Liverpool in for Barcelona wonderkid, Haaland LATEST, Trippier joins Newcastle, Coutinho to Villa

THE January transfer window is OPEN and deals are being made!

SunSport can exclusively reveal Liverpool are eyeing a £60m deal for Porto’s Colombian winger Luis Diaz.

And the Reds are also interested in Barcelona’s wonderkid Gavi and are prepared to pay him 50 TIMES his current salary at the Nou Camp.

Philippe Coutinho has completed a return to the Premier League.

Barcelona have accepted a loan offer from Aston Villa, bringing the former Liverpool star back to England.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have secured their first signing of the window by bringing in Three Lions full-back Keiron Trippier.

And Erling Haaland is a summer target for Real Madrid, who are confident they can land both him and Kylian Mbappe.

When does the 2022 January transfer window close?

The transfer window opened on January 1, and closes on the 31st at 11pm.

Clubs will be able to sign and sell players during that time, with the Premier League’s winter break due to take place while the final week of the window is going on.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

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  • Martial turns down Toon approach

    Anthony Martial has reportedly rejected the opportunity to join Newcastle from Manchester United.

    Spanish side Sevilla have been linked with a loan bid for the wantaway star, while Barcelona were also said to be keen.

    However, speculation has also been mounting that Eddie Howe’s Newcastle wanted to bring him to the North East.

    But it seems that Newcastle will now have to look elsewhere, despite them willing to splash the cash to secure his services.

    Spanish publication Sport have claimed that Martial has ‘no interest’ in signing for the Magpies.

    And it even states that the star already ‘refused to sign’ for the Magpies after they tabled a £30m bid for him.

  • Vlahovic to decide future in summer

    Arsenal have been dealt a potential blow in their pursuit of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

    According to 90min, the 21-year-old will wait until the summer to decide on his future.

    Vlahovic is in the final 18 months of his contract with the Serie A side, and rejected their advances of a new deal.

    It had led to speculation that a January move was possible in order to maximise a transfer fee.

    But a move this month could now be off the cards.

    Vlahovic is claimed to be willing to wait until the summer to decide on his next move, if he is not ‘convinced’ by offers this month.

    Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with the Serbian goal machine, as have both Manchester clubs.

  • Juve dressing room ‘meltdown’ impending

    Juventus have won NINE out of the last ten Serie A titles, but are currently languishing fifth in the table, eleven points off top spot.

    And boss Max Allegri is close to having things boil over in the dressing room, according to the Mail.

    Federico Chiesa and Matthijs De Ligt were seen arguing with Adrien Rabiot during the recent 1-1 draw against a depleted Napoli side.

    Chiesa was also involved in a disagreement with stand-in skipper Juan Cuadrado.

    And it’s claimed tensions are close to coming to a head at the club, who have found goals hard to come by since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.

  • United exit looming for many

    Manchester United are claimed to be planning a HUGE clear out in the summer, with a number of the current squad deemed surplus to requirements.

    According to MEN, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata could all leave on free transfers in the summer.

    Anthony Martial is also keen on an exit, which could come as soon as this month.

    And elsewhere Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek could also be offloaded in order to free up space for new arrivals.

    Eric Bailly too could be on his way out of Old Trafford after struggling for game time in recent months.

  • Guimaraes tracked by three clubs

    Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is a £40million target for Arsenal, according to the Evening Standard.

    But the Gunners face competition when it comes to signing the 24-year-old Brazilian.

    Newcastle and Everton are both also claimed to be keen on a move for the highly rated midfielder.

    Lyon are unlikely to sanction a move this month, but a potential end of season transfer could on the cards.

    Guimaraes confirmed in the summer that he had received an approach from Arsenal and said: “I have never hidden my desire to play in the Premier League.”

    And the Gunners could make another swoop for their man come the end of the campaign.

  • Maitland-Niles move reportedly done

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles has completed his loan transfer to Roma, reports claim.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, his side have been able to seal a loan deal until June.

    The Italian transfer expert claims that his contract has now been registered on Serie A’s system.

    He adds that the move is merely a straight loan transfer, with NO option to buy included.

    Maitland-Niles has completed his medical in Rome and confirmation is imminent.

  • Conte eyeing Tottenham transfer overhaul

    Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to flog Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Tanguy Ndombele in order to fund his Tottenham overhaul.

    A raft of Spurs players are allegedly ‘fearing for their futures’ as Conte plans a ruthless sale with ‘more than half a dozen players at risk’ of being sold.

    ESPN claims that Conte outlined his plan to reshape his squad in private meetings with senior figures at the club.

    But that can only happen if a major overhaul takes place – and there are several big names that could be casualties.

    This latest report states Alli, Bergwijn and Ndombele are all on the list of players Conte is willing to offload.

    And Matt Doherty, Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso are also names being touted as well.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is willing to back Conte’s judgement and is ready to get to work in this month’s transfer window.

  • Costa on the move again

    Diego Costa is available on a free transfer after having his contract terminated at Atletico Mineiro.

    The former Chelsea favourite joined the Brazilian side midway through their title-winning campaign last term.

    Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter: “Diego Costa has reached an agreement with Atletico Mineiro to terminate his contract and part ways with immediate effect. #transfers

    “Former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker’s gonna be now available on a free transfer. #Galo”

    According to Tribal Football, LaLiga duo Cadiz and Elche are both ‘in contact’ with the 33-year-old.

    While second-tier Eibar also want the two-time Premier League winner.

  • United interest in Milinkovic-Savic

    Manchester United have reportedly shown ‘concrete’ interest in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    The 26-year-old Serbian international is a target for the Red Devils, according to Calciomercato.

    Juventus are also interested, but his £58million price tag could put off the Serie A club.

    A formal bid is yet to be lodged, but a summer swoop is listed as a possibility.

    Milinkovic-Savic has former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman as his agent, and the report goes on to claim an ‘informal agreement’ is in place between Lazio owner Claudio Lotito and Kezman for the midfielder to move to United.

  • Lage speaks on Neves speculation

    Wolves boss Bruno Lage has spoken out on reports linking Ruben Neves to Manchester United.

    SunSport exclusively revealed yesterday that the club had warned United to back off, with rumours over a £35million move.

    Lage told reporters: “When you want to do the next step and every time you are selling your best players, then the next step can never happen.

    “We are here with the project and our ideas – that’s everyone: the chairman, sporting director and the manager.

    “The main point is to continue with the same players, try to improve them and go to the next level.”

  • Barcelona keen on Adama Traore

    Wolves winger Adama Traore is the subject of interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.

    According to Spanish publication Sport, the club are planning a move for Traore should Ousmane Dembele refuse to sign a new contract.

    Traore is claimed to be in touch with a number of Barca players, including Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Ferran Torres.

    And he is reported to be ‘open’ to a move back to the club where he started his career.

    Xavi and Co though have stiff competition though, with Tottenham also strongly linked with a move for the 25-year-old.

  • Tottenham Weston McKennie bid rejected

    Juventus have rejected an offer from Tottenham for midfielder Weston McKennie.

    According to Calciomercato, Spurs failed to match Juve’s £25million asking price for the 23-year-old.

    A proposed swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele is also said to have been turned down.

    Juve are keen to keep hold of McKennie, but are understood to be willing to let him leave for the right price.

    And with Antonio Conte eager to bolster his midfield this month, the club could return with an improved offer.

    Credit: Getty
  • FA Cup third round action

    It’s FA Cup third round weekend, which can only mean one thing – a day FULL of football.

    Here’s a look at today’s (yes, just today’s) games, with more to come tomorrow!

    • Millwall v Crystal Palace – 12.45pm
    • Bristol City v Fulham – 12.30pm
    • Burnley v Huddersfield Town – 12.30pm
    • Coventry City v Derby County – 12.30pm
    • Hartlepool United v Blackpool – 12.30pm
    • Mansfield Town v Middlesbrough – 12.30pm
    • Barnsley v Ipswich Town/Barrow – 3pm
    • Birmingham City v Plymouth Argyle – 3pm
    • Boreham Wood v AFC Wimbledon – 3pm
    • Kidderminster Harriers v Reading – 3pm
    • Leicester City v Watford – 3pm
    • Newcastle United v Cambridge United – 3pm
    • Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers – 3pm
    • Port Vale v Brentford – 3pm
    • Queens Park Rangers v Rotherham United – 3pm
    • West Brom v Brightonn – 3pm
    • Wigan v Blackburn Rovers – 3pm
    • Hull City v Everton – 5.30pm
    • Swansea City v Southampton – 5.30pm
  • Newcastle willing to outbid Arsenal

    Arsenal are strongly linked with a move for Fiorentina hitman Dusan Vlahovic.

    The 33-year-old scored 33 Serie A goals in 2021, and has attracted interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs.

    One of those is Arsenal, with both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah out-of-contract in the summer.

    But in a blow to the Gunners, the Independent’s Miguel Delaney claims Newcastle are willing to outbid Arsenal on whatever price they offer for Vlahovic.

    The Magpies are eager to use their new found fortune to out price rival clubs.

    But Vlahovic is said to want to join a ‘bigger’ club, and with Newcastle in the midst of a relegation scrap, a move to St James’ Park seems unlikely.

  • Gift of the Gav

    Liverpool are reportedly ready to offer Barcelona starlet Gavi FIFTY times more per week wages to sign him.

    Despite making just four top-flight appearances, he has already convinced the Anfield boss to try and make a swoop for him.

    Gavi is currently earning around £1,600-a-week at the Nou Camp.

    But El Nacional are claiming that Liverpool are prepared to pay him £80,000-a-week in order to secure his signature.

    The same outlet also states that the La Masia graduate sees his future at Barcelona.

    However, his release clause remains at a relatively low £41.7million and the financially-stricken Catalans could be tempted to cash in on the playmaker.

    Credit: AFP
  • Deal sealed with a Kess

    AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie is in talks to join Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract expires, reports suggest.

    The news comes as a blow to Liverpool and Tottenham, who had both shown interest in the 25-year-old midfielder.

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has sent representatives to Milan in a bid to wrap up a pre-contract agreement for the Ivory Coast international, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional.

    Negotiations between the two parties are thought to be ‘speeding up’ as Perez looks to fight off interest from elsewhere.

    It’s claimed Barcelona too are keen on snapping up Kessie, with the club also in contact with Kessie’s agents.

  • Barca’s Gavi eyed by Liverpool

    Liverpool are reportedly ready to offer Barcelona starlet Gavi FIFTY times more per week wages to sign him.

    The 17-year-old has broken into the LaLiga side’s first-team this term and caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp.

    And despite making just four top-flight appearances, he has already convinced the Anfield boss to try and make a swoop for him.

    Gavi is currently earning around £1,600-a-week at the Nou Camp.

    But El Nacional are claiming that Liverpool are prepared to pay him £80,000-a-week in order to secure his signature.

  • Good morning football fans

    Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho on loan.

    The Brazilian playmkaer has reunited with his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard at Villa Park.

    He will play with the Villans until the end of the season.

    Villa also have an option to buy clause inserted in the deal.

    Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes will be Barcelona’s No1 summer transfer target if they cannot secure Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

    The 27-year-old Portuguese star has struggled in recent months during Manchester United’s poor run of performances.

    According to El Nacional, Barcelona’s main priority is to sign Haaland in the summer.

    But if they miss out on the 21-year-old Norwegian then next on their list of targets is Man Utd man Fernandes.

    In other transfer news, Newcastle are reportedly preparing a swoop for West Ham defender Issa Diop.

     they are ready to table an offer between £8.3m and £10m ‘in the coming hours’ to West Ham for him, while another Toon transfer target – Lucas Digne – has revealed to Rafa Benitez his desire to leave Everton.

  • Wolves issue hands off warning

    Manchester United have been warned off a £35million swoop for Wolves star Ruben Neves.

    SunSport exclusively revealed that United wanted to sign the 24-year-old midfielder this month.

    But Wolves have yet to receive a bid for Neves or Spanish striker Adama Traore, who is wanted by Tottenham.

    But boss Bruno Lage said: “When you want to do the next step and every time you are selling your best players, then the next step can never happen.

    “We are here with the project and our ideas — that’s everyone: the chairman, sporting director and the manager.

    “The main point is to continue with the same players, try to improve them and go to the next level.

    “Do you receive the money and use it to improve the team, or do you continue with the same players?”

  • Jones to the World Cup?

    Phil Jones will be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2022 World Cup.

    That’s the view of talkSPORT presenter Andy Goldstein following the Manchester United defender’s long-awaited return against Wolves on Monday night.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I’ll make a statement. Phil Jones is going to go to the World Cup with England.

    “We’re not blessed with centre-halves. I think there’s a couple centre-halves he’s better than on his day.

    “I think he’s better than Mings, and I’d rather have Jones in a back two. If Jones carries on like that he’ll be going to the World Cup.

    “In his pomp, I think he’s better than John Stones. I always worry about John Stones. Phil Jones is going to the World Cup.”

  • Coleman lands job in Greece

    Chris Coleman is back in management with Greek Super League strugglers Atromitos.

    The ex-Wales boss has been out of work since he was sacked by Hebei China Fortune in May 2019.

    But Coleman, 51, has signed a short-term contract with the Athens-based outfit until the end of the season.

    Former Fulham, Coventry and Sunderland chief always stated he wanted to get another job aboard.

    And after spells in Spain with Real Sociedad, Larissa in Greece and his Chinese adventure, Coleman is back in work overseas.

  • Bayern Munich beaten at home

    Bayern Munich were stunned by Borussia Monchengladbach as they relinquished a first half lead to lose 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.

    Bayern remain nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, but second place Borussia Dortmund now have a game in hand.

    It all seemed to be going according to plan when Robert Lewandowski, as usual, netted the opener in the 18th minute.

    The hosts looked to be in total control but shortly before the half hour mark Monchengladbach suddenly drew level.

    Joshua Kimmich failed to clear his lines and midfielder Florian Neuhaus made the perennial German champions pay by firing in between the legs of Sven Ulreich.

    And things got even better for the visitors just four minutes later when they pinched a second at an empty Allianz.

  • Gerard Pique releases ban statement

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has hit back at claims he is earning £450,000 per week by posting a bank statement on social media.

    The 34-year-old centre-back was one of three players whose wages were supposedly leaked by Spanish TV3 programme Onze – with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba also reported to be on huge salaries with the cash-strapped club.

    But Pique has shut down those claims with a screenshot showing half his annual pay – £2million.

    This means that for the year of 2021 he was paid £4m, a sum which works out as roughly £75,000 per week.

    He tweeted: “Characters like this charging for public television to defend their friends.

    “Here are 50 per cent of my payroll earned on December 30th. Respect yourself a little.”

  • Red Devils give up Haaland

    Manchester United are no longer interested in signing Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland this summer.

    The Norway international, 21, is one of the most prolific strikers in Europe after scoring 76 goals in 74 games for his current team.

    A host of clubs have been linked with Haaland in recent months, including Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    However, according to the Daily Star, United are not considering making an approach for the highly-rated youngster.

    It’s believed Haaland has “set his heart” on a move to Real and the Red Devils have reluctantly accepted his decision.

  • Bale to hang up boots?

    Gareth Bale is considering ending his playing career this summer if Wales fail to qualify for this year’s World Cup, but could consider joining a Championship club if he helps his country make the tournament in Qatar.

    Wales face a play-off against Austria in Cardiff in March and, if they win, they will then face a showdown against either Scotland or Ukraine for a place in the finals.

    But if Wales fail at the play-off stage, retirement could be on the cards for Bale, whose Real Madrid contract expires at the end of the season.

    However, if Wales do reach their first World Cup in 64 years, Bale could consider signing a short-term deal with a Premier League or Championship side to ensure he is ready for the tournament.

    It is believed Bale, who turns 33 in July, could consider joining Cardiff or Swansea.

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