Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Barcelona updates
Transfer news LIVE: Monday January 28
- Liverpool are said to be closing in on a deal for Trabzonspor ace Abdulkadir Omur
- Arsenal decided against signing Medhi Benatia in exchange for Aaron Ramsey
- Manchester United are desperate to add Kalidou Koulibaly to their squad
- Chelsea could sign Mauro Icardi to play alongside Gonzalo Higuain next season
12.45 UPDATE: Man Utd decide on top target
Manchester United are reportedly eager to snap up Kalidou Koulibaly with the Napoli defender now their No 1 target.
United’s defensive problems have been well-documented this season and they played a role in Jose Mourinho’s downfall.
Ole Gunnar Solsjaer has steadied the ship but buying a top grade centre-back remains a priority.
The London Evening Standard reckon Koulibaly is United’s first-choice for the position, but a deal will wait until the summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United want Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly this summer
12.30 UPDATE: Liverpool shake hands on deal
Liverpool have agreed to sign rising star Abdulkadir Omur from Trabzonspor, according to claims from Turkey.
Jurgen Klopp has opted against spending bid in January in a bid not to disrupt his title-chasing squad.
But it seems he could be about to welcome Omur to Anfield, with Ajansspor reporting a fee for the midfielder has been settled on.
Liverpool are apparently happy to pay £17.3m (£20m) for Omur, with hands shaken on the prospective deal.
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool are in for Trabzonspor ace Abdulkadir Omur
11.00 UPDATE: Simon Mignolet wants out
Simon Mignolet wants to leave Liverpool this summer.
“We are fighting for the Premier League and the Champions League,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“I am a Liverpool football player with two years left on my contract and I do will my service for the club in the best possible way I can. Then we will see what happens.
“Definitely, nothing will happen this month and we will see what happens in the summer.
“Hopefully it will be a story for after we have won the Premier League and the Champions League.”
Transfer news: Simon Mignolet reveals when he wants to quit Liverpool
10.30 UPDATE: Pereira loan blocked
Andreas Pereira will NOT be allowed to leave Manchester United this month.
The Brazilian had been linked with a loan move but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep him.
He said: “I cannot see him going out on loan because Andreas is going fantastic in training.
“He is a player that you could see playing quite a few games for us towards the end of the season.”
Transfer news: Andreas Pereira has not made an impact at United this season
10.20 UPDATE: Neymar to return to Barcelona?
Barcelona star Jordi Alba cannot see Neymar returning to the Nou Camp from Paris Saint-Germain.
“No, we don’t talk about it,” said Alba, when asked about the potential move.
“At the end of the day, it’s what people are saying outside [the club]. But I don’t think it is true.
“Neymar’s a tremendous player, one of the best, but he decided to go and I don’t see much logic in him wanting to come back. I don’t believe it.”
Transfer news LIVE: Neymar has been linked with a return to Barcelona
10.15 UPDATE: Perisic to Arsenal conditions
Inter Milan are only willing to let Ivan Perisic go on a permanent deal as Arsenal plot a move, says Serie A transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.
Arsenal have identified Perisic as an option as they look to add loan signings to Unai Emery’s squad.
And an approach was made to Inter over the weekend in a bid to set the ball rolling towards a switch.
Di Marzio, though, claims Inter will only sanction a full-time exit for the Croatia international.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal want to snap up Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic
10.00 UPDATE: Bid for West Ham target confirmed
West Ham may have made an offer for Andrea Belotti in January but Torino chief Gianluca Petrachi is remaining tight-lipped.
“If we had wanted, we could have carried on some talks with some clubs,” Petrachi said.
“Belotti was looked for by a team whose name I do not reveal. Important money was being offered, but the president stopped all talk.”
West Ham were credited with interest in Belotti before Marko Arnautovic put pen to paper and committed his future to them.
Transfer news LIVE: West Ham were linked with a move for Torino star Andrea Belotti
09.35 UPDATE: Solskjaer hints at transfers
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted at possible late moves in the transfer window.
Manchester United are yet to spend any money this month but Solskjaer didn’t rule anything out.
He said: “At the moment I can see everyone staying at the club and no deals have been done with anyone but there are still a few more days.
“I’m not too involved in the negotiations so whatever happens happens but it’ll be good to get the window closed an improving the players in the squad still here.”
Transfer news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted at late Janaury deals
09.22 UPDATE: Arsenal pulled out of deal
Arsenal opted against pursuing a swap deal involving Aaron Ramsey and Medhi Benatia this month, it has been claimed.
Ramsey is set to leave the Emirates in the summer with Juventus his most probable destination.
Juventus would like to get him on board now and were willing to send Benatia to Arsenal in return.
However, Tutto Mercato Web indicated Arsenal decided not to sign Benatia because Laurent Koscielny returned from injury to bolster their defensive ranks.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal had the chance to snap up Medhi Benatia from Juventus
08.40 UPDATE: Hudson-Odoi a ‘red’
Danny Murphy reckons Hudson-Odoi is already a Bayern Munich player – in his head.
Hudson-Odoi was coy when asked about his future, but Murphy thinks he’s a goner.
He said: “Chelsea have the right to say no to whatever bid comes in because he’s under contract.
“But I think it sounds like in his head, he’s wearing [Bayern] red.”
Transfer news: Callum Hudson-Odoi already thinks he’s a Bayern Munich player
08.15 UPDATE: Chelsea eye Icardi
Chelsea could follow up their signing of Gonzalo Higuain by targeting his compatriot Mauro Icardi, it has been claimed in Italy.
Chelsea made snaring a striker a priority this month due to Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud’s struggles in front of goal.
Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web report Morata, Giroud and forgotten man Michy Batshuayi will all leave Chelsea.
And that would pave the way for Maurizio Sarri to sign at least one new attacker, with Icardi an option.
Transfer news: Mauro Icardi could make the move to Chelsea in the summer
07.55 UPDATE: Christian Eriksen battle
Manchester United and Chelsea are gearing themselves up for a summer battle for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.
Both clubs have been boosted by the news that Real Madrid are ready to ditch their interest over fears that the Danish international will cost them too much.
The Premier League giants still face interest from Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain for Eriksen, who has been unable to agree a new deal with Spurs.
The White Hart Lane side have been in talks with his representatives for more than a year in a bid to extend his £75,000-a-week contract, that runs out in June 2020, without success.
Transfer news: Christian Eriksen could join Manchester United or Chelsea
07.40 UPDATE: Giroud’s ‘dark future’
Olivier Giroud has a ‘dark future’ at Chelsea following the signing of Olivier Giroud.
“The coach makes Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers,” Giroud told Canal, before Higuain officially joined the club.
“But he [Hazard] is the best player I’ve ever played with.
“If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.”
Transfer news: Olivier Giroud has a ‘dark future’ at Chelsea
07.25 UDPATE Arsenal agree Perisic terms
Arsenal already have a personal agreement in place for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and will look to press on with a deal today.
That’s according to Italian football journalist Nicolo Schira.
He tweeted: “Arsenal is continuing to talk with Inter for Ivan Perisic (he has an agreement with Gunners ).
“Sanllehi has offered a transfer on loan with option to buy.
“Marotta prefers to a permanent deal or obligation to buy. Tomorrow there’ll be new contacts. transfers AFC.”
07.10 UPDATE Hudson-Odoi talks
Callum Hudson-Odoi was coy on his future after being asked about links with Bayern Munich.
Hudson-Odoi is wanted by the German side who have lodged three bids.
And the teenager has stalled on talks over a new deal with Chelsea and said to have handed in a transfer request.
“I can’t say,” he said. “I’ll keep working hard and you never know what will happen.”
07.00 UPDATE Valverde on Coutinho future
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has claimed Philippe Coutinho will begin producing the goods for the club again.
The former Liverpool ace has struggled this term and his future has been called into question.
But Valverde has backed him to come good.
“What I like about him is that he always tries things and takes on his man,” he said.
”It might work or it might not. He had chances today, but didn’t score because their goalkeeper is excellent.
”He’ll convert other chances soon.”