Transfer news LIVE! Arsenal want Arthur, Conte makes Tottenham demand, Salah, Ronaldo, Chelsea updates

    As January approaches the halfway point, the rumours are starting to hot up.

    Thomas Tuchel has hinted Chelsea could indeed look to sign a new defender too after watching a number of his first-team stars suffer injuries of late.

    Man United are rumoured to be eyeing a new right-back this month, with Tariq Lamptey top of Ralf Rangnick’s list.

    Follow the latest January transfer updates with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!

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    Rangnick keen on Lamptey

    He’s used Diogo Dalot instead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka since arriving at Man United, but it looks like Ralf Rangnick is not massively keen on either right-back.

    Tariq Lamptey is his full-back of choice, according to the Daily Mail, and he is keen for the club to make a move for the Brighton player this month.

    It’s rumoured United would be willing to pay up to £30m for Lamptey, but that would still be some way short of Brighton’s valuation, making a deal unlikely at this stage.

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    Newcastle stepping up Ekitike chase

    Newcastle appear to be ramping up their transfer activity.

    With Kieran Trippier signed, Chris Wood on the brink and a bid in for Diego Carlos, Sky Sports say they are also in talks with French side Reims over a £25m deal to sign striker Hugo Ekitike.

    The report claims the forward, who has eight goals in 18 league games this season, is keen on a move to St. James’ Park.

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    Barbosa ready to ask for Flamengo exit

    Sky Sports say that Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa is ready to push through a move to England, amid speculation linking him with West Ham.

    David Moyes is once again looking to bring in a striker this month to ease his side’s reliance on Michail Antonio.

    The report claims the Hammers made an offer earlier this month to take the forward on loan for 18 months, with only an option-to-buy, rather than obligation included.

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    Done deal!

    Former Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has joined Brazilian champions Atletico Mineiro.

    The centre-back has signed a one-year deal after having his contract terminated at Italian side Cagliari.

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    Newcastle make new Carlos bid

    The Telegraph say that Newcastle have made an improved bid for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

    Reports claimed the Toon had had an initial £25m offer rejected by the Spanish club, but it appears they have returned with a second bid.

    Newcastle have turned their attentions to the Brazilian after negotiations over Lille’s Sven Botman broke down as Eddie Howe looks to strengthen his leaky defence.

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    Umtiti still wants loan exit

    French outlet RMC say Samuel Umtiti is still hoping to leave Barcelona on loan this month, despite signing a new contract at the club.

    The centre-back penned a new deal that runs until 2026 this week under a new wage structure which allowed the Catalan club to register new signing Ferran Torres following his arrival from Manchester City.

    However, he remains down the pecking order at the Nou Camp and could leave in search of playing time.

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    Ndombele left out of Spurs squad

    Plenty of speculation around over the future of Tanguy Ndombele at the moment, after the Frenchman was booed off in Tottenham’s FA Cup win over Morecambe at the weekend.

    Antonio Conte has reacted to that by leaving the midfielder out of his squad for tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea.

    A signal that his days in north London are numbered?

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    Arsenal offered Juventus star Arthur on loan

    Juventus star Arthur has been offered on loan to Arsenal as they assess their January transfer options.

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    Liverpool not interested in Youri Tielemans

    Despite reports to the contrary, Ben Jacobs has claimed that Liverpool aren’t interested in signing Youri Tielemans.

    The Leicester City midfielder, one of the most highly rated talents in Europe at one point, had been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool although it seems as if the Merseyside giants are looking elsewhere.

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    Jurgen Klopp positive on Mo Salah contract talks

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is hopeful Mo Salah will sign a new deal at Anfield.

    The forward appeared to suggest the ball was in the club’s court during a recent magazine interview but Klopp spoke positively about the situation.

    “I’m very positive about it but I don’t think it makes sense that you speak on behalf of the fans because I’m pretty sure the fans are not as nervous as you are,” Klopp said.

    “They know the club pretty long and know the people dealing here with the different things pretty long, so I think there are enough reasons for being positive. But as long as it is not done we cannot say anything about it.

    “But, good conversations — that’s what I can say.”

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