The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs closes today at 11 p.m. GMT/6 p.m. ET. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to or from your club this month. Click here for the latest deals and keep a track of who has joined the big boys.
PSG turn to Willian to fill Neymar void?
French champions Paris Saint-Germain are in need of an attacker after Neymar was ruled out for more than two months and The Daily Mail claims they have submitted a deadline day bid for Chelsea forward Willian.
The reported offer comes after Mesut Ozil was said to have turned down a potential loan switch to the Ligue 1 champions despite finding himself out of favour at Arsenal. Willian has been a mainstay in the Chelsea side under Maurizio Sarri and it seems highly unlikely that the bid would be accepted.
The 30-year-old Brazilian as 18 months left on his contract and has attracted the attention of Barcelona and Chinese club Dalian Yifang.
LIVE BLOG TRANSFER
Memphis Depay has urged Lyon fans to get their “facts straight” and claimed quotes that he wanted to join a team “that really wants to play football” had been taken out of context.
Hard to believe when he namechecked Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG and Bayern Munich but OK…
Paris Saint-Germain are considering a €5.5m offer from Bordeaux for highly promising midfielder Yacine Adli, L’Equipe reports. The 18-year-old recently signed a contract through to 2021, and had been expected to make the step up into the first team, but has yet to do so. PSG would obtain 40 percent of any future sale of the teenager, the paper claims, while Arsenal will be a bit annoyed given he snubbed a move to London to stay in Paris this summer.
Sevilla have turned down an offer from Corinthians for their left-back Guilherme Arana. The 21-year-old, who joined Sevilla from Corinthians a year ago, has made eight league appearances for the Andalusian club this season.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult negotiation because he is a young player in Europe,” Corinthians football director Duilio Monteiro Alves told Lance. “Corinthians made a high offer. But the deal will only be done if Sevilla reconsider our offer.”
Marouane Fellaini is expected to complete his move to Shandong Luneng but confirmation doesn’t necessarily have to be today because the Chinese Super League deadline is not until February. Sources said that United will receive a fee in the region of €12m and the Belgian is set to sign a three-year deal worth around €14m a year after tax.
After Shinji Kagawa‘s loan to Monaco from Dortmund collapsed, Turkish club Besiktas are set to offer the Japan international a way out of the Westfalenstadion, kicker reports.
Full-back Jeremy Toljan could also be a late exit for Dortmund. Surplus to requirements, the former Germany U21 international has been linked with a move to Celtic.
Wilmar Barriols tells ESPN he hopes to return to Boca Juniors in the future after completing his move to Zenit. Not perhaps the best way to start life at a new club…
Poland youngster David Kownacki, 21, is set to sign for Fortuna Dusseldorf from Sampdoria. An initial loan could be followed by a permanent deal worth around €5m, say kicker.
Jordi Alba has denied media reports that he has agreed a new contract with Barcelona.
The Spain international has been locked in talks with Barca over a new deal with his current contract expiring in June 2020. President Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Monday that the club would offer the player a five-year contract.
Moreover, Cadena Ser reported on Wednesday that the experienced left-back had agreed to extend his contract until June 2024, but the player speaking after Barca’s 6-1 win over Sevilla in Thursday’s Copa del Rey return leg said as reported in Diario AS: “Regarding the contract extension, there hasn’t been any change. They even said that I had renewed my contract but it’s not true what is being reported.”
PSG could be busy today. As well as the Willian gossip above, the Washington Post report that DC United’s Luciano Acosta has left the club’s training camp and could be set to join the club (or a Premier League club) with an €8.5m offer mentioned.
While Goal France report that Ajax left-back Mitchel Bakker underwent a medical at Clairefontaine on Wednesday ahead of signing a five-year contract.
With time running out for Valencia to reach a deal to acquire West Ham striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Los Che are looking at alternatives to strengthen their attack and found it in Ruben Sobrino.
Valencia are on the verge of signing the Deportivo Alaves striker on a permanent transfer for around €6m, according to local reports. The Spaniard will undergo a medical today in Valencia with a view to signing a contract until June 2022. The 26-year-old, a youth product of Real Madrid, has scored three goals in 20 league appearances, 10 as a starter.
Sorry Arsenal fans, Ivan Perisic is likely to stay with Inter Milan after being “misled” by reported interest from the Gunners, according to his coach Luciano Spalletti.
“Ivan had the personality to say something which would have seemed right to him at the time, probably he was a bit misled,” Spalletti said at a news conference in which he confirmed that the Croatian is the “only player” in his squad to have requested a transfer.
“He had difficulty making up his mind because something was put to him which was just as big [as staying here] and it led him into temptation, and these are things that happen. But already today, he was much different to yesterday.”
La Liga president Javier Tebas has expressed his desire for Paris Saint-Germain stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to play in La Liga and has hinted that Real Madrid could make a top summer signing.
Real Madrid paid a reported €15m to acquire Manchester City’s Brahim Diaz, their only reinforcement in the winter transfer window. Mbappe and Neymar have been linked with Real Madrid in recent seasons.
“I hope [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar can play in La Liga,” Tebas told Europa Press. “They are two players that can only go to big clubs and it could be that there is one that is keeping the money and can bring a top star. I think something important can happen this summer.”
La Voz de Galicia report that Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez has decided not to leave the struggling club in this transfer window.
The Uruguay international has been strongly linked with West Ham, with the Premier League side reportedly willing to pay his €50m release clause to acquire him. But the Galician newspaper claim that West Ham will have to wait until the summer with the 22-year-old determined to stay and help Celta retain their La Liga status.
Good morning and welcome to Transfer Deadline Day TM. There will be deals, there will be rumours and hopefully a helicopter or two. You can find out the latest deals here