Barcelona want Ramsey, Stones while Liverpool target Jamie Vardy
The winter window opened Jan. 2. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Barcelona eye Premier League duo, Liverpool want Vardy
The rumours concerning Barcelona's interest in Aaron Ramsey just won't go away, with the Express being the latest outlet to suggest the Arsenal star is a target for the Spanish giants. According to the paper, Ramsey, 25, was the subject of a "secret spying mission" in Wednesday's 3-3 draw at Liverpool, and Barca have decided that the Wales midfielder is one of their "prime" summer targets.
Meanwhile, the Mail says the Blaugrana also sent scouts to watch John Stones in Everton's draw at Chelsea -- although the Star says the Toffees will offer their young centre-back a new £100,000-a-week deal to stay at Goodison Park.
The Star also reports that the Foxes face a struggle to hold onto star striker Jamie Vardy. Liverpool are "leading the race" for the 29-year-old England striker, who's wanted as a "modern-day Ian Rush" in what would likely be a £25m summer bid from Anfield.
22.30 GMT: That will do it for Sanday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with all the latest rumours picked from Sunday morning's papers!
21.40 GMT: XV de Piracicaba have announced the signing of Rivaldinho, 20, who is the son of former Brazil and Barcelona legend Rivaldo, for the length of the Sao Paulo State League tournament.
20. 54 GMT: LD Alajuelense have announced they have reached an agreement with New York City FC to send left-back Ronald Matarrita from the Costa Rican club to the Big Apple.
20.25 GMT: Globoesporte's Fred Huber is reporting former Barcelona flop Keirrison is on his way to club Buriram in Thailand. The 27-year-old striker played for Coritiba of Brazil for last season.
Ex-Coritiba, Keirrison está de malas prontas para defender o Buriram, da Tailândia. Paraná e Criciúma haviam se interessado. #vaievem- Fred Huber (@FredHuber) January 17, 2016
19.40 GMT: Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has tweeted that 22-year-old Leeds midfielder Sam Byram passed his medical with Everton and has subsequently put pen to paper on a three-year contract.
+++ Sam Byram has just passed medicals with Everton in the last hour. Signed a contract 3 years. #lufc- Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) January 17, 2016
18.43 GMT: Celtic have announced they are "delighted" to have signed Erik Sviatchenko to a four-and-a-half year deal from FC Midtjylland.
17.54 GMT: Former Brazil international striker Adriano has received offers from abroad to restart his career, reports Brazilian outlet Terra Brasil. The former Inter Milan and Flamengo star hasn't played since a four-game stint with Atletico Paranaense in 2014.
17.15 GMT: Belgian paper la Dernière Heure is reporting that Standard Liege left-back Jelle Van Damme is set to sign for the LA Galaxy. The club captain was left out of Sunday's squad for their game at Lokeren.
17.04 GMT: Nathan Oduwa was on loan at Rangers but has had his season-long loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur cut short according to the Daily Record.
16.00 GMT: These comments from Bayern's Robert Lewandowski will turn heads. "It's very flattering to see PSG officials talk about me but I'm concentrated on my work here at Bayern," he told Telefoot.
15.02 GMT: Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday that he was not to blame for Raheem Sterling's acrimonious transfer to Manchester City and that the club could have signed Spurs' Dele Alli and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.
14.08 GMT: Norwich manager Alex Neil remains hopeful of closing out a deal for Everton's Steven Naismith this month. "He is an international and he is a good lad off the pitch, so there is a whole host of reasons as to why we would be interested in that type of player,'' he said.
13.55 GMT: Celta Vigo have completed the signing of Lyon attacker Claudio Beauvue. The 27-year-old has long been linked with a reported €5 million move to the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos. Beauvue's transfer to the Primera Division was confirmed on Sunday, with the Guadeloupe striker penning a five-and-a-half year deal.
13.04 GMT: From Inter to AC Milan? Andrea Ranocchia could make the controversial switch to the Nerazzurri's rivals, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that the Rossoneri have "contacted their cross-town foes" about a possible move.
12.56 GMT: Dele Alli wanted to move to Liverpool before Tottenham eventually signed the England international from MK Dons, according to former Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers told Sky's Goals on Sunday: "We thought we had him at Liverpool. The manager of MK Dons actually drove him down to us. They played a game on the Saturday and we were playing West Ham on the Sunday.
"We'd had contact with Dele, it was all above board. I spent a couple of hours in a hotel room with him and he wanted to come to Liverpool. It was all about getting the deal done with the club but unfortunately it never got done.
"On Saturday evening we thought it had got done but eventually he went to Tottenham, which was frustrating and disappointing. He's done really well there."
12.40 GMT: More on that Chelsea move for 18-year-old Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Adrian Semper now... the Star quotes the Dinamo boss Zoran Mamic as saying: "For the last few days, Chelsea representatives have been in Zagreb, where they have prepared -- I must admit -- a great offer for Adrian Semper.
"We thanked them [for the offer]. They were highly professional and pleasant people, but we said no."
12.18 GMT: Swansea City have made a move to re-sign Joe Allen from Liverpool, according to The Sun.
11.41 GMT: Pato to Newcastle? PATO to Newcastle? Also, Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis could be keen to escape Wales and head north, while the Toon also have an interest in Saido Berahino of West Brom.
11.22 GMT: Staying with Chelsea... Dinamo Zagreb have confirmed to Goal they rejected an approach from Chelsea for Adrian Semper.
10.55 GMT: John Terry may have saved their bacon, but Chelsea have identified Scott Dann from Crystal Palace as a potential successor for the 35-year-old skipper, say the Daily Telegraph.
10.40 GMT: Sources have told ESPN FC that Real Madrid still plan to move for Manchester United's David De Gea in the summer but the player has told Sky Sports that he wants to follow in the footsteps of club greats Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar.
"I'm happy, I'm enjoying it and I believe in the team," he said. "They were the greatest goalkeepers in the Premier League, they are legends for this club and that is what I want."
10.15 GMT: Leicester are hopeful of sealing a deal for FC Copenhagen's Daniel Amartey by the end of the week, according to the Press Association. The Foxes are in talks with the 21-year-old midfielder as boss Claudio Ranieri seeks to bolster his squad for their shock title assault.
09.49 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka has been linked with Liverpool and the club's sporting director Max Eberl admits that they would consider any major bids.
"It depends a bit on our own sporting success, it depends on Granit's own performances and of course it depends on the figures," he told WDR2. "If they reach a certain level, then you could start to get dizzy. There are always situations in which every club would have to make considerations."
09.36 GMT: Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy says he has to leave the club this month. "Whatever happens, even if it is to return [to Arsenal] this summer and then start again, I have to go this winter. I can not stay at Arsenal," he told L'Equipe.
09.14 GMT: Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer is not going to be pressured over a new contract for striker Mario Gotze.
"We will look at Gotze's contract situation in peace. Bayern Munich are the party calling the shots," Sammer told Sat1. "There is no problem at all with Mario. We all know how the situation is and how long his contract is still running. And we know when there are certain key moments. But we are the ones who are in charge. We are in no rush and will work on this at our leisure."
08.50 GMT: Real Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez has claimed that FIFA is looking into Premier League clubs over breaches of the same regulations that saw Atletico and Real Madrid given transfer window bans last week.
07.29 GMT: We kick today's Transfer Talk off with news that Alex Neil has confirmed that Norwich are interested in signing Timm Klose from Wolfsburg, according to the Eastern Daily Press.
Real confident for De Gea
Real Madrid's transfer ban has caused some sensational headlines of late, but it seems as though the Spanish giants are confident that the ban on registering players in the next two windows will be overturned; so confident in fact that sources have told ESPN FC that Real still plan to move for Manchester United's David De Gea in the summer, and are unlikely to try and buy him this January.
Real have already stated that they will appeal, and ESPN FC has been told that president Florentino Perez and Bernabeu officials met on Thursday afternoon to discuss the developments as well as the effect on their transfer plans. Marca reports that Los Blancos could still plan for a worst-case scenario with Schalke's Leroy Sane -- linked with Manchester City and Barcelona -- as an option in January. That's despite Sane's attacking midfield position being covered already by James Rodriguez and Isco, who are still battling for Zinedine Zidane's affections.
Leicester to lose star duo?
Riyad Mahrez may have missed his second successive penalty as Leicester slipped to a draw at Aston Villa on Saturday, but that doesn't look like it's stopping the clamour for the 24-year-old Algerian's signature. The Star reports that Chelsea are considering a £20m summer deal for the playmaker, who could be lined up as a replacement for Eden Hazard should the Belgian winger seek an exit at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the Star also reports that the Foxes face a struggle to hold onto star striker Jamie Vardy. Liverpool is "leading the race" for the 29-year-old England striker, who's wanted as a "modern-day Ian Rush" in what would likely be a £25m summer bid from Anfield. Liverpool could offset some of that cost by selling Mario Balotelli to West Ham for £10m, according to reports from the Brentwood Gazette.
On the flip side of Leicester potentially losing their stars, Claudio Ranieri could land Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira on loan. That's according to reports from the Mail.
Fergie back at Old Trafford?
Sir Alex Ferguson back to Manchester United? Surely not. ... Still, the Mirror sensationally reports that the Old Trafford legend could in fact be tempted to make an unlikely return to the club should Louis van Gaal be sacked. According to the paper, the 74-year-old former United boss would be willing to take a "hands-on role" behind the scenes to help Ryan Giggs if the Glazer family decides to part ways with Van Gaal and promote the ex-Wales winger to manager.
Contrary to those reports, the Mirror suggests that Van Gaal is busy plotting a £120m summer spending spree; a striker, right winger, creative midfielder and full-back are all being targeted by the Dutch coach. The Mirror also reports that United will continue to reshape their backroom staff. Chief scout Jim Lawlor could be given a new role to "concentrate his energy on heading a significantly expanded scouting network."
What of Jose Mourinho, you ask? The Sun reports that the former Chelsea coach "expects" to be the United boss within six months, and has been sounding out his "trusted staff" as to who would like to join him at Old Trafford. One man who can't escape United's clutches is Victor Valdes, with the Mirror reporting that the goalkeeping outcast -- not even allowed to be on site when the first team train -- has been refused a loan move to Newcastle by Van Gaal.
Yaya off to China?
It's pretty clear where Yaya Toure stands on Manchester City's potential recruitment of Pep Guardiola this summer. The Ivorian's agent is suggesting his own grandfather could have matched the Catalan coach's achievements at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. With the 32-year-old midfielder likely to be looking for new pastures if Manuel Pellegrini is sacked, the Star reports that Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning are set to hand Toure a £230,000-a-week contract after tax -- a stunning amount given his age, but one the player could find extremely difficult to turn down.
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Guardiola would undoubtedly want to hold onto promising striker Kelechi Iheanacho, although the Mirror reports that contract talks over a "significant" pay raise for the 19-year-old are on hold as two rival agents' firms -- United States-based First Eleven Management and London-based Stellar Group -- are locked in a dispute as to who actually represents the forward.
Chelsea eye defensive reinforcements
John Terry rescued a draw for Chelsea on Saturday, although the captain's time at the club looks to be drawing to a close. Saturday's game offered the Premier League champions the perfect opportunity to scout long-term target John Stones, but should Barca get there first, the Mirror reports that the Premier League champions are looking at a deal to make Crystal Palace's Scott Dann the successor to Terry, safe in the knowledge that they could double the centre-back's current £60,000-a-week wages.
And while Diego Costa was taken to a hospital for a scan after the thriller against Everton, the Star reports that Galatasaray have put Blues backup forward Loic Remy at the "top of their wanted list."
Lacazette joining Toon army?
Alexandre Lacazette has made no secret of his desire to make a "very attractive" move to a Premier League side this summer, and Newcastle seem to have been listening intently. According to reports from the Mirror, the Magpies -- fresh from signing Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey this month -- have made a £25m offer in an attempt to beat rival clubs to the striker's signature before a possible summer rush.
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While Lyon are "likely to accept the bid," the paper says the Magpies face a tougher test convincing the 24-year-old to move this month rather than wait and potentially strike a deal with a Champions League club at the end of the season. A cheaper option would be Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis, who would cost around £7m, according to the Mail reports.
- Everton's promising young squad could be bolstered by starlet Will Hughes; the Mirror reports that the Toffees are plotting a £10m summer move for the 20-year-old Derby midfielder if he recovers from a serious knee injury.
- Callum McManaman's move from Wigan to West Brom hasn't exactly paid off, and the Telegraph reports that the Baggies have placed a £7m price tag on the 24-year-old midfielder's head. QPR, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough are all interested.
- QPR could lose another key player this January, with the Mirror reporting that Watford have joined the £8m race for Loftus Road winger Matt Phillips.