Category Archives: Transfer window

Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín a Juventus target as he seeks new challenge

• Juventus believe they can seal summer deal to sign Bellerín
• Right-back questioning his career direction at Arsenal

Héctor Bellerín is a prime summer transfer target for Juventus. The Arsenal right-back has come to question his career direction in north London and Juventus believe they can close a deal for him.

Arsenal have previously resisted attempts by rival clubs to take the 22-year-old. Manchester City and Barcelona have tried and failed and Juventus had an opportunistic offer turned down on the final day of last summer’s window.

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Football transfer rumours: Marco Reus to Liverpool or Spurs?

Today’s fluff is tryin’ to maintain

Slim pickings today after hundreds of football transfer rumours were left stranded overnight as extreme weather continued to wreak havoc across the UK – with Met Office representatives warning that the country ‘is not out of the woods yet’. Strengthening winds caused blizzards and drifting snow in some parts, bringing speculation regarding who the father of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may have been staging informal talks with to a standstill, leaving fans who stress over the future whereabouts of assorted footballers facing disruption for the fourth day in a row.

Despite the hazardous weather conditions, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to bid for perma-knacked Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus, who last month returned from an eight-month spell on the sidelines and has already scored two goals in his five appearances. Reus is contracted to Dortmund until the end of next season, and is also wanted by Liverpool.

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Football transfer rumours: Toni Kroos or Willian to Manchester United?

Today’s nonsense has cold feet

All good things must come to an end, and so too must Marouane Fellaini’s career at Manchester United. Even José Mourinho accepts now that he cannot delay the inevitable this time and is preparing to bid a tearful farewell to the towering Belgian this summer, when, apparently, Fellaini will join Galatasaray. This has not been a vintage season for Fellaini at Old Trafford – hampered by injuries, he’s only picked up one yellow card, compared to 14 yellows and a red last term – but Mourinho can reflect with pride on the fact that he brought the best out of Fellaini, a man whose deftness of chest contrasts so oddly with his clumsiness of elbow.

With Michael Carrick also set to leave United at the end of this season, Mourinho is on the prowl for new midfielders and has reportedly whittled his shopping list down to six names: Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Chelsea’s Willian, Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Nice’s Jean-Michaël Seri and Napoli’s Jorginho, who is also being monitored by Liverpool. They all have their qualities but none really have that Fellaini-esque pow factor, although Wanyama has his moments.

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Football transfer rumours: Neymar to ditch PSG for Real Madrid?

Today’s whispers are spinning plates

Having spent the past few months making himself even more popular than Raymond Domenech with the French public, Neymar has decided that he needs a fresh challenge. His gap year in Paris has been a lovely, life-affirming experience.

He has been able to give meaning to the lives of Ligue 1’s adorable little footballers by allowing them to see his array of skills up close and he has made friendships that will last a lifetime. Edinson Cavani will certainly be devastated to see the Brazilian leave. But the fun has to stop. It’s time to get serious. Real Madrid want Neymar. Cheerio!

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Tough, committed and clever: why Manchester City broke record for Aymeric Laporte

The 23-year-old may not have a single cap for France but he has already played 200 professional games and ‘adds something special with the ball’

Aymeric Laporte turned Manchester City down once but he was not going to do it again and certainly not now. Pep Guardiola had tried to sign him in 2016 only for the Athletic Club defender to say he did not want to leave Bilbao; this time he did and “time” is the word. Guardiola admitted he had intended to return for the Frenchman in the summer but that, given what lies ahead, he brought that forward by six months. And while he insisted this signing is not just for now, it is for the next four or five years and beyond, the “now” matters – particularly for the player.

There was a reason Laporte, who made his City debut in Wednesday’s win over West Brom, stayed last time. He later admitted that because the bid had come when he was injured, he had concerns about his adaptation, about his ability to get up and running: he was young but it was more that not being at his best physically would make starting at a new club, league and country, with a new language, more difficult.

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Moura joins Spurs; Giroud, Batshuayi, Aubameyang deals go through: transfer deadline day – as it happened

12.44am GMT

Ach, it’s not going to happen, is it.

We shall close this blog for the evening, for the month and for this transfer window. Thanks for reading.

Related: Transfer window January 2018 – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues

12.31am GMT

Nothing is happening. We’re in some sort of weird admin limbo. There are still a few deals in the ether, neither complete nor not complete. Who will be January’s Adrien Silva?

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Manchester City break transfer record to sign Aymeric Laporte for £57.2m

• City met release clause in Athletic Bilbao defender’s contract
• Pep Guardiola confirms Leroy Sané will be out for around six weeks

Manchester City have signed the central defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

The Premier League leaders met the 23-year-old’s £57.2m release clause in a deal that makes him City’s record signing. They paid £55m for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.

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Alexis Sánchez joins Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan seals Arsenal move

• Sánchez hits out at former Arsenal players after joining United
• Mkhitaryan describes move to Arsenal as ‘a dream come true’

Alexis Sánchez settled into his new surroundings at Manchester United and immediately took aim at former Arsenal players.

The swap deal which had been talked of exhaustively finally came to fruition on Monday with Sánchez making the move to Old Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to north London.

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Chelsea ready to offer £44m for Roma’s Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

  • Talks between the two clubs to resume on Monday
  • Both players keen for a move to England

Chelsea will step up their pursuit of the Roma pair Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri on Monday in the hope of persuading the Serie A club to sell the two players for a combined €50m (£44m).

Roma are holding out for £44m plus £13.2m in add-ons. Initial talks were held between the two clubs last week and will resume on Monday following the Italian side’s game with Inter on Sunday night.

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Manchester United agree Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal for Alexis Sánchez

  • Manchester United value Mkhitaryan at around £35m
  • Both players set to undergo medicals at new clubs

Manchester United have finally agreed to sign Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan to move in the other direction in what is understood to be a straight swap deal. This means that as there would not be any money exchanged between the clubs, United valued Mkhitaryan at around £35m, the fee Arsenal were demanding for Sánchez.

Sánchez, who was out of contract at Arsenal this summer, is expected to sign terms at United that will make him their highest-paid player, with speculation he could earn as much as £14m-a-year after tax or £500,000-per-week.

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