elcome back to our LIVE coverage of the January transfer window, which opens today.
The winter window is officially open for Premier League clubs to start making any moves following a dramatic start to the season.
Manchester United have gone level on points with League leaders Liverpool. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy with his squad, summer signing Amad Diallo is set to join up with the Red Devils squad, Jadon Sancho is still a target, while reports of a move for Jack Grealish won’t go away – even if the Aston Villa captain would cost £100million.
As for Arsenal, January looks to be more about Mikel Arteta cutting his squad rather than adding to it, with Mesut Ozil’s future a chief concern. Still, the Gunners have been linked with Real Madrid playmaker Isco, AS Roma defender Roger Ibanez and more – so don’t rule out anything just yet.
Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea have the money to spend despite over £200m of summer arrivals, and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma – available on a free this summer – could be a surprise target. Though will Frank Lampard be in charge come February?
Liverpool are looking at defenders with Lille’s Sven Botman a possibility, while Jose Mourinho says any Tottenham arrivals would be a “big surprise”… but is that a smokescreen from the Spurs boss? Meanwhile, Dele Alli may be on his way to PSG with Mauricio Pochettino confirmed as their new head coach.
Caicedo to Man United latest
Manchester United will decided in the “next days” whether to sign Moises Caicedo, says Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
United are thought to be weighing up a January move for the young Ecuadorian defensive midfielder, with Norwich’s Max Aarons also a target.
Romano tweeted: “Man United are still on the same position regarding M. Aarons and M. Caicedo.
“Aarons: appreciated but nothing advanced or imminent now.
“Caicedo: talks on by weeks, personal terms and club agreement wouldn’t be a problem — next days #mufc will decide if signing him or not.”
No new deal for Laca yet
Alexandre Lacazette will have to wait until the summer for talks over a contract extension with Arsenal.
“We will talk in the summer and make a decision then,” said Mikel Arteta. “We have not talked [now] about anything related to his contract.
“I am delighted with the way he has performed because he is scoring, has the form and energy at the moment, so he needs to keep doing that.”
Spurs open Kane talks
Tottenham have begun talks with Harry Kane over a new contract, reports the Independent.
Kane still has three-and-a-half years to run on his current contract but the club want to make sure their star man remains tied down well into his 30s.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly monitoring the situation.
Chelsea look for Lampard replacement
Big news from The Athletic this evening claims Frank Lampard’s job at Chelsea is under “serious threat”.
Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City was their fourth in six games and has seen Chelsea prepare for find a replacement should an alarming slump in form continue.
Liverpool face Kabak competition
The Mail say that Leicester and Crystal Palace are both interested in signing Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, who has been strongly linked with Liverpool.
The Turkish centre-back has been touted as a potential cut-price option for Liverpool in January as they look to solve a defensive crisis that has left them without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for much of the season.
Latest on Saliba future
More from L’Equipe now, who say that Arsenal defender William Saliba will take a pay cut to leave the club this month.
The report claims that Nice are among the French clubs in contention for the young centre-half but will face competition from across Europe if he is allowed to leave, either on loan or on a permanent basis.
Poch hoping to stave off Liverpool’s Mbappe interest
French outlet L’Equipe say that Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to convince Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract at PSG after taking over at the club.
Mbappe is due to be out of contract at the end of next season and the report claims Liverpool are monitoring the situation, along with long-time admirers Real Madrid.
Pochettino now faces the challenge of convincing the Frenchman to stay in Paris to become part of his vision for the club, with the World Cup winner likely to be sold this summer if he has not penned a new deal.
Pogba ‘to be sold in the summer’
The Sunday Mirror are reporting that Manchester United will sell Paul Pogba in the summer after accepting that the Frenchman will not sign a new deal.
Pogba’s future has been the topic of a public debate, sparked by his agent, Mino Raiola, stating that the midfielder is unhappy at Old Trafford and should be allowed to leave.
Those comments left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer furious, but the Mirror’s report claims United will cede to his demands, with Pogba’s contract set to expire in the summer of 2022.
Lampard: Havertz will come good after slow start
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has backed German star Kai Havertz to come good despite a slow start to the season.
Havertz was a £70million signing from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, but his adaptation has been badly hit by the effects of a severe bout of coronavirus.
“Kai had five work days with us before he first played and that’s just not beneficial to a player in any league, let alone when you’re coming to the fastest, most physical league in the world,” Lampard said.
“Just as Kai was coming to terms with that – and you saw some really good performances from him – he got Covid and he had it quite severely.
“He’s definitely had a bit of a fallout from that physically. We know that and are trying to help him deal with that. The expectations around him… you have to put context into the story.
“Kai’s talent is undoubted and I see that every day. Giving him the time to adapt to the Premier League and to our team is crucial.”
Caicedo to Manchester United latest
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Manchester United will decide ‘in the next few days’ whether to sign Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo.
The 19-year-old currently plays for Independiente del Valle in his homeland and the report claims there would be no problem agreeing a deal between the two clubs should United try to push the deal through this month.