Arsenal in for Boca Juniors' Pavon; Walcott wanted by Everton
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TOP STORY: Arsenal in for Boca star Pavon
Arsenal have entered the race to sign Boca Juniors star Cristian Pavon with the Mail claiming the Gunners have made enquiries to the Argentinian club about signing the 21-year-old this month.
Boca inserted a £27 million release clause in Pavon's contract, which could also be triggered by Liverpool and Manchester City, while talks suggest the Londoners are facing up to the possibility of losing Alexis Sanchez this month.
Arsenal see Pavon as a replacement for the Chile international, who seems certain to be bound for City either this month or in the summer. Also followed by Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan, Pavon has already broken into Jorge Sampaoli's Albiceleste squad and should feature at this summer's World Cup.
22.59 GMT: That will do it for today's LIVE Transfer Talk blog. Please remember to check back in a few hours for the latest news on Alexis Sanchez and all the links and completed deals from around the world of football. Have a good night all !
22.55 GMT: Tottenham have entered into preliminary discussions with star Dele Alli regarding a new contract.
With rumours always swirling that Alli could soon make a move to Real Madrid or PSG, Tottenham are set to nearly double Alli's wages to £100,000-a-week.
It is early days yet but Spurs would be wise to lockup Alli to deter clubs like Madrid for coming for the former MK Dons man.
22.45 GMT: Hearts are set to sign talented Manchester United youngster Demetri Mitchell on loan, sources have told ESPN FC. The 20-year-old left-back made his first-team debut for United late last season and should benefit from a run of first-team football in Scotland.
22.35 GMT: We mentioned earlier that Inter Milan were circling around Barcelona midfielder Rafinha. Reports from Spain's Diario Sport suggest that Arsenal have joined the race for the Brazilian midfielder.
Rafinha has been recovering from a knee injury but and faces an uphill battle to try to get into an already crowded midfield. Rafinha is just the type of midfielder the Gunners are looking for, as he provides stability and tackling in central midfield.
With Arsene Wenger confirming Francis Coquelin is off to Valencia, Rafinha makes a lot of sense for the London, side.
22.20 GMT: Over on the south coast, Bournemouth are in talks about bringing players in and shipping players out.
Reports out of England suggest Eddie Howe and the Cherries are readying a move for Chelsea starlet Charly Musonda.
On the opposite side of the coin, Bournemouth are asking for £15m for rugged midfielder Harry Arter. The Republic of Ireland international has been linked with West Ham and Crystal Palace but the Cherries have made it clear they will not sell Arter just to sell him.
22.05 GMT: Everton have been handed a blow in their hopes of signing Juventus' Stefano Sturaro.
Stefano's agent, Carlo Volpi has told IlBiancoNero.com that the Turin outfit are unwilling to part with the 24-year-old.
In Italy, 80 per cent of clubs want him, some more insistently than others," Volpi told IlBiancoNero.com. "Abroad, Valencia and Everton are the sides that principally want him. Stefano's situation is clear: Juve won't let him go because he's a player the Bianconeri need."
21.44 GMT: Here is the weirdest transfer link of the day...
A FOX Deportes reporter claims that Club Leon of Liga MX could be on the verge of signing retired U.S. Soccer legend Landon Donovan.
The 36-year-old Donovan has not played since 2016 and currently works as a broadcaster with FOX. To make things even more confusing Club Leon has responded to the rumours with a series of tweets.
Is Landon landing? 🤔 https://t.co/3Tb8Gf4v0l— Club León (@clubleonfc) January 10, 2018
This one seems like more smoke than fire but you just never know in the world of football.
Is Club Leon just having a laugh with us all or could LD be on the verge of the unlikeliest of comebacks? We'd say the former but who really knows anymore.
21.27 GMT: After having a loan move for Kenedy fall through late in the summer, Newcastle are reportedly back in for the Chelsea youngster, according to the Telegraph.
#nufc hoping to tie down Kenedy deal on loan after making some progress on the deal. #cfc still to complete deal at this stage. No bids the other way for either Shelvey, Mbemba or Mitrovic. #TransferWindow— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 10, 2018
Kenedy has not appeared in the Premier League this season for Chelsea and a loan move would seem to make sense for all involved.
Don't be surprised if this one gets done sooner rather than later.
21.12 GMT: Premier League big boys such as Manchester United and Tottenham have hit a snag in the pursuit of Fulham wonderboy Ryan Sessegnon.
The Telegraph report that the youngster will stay with Fulham through the end of the month as the Cottagers take another stab at Championship promotion.
20.50 GMT: Premier League new boys Huddersfield Town look to be on the verge of making a key signing. The Terriers have an agreement in place with Norwich attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard for a fee that could rise to £14m.
The 24-year-old Pritchard is set to have a medical tomorrow at Huddersfield and would provide a Terriers attack that has the fourth-worst goal total (18 goals) in the top flight.
20.30 GMT: With injuries mounting, there is speculation Manchester United could recall highly-touted midfielder Andreas Pereira back early from his loan spell at Valencia.
The 22-year old starlet has made no secret about his desire to stay at Valencia through the end of the season.
"I want to stay in Valencia and win the Copa with this side and tonight I really enjoyed playing with Luciano (Vietto), we understand each other very well", said Pereira.
We will see if Jose Mourinho honours the Brazil Under-23 internationals request.
20.05 GMT: Russia captain Fyodor Smolov wants a move to West Ham, according to Sky Sports. Smolov has been with Krasnodar since 2015 and has scored 11 times for Russia in 28 international appearances.
19.45 GMT: One player who could be returning from China is Brazilian midfielder Ramires.
The former Chelsea man has spent the last two seasons in China with Jiangsu Suning but is lobbying for a European return with Inter Milan. Ramires has not appeared for Brazil since leaving for China and could view a return to Europe as a chance to play himself into Tite's Brazil squad ahead of the World Cup.
"I'd be happy to go to Inter but I'm still a Jiangsu player and I have to focus on preparing with them, I hope I'll be ready to play straight away. Ramires told Sky Sports Italy.
"I hope we can reach an agreement and, who knows, go to Inter. I haven't talked to Spalletti, I never met him when Inter came to China."
19.25 GMT: Striker Nikola Kalinic has had a rough start to life at AC Milan and now there are reports that Milan could be looking to cut their losses with the Croatian striker.
Calciomercato.com reports that Kalinic has already turned down a move to China and Guangzhou Evergrande, now managed by one Fabio Cannavaro.
Kalinic's future remains cloudy but it looks like the ex-Fiorentina man is set on trying to make things work at Milan...for now at least.
19.09 GMT: Another DONE DEAL with MLS connections.
Costa Rica international Christian Bolanos has reportedly signed a deal to return to Costa Rica with Saprissa. Bolanos played the last season and a half with the Vancouver Whitecaps of MLS and returns to youth club Saprissa for his third tour of duty.
18.55 GMT: Back to the other side of the Atlantic...we have a DONE DEAL in MLS.
The LA Galaxy have announced the signing of U.S.international goalkeeper David Bingham.
The 28-year-old Bingham has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes over the past few seasons and hopes to bring some consistency to a position that has troubled the Galaxy over the past few seasons.
18.37 GMT: Having just sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool figure to reinvest some of that money in January.
Spanish outlet Diario Gol report that one of the moves the Reds could make this January is for Real Madrid youngster Dani Ceballos. Ceballos, who was named Player of the Tournament at last summer's Under-21 Euros, just moved to the Bernabeu this summer but is reportedly already not happy with his playing time.
The 21-year-old is considered one of top young players in Europe and his attack-minded style would seem a good fit under Jurgen Klopp.
18:12 GMT: Napoli are on record as needing some reinforcements this month as they push for the Serie A title, and Tuttomercatoweb believes they've found an answer in highly-regarded Ajax winger Amin Younes.
Football-Italia has the rundown: the Partenopei have reportedly agreed a five-year contract with the 24-year-old though a transfer might need to wait until the summer when his contract expires in Amsterdam.
17:55 GMT: Are PSG in the mood for signing another defender?
Il Tempo and Foot Mercato (via Football Italia) report that the Ligue 1 giants are scouting Roma's 18-year-old left-back Luca Pellegrini.
Pellegrini's contract with the Giallorossi expires this summer and so far, there's no indication of him signing a new deal to remain in Rome.
17.40 GMT: Sheffield united have completed a second DONE DEAL on the day!
The Blades, who acquired James Wilson earlier in the day on loan from Manchester United, have also signed 23-year-old midfielder Lee Evans permanently from Wolves. Evans made his Wales international debut in November and spent the first half of the season on loan at Wigan.
Here is Evans on his new move:
17:28 GMT: Here's some news in Major League Soccer...
Montreal manager Remi Garde confirms that on loan midfielder Blerim Dzemaili has left the club early.
Dzemaili, 31, was on loan from Bologna and played 22 games for the Impact in 2017. The next few months are crucially important for the Swiss international, who will be looking to impress Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic in a World Cup year.
17:15 GMT: Loan over for Ivan Toney as he returns to Newcastle from a brief spell at Wigan. Toney, 21, scored six goals for the League One side this season.
17:00 GMT: Right, we're midway through the day in the U.S. and approaching the end of the work day in Europe so let's review the day's events.
First of all, find all completed transfers here.
Here's a handy rundown of the day's latest transfer stories.
And finally, here's the latest edition of Rumour Rater looking at the chances of Man United swooping for Mesut Ozil, Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and even manager Antonio Conte swapping Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain.
16:40 GMT: Some news involving Juventus next. MLS target Sami Khedira has said he will not be moving to America as he feels he still has a lot left to accomplish for Juventus.
Khedira, 30, has a contract through 2019 in Turin and seems determined to continue in Europe. He also advised fellow Germany international, Emre Can, to complete his switch from Liverpool.
16:26 GMT: Sky Sports reports that Watford forward Jerome Sinclair could be heading out on loan soon, with Dutch club ADO Den Haag interested in the 21-year-old's services until the end of the season.
16:11 GMT: Ooh, this is a juicy tidbit. Are West Ham United about to part ways with Javier Hernandez... and will the Mexico striker head to Major League Soccer?
Expansion club Los Angeles FC are preparing for their first season on the pitch and will be in the market for more star power. "Chicharito" would certainly tick the boxes given that they've steadily filling out their squad and with his Mexico teammate Carlos Vela already in LA, could this work out?
Hernandez, 29, has only scored four goals this season in a string of struggling starts and sub appearances. The Hammers paid £16m for him last summer and would be happy to recoup some of that fee if LAFC are interested, according to the Standard.
15:56 GMT: Here's another DONE DEAL, this time involving Manchester United...
That's right: James Wilson is heading to Sheffield United on loan for the rest of the season. Wilson, 22, made his United debut in 2014 but has spent the two seasons since at Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County on loan.
15:47 GMT: Sky also reports that Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield could be on the move this month. Sources indicate that Brighton, Palace and West Ham are all interested in the 29-year-old, whose current contract with the Clarets expires this summer.
15:35 GMT: Sky Sports reports that Crystal Palace are making a move for fringe West Ham forward Diafra Sakho.
15:22 GMT: It's DONE DEAL time in Major League Soccer as we follow up on a tidbit in Tuesday's Transfer Talk blog...
The New York Red Bulls have confirmed the return of Amando Moreno from Club Tijuana.
15:07 GMT: So, will Arsenal make a January move for Cristian Pavon or not?
Pavon's current club, Boca Juniors, will only let the 21-year-old forward leave if the north London club pay the full €35m buyout clause. Read the full story here.
14:55 GMT: ... Indeed, sources have told ESPN FC that Coquelin is set to move to Valencia.
14:53 GMT: As clear a sign as any that Valencia are set to announce Francis Coquelin's move from Arsenal. Check out those initials ...
🛄✅— Valencia CF (@valenciacf) January 10, 2018
¡Ya tenemos una nueva preparada! pic.twitter.com/2s9O1534jv
14:12 GMT: This really is quite the story. Not a line we ever thought we'd write, but here goes: Merseyside Police are considering a letter from the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, in which he calls for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ross Barkley's £15m move from Everton to Chelsea.
14:06 GMT: Not in done deal territory yet folks, but Arda Turan to Istanbul Basaksehir is inching ever closer, according to the Turkish club's coach Abdullah Avci. He says: "The transfer of Arda will be announced on Thursday or Friday. It hasn't been an easy transfer, Arda has been our goal for many years and I have to thank the president for this signing."
13:58 GMT: "Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother," says Roberto Firmino on Philippe Coutinho's exit. But Liverpool fans, fear not! Firmino and Mohamed Salah can carry on just fine ...
Fala meu parca, poxa Liverpool já não é o mesmo without the magical 🧙♀️ Mano , Desejo o infinito de Sucesso pra você, que você desfrute a Vida. e realize todos os teus sonhos irmão!! DEUS esteja sempre protegendo VOCÊ e toda a FAMÍLIA !! Foi uma uma honra El Mago 🎩 jogar esse tempo junto contigo🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻 👊🏽
13:55 GMT: Cristiano Ronaldo is now only the 49th most valuable footballer on the planet according to a new study. The creator of that study explains why here.
13:50 GMT: Former Mexico international Efrain Juarez confirmed on Tuesday that he is set to move from Liga MX side Monterrey to MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps. "I spoke to the coach [Carl Robinson] and told him that I honestly felt like Coutinho, as if I'd signed for Barcelona or Real Madrid," said former Celtic player Juarez on ESPN Radio Formula. It's nice to feel wanted!
13:41 GMT: Leeds United fans, say hello to your new left-back. Laurens De Bock, 25, joins from Club Brugge.
13:37 GMT: Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is in advanced negotiations to join Valencia with a four-and-a-half year deal on the table, according to RMC Sport.
12:56 GMT: Ooh, this is juicy. Franck Ribery says he is flattered by Xavi Hernandez's plea to join him in Qatar but said he has "many options" as he enters the final months of his contract at Bayern Munich. Not quite the famed "come and get me plea" as per transfer talk parlance, but an interesting snippet.
12:31 GMT: One player not up for signing for Manchester United this month is ... their own player. On loan Valencia man Andreas Pereira says he's happy where he is for now. Have a read.
12:27 GMT: Not a player transfer but worth highlighting here. An interesting line from The Evening Standard's James Olley here. Wenger couldn't go ... could he?
#afc consider Carlo Ancelotti as a possible successor for Arsene Wenger should he leave the club this summer. Wenger may stick it out longer - results will have a significant bearing - but Ancelotti would be compatible with the club's move towards a 'head coach' structure.— James Olley (@JamesOlley) 10 January 2018
12.22 GMT: Jack Wilshere is expected to hold new contract talks with Arsenal next week, the Mirror reports. The paper says the club are finally ready to make a formal contract offer to the 26-year-old midfielder, but he has been warned he may have to accept a pay cut if he wants to stay with the Gunners. Wilshere's current deal expires at the end of the season.
12.01 GMT: Kevin De Bruyne says Alexis Sanchez will add something new to Manchester City if he completes his switch in the January transfer window. Story here.
11.44 GMT: Bayern Munich have dismissed speculation that Thiago Alcantara could return to his former club Barcelona. Story here.
11.27 GMT: Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal has remained coy on links with Premier League champions Chelsea.
"Yes, I've heard about it, but I'm fully focused on the season with Bayern and taking it a day a time," he said. "We are a great team and have big goals. We want to win every title and that's my focus."
11.14 GMT: Sky Sports News says Huddersfield have increased their bid for Norwich's Alex Pritchard to £11 million.
10:42 GMT: Done Deal! Done Deal! Done Deal!
Our Wolves have secured the services of Renato #Steffen from @FCBasel1893! The 26-year-old has signed on with VfL until 2021 and will wear the number 8 jersey. We're looking forward to having you here, Renato!😀 #vflwolfsburg pic.twitter.com/6etf5f7gpr— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) 10 January 2018
10:39 GMT: Ross Barkley's agent's fees, if you believe The Times ...
10:26 GMT: According to transfer news guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal are keen on Bordeaux rising star Malcom. The 20-year-old Brazilian has been linked with a whole host of clubs but Di Marzio believes Arsene Wenger is trying to land him. It's all linked to Alexis Sanchez's future, with Manchester City confident of landing the Chilean by the weekend. Watch this space ...
10:22 GMT: Bad news for Chelsea, Brighton and Izzy Brown. He's back at the Blues after seeing his loan cut short following a serious knee injury sustained in the FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday. Speedy recovery, Izzy.
Not the news I wanted to hear, I have torn my ACL & it will need surgery to fix. I will come back fitter & stronger and hopefully be ready for next season. Thank you to everyone at Brighton for the love and support they showed towards me, the fans, the staff, & all the players. I've met some amazing people here & these memories will be with me forever. See you all next season❤️
10:13 GMT: Could this mean Athletic are preparing for life without Madrid target Kepa? Iago Herrerin has signed a new deal with a €50m buyout clause.
.@iagoherrerin13 ha renovado su contrato y el jugador permanecerá en la disciplina rojiblanca hasta el 30 de junio de 2021. #athletic— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) 10 January 2018
La cláusula de rescisión será de 50 millones de euros. #athletic pic.twitter.com/D53zeq57xd
10:11 GMT: ...and Kepa isn't the only one in limbo. Real Madrid man Dani Ceballos can't head back to Betis this month due to red tape restrictions, apparently.
10:09 GMT: Real Madrid have long been linked with Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. But why hasn't he moved yet? His career could be at a crossroads, according to Marca.
10:08 GMT: It's a busy morning on Transfer Talk LIVE. Here's another snippet: Aston Villa trying to sign Leicester's Daniel Amartey on loan, sources close to Leicester tell ESPN FC.
10:05 GMT: Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has complained about a failure to land targets in the past. And now he's confirmed he wanted Liverpool's £75m man Virgil van Dijk ...
10:03 GMT: Matt Stanger has compiled a list of top teenagers tipped for a breakout 2018. Justin Kluivert, linked with Manchester United, is among them. Have a look at them here.
10:00 GMT: British transfer record in 1995: £7 million (Andy Cole to Manchester United). British transfer record in 2018: £89.3m (Paul Pogba to Manchester United. Patrice Evra cost in 2006: £5.5m. British record for a left-back in 2018: £52m (Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City). How about that for inflation! How much would Evra and Cole be worth in today's market?
09.30 GMT: Olivier Giroud is "not interested" in a move to Turkey or China and still believes he has a future at Arsenal, his agent has told Le Figaro.Olivier Giroud is "not interested" in a move to Turkey or China and still believes he has a future at Arsenal, his agent has said. Read more here.
08.50 GMT: In Italy the Corriere dello Sport leads with news that Inter Milan want to sign Rafinha from Barcelona. It goes as far to say that negotiations are well underway and a loan deal is close.
Ecco la #primapagina di oggi: #Calciomercato, #Inter è #Rafinha; #Napoli, festa #Sarri con 3 regali; #Milan, priorità #EuropaLeague; leggi l'#edizionedigitale ➡️ https://t.co/k2gjJN31S3 pic.twitter.com/ouDXOr1GDU— Corriere dello Sport (@CorSport) January 10, 2018
08.24 GMT: Manchester United are already planning for the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer and, according to Yahoo! Sport, there is even a chance the veteran striker could depart before the end of the campaign with Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League potential destinations.
07.59 GMT: The Mirror reckons that if Arsenal or Liverpool want to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco this month it is going to cost them £90m.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said on Tuesday that the club "have to prepare yourself for anything and everything."
07.32 GMT: Real Madrid have been linked with some big Premier League stars in the January transfer window including Harry Kane and Eden Hazard but coach Zinedine Zidane has insisted he is happy with his current squad and new signings are not on the agenda. Read more here.
"To be very clear I do not want any [new players]," he said. "We began the season with a squad [and] I believe in these players. We still have everything in front of us. We will see what happens at the end of the season. Things can be analysed then, and if a change is needed, then it will happen." Read more here.
Everton favourites to land Walcott
Everton are favourites to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal with the Mail claiming the Toffees will pay £20m for the England forward.
Sam Allardyce is hopeful of beating off interest from Walcott's former club Southampton due to their ability to come close to matching his £110,000-per-week wages.
If Walcott prefers not to move north, though, Saints could become the front-runners, with Arsene Wenger likely to give the green light to a sale providing a replacement is lined up. A Sanchez sale could complicate Walcott's future though, with Wenger unlikely to sanction both moves without reinforcements already locked up.
Man United offered Lucas opportunity
Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura, claims the Mail.
The Brazilian was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford back in 2012 before heading to the French capital from Sao Paulo.
However, having failed to fulfill his potential over five years and merely being used as a squad player under Unai Emery, Lucas is willing to link up with Jose Mourinho.
With just five Ligue 1 appearances this term, the last of which came way back at the beginning of November, Lucas will cost just £25m as PSG look to balance the books to comply with Financial Fair Play.
- Napoli are in pole position to sign Barcelona's out-of-favour forward Gerard Deulofeu, reports Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, though the Blaugrana will not accept any loan deals for the former Everton star.
The asking price is set at €18-20m (£15.9-17.6m) with the Partenopei eyeing the 23-year-old as an alternative to Bologna star Simone Verdi.
- Barcelona are facing a dilemma over whether to bring in Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina now or in the summer, as Sport reports that Palmeiras have put a €6m (£5.3m) premium on releasing their star this month.
The report details how if Ernesto Valverde wants defensive cover now, as Javier Mascherano prepares to leave and Samuel Umtiti recovers from injury, Barca must pay a number of the add-ons including a €1.8m fee to the 23-year-old's former club Santa Fe after a clause in his last transfer.
- Also from Gianluca Di Marzio, Crystal Palace are looking to solve their striker problem by signing Khouma Babacar from Fiorentina.
The Senegalese is not a regular under Stefano Pioli and despite Roy Hodgson replacing Frank de Boer as manager this season, the Eagles could reignite their interest in the 24-year-old from last summer.
- Steve Bruce wants Leicester duo Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey this month to boost Aston Villa's hopes of promotion, claims the Telegraph.
Villa have the budget for only two loan deals until the end of the season, while Millwall have asked to take Tommy Elphick on loan.