January 17, 2022

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January transfer window: What every Premier League club needs to do before January 31 | Transfer Centre News

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Arsenal

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With Arsenal open to selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, The Transfer Show question whether any clubs will be able to afford him

January ins:

January outs:

Harry Clarke – Hibernian, loan

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Roma, loan

Folarin Balogun – Middlesbrough, loan

A January departure for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not been ruled out and suitable offers for the 32-year-old would be considered. Aubameyang has 18 months left on a contract that pays £350,000 per week.

Arsenal could look to replace Aubameyang with Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic. The 21-year-old striker scored 21 goals last season and has followed that up with 18 in 22 total appearances this season. Vlahovic has 18 months left on his contract, but a deal would be difficult to finalise this month due to the size of the transfer fee that would be required.

Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo is thought to be one of a number of options that Arsenal are looking at to strengthen their midfield and the Gunners have made an enquiry about a temporary move for the former Barcelona player. Arthur has made only seven Serie A appearances this season but has played in four of Juventus’ six Champions League group games. The 25-year-old is contracted to Juventus until 2025.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma on loan until the end of the season. The 24-year-old has started two Premier League games this season and his contract is up in the summer of 2023.

Crystal Palace and another Premier League club are interested in signing striker Eddie Nketiah. Arsenal want to keep him but their offer of a new contract was rejected. The 22-year-old is in the last six months of his contract and can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club – Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly keeping an eye on his situation.

Aston Villa

Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho runs with the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.
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Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona

January ins:

Philippe Coutinho – Barcelona, loan

Lucas Digne – Everton, £25m

January outs:

Anwar El Ghazi – Everton, loan

Keinan Davis – Nottingham Forest, loan

Wesley – Internacional, loan

Aaron Ramsey – Cheltenham, loan

Caleb Chukwuemeka – Livingston, loan

Aston Villa signed Everton left-back Lucas Digne for £25m after several days of negotiations. This follows the signing of Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from Barcelona, which includes an option to buy. Coutinho played with current Villa head coach Steven Gerrard for two-and-a-half years at Liverpool.

Anwar El Ghazi has joined Everton on a season-long loan deal after being used solely as a substitute following the arrival of Gerrard in November. The 26-year-old has scored one goal in nine Premier League appearances this season.

Sky Sports News has been told Villa are interested in highly-rated Scottish defender Aaron Hickey, who currently plays for Bologna. The 19-year-old moved to Italy in the summer of 2020 after breaking through at Hearts and has played 19 times in Serie A this season, scoring four goals.

Villa are also thought to be interested in Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, who is currently on international duty with Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations until at least January 20. Bissouma, who signed for the Seagulls in 2018 for £15m, could be valued at as much as £50m.

Brentford

January ins:

Jonas Lossl – FC Midtjylland, loan

January outs:

Jan Zamburek – Viborg FF, undisclosed

Brentford have been a surprise package for teams in the Premier League this season, playing a front-foot brand of football that has seen them involved in numerous entertaining fixtures. Notably, the Bees beat Arsenal 2-0 on the opening day of the season and have had thrilling 3-3 draws with Liverpool and Newcastle. The club have scored 24 goals so far in the Premier League but have conceded 30, ranking them 14th in the league on goal difference. As such, Thomas Frank may want to shore up his side’s defensive capabilities to enable them to achieve more positive results and it is understood Brentford are in the market for a wing-back during the January transfer window.

Brighton

January ins:

Kacper Kozlowski – Pogon Szczecin, £8m

January outs:

Aaron Connolly – Middlesbrough, loan

Jurgen Locadia – VfL Bochum, undisclosed

Leo Ostigard – Genoa, loan

Taylor Richards – Birmingham, loan

Brighton have made a positive start to this season under Graham Potter and currently sit ninth in the Premier League. Neal Maupay is the side’s top goalscorer with seven league goals and Leandro Trossard and Alexis Mac Allister have both contributed with four apiece. Brighton have earned draws against Chelsea and Liverpool as well as securing victories over Leicester and Everton. Having already signed 18-year-old midfielder Kacper Kozlowski, could Potter make further additions to his squad to potentially take the Seagulls to their highest league finish?

Aston Villa are thought to be interested in midfielder Yves Bissouma, who could be valued at as much as £50m. Bissouma is currently on international duty with Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations until at least January 20. He joined the Seagulls in 2018 for £15m and made his 100th Premier League appearance in Brighton’s 3-2 victory against Everton on January 2.

Burnley

January ins:

January outs:

Chris Wood – Newcastle, £25m

Jacob Bedeau – Morecambe, loan

Anthony Glennon – Barrow, loan

Burnley have struggled for form this season and despite having been involved in a 3-1 win against newcomers Brentford and a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, have only scored 16 goals in the Premier League. This leaves them as the third-lowest scoring club in the division, with only Wolves and Norwich having scored fewer than the Clarets.

The departure of striker Chris Wood, Burnley’s record goalscorer in the Premier League, to Newcastle for £25m makes their scoring task more difficult. The club are interested in signing Andy Carroll, who is currently on a short-term contract with Championship side Reading, as a replacement for the New Zealand international. Sean Dyche is also thought to be looking for an attacking midfielder to bolster his side’s attacking threat.

Chelsea

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Thomas Tuchel says he confident of keeping Antonio Rudiger at the club despite the defender’s contract expiring at the end of the season.

January ins:

January outs:

Thomas Tuchel has said striker Romelu Lukaku is fully committed to the club after accepting his interview with Sky Italy was a mistake.

Sky in Italy have reported that Juventus would consider a move for midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek if Arthur Melo leaves the Serie A side in January. Loftus-Cheek has made 20 appearances for the club so far this season and is under contract until 2024.

Antonio Rudiger’s contract with Chelsea expires this summer and Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus have opened talks with the defender’s representatives over a potential pre-contract agreement. Barcelona are also keeping an eye on the situation.

Chelsea wish to extend Rudiger’s contract and the prospect of him staying with the club has not been ruled out. However, Sky Sports News has been told the 28-year-old would need to be made the highest-paid defender in the Premier League for this to happen.

Crystal Palace

January ins:

January outs:

Jake O’Brien – Swindon, loan

Crystal Palace had a busy summer transfer window, bringing in six players alongside new manager Patrick Vieira. Their arrivals had an average age of 23.4 and despite the positive form of Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher and former Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, inconsistent results have left the Eagles 11th in the Premier League. After seeing his team lose 3-2 to West Ham on New Year’s Day, Vieira spoke about his squad’s inexperience.

It is understood Palace are ready to do business in this transfer window and could potentially look to complement their squad with more Premier League experience – one or two players could arrive at Selhurst Park in January.

Palace are interested in signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah. Arsenal want to keep the 22-year-old but their offer of a new contract was rejected. Nketiah is in the last six months of his contract with the Gunners.

Everton

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Nathan Patterson has signed for Everton from Rangers

January ins:

Nathan Patterson – Rangers, £16m

Vitaliy Mykolenko – Dynamo Kiev, undisclosed

Anwar El Ghazi – Aston Villa, loan

January outs:

Lucas Digne – Aston Villa, £25m

Aston Villa have signed left-back Lucas Digne for £25m. Digne had not featured for the Toffees since a 4-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool on December 1 after a much-publicised falling out with Benitez over tactics. In a move separate to Digne’s signing, Everton have secured a loan deal for Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi until the end of the season.

Everton have made an offer for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff. Manager Rafa Benitez is understood to be interested in a reunion with the 24-year-old, who he worked with during his time with the Magpies. Longstaff will be out of contract with Newcastle at the end of the season.

Leeds United

January ins:

Mateo Joseph Fernandez – RCD Espanyol, undisclosed

January outs:

Ryan Edmondson – Port Vale, loan

Cody Drameh – Cardiff, loan

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have endured a difficult first half of the season, having been hit by injuries to several key players such as Pascal Struijk (hip), Kalvin Phillips (hamstring), Patrick Bamford (hamstring) and Rodrigo (heel). The club have especially missed Bamford’s influence on the pitch and despite only making six Premier League appearances this season, he is the side’s second-highest goalscorer (two) behind Raphinha (eight). Could Leeds move for a forward in January to get them firing for the second half of the season?

Leicester

January ins:

January outs:

Filip Benkovic – released

Jacob Wakeling – Barrow, loan

Leicester City currently have no fit strikers and only one recognised centre-back available. Long-term injuries to Wesley Fofana (fibula fracture) and James Justin (cruciate ligament) as well as Ricardo Pereira (hamstring) have seen Brendan Rodgers’ side concede 33 Premier League goals this season. Only Watford (36), Leeds (37), Newcastle and Norwich (both 42) have conceded more goals. The club is said to be searching for a central defender on loan but Sky Sports News understands the Foxes will not be spending big money.

Liverpool

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Divock Origi has been approached by three Italian clubs, though his preference is to stay in the Premier League

January ins:

January outs:

Tony Gallacher – St Johnstone, free

Morgan Boyes – Livingston, free

Three Italian clubs have approached forward Divock Origi’s representatives over a pre-contract agreement this month. Origi’s preference is to stay in England’s top division, meaning a Premier League club would either have to pay money this month – or take him as a free agent in the summer. The 26-year-old has a performance option in his contract, meaning it will be extended by a year depending on a number of Premier League starts – he has not made a league start for Liverpool this season. It is believed Origi would cost less than £10m if Liverpool were to sell him this month.

Defender Nat Phillips is attracting interest from clubs both at home and abroad.

Neco Williams could be allowed to leave in this transfer window. The 20-year-old defender is conscious of his place in the Wales national team with World Cup qualifiers coming up in March and would like to gain more regular first-team football. Williams has made six appearances this season, with one Premier League outing as an 83rd-minute substitute against Watford on October 16.

Man City

January ins:

January outs:

Ferran Torres – Barcelona, £54.7m

Taylor Harwood-Bellis – Stoke, loan

Tommy Doyle – Cardiff, loan

Manchester City have been in imperious form this season and have taken 33 points from their last 11 Premier League games. Despite Ferran Torres’ departure to Barcelona, they are favourites to retain their Premier League title this year. But could Guardiola be tempted to make additions to his squad this transfer window in order to further extend their 10-point lead at the top of the table?

City pursued a deal for Tottenham’s Harry Kane last summer and had a £100m bid rejected – could they look for another central striker during this transfer window, or will they wait until the summer?

Youngsters James McAtee and Liam Delap are the subject of interest from Southampton.

Man Utd

Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.
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Paul Pogba can sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs, but could yet stay at Manchester United

January ins:

January outs:

Ethan Laird – Bournemouth, loan

Teden Mengi – Birmingham City, loan

Axel Tuanzebe – Napoli, loan

Manchester United are understood to be in the market for a midfielder. Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara and WolvesRuben Neves are two of a number of players the club has been looking at. Kamara is in the last six months of his contract at Marseille and can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of France. Neves is contracted to Wolves until 2024.

Defender Axel Tuanzebe has completed a loan move to Napoli. Tuanzebe had been on loan at Aston Villa this season and made 11 appearances for the club.

Paul Pogba can sign a pre-contract with a foreign club as he is into the last six months of his contract at Manchester United. However, it is increasingly unlikely this will happen this month. United offered Pogba a new contract in 2021 which has yet to be accepted or rejected and it is possible the France midfielder could stay with the club.

Tottenham are thought to be interested in signing Jesse Lingard. West Ham are also interested in the midfielder, who had a successful loan spell at the London Stadium in the second half of last season. The 29-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of this season and he could join another club for free.

Newcastle United

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Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol confirms that Newcastle have agreed a fee in the region of £12m, plus add-ons, with Atletico Madrid for Kieran Trippier

January ins:

Kieran Trippier – Atletico Madrid, £12m

Chris Wood – Burnley, £25m

January outs:

Rosaire Longelo – Accrington, undisclosed

A Saudi-led consortium’s takeover of Newcastle was completed in October and the club’s new owners could be looking to make a big impact in their first transfer window. Kieran Trippier became their first arrival, followed by striker Chris Wood.

Newcastle’s primary focus now is to sign a centre-back- only Norwich have conceded more than their 42 goals in 19 Premier League games. The Magpies have submitted an offer for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos and are awaiting a response from the La Liga side. The club also retain a strong interest in Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile, though that deal looks unlikely as he sustained an injury during his side’s game against Nantes. Monaco would want a fee in the region of €60m (£50m) for the 20-year-old – another potential stumbling block.

Newcastle are said to be interested in Lille centre-back Sven Botman, though a deal could be difficult to conclude as Lille value the Dutchman at more than €30m (£25m). Other sources have indicated Lille could ask for as much as €60m (£50m). According to Sky Italy, AC Milan are also interested in signing Botman.

Everton have made a bid for midfielder Sean Longstaff. Toffees manager Rafa Benitez is understood to be interested in a reunion with the 24-year-old, who he worked with during his time with Newcastle.

Newcastle are interested in signing Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell. Sky Sports News has been told Norwich would require a bid of £15m – £20m to consider selling Cantwell. The 23-year-old is in the last six months of his contract, but Norwich have the option to extend it for a further year.

Norwich

January ins:

January outs:

Tyrese Omotoye – Carlisle, loan

Bali Mumba – Peterborough, loan

Rocky Bushiri – Hibernian, loan

Tom Dickson-Peters – Gillingham, loan

Dean Smith’s Norwich are experiencing a similar season to Newcastle and have 10 points after playing 19 matches. The Canaries have scored the fewest goals in the division (eight) and have conceded the joint-highest number of goals along with Newcastle (42). Could Smith look to make additions to his squad in the January transfer window in order to solidify his team’s defence and attacking threat?

Norwich are also anticipating interest from other clubs in defender Max Aarons but have not yet received offers for the 22-year-old.

Newcastle and one other Premier League club are interested in signing midfielder Todd Cantwell. Sky Sports News has been told that Norwich would require a bid of £15m – £20m to consider selling him. The 23-year-old’s contract is up in the summer, but Norwich have the option to extend it for a further year. Cantwell has made eight league appearances, but he has not registered a goal or assist so far this season. The midfielder has only started two games under Smith.

Southampton

January ins:

January outs:

Sam McQueen, retired

Dan Nlundulu – Cheltenham, loan

Kayne Ramsay – Ross County, loan

Caleb Watts – Crawley, loan

Southampton are interested in Manchester City youngsters James McAtee and Liam Delap. 19-year-old McAtee is an attacking midfielder and England U20 international, while 18-year-old forward Delap is also an England youth international at U18 level.

The Saints have also extended goalkeeper Willy Caballero‘s contract with the club until the end of the season.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl hopes a deal can be struck to allow Chelsea loanee Armando Broja to stay on at the club next season. The 20-year-old forward has scored seven goals in all competitions so far during his loan spell at Southampton. Hasenhuttl feels the Albania international has a bright future, with discussions set to continue over whether that can be at St Mary’s Stadium again next season.

St Etienne are one of a number of French clubs thought to be interested in a loan deal for right-back Yan Valery. Valery has made one Premier League appearance so far this season, but may be called upon by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as Southampton have a number of injuries in their squad. The 22-year-old has 18 months left to run on his contract.

Tottenham

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte (PA)
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Antonio Conte may want to make several signings this month after calling for a rebuild at Spurs

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Following his side’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, head coach Antonio Conte called for a rebuild at Tottenham: “There is a lot of work to do in many aspects, because in this moment in the last couple of years the level of Tottenham has dropped a lot. Now we have to rebuild, and to rebuild we need patience and more time,” Conte said.

Tottenham could look to make several signings this month and the club are said to be interested in signing a right wing-back, a centre-back and a centre-forward in the transfer window.

Spurs are very interested in signing Adama Traore from Wolves and see the Spaniard as being able to play at right wing-back or in attack. The 25-year-old is contracted to the club until 2023 after joining in 2018.

Ajax are reportedly interested in winger Steven Bergwijn. An offer of around £15m was rejected by Spurs a few days ago, but the Eredivisie side are expected to make another attempt to sign him. Bergwijn was not in the squad for Tottenham’s League Cup semi-final second-leg defeat to Chelsea due to the ongoing uncertainty over his future.

The club have approached Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard’s representatives about a potential summer move. Lingard’s contract is due to expire at the end of this season and he could join other clubs on a free transfer. West Ham have also retained their interest in the midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the club.

Watford

Watford have signed Hassane Kamara from OGC Nice (Marius Becker/picture-alliance/dpa via AP)
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Watford have signed Hassane Kamara from OGC Nice

January ins:

Hassane Kamara – OGC Nice, undisclosed

Samir – Udinese, undisclosed

Edo Kayembe – Eupen, undisclosed

January outs:

Pontus Dahlberg – Gillingham, loan

Watford have lost their last six Premier League games – a run that stretches back to November 20, when Claudio Ranieri’s side last won against Manchester United. Having conceded 36 goals at this point in the season, it is understood the club will look to sign defenders and a midfielder as the Hornets bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

It is understood defender Danny Rose will not play again for the club and will be allowed to leave during this transfer window.

West Ham

PR - Curitiba - 11/02/2021 - BRAZILIAN A 2021, ATHLETICO PR X FLAMENGO - Gabriel Barbosa Flamengo player celebrates his goal during a match against Athletico-PR at Arena da Baixada stadium for the Brazilian A 2021 championship. Photo: Joao Vitor Rezende Borba/AGIF
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Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa could be interested in a move to England to secure a starting position in the Brazil national team

January ins:

January outs:

West Ham are looking to sign a striker, and have held talks over the signing of Flamengo‘s Gabriel Barbosa, though it is looking increasingly unlikely a deal will be pursued. Two other Premier League clubs are understood to be interested in pursuing a permanent deal for Barbosa, who wants to come to England as he feels it would provide him with the best chance of cementing his place as Brazil’s starting number 9 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The striker has scored five goals in 17 appearances for Brazil.

The club have also retained their interest in Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, who had a successful loan spell at the London Stadium in the second half of last season. Lingard is out of contract in the summer and he could join other clubs on a free transfer. Tottenham are also thought to be interested in the 29-year-old.

Wolves

Kawabe (left) has joined Wolves on a three-and-a-half year deal (Kyodo via AP Images)
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Kawabe (left) has joined Wolves on a three-and-a-half year deal

January ins:

Hayao Kawabe – Grasshopper Club Zurich, undisclosed

January outs:

Theo Corbeanu – MK Dons, loan

Wolves have scored the second-fewest goals in the Premier League this season with 14, and may be looking to add some firepower to their front line to address this for the second half of the season, having already recalled striker Austin Samuels from his loan spell at Aberdeen.

Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Adama Traore and see him as being able to play at right wing-back or in attack. Traore signed for Wolves in 2018 and has played more than 150 games for the club. His contract will expire in 2023.

Midfielder Ruben Neves has been linked with a move to Manchester United. The 25-year-old is contracted to the club until 2024.

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