Transfer Talk LIVE: Real Madrid plot raid for Kane, De Gea, Hazard
With less than a week to go in the January window, Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Plus, check out the completed moves.
TOP STORY: Real Madrid plot £500m Premier League raid
It has been a miserable season for Real Madrid so far.
The reigning La Liga champions currently stand 19 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona, and were unceremoniously dumped out of the Copa del Rey this week by a 2-1 home defeat to local neighbours Leganes.
Just how do they plan to turn the ship around, you might be wondering. By spending big, on the best talent the Premier League has to offer.
The Daily Mail reports that Madrid will splurge up to £500 million to complete a hat trick of blockbuster signings. Eden hazard tops Florentino Perez’s wanted list — with the club president prepared to break the official world transfer record by bidding £200m — while David De Gea and Harry Kane complete the stellar lineup of reinforcements.
And who will lead this new team of Galacticos? Well, the Mail also claims that Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up to replace Zinedine Zidane in the hot seat, having impressed the Madrid hierarchy with his reign at Tottenham.
The report states that the Spanish giants have made contact with Pochettino’s representatives, but Daniel Levy is bound to put up a fight to keep the Argentine at Spurs.
13:50 GMT: Another DONE DEAL — Yeovil Town have signed West Brom defender Shaun Donnellan on an 18-month contract.
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— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 27, 2018
13:40 GMT: A DONE DEAL for teenager Stoke midfielder Jake Dunwoody, who will play for non-league Curzon Ashton for the rest of the season.
13:25 GMT: Ashley Young wants to stay at Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News reports, adding that Young “is hopeful of negotiating new terms rather than merely having his deal extended after a fine campaign under Jose Mourinho.”
13:15 GMT: Scottish champions Celtic want to sign chelsea forward Charly Musonda on an 18-month loan deal but face competition from clubs including Real Betis, according to reports.
13:05 GMT: A DONE DEAL – non-league Chester have signed goalkeeper Andy Firth, 21 on loan from Liverpool for the remainder of the season. Firth has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Reds.
— Chester FC (@ChesterFC) January 27, 2018
12:30 GMT: What Brighton need more than anything else at the moment is goals, and the Mail reports that their former striker Leonardo Ulloa will rejoin on loan from Leicester in an effort to provide them.
It says the Seagulls will pay a £1million fee to keep the 31-year-old for the remainder of the season and adds: “Manager Chris Hughton believes the Argentine can help his club, who currently have the second-worst scoring record in the division.”
12:00 GMT: Newcastle and Crystal Palace weighing up moves for Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye as they look to bring in a new forward before the transfer window closes, sources have told ESPN FC.
11:30 GMT: Barcelona have confirmed that Gerard Pique will sign his new contract on Monday at 1:15 p.m. local time. The club announced last week that the 30-year-old defender had agreed a new deal that will run until 2022, with a release clause of €500m.
11:00 GMT: Aymeric Laporte was left out of Athletic Bilbao’s matchday squad to face Eibar on Friday night amid speculation of a possible move to Manchester City. The 23-year-old centre-back has been a virtual ever-present for Athletic this season but, after he was named in Jose Angel Ziganda’s 20-man preliminary squad for the La Liga clash, Laporte was one of the two players who dropped out of that group on Fridayand took no part in the Basque derby at San Mames.
10:30 GMT: DONE DEAL! Liverpool have confirmed the signing of young defender Tony Gallacher from Falkirk. Gallacher, 18, has completed the move that is initially worth £200,000, sources have told ESPN FC, and is viewed as a player for the future at Liverpool. After signing a contract at the Merseyside club, Gallacher will now join up with Neil Critchley’s under-23 side with a view of progression to the first team. The left-back had been at Falkirk, who play in Scotland’s second tier, since the age of 10 and had made 26 first-team appearances in total.
We’re delighted to confirm the signing of Tony Gallacher from Falkirk.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 27, 2018
10:00 GMT: Having wrapped up a loan deal for Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario, West Ham boss David Moyes is now turning his attention toward strengthening his attack. Sources have told ESPN FC that Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is looking for a way out of the club, and The Sun reports that Watford captain Troy Deeney is being targeted by the Hammers if their move to bring in Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool falls through.
09:30 GMT: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has a tablet full of potential transfer targets, but is unlikely to dip into the market to bolster the first-team squad this month. Klopp said in the Liverpool Echo: “Our situation is always the same, we really look [for players] all year. So why should I stop now only because January 31st is nearly here? We do that all the time. Nothing has changed. The only thing is with one or two players we maybe have to make a decision ‘is it for now or the summer?’ That’s the only difference. But look, we are constantly looking, my iPad is full of player from all over the world. That’s what we do. But specific? No. It is not that we now say exactly that we need that or we cannot play football any more.”
Arsenal lodge Evans bid
Good Evans! Arsenal have finally stumped up the cash to try to sign long-term defensive target Jonny Evans from West Brom.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners have offered £10m for the Northern Ireland international, along with right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
Evans is valued at £23m by the Baggies, but it has been reported that the 30-year-old has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for just £3m if the club are relegated.
That could tempt manager Alan Pardew into selling this month and reinvesting the funds in his squad, with Man City and Leicester also expressing an interest.
Juventus chase Darmian
Matteo Darmian may have found an escape route from his disappointing spell at Manchester United.
The Italy international has struggled to hold down a regular place during his three seasons at Old Trafford and is now on the radar of Serie A champions Juventus, according to The Sun.
Jose Mourinho would be willing to part with the 28-year-old, but United want to finalise an immediate £26m transfer while Juve would prefer a 12-month loan with the obligation to buy for £19.25m at a later date.
Darmian played 90 minutes in United’s FA Cup victory over Yeovil on Friday night, but his days in Manchester appear to be numbered.
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– Newcastle are refusing to sell striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to another Premier League team, reports the Telegraph. The 23-year-old is the subject of an £8m bid from Brighton, but Rafa Benitez is reluctant to strengthen a relegation rival.
– Meanwhile, the Magpies will have to pay €25m if they want to sign Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen, claims the Northern Echo. The Denmark international has claimed seven goals and three assists in 14 Eredivisie appearances this season.
– chelsea have set a Monday deadline to complete a deal for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, says the Telegraph. If Dzeko hasn’t finalised a move to Stamford Bridge by then, the Blues will look elsewhere.
– But chelsea can forget trying to sign West Brom’s Salomon Rondon this month, reports the Daily Mail. The Baggies will not entertain any bids for the striker as they look to secure their Premier League status.