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Transfer news is in full swing ahead of the window’s opening on Saturday 1 January, and there are plenty of rumours swirling around the Premier League and across Europe.
Liverpool are said to be plotting a move for Arsenal and England forward Bukayo Saka and are monitoring the 20-year-old’s contract situation at the Emirates, according to the Express. Saka, who has scored five times in the Premier League this season, is under contract until 2024 at Arsenal, while Liverpool have reportedly also made an offer to AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie ahead of his deal expiring at the end of the season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have identified Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Lille’s Jonathan David as potential additions to their forward line, amid uncertainty over the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte is receiving interest from Barcelona, while Newcastle, West Ham and Everton are tracking Aaron Ramsey and are set to offer the Juventus midfielder a return to the Premier League. Newcastle are also closing in on a deal for Lille defender Sven Botman, according to the Mail.
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Transfer news live: Rangnick on United’s January plans
Ralf Rangnick has said Manchester United will only hit the January transfer market if the club can identify a signing that would “increase the quality” of the squad.
Improving United’s midfield has emerged as a key priority for the interim manager, with Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Kalvin Phillips all linked.
“The transfer window in the winter only makes sense if they increase the quality,” Rangnick said after United’s 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday.
“So far we have not spoken about that. My focus is on the current players, we have enough players so there is no lack of numbers.”
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Brentford have signed former Huddersfield and Everton goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on loan until the end of the season.
The 32-year-old Denmark international arrives from FC Midtjylland, where Brentford owner Matthew Benham holds a majority stake.
Brentford started the season with David Raya in goal but he suffered a long-term injury, with Alvaro Fernandez filling in since then.
“Jonas is a very good goalkeeper who will bring with him lots of experience,” Brentford manager Thomas Frank said. “He has played in England and in the Premier League and we also know him from his work with Midtjylland. He fits the criteria of what we want in a goalkeeper with his feet and in his penalty area.
“The most important thing is that he will add to the experience within our goalkeeper group in our first Premier League season. We have David Raya injured and Álvaro Fernández has missed some training recently. This gives us an extra experienced goalkeeper in training and also someone who has played Premier League games and will be used to that matchday environment if he starts a game for us.”
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Liverpool are the latest club to join the race for Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch.
That’s according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The 19-year-old midfielder is one of most-wanted young players in Europe with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all linked in recent times.
Ajax are keen to tie him down beyond his current contract that expires in 2023 but Liverpool are one of those hoping to convince him his future lies elsewhere.
Transfer news live: Maitland-Niles set for Roma loan?
Jose Mourinho is looking to raid the Premier League for his first signing of the January window.
Arsenal and England midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles is his target, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 24-year-old is keen for more regular football and could swap Arsenal for Roma to get it if Mourinho gets his wish.
Transfer news live: Lukaku advises Lautaro to snub Chelsea interest
Romelu Lukaku has joked that he would not advise Lautaro Martinez to join him at Chelsea – telling his former teammate that he would prefer to reunite at Inter Milan.
Lukaku and Martinez formed a deadly strike partnership as they fired Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season, and the Argentina international has been linked with a move to England, with Chelsea and Tottenham interested.
Lukaku said: “I miss Lautaro Martinez, I could die on the pitch for him since day one I met him.
“Lautaro Martinez coming here with me at Chelsea in the future? No… Lautaro, you can stay in Milan, I’ll be back there [laughs].”
Transfer news live: Blackburn to reject Brereton Diaz offers
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray says the club will not listen to offers from Premier League clubs for top-scorer Ben Brereton Diaz this January.
The Chile international has scored 20 goals in the Championship so far and has been tipped to make the step up to the top flight.
While Mowbray said he expected the 22-year-old to move on at some point, he said: “We’re not looking to sell Ben Brereton [in January].
“We need him to hopefully get 40 goals and help the team be successful this year.”
Transfer news live: Chelsea to hit the market for defenders?
Chelsea’s defensive injury crisis could spark them into action in the transfer market in January.
The Express claim Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix and Fenerbahce’s Attila Szalai are both being considered with a host of first-team regulars currently sidelined.
Ben Chilwell is out for the season while Reece James could be sidelined for the next six weeks after a hamstring tear.
Jules Kounde was close to a move from Sevilla in the summer and is another option should Thomas Tuchel opt to strengthen.
Transfer news live: Barca star signs new deal
Barcelona Femini star Aitana Bonmati has ended speculation over her future by extending her contract with the European champions until 2025.
The midfielder had been linked with several clubs across Europe, including those in the WSL.
Bonmati was the player of the match as Barcelona beat Chelsea 4-0 in last season’s Champions League final.
Transfer news live: Lukaku on Barca, Real, Bayern ‘dream’
Lukaku added that it would his “dream” to one day play for one of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and hinted that he would have preferred to sign for one of those clubs prior to joining Chelsea in the summer.
“In my opinion, there are three absolute top teams in football: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Every player dreams of playing for one of these teams one day. So I thought if I ever had that possibility, I would sign a new contract with Inter and then go there.
“But it didn’t happen, so I told myself that there is only one team where I could possibly see myself – Chelsea. I wasn’t thinking about going there, but at one point they came in for me and I asked [Inter manager Simone] Inzaghi to leave.”
Transfer news live: Lukaku wanted to stay at Inter Milan
Lukaku also revealed he would have stayed at Inter Milan this summer if the club had offered him a new contract. The striker reiterated his “love” for the club following their Serie A title win last season and said he only moved to Chelsea after they were unable to extend his deal.
“I was in a deep hole at Manchester United, things weren’t going well,” he told Sky Italy. “I was a big investment for Inter but we did great things together.
“So the second year after we won the Scudetto, I went to speak with club chiefs and asked for a new contract. I did it because I told myself I’m 28 years old, my family feels great in Milan, I still have my flat there, my mother and my son could come and live there and we would all feel comfortable.
“But they didn’t want to extend my contract, the possibility wasn’t there. It was tough for me to accept, because in my head I told myself that I would be able to do a few more years in Milan.
“The fact that they didn’t try to make me sign a new contract bothered me a bit, it hurt me even. If Inter offered me a new contract, I would have stayed 100 percent. That goes without saying.
“Also the fact that I hadn’t won anything in England in eight years there bothered me a lot. So it was hard to turn down the chance to come back here with the team I have supported since I was a child.”