Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal told Toney price tag as Sancho heads for Man Utd exit and Firmino nears return

Pochettino looks to January transfer window despite Chelsea’s £1billion outlay

The January transfer window is well under way with deals being made and moves getting finalised. Arsenal have seemingly made Ivan Toney their ideal target for this window and have been told that it will take at least £100m to prise him away from Brentford. Chelsea are also interested in the striker but will need to offload several members of their huge squad to raise the funds for a deal.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have awarded a six-year contract to Pape Matar Sarr following his impressive season and have their sights set on Genoa defender Radu Dragusin. Spurs are reportedly hoping to finalise a £25m deal to bring the 21-year-old centre-back to the Premier League, although Napoli are now also in for the Romanian.

Elsewhere, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is making his presence known at Old Trafford following his minority takeover. The billionaire is now in charge of football operations and wants to bring Newcastle United chief Dan Ashworth on board to replace John Murtough as sporting director. Ashworth impressed during roles with the FA and Brighton before joining Newcastle 18 months ago and Ratcliffe is prepared to pay ‘whatever it takes’ to secure his services.

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McKenna making the switch to Scotland?

Nottingham Forest defender Scott McKenna could play the second half of the season in the Scottish Premiership as he is being lined up for a move to Celtic.

The Hoops are reportedly in pole position to land McKenna on loan in the January window, according to the Daily Record and have a solid chance of getting their man who has not played for Forest since the 1-1 draw with Burnley on September 18.

Mike Jones5 January 2024 13:10


No decision made for Mbappe’s future

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has said no decision has been made over his future at Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe’s PSG contract expires in six months and recent reports have linked him to Liverpool though the strong suggestion is that he will join up with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

“No, to start with I’m very motivated by this year,” he told reporters after PSG’s 2-0 win over Toulouse on Wednesday night.

“It’s very important. We have titles to win and we have already won one.

“I haven’t made my decision yet. I haven’t made a choice. With the agreement I had with the president in the summer, my decision is not important as we managed to protect all the parties and preserved the serenity of the club for the challenges to come, which is the most important.

“So we will say that it [the decision] is secondary.”

Mike Jones5 January 2024 13:00


Thiago Silva to return to Fluminense?

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva could make a return to former club Fluminense in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror who claim that the Blues are looking for defensive options this month suggesting an imminent departure for the 39-year-old.

Silva’s current deal expires at the end of the season with Brazilian side Fluminense keen to offer him a contract into his 40s.

Silva, who joined Chelsea in 2020, was the club’s player of the year last season and helped them win the Champions League, Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup.

Mike Jones5 January 2024 12:50


Mary Earps considering future options but open to remain at Man Utd

Sports Personality of the Year winner and Lioness hero, Mary Earps, is open to staying at Manchester United beyond the end of her existing contract, report The Telegraph.

Despite some interest from French side Paris St-Germain, the goalkeeper is understood to be still undecided about her future and is keeping her options open.

The 30-year-old’s current deal runs until the summer.

Mike Jones5 January 2024 12:40


Eddie Howe needs a turning point as he faces crunch moment in Newcastle reign

A derby defeat to Sunderland finished off a Newcastle United manager who had reached a cup final the previous season. His team were on a losing run, he compounded it with a disastrous team selection and a loss to local rivals. He left a few days later.

Eddie Howe, it is safe to say, has rarely been compared to Ruud Gullit. He proved the first Newcastle manager since the Dutchman to take United to Wembley, and also lost to Manchester United there, but the similarities are otherwise superficial.

Sunderland do not hold such immediate peril for him: not when the vast majority of the Newcastle fanbase appreciates his overachievement in the two years before a disastrous last month and when he retains the backing of the club’s powerbrokers; or the more known quantities, at least, such as co-owner Amanda Staveley and director of football Dan Ashworth.

Mike Jones5 January 2024 12:30


Brighton midfielder makes move to Blackburn

Brighton midfielder Yasin Ayari has joined Blackburn on a loan deal for the remainder of the season, after a previous spell at Coventry was cut short.

The 20-year-old Swedish international featured in just 13 of Coventry’s 26 Championship games, starting six. Brighton’s technical director David Weir says the club made the switch to try and secure more game time for the midfielder saying:

“Yasin was a regular in the squad at Coventry, but he was finding playing time limited. We feel his move to Blackburn will give him more opportunities to play, and we’re looking forward to following his progress in the second half of the season.”

Yasin joined Brighton in January 2023 from Swedish side AIK, on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Mike Jones5 January 2024 12:20


Is Beck the solution to Liverpool’s left-back crisis?

Liverpool have recalled left-back Owen Beck from Dundee as injuries to both Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas leave the Reds short in that position. Joe Gomez has been providing cover there in recent times but Beck may offer a solution to boss Jurgen Klopp.

The 21-year-old hasn’t had the best of times out on loan but Klopp remains confident he can rise to the challenge should be be required.

He said: “We are really positive about Owen, but he had two difficult loan spells, things can happen when you move away from home,

“Must be the right manager, right team, another experienced left back already there, so many things can happen. The situation here is clear; we’ve lost two left backs, so the boy we like is available so we bring him back. That is it.”

Mike Jones5 January 2024 12:10


Fulham to extend Tete contract

Fulham are said to be preparing a contraxt extension to Kenny Tete by one year to maintain his value should any overseas clubs try to sign him in January, according to the Evening Standard.

The right-back’s current deal is due to end this summer with the 28-year-old, recently back from injury, having made 10 appearances for Marco Silva’s Cottagers this term.

Mike Jones5 January 2024 12:00


Anxiety weighing heavily on Arsenal but is Ivan Toney the answer?

That is partly because the Arsenal manager himself is trying to work out what has gone wrong with his attack.

With just four goals in five games, it is the primary reason why they have only taken four points from those fixtures and thrown away the opportunity for a commanding position at the top of the league. It’s not even like they’ve been squandering that many chances, either. Arsenal just aren’t creating with the fizz and finesse they had been for much of last season, and some of this. There’s been an anxiety to their recent build-up that has fed into an agitation at training. Everything suddenly feels forced and prescribed again, in the way it was in Arteta’s difficult first two years. The manager is also one of the Premier League’s more intense figureheads, which can grate for players that bit more when form isn’t going well.

Mike Jones5 January 2024 11:52


Brereton Diaz on joining Sheffield United

Ben Brereton Diaz made just two starts in LaLiga since joining Villarreal on a four-year deal from Blackburn in the summer but will look to rediscover his former in the Premier League.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Brereton Diaz said: “As soon as I knew there was interest, I spoke to a few people, and we got it done quickly.

“I wasn’t really playing out there (in Spain) and was told I could go out on loan, so it is great to be over in England now at such a great club and a club I know well through playing against. I can’t wait to get started.

“I spoke to Chris (Wilder) on the phone, and he was telling me about what the team stands for – hard work, desire and things like that. That’s something I enjoy, and it was something I wanted to be part of.

“Coming here is great for myself, playing in the Premier League is something you dream of as a young boy so that’s great for me and I just can’t wait to get started.”

Mike Jones5 January 2024 11:45


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