Transfer news LIVE – Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal updates
Thursday, January 9
- Manchester United target Donny van de Beek has been priced up at £50m
- Liverpool talked up as being able to move for talisman Kylian Mbappe
- Chelsea have identified two main options to bolster their defence
- Arsenal are weighing up their options after receiving several offers
Liverpool transfer target update
Liverpool transfer target Samuel Chukwueze has reportedly been ‘promised’ to an English club as rumours over his future swirl.
French outlet Foot Mercato have made the claim as Lyon attempt to prise the attacker away from Villarreal, where he’s excelled.
They say Liverpool are among the ‘ranks’ of clubs keen to get him on board, with Jurgen Klopp after attacking reinforcements.
The Reds boss recently added Takumi Minamino to his squad but would still like back-up as Liverpool challenge for trophies on three fronts.
Liverpool transfer target Samuel Chukwueze has been ‘promised’ to an English club
Man Utd board worried over potential exit
Manchester United are fearful of losing Ashley Young because of the impression it will give outsiders about the way the club is being run.
The United captain has been lined up for a move to Inter Milan by Antonio Conte, who is a big fan of the veteran’s versatility.
The Sun report, however, that the United board are seriously concerned about how it would look if Young agrees to join them in mid-season.
The winger-cum-wing-back is one of the longest-serving players at Old Trafford and losing him would not give off the best vibe, in the eyes of United chiefs.
Man Utd captain Ashley Young could leave for Inter Milan in the January transfer window
Chelsea face striker dilemma
Chelsea face the prospect of potentially losing Tammy Abraham if they bring in a striker who could oust him from Frank Lampard’s team.
The in-form hitman has held talks with the Blues about extending his contract following a stellar first half of the season at Stamford Bridge.
The Athletic report, however, that he might look elsewhere to continue his career should competition for his starting spot be signed.
Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele are understood to be on Chelsea’s wish list and Abraham could lose his place in Lampard’s starting XI to either forward.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham may look to leave if a new forward arrives in January
Chelsea’s stance on Michy Batshuayi
Chelsea will not let Michy Batshuayi head for the exit door this month unless they can land a replacement for the in-demand striker.
Express Sport understands Aston Villa and Newcastle lead the chase for Batshuayi, who has also been looked at by Crystal Palace.
However, the Blues will not sanction an exit unless they can recruit an attacking reinforcement to take his place.
Batshuayi, for his part, is understood to be happy to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for a place in Frank Lampard’s starting XI.
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is unlikely to leave in the January transfer window
Liverpool rejected by Timo Werner
Liverpool missed out on the chance to sign Timo Werner last year because of the presence of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at Anfield.
The Athletic report the RB Leipzig forward turned down the chance to sign for the Reds because there would have been “no space” for him to play.
Werner, who is understood to be on Chelsea and Manchester United’s wish lists too, is prioritising game time as he seeks to make the most of his immense potential.
Therefore it makes sense that he rejected Liverpool given the prominence of Salah, Mane and Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans.
Liverpool wanted to buy Timo Werner but he rejected a transfer to Anfield last year
Man Utd stance on Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United are unlikely to make a move for Sporting Lisbon talisman Bruno Fernandes because of the £59m asking price slapped on him.
Fernandes has established himself as one of Europe’s top goalscoring midfielders over the past 18 months, putting him in the sights of plenty of top clubs.
United have been heavily linked with a raid on Sporting for him, particularly with Paul Pogba failing to sparkle and then suffering injury problems.
Thursday’s edition of Portuguese newspaper Record, though, reports United have been scared off by the £59m valuation Sporting have put on him.
Man Utd will not pay £59m to seal a transfer deal for Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes
Chelsea offered Thomas Lemar deal
Chelsea have been offered the chance to make Thomas Lemar their first senior signing after having their transfer ban halved following an appeal.
The Evening Standard report the Atletico Madrid winger is on his way out of the Wanda Metropolitano and his services have been touted to Chelsea.
Tottenham are also interested in the Frenchman, who would be available for an initial £5m in a loan deal, then £50m for a permanent transfer.
Arsenal have previously been talked of as a destination for Lemar, but they have since purchased Nicolas Pepe for £72m and want to persist with him.
Chelsea have been offered a deal for Thomas Lemar in the January transfer window
Tottenham urged to seal transfer deals
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho should be given backing in the transfer market if the players who can solve his injury crisis become available.
That is the verdict of Betfair pundit and former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov, who said: “Under Mourinho so far, Tottenham have produced some good games, and some bad ones as well, but it is still early, and the manager needs time to implement his ideas.
“Now that the transfer window is open there are questions about what they will do, especially with some of the injuries they have. It was another blow to hear that Moussa Sissoko’s will be out for a while, he’s been great for Spurs and with [Harry] Kane, [Tanguy] Ndombele and [Hugo] Lloris also injured, they have some big problems that they need to attend to.
“How are they going to fix things – the transfer window is open, are they going to buy someone or are they going to continue with the squad they have. I’m curious to see what happens, but if there is someone out there in the market who can fill the gaps they should go for it, definitely.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho could solve his problems with some January transfer deals
Chelsea must wait for Timo Werner deal
Chelsea face a wait to land transfer target Timo Werner despite the RB Leipzig forward having a fixed transfer price written into his contract.
Express Sport previously revealed Werner is one of a number of forwards Frank Lampard has looked at to bolster his attack in the January transfer window.
The Athletic report, however, that neither Werner nor Leipzig are prepared to give the green light to a transfer happening in the winter.
That news comes as details of Werner’s price tag emerge, with a £43m (€50m) release clause included in the terms of his current Leipzig contract.
Chelsea want to buy Timo Werner but must wait until the summer transfer window to sign him
Man Utd £50m transfer price set
Manchester United transfer target Donny van de Beek has had a £50m valuation slapped on him by Ajax as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considers a deal to snap the midfielder up.
Express Sport understands the Red Devils have turned their attention to the Holland international after learning snaring Leicester’s James Maddison in January will be nigh on impossible.
United have been given a boost in the knowledge that Ajax are prepared to sanction an exit for the highly-rated Van de Beek in the winter transfer window.
However, they will not let him go on the cheap, with Ajax chiefs setting their asking price for the playmaker at a cool £50m.
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Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool
Liverpool are “in the best place possible” to launch a raid on Paris Saint-Germain for star man Kylian Mbappe after they announced a mega kit sponsorship deal with Nike.
That is according to sports marketing expert Alan Seymour who has though raised doubts over whether the Reds will make the most of their advantage and move for the forward, who has regularly been linked with a switch to Anfield.
“I don’t think Liverpool need to and I don’t think it’s in their sphere of thinking at the moment,” Seymour told the Evening Standard, when asked about a potential swoop for Mbappe.
“If it happens that the trends going forward dictate that that will be a key issue, then they’re in the best place possible to do it, but I don’t see Liverpool looking at that immediately.
“Nike have done it quite well and effectively before, obviously, but I don’t think it’s for Liverpool Football Club at the moment.”
Man Utd transfer target Donny van de Beek can leave Ajax in January for £50m
Liverpool have been credited with interest in signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe
Chelsea’s two transfer targets
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is determined to bolster his defence this month and has a back-up plan in case a move for Issa Diop is unsuccessful.
Express Sport revealed on Wednesday night that West Ham’s Diop has risen to the top of Chelsea’s wanted list as they try to land a new centre-back.
Lampard has, though, prepared himself in case landing Diop proves impossible, with Nathan Ake understood to be on his radar as well.
Diop and Ake have both excelled during their spells with West Ham and Bournemouth respectively and Chelsea hope to sign either for about £40m.
Chelsea are understood to be interested in buying Nathan Ake from Bournemouth
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could let three more promising youngsters go out on loan this month
Arsenal review bids
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed the Gunners are considering loan offers for promising youngsters Emile Smith-Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules.
“We are assessing the situation with three of them,” said Arteta. “Evaluating the offers from various clubs, which will suit them more, and if it’s the right time to make that step.
“In the next few days we will tell you what happens with them. With Eddie I’m very impressed. He has become a much more competitive player at Leeds.
“The decision to make now is whether to send him out again for another five months to realise his potential ready for next season, or keep him. It’s something we have to discuss.”