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.
Manchester United planning for up to four summer signings
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
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
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
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.
The Italian has been short when pushed over the state of his Spurs side, with investment top of his priorities this month as the January transfer window closes
Man United draw up shortlist for permanent manager role
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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