Transfer news LIVE updates: Deadline day latest as Premier League clubs plot late deals
- Done Deal: Chelsea have announced the signing of Olivier Giroud
- Done Deal: Borussia Dortmund have signed Michy Batshuayi on loan
- Done Deal: Tottenham sign Lucas Moura
- Done Deal: Swansea re-sign Andre Ayew
- Transfer window shuts at 11pm TODAY
Newcastle transfer latest
22:34: Rafael Benitez is still hopeful Newcastle can get some late deals over the line.
“We will see what happens. We are talking about different payers.
“You’ll maybe have to wait a couple of hours before you have all the information.”
Newcastle surrendered a 1-0 lead to draw with Burnley at St James’ Park tonight yet still moved up one place in the table to 13th.
Arsenal want Kostas Manolas
22:16: Arsenal want to sign Kostas Manolas from Roma.
The Daily Star claim a very late deadline day deal is being proposed by the Gunners.
Arsenal have given up on trying to sign Jonny Evans, with West Brom determined to keep their centre-back.
Arsenal have until 11pm tonight to get the Manolas deal over the line.
Hugill on brink of West Ham deal
21:45: Jordan Hugill is on the brink of joining West Ham from Preston North End.
The 25-year-old has entered the final stages of his medical, according to the Daily Mirror.
Hugill emerged as a target for West Ham one the final day of the January transfer window after a move for Russia international Fyodor Smolov fell through.
He travelled from Preston to east London earlier today after talks between the two clubs reached an advanced stage.
It is believed West Ham will have to fork out a fee in excess of £10million for Hugill’s signature.
Transfer News: Arsenal are looking to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz
Derby eye Kasey Palmer
21:30: Championship promotion hopefuls Derby could snatch a late deal for Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer.
Derby want to sign the midfielder, 21, for the remainder of the season, according to HITC.
Palmer spent the early part of the season with Huddersfield before suffering an hamstring injury that saw him return to Stamford Bridge.
10 top deals that could still take place tonight
21:15: Deadline day is almost over, but there are plenty of deals that could still take place around Europe before the transfer window closes.
Take a look through the gallery HERE to see 10 of the most likely deals which could still be completed before the transfer window shuts at 11pm tonight.
Kostas Manolas talks
21:00: Arsenal are trying to tie up one last deal before the January transfer window slams shut.
Having signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record fee of £56million, Arsene Wenger wants a defender.
Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli claims Arsenal are prepared to pay £25million for Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas.
And talks between the two clubs have begun.
Giulianelli tweeted: “Arsenal: No Luiz. Evans looks unlikely as WBA want £20m, no negotiations.
“In talks with Roma over Manolas. They want £30m for him but Arsenal have unofficially suggested £25m with a complicated payment structure.”
Done Deal: Swansea sign Ayew
20:45: Swansea have re-signed Ghanaian striker Andre Ayew from West Ham in a deal the Welsh club said on their website broke their transfer record.
It’s believed the deal was worth £18million, rising to £20m with add-ons, the same amount West Ham paid for him in 2016.
“Ayew has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Liberty Stadium,” Swansea said.
The move reunited Ayew, 28, with his younger brother Jordan, who has been leading Swansea’s frontline in recent games.
Andre Ayew scored 12 goals in 34 appearances in his first spell at Swansea in the 2015-16 season.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to sign Fyodor Smolov
Baggies snub Evans offer
20:30: West Brom rejected an approach from Arsenal for defender Jonny Evans today.
The Gunners were almost instantly dismissed with the clubs far apart on their valuation of the Northern Ireland international, reports claim.
Arsenal spent around £56million to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund but were never close to any deal for Evans.
The Baggies did not want to sell Evans but recognised they may have needed to cash in to strengthen the squad, more specifically in attack, for their battle against relegation.
Mina knows Lionel Messi target
20:10: Barcelona new boy Yerry Mina has reportedly got good news for Lionel Messi having learned Arthur is on his way to the Nou Camp this summer.
Arthur has emerged as one of South American football’s top rising stars and turned heads playing for Gremio at the Club World Cup in December.
He’s been linked with a cluster of Premier League teams with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United said to be eyeing him up.
Barcelona appeared most likely to be Arthur’s next destination though when he was pictured in the La Liga giants’ shirt last month.
And the latest reports from Spain suggest a Barca player has got wind of the prospective move to Catalunya.
According to Don Balon, January signing Mina has discovered Arthur is set to join Barcelona at the end of the season.
Done Deal: Lookman joins RB Leipzig
19:55: Everton winger Ademola Lookman has joined Red Bull Leipzig on loan until the end of the season.
Leipzig are fifth in the Bundesliga and pushing for Champions League qualification.
Done Deal: Ovie Ejaria joins Sunderland
19:45: Liverpool’s Ovie Ejaria will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Sunderland.
The 20-year-old midfielder switched Arsenal for Anfield in 2014 and made eight first-team appearances last season.
However, Ejaria did not feature for Jurgen Klopp’s men this term and has now joined Championship strugglers Sunderland on loan.
“I’m really happy because I’ve wanted to go out on loan for a while to get regular first-team football under my belt,” he said.
Alexis Sanchez makes his Premier League debut for Manchester United
Wenger in talks to sign Smolov – agent
19:40: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been in talks to sign Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov, agent Sandor Varga has claimed.
Fyodor Smolov has been turning heads in Russia this season and is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs.
A January deal with West Ham is said to have collapsed on deadline day but Russian super-agent Sandor Varga has not ruled out a move to England for the striker.
He has claimed “six or seven teams” are currently battling it out to sign the the 27-year-old forward.
And at the head of the queue is Arsenal as Arsene Wenger has reportedly already held talks with Varga and Russia boss Stanislav Chercheso regarding Smolov.
Moura wants CL
19:25: Moura sees no reason why Tottenham cannot be competing for the top prizes, not just domestically but in Europe as well.
He said: “I will give my best for this club because I think we have a lot of quality and we can win big things. I am so excited because everything is perfect and I’m sure we will do big things together.
“I want to play to help the team. I think the team is very, very strong. We can win a lot of things and why not the Champions League?”
Late Isco bid
19:15: Liverpool and Chelsea have both made bids for Real Madrid star Isco, according to reports.
Liverpool and Chelsea are currently in the hunt for new signings with the clubs desperate to conclude their business before today’s 11pm transfer deadline.
And Spanish outlet Don Balon say the Premier League duo – as well as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City – are all in for Real Madrid’s Isco.
The playmaker is supposedly wanted at Chelsea to help get the best out of the misfiring Alvaro Morata.
Alexis Sanchez debut!
19:05: Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez makes his Premier League debut for the club against Tottenham at Wembley tonight.
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.
Subs: Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Vorm, Sissoko, Llorente, Walker-Peters.
Manchester United XI: de Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial.
Subs: Rojo, Mata, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Daley Blind agreed to join Roma
19:00: Manchester United star Daley Blind had agreed to join Roma but the two clubs could not broker a deal, according to Sky Italy reporter Ghilda Pensante.
Pensante claims a contract was agreed between Blind and Serie A giants Roma.
But says they have now turned their attentions to Sporting Lisbon’s Jonathan Silva because they could not strike a deal with United.
“Last night everybody thought a deal would be close,” she told Sky Sports News. “But again there was no agreement found between Roma and Manchester United.”
Done Deal: Spurs sign Lucas Moura
18:35: Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Paris St-Germain winger Lucas Moura.
The Brazilian forward has signed a four-and-a-hals year deal with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and joins for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £25million.
The Brazilian began his career at Sao Paulo and joined PSG for a reported 33.5 million pounds in January 2013.
He has played over 150 Ligue 1 games for the French side winning four titles and three Coupe de France trophies.
Jim White: ‘It’s gone nuts’
18:30: Manchester City and the club’s deadline day attempt to sign Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has “kind of gone nuts”, according to Sky Sports News presenter Jim White.
White confirmed Manchester City have come in “big time” for the Algerian forward with a “cash-plus-player” bid having seen three offers rejected by Leicester City, including an estimated bid of £65 million.
Speaking on Sky News, White said: “Manchester City have come in big time, in the last few hours, for Riyad Mahrez of Leicester.
“It’s another bid – cash-plus-player… £65 million – so, it’s kind of gone nuts, money is flying around all over the place.
“And, as I say, it’s living up to the billing, something I’ve failed to do for much of my life.”
Ozil drops contract hint
18.25: Mesut Ozil has dropped a huge contract hint by posting a message on Twitter.
It will see him overtake new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the club’s top earner.
And Ozil himself as now hinted he has signed a contract extension with a cheeky post on his personal Instagram account.
The midfielder shared a photo of himself signing autographs for fans, along wth the caption: “Had a busy day signing things [winking face].”
Transfer News: Swansea have ended their interest in Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic
Batshuayi >> Kane…
18:05: Borussia Dortmund are convinced they have signed the second-best striker in the Premier League in Michy Batshuayi, following his loan move from Chelsea.
Borussia Dortmund have completed a loan deal for Michy Batshuayi, with the Chelsea striker set to join until the end of the season.
And the German side are delighted to have the Belgium international in their squad, claiming his statistics show he is the second-most prolific striker in the Premier League behind Harry Kane.
“In the Chelsea jersey, he had an average of a goal every 88.5 minutes,” the club’s official statement read.
“Of all the English Premier League players who scored at least ten goals in 2017, only world class striker Harry Kane of Tottenham had a better average of 78.9 minutes.”
Markovic set to stay
17:40: Lazar Markovic’s miserable Liverpool career looks set to continue with Swansea seeking an alternative target.
Sky Sports claim Carlos Carvalhal’s side are hopeful of signing Leicester’s Andy King on loan until the end of the season.
Their interest in the Foxes midfielder signals that they won’t pursue Markovic because Premier League regulations allow clubs to register only two loan players from divisional rivals.
Swansea already have Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on their books.
Everton agree deal in principal
17:30: Everton have agreed a deal in principal to sign Eliaquim Mangala on a six-month loan deal, according to Sky Sports.
Mangala is now surplus to requirements following the arrival of Aymeric Laporte, and Sam Allardyce’s side have beaten off competition from West Ham and Newcastle.
An official announcement is expected later this evening.
Michy Batshuayi has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan
City end Mahrez interest
17:20: Manchester City have finally walked away from a deal to sign Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez handed in a transfer request at Leicester on Tuesday in the desperate hope of securing a move.
City are understood to have been in talks with Leicester and their last offer worth £65million included a player in the deal.
But Leicester have maintained all along that they are not interested in selling the Algeria international.
And Mahrez must now assess his options with just hours remaining in the transfer window.
Done Deal: Reece Oxford returns to Monchengladbach
17:15: West Ham talent Reece Oxford has returned to Germany on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach.
The youngster was recalled during West Ham’s injury crisis to provide cover, but Monchengladbach have struck a deal that will see Oxford with them until the end of the season.
Done Deal: Borussia Dortmund sign Michy Batshuayi
17:05: Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the season.
The Belgian international was part of a three-way deal that’s seen Olivier Giroud join Chelsea, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrive at Arsenal.
Having joined the Bundesliga outfit, Batshuayi said: “In order to reach my big goal, I want to play as much as I can and score many goals. In summer, the World Cup takes place.”
Chelsea also wished the 24-year-old good luck in their announcement, they said: “The striker will continue his development in Germany after 18 months at Chelsea during which he has made 53 appearances for the club, scoring 19 goals.
“Good luck in Germany Michy!”
Done Deal: Chelsea sign Olivier Giroud
17:00: Chelsea have announced the signing of French forward Olivier Giroud.
The Premier League champions unveiled the former Arsenal striker on their official Twitter account along with the hashtag #GiroudIsBlue.
Chelsea have paid £15.3million with an extra £2.2m in bonuses.
After signing, Giroud said: “Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.”
Transfer News: Olivier Giroud appears to have completed his move to Chelsea
Man Utd done deal
16:55: Manchester United have sent Charlie Scott on loan to Hamilton.
Manchester United have already signed one player on transfer deadline day – goalkeeper Matej Kovar.
And the activity continues into the afternoon as Scott moves north of the border.
In a statement, Hamilton wrote: “The club are delighted to announce the signing of Charlie Scott, a 20 year old midfielder, on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.
“This is with a view to a permanent move. We are awaiting international clearance.”
16:45: Pictures of Olivier Giroud wearing a Chelsea shirt have been leaked!
The French forward, who will imminently swap Arsenal red for Chelsea blue, is smiling and pointing towards the badge ahead of his £15million move to Stamford Bridge.
Neither club have confirmed the switch yet, but it’s expected to be announced in the next hour.
Transfer News: West Ham are close to signing Preston’s Jordan Hugill
Hammers close to Hugill deal
16:33: West Ham are on the verge of signing Preston striker Jordan Hugill.
Reports suggest the Hammers have reached an agreement with the Championship club, and the player is on his way to London for a medical.
It’s believed the player handed in a transfer request to force through a move.
Giroud fee struck!
16:30: Arsenal and Chelsea are believed to have reached an agreement on a fee for striker Olivier Giroud.
Reports claim the 31-year-old, who has already agreed personal terms and completed a medical, will cost Chelsea £15.3million with an extra £2.2m in bonuses.
Ben Arfa to Leicester
16:20: Hatem Ben Arfa has been cut into 11/8 from 6/1 by bookmaker Coral in the last hour to join Leicester after the firm took a flurry of bets on the Frenchman moving to the Foxes.
“This latest gamble suggests Hatem Ben Arfa could be heading back to the Premier League to join Leicester as punters have been knocking us over this afternoon to back to the Frenchman to sign for the Foxes,” said Coral’s John Hill.
Shaw contract offer
16:10: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly told Luke Shaw he will hand him a contract extension if he continues to improve.
The Red Devils recently activated a one-year extension on the defender’s deal that now takes him up until the summer of 2019.
Shaw was publicly criticised by Mourinho last season for his displays and spent plenty of time on the sidelines.
Many thought the England international would be heading for the exit with his previous contract up at the end of the season.
But an upturn in form has seen Mourinho reconsider Shaw’s future, with the Sun claiming the Portuguese boss wants to offer him a new deal.
Transfer News: Arsenal are looking to sign David Luiz or Jonny Evans
Wenger wants Luiz or Evans
16:00: Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has sent the transfer window spinning after claiming Arsene Wenger wants to sign another player before the transfer window closes at 11pm tonight.
The Gunners have already completed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, and have reportedly tied Mesut Ozil to a new three-and-a-half year deal.
But Giulianelli thinks a defender could be on his way to the Emirates.
He tweeted: “Arsenal: Wenger wants either Jonny Evans or a swap for David Luiz before deadline.”
It’s thought Arsenal have been exploring possibility of signing David Luiz from Chelsea as part of Giroud deal.
15:55: Everton are closing in on a deadline day swoop for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala.
The France defender is set to move to Everton on loan until the end of the season having fallen further down the pecking order at City.
Manchester City snapped up Aymeric Laporte yesterday and are ready to send Mangala out on loan.
And Everton have beaten Newcastle and West Ham to a deal and should announce his arrival this afternoon.
Real Madrid transfer latest
15:45: Real Madrid are preparing a £30.7million move for Zenit midfielder Leandro Parades – but the deal will not be complete until the summer.
Real Madrid appear determined not to sign anyone in the January transfer window.
But the summer already looks like it will be a long one.
Parades joined Zenit from Roma last year and Real are considering offering Mateo Kovacic to the Russian side as part of the deal.
Man Utd snubbed Ozil to sign Mata
15:40: Manchester United reportedly “baulked” at Mesut Ozil’s wage demands amid reports the Arsenal midfielder is on the verge of signing a new contract.
Ozil is out of contract in the summer and has been in extensive talks for several months without an agreement.
But following reports in Germany, it is understood an agreement has been finally reached on a deal worth over £300,000-a-week.
Manchester United had been strongly linked with Ozil in a move that would have seen him link up with his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.
However Arsenal appear to have finally tied down one of their major assets and according to the Independent, they were aided by Manchester United dropping their interest in the player.
The report says that when United learned of Ozil’s wage demands, they walked away from negotiations and pushed to sign a contract extension with Juan Mata instead.
It was confirmed yesterday that United triggered a clause in Mata’s contract to extend it by a year.
Transfer News: Manchester City have submitted a third bid for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez
Liverpool eye late deal
15:20: Liverpool might finally get involved in this frantic transfer deadline day with a late swoop for Han Kwang-Song.
Italian website Calciomercato claim Liverpool and Premier League rivals Tottenham have been monitoring the 19-year-old forward, who is on the verge of leaving Italian side Cagliari.
The report states that Juventus, Liverpool and Spurs have all contacted Cagliari and believe he could be sold before the end of business today.
City submit fourth Mahrez bid
15:15: Manchester City have submitted a fourth bid for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.
The Algeria international is understood to have been earmarked as a late target for the Premier League leaders after the blow of losing Leroy Sane to injury.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already seen offers of £50million and £55m plus add-ons rejected by the Foxes, who have slapped a £90million valuation on their title-winning star.
Sky Sports are saying that City’s fourth bid is worth a staggering £65m plus a player.
Giroud signs contract – claim
15:10: Olivier Giroud’s move to Chelsea could be completed sooner than expected with French reports claiming he’s already signed a contract at Stamford Bridge.
RMC reporter Mohamed Bouhafsi tweeted: “Olivier Giroud is a Chelsea player. Everything is complete. Transfer around €18.5million (£16m) excluding bonus. 18-month contract plus 1 year optional. Official in the next minutes.”
Wenger praises Giroud
15:05: It looks like it’s only a matter of time before Olivier Giroud completes his switch to Chelsea.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, fresh from signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record £56million fee, has praised Giroud dos his service.
Chelsea and Arsenal have agreed an £18m fee for the Frenchman, who waved goodbye to supporters after yesterday’s defeat to Swansea.
Wenger said: “It’s a tribute to Olivier (that he played) because he is a guy who gave great service to the club, he never let us down on the commitment front and saved us many times.
“I have absolutely no doubt, when I ask him if he is ready to commit and he says yes. I have no problem with that and put him on because it was needed. Unfortunately he couldn’t help us.
“I took him from Montpellier and made him a strong international player for France. We have come together through good and bad but always his behaviour was top, top class.”
Transfer News: Sevilla have signed Sandro Ramirez for the remainder of the season
Messi learns of Real Madrid signing…
15:00: Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reportedly learned Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi will join Real Madrid in the summer.
His impressive form has seen him touted as one of Real’s top transfer targets with Florentino Perez keen to get his side on track.
Reports in Spain have suggested Icardi has gone as far as passing a medical this month but that Zinedine Zidane vetoed a deal.
The latest claims indicate Real will snap up the 24-year-old in the summer though and Messi has got wind of the prospective transfer.
According to Diario Gol, Messi has spoken to Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli about Icardi’s future.
And that’s prompted him to tell close friends that: “Florentino Perez has signed him”, in reference to the Inter star.
Varane on the market
14:50: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will reportedly allow Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to sign Raphael Varane if he coughs up €60m (£53m).
Jose Mourinho is a long-term admirer of the French defender but his attempts in the past to bring him to Old Trafford have proved futile.
However, Perez is said to be coming concerned by Varane’s displays this season and could cash in on him at the end of the season.
Spanish publication Don Balon claim he ‘accepts’ Mourinho’s offer of £53m for a deal to be finalised.
Done Deal: Sevilla sign Ramirez
14:40: Sevilla have completed the signing of Everton forward Sandro Ramirez.
The six-month loan deal represents the La Liga club’s fourth signing of the January transfer window.
The summer arrival from Malaga has failed to live up to expectations on Merseyside, not managing to score a league goal.
The 22-year-old netted only once in 15 games in all competitions, in the Europa League.
14:30: Sky Sports are showing pictures of Leicester striker Islam Slimani arriving at St James’ Park.
The Magpies are understood to have agreed a deal with the Foxes to sign Slimani until the end of the season, despite the player suffering a thigh injury sustained training.
Transfer News: Perez will reportedly allow Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho to sign Raphael Varane
14:30: New Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given his first interview since arriving from Borussia Dortmund earlier this morning.
The forward says he’s delighted to join the north London club and be reunited with former colleague Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
He said: “Finally I am really happy to be here of course I can join Miki [Henrikh Mkhitaryan] in this team.
“I am really happy to be here in this great team. I think the club have such a big history and have great players like Thierry Henry who is an example for all strikers.
“He was fast and scored a lot of goals he was really an example. Maybe [I am like him] but I have to work a lot to be like him and I will do. I am a fast player and score goals too, like Henry. I have to work a lot to get there. I hope that we come back to the top as soon as possible.”
Done Deal: United sign ‘talented’ goalkeeper
14:20: Manchester United have completed a deadline day deal to sign Matej Kovar.
It is the club’s first piece of business today and may well be the last incoming deal.
“Matej Kovar has joined Manchester United from FC Slovacko, subject to international clearance,” it read on the club’s website.
“The 17-year-old is a talented young goalkeeper who has already appeared for Czech Republic’s Under-18s on two occasions, highlighting his promising pedigree and excellent potential.
“An exciting prospect, Kovar has signed a professional contract with the club and will soon join the ranks of the Academy, specifically with Kieran McKenna’s impressive Under-18s team.”
Done Deal: Jones joins Luton
14:00: Luton have completed the signing of Liverpool defender Lloyd Jones.
The 22-year-old has signed on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half year contract.
A statement on Liverpool’s website said: “Everyone at Liverpool FC wishes Lloyd all the best for the future.”
Transfer News: Swansea and West Ham are in talks over a deal for Andre Ayew
Ayew talks ongoing
13:30: Swansea and West Ham are still locked in talks over forward Andre Ayew.
The Ghana forward joined West Ham from Swansea for a then club-record fee of £20.5 million on a three-year contract, but he’s failed to justify his price-tag.
The BBC claim Swansea want him back, and are understood to have offered up to £18m for his services.
Why Edin Dzeko deal broke down
13:15: Chelsea would not meet Edin Dzeko’s wage demands and the Roma star has reservations about whether Antonio Conte will stay at Stamford Bridge, according to Rai Sport journalist Ciro Venerato, who’s an expert on Serie A transfer business.
“For Dzeko to Chelsea, it’s all over,” he told Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web Radio.
“The boy refused to move to London, with a proposal that [Roman] Abramovich considered unacceptable. I think it’s also a technical problem, because Conte could leave. This is an important risk.”
City cold on Mahrez
13:10: Could this be one for Chelsea?
Manchester City’s deadline day move to sign Riyad Mahrez is off.
Etihad chiefs are extremely reluctant to meet Leicester’s valuation of almost £80million for the Algerian ace, leading them to walk away from negotiations.
Express Sport exclusively revealed yesterday he wants out of the Foxes and he remains keen on a move to Arsenal, but the Gunners announced a deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this morning for a club-record fee and they are highly unlikely to break that again today.
That leaves Chelsea in the running. The Blues have been linked with him over the past 18 months but last summer only Roma made an official bid and were rejected.
Transfer News: Man City have gone cold on Riyad Mahrez
13:00: Everton forward Sandro Ramirez has completed his medical ahead of a six-month loan deal with Sevilla.
Spanish website AS claim the striker ‘breezed’ through the tests and will become Sevilla’s fourth signing on the January transfer window.
Bale won’t join United – Giggs
12:45: Wales boss Ryan Giggs says Gareth Bale will NOT be leaving Real Madrid for Manchester United.
The Galactico has frequently been linked with a move to Old Trafford having suffered numerous injuries at the Bernabeu.
But former United and Wales star Giggs expects him to stay in Spain.
“He’s happy at Real Madrid, he wants to stay, there’s no doubt. He knows that the coach and the club respect him, and he wants to show the fans what he is capable of.
“I don’t know if United want to sign him, but Bale has no intention of leaving and Real Madrid won’t sell the player. It’s clear that United would’ve been very good for him, but I don’t think that’s an option at the moment, he’s not going to leave Real Madrid.”
Slimani to Newcastle
12:30: Newcastle are close to completing the signing of Leicester striker Islam Slimani, reports claim.
Sky Sports are reporting that Rafa Benitez’s side have agreed a loan deal for the forward, who suffered a thigh injury in training which will sideline him for two weeks.
West Ham were also thought to be interested, but it appears Slimani has opted for a short-term deal at Newcastle.
The signing will bolster Benitez’s attacking options with Alexsandar Mitrovic likely to join his former club Anderlecht before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
Transfer News: Mesut Ozil has signed a new contract with Arsenal, reports claim
Holding to Burnley
12:35: Burnley have been cut into 5/4 from 3/1 in the betting to sign Rob Holding, according to bookmakers Coral.
“It looks like Rob Holding is going to be one of the players to leave Arsenal today and it has been all one-way traffic in the betting for Burnley to be his destination,” said Coral’s John Hill.
Elsewhere, Lazar Markovic is 8/13 to join Swansea, James McClean is 6/4 to leave West Brom for Derby and Andre Schurrle is 6/4 to transfer to West Brom.
Done Deal: Mesut Ozil signs new contract
12:20: Mesut Ozil has signed a new contract at Arsenal, ending speculation that he will leave the club, reports claim.
BBC reporter David Ornstein claims the German international, whose contract was due to expire in June, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract that will see him remain at the Emirates Stadium until 2021.
Ozil, 29, becomes the club’s highest earner in history on £350,000 per week before tax.
Ornstein says the deal was completed last weekend and the playmaker made it official by signing at Colney this morning.
The news of Ozil’s contract extension follows a great morning for Arsenal, who officially unveiled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record £56million.
12:10: Not the biggest transfer story of deadline day, but a story nonetheless.
Matt Willock has cut short his loan deal with Utrecht and returned to Manchester United.
The midfielder joined Utrecht on a season long loan deal in August, but has struggled to work his way into the starting XI having made just six league appearances.
Eden Hazard swap deal
11:50: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will reportedly ask for Marco Asensio in exchange for Eden Hazard joining Real Madrid.
Eden Hazard has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and Los Blancos are expected to break the bank for him in the summer.
The Belgian’s reluctance to sign a new deal being offered by the Blues is leading Abramovich to accept there is little he can do to stop him making the switch to the Bernabeu.
But the Russian billionaire will not let him go on the cheap.
Reports in Spain have suggested Abramovich is keen on the idea of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the Premier League with the Portuguese seemingly unhappy in the capital.
But Spanish publication Don Balon claim Abramovich’s advisers are pushing him to pursue a move for Asensio instead.
With Ronaldo 31 years of age, Chelsea feel a move for 22-year-old Asensio would be a better long-term investment.
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is undergoing a medical ahead of his loan move to Borussia Dortmund
Michy medical underway
11:45: Michy Batshuayi is currently undergoing his medical at Borussia Dortmund.
The German club were waiting to sign a replacement before allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join Arsenal in a deal worth £56million.
That deal has now been completed, with the Gabonese international signing a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.
So it’s only a matter of time before Batshuayi is officially a Dortmund player for the remainder of the season.
The move is also likely to accelerate Chelsea’s move for Olivier Giroud, whose agent has arrived in London for talks.
11:40: Arsenal used their new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to announce the signing of his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Armenia international could be heard saying “Yo Pierre, you wanna come out here?” during his official unveiling last week.
And the Gunners social media team have come up trumps with a video that’s been retweeted over 13,000 times!
Arsenal unveil new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at London Colney
11:30: Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has released a brief statement on the club’s official website.
It said: “Apart from the unpleasant events of recent weeks, we like to remember that the story of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at BVB for more than four years was a single success story.
“He has done great things for Borussia Dortmund at this time, scored many important goals and is part of the team that brought the DFB Cup to Dortmund in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal. “
DONE DEAL: ARSENAL SIGN AUBAMEYANG
11:13: The Gunners have announced it!
Arsenal have signed striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for a club-record fee.
Express Sport understands the deal was around £56million, eclipsing the £46.5m paid to French side Lyon for forward Alexandre Lacazette last year.
Aubameyang has scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for the German side and had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for his former club.
The 28-year-old is Gabon’s all-time top goalscorer with 23 goals from 56 matches and was named the African Footballer of the Year in 2015.
Dortmund announce Aubameyang deal
11:10: Borussia Dortmund have sensationally announced that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is officially an Arsenal player.
The Bundesliga outfit tweeted a picture of the Gabonese forward, along with a caption: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moves from BVB to Arsenal.”
Arsenal have yet to confirm the deal themselves, but it looks like Arsenal have got their man!
Done Deal: Arsenal have completed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Klopp will NOT sign Thomas Lemar today
11:00: Liverpool will not sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco today because Jurgen Klopp is not prepared to pay £90m for the midfielder, according to journalist Oliver Bond.
Liverpool have plenty of money to spend following the £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho to La Liga giants Barcelona earlier this month.
And the Brazilian’s departure, as well as Daniel Sturridge’s loan move to West Brom, has left a void in Klopp’s squad.
A Twitter user asked Bond: “Any interest in anyone Ollie?”
And Bond replied: “Interest in lots of players, Lemar the one Klopp wants but won’t pay £90m for him and is happy to wait and try again this summer.”
The news might please Arsenal and Barcelona, who’ve also been linked with the French international.
Ndiaye to Stoke
10:45: Another update, and another player has completed his medical.
This time it’s Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye, who has passed his tests ahead of a £15million move to Stoke.
There are still a few hurdles to complete with the player needing to agree personal terms and work permit/visa matters.
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Lucas Moura deal edges closer
10:20: PSG forward Lucas Moura has completed his medical with Tottenham.
The Brazilian star, who netted 16 goals last season, is expected to sign a three-and-a-half year contract with the option of a further year.
He has played over 150 Ligue 1 games for the French side winning four titles and three Coupe de France trophies.
Benitez ‘confident’ of pulling off deadline day deals
10:10: Rafa Benitez says he is ‘confident’ Newcastle can pull off some late transfer deals.
Newcastle’s only signing this month so far has been the loan acquisition of Chelsea defender Kenedy.
“We have some time and we have an important game tomorrow, I will not talk about the window. I will concentrate on the game and ensure we will not lose focus on that,” he said.
“We still have time I am confident we can do something. I will not spend too much time speaking about that.”
Aubameyang shirts on sale
10:00: Arsenal shirts with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s name on the back are already on sale!
He’s currently being put through his paces and going through routine checks at the club’s training ground.
But it seems some shops have jumped the gun though with shirts bearing Aubameyang’s name already on sale.
N’Dong to Watford
09:55: Sunderland midfielder Didier N’Dong is currently undergoing a medical with Watford.
The Gabonese international, who arrived at the Stadium of Light for a club record transfer fee of £13.6 million in August 2016, will join on a six-month loan deal.
Transfer News: Arsenal shirts with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s name on the back are already on sale
No Daley deal…
09:50: Roma are set to sign Jonathan Silva from Sporting Lisbon, ending their interest in Manchester United’s Daley Blind.
Roma sold defender Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea in a deal worth £17.6million plus £7m in add-ons and the Italian side made Blind one of their top targets to replace Palmieri.
But according to respected Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio, Roma have dropped their attempts to sign Blind and instead move for Silva for Sporting.
The report says Roma will pay £5.2million for Silva, who has already reached an agreement on a five year contract.
Dortmund agree loan deal for Batshuayi
09:45: Borussia Dortmund have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi for the remainder of the season, according to the BBC.
The Belgian international has travelled to undergo his medical as part of a deal that will see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join Arsenal for a club-record fee.
Batshuayi’s imminent departure is likely to see Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud arrive at Stamford Bridge before 11pm this evening.
09:30: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is undergoing his medical at Arsenal, according to Jim White.
The Sky Sports presenter sent Twitter into meltdown with his first tweet of the day.
He wrote: “It’s a Deadline Day Good Morning! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang medical about to get underway.”
The Gabon international jetted into London yesterday after the Gunners agreed a £55.5m fee with the Bundesliga giants.
Aubameyang’s medical is taking place at Arsenal’s London Colney training base where he could bump into a few new team-mates today.
Ki snubs Hammers
09:15: Ki Sung-yueng has committed himself to Swansea’s survival battle and insisted his West Ham suitors “are no better than us”.
The Hammers are keen on adding Ki and Swansea team-mate Alfie Mawson to their own Premier League relegation scrap before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
But Swansea do not want to sell anyone and South Korean midfielder Ki – who is out of contract in the summer – plans to see out the season at the Liberty Stadium.
“I want to be here and if Swansea want me to stay here, then I can help this team stay in the Premier League,” Ki said.
“It is a difficult time but I don’t think I am going to leave. I don’t need to move. I don’t think West Ham are better than us.”
Transfer News: Roma have ended their interest in Man Utd defender Daley Blind
Adelaide loan move
09:05: Jeff Reine-Adelaide is set to join French side Angers on loan.
Reine-Adelaide is a highly rated prospect at Arsenal but injuries have disrupted his progress and meant he’s made no appearances for the club this season.
And in a bid to get more first-team experience, the 20-year-old looks set to move away before the transfer deadline shuts.
According to France Football, Angers have reached an agreement in principle with Arsenal to sign Reine-Adelaide until the end of the season.
The report states there will be no option to buy in the deal.
Double deal for United?!
09:00: It’s been pretty quiet around Old Trafford since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but Sky Sports reporter James Cooper thinks a couple of players could leave the club today.
“We could have a couple of potential departures today. It does look like outgoings rather than incomings at the top of Manchester United’s list,” Cooper said.
“Our colleagues in Italy are reporting that Roma are in talks with Manchester United over the signing of Daley Blind.”
08:55: Chelsea still need to agree a fee with Arsenal for Olivier Giroud before Michy Batshuayi can be loaned out and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can join the Gunners, according to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein.
“We reached a deadlock,” he said. “That moved on today [Tuesday] and it seemed that consensus had been reached with Giroud joining Chelsea for around £20m, Batshuayi going to Dortmund and Aubameyang, who flew over to Arsenal’s training ground today [Tuesday] and is due to undergo a medical tomorrow [Wednesday], joining Arsenal.
“But then, later in the day, Marina Granovskaia, the Chelsea director and transfer negotiator, dug her heels in and tried to drive the price of Giroud down, who’s 31 years old.
“And Arsenal didn’t react well to that and sort of threatened to pull out of negotiations for Giroud with Chelsea and send him off to Dortmund so it would have been a straight swap with Aubameyang in terms of the clubs and Chelsea would have been cut out of the equation.
“However, I think the most likely outcome remains that Giroud will go to Chelsea, Aubameyang to Arsenal and Batshuayi to Dortmund.”
Transfer News: Is Alex Song on his way back to Arsenal?
Barca confident on Arthur deal
08:50: Barcelona are growing increasingly confident of signing Gremio midfielder Arthur today.
Spanish website Sport claim the Catalan giants saw their initial £26million offer rejected earlier this week.
Gremio value their talent at £43m, but are reportedly prepared to accept £32m plus performance-related add-ons.
No deal for Lemar
08:40: Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has reiterated that France international Thomas Lemar is not for sale this month.
“He will stay at Monaco until the end of the season 100 per cent,” Vasilyev told French radio station RMC.
“If Liverpool or Arsenal come with a big offer before the end of the market? This is not relevant.”
Gerrard worried about Can deal
08:35: Steven Gerrard admits he is concerned Emre Can is pushing for a transfer away from Anfield.
The Germany international is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to sign an extension to his existing deal.
“I think Liverpool have made him a better player and in Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff I think they are perfect for him,” Gerrard said on BT Sport.
“I think you can see that he’s been asked the question many times and if he had decided he was going to stay at Liverpool, I think everyone would know that by now.
“You still have that little bit of hope as a Liverpool fan that he might change his mind but for me, for it to go to the back end of January it’s a concern.”
Song pictured at Arsenal training ground
08:30: Alex Song has posted an image of himself at Arsenal’s training ground.
Song left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2012 after making 215 appearances in seven years for the Gunners.
He struggled to break into the first team at the Nou Camp and returned to England in 2014 with West Ham before joining Russian side Rubin Kazan in 2016.
But the Cameroon international is looking for a new club after the players were not paid for four months.
And on transfer deadline day, Song posted a picture on Snapchat of himself wearing an Arsenal training top with the caption: “No pain, no gain.”
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Aubameyang deal could collapse
08:15: Arsenal move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang STILL hinges on Borussia Dortmund singing a replacement today.
Aubameyang is in London and has undergone a medical at Arsenal in the hope to be unveiled as the club’s new record signing this morning.
But the move could still collapse with Dortmund yet to sign a replacement and Sky Sports claim they will not sanction the sale until one is bought.
Dortmund were in for Olivier Giroud although a loan move for Michy Batshuayi now appears most likely, but that still depends on Chelsea getting a replacement in.
Matters are complicated further by the German transfer window shutting at 5pm – with the UK deadline not until 11pm.
So Dortmund need to get their move for a new striker sorted before 5pm to allow Aubameyang to complete his move to Arsenal.
Aubameyang has agreed a three-year deal to join Arsenal on £180,000 a week, becoming the club’s highest paid player.
Alfredo Morelos latest
08.05: Rangers are hopeful of keeping Alfredo Morelos for the rest of the season but face missing out on a Chinese windfall.
Chinese Super League club Beijing Renhe has made a move for the striker and are ready to pay him £75,000 a week.
But Graeme Murty wants to keep the Colombian hitman in his squad with the hope that his value will keep rising.
Rangers signed Morelos for just £1m and have been offered around £6.5m six months on.
But Murty wants Morelos to help steer Rangers clear in second place with just hours remaining in the transfer window.
The Chinese window doesn’t shut until later in February so interest in unlikely to go away when the clock strikes 12 tonight.
But Rangers would need a replacement in before midnight to sanction the sale.
Everton want Mangala
07:55: Everton have entered the race to sign Manchester City outcast Eliaquim Mangala, according to reports.
Newcastle and West Ham are known to be interested in the centre-back, who was pushed further down the pecking order after the arrival of Athletic Bilbao star Aymeric Laporte yesterday.
And now Everton are hoping to take the defender on loan until the end of the season, report the Times.
“Everton interested in Manchester City left-footed defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan,” the Times journalist wrote on Twitter.
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Whoops! Wenger confirms transfer
07:50: Was this a deliberate mistake to deflect from last night’s defeat? Conspiracy theorists – start your engines!
Arsenal have seemingly accidentally leaked news of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal’s training ground yesterday afternoon for a medical but there has been no official announcement yet.
However, following last night’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea, Arsenal accidentally posted a video (below) of Wenger confirming the striker’s move.
“Aubameyang is an Arsenal player, you must be delighted to get the deal done?” an interviewer said.
The French boss replies: “Yes, it’s good news. We need people who can give us more offensive power. We aren’t efficient enough going forward.
“He has a big challenge in front of him, he wants to win the Premier League. It’s absolutely good news for us.”
Late Man Utd swoop
07:45: Manchester United are plotting a late January transfer dash, but they face fierce competition from Barcelona and Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho is hoping to tempt Monaco’s 16-year-old centre-back Benoit Badiashile to Old Trafford as his final deal this window.
Monaco won the French top division last season but went on to lose Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain, while Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva joined Man City.
And Foot Mercato say the champions are preparing themselves to lose another one of their top young talents.
They list Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Barcelona, City and United as the potential destinations for the youngster.
Real Madrid plot Griezmann deal
07:30: Antoine Griezmann has emerged as a shock transfer target for Real Madrid, reports claim.
The France international has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, while Manchester United have also been interested in his signature.
But Spanish publication Don Balon claim Zinedine Zidane’s side have thrown a spanner in the works but contacting their rivals about Griezmann’s availability.
They suggest that president Florentino Perez views Griezmann as a bargain in comparison to other options Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Paolo Dybala.
But whether Atletico are willing to do business with their arch rivals remains to be seen.
Aubameyang to be finalised this morning
07:15: Arsene Wenger has revealed what time Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deal will be completed today.
The 28-year-old was at Arsenal’s training complex yesterday completing the formalities ahead of the switch, having flown to the capital from Dortmund.
And when Wenger was asked when the deal will be completed, he said: “We will know about that tomorrow morning.”
So all fingers now point to the deal behind confirmed early today.
Giroud deal hangs in the balance – Balague
07:00: Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague has claimed Chelsea and Arsenal are still someway apart in their valuation for Olivier Giroud.
Chelsea lodged a bid to sign Giroud from Arsenal on Monday with his place at the club in jeopardy as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completes his £55million move to the Emirates.
Arsenal are open to Giroud leaving the club, but Balague insists they want close to £30m for the Frenchman.
“They wanted to leave Giroud away from this deal because they felt it could be an option for him,” Balague said on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.
“They feel that more than one club are interested in him so they want to get around £28m-£30m for Giroud which seems quite optimistic.
“When Chelsea got into the equation and there was an offer last night [Monday], it was £20m, not the £15m being mentioned.
“They were close to it but Chelsea retrieved the offer because Arsenal did not answer on time. There’s going to be so many twists and turns on this merry-go-round.”
Sevilla to sign Everton’s Ramirez
06:45: Everton forward Sandro Ramirez has joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season, subject to a medical.
The summer arrival from Malaga has failed to live up to expectations on Merseyside, not managing to score a league goal.
The 22-year-old netted only once in 15 games in all competitions, in the Europa League.
Sevilla also confirmed the imminent completion of the transfer.
In a statement on their website, the La Liga club said: “At just 22 years old the Canary Island native has the chance to recapture his spectacular growth in past seasons and find a place in Vincenzo Montella’s attacking line-up.”
Foxes send Mahrez warning
06:30: Leicester have slapped a £90million price-tag on Riyad Mahrez to put off Arsenal and Manchester City, reports claim.
Mahrez has put in a transfer request, although with the window slamming shut at 11pm tonight, he hasn’t given himself much time to complete a deal.
Mahrez is more eager to join Arsenal, Express Sport understands, and he has bought a property in London.
Express Sport also understands Pep Guardiola is eyeing up a late swoop to bring the 2016 PFA Player of the Season to the Etihad.
A £60m bid has already been submitted by City, but the Mirror claim Leicester are demanding £90m for Mahrez’s services.