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THE January window is now OPEN 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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  • Marc Mayo

    PAT ON THE BACK

    Alexandre Pato has opened the door to a return to Italy – and would like a return to AC Milan.

    The Brazilian most recently turned out for Sao Paulo but has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Serie A is calling.

    He stated: “I hear that in Italy there may be clubs interested in me.

    “I would like to make it very clear that, at 31, I'm not looking for a big-money contract, but for a project that I like. If I was in it for the money I would have stayed in China."

    On a potential link-up with Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he said: "We would make a great couple."

  • Marc Mayo

    TURN THE HEAT UP

    Tom Heaton is reportedly a target for Arsenal in January.

    The Gunners are keen to replace reserve shot-stopper Alex Runarsson after only a few months at the club.

    According to the Mail, Heaton could arrive after being usurped by former Arsenal man Emi Martinez at Aston Villa.

    Sergio Romero of Manchester United and Brentford’s David Raya are also named as options.

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo

    IZ IZZY’S TIME UP?

    Sheffield Wednesday may lose Izzy Brown this month with Chelsea holding a recall option on the loanee.

    The midfielder has not started a game since September and Yorkshire Live report on the Blues considering his future.

    A number of loanees have already been recalled and moved around by the club, including Juan Castillo.

    It is said that a number of Championship clubs are keen on Brown if he becomes available.

  • Marc Mayo

    WAIT JES A MINUTE

    Jesse Lingard will not leave Manchester United this month.

    The Telegraph report on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeing the midfielder as a useful squad option in the title fight ahead.

    With a new contract signed recently, Lingard did feature in the FA Cup win over Watford.

    That said, a permanent move in the summer may be on the club’s agenda.

  • Marc Mayo

    DONE DEAL

    Preston have snapped up Doncaster captain Ben Whiteman on a three-and-a-half-year deal

    The midfielder signs for an undisclosed fee.

    He said: "There weren’t many sides that I would have moved onto from Doncaster, but this ticked all the boxes and once I spoke to the manager it was a no brainer for me."

  • Marc Mayo

    DYB DAB

    Chelsea are not currently in the market for Paulo Dybala.

    The Blues are one of several clubs tipped to make a move for the Juventus man if he becomes available.

    Yet Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported on the lack of contact between the Premier League club and Dybala’s camp.

    However, he does insist that the Argentine will likely leave Turin if he cannot agree on a new contract by the summer.

  • Marc Mayo

    IN THE BAGG

    Tottenham could cancel Danny Rose's contract this month, according to reports.

    The defender, 30, has been frozen out of the club's first-team by Jose Mourinho.

    He was left out of both Premier League and Europa League squads by the Spurs boss.

    TalkSPORT claim that the club could now cancel his contract amid interest from relegation battling West Brom.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    SOK IT TO ME

    Liverpool were offered the chance to complete a shock deal for Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to reports.

    The Reds are considering a bid for a defender amid their injury crisis in that position.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims Sokratis was offered to Jurgen Klopp for a January switch.

    The Arsenal defender is yet to play this season.

  • Marc Mayo

    JOR THE ONE

    League One promotion chasers Hull have signed ex-Dundalk midfielder Jordan Flores.

    The 2020 Puskas Award nominee, who came through the Wigan academy, scored against Arsenal in the Europa League group stage.

  • Marc Mayo

    NO END IN SIGHT

    Preston have secured the services of captain Alan Browne until 2024.

    The Irishman's deal was due to end in June.

    He told the club website: “I have been here a long time and it is such a relief to get it over the line and have a few more years of me being at this fantastic club and hopefully we can make the next coming years successful."

  • Marc Mayo

    BAL TO BUND

    Folarin Balogun has reportedly agreed to join RB Leipzig in a major blow to Mikel Arteta.

    The Gunners youngster, 19, is out of contract at the end of the season.

    According to Football Insider, an Arsenal source confirmed a pre-contract deal was in place.

    Balogun is yet to put pen to paper on the offer from the German giants but could become the latest English youngster to swap the Premier League for the Bundesliga.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Atletico Madrid have won the race for ex-Manchester United and Arsenal target Moussa Dembele – while Jack Wilshere and Declan Rice are also in the transfer spotlight.

    Lyon's ex-Fulham striker Dembele is joining Atletico on loan with an option to move permanently next summer.

    The French outfit have signed striker Islam Slimani from Leicester.

    And Bournemouth are weighing up whether to sign former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere, who left West Ham in October.

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes versatile England ace Rice wants to join Chelsea – but will have the patience to wait until the summer.

    Old Trafford defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 23, has joined Bayer Leverkusen for £1.8million.

    And Brighton are favorites to land Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo after United reportedly pulled out of the hunt for Independiente de Valle's 19-year-old sensation

    Elsewhere, West Ham might have to up their reputed £6.3m bid for Napoli frontman Arkadiusz Milik.

    And Valencia, Lazio, Torino and Fiorentina are said to be keen on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, who so far has played just seven LaLiga games on loan for Atletico Madrid.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RAMS COULD FACE FIRE SALE

    Crisis club Derby County are trying to sell players to raise money for their delayed wages.

    The Rams have alerted clubs that the likes of Jason Knight and Louie Sibley could be sacrificed because of a major problem.

    Derby were hoping for a takeover by Sheikh Khaled's Derventio Holdings to be finalised but the money has not come through and they do not have the funds to cover their salaries.

    Wayne Rooney's Championship strugglers could potentially face players putting in their notice if the wages at 14 days late.

    That would also lead to possible points penalties from the EFL.

    County are set to speak to the EFL about their issues in an attempt to avoid punishment.

    If owner Mel Morris cannot conclude his takeover with the sheikh then the club face a huge headache – either going into administration or being handed to their main creditors.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BARCA SNUBBED RON 'N MESSI LINK-UP

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are sworn rivals, destined to divide fans in their fight to be considered football's greatest of all time forever.

    But it could have been so different, with Barcelona REJECTING the chance to sign Ronaldo and pair him with Messi for just £15million in 2003.

    That summer, the Portuguese star was on the brink of leaving Sporting Lisbon after a rapid rise to prominence.

    Of course, Ronaldo ultimately joined Manchester United and shot to superstardom before moving to Real Madrid six years later.

    But now, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has told Iniestazo: "We were about to sign Ronaldinho and Rafa Marquez.

    "Marquez's people proposed Cristiano Ronaldo to us. He was at Sporting at the time.

    "One of his agents said that they had a player who they had sold to [Manchester] United for €19m, but they'd sell him to us for €17m.

    "But we had already invested in Ronaldinho at the time. Cristiano played more out wide than in the centre. We thought we were covered, so we rejected him. I don't regret it."

  • Ian Tuckey

    PAY MORE FOR ARK

    West Ham have reportedly been told to increase their offer for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.

    The Hammers are said to have bid £6.3million for the Poland superstar as David Moyes targets a replacement for Sebastien Haller.

    And Napoli are keen to offload the 26-year-old this month with his contract set to expire in the summer.

    Milik is yet to feature for the Italian outfit this term having been omitted from Gennaro Gattuso's Serie A and Europa League squads.

    But Napoli are holding firm in their valuation of the ex-Ajax ace as they seek a fee in the region of £8million.

    Italian journalist Ciro Venerato has stated Milik could end up at the London Stadium, but only if they improve their bid.

    Quoted by Spazio Napoli, he said: "Milik can go to Marseille, the French side are a club where the Pole can land. Napoli continue to ask for more than €9m (£8m) and there’s also a problem with the percentage of resale.

    "There’s also a chance he’ll go to West Ham, a chance offered by the agent.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    POGBA: WE’LL MISS MENSAH

    Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly embraced Timothy Fosu-Mensah in an emotional goodbye as their Manchester United team-mate left for Bayer Leverkusen.

    Midfielder Pogba, whose goal in Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Burnley put United top of the Premier League said: “My brother from another mother. Blessings to you bro.

    Paul Pogba is sad to to see pal Timothy Fosu-Mensah exit Man Utd but happy to see the defender develop his careerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    “I don’t watch a lot of Germany, but now, we are going to miss you too much. Who is going to make me laugh? 

    “We capture the moment, this day we will remember this. But I’m happy for you, too much.” 

    Versatile Holland star Fosu-Mensah, 23, has agreed a three-year Leverkusen deal.

    The Bundesliga club’s sporting director Simon Rolfes hailed him as a “technically adept, fast and physically strong defender who can be used both as a right-back and in the centre”.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WIL CHERRIES PICK JACK?

    JACK WILSHERE is set to be handed the chance to relaunch his career at Bournemouth.

    The ex-Arsenal and England midfielder, 29, has been training with the Cherries for the past three weeks, having been club-less since leaving West Ham in October.

    Former Arsenal hero Jack Wilshere has been without a club since October

    Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall has admitted he is considering offering the ex-England midfielder a contract.

    Tindall said: “Jack is still training with us. It is good to have him and he is looking sharp in training.

    “We will keep monitoring that situation in the next week or two.

    "We'll see where Jack is at and what we feel as a club would be the best thing moving forward.

    “Whenever you have a player of Jack’s quality training with you and you get a chance to have a look at, it would be foolish to say there is not a chance of wanting to do something.

    “It is a question of seeing if he can be an asset to us for the second half of the season."

    Wilshere, a Bournemouth loanee in 2017, would have to take a hefty pay cut from his £110,000-a-week West Ham wages.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    FROM BAGGIES’ WOE TO BAYERN HERO

    Bayern Munich’s ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry claims flopping at West Brom turned him into a 2020 Champions League winner

    The 17-cap Germany star, 25, is now one of world football’s ost-wanted men.

    But in 2015 he played just 12 minutes in five months on loan at WB from the Gunners.

    Gnabry told the Daily Mail: “It was a very important time in my career, where I had to learn and accept a lot of things as well. It made me a tougher guy on the pitch.

    “When you’re younger, maybe talent was enough and just enjoying [yourself] and having fun.Then I realised it’s also hard work and things don’t go your way.

    “if I didn’t go to West Brom, if it didn’t go how it did, I wouldn’t be here at Bayern Munich now.

    “I wouldn’t be Champions League winner, I wouldn’t have had five trophies in one season and be playing, I think, in the best team in the world.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SEAGULLS READY TO PINCH CAIC

    Moises Caicedo is tipped for Brighton after Manchester United reportedly ended their pursuit of the Ecuador teen sensation.

    The Manchester Evening News claim signing the Independiente de Valle midfielder, 19, became “too messy” because of many intermediaries. 

    Now Premier League rivals Brighton are said to be in “advanced talks” for a player who already has four full caps.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘FOUR CLUBS IN FOR TORREIRA’

    Four clubs are reportedly keen on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira as he has so far played just seven LaLiga games on loan for Atletico Madrid.

     The Uruguay star, 24, has been linked with Valencia plus Serie A trio Lazio, Torino and Fiorentina.

    And last month it was even suggested the Gunners could recall him early.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ATLETICO WIN DEMBELE RACE

    Lyon have loaned former Manchester United and Arsenal target Moussa Dembele to Atletico Madrid for the rest of the season – with an option to buy for around £31million.

    Th ex-Fulham and Celtic striker, 24, replaces former Chelsea hitman Diego Costa, 32, whose Atletico contract has been terminated early.

    Moussa Dembele is moving to Spain despite long-term interest from the PremCredit: AFP OR LICENSORS

    And while Costa struggles to find a new club amid interest from the Premier League, Dembele has finally made the switch up following three years of intense speculation.

    He hit 13 goals in 25 games for France Under-21s.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SLIM LYON TONIC

    Leicester's one-time record £30milion buy Islam Slimani has joined Ligue 1 leaders Lyon on a free transfer.

    The Algeria striker, 32, never broke through for the Foxes after signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2016.

    Slimani has been loaned to Newcastle, Fenerbahce and Monaco over the past three years.

    And it was his lively form for the French side that has earned him an 18-month contract with their top-flight rivals, where he replaces Atletico Madrid-bound Moussa Dembele.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HODGSON ON CLOUD CLYNE

    Nathaniel Clyne is close to signing a new contract with Crystal Palace after proving his injury-hit body is still up to Premier League football.

    The ex-England and Liverpool star's short-term deal expires at the end of the month.

    The 29-year-old has featured in nine top-flight games since rejoining his old club in October, providing one assist.

    And Hodgson said: "I’m led to believe we’re very close to Nathaniel signing something.

    “There are a lot of other players who are out of contract at the end of the year and there doesn’t appear to be a clear decision made whether or not to offer them a new contract.

    "Is he going to be the Nathaniel Clyne that I knew, playing for England and Crystal Palace? That’s exactly what he has been.

    “He has done exceptionally well and I’m delighted, of course, that the club have been able to see their way to negotiating a new contract with him.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVE ARE DAB HAND IN LOAN MARKET

    Nantes' starlet Abdoulaye Dabo has joined Juventus on loan – reportedly with an option to buy.

    The French left-winger, 19, had a medical before Juve confirmed his move today.

    The Under-18 international is expected to agree a permanent switch this summer, a year before his Nantes contract expires.

    Dabo is tipped to initially play for Juve's Under-23 team.

    The Nantes' born prospect almost joined the Italian giants under Claudio Ranieri but will now play for Andrea Pirlo.

  • Ian Tuckey

    IT’S TIM TO GO

    Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has quit Old Trafford to join Bayer Leverkusen.

    The Dutch ace, 23, has moved for a fee of £1.8million and will link-up with the third-placed Bundesliga side after passing a medical.

    He is believed to have signed a deal until June 2024 at the German club.

    Fosu-Mensah made his Red Devils debut in 2016 alongside Marcus Rashford but the two have taken very different paths at United.

    He had moved to Carrington from Ajax’s youth system as a 16-year-old in 2014.

    Fosu-Mensah spent time on loan at London sides Crystal Palace and Fulham to aid his development.

    But after 30 appearances for United, Fosu-Mensah has left permanently with his contract running down.

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