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The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Sevilla want Rashford loan
It would be one of the more surprising moves of the window, but the Sun reports that Sevilla are “desperate” to take Marcus Rashford on loan from Manchester United.
The Red Devils youngster has seen plenty of game time this term, though Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s form means there are only so many starts as a centre-forward available under Jose Mourinho this season.
Rashford, 19, has shown another side to his game recently by proving effective from the left wing, and Sevilla — and West Ham too — would be prepared to make him the focal point of their attack.
18.40 GMT: Everton manager Ronald Koeman‘s side were mightily impressive at home to Manchester City on Sunday — but speaking afterwards, the Dutchman stressed that he still wanted to shake things up in the January window.
“We like to change and everybody knows that,” he said. “There are a big expectations at Everton and after today, it is a really great performance and we need to enjoy that. But it’s a project that started in July and will not finish today.”
18.36 GMT: Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has said he believes the spending power of Chinese Super League clubs is “frightening.”
He told BBC radio: “For a player like Diego Costa, if I’m going to put myself in his shoes I’m going to say: ‘I’ve come from Brazil. I have been around Europe and I’m at Chelsea now. And I have got this Chinese team offering me this. From the favelas to something like this is incredible.’ So for him, I don’t think he would think twice.”
18.06 GMT: Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has told the German FA (DFB) website he feels “very comfortable in London” after being named Germany’s Player of the Year for the fifth time.
Former Werder Bremen and Real Madrid star Ozil, 28, took 54.5 percent of the 316,850 votes to finish comfortably ahead of Toni Kroos, who received 33.9 percent.
17.55 GMT: Simone Zaza is back at Valencia on loan until the end of the season, with the view to a permanent deal from Juventus, after a tough first half of the season on loan at West Ham United:
– Valencia CF (@valenciacf) 15 January 2017
17.39 GMT: Mesut Ozil has still yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal, but could his latest comments suggest he is close to penning an extension with the club? “Since last season I have arrived in the Premier League,” he told the German Football Association’s official website. “I have stayed largely free of injury and I also feel very comfortable in London now as well.”
17.19 GMT: Joe Hart — currently on loan at Torino from Manchester City — says he does not know what the future holds for him, but more will become clear at the end of the season. “I’m contracted to Manchester City, the rest you will understand this summer, full stop,” Hart told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Now I’m in Torino and I think of Torino.”
17.01 GMT: Is Gerard Pique‘s time at Barcelona coming to an end? His partner and pop star Shakira sure hopes so, Don Balon says. Shakira apparently wants Pique to quit Spain, where he has courted plenty of controversy due to his outspoken nature, and head to Chelsea or Arsenal in London.
16.46 GMT: Another update for you on West Ham’s unsettled midfielder Dimitri Payet… According to PA Sport, he is expected to report for training as usual on Monday despite requesting to leave the club and refusing to play for them. Payet, however, will not be training with the first-team squad.
16.28 GMT: Galatasaray sporting director Levent Nazifoglu says Lukas Podolski will be staying at the Turkish club after a Chinese side — reported to be Beijing Guoan — dropped their interest in the forward. “The interest from China is no longer there,” he said. “Podolski is our player and continues to be.”
16.11 GMT: With Barcelona still attempting to tie down Lionel Messi to a new contract, El Confidencial is reporting that the Spanish club may have to sell in order to fund the Argentine’s deal. Arda Turan could be the man to be sacrificed, with the newspaper claiming a €30 million offer from China may come in for the midfielder.
15.49 GMT: West Ham’s search for a new striker appears to be drawing to an end, so says The Sun. The newspaper claims the Hammers will tie up a £15 million transfer for Brentford’s Scott Hogan, and will look to add further reinforcements going forward.
15.31 GMT: Norwich City defender Martin Olsson is poised to complete a move to Swansea City on Monday and has undergone a medical at the Welsh club, the Eastern Daily Press has reported.
14.41 GMT: The Dimitri Payet situation has become one of the dominant narratives of this transfer window, and the Evening Standard has added to the mix by reporting that West Ham “are increasingly minded” to sell him this month.
With Marseille reported to be holding talks over a move to bring their former star back, the London paper says “recent days have seen the club look more favourably on the prospect” of selling him.
It says “West Ham fans’ furious reaction to Payet’s refusal to ever play for the club again… served to suggest that there is no way back for him.”
– Standard Sport (@standardsport) 15 January 2017
14.19 GMT: Southampton defender Jose Fonte has been mooted as a Liverpool target – but he will not be moving to Merseyside in January, Sky Sports reports. It says sources have said Liverpool are not interested in bringing the centre-back to Anfield.
14.00 GMT: Birmingham City, still without a win under new manager Gianfranco Zola, are being linked with a move for Derby midfielder Johnny Russell, the Birmingham Mail reports.
13.50 GMT: Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud will hold talks with West Ham about a potential move for Dimitri Payet, Sky Sports reports. Marseille are reported to have already had a bid of around £20 million for Payet turned down, with the player having said he will not play for West Ham again.
13.40 GMT: Deportivo La Coruna are closing on the signing of attacker Gael Kakuta from Chinese side Hebei China Fortune, coach Gaizka Garitano has said.
13.30 GMT: Forest Green Rovers striker Kieffer Moore is pretty pleased to be making a move to the Championship:
– Kieffer Moore (@KRFMoore) January 14, 2017
13.15 GMT: Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said he came close to joining Liverpool from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.
As United prepare to take on Liverpool later on Sunday, the paper reported that he had spoken to then-Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers before opting to join current boss Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund instead.
12.22 GMT: Could Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi be on his way back to France? The Mirror believes he could, saying Paris Saint-Germain are considering a move.
The former Marseille player, who joined the Blues from Marseille for £33.2million, has yet to start a Premier League game, and the Mirror says Antonio Conte “will consider offers if he can bring in a replacement this month.”
12.15 GMT: Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has said he wants to extend his contract with the French champions, telling Telefoot: “I love this city, so I think all conditions will be there to extend. I had a meeting with the president and I hope that it will happen.”
11.54 GMT: The transfer plans of Chinese Super League clubs have been thrown into disarray less than two months before the start of the new season after media reports claimed the Chinese Football Association is about to reduce the number of foreign players teams can field in each match. Story here.
11.18 GMT: Ascoli winger Riccardo Orsolini says his transfer to Juventus is completed and he will move there in the summer. “Is the deal done? Let’s say so, yes,” Orsolini told Mediaset Premium. “I will end the season with Ascoli and then begin this new adventure.”
11.05 GMT: Ronaldinho is planning to join a club that can offer him Copa Libertadores football, with Uruguayan side Nacional an option according to his agent and brother Roberto de Assis. “The project is to play in 2017,” Assis said of Ronaldinho, who has been without a club since 2015. Story here.
10.43 GMT: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to agree a new contract with the club in March, the Daily Mirror reports, meaning the Gunners will then be able to turn their attention to tying down Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to new deals.
10.34 GMT: West Ham have so far insisted that wantaway star Dimitri Payet is not for sale… However, according to the Daily Mirror, that stance has changed, with the Hammers looking for a fee of £35 million for the Frenchman after deciding that they would be better off cashing in and re-investing the money in new players.
10.14 GMT: DONE DEAL News of not one, but two transfers at Bayern Munich, who have just announced that they will be signing Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy from Hoffenheim in the summer… Story here.
– FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 15, 2017
09.51 GMT: Jose Mourinho wants a reunion with Nemanja Matic, the Daily Mirror claims. The Manchester United boss is apparently hoping to bring his former Chelsea player to Old Trafford in the summer, believing him to be an ideal fit for the holding role alongside Ander Herrera.
09.42 GMT: Jurgen Klopp has insisted English football’s preoccupation with the need for transfers will not force Liverpool’s hand in the January window. “English football is especially obsessed with transfers,” he said. “We are always looking for the right players, not just somebody — that’s the most important information.” Story here.
09.15 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain director of football Patrick Kluivert has cast doubt on whether the French champions will sign a striker before the end of this month, saying: “If there is not a player we feel will improve the squad, then we will not buy them.” Story here.
08.49 GMT: The Sunday Express suggests Chelsea will look to sign Thomas Muller for £75 million if Diego Costa leaves. The Germany international has struggled for goals in recent times, but it’s hard to imagine Bayern Munich cashing in on their homegrown star.
Costa going nowhere
Diego Costa‘s whirlwind 24 hours saw him reportedly row with Antonio Conte and his medical staff amid reports of a mega offer from the Chinese Super League, before Chelsea earned a thumping 3-0 victory without him against Leicester. And now the Star reports that he won’t be moving to China this month.
Many of the Sunday papers ran with a similar theme — that the £30 million-a-year offer, after tax, from Tianjin Quanjian is largely academic because Chelsea will not entertain the idea of selling their prized forward.
Conte managed to mastermind a second 3-0 win in the space of a few weeks without his talisman after beating Bournemouth on Boxing Day, and senior players are believed to have begun attempts to persuade the 28-year-old to stay and fire the Blues to the title.
– Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 14, 2017
City to prise Davies away from Spurs
Manchester City are keen on Tottenham left-back Ben Davies, with The Sun saying a £20m offer is being readied for the 23-year-old.
The former Swansea star’s versatility, having featured as a centre-back for Wales, has attracted Pep Guardiola.
And with Danny Rose having a firm grip on the left-back spot, Spurs might be tempted to cash in on a squad player with City desperate for players to fill their homegrown quota.
Reds to raid Saints again
In their now-annual shopping trip to the south coast, Liverpool will look to sign Jose Fonte from Southampton, the Mirror reports.
The Portuguese defender is upset by the Saints’ reluctance to offer him the contract extension he wants, and Jurgen Klopp is ready to give the Euro 2016 winner an escape route.
The sweetener for Saints could be Mamadou Sakho in return in a move that could satisfy all concerned.
– Real Madrid have won the race for “the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” with Marca reporting that AIK’s super talent Alexander Isak will sign for Los Merengues.
Zinedine Zidane welcomed the 17-year-old Swedish striker to Valdebebas in November last year and a deal will be finalised within the next week to leave Juventus, Bayern Munich and Chelsea disappointed.
– West Ham have turned to Burnley’s Andre Gray to solve their striking concerns, with the Mirror saying a £15m bid will be maded to the Clarets.
Having seen Brentford dig in their heels on the fee required for Scott Hogan and Sunderland rebuff attempts to bring Jermain Defoe back to East London, the Hammers will now focus on Gray.
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