Transfer Talk

Denis Suarez ‘drops Arsenal hints’

Denis Suarez likes a series of Arsenal-related posts on social media amid suggestions that the Barcelona midfielder is nearing a move to the Gunners. Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has liked a series of Arsenal-related posts on social media, fuelling suggestions that the Spaniard is on the verge of joining the Gunners. Suarez was involved in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey last-16 second leg against Levante on Thursday night, but the 25-year-old has struggled for regular action during the 2018-19 campaign. Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for the attacker in recent weeks and it is understood that the Gunners are on the verge of taking Suarez on an initial loan, which could be made permanent at the end of the campaign. An agreement has reportedly not yet been reached though w...

Arsenal ‘keen to sign Hirving Lozano’

Arsenal are keen to sign PSV Eindhoven attacker Hirving Lozano, according to a report. Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign PSV Eindhoven attacker Hirving Lozano. Lozano, who impressed for Mexico at the 2018 World Cup, has scored 15 times and registered nine assists in 27 appearances in all competitions for PSV this season. A number of Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, but according to TMW, Arsenal are preparing a swoop for the versatile attacker. The Gunners are unlikely to move for Lozano this month due to financial restraints, but the report has claimed that the capital outfit are preparing to launch a summer bid of around £27m. Napoli have also been credited with an interest in a player who has found the back of the net on 11 occasions in 17 Eredivis...

Transfer Talk Daily Update: Philippe Coutinho, Luka Modric, Alvaro Morata

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world. The transfer window is open! Clubs around the UK and Europe have one final chance to strengthen their squads for the second half of the season. Sunday morning’s headlines: Report: Manchester United, Chelsea in battle for Barcelona’s Philippe CoutinhoBarcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is reportedly being eyed up by Manchester United and Chelsea, a year on from leaving Premier League rivals Liverpool. Read more. Luka Modric wants “long” Real Madrid stay amid talk of unrestInter Milan-linked midfielder Luka Modric says that he is “happy” at Real Madrid and is not seeking a move away from the Spanish capital. Read more. Alvaro Morata ‘to comp...

Report: Manchester United, Chelsea in battle for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is reportedly being eyed up by Manchester United and Chelsea, a year on from leaving Premier League rivals Liverpool. Manchester United and Chelsea will reportedly battle it out to bring Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League later this year. The Brazil international has struggled to hold down a spot in Barca’s starting lineup this term, being used from the off in just half of their La Liga matches. Coutinho cost the Catalan giants £142m to sign from Liverpool 12 months ago but could be sold on this summer, with Ernesto Valverde supposedly keen on re-signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain. Spanish outlet Marca indicates that Chelsea have been quoted £100m for the former Liverpool favourite, potentially as a replacemen...

Luka Modric wants “long” Real Madrid stay amid talk of unrest

Inter Milan-linked midfielder Luka Modric says that he is “happy” at Real Madrid and is not seeking a move away from the Spanish capital. Luka Modric has attempted to put an end to claims that he wants out of Real Madrid by insisting that he intends to see out his contract at the Bernabeu. The Croatia international is believed to have come close to leaving the European champions last summer, only for Inter Milan to fall short of Real’s asking price for the midfielder. Speculation regarding Modric’s future has refused to go away all season, with Inter reportedly prepared to offload Ivan Perisic to fund a move for the Ballon d’Or winner. After netting his side’s second goal in the vital 2-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday afternoon, however, the 33-year-old d...

Alvaro Morata ‘to complete Atletico Madrid switch on Tuesday’

A report claims that Alvaro Morata will become an Atletico Madrid player early next week, but only after Gonzalo Higuain has arrived at Stamford Bridge from Juventus. Atletico Madrid are reportedly on course to complete the signing of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata by the end of Tuesday. The Spanish international was left out of the Blues’ matchday squad for the third game running on Saturday as they fell to a 1-0 loss at top-four rivals Arsenal. Morata has been back in his home country this week discussing terms with Atletico after being given the all-clear by Chelsea to find a new club. The two sides have been discussing an initial loan deal for the out-of-favour frontman, who has failed to settle in his 18 months at Stamford Bridge, scoring just 16 Premier League goals in 47 appear...

Inter Milan beat Chelsea to Nicolo Barella signing?

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, linked with a move to Chelsea this month, is reportedly heading to Inter Milan in a deal worth up to £44m. Inter Milan have reportedly reached a £44m agreement with Cagliari for the signing of in-demand midfielder Nicolo Barella. The 21-year-old is believed to have been at the centre of a transfer tug of war between Inter and Premier League side Chelsea. Barella, also previously touted as a target for Napoli, has spent four seasons in Cagliari’s first team, making a total of 73 appearances in the Italian top flight. Chelsea had been closing in on a move for the Italy international as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, but Calciomercato suggests that Inter have got there first. The Nerazzurri are said to been in the final stages of talks with Cagliari...

Brendan Rodgers awaits decision on Scott Brown’s future at Celtic

Brendan Rodgers says he expects a decision from Scott Brown soon as the Celtic skipper continues to ponder a move to Australia. Western Melbourne chief Maurice Bisetto claimed last week that the A-League outfit were “pretty close” to luring a marquee signing and felt Brown would fit the bill. Rodgers has always said he will allow his captain to make his own mind up on the offer of a reported three-year deal awaiting him Down Under, insisting he would put the 33-year-old under no pressure to stay put at Parkhead if he felt a move would be better for him and his family. The pair held talks this week and Rodgers – speaking after his side kicked off their William Hill Scottish Cup defence with a 3-0 win over Airdrie – admitted he is still in the dark over which way Brown will decid...

Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs unlikely to buy new striker despite Harry Kane injury

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane‘s injury absence does not put pressure on his side to sign a striker in the January transfer window. Kane has been ruled out until early March after suffering ankle ligament damage in Sunday’s loss to Manchester United. And with Son Heung-Min away on international duty at the Asian Cup and Lucas Moura still struggling with a knee injury it leaves Spurs short up top. They have been linked with a whole host of names, including free agent Giuseppe Rossi, but Pochettino says his transfer plans this month are not affected by Kane’s injury ahead of Sunday’s Premier League visit to Fulham. “I think it’s not going to change our mind about the view of the squad,” he said. “Always we’re open t...

Birmingham striker Greg Stewart rejoins Aberdeen on loan

Stewart has returned to Pittodrie for a second spell after spending the first half of the season at Rugby Park. Aberdeen have scooped Kilmarnock to the loan signing of Birmingham striker Greg Stewart. Stewart has returned to Pittodrie for a second spell after spending the first half of the season at Rugby Park. The 28-year-old was recalled by Birmingham this month amid expectations that Blues would seek a fee for the former Dundee player for the final six months of his contract. But Aberdeen have stolen in ahead of their Ladbrokes Premiership rivals Killie, who were hopeful of taking the versatile forward back. Stewart netted three goals in 33 games for Aberdeen last season before scoring eight times in 16 games for the Ayrshire side.

Cardiff secure club-record capture of Sala

Cardiff have confirmed the signing of Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala from Nantes for a club-record fee in the region of £15million. The Bluebirds announced the deal, which is subject to international clearance, within hours of their 3-0 defeat at Newcastle which plunged them back into the Premier League relegation zone. Sala, who has scored 12 goals in 19 games in Ligue 1 this season, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract. #CardiffCity is delighted to announce the Club-record signing of @EmilianoSala1, subject to international clearance. 👉 https://t.co/goA1v3wtWi@eToro #CityAsOne 🔵⚽️🔵⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Uyv670nVBV — Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 19, 2019 The 28-year-old told Cardiff’s official website: “I’m very happy to be here. It gives me great pleas...

Real Madrid ‘turn down Javi Sanchez offers’

Real Madrid reject offers from three clubs – including Premier League side Bournemouth – for Javi Sanchez, according to a report. Real Madrid have reportedly rejected offers from three clubs – including Premier League side Bournemouth – for central defender Javi Sanchez. Sanchez is captain of Real Madrid Castilla and the 21-year-old has made five first-team appearances for the European champions during the 2018-19 campaign. Sanchez has played just 45 minutes of La Liga football this term, but featured in two of Real Madrid’s Champions League group-stage matches earlier this season. The Spaniard’s current deal at the Bernabeu will expire at the end of next season and according to Diario Sport, Bournemouth, Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid have all made o...

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