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Transfer news, rumours and today’s football gossip | January 23, 2019

Chelsea are expected to complete the signing of Gonzalo Higuain today, with the Argentine striker reportedly flying into London this morning.

Man Utd have reportedly rejected an offer from Arsenal to take defender Eric Bailly on loan until the end of the season.

The Daily Mail claim that the bid, which is said to include an option to buy the player outright in the summer, was rebuffed as United do not wish do business with a rival club.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Star report that Tottenham will step up their attempts to sign Barcelona’s Malcom on loan after Dele Alli joined their growing list of injured stars. 

Spurs were in the running to sign the Brazilian last summer before he elected to move to LaLiga.

West Ham are being linked with a shock move to sign former Man City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

Gazzetta dello Sport claim that the Hammers are keen to bring the Italian to the London Stadium, hijacking the deal he has in the pipeline with Marseille.

And finally, Real Madrid are said to be lining up a stunning £90million bid for Juventus star Paulo Dybala.

We’ll bring you today's football gossip and the latest from Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham, Man City and more over the course of the window…


Sunday January 21 transfer news and rumours

Alvaro Morata is expected to complete his loan move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid within the next 48 hours, paving the way for Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham have told Marko Arnautovic they will allow him to leave in the summer but the club remain determined not to sell in January — even if the striker refuses to play.

Arsenal have confirmed that Sven Mislintat, their head of recruitment, will leave the club on February 8

Meanwhile, the Gunners are unlikely to dip into the January transfer market to replace Hector Bellerin if scans confirm a knee injury will rule him out for the rest of the season.

Arsenal are interested in signing Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid, reports The Mirror.

Fenerbahce are set to announce the sign of Chelsea's Victor Moses, reports the Star.

West Ham forward Andy Carroll is a shock contender to solve the striker crisis at Tottenham, according to The Sun.

Sunday January 20 transfer news and rumours

Chelsea have made contact with Barcelona over a £100m move for Philippe Coutinho, according to the Sunday Express.

Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of AC Milan's squad to face Genoa on Monday as the striker's loan move to Chelsea edges closer.

Liverpool have sent scouts out to watch Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie as they prepare a £20m bid, reports The Mail.

West Ham will continue talks with Celta Vigo this week over a move deal for Maxi Gomez, according to The Mail.

Arsenal want their former winger Marc Overmars to become technical director, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to reject Chelsea's contract offer worth £85,000-a-week and hold out for a move to Bayern Munich, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is set to be named as the new Oldham manager, reports The Telegraph.

Saturday January 19 transfer news and rumours

Chelsea are expected to complete the signing of Gonzalo Higuain in the coming days, as Maurizio Sarri looks to bolster his attacking options with a move for the 31-year-old Argentine.

Arsenal are being linked with a move for Braga forward Francisco Trincao. According to the Daily Mirror, Juventus are also interested in the 19-year-old.

Liverpool have had a £61million offer for Benfica attacking midfielder Joao Felix rejected, according to Portuguese publication Correio da Manha.

One thing that is confirmed at Anfield, however, is that Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have held talks with Borussia Monchengladbach over a deal to sign midfielder Jonas Hofmann, according to Bild.

The 26-year-old, who plays in central midfield with the option of operating on either flank, in contracted to the Bundesliga side until June 2020.

Elsewhere, Man Utd are being linked with a move for PSV winger Steven Berwijn, with the club said to be prepared to offer £25m for the 21-year-old. That one’s in the Daily Mirror.

Friday January 18 transfer news and rumours

Standard Sport understands Liverpool are in no rush to hand talented youngster Ki-Jana Hoever a first professional contract.

Chelsea are also closing in on a £31m deal for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes, according to The Express.

Manchester United are set to offer Marcus Rashford a new double-your-money deal that will increase his weekly wage to £150,000, according to The Sun.

West Ham have had two offers for Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek rejected, reports The Mail.

Liverpool are keeping tabs on Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie, 20, and are considering a £20m swoop, according to The Sun.

Leeds have rejected a bid from Crystal Palace for 18-year-old Jack Clarke, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Thursday January 17 transfer news and rumours

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Juventus to sign Gonzalo Higuain on loan until the end of the season, according to Sky in Italy.

Manchester United and Chelsea set for summer transfer battle over Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, reports The Mirror.

Arsenal target Denis Suarez has been named in Barcelona's matchday squad for Thursday's Copa del Rey clash with Levante.

Manchester City have opened talks with Hadjuk Split over a £7m deal for 18-year-old midfielder Ante Palaversa, reports The Mail.

According to Sky Sports, Atletico Madrid are in advanced talks to sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, who is valued at £45m.

Meanwhile, Divock Origi is among a number of players Tottenham are considering signing to replace injured Harry Kane in the coming weeks, reports The Telegraph.

Wednesday January 16 transfer news and rumours

Arsenal are being encouraged to make a move for Colombian international James Rodriguez, Standard Sport understands.

The 27-year-old is in the final six months of a two-year loan from Real Madrid with Bayern Munich keen to offload the playmaker if they can find a club willing to pay a £3million fee to release him from the existing agreement.

Any potential loan deal could hinge on whether the Gunners can offload Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Tottenham could be forced to enter the transfer market following the news that Harry Kane is out until early March after suffering an ankle ligament injury.

And the BBC have suggested that West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic could be an option for Spurs to bolster their attacking lines.

West Ham, meanwhile, have rejected a €10m bid from Fiorentina for midfielder Pedro Obiang, according to Sky Sports.

The Daily Mirror claim that Arsenal are resigned to the fact they will need to subsidise Mesut Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages to offload him to Inter Milan.

Elsewhere, Man Utd will consider offers for midfielder Marouane Fellaini this month, according to the Daily Mail.

Tuesday January 15 transfer news and rumours

Tottenham could be forced into the transfer market after confirming that Harry Kane is out until early March after suffering an ankle ligament injury.

Chelsea will demand more than £100m if Eden Hazard tells the club he wants to join Real Madrid, according to the Telegraph.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved into pole position to become Manchester United's next permanent boss, reports The Sun.

David de Gea wants to commit his long-term future to Manchester United but is awaiting a suitable offer, according to The Mail.

Jonjo Shelvey has been told he is staying at Newcastle amid interest from West Ham, reports The Mirror.

Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata is in talks with Atletico Madrid ahead of a move back to Spain, according to The Sun.

Marca in Spain say the striker is willing to take a pay cut to join Atleti.

Monday January 14 transfer news and rumours

Standard Sport understands Chelsea have made an opening £26.8m offer to Zenit St Petersburg for midfielder Leandro Paredes.

Unai Emery wants Arsenal to offload Mesut Ozil in January to free up funds before the window shuts, according to the Daily Mail.

Wolves will rival Chelsea for the signature of striker Callum Wilson, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Barcelona want Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, according to Mundo Deportivo in Spain.

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole is set to join Sol Campbell at Macclesfield Town as a coach, according to the Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has told a French TV said he wants to leave Vicarage Road amid interest from PSG.

Sunday January 13 transfer news and rumours

England boss Gareth Southgate has emerged as a potential candidate for the Man Utd job, according to reports this morning.

The Sunday Telegraph claim that officials at Old Trafford are growing concerned that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will remain at Spurs, forcing them to rethink their plans.

The Tottenham is Ed Woodward’s No.1 choice to succeed Jose Mourinho on a full-time basis.

Meanwhile, AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso hinted that striker Gonzalo Higuain wants to leave the club amid interest from Chelsea.

Staying in Serie A, and Arsenal are said to have quoted Juventus a fee of £18million should they wish to sign Aaron Ramsey this month, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Chelsea, according to the Sun on Sunday, are said to be considering a move to re-sign Nathan Ake for Bournemouth.

The Dutch defender moved to the South Coast from Stamford Bridge in 2017 following a successful spell on loan there, and Chelsea are said to retain a £40m buy-back clause from that deal.

Finally, Real Madrid’s interest in Christian Eriksen could see Tottenham reignite theirs in Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Spurs are understood to be long-time admirers of the 21-year-old, but would face stiff competition from the likes of Man City and Barcelona.

Saturday January 12 transfer news and rumours

Barcelona have joined the race for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, reports The Sun.

Juventus are planning a summer swoop for Real Madrid outcast Isco, according to The Mail.

Manchester United and Arsenal have joined the race to sign Porto star Yacine Brahimi, reports The Mirror.

Chelsea have agreed in principle deals with Leandro Paredes and Nicola Barella, according to The Telegraph.

Monaco manager Thierry Henry is set to offer Michy Batshuayi an escape route out of Chelsea, reports The Sun.

Friday January 11 transfer news and rumours

Fulham have rejected a £50m bid for star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from an unnamed Chinese club, reports The Sun.

Bayern Munich hope to beat Barcelona for the signature of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to The Sun.

Crystal Palace and Fulham have been put on alert after Michy Batshuayi's loan spell at Valencia was cut short, according to The Mirror.

The Daily Telegraph reports Chelsea have rejected Barcelona's offer to swap Willian for Malcom plus cash.

England winger Jadon Sancho wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund despite reports linking him with a Premier League move, reports The Mail.

Tottenham want to sign Hoffenheim and Austria midfielder Florian Grillitsch, according to Sky Sports.

Thursday January 10 transfer news and rumours

West Ham face a battle to keep hold of star striker Marko Arnautovic after his brother and agent declared he 'wants to go' amid talk of a lucrative offer from an unknown Chinese Super League club.

Gonzalo Higuain’s agent is in London with Chelsea keen to buy the striker.

Standard Sport understands that Nicolas Higuain, the forward’s brother, arrived on Thursday morning and is expected to meet with Chelsea officials to sound out their interest.

Meanwhile, contrary to reports, we understand that Aaron Ramsey has not yet agreed to join Juventus with his agent due to speak with other clubs.

The Serie A side are in pole position to secure the services of the Arsenal star this summer, but Inter Milan, AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.

Elsewhere, Barcelona could sell Philippe Coutinho to fund deal to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou.

Wednesday January 9 transfer news and rumours

Chelsea want to sign Andre Silva but any deal hinges on Alvaro Morata replacing the striker at Sevilla, reports The Sun.

Ander Herrera is set to sign a new deal for Manchester United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced him to stay, according to The Sun.

Arsenal have asked about Chelsea target Nicolo Barella and could make a late bid to hijack the deal, reports The Daily Mail.

The Sun reports Inter Milan are planning a summer swoop for Luka Modric and could sell Ivan Perisic to Manchester United to help raise funds.

Real Madrid want either Christian Eriksen or Eden Hazard to be their new playmaker as they plan an overhaul of the squad this summer, reports The Independent.

Tuesday January 8 transfer news and rumours

Standard Sport understands that Chelsea have put Cesc Fabregas’ proposed move to Monaco on hold until they can bring in a replacement for the Spaniard.

The Blues have identified two possible replacements in Cagliari star Nicolo Barrera and Zenit St Petersburg's Leandro Paredes and will not sanction Fabregas’ move to Ligue 1 until one of those deals is agreed.

Sevilla meanwhile are interested in signing Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata on loan.

According to AS, Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez has travelled to the Andalusian city to hold talks with Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros over the possibility of a loan move.

Real Betis meanwhile are interested in signing West Ham striker Lucas Perez on loan. The Hammers could still hold onto the former Arsenal man until the end of the season if they are unable to bring in a replacement.

Arsenal are exploring the possibility of making former midfielder Edu the club’s new director of football.

The Gunners are keen to add further expertise to their first-team operations as part of a restructuring which began when Arsene Wenger was in charge and continued this season with chief executive Ivan Gazidis’s departure to AC Milan.

Athletic Bilbao sporting director Rafa Alkorta has told Cadena Ser the club are eager to re-sign Man Utd midfielder Ander Herrera and Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.

Elsewhere, Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is nearing a move to China.

Monday January 7 transfer news and rumours

Barcelona are reluctant to let Arsenal target Denis Suarez leave on loan this month ahead of a proposed permanent move in the summer, according to the Mirror.

Lazio have had a £13million bid for Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta accepted, according to The Sun.

Chelsea want £10million for Cesc Fabregas as the midfielder flies south for talks following his farewell performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, report the Mirror.

Manchester United face a battle with Liverpool and Real Madrid for Porto right-back Eder Militao, according to The Sun.

Meanwhile, The Sun reports Fulham goalkeeper Fabri is set to return to Besiktas just six months after leaving the club to move to west London.

And Frank Lampard has given up hope of signing Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu on loan.

Sunday January 6 transfer news and rumours

Chelsea will make a £50m bid to try and sign PSG striker Edinson Cavani to solve their woes up front.

The Sunday Express report Maurizio Sarri wants the Uruguay international to lead his attack with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to fulfil that role under the Italian.

Arsenal meanwhile have opened talks with Barcelona over a move for Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez. The Guardian claim the Spaniard is available for around £20m with Unai Emery keen to bring in a player he has previously worked with at Sevilla.

Fulham will offer £15m for Liverpool forward Divock Origi to help their Premier League survival bid, according to the Mirror.

But after offloading Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp may be wary of letting another backup forward leave the club ahead of their title run in.

Saturday January 5 transfer news and rumours

Chelsea are said to be close to sealing a complicated loan agreement which will bring Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge.

Sky Sports say Tottenham and Man City are on alert after young Sunderland striker Josh Maja rejected a new contract with the Black Cats.

Meanwhile, West Ham’s Reece Oxford is said to be holding out for a move to Arsenal and will reject an offer to return to Borussia Monchengladbach this month, according to the Mirror.

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