Arsenal transfer rumours, Kieran Trippier to Newcastle
January transfer rumours are cranking up as Premier League clubs complete the first of their signings during the window.
Brighton completed the capture of Kacper Kozlowski to boost their future propsects, while Everton added Vitaliy Mykolenko to their squad também. Contudo, that signing may come as a precursor to the departure of Lucas Digne, who is tipped to move on this month – though they also have Nathan Patterson in from Rangers to bolster their ranks.
The anticipated big spend from Newcastle United has not yet emerged, though they appear close to signing Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid as they look to save themselves from relegation. Southampton could also be tempted to spend after a majority takeover was completed, while Juventus have suggested Aaron Ramsey will be leaving this month. There are also several Premier League clubs reportedly hoping to land Philippe Coutinho this month, with Barcelona needing to sell players after adding Ferran Torres to the club – and not being able to register him yet until reductions to the salary bill are made.
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Arsenal midfielder off to Serie A
Arsenal’s versatile performer Ainsley Maitland-Niles should be in Rome today to complete a loan move, reports the Athletic.
Jose Mourinho is keen to add him to the squad at Roma, with Maitland-Niles utterly unable to land a regular spot with the Gunners this season.
Roma want a permanent option for the summer, but in the short term this move is all-but-sealed with a medical, personal terms and work permit already sorted.
Newcastle reject bid for Longstaff
Everton have seen an offer for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff rejected by the St. James’ Park club.
90 mins report that he has not made a big impression on Eddie Howe and as he’s out of contract at the end of the season, a move is possible – but they have turned down the opening bid as they wait to see who they can lure in during the January window.
Their “stance could change later in the window” if Howe lands his targets, Contudo.
Man United youngster swaps loan deals
Man United news snippet: they have recalled Ethan Laird from his loan spell at Swansea…and sent him straight back out to Bournemouth.
The 20-year-old full-back is there until the end of the season.
Newcastle will raise bid for Diego Carlos
Having reportedly seen a £25m bid for Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos rejected, Newcastle are set to go back with another offer worth far more.
The Express claim a £40m bid is incoming from the St. James’ Park club, hoping to rebuild the back line to the extent it saves them from the drop this season.
With Sevilla fighting for the title in LaLiga however, it would be a huge surprise if the Brazilian opted to switch leagues mid-season and give up a shot at winning the Europa League title, também.
Spurs and Arsenal keen on £50m Lamptey
A north London battle is brewing, as Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte both hope to lure Brighton wing-back Tariq Lamptey in a £50 million deal.
That’s the report claimed by the Express, with Lamptey unquestionably impressing since joining the Seagulls from Chelsea in 2020. They’ll make a huge profit from that signing, which was for around £3m, despite the defender spending a long period out injured.
While it can be argued that he fits the profile Spurs might need – Conte plays wing-backs, Matt Doherty is out of favour and Emerson Royal hasn’t been an immediate success – there’s rather less of a case to make for Arsenal being keen.
They signed Takehiro Tomiyasu in the summer and he has excelled at right-back in a four-man line, being one of the Gunners’ most consistent performers as they find consistency.
Conte yet to speak to Spurs over January transfer plans
Conte intends to speak to chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici about how his squad can be improved during the January transfer window, which opened on Saturday.
The Italian wanted extra time to evaluate his players and he is now ready to report back on those he wants to move forward with.
“My expectation is to speak with my club and then to tell them my opinions,” he said ahead of his first return to Chelsea in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
“This is only my expectation and then the club knows after I speak to the club, they will make the decisions they want to make. I repeat I’m a manager and I’m in a position where I have to make evaluations.”
Conte intends to talk to chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici about how his squad can be improved
Wolves and Chelsea right-backs as Trippier replacement?
We already know Kieran Trippier’s move to Newcastle seems fairly well advanced, but his replacement is not yet clear at the Wanda Metropolitano.
According to Marca, Atleti are looking to England not just for a sale but for their next signing too: Chelsea’s versatile skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, or Wolves’ rampaging wing-back Nelson Semedo.
The former is out of contract in the summer and has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona so far, though there’s always the possibility of extending at Stamford Bridge too.
Semedo, a former Barcelona player himself, would be the more costly option but the report suggests Atleti wanted him three years ago and are keen to realise their old “dream”.
No Morata move to Barcelona
Alvaro Morata has been linked with an end to his Juventus spell, which could spark a striker merry-go-round. Barcelona reportedly wanted him, with Juve in turn going for – among some linked – Divock Origi or Anthony Martial.
But Max Allegri has been clear: he’s happy with Morata and he wants him to stay.
“I’ve spoken to him and I’ve told him he’s not going, to ignore the rumours,” Allegri told journalists.
Both Origi and Martial are out of favour at their respective clubs, but they won’t seemingly be headed to Turin – at least as Morata replacements.
Hammers make move for Brazilian striker
Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa didn’t make too many headlines when he came to Europe with Inter MIlan, but he has again thrived back in his home country, earning a spot with the national team and winning major trophies.
Now West Ham want to sign him on a year-long loan, reports Spanish outlet Sport, with a £5m loan bid already made – but his club Flamengo are holding firm over a €33m (£27.6m) release clause.
The 25-year-old has also been linked with Newcastle, but the Hammers seem to have made the first move.
Newcastle close on Kieran Trippier deal to kickstart January rebuild
Newcastle are hopeful of completing a deal for England defender Kieran Trippier as they prepare to launch their January rescue mission in earnest.
It is understood ongoing discussions between the Magpies, backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), e Atletico Madrid are progressing in encouraging fashion, and reports from Spain on Tuesday suggested the full-back did not train with his teammates.
Trippier played the full 90 minutes in Atletico’s 2-0 La Liga victory over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday and pointedly took his time after the final whistle to applaud fans who watched him help the club claim its first league title in seven years years last season.
Contudo, sources on Tyneside were insisting on Tuesday afternoon that he was not in Newcastle amid speculation that his arrival was imminent.