De Ligt rules out January exit from Ajax

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt will not be leaving the club during the January transfer window.

Juventus had been heavily linked with a move for the 19-year-old skipper, while John van Loen has urged him to consider Manchester United.

The Amsterdam club are two points adrift of Eredivisie leaders PSV and into the last-16 of the Champions League, giving De Ligt planty of incentive to stay.

“A move will not be happening this transfer window,” De Ligt told NOS.

“Ajax fans will not have to worry about that. 

“We want to win the Eredivisie title and will need every player to get there.”

Madrid eye Militao

12:157 hours ago

Real Madrid are looking to beat-off competition from Barcelona and Manchester United to sign Eder Militao, according to Marca.

The Brazilian has impressed since joining Porto last summer, and the Primeira Liga club are ready to cash-in.

Militao is seen as the future of the Real back-line and with their main rivals for his signature seeking alternatives the 20-year-old is emerging as a genuine target.

Bayern reiterate Hudson-Odoi stance

12:008 hours ago

The Bundeliga champions remain defiant

Bayern Munich have indicated they are unwilling to give up in their pursuit of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Footballnews understand the Bavarian giants have made a fourth bid for the 18-year-old, who is contracted at Stamford Bridge until 2020.

The latest offer is said to stand at £35 million ($45m) as the club look to sign a replacement for Arjen Robben.

And sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has sent a stern warning to the Premier League club over their stubborn stance. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 2019
Hudson odoi

Roma lead Mendes pursuit

11:457 hours ago

Roma are among a clutch of clubs interested in Lille’s Thiago Mendes, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The French club’s financial difficulties mean they are receptive to an offer for the midfielder, who has become one of Christophe Galtier’s most trusted lieutenants.

Eusebio wants to freshen up his midfield options due to Daniele de Rossi’s fitness problems, but faces competition from Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke 04 and Wolfsburg.

Barcelona track sought-after Lara

11:307 hours ago

Sevilla youngster Jose Lara is being monitored by Barcelona as he prepares to leave the club, according to Dario de Sevilla.

The winger is out-of-contract at the end of the season and made his senior debut last season against Alaves.

Several contract offers have been turned down by Lara and several clubs are taking note of the uncertainly over his future.

Spurs line-up Alderweireld replacement

11:158 hours ago

Tottenham are considering a move for Joachim Andersen from Sampdoria as a replacement for Toby Alderweireld, according to The Independent.

The Belgium defender is available for £25 million ($31.8m) in the summer, with Spurs having triggered a clause to extend his contract by another 12 months.

Inter and Manchester United have both been linked with the Denmark youngster who is valued at £35 million ($44m).

Toby Alderweireld Tottenham 2018-19
 Sime Vrsaljko

Inter consider Vrsaljko alternatives

11:008 hours ago

Inter are considering moves for Matteo Darmian, Emerson Palmieri and Cristiano Biraghi if they are unable to sign Sime Vrsaljko on a permanent deal this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Vrsaljko is currently on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid and the two clubs remain in talks over €17.5million (£15.7m/$20.3m) permanent transfer.

Should they fail to agree a deal then Inter are ready to consider alternatives with Emerson, Darmian and Biraghi high on their shortlist.

Juve close in on Vignato deal

10:558 hours ago

Juventus are making moves to sign 18-year-old Chievo midfielder Emanuel Vignato, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Bianconeri are poised to bid €5million (£4.5m/$5.7m) for the Italy Under-18 international.

Inter, Rome and Bologna are also among the sides linked with a move for the teenager.

‘Hudson-Odoi would be a great signing for Bayern’ – Matthaus

10:508 hours ago

Callum Hudson-Odoi is a ‘great talent’ and would be an astute signing for Bayern Munich, according to club legend Lothar Matthaus.

Bayern have made the 18-year-old their top target this month and Goal understands the Bundesliga champions have bid £35 million (€38.8m/$45m) for his services.

Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea Bayern
Hudson odoi

PSG keen on Soler

10:408 hours ago

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, according to SuperDeporte.

The French champions have been holding meetings with the 22-year-old’s representatives since October.

A number of other major European clubs are also believed to be interested in Soler, who has an €80million (£72m/$91.7m) release clause in his contract.

Mourinho reveals two demands for taking Real Madrid job

10:308 hours ago

Jose Mourinho is ready to return to management with Real Madrid – but has two demands he wants met before taking the job, according to the Mirror.

The Portuguese wants assurances over how much money he will have to spend and be free to strengthen in both defence and attack.

Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last month and recently turned down the chance to manage Benfica.

O’Neill considered for Stoke job

10:209 hours ago

Former Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is in the frame to succeed Gary Rowett at Stoke, according to the Irish Independent.

Rowett was sacked as Potters boss on Tuesday just eight months after joining the club from Derby.

O’Neill, who quit as Ireland boss in November, is keen for a return to club management after five years working in international football.

Martin O'Neill Ireland
O’Neil

Sporting agree Doumbia deal

10:109 hours ago

Sporting are close to signing Akhmat Grozny midfielder Idrissa Doumbia, according to Ojogo.

The 20-year-old is due to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms after a fee was agreed with the Russian Premier League side.

The Ivory Coast international only joined Akhmat Grozny from Anderlecht last summer.

Tottenham stadium move to be announced in 24 hours

09:589 hours ago

Tottenham are set to confirm when they will move into their new stadium in the next 24 hours, according to the Daily Mail.

Spurs are hoping the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on March 16 will be the first game at their new home.

The 62,062 capacity stadium was due to open in September but has suffered from a number of construction delays.

Barca closing in on De Jong

09:459 hours ago

Announcement could be made in the next few days

Barcelona are close to completing a move for Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong and the deal could be announced by the weekend, according to AS.

The Catalan giants look to have beaten the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Manchester City to De Jong’s signature.

The 21-year-old Netherlands international is expected to cost Barca around €75million (£67.4m/$86m).

Sevilla doubtful over Morata deal

09:299 hours ago

Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros believes Alvaro Morata wants to join the La Liga club, but admits a deal with Chelsea would prove “very, very complicated”.

Morata has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this month and his agent is said to have met with Sevilla to discuss a possible loan move.

Injuries change Arsenal transfer policy

09:1610 hours ago

Injuries to Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding may force Arsenal to change their transfer plans this month, report Football.London.

The Gunners initially said they were reluctant to enter the January market as they didn’t feel it provides value for money.

However, serious injuries suffered by Holding and Welbeck may force a change in policy, though any new signings would likely be short-term cover.

Pavard completes Bayern move

09:0010 hours ago

He will join in the summer

Benjamin Pavard will join Bayern Munich from Stuttgart on July 1, the Bundesliga champions have confirmed.

The 22-year-old will make the move to the Bavarian giants after they activated a €35million (£31.4m/$40.1m) release clause in his contract.

The France international defender, who was also linked with Barcelona and Napoli, has agreed a five-year deal at the Allianz Arena.

🗣️ @Brazzo: “Ich kann vermelden, dass wir Benjamin Pavard ab 1. Juli 2019 für uns verpflichten konnten. Er hat einen Fünfjahresvertrag unterschrieben.” pic.twitter.com/p8cmy8yqAl— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) January 9, 2019

Roma and Spurs duelling for Meite

08:4510 hours ago

Serie A side Roma and Premier League club Tottenham are leading the race for Torino’s Soualiho Meite, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 24-year-old looks set to leave the Italian side, who are pursuing a European place this season.

Spurs were said to be ready to submit a formal offer but were told Torino’s top six ambitions would see them block any bid.

Roma have also seen their enquires over the availability of the Frenchmen quashed.

Inter open to Perisic sale

08:3010 hours ago

Ivan Perisic could be sold to allow Inter Milan to finance a move for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Tuttosport.

The Serbia international has emerged as one of the club’s primary targets since the arrival of Giuseppe Marotta as chief-executive.

Croatia international Perisic has been heavily linked with Manchester United in the past and the winger will be permitted to depart in order for the San Siro club to afford Milinkovic-Savic.

Palace now keen on Abraham

08:1511 hours ago

Crystal Palace are the latest club to join the race for Tammy Abraham, claim The Mirror.

Parent club Chelsea are open to allowing the 21-year-old to go on loan to a Premier League side having spent the first half of the campaign at Championship play-off contenders Aston Villa.

Roy Hodgson has already seen a move for Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke collapse and the Eagles boss is desperate for a new forward.

Camacho set for Sporting return

08:0012 hours ago

Rafael Camacho is destined to join Sporting CP in the January transfer window – just days after making his Liverpool debut.

The 18-year-old started the 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat to Wolves on Monday but is not going to hang around for his next opportunity.

According to O Jogo, he will return to Sporting where he spent five years as a youngster, until 2020 when his contract at Anfield comes to an end.

Todibo wants Barca move fast-tracked

07:4511 hours ago

Jean-Clair Todibo is keen to join Barcelona ahead of schedule in the January transfer window, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 19-year-old has already agreed to move to the Nou Camp from Toulouse on a free at the end of the season.

But Barca’s defensive issues which include the lengthy of absence of Samuel Umtiti means the teenager feels he could have a role to play between now and the end of the campaign.

Toulouse are thought to be open to allowing the defender to leave this month but would require a fee to make the move a reality.

Valencia out of Morata race

07:3011 hours ago

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will not be joining Valencia during the January transfer window, according to Super Deporte.

The La Liga club are unable to afford the Spanish striker, unless there are significant sales.

Sevilla are thought to have submitted a loan offer with a view to a permanent deal next summer worth €40 million (£36m/$45m).

AC Milan have also been linked with a move for the forward, who appears destined to leave Stamford Bridge having scored just five Premier League goals this season.

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Morata

Arsenal and Chelsea not giving up on Barella

07:1512 hours ago

Premier League pair Arsenal and Chelsea remain interested in Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to Gianlucadimarzio.com.

The Italy international has been heavily linked with a move to Napoli, who see the 21-year-old as a key player in their pursuit of Juventus.

Barella is valued at €45 million (£40.5m/$51.6m) while his current wages sit at €3 million-a-year (£3.60m/$3.44m).

Chelsea are still searching for a replacement for the Monaco-bound Cesc Fabregas while the Gunners are seeing midfield reinforcements ahead of Aaron Ramsey’s imminent exit.

Crew set to sign winger Robinho Barbosa

06:0214 hours ago

The Columbus Crew are set to land Brazilian winger Robinho Barbosa, according to Massive Report

The 23-year-old last played for Ceara Sporting Club in the Brazilian top flight and his move to MLS is expected to be announced in the coming days. 

Milan and Roma set to battle for Herrera

05:1814 hours ago

Hector Herrera is a target of both AC Milan and Roma according La Gazetta dello Sport.

The Porto midfielder will not renew his contract in June and, with Financial Fair Play hanging over the club, Milan are interested in players that wouldn’t require a transfer fee.

Roma are also in the market, though, although Inter have seemingly pulled out of the race for the Mexico midfielder.

Betis close in on Lainez

04:1415 hours ago

Real Betis are closing in on young Mexico star Diego Lainez, according to Marca.

Since breaking through with El Tri, the Club America winger has also reportedly earned the attention of Ajax.

However, Real Betis are now in the race as the club, which already employs Mexico’s Andres Guardado, see Lainez as an option across the attacking positions.

Pellegrini linked with PSG

03:0916 hours ago

Lorenzo Pellegrini have been linked with PSG, who are interested in the Roma star, according to Gianluca DiMarzio

PSG are looking to bolster their midfield following the loss of Adrien Rabiot, who appears poised to join Barcelona.

The club will look to Pellegrini in the summer as they prepare to meet the midfielder’s release clause. 

Lorenzo Pellegrini Roma
Lorenzo pellegrini

Chelsea set to loan Baker to Reading after recall from Leeds

02:0617 hours ago

Chelsea have recalled Lewis Baker from his loan at Leeds United and are set to loan him to Reading, according to the Daily Mail.

Baker made just 14 appearances during his loan stay at Leeds, and a loan to struggling Reading could be helpful in getting the 23 year old minutes.

The midfielder has been sent out on loan to five clubs, as he previously featured for Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse and Middlesbrough before his move to Leeds. 

Valencia boss hints at Batshuayi displeasure

01:0218 hours ago

Valencia manager Marcelino suggested that he is running out of patience with on-loan forward Michy Batshuayi after substituting him early in Tuesday’s Copa del Rey loss to Sporting Gijon.

The Belgian joined Valencia on loan from Chelsea this summer after previously finding loan success with Borussia Dortmund.

However, Batshuayi has struggled, and his manager says Valencia need signings up front if they hope to conten

Higuain accepts Chelsea offer

11:2919 hours ago

The forward could join the Blues in the coming days

Gonzalo Higuain has accepted an offer from Chelsea, where he will rejoin former boss Maurizio Sarri after previously working with the Italian at Napoli.

According to Marca, Higuain’s transfer to Chelsea will be approved in the coming days with Alvaro Morata set to leave the club as the Argentine comes in.

Higuain enjoyed his best run of form under Sarri, scoring 37 goals with the Italian boss prior to moving to Juventus.

Chelsea, for their part, are in need of a striker after deploying Eden Hazard as a false nine for a large chunk of the season.

Jones the frontrunner for Stoke job

11:2720 hours ago

Nathan Jones is seen as the favourite to take over as manager of Stoke City, according to the Sun.

The Luton Town boss is ahead of David Moyes in the club’s search for a new boss following the departure of Gary Rowett.

Jones got the Hatters promoted to League One last season and has the club sitting second this season.

Tottenham set price for Real Madrid target Eriksen

11:2120 hours ago

It would take a fee of €250 million (£225m/$286) to pry Real Madrid target Christian Erksen from Tottenham, according to AS.

The fee is one Real Mdarid would never be willing to pay, as Tottenham have all but said they will not sell the midfield star.

Eriksen’s contract expires in 2020, and Real Madrid are prepared to revisit negotiations in the summer to see if Spurs’ demands dip.

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Eriksen

Guardiola: Kompany future depends on injuries

11:1820 hours ago

Vincent Kompany’s future with Manchester City depends on injuries, according to Pep Guardiola.

The Man City defender had dealt with a number of injury issues over the last several seasons, limiting his availability for the reigning champions.

Kompany featured in Man City’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool but was removed late due to a calf injury.

Juventus and Genoa near swap deal

11:1520 hours ago

Juventus are nearing a swap deal with Genoa involving Stefano Sturaro and Cristian Romero, according to Calcio Mercato.

Sturaro has recently been recalled from Sporting Lisbon following a knee injury, and a meeting was held on Tuesday regarding a potential swap with Genoa.

 The midfielder is set to sign on an initial loan deal with an option to sign him on a permanent basis next summer with Romero going the other way in a move which the 20-year-old is said to be keen on