Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool ‘monitor Eduardo Camavinga’, Newcastle’s late spree and Dusan Vlahovic update

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ITALIA COPA (AP)
ITALIA COPA (AP)

In a pivotal week, Premier League clubs are looking to push through deals as the transfer window shuts.

Tottenham look keen to make moves with Antonio Conte not hiding his dissatisfaction as the club’s inability to strengthen yet, with Dele Alli and Giovani lo Celso both likely to be pushed out the door after being left out of the squad for the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. While Arsenal are also in the market for a striker, with Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic top of their list, though Juventus may move should it emerge that the Viola cannot hold on to the Serbian forward until the summer.

Meanwhile, Newcastle continue to be busy, having already signed Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, with Eddie Howe desperate for reinforcements to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation. Netherlands left-back Mitchel Bakker from Bayer Leverkusen has been linked, while Jesse Lingard, or even alli, could emerge as Howe targets an attacking midfielder.

Jesse Lingard is another name to monitor, with the Manchester United star eager to leave on a loan deal to gain first team football, with Ralf Rangnick unable to hand him the role he craves after a successful loan to West Ham last season.

Liverpool remain active with young talent top of their list of priorities, having been linked to Real Madrid’s French starlet Eduardo Camavinga and Fulham winger Fabio Carvalho. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and done deals below.

Transfer news and rumours

  • Liverpool monitoring Camavinga situation at Real Madrid

  • Arsenal suffer Vlahovic setback as Juventus make bid for Fiorentina striker

  • Eriksen’s Brentford move subject to lengthy medical process

  • Tottenham open to Dele Alli, Lo Celso exits

  • Newcastle United given fresh hope of signing Zapata

  • Arsenal’s Aubameyang rejects Saudi Arabia move

Manchester United planning for up to four summer signings

16:00 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United are planning to make up to four summer signings, report the Manchester Evening News.

Strengthening the midfield is thought to be a priority, with Declan Rice a key target.

Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata will all leave and Erling Haaland could emerge as a target.

And a new defender could be part of United’s to do list, with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones likely to be sold and Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey an option.

Hasenhuttl keen for Saints to keep Broja

15:25 , Jack Rathborn

Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Southampton are keen to keep Armando Broja permanently after a successful loan spell from Chelsea.

“To be honest, it doesn’t affect me massively because I know that he is here until the end of the season,” said Hasenhuttl after seven goals in 19 appearances from the youngster. “We have enough time to talk to them (Chelsea), to talk about our future with him.

“Let this guy play football. Let this guy do his job. I think it’s very important for the young players that they can develop their game in a sort of calmness – not in these hectic rumours that are around.

“It doesn’t help any young player, especially not him. This is what we try to do, we try to calm everything down because he should concentrate on his job and this is what he is here for.

“I think he definitely enjoys it here and he should see what he has with this club here. I think he sees this because we gave him a big chance to show up.

“We don’t need for somebody to say thank you for this. He only should do his job and should help us as long as we have the deal. The deal is we give you a platform, you give everything you have for this club. This is the deal we have with everybody and then we are a more successful club and he does his good job.”

Barcelona push for Araujo extension amid Man United and Liverpool interest

15:15 , Jack Rathborn

Barcelona are pushing to extend defeder Ronald Araujo’s contract, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The centre-back, 22, is of interest to Manchester United and Liverpool and could be available at a bargain price due to his contract expiring in 18 months.

A meeting is now scheduled between the player and the club with the intent of thrashing out terms for a new deal with Xavi keen to make him a key piece of the rebuild at the Nou Camp.

Tottenham braced for pivotal week that could decide Antonio Conte future after Chelsea setback

15:05 , Jack Rathborn

It’s a week with no games, but could well be the most important of Antonio Conte’s entire time at Tottenham Hotspur.

It will certainly tell him a lot about what is possible at the club. It may even decide his future, as well as the Champions League race. This is what so much comes down to.

In order to do the business Conte feels he needs, Spurs must off-load players. They are, specifically, the attacking midfielders Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso. Conte has grown weary of the Argentinian midfielder’s efforts too. He’s good but just doesn’t follow instructions to the level required.

If Spurs can get rid of all three, they may well do all of the business Conte wants. That is at least a wing-back, namely Adama Traore, and two midfielders.

Spurs braced for pivotal week that could decide Antonio Conte future

Man United draw up shortlist for permanent manager role

14:50 , Jack Rathborn

Man United will begin their search for a permanent manager in the coming weeks, reports David Ornstein of The Athletic.

Ralf Rangnick is not expected to maintain his current interim role and will likely move upstairs.

Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui are all thought to be on the initial shortlist.

Dembele available at cut-price £17m fee

14:40 , Jack Rathborn

An interesting name to track in the final days of the window is Ousmane Dembele as Le Parisien, report that the Barcelona winger could be available for just €20million (£17m) this month.

The 24-year-old refuses to sign a new contract, paving the way for a free transfer when his deal expires in the summer.

Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the former Dortmund star.

Haidara happy to stay at Leipzig this month

14:30 , Jack Rathborn

Amadou Haidara has no desire to leave RB Leipzig this month after speculation that Man United could bring him to Old Trafford to link up with Ralf Rangnick.

The 23-year-old is rated at around £33m, but United may hold tight due to the likelihood of a new manager replacing the interim boss this summer.

Haidara is therefore happy to stay put at Leipzig until the summer, according to the Mail.

Man United submit enquiry about Marseille star Kamara

14:20 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United have initiated talks with Marseille over Boubacar Kamara, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Kamara could be available at a bargain price due to just six months remaining on his contract with OM and Ralf Rangnick is eager to strengthen his midfield.

The 22-year-old has shone in Ligue 1, attracting interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona, West Ham and Newcastle.

Aubameyang set to snub Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal

13:59 , Jack Rathborn

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to snub Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal.

The priority, report the Mail, is to push for a move to PSG or Juventus. But his enormous wages, thought to be worth £350,000 per week, could threaten any move.

The 32-year-old is out of favour under Mikel Arteta and destined for the exit this month should there be a taker.

Wijnaldum and Draxler open to Spurs loan

13:44 , Jack Rathborn

Georginio Wijnaldum and Julian Draxler would be open to joining Tottenham on loan, report 90min.

That could allow Tanguy Ndombele or Dele Alli to head in the other direction and link up with Paris Saint-Germain.

Antonio Conte is desperate for reinforcements to keep Spurs on track to compete for a top four place.

And with two games in hand on Manchester United and just two points back, any late moves could tip the balance in the race to reach the Champions League next season.

Bayer Leverkusen sign Azmoun from Zenit

13:35 , Jack Rathborn

Bayer Leverkusen have signed Iran international striker Sardar Azmoun, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

The 27-year-old pens a five-year-deal with Die Werkself and will link up with his new team this summer after three years with Zenit Saint Petersburg and 62 goals in 104 games across all competitions.

The announcement ends speculation over deals to join Lyon and West Ham.

Barcelona in talks to sign Ajax left-back Tagliafico

13:25 , Jack Rathborn

Barcelona have started talks to sign Ajax left-back Nicholas Tagliafico.

The move would be an initial loan with the Catalan club possessing an option to buy.

Tagliafico has deal with the Dutch giants to move on this month after speculation over a move in recent years.

Chelsea were previously linked, and after just two Eredivisie games and one in the Champions League, Tagliafico’s four-year stay in Amsterdam after joining from Independiente.

Barcelona could also offer 18-year-old left-back Alejandro Balde on loan to finalise the deal.

Championship pair in the race for Rangers’ Goldson

13:15 , Jack Rathborn

Nottingham Forest and West Brom are battling it out to sign a pre-contract with Rangers defender Connor Goldson.

The Scottish Sun report the interest in the centre-back will see the 29-year-old move south of the border this summer after spending four years in Scotland since joining from Brighton in 2018.

Goldson has played 31 times in all competitions this term.

Chelsea sign Derby full-back Dylan Williams

13:05 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea have completed a move for Derby full-back Dylan Williams.

Williams, who has played in six Championship games for the Rams this term, starring at both left-back and in midfield.

Derby boss Wayne Rooney reacted to the move: “It is one where I felt I couldn’t deny him the opportunity, so that is my decision, not an administrator’s decision.

“It was my decision after speaking to the player, I felt I couldn’t deny a young lad an opportunity of going to play in the Premier League.”

Arsenal keen on Real Sociedad striker Isak

12:55 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal have emerged as suitors for Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, report The Athletic.

The Gunners have been strongly linked to Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, but a deal looks complicated.

With the Serbian striker now on the radar of Juventus and the Viola eager to wait until the summer to cash in on their star.

Isak has a release clause, thought to be worth £76m, with the striker notching four goals in 17 league appearances this season.

West Ham target Marseille centre-back Caleta-Car

12:44 , Jack Rathborn

West Ham are looking into a move for Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car, according to The Athletic.

David Moyes is keen to reinforce his backline during the January transfer window with the Croatia international an option.

The 25-year-old, who has starred in 11 Ligue 1 games this season, has 18 months left on his contract with OM.

Frank signs new Brentford deal

12:28 , Jack Rathborn

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has penned a new deal to commit his future to the Bees until 2025, the club have announced.

The 48-year-old Dane took charge in October 2018, achieving promotion last season and impressing in their debut Premier League campaign, currently sitting 14th.

Frank said: “I feel privileged to be a part of the success we have had as a group at this fantastic club. I have been here for five years and am very pleased that I have the opportunity to be here for longer.

“I have been part of building the Club over the past five years and have enjoyed working with a brilliant staff and unbelievable group of players. Everyone can see they have a fantastic work ethic that they show every day.

“On top of that we have a unity and togetherness from the top to the bottom and the bottom to the top. I don’t think that it is always understood and recognised the role that Matthew Benham, Phil Giles and, before he left, Rasmus Ankersen, have played in the development of the Club. Their work makes it so much easier for me to succeed and I am delighted that we can continue to work together.”

Tottenham braced for pivotal week

12:16 , Jamie Braidwood

Tottenham will look to offload Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso this week, as Antonio Conte hopes for changes to his squad that could prove pivotal to his tenure.

Further details from The Independent’s chief football writer Miguel Delaney, here:

Spurs braced for pivotal week that could decide Antonio Conte future

Aubameyang rejects Saudi Arabia move

11:55 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has rejected an offer to move on loan to Saudi Arabia for the rest of the season, according to reports.

The Telegraph and The Athletic report that Aubameyang, who was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy last month, wants to stay in Europe.

Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal had offered to cover Aubameyang’s full £350,000 a week salary until the end of the season, but with the striker looking to stay in Europe, the club may need to cover a portion of his wage if he was to leave in January.

Newcastle set price for Bissouma

11:42 , Jack Rathborn

Newcastle have been told by Brighton that it will cost them £50m to sign Yves Bissouma.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Aston Villa have also been linked with the Mali international.

The Mail claim Bissouma remains Eddie Howe’s No1 midfield target.

City favourites for River Plate star Alvarez

11:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City have emerged as favourites to sign River Plate and Argentina striker Julian Alvarez.

Several reports over the weekend stated that City lead the way in the chase for the 21-year-old, who was the top scorer in Argentina last season.

It is believed that Alvarez has a £16 million release clause but City are his preferred option, ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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Newcastle linked with Leverkusen left-back

11:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Mitchel Bakker has become the latest player to be linked with a move to Newcastle. The Metro report that Newcastle would like to make the Bayer Leverkusen left-back their third signing of the window and a £14.5 million fee has been mention. Newcastle also continue to be linked with defenders James Tarkowski and Diego Carlos.

Rangnick gives update on Man United exits

11:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that talks are ongoing with clubs over deals for some of the fringe players in his squad.

Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek are among those to be linked with exits after a lack of game time so far this season.

“I know which players would want to leave,” Rangnick said after his side’s late 1-0 win over West Ham. “I know that there are some negotiations with clubs but I am not involved in that but I will probably be posted and made aware if something is happening. We will all have to wait and see what happens.”

Aston Villa eye move for Juventus midfielder

10:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Aston Villa have emerged as contenders for Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur. The Uruguay international has made 12 Serie A appearances so far this season while Juventus are also set to approve the departure of Arthur Melo, who has been linked with Arsenal. Sky Sports report that Juventus value Bentancur at £16m as Steven Gerrard looks to add to his midfield options.

Mikel Arteta gives update on transfer plans

10:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has said Arsenal are planning on adding to their squad before the end of the window but admitted it is a “complicated” and “difficult” process.

Speaking after the 0-0 home draw with Burnley, Arteta said on the prospect on new signings: “It’s what we planned, but the market is difficult, it’s complicated.

“We knew that, but it’s a lot to manage and we have to make the right decisions with players that we believe are going to really help us and try to bring in ones that can take us to the next level.

“We are certainly trying, but I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it. Let’s see, it’s not only our intention, but a lot of facts that are needed to happen.”

Sanches ‘ready’ to leave Lille as he expresses Arsenal interest

10:20 , Jack Rathborn

Renato Sanches has said he is “ready” to move away from Lille and has named Arsenal and AC Milan as the clubs that he would be interested in signing for.

The 24-year-old rejected a new contract offer with the French side after helping them to win Ligue 1 last season and has signalled that his time at the club is up.

“Maybe Milan and Arsenal are interested but I don’t know. I spoke with my agent, I know which clubs are calling me but I can’t say right now.

“But I know I’m ready. If an offer comes in, I’ll find out what’s best for me.”

Arsenal agree terms with Juventus star Athur

10:15 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal have agreed terms with Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo, report 90min.

The midfielder is eager to leave Turin this January, but the Old Lady do not want to agree to a loan deal.

The Gunners would pay the Brazilian’s wages in full until the summer, thought to be around €168k per week, while the future of Aston Villa target Rodrigo Bentancur could also impact Arthur’s future, with only one likely to leave this month.

Liverpool eye deal for Fulham’s Carvalho

10:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Liverpool are monitoring Fulham star Fabio Carvalho as Premier League clubs battle to sign the 19-year-old, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Carvalho has scored eight goals for the Championship leaders so far this campaign and is out of contract at the end of the season.

The Mail report that West Ham and Leeds United are also interested in signing the forward next summer.

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Arsenal ‘agree terms’ with Juventus on Arthur deal

09:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Arsenal are pushing to improve their central midfield options before the end of the transfer window and have reportedly agreed terms with Juventus over a loan deal for Arthur Melo.

That’s according to 90min, who report that Arsenal are just waiting for confirmation from Juventus - who are happy for Arthur to leave but would prefer a long-term deal.

The Brazilian midfielder, who joined the club from Barcelona, is out of favour in Turin.

Newcastle to turn to Dele Alli over Jesse Lingard?

09:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Meanwhile, Newcastle may look to approach Tottenham over signing Dele Alli if they are unsuccessful in their pursuit of Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard.

That’s according to the Mirror, who report that Newcastle would be open to signing Dele on a permanent or loan deal.

The former England international was left out of the squad to face Chelsea on Sunday while United have been so far reluctant to listen to offers for Lingard, who is out of contract next summer.

That is despite Newcastle’s approaches, who saw a bid to take Lingard on loan rejected by United last week.

Thomas Frank extends Brentford contract

09:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Brentford have kicked the week off with some big news as they confirm that manager Thomas Frank and assistant Brian Rieme have extended their contracts at the Premier League club until 2025.

Frank guided Brentford to the Premier League after securing promotion through the Championship play-offs and have impressed upon their return to the top flight.

Although they have lost their last four games in a row, the Bees are 14th in the table with 23 points from their opening 23 games and are on track to secure their Premier League status for another season.

Newcastle United given fresh hope of signing Zapata

09:01 , Jack Rathborn

Newcastle United have been given fresh hope of signing Duvan Zapata with Atalanta open to a loan with an option to buy.

The Mirror claim the Italians would be open to an £8m fee to take the Colombian forward on loan.

The Serie A club value Zapata at around £34m, but an initial loan, even at a premium, could suit Newcastle given their desperate situation and the need for goals to fight off relegation from the Premier League.

Spurs open to Dele, Lo Celso exits

08:49 , Jamie Braidwood

Tottenham will be the club to watch over the final week of the transfer window as Antonio Conte seeks reinforcements to bolster their top four bid.

But it’s not just new signings that Conte is pushing for. The Spurs manager has reportedly open to selling Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso before the end of the window, after both players were dropped from the squad to face Chelsea on Sunday.

Goal are reporting that Dele and Lo Celso do not have a future at Spurs under Conte, with the Italian telling Sky Sports after Sunday’s match: “I don’t want to comment on single players. There is the club to make the best decision. There is a sporting director and chairman and they take the last decision.”

Eriksen close to Brentford move

08:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Brentford are finalising a deal to bring Christian Eriksen back to the Premier League.

The former Tottenham and Inter Milan midfielder is expected to undergo a lengthy medical process before putting pen to paper on a six-month deal.

The Denmark international’s heart has been fitted with an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 seven months ago.

Sky Sports report that Eriksen will need to be signed off by a club-assigned sports cardiologist before the transfer is allowed to be completed.

Arsenal suffer Vlahovic setback as Juventus make bid for Fiorentina striker

08:29 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal have suffered as blow after Juventus made a bid for Dusan Vlahovic.

Mikel Arteta is keen on the Fiorentina striker arriving this month to boost the Gunners’ top four hopes.

But the Old Lady have now bid around €30m plus highly-regarded Sweden international Dejan Kulusevski, report the Times.

Liverpool monitoring Camavinga situation at Real Madrid

08:25 , Jack Rathborn

Liverpool are tracking Eduardo Camavinga and keeping updated on his situation at Real Madrid, according to El Nacional.

The Reds have been admirers of the 19-year-old for some time but missed out to Los Blancos last summer as the French starlet moved to Spain for €30m.

But with his game time slipping, Liverpool are looking to move should there be any uncertainty regarding his future at the Bernabeu.

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