The club want clarification over whether players can move the ball in that way before a set piece and if not, why VAR did not intervene.

Will Tosin Adarabioyo leave Fulham?

10:54 , Mike Jones

AC Milan have registered their interest in signing Fulham defender Tosin. The Italian club are primarily targeting a free transfer in the summer.

Tosin is free to speak to foreign clubs this month about a pre-contract agreement with his current Fulham deal expiring in the summer.

All options regarding his future remain on the table, including signing a new deal with Fulham.

Henderson talks ‘perfect move’ to Ajax and time in Saudi Arabia

10:45 , Mike Jones

Jordan Henderson has described his move to Ajax as the perfect opportunity after cutting short his time in Saudi Arabia. The 33-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Dutch club after failing to settle at Al-Ettifaq.

“(Ajax) is one of the biggest clubs in the world, the biggest club in Holland and I felt as though it’s a great opportunity for me personally to come to a huge club, to try and help this club go forward and be as successful as possible.” said the former Liverpool captain.

He added that there was no finanical incentive to choosing Ajax over an English club for his return to European football saying: “Don’t believe what you read in the press,

“It had nothing to do with anything but football. I felt it was the perfect opportunity to come to such a huge club and showcase what I’ve tried to do my whole life – to dedicate myself to football.

“The welcome here has been incredible and I’m overwhelmed to be given the opportunity at a great football club and to repay the faith shown in me.

“Over the next two-and-a-half years I will give everything to get the club back on track and to be as successful as possible.”

Newcastle won’t sell Trippier and Wilson this month

10:35 , Mike Jones

Newcastle United are adamant that they will not sell Kieran Trippier or Callum Wilson in January.

Bayern Munich had an initial loan bid rejected for Trippier over the weekend, while Atletico Madrid have shown interest in Wilson.

Newcastle are very close to their limit when it comes to the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules (PSR), as things stand there is a steadfast desire to keep key first-team players at St James’ Park for the second half of the season.

Senior figures have spoken with Trippier and Wilson and neither seem massively keen on a move away from the club.

Newcastle face big transfer decisions on Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson

10:27 , Mike Jones

Newcastle United are preparing themselves for a series of big decisions over the final 10 days of the January transfer window as suitors attempt to take advantage of their spending restrictions.

It is understood that the Magpies have rejected a loan offer from Bayern Munich for key defender Kieran Trippier and have received and rebuffed a similar approach from Atletico Madrid for striker Callum Wilson.

However, they are bracing themselves for follow-ups which could present the kind of dilemmas chief executive Darren Eales suggested might arise in the wake of the £400m-plus spending spree on which the club have embarked since their Saudi-backed owners took charge in October 2021 as a result of profit and sustainability rules.

Eales’ comments came earlier this month as Newcastle reported a loss after tax of £73.4m in their latest financial figures, after which he admitted that every player in Eddie Howe’s squad had their price as the club attempt to balance their books.

Newcastle face big transfer decisions on Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson

Almiron most likely player to leave Newcastle in January

10:20 , Mike Jones

Newcastle Unite dhave admitted that they need to sell players in order to ease the pressure of the Premier League’s Profti and Sustainability Rules and the most likely player to leave in January is Miguel Almiron.

Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab are interested in signing the winger who has been a stalwart of Eddie Howe’s team and seriously impressed in his role on the right side of the pitch. .

There is interest from other parties in the likes of Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson but Almiron is seen as the more disposable key player who will bring in a decent price.

Discussions are ongoing with Al Shabab and Saudi Arabian officials about a potential deal for the Paraguayan.

Smith Rowe loan move rejected by Arsenal

10:17 , Mike Jones

West Ham have enquired about bringing in Emile Smith Rowe during this transfer window but their loan request has been rejected by Arsenal.

The Hammers were keen to land the midfielder but have seen their offer to sign him this month turned down according to the Daily Mail.

Smith Rowe has been linked with a move away from the Emirates after slipping down the pecking order due to injury and the form of other midfielders.

However, he is a favourite among supporters having come through the ranks and Mikel Arteta rates him highly. Te Arsenal boss said: “I’m really happy with Emile. He’s on the right trajectory now he’s settled and he’s training really well.”

West Ham interested in Smith Rowe loan

10:11 , Mike Jones

West Ham have registered an interest in signing Emile Smith Rowe from Arsenal on loan, according to The Telegraph. The 23-year-old, who has been struggling with injuries. has made six Premier League appearances this season, starting once.

At this stage a loan move for the midfielder seems unlikely but could still happen.

Added to this is the possibility of the Hammers signing Kalvin Phillips. Should they manage to get a deal for the Man City midfielder over the line they may cool their, already limited, interest on Smith Rowe.

Burnley working on Esteve deal

10:05 , Mike Jones

Burnley are working hard on a deal to sign French centre-back Maxime Estève from Montpellier. The defender is one of the main options on the Clarets’ list of potential defensive reinforcements says Fabrizio Romano.

Estève is out of contract in June 2025 so the French side may be more open to a sale.

🚨🟣 EXCL: Burnley are working on deal to sign French centre back Maxime Estève from Montpellier. He’s one of the main options on club list.

Estève, out of contract in June 2025 at Montpellier. pic.twitter.com/zWGneAttLi

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 22, 2024

Eintracht Frankfurt close in on Wolves target

10:00 , Mike Jones

Eintracht Frankfurt have reached a verbal agreement with Hugo Ekitike over his wages and he should complete a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain soon says Sky in Germany.

The 21-year-old is understood to have accepted a pay-cut to roughly £50,000 per week (£2.6m-a-year) in order to join the Bundesliga side.

Talks are ongoing with PSG about the club-to-club deal but discussions are in the early stages. The Frenchman seems keen on the move which may put an end to Wolves’ hopes of signing the striker who was close to the top on their list of forward options.

Mohamed Salah injury ‘more serious than first thought’

09:52 , Mike Jones

Mohamed Salah’s hamstring injury is worse than was initially thought and could keep him out for four weeks, his agent has said.

It means Liverpool’s hopes of getting their top scorer back for their double header against Chelsea and Arsenal next week are over and could result in him missing their next six games.

Salah’s Africa Cup of Nations is probably over unless Egypt, who needed to avoid defeat against Cape Verde on Monday to prevent a group-stage exit, can survive without their captain until the final on 11 February and he makes a swift recovery.

The 31-year-old was injured in their 2-2 draw against Ghana on Thursday and had only been ruled out of his country’s next two games.

Mohamed Salah injury ‘more serious than first thought’

Spurs reject Al Nassr’s approach for Emerson Royal

09:43 , Mike Jones

Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr want to sign Tottenham’s Emerson Royal. They are believed to have made an offer totalling £21m for the defender but have been turned down by Spurs.

They are not cooling their interest though and could increase that bid.

The Brazilian has played an important role for Ange Postecoglou at centre-back when Cristian Romero was suspended and Micky van de Ven was injured, he is primarily used as first-choice cover for right-back Pedro Porro but his versatility means Spur will be unwilling to sell.

Unless they receive a very high price of course.

Hasegawa signs Man City contract extension

09:40 , Mike Jones

Manchester City Women midfielder Yui Hasegawa has signed a new two-year contract extension with the club. The Japanese international’s new deal will keep her in Manchester until the summer of 2027.

Hasegawa, who signed on deadline day in 2022, has developed into one of the best defensive midfielders in world football.

She said: “One of the biggest reasons I’ve extended is the football style. I love our style. I want to win the league, Champions League and cup – that’s why I decided to stay here.

“We’ve improved this year and we have built up a lot. The people are nice, the football is good, I’m so happy to be here.”

Newcastle to sell Miguel Almiron?

09:37 , Mike Jones

Newcastle have reportedly agreed a deal to sell Miguel Almiron to Saudi Pro League club Al-Shabab this month according to the Daily Express.

The Magpies are seemingly readying themselves to offload star players in the January window as the club have been forced to appease Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns.

Transfer expert Ben Jacobs claims the two clubs have already reached a provisional agreement regarding a fee for Almiron though the deal is yet to be finalised.

Eddie Howe is fond of the winger who plays on the right flank but rumours continue to circulate around Newcastle of potential outgoings with Bayern Munich lining up Kieran Trippier and Joelinton refusing a contract extension.

Newcastle CEO Darren Eales has already admitted that some big sales will need to take place for Newcastle to stay within the Profit and Sustainability margins.

“It’s just the nature of the beast. If you trade players on, it creates more headroom,” he explained. “You have to keep growing that headroom, increasing commercial revenue and player trading.

“It’s difficult to hypothesise, but if we’re offered £1bn for one of those players, then no one could argue against that making sense. Any decision we make will always be against the backdrop of the medium to long-term benefit for the club.

“It’s difficult to say specifically on certain players, but I can say that, if we’re going to get to where we want to get to, at times it is necessary to trade your players.”

Mohamed Salah returns to Liverpool from Afcon for injury treatment

09:30 , Mike Jones

Mohamed Salah will return to Liverpool for treatment on a muscle injury picked up while on international duty, the Egyptian Football Association has announced.

The influential forward was forced off during the first half of Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana in Thursday’s Africa Cup of Nations group match, causing concern for club and country.

It was later revealed the 31-year-old would miss the Pharaohs’ next two fixtures, if they progressed to the knockout stages of the competition in the Ivory Coast.

Mohamed Salah to return to Liverpool from AFCON for injury treatment

Hojbjerg to leave Tottenham?

09:23 , Mike Jones

More news from Sky Germany but this time regarding Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The rumour is that the 28-year-old wants to leave during this window due to a lack of game time under Ange Postecoglou.

Florian Plettenberg reported: “That’s his target [to leave in January]. He played 90 minutes against Manchester United but he’s open to leaving Tottenham in the next few days.

“Our understanding is that he wants to play regularly and be a regular starter but it’s very difficult under Postecoglou right now for him at Spurs.

“There is nothing close, there is nothing advanced but we’re hearing Daniel Levy doesn’t want to give him away with an option to buy, he wants to have an obligation to buy or a permanent deal.

“Levy wants to see some money for Hojbjerg.”

Joelinton not extending Newcastle contract?

09:15 , Mike Jones

According to reports from Sky’s Florian Plettenberg, Newcastle midfielder Joelinton will not be extending his contract with Newxastle United at this stage.

The player and club have been in negotiations over a new deal to keep the 27-year-old at St. James’ Park past his current expiry date in 2025 but have not yet reached an agreement.

There is plenty of time for the two parties to come together on agreed terms but Joelinton is focused on recovering from injury. He is set to have a groin surgery tomorrow in Barcelona and is likely to be out until the end of April at the minimum.

🚨🆕 News #Joelinton: The 27 y/o will undergo a groin surgery tomorrow in Barcelona and he‘s likely to be out until the end of April | #NUFC

⚠️ Clear tendency at this stage: Joelinton WON‘T extend his contract beyond 2025 ✔️ @SkySportDE 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/Fl0ksUjUc6

— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 22, 2024

Zubimendi deal close

09:08 , Mike Jones

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal for Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi who has been a long-term target for the Gunners.

The Spaniard has been top of Arteta’s wishlist for some time and a switch to the Emirates could now be on the cards. According to The Mirror, Zubimendi is ‘very close’ to accepting an offer to join Arsenal in the summer on a pre-agreement.

Barcelona, who were among those rivalling Arsenal, have reportedly turned their attentions away from Zubimendi, who has a €60m (£52m) release clause.


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