Klopp on Liverpool’s 3-1 Villa win and Gakpo signing
But a late hijack for Arsenal target and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhailo Mudryk could also be in the works.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have completed the £35m deal for Cody Gakpo from PSV but could now move for a midfielder after more troubling signs in the loss to Brentford and the Gunners could capitalise on the situation surrounding Atletico Madrid and Portuguese forward Joao Felix, with a possible loan deal.
Follow all the latest January transfer rumours and confirmed news below:
Chelsea’s Champions League-winning former boss Roberto Di Matteo takes job in Korea
Jeonbuk, coached by ex-South Korea international defender Kim Sang-sik, finished runners-up behind Ulsan Hyundai in the K-League last season, ending a run of five consecutive title wins.
Di Matteo led Chelsea to the Uefa Champions League and FA Cup titles in 2012 while filling the manager’s role as a caretaker after the sacking of Andre Villas Boas.
The former Italy international was appointed full-time by the club in June 2012 but was sacked five months later. He has since had short managerial stints at Schalke and Aston Villa.
Michael Jones4 January 2023 13:35
Frank talks Schade signing
Brentford head coach Thomas Frank spoke about the club’s new signing Kevin Schade saying: “I think Kevin is a typical Brentford signing.
“He is a young, promising talent that we see a big potential in. We have been following him for a while and we think he will suit our style of play.
“He can play anywhere across our front three positions. He could play for us on either wing or as the central striker. He has great pace and is very promising in the way he runs behind defences.
“He is very good aerially, in both boxes, and can develop even more to be a real threat as an offensive option with his head.
“We like the way he presses when the team do not have the ball. He is willing to work very hard for his team. We see him as a player that could have a big potential to be a fine goal scorer and it is great to have him at Brentford.”
Michael Jones4 January 2023 13:28
Brentford complete Schade signing
Brentford have completed a deal for striker Kevin Schade who joins the club from Bundesliga outfit Freiburg.
The 21-year-old has joined initially on loan but the deal is expected to become permanent in the summer for a club record fee after Schade committed to a five-year stay in West London.
Michael Jones4 January 2023 13:23
David de Gea confident Man Utd contract talks will ‘end in a good way’
The goalkeeper’s current deal expires in the summer and he is already able to discuss a move on a free transfer to foreign clubs.
He is in discussions with United about a new deal but, so far, the club have opted not to trigger a one-year extension on De Gea’s current huge salary. But while he would probably have to take a sizeable pay cut to stay, the Spaniard said he is keen to remain at Old Trafford.
Michael Jones4 January 2023 13:18
Smalling to Fulham?
Chris Smalling may be on the verge of a surprise return to the Premier League according to reports in Italy. La Repubblica claim that Fulham are hoping to bring the defender to the club in deal during the January transfer window.
Smalling, a current player at AS Roma, is a target for the west London outfit some 12 years after leaving in a £10m transfer. However, he is a crucial member for Jose Mourinho’s side and although he may prefer a move back to England a mid-season departure seems unlikely.
The report adds that the Cottagers are also chasing Sampdoria midfielder Omar Colley and could sign him in January for a fee of £4.4m (€5m).
Michael Jones4 January 2023 13:10
Virgil van Dijk set to see specialist over hamstring injury as Liverpool concerns grow
But Van Dijk’s departure, at least, proved to be the result of a fitness worry which Jurgen Klopp described as a precautionary move as the No.4 was willing to play on.
However, there are fears his injury is worse than initially expected as Liverpool could face defining games in their quest for a top-four finish without the £75 million man.
Michael Jones4 January 2023 13:03
Fulham recall Hilton
Fulham have recalled Sonny Hilton from his loan spell at Carlisle. The 21-year-old midfielder joined the club on a season-long deal but has struggled to overcome a knee injury.
He will continue his rehab at his parent club.
Carlisle boss Paul Simpson said: “After recent conversations between Fulham, Sonny, and us, it was agreed that it was in Sonny’s best interests for him to return to his parent club.
“Since returning from his ankle injury he hasn’t got the match minutes we would all have hoped for. I have enjoyed working with him as he’s a top guy, and I wish him well.”
Michael Jones4 January 2023 12:55
Man Utd interested in Jack Butland as cover for David de Gea
And Butland, whose Crystal Palace contract expires in the summer, has emerged as an option, potentially on loan or a short-term deal.
The 29-year-old, who has won nine England caps, is yet to play for Palace this season after Sam Johnstone’s arrival relegated him to third-choice goalkeeper.
United have loaned goalkeeper Dean Henderson to Nottingham Forest for the season, while De Gea’s deal expires in the summer.
Michael Jones4 January 2023 12:47
£85m for Arsenal to secure Mudryk
Arsenal have been told they must meet Shakhtar Donetsk’s £85million asking price for Mykhailo Mudryk after seeing their second bid turned down amid interest in the forward from Chelsea.
The Gunners have had bids £55m and £62m rejected over the last few days they look to secure Mudryk’s signature during the January transfer window.
The Evening Standard report that Shakhtar are standing firm on their £85m price tag believing that Chelsea will match their valuation if a deal with Arsenal falls through.
Mudryk’s preference is to join the north London club after posting about them several times on social media recently, but it seems Arsenal will have to stump up a club-record fee if they want to capture the talented forward.
Michael Jones4 January 2023 12:39
Spurs sign England from Chelsea
Tottenham Women have signed striker Bethany England from Chelsea for a British domestic record fee in the women’s game.
The deal is worth a reported £250,000 and breaks the current record, which was set by Lauren James’ £200,000 move from Manchester United to Chelsea in 2021.
England has signed a three-year deal at Spurs and will wear the No 19 shirt.
Michael Jones4 January 2023 12:32