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THE transfer window is open as teams look to make changes ahead of a tough second half of the season.

All Europe's top leagues are currently experiencing competitive title races – and we've the very latest from La Liga, Serie A and of course the Premier League.


Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

  • Jack Figg


    Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are the huge names caught up in today's transfer talk.

    Barcelona reportedly hope "Andres Iniesta clone" Pedri, 18, impresses so much that Messi agrees to spurn Manchester City, PSG and Co to sign another Nou Camp deal next summer.

    And fierce rivals Real Madrid are said to want Liverpool target Mbappe, Rennes' 18-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga and Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.

    PSG frontman Mbappe, 22, will only have a year left on his contract at the end of the season.

    Back home, Everton are thought to have joined Newcastle and Southampton in targeting Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams for a loan switch.

    PSV Eindhoven have been linked with Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, while Spurs and Arsenal are still being associated with a move for RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

    Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is wanted by a string of top Premier League clubs – at least according to his agent.

    The Poland star, 26, has previously been under the microscope of United, Spurs and Everton.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Ex-Arsenal and Manchester United wideman Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reportedly extended his Roma deal until June 2022.

    The Armenia skipper, 31, had four disappointing years in the Premier League before joining Serie A side Roma permanently in the summer.


  • Ian Tuckey


    West Ham feared being saddled with flop Seb Haller unless they offloaded him to Ajax.

    The striker has joined the Dutch side in a £25million deal despite having more than three years left on his contract.

    Irons boss David Moyes is now embarking on a 24/7 search to find a replacement after cutting his losses on Haller, who cost a club-record £42m in 2019.

    It will be a tough job but there were concerns that if they held on any longer to the low-scoring Ivorian international, 26, his value would plummet even further and they would be stuck with him.

    Bournemouth’s Josh King, 28, ex-West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic, 31, and 24-year-old Boulaye Dia of French side Stade Reims have all been considered as alternatives but may be too costly or too much of a risk.

    West Ham’s board have promised Moyes all the funds from Haller’s sale will be made available to him to strengthen the squad.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Sergio Aguero is expected to start his bid to earn a new Manchester City deal against Birmingham in the FA Cup on Sunday.

    The club’s 256-goal all-time leading scorer has less than six months remaining on his current contract and is free to talk to other clubs.

    Sources close to the Argentine striker say he would like to stay — but has heard nothing from City.

    New Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino is among a host of top bosses watching the situation with interest.

    Aguero has started just three matches so far this season and made six appearances as a sub as City chief Pep Guardiola eases him back in following his summer knee surgery.

    But Pep plans to start the 32-year-old in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Championship side Brum.

    Guardiola, 49, said: “Players who have contracts, players who are out of contract, players who want to leave, everything is open.

    “Like with managers. We have to win our positions or we’ll be sacked. With Sergio, there’s only me knows how much I miss him.

    “He is unique but he’s had a tough injury, really tough. The important thing is his mood is exceptional, better than ever."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to Donny van de Beek to reassure him of his Manchester United future.

    The Dutchman has made just eight starts, only two in the league, since his £40million move from Ajax.

    His agent and Dutch icon Ronald De Boer have both voiced concerns over the midfielder’s situation.

    But Van de Beek, 23, will start Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Watford.

    United boss Solskjaer said: “I’ve spoken to him and made him aware of how much we rate him.

    “There’s many examples of players needing a bit of time, quality players.

    “You don’t expect people who care for him to be quiet at times.

    “Donny will play against Watford, it’s another chance for him to kick on.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Wilfried Zaha says he lacked the confidence to show his true self at Manchester United and suffered from home sickness.

    The Ivory Coast superstar also rues not playing for the legendary manager who signed him – as Alex Ferguson stepped down at the end of the 2012-13 season.

    The frontman, 28, who rejoined Crystal Palace in 2015, told The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher podcast: “I lost myself…

    Palace ace Wilfried Zaha insists he was never given a ‘fair chance’ with Man UtdCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    “I definitely feel like I should have got more opportunities. I feel like the only way you’re going to learn and grow in confidence is by playing. I don’t think I was given a fair chance. 

    “If I was to go in there now… I’d put across to everyone, ‘this is how I play, I’m going to take on players, I may lose the ball but I will get an opportunity and I will score or I will assist someone’. 

    “Just showing everyone I am me and they’ve got to accept it. That’s the only thing I regret, not showing me real self.” 

  • Ian Tuckey


    Everton have joined Newcastle and Southampton in targeting Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams on loan, reports suggest.

    The Manchester Evening News say the 20-year-old is keen for a temporary exit after just six minutes of Premier League action this season – and would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

    Alex Telles’ arrival pushed Williams down to third-choice, with Luke Shaw also ahead of him.

    Newcastle emerged as favourites for a loan deal, reportedly agreeing terms in principle.

    But The Athletic claim seventh-placed Everton are now also in for the Manchester-born England Under-21 star.

  • Ian Tuckey


    West Ham's reported target Marcus Edwards has signed a new deal with Vitoria de Guimaraes.

    Portuguese outlet OJogo claim the Hammers were set to make an £18million bid for the former Tottenham attacking midfielder, 22.

    The report adds that Vitoria were open to selling Edwards, who has revitalised his career since swapping English football for Portugal.

    Yet the London-born star has now put pen to paper on a new contract to that has seen his release clause rise to £45million.

    Edwards has signed a lucrative three-year extension with Vitoria to recognise his standing as one of the club's top assets.

    A club statement read: "Edwards is serving the second season with Vitória SC, asserting himself as one of the most influential players on the team and one of the highlights of the Liga NOS, having even integrated the pre-selection for the best 11 of the season 2019/2020.

    "The English under-20 international is also shielded by a €50m (£45m) termination clause."

  • Ian Tuckey


    Real Madrid are targeting transfers for Kylian Mbappe, Eduardo Camavinga and David Alaba, according to reports.

    And the Spanish giants also want to tie three first-team stars down to new contracts in what would be a bumper 2021.

    PSG striker Kylian Mbappe has been linked with Real Madrid and LiverpoolCredit: Reuters

    According to AS, Los Blancos hope to make a move for the Paris Saint-Germain forward in the summer – although they may face competition from Liverpool.

    Real were desperate for Mbappe, 22, to refrain from signing a new contract at the Ligue 1 champions – and so far he has not put pen to paper.

    That means by the end of this season, he will have just 12 months remaining on his deal.

    His price tag remains unclear and new boss Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to keep one of the world's best players in his squad.

    But the LaLiga title holders have made their desire no secret and want to line Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Erling Haaland – a 2022 target to coincide with Karim Benzema's contract expiry – up front together.

    Zinedine Zidane is also keen on Camavinga, the highly-rated 18-year-old Rennes midfielder who already has three senior French caps.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Lionel Messi may be convinced to stay Barcelona by 'Andres Iniesta clone' Pedri, according to reports.

    The Argentine outlined his desire to leave Catalonia last summer.

    But when it became apparent that he would have to take his boyhood club to court in order to force an immediate transfer, he opted to stay put for another year.

    Messi, 33, is still widely expected to leave upon the expiry of his contract in June – with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain sniffing around.

    But according to the Mail, the progress of summer recruit Pedri, 18, could convince him to stay.

    While Barcelona's transfer policy has taken a battering in recent years, they appear to have struck gold with Pedri.

    Arriving from Las Palmas for just £4.5million, the attacking midfielder wasn't exactly a big-name star signing. But more than the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in recent years, Pedri has hit the ground running.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Much-wanted ex-Manchester United midfielder Dion McGhee has completed his switch to Portuguese top-flight club Braga.

    The 20-year-old trialled with Newcastle after United released him last summer, before being linked with Rangers, Derby and Antwerp.

    And McGhee’s new club posted a picture of their new arrival on social media, alongside his words: “I came to SC Braga because it is a great club, with a lot of history.”

    The Oldham-born ace spent 14 years on United’s junior books.

    Now he believes Braga, coached by former Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal, offer him the best route towards fulfilling the successes he was tipped for.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Wilfried Zaha says Arsenal snubbed him for club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.

    Crystal Palace frontman and boyhood Gooner Zaha claims he told then-Arsenal boss Unai Emery he’d “love to join”.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    But Emery opted for Zaha’s Ivory Coast team-mate Pepe, who has struggled to adjust to the Premier League while Zaha shines for the Eagles.

    Zaba told Jamie Carragher’s The Greatest Game Podcast: “I had a conversation with the manager.

    “Emery was just like, ‘we don’t really need to go through much’. He said he’d seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that.

    “He was like, ‘yeah we’d love to have you’ and I was just like, ‘yeah I’d love to come’.

    “The conversation was rather straightforward because I played against him when he was manager of Arsenal. He saw what I could do, saw my work-rate, and what I could add to the team.

    “Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose – and they chose Pepe over me.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Jay Turner-Cooke has left Sunderland for arch rivals Newcastle – just weeks after branding the Black Cats "cowards" for sacking his dad.

    John Cooke, a former Sunderland player and long-serving kitman, was made redundant after 32 years with the Wearsiders.

    Hitting out at the League One club last month, the 17-year-old midfielder tweeted: “35 years at the club and no acknowledgement even though he was made redundant 2 months ago. COWARDS. No class, no loyalty, no respect. Hang your heads in shame Sunderland AFC. You know who you are.”

    And just weeks later, Turner-Clarke – who had played for Sunderland’s U23s- signed a three-year deal with their North-East rivals. 

    And he tweeted: “Proud moment signing a professional contract at NUFC. Hard work continues. Thank you to the players and staff at Sunderland for the last seven years, good luck for the future.”

    John Cook had been kitman at the Stadium of Light since 1994 having spent six years there as a player. 

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United were keen on Kieran Trippier – until the FA suspended him for alleged betting offences.

    That’s the claim from talkSPORT, amid suggestions United want current right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to provide more assists. 

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    Ex-Spurs star Trippier, 30, has regained his England place in the past 12 months, since shining for LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer publicly insists Wan-Bissaka “has improved” and is better at getting forward

    But it is still thought United want the option of more attacking thrust from his position.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United won’t do anything in the January transfer window, according to the club’s former No2 Rene Meulensteen.

    Amad Diallo has arrived from Atalanta – but the deal was agreed in the summer and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is supposedly ‘happy’ with his existing squad.

    Former Fulham boss Meulensteen told talkSPORT: “I don’t think they’re really going to do anything in the January transfer market, I think that’s been made clear by Ed Woodward and Ole.

    “I think they’ve got clear ideas on how to take it forward, it’s a long-term process and I think he’s happy with the squad he’s got.

    “If they had all their players available against Man City, including [Edinson] Cavani, it could have been a different game.

    “I don’t think they will do anything.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    PSV Eindhoven have made contact with Tottenham over signing Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, De Telegraaf claim.

    Alderweireld, 31, has impressed for Jose Mourinho's fourth-placed side this season and two years ago his contract was extended until 2023.

    And with Spurs facing an EFL Cup final against Manchester City, as well as the KO stages of the Europa League, Mourinho is surely unlikely to sell without reinforcing his squad.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Arkadiusz Milik is being chased by the ‘best Premier League clubs’, his agent claims.

    The Napoli striker is at loggerheads with his current club, with his contract set to expire in the summer.

    He hasn’t made a single appearance all season, after being left off Gennaro Gattuso’s squad lists.

    But out of sight hasn’t meant out of mind for some of Europe’s top clubs.

    Agent Fabrizio De Vecchi explained: “The best clubs in the Premier League, Atletico and Marseille are interested in Arek. Of course, no team offers what Napoli asks for.”

    As for last summer, he continued: “Roma and Juve were also close to signing him, but for different reasons, and in some cases still difficult to understand, the negotiation did not work out.

    “But this often happens in football. If they come back to him? I don’t rule it out, but I can’t be the one to say it.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has earmarked Marcel Sabitzer as a major transfer target, according to reports.

    The RB Leipzig midfielder has emerged into the primetime with the club, having joined while they were second-tier in 2014.

    And his rise with last year’s Champions League semi-finalists has reportedly alerted Spurs and Arsenal to his abilities.

    According to The Athletic, Mourinho is a big fan of Sabitzer’s and the midfielder is seen as ready-made for the coach’s setup.

    A role alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is thought to be perfect for the Leipzig captain.

    Mourinho was able to do his own scouting report on Sabitzer in March’s last-16 defeat to Leipzig in the Champions League, the second leg seeing him score twice.

    A January transfer is seen as unlikely given Leipzig’s Bundesliga title tilt.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Argentina duo Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero will soon leave Manchester United.

    Centre-back Rojo, 30 and keeper Romero, 33 were allowed to return home over Christmas after failing to make an appearance all season.

    The Red Devils have asked them to find transfers this month, ahead of their contracts expiring in the summer.

    Solskjaer said: “Both of them have contracts until the summer and they’re not going to be extended. We’re looking for them to find clubs.

    “Marcos has been given time to go home, so he’s still in Argentina. Sergio has been back home as well to see his family but they’re pros, working hard and ready if they call in for us.

    “Marcos will have to travel and do the quarantine before.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is being linked with West Ham to replace Ajax new boy Sebastian Haller.

    The Hammers offloaded Flop Haller, 26, for around £25million, a 50 per cent hit on the £45m they paid Eintracht Frankfurt for him 18 months ago.

    Eurosport say fellow Frenchman Giroud, 34, is considering his future after fluctuating spells in and out of Frank Lampard’s starting XI.

    The former Arsenal star’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career has hit a seven-year hitch – but as the playmaker’s exit looms his past extreme highs deserve to be remembered.

    One fan on social media noted that the ex-Germany midfielder, 32, is the last-remaining Gunner from their 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull in 2014,-the year after Ozil joined from Real Madrid.

    And when you run down the whole line-up it’s a fascinating example of how fortunes can differ and divert so quickly.

    None more so, of course, than for Arsenal’s skipper on that day… Mikel Arteta.


    Łukasz Fabiański, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta (c),  Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud.

  • Ian Tuckey


    Manchester United’s new 18-year-old winger Amad Diallo will wear the No19 shirt.

    Old Trafford boss  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the former Atalanta star as “one of the most exciting prospects in the game”.

    And as United confirmed Diallo’s kit number, Solskjaer said: “As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself…

    “Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.

    “It will take time for him to adapt but his speed, vision and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition. 

    “He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Mesut Ozil’s future will ‘become clear’ in the next few days, according to Fenerbahce boss Erol Bulut.

    The Arsenal outcast has reportedly signed a three-and-half year deal to join the Turkish giants.

    Bulut was asked about the transfer following his side’s 2-1 win over Alanyaspor on Thursday.

    The Fenerbahce coach confirmed Ozil’s next move will be decided in a matter of days.

    He told Bein Sports: “Mesut Ozil’s situation will become clear in the coming days.

    “Mesut’s name is very common. It is not possible for me to make a comment before he comes.”

  • Ian Tuckey


    Spurs are reportedly in talks to sign Inter Milan attacker Ivan Perisic on loan.

    Jose Mourinho is believed to be a huge admirer of the 96-cap Croatia international.

    French source Foot Mercato claims the two clubs are locked in talks over a possible move.

    Spurs are keen to sign the 32-year-old on loan until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

    But an official agreement has not yet been reached between the two clubs.

    Mourinho tried to sign Perisic while he was in charge of Manchester United.

    He came close to completing a £45million deal to sign the Inter Milan star in 2017.

  • Josh Graham


    Frank Lampard refused to confirm whether the world's most expensive keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga would be staying or going in January.

    The Blues boss said: "Well at the moment he's our player and I think the situation is clear. Edou's [Mendy] come in, he's been playing regularly as the No1 for us.

    "And when Kepa has come in he did well, and he's trained really well. His attitude around the place has been brilliant.

    “So I won't be drawn on that one at the moment, he's our player, we'll see how January goes.

    “But I don't want to be alluding to what might or might not be.”

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