Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool to sign Ben Davies, Real Madrid want Mbappe – Deadline Day LATEST

THE January transfer window closes TONIGHT as clubs scramble to get last minute deals over the line.

Despite the pandemic, there's still plenty of money being thrown around and we've the very latest from the Premier League and abroad.

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    CASE FOR THE DEFENCE

    Finally, yes finally, it looks like Liverpool will sign a centre-back this month.

    After managing since October without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, it looks like Jurgen Klopp is going to get some defensive cover.

    It looked like the Reds might actually pass up the opportunity, but losing Joel Matip and Fabinho on Thursday has forced them to act.

    Ben Davies, the 25-year-old from Preston, will be on his way to Liverpool today to finalise his £2m move.

    We'll be following that one for updates.

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    IT'S DEADLINE DAY

    One of the biggest days in the football calendar – even though no actual football happens.

    Good morning everybody, welcome to our coverage of transfer deadline day.

    There are 15 hours until tonight's 11pm deadline and we'll have you covered all the way today.

    What are we following today?

    Well it looks like Liverpool WILL sign a centre-half… more on that in a second.

    What will we see from new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, though? Will Mikel Arteta's Arsenal clearout continue?

    And what are Manchester United going to do today, if anything?

    I personally can't wait to find out how it all unfolds.

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    RAMOS BOOST

    Manchester United may try and sign Sergio Ramos in the summer as he'll be a free agent if he doesn't agree to a new contract with Real Madrid.

    United have already been handed a boost as Bayern Munich director Oliver Kahn has confirmed that the German champions won't try to sign Ramos as David Alaba's replacement.

    Kahn told Sky 90: "We have to think about who could be an adequate replacement for David.

    "As a player, I'd love to have played with Ramos, but there's nothing in [him coming to Bayern]."

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    RAMOS DECISION TIME

    Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos has been linked with a move to Manchester United once more.

    But leaving Real after 16 glorious years won't be easy for Ramos who still has an offer to consider from the team, which has become synonymous to his success.

    According to Marca, Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is offering him a two-year contract in which the first year will be in accordance to the salary cuts from the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, the second year will see him returning to the same pre-COVID-19 salary.

    That is what United are up against…

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    VAN AANHOLT LATEST

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Crystal Palace ace Patrick van Aanholt ahead of transfer deadline day.

    That is because the Gunners have been missing key left-back Kieran Tierney to injury in recent weeks.

    Thus, manager Mikel Arteta wants to bring in some competition and cover for Tierney in defence.

    Therefore, Van Aanholt has emerged as a shock target that could go down to the wire

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    RAMOS SITUATION

    Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos is keen on a move to Manchester United, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Ramos' talks with Real over a new contract went nowhere and thus the star defender will be available on a free transfer in July if nothing changes.

    The Spain international has turned down offers from Paris Saint-Germain and ruled out a move to Asia as his family is not keen.

    The 34-year-old's agent, who is also his brother, Rene Ramos is targeting a move to England with United showing interest.

    This could turn into another saga like the one in 2015 when the Red Devils tried to sign Ramos

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    KOUNDE HE BE NEXT?

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keeping tabs on Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

    In fact, according to the Daily Mail, Solskjaer has made Kounde his prime transfer target ahead of the summer window.

    But United would face immense competition for the £60million-rated centre-back following a raft of impressive performances in La Liga.

    The Frenchman has made a total of 27 appearances and scored two goals across all competitions this season

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    MAITLAND-NILES SAGA

    Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been linked with a January move to Southampton or West Brom.

    However, according to The Athletic, Leicester have joined the bidding war as one of the sides keen to secure a loan deal ahead of transfer deadline day.

    And the Foxes could hold an advantage as they are the only club willing to include a purchase option for the summer.

    Maitland-Niles' desire to secure a starting midfield role could prove to be decisive ahead of a potential exit from the Emirates

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    GILMOUR EURO HOPES

    Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour is hoping for a loan move before the January transfer window ends to boost his chances of earning a spot in Scotland's Euro 2020 squad.

    That is according to the Daily Mail, who claim that Gilmour's omission from the clash against Burnley left the 19-year-old midfielder seeking other ways to get some first-team football.

    Thus, he is reportedly considering a temporary departure in order to boost his chances of being called up by Scotland.

    But a move would have to take place before the January transfer window slams shut

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    NEYMAR AND MBAPPE U-TURN

    Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have been linked with a move away by the end of the season.

    The Brazil international has been targeted by Real Madrid and former club Barcelona.

    Mbappe, on the other hand, has attracted interest from Real and Liverpool.

    However, Neymar insists they are both happy in Paris with PSG.

    The star forward said: "Many things have changed. I'm happy at PSG and I want to stay in Paris, I hope Mbappe will do the same."

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    TORREIRA STAYS

    Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira is set to stay put at Atletico Madrid until the end of the season.

    According to Le Nazione, Atletico are not willing to let Torreira go if they don't have a replacement lined up.

    The midfielder hasn't received much first-team football in Madrid and so the Gunners looked into recalling him and sending him out on loan elsewhere.

    But it seems like Atletico still believe in him enough to hold on to him

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    LIVERPOOL TRANSFER PLANS

    Liverpool have been dealing with a defensive crisis ever since Virgil van Dijk's injury in October.

    Following Van Dijk's omission, which could see him getting sidelined until the end of the season, the Reds saw Joe Gomez and Joel Matip suffering the same fate.

    Klopp had to fill in those voids by placing Fabinho and Jordan Henderson out of position at the back.

    The German manager has stated that the defending Premier League champions will try to sign a defender on transfer deadline day.

    Klopp said: "We will try.

    "It is funny when you all think: 'Oh Liverpool will be just fine with the situation and they don't care or try.' We try but there is nothing to say until something happens.

    "We will see. We still try to do the right things. If that's possible, we will do it. If not, we won't."

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    UPAMECANO PREM BOOST

    RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano has two Premier League options to choose from before the January transfer window slams shut.

    Upamecano has been linked with a number of clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    According to the Daily Mail, the centre-back's agent confirmed he has two good options from England and will make a decision soon.

    This comes after his representatives met with Bayer Munich

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    GARCIA TO BARCA LATEST

    Manchester City ace Eric Garcia continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.

    Garcia has seen his first-team opportunities diminish dramatically in recent months following a series of impressive performances by centre-back duo John Stones and Ruben Dias.

    The 20-year-old defender is desperate to return to Spain and Barca manager Ronald Koeman is confident a deal will be finalised at some point.

    Barcelona would love to have Garcia over before the January transfer window slams shut.

    But even if that doesn't happen then Koeman believes they could sign him for free in the summer

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    MBAPPE LATEST

    Real Madrid continue to keep tabs on Paris Saint-Germain megastar Kylian Mbappe.

    However, Real are not looking to sign Mbappe in the January transfer window and are instead getting ready for a summer bid.

    A bargain with PSG, though, won't come cheap and Los Blancos will have to sweeten the deal, according to Marca.

    Thus Real are keen to let either Vinicius Junior, Thibaut Courtois or Raphael Varane go the other way as the Ligue 1 champions have previously shown interest

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    Danny Rose latest

    Tottenham ace Danny Rose came close to joining Trabzonspor on transfer deadline day.

    However, the January move collapsed after the Turkish side pulled the plug due to COVID-19 protocols.

    According to Football London, Rose would have to follow strict quarantine guidelines if he were to move abroad which means he would have to wait seven days before moving to Turkey.

    Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu said: “The transfer is very difficult after this time.

    "It will cost [take] seven days. Let’s make the transfers we can do [right now]."

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    Real Madrid and Barcelona target Man Utd youngster

    Barcelona and Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Manchester United young prospect Facundo Pellistri.

    That is according to Sport Witness but the report doesn't make it clear if the La Liga giants are looking to make an immediate move for Pellistri.

    The 19-year-old winger is set to go out on loan to Alaves in order to gain more first-team football experience.

    Real and Barca may be keeping a watchful eye on the Uruguayan during his stint in Spain

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    Hulk signs for Atletico Mineiro after Premier League snub

    HULK has snubbed a Premier League move by signing for Atletico Mineiro.

    The striker is returning to Brazil after ending his spell in China.

    Hulk has signed a two-year deal with Atletico Mineiro and the 34-year-old could finish his career at the club.

    The forward has spent four years in China at Shanghai SIPG and recently left.

    His departure put Premier League clubs on alert and he received offers to move to England.

    But Hulk has decided a return to Brazil is the best move at this stage of his career.

    Hulk has declined a move to the Premier LeagueCredit: Reuters
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    FERNANDES TO GALATASARY

    Tottenham midfielder Gedson Fernandes could be set to move to Turkish giants Galatasaray, according to Sky Sports.

    When asked if the midfielder was set to leave Spurs, Jose Mourinho said: "Honestly, no. I don’t know.

    "I’m not saying, no. I’m just saying I don’t know."

    Fernandes has barely featured since joining Tottenham 12 months agoCredit: The Mega Agency
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    GIROUD LINKED WITH MOVE AWAY

    Olivier Giroud started against Wolves in Tuchel’s first game but was an unused sub against Burnley.

    Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham are likely to be ahead of him in the pecking order from here on which could see his Euro 2021 hopes in jeopardy.

    Antonio Conte is a big fan of Giroud and would be eager for a reunion at Inter Milan but Tuchel may feel he will be left threadbare in attack if the veteran leaves.

    Giroud has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for some time
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    EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE

    Manchester United and Liverpool have been accused of plotting with Fifa and Real Madrid to ‘DESTROY’ football.

    LaLiga chief Javier Tebas says the ‘greedy’ Premier League giants have spent months scheming over an ‘obscene’ £4.6billion European Super League.

    The Spaniard insists United’s US owner Joel Glazer and Liverpool’s John W Henry have been working with Fifa president Gianni Infantino plus Madrid supremo Florentino Perez on plans that will ‘ruin’ the game.

    Tebas stormed: “This would be a disaster for football, it would destroy the ecosystem and balance of the game in Europe.

    “This whole underground project started with Infantino and Perez — but the Glazers and Liverpool were active too and held meetings.

    “They have all tried to keep it secret, before the stories emerged in October and since.”

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    ‘VILE AND UNACCEPTABLE’

    Manchester United have labelled the racist abuse Marcus Rashford received on social media as ‘vile and unacceptable’.

    In an interview with Sky News on Sunday afternoon, United’s director of communications Charlie Brooks said: “We’re incredibly proud of Marcus on a number of levels for everything that he has done.

    “When it comes to the abuse that the players are suffering at the moment, it’s not just an issue for our club or for football in general, it’s society’s problem.

    “Football becomes a lightning rod for it and these people won’t win, the players won’t let it affect them, but nobody should have to put up with the level of abuse that players across the board are getting at the moment.“

    Here is what Rashford had to say about the abuse on Saturday evening:

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    DAVIES SET FOR ANFIELD MOVE

    Liverpool are making a shock late move for Preston's Ben Davies to fill their centre-back void.

    Championship star Davies, 25, was all set to move to Celtic but SunSport expects a deal with Liverpool to go through on Monday.

    It appeared just a matter of whether Celtic signed him now or in the summer, when his North End contract expires.

    But they are set to be blown out the water at the 11th hour with Jurgen Klopp showing some surprise interest late in the window.

    Preston have accepted a £2million fee plus add-ons for Davies.

    The Reds are currently without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to potentially season-ending injuries.

    And with Joel Matip sidelined too, Klopp has had a rethink on his initial plans not to bring in a new central defender.

    Davies is expected to make a surprise move before the end of the January windowCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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    CHELSEA EYE LEIPZIG DEFENDER UPAMECANO

    Chelsea have emerged as the frontrunners to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

    The Blues have struggled to keep clean sheets so far this season and currently sit seventh in the Premier League as a result.

    And while Thomas Tuchel has kept two clean sheets since arriving at the club, Chelsea are still said to be keen on adding to their back line.

    But German champions Bayern Munich are also in the running to acquire his services.

    As reported by SPORT1-Doppelpass, Volker Struth, Upamecano’s agent, said: “Hasan Salihamidžić [Bayern Munich sporting director] is making a real effort and has made a good impression [during the talks].

    “Otherwise, only the Premier League is in the race. There are still two top clubs in England. We will decide [on Upamecano’s next club] soon.”

    Upemacano has impressed for Leipzig so far this season
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    POCHETTINO DEPARTS SPURS FOR SECOND TIME

    Mauricio Pochettino's son Maurizio has quit Tottenham 14 months after the Argentine boss was sacked.

    The talented youngster has joined Championship side Watford on a permanent deal.

    The 19-year-old midfielder joined the Spurs academy from Southampton in 2017.

    Pochettino featured for the club's youth teams but has ended his time at Spurs more than a year after his dad was sacked.

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