Transfer News: Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip and latest updates


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Wednesday, January 15

  • Manchester United could complete the signing of Bruno Fernandes on Saturday
  • Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes says the deal could ‘close’ after Friday’s match
  • Chelsea are eager to sign Real Madrid star Isco and would pay £47million
  • Arsenal have been sensationally linked with a move for Leicester’s James Maddison

Jun Nishikawa to Barcelona

Barcelona are hopeful of signing Japan Under-20 star Jun Nishikawa.

That’s according to El Mundo Deportivo, who claim Nishikawa was recommended to the Catalan giants by Spanish coach Miguel Angel Lotina.

The attacking midfielder, 17, dazzled at the Under-17 World Cup when scoring twice and providing two assists in four appearances.

It’s reported that Barcelona have tracked him since last summer and that discussions are already underway.

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Spotted: Jorge Mendes

The agent of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Jorge Mendes, was spotted at Old Trafford tonight in the directors’ box.

Manchester United have made Fernandes their top January target as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to add creativity to his midfield.

And journalist Joe Edwards confirmed Mendes was in attendance at Old Trafford, tweeting: “Jorge Mendes in the directors’ box tonight too.”

Mendes being in attendance has sparked rumours United could be closing in on Fernandes but the agent does also have close links with Wolves.

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Wanted: Marcos Paulo

Barcelona are looking to sign Fluminense forward Marcos Paulo.

The Spanish champions are already close to capturing Palmeiras midfielder Matheus Fernandes – but a second Brazilian transfer is in the pipeline.

Spanish newspaper AS claim Barcelona are trying to engineer a deal for 18-year-old striker Paulo.

Club chief Jose Mari Bakero flew to Brazil to oversee the signing of Paulo and met with the players family.

Paulo has a £38million release clause in his contract – but AS believe Fluminense would sell for roughly £13m.

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Bruno Fernandes soon

Bruno Fernandes has agreed personal terms with Manchester United and his agent expects him to become a United player soon, says transfer expert Duncan Castles.

Sporting Lisbon and United have not yet agreed a fee for Fernandes, with the Portuguese club looking at potential United players who could move in the opposite direction.

“What I keep hearing back from the Portuguese end is that they expect this deal to be done, they see Bruno Fernandes playing against Benfica on Friday, that being his final game, and then the transfer going through subsequent to that match,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“Financial terms I’m told are agreed between Bruno Fernandes and the club and the player’s agent is saying that he fully expects that deal to go through and Bruno to be a Manchester United player.”

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Done Deal: Todibo joins Schalke

Schalke have completed the signing of Jean-Clair Todibo.

The French defender joins the Bundesliga side on a six-month loan deal that could be made permanent at the end of the season.

Barcelona confirmed that Schalke would pay a £1.2million loan fee and also have an option to make the deal permeant for £21m plus a further £4.2m in add-ons.

Todibo made just two La Liga appearances this season, only one of which was in the starting XI.

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Wanted: Marcos Llorente

Manchester United scouts have reportedly recommended Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente as a possible January signing to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who wants to bring in at least one midfielder.

Bruno Fernandes remains the club’s priority having held positive discussions with Sporting officials.

United have lost both Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba to injury, arguably their two first-choice midfielders and are therefore in need of reinforcements.

And the MEN claim that Llorente has been looked at for a potential loan, due to a lack of playing time at Atletico Madrid.

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Kai Havertz exit

Kai Havertz is excited about the clubs who are interested in signing him, and two of those are Manchester United and Chelsea, says German football expert Raphael Honigstein.

Havertz’s form for Bayern Leverkusen last season saw him linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs last summer including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old stayed loyal to Leverkusen but Hongistein says it is a “certainty” the midfielder will leave at the end of this season.

“He has basically outgrown this team already and he will certainly move in the summer,” Honigstein told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“The valuation will not be significantly lower than it was last summer, which was well north of €100m, maybe even £100m, that sort of price range.”

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Jadon Sancho replacement

Borussia Dortmund have already started planning for life without Jadon Sancho.

That’s according to German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten, who claim the Bundesliga side are searching for a possible successor.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona have all been tipped to sign the England international, who has bagged 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 24 appearances this season.

And one of the quartet could land his signature in the summer with Dortmund seemingly preparing to sell the £100million-rated winger.

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Timo Werner latest

Timo Werner has no interest in joining Liverpool.

That’s according to The Athletic, who claim Werner doesn’t think he’ll secure regular first-team football with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at Anfield.

The Germany international is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United and could be snapped up when his £42.6m release clause is activated.

It’s believed Werner is open to leaving RB Leipzig but wouldn’t consider leaving before the end of the campaign.

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Ballou Tabla signs

Barcelona winger Ballou Tabla has joined Thierry Henry’s Montreal Impact.

Tabla, 20, joined the Catalan giants from the MLS side in 2016 on a three-year deal.

But after 30 appearances for Barcelona’s reserve side – he was loaned back to Montreal Impact in 2019 before completing a permanent deal.

“We are happy to have Ballou back with us following this transfer,” Montreal Impact sporting director Olivier Renard said in a club statement. “The talent of this young Quebecer was never put into question. Now it’s up to him to do everything and bounce back.”

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Done Deal: Conor Gallagher joins Swansea

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has joined Championship side Swansea on loan for the rest of the season.

The move comes a day after the 19-year-old was recalled from an impressive loan spell with Charlton where he scored six goals in 26 appearances, as well as earning four England Under-21 caps during his time at The Valley.

The Blues’ decision left Addicks boss Lee Bowyer “disappointed” as he conceded he “didn’t see this coming”.

Gallagher becomes the Swans’ third signing of the transfer window, following the arrivals of Marc Guehi – also on loan from Chelsea – and Rhian Brewster, who joined on loan from Liverpool.

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Donny van de Beek to Real Madrid

Real Madrid have agreed to sign Donny van de Beek.

Spanish publication Marca claim the two parties have agreed a £47million fee and the 22-year-old will arrive at the Bernabeu in June.

The midfielder was a target for Tottenham and Manchester United, but Zinedine Zidane has won the battle.

It’s believed one creative midfielder will be shown the door when van de Beek arrives in Spain with Chelsea target Isco a possible candidate.

Bruno Fernandes deal in 72 hours

Manchester United could complete the signing of Bruno Fernandes on Saturday.

That’s the audacious claim from Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes, who claims Sporting Lisbon could sanction the deal after their clash with Benfica on Friday evening.

“Bruno Fernandes: to close after Sporting’s game next Friday, against the big rival Benfica,” he tweeted. “All parts talking, still the loanes situations, but my sources tell me it will be done. @ManUtd.”

Sporting value the 25-year-old Fernandes at £60million while other reports suggest Andreas Pereira could move the other way to lower the fee.

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Wanted: Isco

Chelsea are eager to sign Real Madrid star Isco.

Frank Lampard wants to add more creativity to his ranks and has a £150million budget to make additions in January.

Spanish website El Desmarque claim a large chunk of that kitty could be splashed on Isco with the Blues prepared to pay £47million for his signature.

It’s reported that Frank Lampard’s side are ‘already in conversation’ with the player’s agent but Real president Florentino Perez is hesitant to sell.

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James Maddison to Arsenal

Arsenal have been sensationally linked with a move for Leicester star James Maddison in the summer, setting up a potential transfer battle with Manchester United.

United are believed to be interested in Maddison however Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to make a formal move for the former Norwich star.

And Football Insider have now reported that Arteta wants to battle United for the signing of Maddison during the summer.

It’s claimed that Maddison will cost either club over £90million with a potential battle possibly raising that price considerably.

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Inter talks

Inter Milan CEO Piero Ausilio has traveled to London in a bid to conclude deals with Chelsea and Tottenham for Olivier Giroud and Christian Eriksen.

Antonio Conte has assigned him with the task of bolstering his squad for the second half of the campaign, as they look to trump Juventus to the Serie A title.

According to Sky Italia, the Inter bigwig will now complete talks with the Blues for Giroud.

Personal terms between the player and club have all been agreed. Spurs have demanded £17million to let Eriksen leave north London this month while Chelsea have been holding out for an £8.5m payday from the Italian giants.





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