Transfer news LIVE: Alaba 'signs for Real Madrid', Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Man Utd, Juventus, PSG latest updates

THE transfer window is almost here as clubs look to freshen up their squads going into a packed second half of the season.

All Europe's top leagues are currently experiencing competitive title races meaning there's plenty of work to be done among the big guns.

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

  • Josh Graham

    REAL DEAL

    Real Madrid have reportedly beaten Barcelona to the signing of Bayern Munich ace David Alaba.

    Marca reports Los Blancos have edged out their El Clasico rivals in the race to land the experienced defender.

    The player's agent Pini Zhavi offered Alaba – who made clear his desire to leave the German giants with his contract expiring in the summer – to a number of European clubs.

    But Madrid appears to be the most likely destination leaving Premier League sides such as Chelsea and Manchester United disappointed.

    Barcelona are believed to have been put off by the financial aspect of any potential deal.

  • Josh Graham

    GO ON BUEN

    Arsenal are reportedly lining up a player-plus-cash deal for Norwich midfielder Emiliano Buendia.

    The Independent reports there has already been talks with the player’s agent.

    The report states Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are among the players the Gunners are willing to offer the Canaries to broker a deal.

    Mikel Arteta is a believed to be a big fan of Buendia who has been instrumental in Norwich’s run to the top of the Championship.

    However, a move is still said to be some way off with Carrow Road boss Daniel Farke adamant the Argentine won’t be leaving, although it is thought he would be allowed to go for the right deal.

  • Josh Graham

    MAKING THE RIGHT MOISE

    PSG will reportedly told talks with Everton over turning Moise Kean's loan into a permanent transfer.

    The deal is likely to be worth around £31million for the striker with his current contract at Goodison Park running until 2024.

    Moise Kean has enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Paris Saint-GermainCredit: Reuters

    According to Sky Sports, PSG are desperate to tie up a permanent move for the 20-year-old after impressing in France.

    Kean has scored nine goals in 16 appearances across Ligue 1 and the Champions League since his loan move to the French giants.

    The Italian talent has formed a potent attack alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe which helped them recover to top their Champions League group.

    Kean joined Everton in 2019 in a £27m move from Juventus but has struggled to impress in the Premier League.

  • Josh Graham

    ERLING BIRD CATCHES THE WORM

    Borussia Dortmund have urged star striker Erling Haaland to stay put amid interest from Manchester United.

    The Red Devils are believed to have lined up the Norwegian hot shot as a priority signing after easing off on their pursuit of team-mate Jadon Sancho.

    The 20-year-old has bagged ten goals and two assists in just nine Bundesliga appearances this season.

    BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke reckons it’s too soon for Haaland to jump ship.

    When pushed on a potential summer move, he told Kicker: “I don’t think that will happen. Erling and his advisor Mino Raiola know what they have in us.

    “I can only advise him to do things like Robert Lewandowski.”

    Lewandowski spent four years with Dortmund before joining Bayern Munich in 2014, whereas Haaland has only been at the club for one year since arriving from RB Salzburg last January.

  • Josh Graham

    POG TRADE

    Reports in Italy claim Manchester United are willing to let Paul Pogba leave in a player-swap deal with Juventus – but not for Aaron Ramsey or Douglas Costa.

    The Frenchman returned to Old Trafford in 2016 from the Italian side but has been linked numerous times with a move back.

    Pogba has just 18 months remaining on his current contract and his second spell at the Theatre of Dreams looks to be coming to a certain end.

    His agent Mino Raiola declared last month that the midfielder, 27, wants to leave Old Trafford for pastures new.

    The Serie A outfit are believed to be Pogba’s No1 choice of destination, but their signing of Federico Chiesa means they must look for alternatives rather than a straight-up money offer.

    Reports have emerged of a player-plus-cash deal being offered by them to United with Calciomercato claiming both Ramsey and Costa, currently on-loan at Bayern Munich, were being mentioned as possible names involved.

    However, they state neither player ‘is a priority for United in the Pogba affair’.

  • Josh Graham

    NICE MOVE

    Arsenal outcast William Saliba has agreed a loan move to French side Nice until the end of the season.

    The former Saint Etienne star will cross the channel for some Ligue 1 action with the club paying 100 per cent of his £37,000-a-week wages.

    There is no loan fee involved for the 19-year-old.

    And the Gunners have not included any option to make the temporary move permanent – suggesting Saliba has a future under Mikel Arteta in North London.

    William Saliba in Arsenal training at London ColneyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Josh Graham

    LAC OF TIME

    Mikel Arteta has praised Alexandre Lacazette’s recent form but said his contract talks won’t happen until the summer.

    The Frenchman bagged a brace in the Gunners’ 4-0 win over West Brom and he has five goals in his last four games in all competitions.

    Lacazette has less than 18 months left on his current deal and negotiations over a possible extension have not been started.

    Arteta said: “We have not talked about anything related to his contract.

    “I am delighted with the way he has performed because he is scoring, has the form and energy at the moment so he needs to keep doing that.

    “We will talk in the summer and make a decision then.”

  • Josh Graham

    GOOD MORNING TRANSFER FANS!

    Arsenal remain interested in signing Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, according to reports.

    The 24-year-old has continued to impress this season with six goals and five assists across 13 games in all competitions.

    But Mikel Arteta is believed to have cooled his interest in Real Madrid's Isco after the impressive performances of youngster Emile Smith-Rowe.

    Manchester United's Paul Pogba could be allowed to leave in a player-swap deal with old side Juventus.

    Reports in Italy suggest the Frenchman could leave Old Trafford but NOT for Aaron Ramsey or Douglas Costa.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    FLAIR JORDAN

    Joan Jordan has hinted is content to be at Sevllla despite rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal.

    The LaLiga ace, who is valued at £32million, is thought to have attracted the attention of Mikel Arteta.

    But the Sevilla playmaker says he is "super comfortable'' at the Spanish club. This term he has made 15 LaLiga appearances for the side who are sixth and one place behind Barcelona.

    Jordan told Estadio Deportivo: "In the end, these are just things that come out, like the many things that were said, the rumours, when I was at Eibar.

    "I have always been very clear about the present… the future does not feed me, it takes away from me and does not give me the energy I need.

    "I am at a super ambitious club, and I have nothing more to say because I really am super comfortable here, like I was when I arrived here."

    Joan Jordan says he is "super comfortable'' with being at Sevilla

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    DAVIES DOUBT

    Ben Davies is said to have reservations about a switch to Premier League strugglers Sheffield United.

    The Blades are thought to be eager to sign the Preston North End ace in January or in the summer with gaffer Chris Wilder believed to be keen.

    However, the Daily Mail reports Davies has doubts over a possible switch with Bournemouth, Celtic and Belgian side Genks rumoured to be interested in the defender.

    The 25-year-old could leave Preston in the summer for free, but the club have decided to try and cash in this month.

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    COSTA IS COST-FREE

    Arsenal and Wolves are being linked with swoops for Diego Costa with the striker out of favour at Atletico Madrid, according to Birmingham Live.

    The LaLiga star, 32, is available on a free transfer after being released by the club before the expiration of his contract.

    The Spain forward's contract was due to expire at the end of this term.

    But it is reported Diego Simeone's side were keen to get his salary (thought to be £270,000-a-week) off the club's wage bill.

    It has been reported Wolves are mulling over the possibility of bringing the former Chelsea forward back to the Prem.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NO GO ROWE

    Mikel Arteta is thought to be losing interest in Real Madrid star Isco thanks to the progress of Emile Smith Rowe, according to reports in Spain.

    The Gunners Academy graduate has been fine form as Arsenal's No10 and helped set up a stunning goal during the club's 4-0 win against West Brom.

    Arteta has been heavily linked with a January bid for Isco with the 28-year-old falling down the pecking order at Madrid.

    The Spain star has made just three starts for Zinedine Zidane's side this season.

    But it looks like a January move to Arsenal may now be unlikely according to Spanish outlet AS.

    Emile Smith Rowe's performances have impressed Mikel Arteta

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MAIT MAY GO

    Arsenal hero Kevin Campbell has warned Ainslie Maitland-Niles could head for the Emirates exit if he is not given enough game time.

    The Arsenal ace has started in just four Prem games this term and was missing from Mikel Arteta's starting 11 against West Brom.

    Campbell told Football Insider: "I think he will pursue an exit in the summer. Although he loves the club, he is an England international now – he has to play football. 

    “There is no point loving the club and being a bit-part player. You have proven you can do it on numerous occasions, you are a full England international and you are on the bench. That is not going to last.

    "I hear Mikel Arteta is trying to convince him to stay and sign a new contract because he is now an England international.

    “Which clubs let England internationals go? You do not do that. He wants to play, of course, he wants to but we know football is a squad game."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    FOX HUNTED – EXCL

    SOUTHAMPTON have come forward to register interest in signing Demarai Gray on a free transfer this summer according to SunSport.

    The winger, 24, is out of contract at Leicester at the end of June.

    The scenario means Gray is able to speak to clubs abroad about a pre-contract agreement.

    But there is also huge interest in the forward from the Premier League, especially with the new rules on transfers following Brexit kicking in.

    SunSport has revealed the Saints have begun exploring the possibility of trying to take the winger to St Mary’s ahead of next season as Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to develop his squad.

    SunSport says Southampton are interested in signing Demarai Gray on a free transfer

     

  • William Pugh

    NEW OLISE OF LIFE – EXCL

    Crystal Palace are leading the chase for exciting Reading midfielder Michael Olise.

    The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the best young prospects outside the Premier League.

    And his red-hot form for Reading in recent weeks has brought him to the attention of several top-flight clubs. Leeds tried to sign the France Under-18 international in the summer and remain keen on him.

    The former Chelsea youngster has scored four goals and provided six assists for Reading this season.

    Now the Championship high-flyers are bracing themselves for a spate of offers for Olise in the January transfer window.

    Palace are aiming to steal a march on their Premier League rivals for Olise by making a move for the Frenchman this month.

  • William Pugh

    PLAYING FOR KEEPS – EXCLUSIVE

    Arsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace are tracking highly-rated Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng.

    Dieng, 26, has caught they eye with a series of impressive displays for Mark Warburton’s side this season.

    The Swiss ace has established himself as clear QPR No1 this term.

    The Premier League trio are all looking at their options in goal.

    All three are looking to strengthen their goalkeeping options to provide competition to their current No1s.

    The top-flight clubs ALL brought in a new goalkeeper in the summer.

  • William Pugh

    PREM UPDATE

    The Premier League table is finely poised as we approach the half-way point of the season.

    Liverpool and Manchester United lead the way on 33 points each with Jurgen Klopp's men having a far better goal difference.

    Just ten points separates third and 15th spot with every team in those places with a shout at a European spot come the end of the season.

    Sheffield United look doomed already at the bottom while Sam Allardyce's West Brom also have a mountain to climb.

    Although the conditions aren't ideal, this season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting of all time.

  • William Pugh

    MAUR TO IT

    Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly on a mission to tie down Kylian Mbappe with a new deal at Paris Saint-Germain.

    The former Tottenham boss was confirmed as the new manager of the French giants on Saturday.

    According to AS, Pochettino is hopeful that Mbappe will extend his stay at Parc des Princes.

    The Ligue 1 side are keen to end any speculation surrounding his future as soon as possible.

    Ex-Monaco star Mbappe has been linked to the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool.

    He remains keen on a switch to the Bernabeu despite opening contract talks with PSG. It is reported that the 22-year-old would like to link up with Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

    Credit: EPA
  • William Pugh

    The ban left Atletico Madrid chiefs enraged, stating it’s unfair they are being punished when they played no part in the alleged offences.

    With Trippier’s ban now on ice, he could miss England’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland.

    Those three games could be the Three Lions final games before June, when they take on Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic in the group stages of this summer’s delayed Euros.

    The right-back spot is easily England’s deepest too.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James are already pushing for the starting spot, with Tariq Lamptey, Kyle Walker and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also in the mix.

    Missing crucial games in March could see Trippier forced out of the squad and replaced for the Euros.

  • William Pugh

    TRIPP CANCELLED

    Kieran Trippier could miss this summer’s European Championship due to his ten-week betting ban.

    Last week, the former Tottenham right-back, 30, was found guilty of four of seven alleged betting offences relating to his move to Spain in 2019.

    But Atletico Madrid say his ban has now been put on hold after they appealed the ‘totally unjust’ decision. And it could now affect England‘s Euros campaign this summer.

    As well as his ten-match ban, Trippier was fined £70,000, with Fifa confirming the ban was effective worldwide and would start immediately.

    That meant Trippier would miss Atletico Madrid‘s next 13 matches, including the Champions League last-16 clash with Chelsea.

    Trippier appealed the decision, claiming he did not place any bets or profit from bets placed by others…

  • William Pugh

    BRUCE CHANGE

    Steve Bruce is reportedly plotting two January deals in the shape of Fikayo Tomori and Hamza Choudhury to bolster his Newcastle side.

    The Magpies have endured a spluttering season that sees them just about keeping clear of the relegation fight.

    Understandably, Bruce is keen to add to his side this month but must do so on limited funds. That's seen him target Chelsea centre-back Tomori.

    The talented defender shone in the first half of last season but has since fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, particularly since the arrival of Thiago Silva.

    The 23-year-old, who picked up his first England cap last season, has managed just 44 minutes of league action this term.

    According to multiple reports, Newcastle hope to bring him in on loan for the remainder of the season.

  • William Pugh

    PAT ON THE BACK – EXCL

    Patrick Bamford's impressive form in the Premier League is expected to be rewarded with a lucrative new deal at Leeds.

    The striker, 27, has proven he can cut it in the top flight by scoring nine goals so far this season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

    But Bamford only has 18 months left on his current contract at Elland Road, leaving club bosses fearing rival clubs could make their move.

    So Leeds are planning to sit down shortly with Bamford’s advisors in a bid to thrash out a long-term agreement.

    As part of the deal, Bamford would see his form in the Premier League recognised with improved terms.

    The former Chelsea man currently earns around £35,000 per week at Elland Road. Bamford has scored ten goals in 17 Premier League games this season in a real purple patch.

  • William Pugh

    LINE IN THE SAN

    Manchester United have turned their attention to Erling Haaland after they ‘dodged a bullet’ by missing out on Jadon Sancho last summer, according to reports.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made England winger Sancho, 20, his No1 target during last summer’s window. But United failed to land their man, with Borussia Dortmund holding out for £108million.

    And now, the Mirror claim United officials believed they ‘dodged a bullet’ in missing out on Sancho.

    But after Sancho suddenly went cold, United are believed to be considering using the money to sign club team-mate Haaland.

    Last January, Solskjaer made his move to sign compatriot Haaland – with whom he worked with as a youngster at Molde. Then at RB Salzburg, Haaland eventually moved to Borussia Dortmund.

    It’s also widely claimed Real Madrid have a ‘verbal pact’ with Dortmund they can sign the Norway star in the summer of 2022, with Barcelona also keen.

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    “His physical presence is important for us because we knew that Aston Villa are one of the strongest sides in the Premier League.

    “We needed to match them.

    “And he won a lot of headers, I was delighted with his performance.”

  • William Pugh

    GUNNAR GET BETTER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Paul Pogba again despite Mino Raiola seemingly keen to move him on.

    There are yet more doubts about the World Cup winner’s future at the club.

    But Solskjaer felt the 27-year-old showed what he can give to the team during United’s 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

    He said: “Paul is getting fitter and stronger — and then you get performances like this.

    “He took 25 minutes to get going but when he did get going, he made a difference for us. I think it’s important we get Paul on the ball, whether it’s low in the pitch or a bit higher between the lines.

    “I think that he made the difference higher up. I know he started off defending. But we wanted him to make runs in behind them, to get on the ball…

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