Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal's Odegaard move, Man Utd to sell Lingard, Leeds £50m cash boost, Real Madrid, Spurs – latest

THE January window is hotting up and moves are happening around the UK and Europe.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, clubs are still managing to drop big money on signings – and we've the very latest from the Premier League and abroad.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    NO GREAL DEAL

    Ex-Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor reckons club captain Jack Grealish would snub a move to Arsenal if the opportunity arose.

    He told TalkSport: “There are so many clubs out there that would love to have him.

    “Have Arsenal even got the money if they wanted to get him?

    “I think the way Arsenal are at the moment, where they are in the league, their last 10 years, for me they aren’t one of the top six teams in the league.

    “Even if they did have the money, I don’t think he’d choose to go to Arsenal anyway. That’s a shame with Arsenal’s big history in football.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    LIN IT TO WIN IT

    Jesse Lingard looks set to leave Man Utd on loan before deadline day.

    ESPN claims a decision will be made this week after the midfielder extended his contract by a year to prevent him from leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

    Lingard remains out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team plans and was not in the squad for yesterday’s FA Cup win against Liverpool.

    West Ham, West Brom, Sheffield United, Newcastle and even Spurs are said to be interested.

  • Joe Brophy

    FLYING WITH THE EAGLES

    Sam Allardyce is reportedly that he would be keen on a reunion with Crystal Palace striker Cristian Benteke at West Brom.

    Sky Sports say talks have already started between the Eagles and their Premier League rivals.

    The report adds that West Brom are also considering Mbaye Diagne, Cenk Tosun and Josh King as they hunt for a new centre-forward.

  • Joe Brophy

    OD ONE OUT

    Martin Odegaard will sit 23rd among the top Arsenal earners – behind flop goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson.

    The Real Madrid playmaker, 22, is on the brink of completing his loan switch to the Emirates until the end of the season.

  • Joe Brophy

    GIVE THEM PELL

    Manchester United are considering sending four youngsters out on loan this month, according to reports.

    And the quartet includes Uruguayan talent Facundo Pellistri who is said to have 'outgrown the Under-23s'.

    Teden Mengi, Ethan Galbraith and Dylan Levitt are the other three in question, according to the Athletic.

  • Joe Brophy

    AUBA THE TOP

    Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reportedly asked his board to sign Pierre Emerick Aubameyang last January.

    The Athletic claim Lamps felt the striker could be an ideal addition for the Blues before he penned a long-term contract.

    Yet the report adds that the board didn’t grant his request – with Timo Werner eventually arriving instead over the summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    GARD UP

    Manchester United are open to letting Jesse Lingard leave this month.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Jesse trained this morning, he wasn’t in the squad.

    “So, of course, he wants to play football, we will have to see and I will sit down with Jesse and make a decision on what we’re going to do.

    “So far, he’s been the ultimate professional, trained well with a small group this morning that were not in squad.

    “I will sit down and see if anything comes up. I’m very happy to have him around us as I know he could have played today and done well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FRAN-TASTIC MOVE

    Leeds United have agreed a £65million deal with the San Francisco 49ers to increase their shareholding in the Premier League club.

    The NFL franchise upped their stake from 15 per cent to around 37 per cent after months of negotiations, Leeds confirmed on Monday morning.

    It is likely to lead to a major cash injection to turn Leeds into title contenders.

    Paraag Marathe, the 49ers executive who has held a seat on the Leeds United board since San Francisco’s initial investment in 2018, will become vice chairman of the Yorkshire club.

    Andrea Radrizzani, the Italian entrepreneur, will remain at the helm.

    Marathe said: "I’ve been doing deals my whole career.

    "And it’s always easier to have a meeting of the minds when the minds are actually physically next to each other, so that, first and foremost, made it very complicated."

  • Joe Brophy

    VAN NOT THE MAN

    Charlie Austin has revealed that Manchester United chose to sign Victor Lindelof over Virgil van Dijk when the two were at Southampton.

  • Joe Brophy

    TO THE MAX

    Manchester United will reportedly battle Tottenham for the capture of Norwich City star Max Aarons.

    The Red Devils are reportedly keen to sign a right-back to act as competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

    Yet according to the Sunday Mirror, United will have to act fast with former boss Jose Mourinho weighing up a £20million swoop to bring Aarons to Spurs.

  • Joe Brophy

    COMING TO AMERICA

    Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin's visa issues could hamper the club's ability to do business in the January transfer window.

    The 27-year-old, who has featured 16 times for the Magpies in the Premier League so far in this campaign, has been linked with a move away from St James' Park.

    But Newcastle boss Steve Bruce confirmed after his side's 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend that the American had not played any part in the game due to 'visa issues'.

    And The Athletic have now reported that his previous work permit has expired and his new one is yet to arrive.

    As a result, US national team head coach Gregg Berhalter has sent a letter to Newcastle as the club prepare to submit documentation to the FA.

    This is in a bid to have a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) sent to the Home Office as they look to secure Yedlin a new visa.

  • Joe Brophy

    STATEMENT FROM THE OWNER

    Roman Abramovich said: “This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.

    “He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

    “On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future.

    “He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LAMPARD SACKED

    Chelsea have confirmed reports that Frank Lampard has left the club.

  • Joe Brophy

    ALLI OR NOTHING

    Spurs chief Daniel Levy will reportedly have the final say on whether Dele Alli is allowed to leave on loan to Paris Saint-Germain.

    The England star has been left out in the cold by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham this season.

    And while he is not featuring for Spurs at present, The Athletic have reported that Levy will not accept a transfer or loan with an option to buy.

    As a result, Alli will be forced to wait until Levy has ‘fully assessed his options’ before he decides whether or not to accept a straight loan deal.

  • Joe Brophy

    LAMP OFF

    Frank Lampard is to be sacked by Chelsea after players were told not to report to training on Monday, according to sensational reports.

    The Blues boss has come under increasing pressure after a horror start to the Premier League season.

    Chelsea sit way down in ninth place at the midway point in the 2020-21 campaign, despite a £228.7million summer splurge.

    But now, The Telegraph report Lampard, 42, is to be given the boot – possibly even today.

    It's claimed Blues stars were ordered to NOT report for training on Monday morning.

    They were instead told to arrive this afternoon, with Lampard and club bosses believed to be locked in talks.

  • Joe Brophy

    BLOW YOUR SOKS OFF

    Liverpool have reportedly made an approach for former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

    The Greek international is well known to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, having played for him at Borussia Dortmund.

    Sokratis is a free agent after Arsenal terminated his contract with the Athletic claiming the 32-year-old has held talks with Liverpool.

    Yet the report adds that those initial conversations have not progressed and Sokratis is set to join Olympiakos.

  • Joe Brophy

    PARIS CASH-IN WEEK

    Arsenal have reportedly been offered the chance to sign long-term target Julian Draxler in a swap deal with Matteo Guendouzi.

    According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Gunners outcast Guendouzi.

    The 21-year-old has impressed the Ligue 1 champs on loan at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.

    And the report claims PSG are willing to offer Draxler in exchange for Guendouzi, with the Germany star out of contract in the summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    TRANSFER HAAL

    Manchester City could sign Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland this summer, according to reports.

    According to the Mail, City chiefs believe that strengthening their attack for next season will be 'vital'.

    They claim that the Sky Blues have been 'saving up' for a 'massive splash'.

    And superstars Haaland and Messi could be on their shopping list.

  • Joe Brophy

    ERIC GAR-SEE-YA

    Pep Guardiola is 'pretty sure' Eric Garcia will leave Manchester City for Barcelona.

    But the City boss could not confirm whether it would be this month or at the end of the season.

    He said: "I’m pretty sure he’s going to leave at the end of the season.

    "And [whether he leaves] now in this transfer window will depend on the clubs.

    "We’ll see until the end of the transfer window."

     

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £1.8million loan move for Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.

    The Gunners will fork out for the Norwegian's entire £38,000-a-week wages, meaning his move until the end of the season will cost around £2.5m, according to The Times.

    Mikel Arteta is believed to have personally called the 22-year-old to persuade him to move to the Emirates rather than stay in Spain with Real Sociedad, where he played last season.

    The Athletic reports Odegaard is due to fly into London on Sunday with a move expected to be concluded after a medical on Monday.

    Due to the elite sportsperson exemption from self-isolation measures, if Odegaard returns a negative Covid-19 test, he will be free to immediately join up with Arteta's squad.

    As one heads in, another goes with Mesut Ozil’s exit to Fenerbahce confirmed.

    The German said: “Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.”

    Arteta added: "Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him.”

    Elsewhere, Chelsea are interested in Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, reports say.

    The Frenchman's deal expires next summer, and he is believed to be considering his future.

    And Jesse Lingard is heading for the Manchester United exit door. According to ESPN, the decision to loan out Lingard is with the United board.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was said to be happy to keep the player but, after talks between the pair, a departure looks likely.

    Newcastle, Tottenham, Sheffield United, West Ham and West Brom are named as keen on Lingard.

  • Marc Mayo

    TOM OF THE WORLD

    Fikayo Tomori has spoken of Paolo Maldini’s influence in bringing the defender to AC Milan.

    Loaned out by Chelsea, he called it a ‘surprise’ to hear of the Rossoneri’s interest.

    The centre-back said: “It’s a club with great history, this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down

    “I was surprised, when I spoke to Paolo Maldini, the best defender who has ever played football, I knew this was where I wanted to be and where I wanted to play football.

    “I am very happy to be here now.”

  • Marc Mayo

    RYAN READY FOR NEW CHAPTER

    New Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan has bid farewell to Brighton.

    After losing his place in the Seagulls team, he has moved to Emirates Stadium on a loan deal.

    In a heartfelt post on his Instagram, Ryan wrote: “To my Brighton family, I guess it’s a goodbye for now. It’s been an incredible 3.5 years together until now.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    OZIL & OUT

    Jack Wilshere is 'happy' that former team-mate Mesut Ozil has secured an exit from Arsenal.

    When asked if he had spoken to Ozil about being cast aside, Wilshere said: "No. I was friends with Mesut during my time at Arsenal and we had a really good relationship on and off the pitch I thought.

    "But no I didn’t speak to him. I’m sure it was as difficult for him [to not be playing] as it was for me.

    "It’s not nice to be in a position where you’re not given that opportunity – a fair opportunity – to try and challenge for a place in the team.

    "Listen, people can have bad games and miss out on the team, but to not be given an opportunity is tough and was tough to take.

    "So I’m happy that he has found happiness and hopefully he can go on to be successful in Turkey."

  • Marc Mayo

    IN THE BAGGIE

    West Brom have a number of targets to improve their attacking options.

    Along with Ahmed Musa, who will reportedly train with the club this week, Mbaye Diagne is a target.

    According to Express & Star, Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke is also on Sam Allardyce's radar.

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  • Marc Mayo

    JO READY TO GO

    QPR are nearing a deal for Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen.

    TalkSPORT report on the player wanting to stay in London and the move should be completed soon after Rangers saw Tom Carroll ruled out for three months.

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