The transfer window is well and truly hotting up.
Chelsea moved to make their first signing of the winter when they landed Ross Barkley in a £15million move from Everton on Friday night.
The Toffees quickly reinvested their cash from the deal as they landed £27m Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun just hours later.
But on Saturday evening the British transfer record was smashed when Liverpool accepted a whopping £142m from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, as the Catalans finally got their man following a series of rejected bids in the summer.
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- Manchester City make first move to sign Alexis Sanchez
- Philippe Coutinho delivers incredible gesture to Barcelona
- Five key factors that helped pave the way for Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho
- Liverpool to bid for Lemar this month
- Mirallas joins Olympiacos on loan
Ceballos wants Reds switch?
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is reportedly eyeing a move to Liverpool – because he’s keen to work with Jurgen Klopp.
The Spanish starlet, 21, joined Los Blancos in the summer in a £12million switch from Real Betis.
But Ceballos has struggled for playing time at the Santiago Bernabeu and has failed to live up to expectations, playing just 186 minutes in La Liga so far.
Liverpool were said to be keen last summer on a move, and now Diario Gol reports that that interest hasn’t been forgotten, and that Ceballos believes Klopp is the man to reignite his career.
Ceballos has over five years left on his Madrid deal, but is seemingly keen to depart now, in a bid to salvage his World Cup hopes.
Rafa blocking any January transfermoves that could help Newcastle’s relegation rivals
Rafa Benitez has put a transfer block on any deals that could boost Newcastle’s relegation rivals.
West Ham are interested in £20m rated midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
But Benitez wants the play maker to grab decisive points for Newcastle and refuses to give any rivals a boost.
Benitez’ has an interest in Hammers’ on loan Manchester City keeper Joe Hart but is not optimistic United could do a deal and pinch a potential key player from East London.
Aubameyang set to quit Dortmund
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is finally set to quit Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.
But the Gabon striker appears unlikely to be heading to the Premier League.
Sina Sports in China report that Aubameyang is set for a switch to the Chinese Super League in a multi-million pound deal.
Guangzhou Evergrande appear to be the front runners in a deal that would total £63.5million.
Evergrande are reportedly in advanced negotiations with Aubameyang and he could move later this month.
Former Chelsea star set for Inter switch
Jiangsu Suning and Inter are in negotiations with the Brazilian keen to return to a top league.
The 30-year-old joined the Chinese Super League side for £25m in 2016 but could now be set to challenge for the scudetto with the Nerazzurri.
Fellaini ‘tells United he wants to leave’
Marouane Fellaini has told Jose Mourinho he wants to leave, according to reports.
The Manchester United midfielder is out of favour this season and is reportedly fed up of waiting for a chance.
Fellaini’s current deal at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season and he is free to start negotiations with European clubs.
The Sun report that he has had a conversation with Mourinho where he has told him that he will not be considering a new contract.
Due to injury, Fellaini made his first appearance since the end of November in the FA Cup win over Derby.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard admits he’s sick after Philippe Coutinho exits for Barcelona
Steven Gerrard has admitted he feels “sick” after Philippe Coutinho left his beloved Liverpool to join Barcelona in a British record £142m deal.
The Brazilian secured his dream move and was unveiled at the Nou Camp on Monday in front of thousands of gleeful cules.
Kop hero Gerrard admits he’s “still digesting it” though after Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a huge blow to their top four and Champions League ambitions.
“I’m still digesting it as a Liverpool fan,” Gerrard told BT Sport, before being asked by fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand if he was still being sick.
“Yeah,” Gerrard replied. “I’m not surprised by it (Coutinho’s move). I know Liverpool have done everything they can to keep him and they fought very hard to keep him until the summer.
Arsenal ‘step up Evans pursuit’
Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign Jonny Evans, according to reports.
The West Brom defender is a wanted man, with Manchester City also considering making a bid this month.
Evans is reportedly eager to leave the Baggies this month and will want to talk to potential suitors.
The Times report that Arsenal are determined to pip City to the signing, which would cost in the region of £25million.
Evans lives in the north west, meaning City would likely be his preferred destination.
Rangers wait on Forest striker Cummings after Karanka appointment
Rangers target Jason Cummings will wait for talks with new Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka before deciding his future, reports Press Association’s Andy Newport.
The 22-year-old Scotland striker made his switch to the City Ground last summer but found himself sidelined by Mark Warburton during the final days of his Forest reign.
The Light Blues are now rumoured to be considering offering him an escape route back north of the border.
A fee of around £1million would be required to prise him away but Ibrox boss Graham Murty now has room to manoeuvre after striking a deal with Mexican outfit Cruz Azul – now managed by his Light Blues predecessor Pedro Caixinha – that will see them cover all of Carlos Pena’s £20,000-a-week wages as part of a six-month loan deal, with a guaranteed £2million sum to follow if the move is made permanent.
However, Press Association Sport understands Cummings is not ready to walk away from Forest just six months after signing on from Hibernian.
He is willing to bide his time while Karanka, who was handed a two-and-a-half-year deal by Forest chiefs on Monday, assesses his new squad in the hope he can make a bigger impact under the former Middlesbrough boss than he managed with ex-Gers manager Warburton.
While Pena has agreed terms with Cruz Azul, Press Association Sport understands that two of his fellow Caixinha recruits – Fabio Cardosso and Eduardo Herrera – will only be allowed to move themselves if they can find clubs also willing to pay their salaries in full.
Meanwhile, new Rangers signing Jamie Murphy believes his best is yet to come after signing for his boyhood heroes.
The Brighton attacker sealed a six-month loan switch with the Light Blues over the weekend with a permanent deal set to be concluded this summer.
He has now met up with his new team-mates after flying out to America, where the Ibrox side are competing in the Florida Cup.
Wolves midfielder Price heads to MLS
Wolves midfielder Jack Price has completed a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids.
The Irishman has spent much of the season on the outside looking in at Molineux, with Romain Saiss and Ruben Neves the club’s preferred midfield partnership.
Price, grew up at Molineux and was handed a new contract during the summer.
But his desire to play regular action has seen him accept a new challenge across the Atlantic.
Wanderers’ have taken a nominal fee for the midfielder.
Pellegrini in demand
Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is on the transfer hit list of three Premier League clubs.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all interested in signing the 21-year-old Italy international.
And the reason is that Pellegrini has a buy-out clause of £21m which makes him hugely attractive.
All three clubs are watching him while Roma desperately trying to keep him and change the contract having previously loaned out their academy graduate but he has now made major progress.
Manchester City make first move to sign Alexis Sanchez
Manchester City have made the first move to sign Alexis Sanchez in this month’s transfer window.
City boss Pep Guardiola wants to fast forward his attempts to sign Sanchez – and the Blues have sounded out Arsenal about a potential £25million deal.
It is understood Arsenal will be willing to sell at the right price and are likely to want closer to £30m, but they will also want the deal done early enough to allow them to sign a replacement for Sanchez before the window closes.
City were confident of signing Sanchez on a free transfer in the summer when his contract expires, knowing the Chile star has always preferred a move to them over Paris Saint Germain.
Arsenal want Thomas Lemar to replace Alexis Sanchez this month – as Monaco eye £90million January pay day
Arsenal have once more made Thomas Lemar their No.1 transfer target if Alexis Sanchez departs for Manchester City.
City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Sanchez this month – and the Blues have already sounded out Arsenal about a potential deal.
Arsene Wenger has previously stated that the Gunners wanted to keep the Chilean, but are now willing to cash in for around £30million, on a player who can walk away for nothing on July 1.
The increasingly likely event of Sanchez heading to the Etihad before January ends means Arsenal will step up their pursuit of a replacement – and French international Lemar is once more the man they want.
Barton: Time for Wenger to go
The players they are recruiting at this moment in time are not the players that you think are going to put them back at the top table in European and on the domestic scene so I don’t know what is happening with the club.
I think if I was an Arsenal fan, I can understand the split – he has been a phenomenal servant for Arsenal.
But everyone has an end point.
Liverpool’s Keita hopes set to be dashed
Liverpool will meet resistance from RB Leipzig in their quest to bring Naby Keita to Anfield in the current window.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are investigating the possibility of bringing the midfielder’s summer transfer forward in the wake of Philippe Coutinho’s imminent move to Barcelona.
The Reds agreed a £55million deal for Keita in the summer window and are willing to hand the German side an extra payment this month in order to accelerate the move.
The player is said to be open to the idea of doing, but it may not be so easy.
Monaco boss opens door for Liverpool to sign Thomas Lemar in January
Thomas Lemar’s January move to Liverpool as Philippe Coutinho’s replacement could be on after Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim failed to rule out his departure this month.
Coutinho departed Anfield for Barcelona in a British record £142m fee, leaving Jurgen Klopp searching for a replacement to minimise the damage to their top four and Champions League hopes.
The Reds have already splashed out £75m on Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, but fans will demand a direct replacement after positioning themselves well heading into 2018 – and Jardim has left the door open for a blockbuster deal.
“We do not typically sell players in the winter transfer window,” Jardim admitted.
“But the month is long and many things could happen.”
Arsenal and Valencia negotiate Coquelin deal
The Arsenal midfielder is searching for first team opportunities after being left on the periphery by Arsene Wenger this season.
Los Che will gladly take him to the Mestalla to give the Frenchman a new lease of life in La Liga.
Philippe Coutinho delivers incredible gesture to Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho was so desperate to join Barcelona from Liverpool that he delivered an incredible gesture to his new club by putting up £11.5m of the £142m British record fee.
The Brazilian was paraded around the Nou Camp on Monday as thousands of gleeful cules welcomed their new hero.
The 25-year-old will be out for 20 days through injury, meaning a debut will have to wait until the end of January or the first week of February—Alaves at home on January 28 or Espanyol away on February 4 appear most likely.
The Blaugrana’s vice-president Jordi Mestre claims they signed Coutinho at a reduced cost despite his £142million transfer fee being the second-most expensive in history.
Wales could miss out on Giggs
Wales chiefs risk losing out on Ryan Giggs to Stoke after a slow search for Chris Coleman’s successor.
Coleman stunned the FAW on November 17 when he quit for Sunderland after Wales failed to reach the World Cup.
Wales were hopeful of keeping Euro 2016 hero Coleman on a new deal despite missing out on a place at Russia.
But it is only this coming week that the FAW and chief executive Jonathan Ford are due to start formal interviews after the festive holiday period.
Candidates to be spoken to include bookies’ favourite Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Coleman’s assistant Osian Roberts.
Three-way chase for Ekambi
Three Premier League sides are in the hunt for Angers striker Karl Toko Ekambi.
Ekambi has impressed with the French side and should be available for around £10m.
Brighton, Watford and Palace are all interested, according to the Sun.
Armstrong set for loan
Newcastle youngster Adam Armstrong is set to join Blackburn.
Armstrong has been at Bolton but struggled for match action.
He is set to join the League One side until the end of the season.
Barnsley sign Ipswich striker Moore
A move in the Championship.
Kieffer Moore has left Ipswich, having never made the breakthrough at Portman Road, and seemingly always having spent his time on loan at lower league clubs.
He’s cut short a loan stint at Rotherham to join Barnsley on a permanent deal.
Former Saints defender Caceres joins Lazio
Lazio have completed the signing of Martin Caceres from Hellas Verona.
The former Juventus and Southampton defender should provide great versatility.
The Biancocelesti are fighting for a top four finish to qualify for the Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain rule out Paulo Dybala move in boost to Manchester United’s hopes of landing Juventus ace
Paris Saint-Germain have ruled out a summer move for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.
Argentine ace Dybala, 24, has been linked with a big-money summer move away from Turin, amid mounting tensions at the Allianz Stadium between the Bianconeri and the player’s entourage.
Indeed, Dybala’s elder brother, Mariano, now looking after his affairs after his split from his long-time agent, reportedly travelled to Paris to meet with PSG officials.
The forward, who will hope to be part of the Argentina squad heading to Russia for the World Cup, has also been linked with a switch to Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho is eyeing fresh forward-line additions this summer, with Dybala and Antoine Griezmann believed to be among his top targets.
Five key factors that helped pave the way for Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho
Chance to develop
Barcelona know that at 25 years of age, Coutinho is entering his prime.
Given the enormous fee invested, they will see the best years of the Brazilian and help Lionel Messi transition away from carrying the team himself.
Barcelona stars wanted Coutinho
The player was a favourite in the Blaugrana’s dressing room, including Paulinho and Luis Suarez.
The rest of the dressing room gladly welcomed a superstar talent such as Coutinho, who can help to carry the baton home in La Liga, whilst others rest for the Champions League.
Five key factors that helped pave the way for Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho
2. Neymar’s departure
Coutinho was not always so eager to join Barcelona, in fact at the beginning of last summer, he had his reservations.
Neymar’s presence, as well as that of Andres Iniesta, meant, he thought, a place on the substitutes’ bench in the big games.
Paris Saint-Germain’s shock move for Neymar changed everything, switching Coutinho’s stance over staying at Anfield until 2018.
3. PSG rejected
Coutinho even rejected the opportunity to join Paris Saint-Germain after the World Cup this summer.
Barcelona rushed through a deal in January knowing that the French giants couldn’t squeeze past FFP by signing the Liverpool star this month.
PSG promised him the second-highest wage in Paris, behind Neymar, yet it wasn’t enough.
Five key factors that helped pave the way for Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho
1. Coutinho’s determination to join Barcelona
It all began 18 months ago, though a transfer request six months ago accelerated such a deal.
Coutinho was disgruntled after being denied his dream, but gathered himself, trained and played hard, then put pressure on the Reds to sell.
This time vowing to never player for the club again.
Schalke chief provides Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United with update on Leon Goretzka transfer situation
Leon Goretzka has been told to make a decision over his Schalke future.
Goretzka, 22, is a target for a host of Premier League sides, including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
The midfielder has been told by club bosses at the Veltins-Arena that he needs to let them know where his future lies before the end of the month.
Potters in Stoke frame
Graham Potter is among the leading quartet with Ladbrokes for the Stoke City vacancy.
The Ostersunds boss spent three years with the Potters as a player and has expressed an interest in the job since Mark Hughes was sent packing last weekend.
And the bookies make him a 7/1 shot for the position, putting him firmly among the frontrunners ahead of the likes of Ronald Koeman (14/1), Roberto Mancini (16/1) and former second-favourite, Ryan Giggs (20/1).
Sunderland land Chelsea defender
Chris Coleman has made his first signing at Sunderland since taking charge.
The Black Cats boss has landed Jake Clarke-Salter on loan until the end of the season, taking the 20-year-old from Chelsea.
“Jake is a hugely talented young player who has jumped at the opportunity to come to this club and show people what he can do.
“You don’t play for a club like Chelsea unless you have tremendous ability and I’m sure he will be able to demonstrate that for Sunderland.
“Jake is exactly the type of hungry young player I have spoken about and he has shown me just how keen he is to come to here and play in front of our supporters.”
Blackpool land keeper
QPR keeper Joe Lumley has joined Blackpool.
The 22-year-old heads north on a loan deal for the remainder of the season.
“I’d like to thank QPR for allowing Joe to join us on loan,” manager Gary Bowyer said. “He’s a keeper with a lot of promise and he performed very well on loan with Bristol Rovers last season.”