JANUARY TRANSFER UPDATES:”ARSENAL EYE MIDFIELDER, UNITED WANT ROMA DEFENDER, JOSE HEADING BACK TO PORTUGAL”

It’s the January transfer window – and one club in particular is making moves.

Chelsea may have already snapped up Christian Pulisic, but now they’re hotly tipped to tie up the Gonzalo Higuain deal today.

Manchester United are also in the hunt for reinforcements and have been linked with moves for both Nicolo Barella and a swap deal for Nikola Milenkovic.

They’ve also been linked with a move for Ivan Perisic – while Tottenham have slapped a big price tag on Christian Eriksen.

Barcelona’s Denis Suarez is close to joining Arsenal , while a centre-back is also believed to be on Unai Emery’s wish list.

But it’s not just the top teams we have covered. From Arsenal to Yeovil and from Aberdeen to Celtic, follow all the latest deals here.

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Abraham transfer twist as Palace ‘join race for on-loan striker’

Crystal Palace want Tammy Abraham after the Chelsea striker snubbed a loan switch to Wolves .

The Eagles, currently six points above the drop zone after scoring just 19 goals in their 21 league games this season, are desperate for some firepower up front — and Abraham is hot property after netting 16 times in 20 appearances on loan at Championship promotion chasers Aston Villa.

Palace ditched their pursuit of Liverpool frontman Dominic Solanke after being priced out by Bournemouth last week. But they are still in the market for loans and are now hopeful Abraham could be interested in returning to London.

Villa boss Dean Smith was expecting Abraham in to train on Monday, but he didn’t turn up as he contemplated a controversial defection to their top-flight neighbours Wolves.

But with Chelsea insisting on only another loan rather than a permanent £18million sale, Villa are confident that 21-year-old Abraham could be staying with them.

The Midlands club have been looking at replacement strikers such as Championship rivals Brentford’s Neal Maupay, who has 16 goals this month.

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Premier League trio chase Ipswich star Dozzell

Premier League trio Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace are all tracking fit-again Ipswich ace Andre Dozzell.

The 19-year-old midfielder – valued at £5 million by the Tractor Boys – is back in action after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on the opening day of last season that ruled him out for more than a year.

Dozzell was a member of the England side that won the Under-17 and Under- 19 European titles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Ipswich, rock-bottom of the Championship and 10 points from safety, may be tempted to cash in to help fund new signings in their desperate bid to beat the drop.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Andre Dozzell of Ipswich Town during the Pre Season Friendly between Milton Keynes Dons and Ipswich Town at StadiumMK on July 24, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Klopp to battle for highly-rated French star

Liverpool are being linked with a bid for rising French star Dominique Youfeigane.

The EA Guingamp keeper has been earning rave reviews – and being linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

And now Klopp is ready to battle AS Monaco and Marseille for the French under-19 star’s signature.

Foot Mercato report the Reds are on the brink of making an offer for the keeper.

He’d join the ranks of youth keepers putting pressure on Alisson and Simon Mignloet.

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Cardiff target three French players

Cardiff City are targeting three French signings according to Sky Sports News.

Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze and Marseille winger Clinton N’Jie are all reportedly being chased by the Bluebirds.

N’Jie could join on loan.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock admitted to having doubts over whether a deal could be done for Sala last month, but Nantes are understood to be open to selling the 28-year-old.

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Wenger lined up for first job in management after leaving Gunners

Arsene Wenger is being lined up as the coach of the Qatar national team ahead of the World Cup in 2022.

The French boss is waiting for a new challenge after 22-years in charge of the Gunners.

And France Football claim the next World Cup hosts are desperate to draw on his experience.

He had been linked as Sporting Director at PSG, but now could be pushed in another direction.

Wenger has always stated his desire to have a crack at international management – and he has a long relationship with the country’s beIN sports network where he is often a pundit.

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Arsene Wenger on beIN Sports
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Janssen could be shown door at Spurs

He’s been a big disappointment at Spurs

Now Tottenham are set to hold talks with out-of-favour Dutch striker Vincent Janssen

According to the Daily Mail, they will consider letting the 24-year-old striker leave in the January transfer window.

STEVENAGE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Vincent Janssen of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at The Lamex Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Koulibaly ‘keen on Man Utd move’

He’s Manchester United’s No1 defensive target.

And Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly keen on a move to Old Trafford – but it won’t happen until the end of the season.

The towering Senegal international fits the bill of what United are looking for. He’s powerful and experienced, but not too old at 27.

And although Ed Woodward would ideally want to snap up him up now, Napoli won’t allow it.

The Metro report he’s key to their Europa League chances and is staying at the Stadio San Paolo.

Koulibaly is likely to cost around £90m after signing a new long-term deal at Napoli only last year.

Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly interesting Man Utd
Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly interesting Man Utd (Image: SIPA USA/PA Images)

Luton’s Nathan Jones shock new favourite to be Stoke boss

Stoke are poised to turn to Luton’s Nathan Jones to replace Gary Rowett.

The Potters are keen to make a swift appointment following Rowett’s sacking on Tuesday after just eight months in charge.

And highly-rated young boss Jones has emerged as the leading contender, ahead of out-of-work and experienced options of David Moyes and Sam Allardyce.

The 45-year-old Welshman has impressed since taking over at Luton in January 2016, after a period earning a reputation for being one of the brightest young coaches in the game at Brighton .

Jones guided the Hatters to League Two promotion last season, ending their 10-year absence from the third tier, despite the loss of a number of key players including star striker Jack Marriott.

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Hector Herrera linked with Arsenal as Denis Suarez makes final decision

Hector Herrera is still on Arsenal’s radar – despite reports he is on the way to Milan.

The Mexican international, 28, has been with Porto since 2013 and has played 149 times for the Portuguese champion.

A box-to-box player is blessed with energy and is available on a free transfer this summer.

However many clubs are chasing him including Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in Spain, the likes of Tottenham , Crystal Palace in England as well as Inter Milan and Roma.

While Portuguese utlet Record believe Inter Milan is his most likely destination, O Jogo think the other teams – including Arsenal – still have a chance.

Like Ramsey, he is available on a free this summer and European team can negotiate with him now.

FC Porto player Hector Herrera during match against Schalke 04
FC Porto player Hector Herrera during match against Schalke 04 (Image: SIPA USA/PA Images)

Everton could snap up Brahimi on the cheap


Everton
 are monitoring Porto midfielder Yacine Brahimi.

They sent a scout to watch the 28-year-old Algeria international in action during his club’s 3-1 victory over Nacional on Monday night.

And Brahimi enhanced his reputation by scoring twice as Porto moved six points clear at the top of the Portuguese League.

Brahimi is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, so could be available at a knock-down price.

Born in Paris, the attacking midfielder started his career with Rennes in France before moving to Spanish club Granada in 2013 following a loan spell there the previous season.

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Ronaldo reveals he could return to former club after Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he could return to Sporting Lisbon after Juventus.

The Portuguese started his professional career with the Lisbon-based outfit before leaving his home nation for Manchester United back in 2003.

Six years later the forward was on the move again, this time signing for Real Madrid, where he won the Ballon d’Or and Champions League four times each.

Ronaldo decided he needed a new challenge this summer and after being courted by a number of top teams in Europe signed for Max Allegri’s Juventus.

The Old Lady splashed out £100million on the 33-year-old, seeing him as the key to them winning a first Champions League since 1996.

Things are going well for Juventus this season, with the Italian giants topping Serie A and in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

Ronaldo is very content in Turin, but has not ruled out a move back to where it all began once he has achieved all he can in Italy.

As reported by Fox Sports, Ronaldo said: “Will I go back to Sporting like Nani?

“In football you never know. It was the right decision to leave the national [team] momentarily, but I’ll be back in 2019.

“Everyone in Turin welcomed me in a fantastic way. We’re all feeling very good.

“I don’t know when my career will end, but I’m fine and I want to keep going for many more years.”

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Man Utd ‘make bid for Chelsea target’

Manchester United have reportedly made a £30million take it or leave it bid for in-demand midfielder Nicolo Barella.

That’s according to a report from Italy, which claims that the Red Devils could beat Chelsea to the punch for the highly-rated Cagliari man.

Maurizio Sarri’s Blues are current favourites to land the 21-year-old, who is attracting some serious attention from a number of top clubs in Europe.

Chelsea are ready to part with a reported £45million transfer fee to get their man, as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s apparently imminent move to Bayern Munich looks to free up funds for the Blues boss in south-west London.

But according to Corriere Dello Sport, Chelsea aren’t the only Premier League side ready to part with some serious cash to land the midfielder.But according to Corriere Dello Sport, Chelsea aren’t the only Premier League side ready to part with some serious cash to land the midfielder.

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Ivan Perisic finally set to sign in cut-price deal

Croatian midfielder Ivan Perisic could finally end his long-running transfer saga and sign for Manchester United.

The 29-year-old was a long-standing target of former boss Jose Mourinho. However Woodward believed the asking price was high for a player of his age.

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But now Inter Milan seem keener to sell as they look to fund a bid for Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.

He only penned a new deal at the San Siro last summer, but according to Tuttosport via Calciomercato, the Nerazzurri may look to sell him as they bid for his compatriot.

Inter did want nearly £50m for the creative attacking midfielder.

However that may will drop to around £30m as they look to cash in.

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Suarez makes big decision over Arsenal move

Barcelona star Denis Suarez is keen to join Arsenal in January, writes John Cross.

Mirror Sport understands the 25-year-old midfielder is making it clear he fancies the switch this month and is hoping the clubs can make it happen.

Arsenal are keen on Suarez and he is their No1 target as they look to do a loan move with a view to a permanent £15m transfer this summer.

Barcelona are reluctant to let Suarez leave this month even though he has a buy-out clause in his contract and there is still some way to go before a deal looks remotely likely.

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Perriera offered as bait for Milenkovic

Andreas Pereira could be on his way out of Manchester United as part of a deal to bring Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic to the club.

Reports in Italy claim United will use Pereira as a makeweight in a deal to tempt Fiorentina to part with Milenkovic.

United are long-term admirers of the Serbian, and are prepared to let Pereira go in order to land their target.

Milenkovic , 21, has 10 caps for Serbia on top of his 79 senior appearances at club level for Partizan Belgrade and Fiorentina.

And La Nazione (via Calciomercato), say Pereira could be used to lure Milenkovic to Old Trafford as United continue their search for a centre-back.

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Barcelona player told ‘he’ll never play for club again’

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has reportedly told Munir El Haddadi that he will not play for the Catalan giants again.

The out-of-favour striker’s contract is set to expire this at the end of the season, alerting both Premier League and La Liga clubs to his availability.

Sevilla have reportedly already sorted a pre-contract agreement with the 23-year-old, but West Ham have also been name-dropped as a side apparently taking a closer look at El Haddadi.

According to Spanish publication Marca, the forward had a meeting with his boss Valverde ahead of Barcelona’s clash with Getafe on Sunday, which they won 2-0.

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has reportedly told Munir El Haddadi that he will not play for the Catalan giants again.

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Neymar’s Barcelona move will be ‘difficult’

Brazilian Neymar has been linked with a return to Barcelona ever since he moved away from the Nou Camp.

There was even reports last month that the sensation was so desperate to come back his staff made ‘constant calls’ to his former club.

The 26-year-old megastar left Spain to link up with the French champions Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €220million move.

Since then he’s constantly linked with a move away from Paris. Real Madrid was a mooted destination, but his heart was said to be in Barcelona .

But any deal to return will be extremely complicated due to the way he left the Nou Camp, with his father pushing hard for a move away.

And this view is shared by Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.

The midfielder was asked his view on the Brazilian’s return during a recent interview with RAC1’s Tu Diràs programme.

“I personally see it difficult for me to return even though in football we have seen a hundred thousand things, years ago and nowadays,” he said.

“He is one of the best but I can not visualise it.”

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Chelsea ‘tie up deal for Higuain’

Long-term Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain has agreed to join the Stamford Bridge side, according to reports in Spain.

Marca say the deal will be completed in the next few hours, with the 31-year-old becoming the London club’s second signing of the transfer window after Christain Pulisic.

Higuain’s arrival will signal the departure of Alvaro Morata – with Seville keen on the Spaniard.

Higuain has been on loan at AC Milan from Juventus but has not hit form this season and Chelsea are prepared to pay his €40m transfer fee as well as his €8m a year wages.

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Spurs slap huge price tag on Eriksen

Tottenham aim to end any Real Madrid and Barcelona interest from by putting a massive £225m price tag on Christian Eriksen.

The 26-year-old has a deal running until 2020 and so far has not indicated he will sign an extension.

But now Spurs owner Daniel Levy says the Spanish giants would have to make him the most expensive footballer on the planet to prise him away from North London, report AS.

A few days ago Real Madrid reportedly made contract over a stunning deal for the Tottenhamplaymaker.

The Dane has another 18 months remaining on his current deal with Spurs but there is a determination to get him tied down long-term.

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Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur applauds fans after the Carabao Cup Quarter Final
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Mystery over Liverpool winger’s ‘move’

Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye had looked all set to leave Anfield.

The 19-year-old was negotiating a five-year deal with Serie A side Lazio after talking to the Rome club for the last month and was according to Corriere dello Sport .

It seemed that he was all set to leave in the summer for Simone Inzaghi’s side.

But Lazio have taken the extraordinary step of releasing a statement saying the Adekanye deal is not happening.

In fact they went to far as saying they’ve never entered into negotiations with the player.

They released a statement saying: “In reference to the news released by some press, according to which the SS Lazio would have found an agreement with the player Bobby Adekanye.

“The Company denies this circumstance and announces that it has not signed any contract, nor has it started negotiations for membership of the aforementioned player.”

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Bobby Adekanye of Liverpool in action during the Premier League Cup
Bobby Adekanye of Liverpool in action during the Premier League Cup (Image: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC)

Icardi is £100m Chelsea target

Chelsea are continuing to monitor Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi – with owner Roman Abramovich leading interest in the striker.

The Blues boss is taking charge of the club’s rebuilding programme and is taking a vested interest in a possible £100million move for the Argentine hitman.

Head coach Maurizio Sarri wants a new striker, with Alvaro Morata having failed to impress.

Callum Wilson has been mooted as a possible signing this month, yet Bournemouth insist they have no desire to let the England forward depart – despite landing ex-Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke.

But Mirror Football understands it is goal poacher Icardi who is the standout name at the top of the Blues’ list.

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Llorente offered Spurs escape route

Spurs striker Fernando Llorente has been offered the chance to end his difficult spell by returning to Athletic Bilbao.

The 33-year-old Spaniard signed for the north Londoners shortly before the summer transfer deadline in 2017. Far from providing support or competition for Harry Kane, however, Llorente has been a fringe player.

Rafa Alkorta, Bilbao’s sporting director, has confirmed the club want to re-sign the striker as well as trying to convince Ander Herrera to return with the Manchester United midfielder’s contract set to expire this summer.

“We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai [Gomez], Ander Herrera, Llorente…” said Alkorta. “It’s obvious that any player that can play for Athletic is of interest to us.

“Nothing is easy but we are interested in having all of the ones that can come. We have not made any moves yet. We will start on Tuesday and we will see what can be done.”Spurs striker Fernando Llorente has been offered the chance to end his difficult spell by returning to Athletic Bilbao.

Fernando Llorente celebrates
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Leeds defender on the way out

Leeds United defender Paudie O’Connor is joining Bradford City on loan.

The Irish centre-back is moving to the League One club after cutting short a loan at rivals Blackpool.

He moved to Blackpool on a season-long deal in July and played 17 times for the club, including Saturday’s FA Cup loss to Arsenal.

The 21-year-old, who Leeds signed from Limerick in 2017, made four league appearances for United last season but did not feature in the first-team plans of head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds United defender Paudie O’Connor is joining Bradford City on loan.

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Gabbiadini locked in tug of war

Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is locked in a tug of war between Sampdoria and Real Betis.

Spanish side Betis are huge admirers but Italian outfit Sampdoria have firmed up their interest with a loan deal with an obligation to buy worth £10.75million.

The club are banking on Gabbiadini preferring a move back to Italy after joining Southampton from Napoli two years ago in a £14.6million deal.

Sampdoria must also, however, offload Poland international striker Dawid Kownacki first.

Gabbiadini enjoyed a promising start at St Mary’s with six goals in his first four games, including a double in the EFL Cup final against Manchester United.

After an injury, however, his form never recovered. He is now desperate to leave as new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl does not have him in his plans.

Hasenhuttl said on Monday: “A few teams are interested in Manolo and we have a look and if there’s a result we tell you.

“Sure (there has been offers). We have to decide and he has to decide where he wants to go.”Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is locked in a tug of war between Sampdoria and Real Betis.

Manolo Gabbiadini reacts after a missed chance
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Fabregas and Barella latest

Cesc Fabregas is hoping Chelsea sign £45million Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella – so that he can complete his move to Monaco.

The 31-year-old Spaniard has agreed a three and a half year deal to work with his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry in France.

But Manchester United are also keen on 21-year-old Barella, a player highly rated at Old Trafford.

In addition Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has so far remains insistent that the Blues must first find a replacement for Maurizio Sarri before allowing Fabregas to leave.

The club are short of numbers in midfield with Ruben Loftus Cheek struggling with a back injury.

Barella is the man Sarri wants but the club are understood to be unsure of his quality, further holding up the deal. Also under consideration by the club is 24-year-old Zenit St Petersburg’s Leandro Paredes.

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