THE January transfer window is OPEN and deals are being completed all over Europe.
Tottenham are thought to be confident in wrapping up the signing of Adama Traore from Wolves.
While Newcastle are set to seal a move for Chris Wood, with the Kiwi striker signing from relegation rivals Burnley.
SunSport can exclusively reveal Liverpool are eyeing a £60m deal for Porto’s Colombian winger Luis Diaz.
And the Reds are also interested in Barcelona’s wonderkid Gavi and are prepared to pay him 50 TIMES his current salary at the Nou Camp.
Philippe Coutinho has completed a return to the Premier League.
Barcelona have accepted a loan offer from Aston Villa, bringing the former Liverpool star back to England.
And Erling Haaland is a summer target for Real Madrid, who are confident they can land both him and Kylian Mbappe.
When does the 2022 January transfer window close?
The transfer window opened on January 1, and closes on the 31st at 11pm.
Clubs will be able to sign and sell players during that time, with the Premier League’s winter break due to take place while the final week of the window is going on.
Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…
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Anwar El Ghazi is set to join Everton from Aston Villa, according to Fabrizio Romano.
It’s after a £25m deal for Lucas Digne has been agreed for the left-back to go the other way.
But the El Ghazi move is separate, with no details linked to the Digne transfer.
The 26-year-old is claimed to be in the ‘final stages’ of the move, with a medical already underway.
He will become Everton’s third signing of the window, after Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson.
United £10m off Lamptey valuation
Manchester United want to sign Brighton star Tariq Lamptey to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.
According to the Daily Mail, a signing in that position could be made this month – with Lamptey the top target.
However, United value the 21-year-old at £30m, which is £10m off from Brighton’s reported asking price.
Lamptey’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2025, so the Seagulls are under no pressure to sell the former Chelsea man.
There has also been interest from Tottenham, but Spurs are more likely to pursue Adama Traore to operation as a wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system.
Sevilla out of Martial move
La Liga side Sevilla have reportedly withdrawn their interest in wantaway Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.
The Spaniards have pulled out of a loan move due to United’s stubbornness in negotiations, according to Marca, according to Marca.
Sevilla had been keen on a loan move until the end of the season, although that deal now appears to be scuppered.
Martial informed chiefs last month that he wanted to leave the club after a lack of first team opportunities in recent months.
Tottenham talks for Traore ongoing
Spurs are keen to land Adama Traore on loan this month, with an obligation to buy the Wolves man.
That’s according to the Telegraph, who report Wolves want around £20million for the 25-year-old.
The West Midlanders would rather a straight cash deal, meaning Spurs may be forced to pay up this month to guarantee the signing.
It’s claimed Traore would be brought in to play as a wing-back to fit Antonio Conte’s system.
And with Ajax set to return with an improved bid for Steven Bergwijn, Spurs could be tempted to sanction a move before the end of the month.
United keen on Denis Zakaria
Manchester United have held ‘good talks’ with Denis Zakaria regarding a potential move, according to SPORT1.
And it’s claimed Borussia Monchengladbach are willing to part ways with their man for just £5m.
The Bundesliga outfit would rather the 25-year-old leave on a cut-price deal than lose him for free in the summer, when his contract expires.
Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus are also understood to be interested in a move for the midfielder.
A bid from any club is yet to be tabled, but United remain keen on a transfer in order to bolster their midfield.
Tuchel ‘Looking into the market’
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea are on the hunt for new players this month, but the German boss remains ‘happy’ with his current options.
A new left-back is thought to be a priority, with Ben Chilwell out for the season and Lyon rejecting Chelsea’s bid to recall Emerson.
Tuchel said: “We are actually very happy with what we have. I am very happy with what we have.
“We struggle a bit with long-term injuries, so we are looking into the market.
“January is always a bit particular, let’s see, there is not a lot going on at the moment (amongst Premier League clubs). I think, in the end, there will be more transfers done.”
Gallas – Spurs flops need to leave
Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham defender William Gallas has challenged Spurs flops Tanguy Ndombele and Delle Alli to leave the club.
Both players have been linked with a move away, with Ndombele coming under criticism for his reaction to being substituted in the FA Cup win over Morecambe.
Speaking to Genting Casino, when asked if the pair should leave, Gallas said: “They have to. Maybe they have to leave to fulfil their potential, but it will depend on what they want.
“Some players prefer the easy option. Some players want to play without the pressure on their shoulders because it isn’t easy to play like this for a full season.”
Pochettino ‘maintaining contact’ with Utd
Mauricio Pochettino is still ‘secretly maintaining contact’ with Manchester United ahead of a potential move in the summer.
The PSG boss has been linked with arriving at Old Trafford ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November.
Man Utd chiefs are thought to be keen on bringing Pochettino – whose family still live in London – to the club.
Although Le Parisien are now reporting that Rangnick has his eye on Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag instead.
Rangnick’s six-month spell as interim boss comes to an end in the summer, with Pochettino and Ten Hag two of the favourites to land the job on a permanent basis.
Gunners advanced talks for Arthur
Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Juventus star Arthur on loan as Mikel Arteta follows through on his promise to sign ‘world-class’ players, according to reports.
The Gunners are desperately short of options in the heart of midfield, especially after Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny left for AFCON duty.
Arteta was forced to pick youngster Charlie Patino and Albert Sambi Lokonga for the 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
And the Emirates boss is working to fix his midfield woes this month with a swoop for ex-Barcelona star Arthur, according to RMC Sport.
Saints want Broja permanent deal
Southampton would love to sign Armando Broja permanently – but are likely to be rebuffed in their efforts by Chelsea.
Aged 20 years and 123 days, he is the youngest Premier League player this term to score five league goals or more.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed after last night’s 4-1 win against Brentford that he would like to turn the Albanian’s season-long loan from Stamford Bridge into a permanent deal.
The Austrian said: “He loves it here and it would be great if he was our player. He wants to be with us, I think.
“You can feel this in every moment and the fans also love him.”
But SunSport understands Chelsea currently do not want to sell a player whom they only gave a five-year contract to in the summer and view as a part of their long-term future.
Perez – Bergwijn not good enough
Former Ajax man Kenneth Perez has been damning in his assessment of Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn, and urged his old club not to sign the Dutchman.
Spurs are said to have turned down a £15m for the man they signed for £27.8m two years ago, as Daniel Levy holds out for £20m.
But Perez has claimed, as translated by Voetbal Primeur: “I don’t think he’s a very good player.
“I don’t know whether Ajax can really do anything with him. The positions where he can play have more or less already been occupied.”
Coman pens new Bayern deal
Kingsley Coman has signed a new FIVE year deal at Bayern Munich, keeping him at the club until 2027.
Manchester United have previously been linked with a move for the French winger.
But the 25-year-old has committed his long-term future to the club, after his previous deal expired in 2023.
Dembele contract saga rumbles on
Ousmane Dembele will reportedly leave Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer if the club cannot meet his demands.
Both Newcastle and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the French World Cup winner.
But his agent Moussa Sissoko has ruled out the possibility of Dembele being sold in January – insisting it is either a new contract or a summer departure.
Speaking to Cadena SER, he said: “Either they accept his conditions or he will go to the Premier League for free in June.”
Earlier this month, reports emerged that Dembele had asked for £700,000 a week as part of his new deal, which was rejected.
And Barca are now facing the real prospect of losing the 24-year-old winger – signed for £135million – for NOTHING.
Spurs winger merry-go-round
Ajax winger David Neres is set to join Shakhtar Donetsk, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The 24-year-old will join for a fee reported to be between £13m and £14m.
And now the Dutch side are targeting Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn as a replacement.
Spurs are said to have rejected a £15m bid for a player they signed two years ago from PSV Eindhoven for £27.8m.
They too already have eyes on a replacement in Adama Traore, but are holding out for a higher fee for Bergwijn, said to be around the £20m mark.
Wycombe’s Obita attracting Championship attention
Coventry and Birmingham are among the clubs eyeing a move for Wycombe wideman Jordan Obita.
The former Reading man is having a good season with the Chairboys in League One.
And the two Midlands sides are not alone in weighing up whether to bring him back to the Championship.
Obita, 28, is a former England Under-21 international.
He has featured mainly on the left of midfield for Wycombe this season, but has also played at left back and even in the centre of defence.
Bayern register interest in Haaland
Bayern Munich have reportedly been in contact with Manchester United target Erling Haaland over a proposed move.
According Sport Bild, Bayern are in communication with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and have expressed their interest in signing the Borussia Dortmund sensation.
Haaland has a £64m release clause in his contract, with a host of Europe’s top clubs keen on snapping him up.
And Dortmund will be fearful of lightning striking twice, after Bayern poached Robert Lewandowski from under their noses back in 2014.
A decision on Haaland’s future is expected by the end of next month, with Bayern now well in the race for the long-term United target.
Allegri chose Juve over Madrid
Max Allegri was ‘one step away’ from becoming the Real Madrid manager following Zinedine Zidane’s departure.
But the Italian ultimately opted to return to Juventus as he passed up the opportunity to take over the Spanish giants.
Zidane left Madrid for a second time at the end of the 2020-21 campaign after finishing second in LaLiga and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.
And Allegri’s agent Giovanni Branchini has now come out to explain just how close he was to succeeding the Frenchman at the Bernabeu.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, he said: “Allegri was one step away from being appointed new Real Madrid coach in May.
“Everything was done. The deal was done. He just had to sign the contract.
“Then he chose to sign for Juve.”
Lyon refusing Emerson Chelsea recall
Chelsea have reportedly been dealt another blow at left-back as Lyon refuse to let on-loan Emerson return to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues want him back at the club with Ben Chilwell set to miss the remainder of the season.
Their full-back Emerson is currently on loan with the Ligue 1 outfit until the end of the season.
And Chelsea are understood to have made an offer of around £3.3million to cut short his stay in France.
But reports claim Lyon have said no – and the player himself is said to want to stay on the continent.
Crucially there is no facility in the loan arrangement for the Premier League giants to force a recall of their man.
Done deal – Balogun to Boro
Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has officially joined Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old will link up with Chris Wilder’s promotion contenders.
And according to Fabrizio Romano, Boro will cover just 15% of his salary.
Wood currently undergoing Newcastle medical
The first part of Chris Wood’s Newcastle medical is taking place now, according to Sky Sports.
He will soon become the second signing of the Saudi revolution, in a deal worth £25m.
The Magpies triggered Wood’s release clause at Burnley, forcing the Clarets into accepting the bid from their relegation rivals.
And the New Zealand international could have a huge say in the relegation battle, with Newcastle and Burnley set to meet on the last day of the season…
Digne Aston Villa deal agreed
Aston Villa and Everton have AGREED on a £25m deal for Lucas Digne, according to Sky Sports.
The Villains successfully fended off interest from the likes of Napoli, Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham for the 28-year-old Frenchman.
He’s expected in the West Midlands later TODAY to undergo a medical at his new club.
Digne will be Steven Gerrard’s second signing as Villa boss, following the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho.
Coutinho reveals Steven Gerrard influence
Philippe Coutinho has revealed Steven Gerrard was a major influence in him deciding to sign for Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season.
Coutinho told Villa’s official website: “It’s a pleasure to be here, it’s a great club.
“I spoke a lot with Stevie and he told me about the club, the ambitions of the club and his ambitions. Of course, I’m very happy to be here and to enjoy the football here.
“I know Stevie for a long time. I played with him, I learned a lot with him and he’s a guy who I have big admiration for.
“I hope to do my best here and for sure I have hard work and I know many of the people on his staff. I hope together we can do good work.
Bailly braced for Milan bid
AC Milan are reportedly considering a swoop for Manchester United’s Eric Bailly as an alternative for Sven Botman.
Calciomercato claims that the Rossoneri have Bailly on their transfer shortlist for this month.
The Ivory Coast ace is growing more frustrated each week at Old Trafford due to his lack of playing time.
And that misery is continuing under Ralf Rangnick with Bailly restricted to just four Premier League starts this term.
Ryan Shawcross forced to retire
Former England international and Stoke City legend Ryan Shawcross has been forced to retire through injury.
The 34-year-old left the Potters last year to sign for Phil Neville at David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
But the star’s playing career has now ended due to a back injury he suffered at the American MLS side.
Shawcross confirmed the news on Tuesday as he confirmed his intention to become a coach.
Shawcross only made 12 appearances for Inter Miami after joining them 11 months ago before suffering his back injury in August.
After coming through Manchester United’s academy, he moved to Stoke in 2008 and helped them to win promotion to the Premier League.
Villa & Everton merry-go-round
Aston Villa are reportedly closing in on securing Everton defender Lucas Digne in a £25million deal.
The 28-year-old has been dropped from Rafa Benitez’s team in recent weeks as he looks for a move away from Goodison Park.
Steven Gerrard’s Villa side are set to offer him a route out of Merseyside as they prepare to agree a transfer fee for the Frenchman.
Meanwhile, as part of a separate deal, Villa man Anwar El-Ghazi could leave and go in the other direction to Digne, by joining Everton.