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Welcome along to Friday’s transfer news live with the latest rumours, gossip and done deals from the Premier League and around Europe. With the window shutting soon, interest in players is likely to spike in the coming days, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham and more all looking to strengthen or slim down their squads ahead of the second half of the campaign.
Today’s rumour mill involves Arsenal who are reported to be interested in bringing Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard to the Emirates on loan. However the 22-year-old is said to prefer a move to Real Sociedad, so watch this space. Tottenham are also one of a number of clubs considering a loan move for Christian Eriksen. Leicester are also thought to be interested in a player whose move from Spurs to Inter Milan has not worked out.
Manchester United meanwhile could reward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for positioning the club in the thick of the title picture, though there could be many outgoings at Old Trafford, too, with Juan Mata linked to his former club Valencia.
Mesut Ozil’s move to Fenerbahce, United’s deal to bring in Amad Diallo from Atalanta and Sebastian Haller’s big-money deal to leave West Ham for Ajax rank among the most significant deals of January so far. Follow all the latest developments below.
LEICESTER PULL OUT OF ERIKSEN RACE
Leicester have pulled out of any attempt to sign Inter’s Christian Eriksen after learning that they’d have to pay his entire salary.
Eriksen is surplus to requirements at San Siro after failing to impress Antonio Conte since his transfer a year ago.
Tottenham and Leicester were reportedly several of the sides interested in taking the Dane on loan.
However, Talksport state that The Foxes pulled out of the race once learning that Inter demanded they pay 100% of his weekly wages.
Eriksen roughly earns about £300,000 a week at Inter, far beyond Leicester’s budget.
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 12:29
MAN UTD ATTEMPT KOULIBALY BID?
Manchester United could attempt a summer move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to a report in Spain.
The Express, via Marca, claim that the English side could attempt to sign the Senegalese defender this summer.
Koulibaly has been linked with moves away from Napoli for the past several transfer windows, but has always remained.
Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis values the central defender at €100m.
Koulibaly, 30, joined Napoli in 2014 from Belgian side Genk, and is currently the club’s vice-captain.
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 12:18
BAYERN TO SELL TOLISSO
German giants Bayern Munich could be set to sell French midfielder Corentin Tolisso at the end of the season.
According to German publication Bild, Bayern could be ready to move Tolisso on as his contract is due to expire in 18 months time.
Bayern are afraid of facing another David Alaba situation, and therefore want to sell the midfielder this summer, rather than let him leave for nothing in June 2022.
Alaba is set to leave the Bavarian side this summer for free, after a decade with the club, with Real Madrid his likely destination.
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 12:09
HAMMERS TO BID FOR KING?
West Ham could turn their attention to Bournemouth striker Josh King, according to a report.
The Hammers are in need of a striker following the departure of Sebastian Haller to Ajax during the transfer window.
According to The Sun, David Moyes’ side could turn their attention to King.
It’s thought that the London outfit are readying a bid of £16m.
King has failed to score in the Championship this season, and only has six months remaining on his current deal with The Cherries.
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 11:57
MAN UTD REJECT VAN DE BEEK LOAN ENQUIRES
Manchester United have rejected numerous loan enquires for midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to ESPN.
The Dutchman signed from Ajax last summer, but has struggled for first team football this season.
With Euro 2021 on the horizon, it has been reported that van de Beek had been advised to seek first team football in order to keep himself in contention for a place in the Netherlands squad.
United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to still have confidence in van de Beek, and wants to keep his current squad intact.
Van de Beek has only played 10 times in the Premier League this season, scoring once.
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 11:48
BAYERN ENTER UPAMECANO RACE
German giants Bayern Munich are to enter the race to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
Upamecano has been linked with a plethora of moves away from the Bundesliga side since starring in their run to the final four of last season’s Champions League.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been linked with the defender, and according to the Mirror, Bayern are to also enter the race.
The Bavarians are set to lose David Alaba at the end of the campaign, with the Austrian likely to sign for Real Madrid.
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 11:36
OFFICIAL: TOMORI TO MILAN
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 11:28
ARSENAL HERO WARNS AGAINST OEDGAARD SIGNING
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has warned against the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.
Arsenal are closing in on the signing of the 22-year-old on loan until the end of the season.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Campbell was unsure over the signing:
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 11:24
EVERTON WINGER CLOSE TO EXIT?
Everton’s Brazilian winger Bernard is reportedly close to an exit from the club.
According to The Telegraph, the club want to move the 28-year-old on, after falling down the pecking order at Goodison Park under Carlo Ancelotti.
Italian side Roma and Dubai-based side Al Nasr are rumoured to be interested in signing the winger.
It’s believed that a fee of around £9m would be suffice for the club to left the Brazilian leave.
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 11:13
OFFICIAL: BRIGHTON GOALKEEPER JOINS ARSENAL
Brighton’s recently-dropped No.1 goalkeeper Maty Ryan has joined Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season.
Ryan lost his spot to Robert Sanchez in recent times, and it seems the Australian stopper had been told he is surplus to requirements.
The 28-year-old is set to join Arsenal on loan until the end of the season, and will likely be back-up to Bernd Leno at the London side.
Emmet Gates22 January 2021 11:08