Arsenal transfer rumours, Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa
Newcastle are beginning to show their new financial might with the club now focused on signing a centre-back after confirming the signing of Kieran Tripper. Lille’s Sven Botman and Sevilla’s Diego Carlos are both targets while the Magpies are also on the hunt for a striker with Callum Wilson out injured. Em outro lugar, Brighton have made their first move by signing Kacper Kozlowski, while Everton have completed deals for full-backs Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson ahead of Lucas Digne’s expected exit.
Villa Aston have agreed a sensational deal to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan, with Barcelona needing to offload players to make space to register Ferran Torres. Aaron Ramsey could be another big name to return to England after Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed the midfielder was no longer part of his plans, while Arsenal are expected to bid for a new star striker if both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah can be sold this month.
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Kamara to see out contract at Marseille
Boubacar Kamara is one of the most wanted midfielders in Europe, with the 22-year-old’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Marseille may be keen to sell this window in order to recoup a fee for the Frenchman, who was previously subject to interest from Newcastle, but Kamara is thought to prefer to see out the season and leave the club as a free agent, de acordo com relatórios.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are all said to be interested.
Arsenal eye defensive reinforcements
Mikel Arteta could look to Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey as he continues to reshape Arsenal’s squad.
The 21-year-old former Chelsea man has impressed since leaving Stamford Bridge for the south coast and has apparently now caught the eye of Arteta.
The Gunners signed Takehiro Tomiyasu in that position in the summer but could be keen on more depth with Lamptey perhaps seen as a more attack-minded option on the right side of defence.
Arsenal did business with Brighton for England international Ben White in the summer.
Laporte pour la porte?
Manchester City could allow defender Aymeric Laporte to join Barcelona next summer – as long as Pep Guardiola gets midfielder Frenkie de Jong in return.
That’s according to a report in El National – who say that although City would want to keep Laporte amid interest from Barcelona, Guardiola would love to work with De Jong.
The Netherlands midfielder, who moved to the Nou Camp in 2019, has a long-term deal at the club but Barcelona would be prepared to let him go following the emergence of talented youngsters Pedri and Gavi.
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.
Newcastle make new Botman bid
Newcastle have made an improved bid to sign Lille centre-back Sven Botman, de acordo com The Athletic.
The Magpies have already had one offer rejected for the Dutchman, who is also attracting interest from AC Milan, with Lille insisting they would not sanction a sale this month.
Contudo, Newcastle clearly still believe that is merely a hard bargaining stance, with a second bid now lodged. It’s thought a fee of around €40m could be enough to land the 21-year-old.
Arsenal chase striker
Arsenal have made a bid for in-demand Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Gunners reportedly tabled an opening offer of €70m (£58.5) for the 21-year-old, who is also being tracked by Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.
Vlahovic has scored 16 goals in 19 appearances in Serie A this season to attract the interest of Europe’s top clubs, and with Arsenal ready to part ways for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Serbia international has emerged as the leading option on the Gunners’ shortlist.
It has been reported that Arsenal have also considered Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, but are pushing to sign Vlahovic this month.
Aston Villa statement
“Aston Villa and FC Barcelona have agreed terms for Philippe Coutinho to spend the rest of this season on loan at Villa Park. The agreement, which is subject to the player completing a medical and receiving a work permit, also includes an option to buy and Philippe will travel to Birmingham in the next 48 horas."
Done deal! Villa loan Coutinho
What a coup for Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa, even if it is only on loan. Such a talented player.
Chelsea eye midfield targets
Chelsea remain interested in 21-year-old Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouamen, according to Goal, and will consider making a move in the next two windows.
The Blues were linked with a move for the France international in the summer as they look to strengthen their midfield options.
The loan signing of Saul Niguez has not been a success, while Declan Rice also remains a long-time target, but Chelsea see adding wing-back cover as their main priority in January.
Van de Beek’s future in doubt
Donny van de Beek could yet leave Manchester United in January, according to ESPN.
The 24-year-old midfielder was said to have reconsidered his options following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But the Netherlands international has started just one match under interim boss Ralf Rangnick and reportedly has reservations over promises that he will see more game time over the second half of the season.
Van de Beek could seek a loan move away from Old Trafford, with the midfielder keen to secure regular game time in order to secure a place in Holland’s World Cup squad.