It’s crunch time as the January transfer window nears its final hours. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.
TOP STORY: Man United have bid for Bournemouth’s King rejected
Manchester United have had a bid for Bournemouth striker Josh King turned down, sources have told ESPN.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to add a striker to his squad to compensate for the loss of Marcus Rashford before the January transfer window comes to an end at 11 p.m. GMT/6 p.m. ET today, but initial attempts to bring King to Old Trafford on loan for 18 months have been rejected.
Solskjaer has worked with King before during his time in charge of United’s reserve team following the end of his playing career.
United have also been offered the chance to sign Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose, says Sky Sports, but are reportedly not interested, though the Tottenham Hotspur target is still in talks with the North London club over a potential loan deal.
Other names who could come into the frame for United include: former West Brom and Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon, Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic, Leicester’s Islam Slimani, Valencia’s Maxi Gomez and Fenerbahce’s Vedat Muriqi.
11. 32 GMT: Lyon manager Rudi Garcia made it clear after his side’s 2-1 win over Nice last night that he is keen to sign a central defender.
“I am waiting for us to sign a central defender. We have just 3 central defenders. Marcelo will soon be suspended. If one of them gets injured, we are going to have to be inventive,” Garcia said at a news conference after the game.
Lyon have already signed midfielder Bruno Guimaraes and striker Karl Toko Ekambi on loan this transfer window.
10.59 GMT: Arsenal have announced the signing of Cedric Soares on loan until the end of the season from Southampton.
The 28-year-old was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad and had been a regular starter under Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton until he sustained a foot injury at the start of January.
His injury means that he may not be able to start for Arsenal for another three weeks.
He’s our Cedric! ✅
Welcome to London. Welcome to Arsenal.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 31, 2020
10.39 GMT: Deadline day started with a bang with the Times reporting that Tottenham were set to make a last minute swoop to bring Gareth Bale back to White Heart Lane.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reportedly went to Spain to hold talks with Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Tottenham would have to dig deep to bring Bale back. When he moved in 2013, it was for a world record transfer fee of £85m and his current contract sees him earn £500,000 a week.
It’s hard to know how close a deal for Bale actually is, however, with the Welshman spotted training as normal this morning with the Real Madrid team.
Gareth Bale training as normal with Real Madrid team mates this morning… pic.twitter.com/F84bIxxYKu
— Alex Kirkland (@alexkirkland) January 31, 2020
10.02 GMT: Mauro Icardi‘s loan move to Paris Saint-Germain has largely been a fruitful experience for both the player and club.
While the striker is currently experiencing a bit of a dry spell, he’s scored 17 goals and clocked up four assists in 24 games with PSG.
It makes sense then that Icardi is looking for a permanent move to Le Parc des Princes, as reported by Tuttosport.
The Argentine’s loan deal did include an option to buy clause so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see him stay in Paris.
9.39 GMT: Borussia Dortmund are set to announce Emre Can’s loan move to Germany later in the day despite reports in German media that talks have been stopped last night.
Dortmund and Juventus are reportedly still negotiating a salary.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the deal will include an option to buy.
09.08 GMT: Lionel Messi is determined to stay at Barcelona, says Mundo Deportivo, but he only wants to sign one-year contract extensions from now on.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told the Associated Press in November that he was ready to offer the 32-year-old an “indefinite” contract — much like that of Andres Iniesta before he left for Japan. But Messi is happier to keep things simple and stay at Camp Nou on a short-term basis.
09.00 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen are set to take advantage of the United Kingdom’s strict work-permit regulations.
With time running out for a thorough check on Edmond Tapsoba’s eligibility to play in the Premier League, Leverkusen look likely to beat Leicester City to the Burkina Faso defender’s signature, kicker reports.
The 20-year-old centre-back is set to be unveiled at the Bay-Arena today, with Bayer agreeing a fee in the €17m region with Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes.
08.51 GMT: Sky Sports are reporting that Inter Milan have made a fresh bid for Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud, while Lazio are also interested.
Giroud is keen to leave Stamford Bridge this month, with Tottenham watching developments in case they can’t sign Willian Jose from Real Sociedad.
08.35 GMT: Alexis Mac Allister has notified Boca Juniors of his desire to end his loan deal early in order to return to parent club Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Argentine midfielder received a work permit this month, which allows him to play in the Premier League.
“As it stands now, Alexis has notified us of his wish to leave (the club),” said Boca executive Marcelo Delgado, as reported in Ole. “There’s very little we can do because he is owned by Brighton, it would be different if Boca owned him. The most important thing is that we don’t want Alexis to return to Europe. We want to reach an agreement and for everything to be resolved quickly.”
Mac Allister, 21, signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Brighton from Argentinos Juniors in January 2019 but did not have a work permit. He returned on loan to Argentinos Juniors before joining Boca Juniors on a one-year loan in June.
08.14 GMT: Barcelona target Matheus Fernandes has bade farewell to Palmeiras and confirmed his “dream move” to Europe.
Barca have reportedly paid €11m to Palmeiras to land the Brazilian midfielder, who is expected to be sent out on loan to Real Valladolid for the remainder of the season.
Fernandes, 21, wrote on his Instagram: “I have never been good at goodbyes, but sometimes they are necessary, although difficult. I say goodbye and I thank Palmeiras, a club that trusted my potential, and hired me last year. My thanks also to Botafogo for opening the doors for a boy full of dreams. Very honoured to have worn shirts with so much history of Brazilian football.
“Of course, I cannot forget the greatest supporters of my short career. Father, mother, my family … every time I doubted where I could get you were there. Unconditionally supporting me! Each victory achieved in my career was not mine. It was ours! We suffer and win together! Today came the day to fulfill a dream of playing in Europe. I am grateful to God for all that He has given me. Soon, new challenges, goals and dreams! Let’s look ahead, this is just the beginning.”
08.00 GMT: Atletico Madrid are on the verge of completing a deal to bring former forward Yannick Carrasco back to the club on loan, according to multiple reports in Spain.
The 26-year-old Belgium international joined China’s Dalian Yifang in a surprise move in 2018, leaving Madrid after a three year spell which included scoring in the 2016 Champions League final.
A deal for long-term target Edinson Cavani appears to have fallen through after Atletico failed to reach an agreement with either Paris Saint-Germain or the Uruguayan striker’s representatives.
Atletico — who face Real Madrid in the derby on Saturday — have been desperate to add to their forward line during the January window after struggling to find the back of the net this season. Only five La Liga clubs have scored fewer goals this campaign, and with Diego Costa sidelined since November with a back injury, they have been over-reliant on Alvaro Morata.
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WHAT DO THE BIG CLUBS NEED
LIVERPOOL: Nobody. The Premier League leaders are 19 points clear and have a policy of rotation in the cups. There’s nobody who can improve this side right now, but watch out for a couple of moves next summer.
MAN CITY: Pep Guardiola says that nobody is coming in this month. However, they should really get some defensive cover if they have any designs on success this season. Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has been linked, but don’t expect that to happen. Leroy Sane will most likely depart in the summer but will stay until then.
LEICESTER: The key has been keeping their top players, namely James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, from joining other clubs. That done, there’s a need for defensive cover and Vitoria Guimaraes’ Edmond Tapsoba, Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard and Brest’s Ibrahima Diallo have been linked.
CHELSEA: A striker is key, especially if Tammy Abraham is injured, although the rumoured £150m spending spree hasn’t materialised. A new left-back (Chilwell) and a replacement for Eden Hazard (Jadon Sancho) will have to wait until the summer, but a back-up striker is possible if they can land Napoli striker Dries Mertens.
MAN UNITED: Having landed Bruno Fernandes to bolster the midfield, a backup striker is also required at Old Trafford. A loan option is most likely, with Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic, Leicester’s Islam Slimani, Valencia’s Maxi Gomez and Fenerbahce’s Vedat Muriqi reportedly on the list, with Mertens too.
TOTTENHAM: Seeing a theme here? Harry Kane is injured, so Spurs need a backup after already signing forward Steven Bergwijn and letting Christian Eriksen leave for Inter. Giroud is a possibility, though the main target is Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose. No, Gareth Bale is not an option. A full-back would also be useful, but Jose Mourinho seems happy to dip into the club’s youth team for cover there.
ARSENAL: Defensive cover arrived in the form of former Man City defender Pablo Mari, but the struggling Gunners are still short. Southampton’s Cedric Soares could provide cover at full-back on loan, while there won’t be anything major spent as the club are saving for their summer overhaul.
SELECTED EUROPEAN CLUBS
ATLETICO MADRID: PSG’s Edinson Cavani is the answer to Atletico’s scoring woes, though negotiations seem to have broken down. Former forward Yannick Carrasco looks set to return from China, while flop Thomas Lemar will likely stay put until the summer, despite links to Arsenal and Tottenham.
BARCELONA: Luis Suarez‘s injury means Barcelona need an attacking player. They’ve reportedly had an €85m bid rejected for Everton’s Richarlison, seen Ajax rebuff them for Dusan Tadic, and are keen to sell Philippe Coutinho to raise funds. Chelsea’s Willian has been a long-term target, as has Inter’s €111m rated Lautaro Martinez, while a deal for Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno looks dead and it’s unlikely they will sign anyone now. They will get Braga’s Francisco Trincao and Matheus Fernandes from Palmeiras in the summer.
INTER MILAN: So many signings, so many former Man United players … Antonio Conte is keen on adding Giroud to play as backup to Romelu Lukaku but Inter are being linked with almost every misfit under the sun. They beat off competition to land Eriksen from Tottenham for around €20m but need a target up front. Ex-Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente has been linked. A swap deal which included Matteo Politano for Roma’s Leonardo Spinazzola fell through, while Matteo Darmain’s move seems to have done the same after Victor Moses and Ashley Young arrived.
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PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle)
Man United will let Pogba go in the summer
Clearly, with a new attacking midfielder in the shape of Bruno Fernandes arriving at Old Trafford, Man United don’t need old Paul Pogba anymore. In fact, barely 24 hours after Bruno’s arrival, the Sun claims that United are already ready to ship out Pogba in the summer.
Real Madrid have a longstanding interest and turned down the chance to get Christian Eriksen because they wanted to wait for Pogba, while Juventus are also keen to bring the Frenchman back to Turin.
We’ll have to wait until the summer for this saga to end, but it looks pretty nailed on now.
Juventus, Dortmund near €30m deal for Can
With one day left in the transfer window, the Germany international will undergo a medical to finalise the deal.
The former Liverpool midfielder has been heavily linked with a switch over to the Bundesliga, but it was believed that Dortmund needed to free up some space financially before making a deal happen.
Now, after some intense negotiations and the German side’s Thursday €25m sale of Paco Alcacer to Villarreal, it appears as if they’re finally going to get this one over the finish line. Can will initially leave on loan with an obligation to buy with the Old Lady set to pocket nearly €30m.
– Wigan Athletic left-back and United States international Antonee Robinson is set to join AC Milan, according to Sky Sports Italia. Robinson, born to an American father in England, rose up in the Everton youth ranks and joined Championship side Wigan last summer after an initial loan spell. He has also done a loan stint with Bolton Wanderers from 2017-18.