Coutinho's £142m Barca move imminent; Man Utd eye Sessegnon
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TOP STORY: Coutinho deal "imminent"
Philippe Coutinho believes a move to Barcelona is "imminent," reports The Times, as Liverpool look set to lose the Brazilian midway through the season.
Barcelona have increased their offer to around £142 million, £106m of which will be paid up front, with the rest based on appearances and trophy-related bonuses.
Although Liverpool have tried to persuade Coutinho to stay, it's thought he is desperate to depart for the Nou Camp this month and isn't interested in discussing a pay raise to remain at Anfield. Meanwhile Jurgen Klopp told a news conference he has "nothing to say" about the matter ahead of his team's FA Cup Merseyside derby against Everton on Friday.
Thomas Lemar has been mentioned as a potential replacement, but Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has dismissed talk of the midfielder leaving in January.
22.46 GMT: And we wrap up today's live blog with a piece of business from Liga MX, where Club America have announced Racing winger Andres Ibarguen will be joining the club as the 2018 Clausura gets underway on Friday night. Miguel Herrera also confirmed the pursuit of PSV Eindhoven's Luuk de Jong, who the former Mexico manager called a top priority.
22.23 GMT: Now a bit of MLS transfer news, as the league's official website is reporting that Minnesota United are sending Johan Venegas back to his native Costa Rica for a loan spell with Saprissa. Venegas helped his country qualify for the 2018 World Cup and is expected to feature for the team in Russia.
22.01 GMT: Riyad Mahrez to Man United? Andy Carroll to Chelsea? Steve Nicol rates the latest rumours in the winter window. WATCH.
21.28 GMT: Jese Rodriguez's frequent trips back to visit his sick son in the Canary Islands could lead to a return to Las Palmas for the Real Madrid academy product. Jese, on loan to Stoke from Paris Saint-Germain, has not played regularly for Mark Hughes since October. And GianlucaDiMarzio.com is reporting that the 24-year-old native of the islands could rejoin the club on loan as he did for the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.
20.56 GMT: We have a DONE DEAL to announce as Everton confirmed the signing of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun at half-time of their FA Cup game against Liverpool on Friday.
The deal had been widely expected, and a day earlier manager Sam Allardyce said a deal -- reportedly valued at £27 million -- would be done soon.
"It feels great to be an Everton player," Tosun told Everton's website. "I'm really happy to be here and happy that everything is done." Read the full story here.
20.33 GMT: A DONE DEAL involving a U.S. international is next as Kenny Saief moves from Gent to Anderlecht on loan.
20.12 GMT: More bad news for Columbus Crew SC? MLSSoccer.com reports that two of their core stars, forwards Justin Meram and Ola Kamara, have asked to leave the club ahead of the 2018 season.
Sam Stejskal reports that their demands aren't purely linked to concerns over the club's future, whether in Ohio or in Texas, but over contract concerns (Kamara is looking for a new deal) and the desire for a new challenge (Meram).
19.59 GMT: Out of left field comes this rumour involving Major League Soccer but talks are reportedly heating up between out-of-favour Barcelona winger Arda Turan and the Chicago Fire, according to the Daily Mail.
Turan, 30, doesn't have much of a future at the Camp Nou as Barca attempts to refresh its ranks for the future and despite being offered to clubs in England and Italy, a move to the U.S. might end up being his best option.
19.41 GMT: After news of Ross Barkley leaving Everton hit earlier today, here's another player exiting Goodison Park in a DONE DEAL as midfielder Liam Walsh completes a permanent move to Bristol City.
Walsh, 20, had previously been on loan at Yeovil Town and Birmingham City but signed a two-and-a-half year deal to drop down to the Championship. Read the full story here.
19.06 GMT: After a disappointing loan spell at Sunderland, Bournemouth forward Lewis Grabban is back with the Cherries having requested a release from the Wearside outfit.
Grabban scored 12 goals for the Black Cats in his brief stay there and according to Sky, Bournemouth will be looking to find a permanent new home for the 29-year-old this January. Championship table-toppers Wolves are reportedly heading the queue for his services.
18.40 GMT: Hey, a DONE DEAL update involving an old friend...
Former Man City and LA Galaxy (and many other places) midfielder Nigel De Jong is back in the Bundesliga after a nine-year absence, signing a short-term deal at Mainz. De Jong, 33, marauded in the Hamburg midfield from 2006-09 before embarking on spells in the Premier League, Serie A, Major League Soccer and the Turkish Super Lig.
18.14 GMT: Let's stay in England's second tier for a moment and look at what Sunderland might be planning this month. It hasn't been the easiest season for the Wearside club, who are bottom of the Championship having finished the 2016-17 season dead-last in the Premier League, too.
Therefore, reinforcements are sorely needed in order to prevent back-to-back drops. The Chronicle picks out a list of top targets, including a loan for Liverpool forward Ben Woodward that should happen, free agent Wales winger David Cotterill and Derby striker Chris Martin. Check the list here.
17.57 GMT: Are Leeds United close to a completed deal?
Reports in Belgium (then bolstered by Sky sources) suggest they're finalising a move for Club Brugge left-back Laurens De Bock, having agreed to personal terms.
De Bock, 25, has had interest from clubs in Italy but looks set to move to the Championship instead.
Wenger said: "He is 20 and not ready to start for us, so it is important he gains experience."
17.05 GMT: DONE DEAL Everton's Ross Barkley has made the move down south to Chelsea. The 24-year-old signs a five-and-a-half-year contract and will don the No. 8 shirt.
Barkley told the club's official website: "I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started.
"To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for me. I'm looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season."
16.50 GMT: Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has made no secret that he would like to sign Chelsea-loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent deal.
In November, Chelsea's Willian had this to say on Loftus-Cheek after Brazil's goalless draw with England: "I don't know why he is at Crystal Palace now. He has to come back!"
16.30 GMT: One of Barcelona's star attacking players is heading to Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire, reckons the Daily Mail.
I'll give you a hint... It's not Lionel Messi. It is allegedly supposed to be Arda Turan, the 30-year-old Turkish sensation. Still, great news for the USA!
16.20 GMT: Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder is leaving Ligue 1 side Nice for Al-Gharafa, the Qatari side have claimed.
The 33-year-old has played for the likes of Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan in his career. What a player.
16.10 GMT: DONE DEAL Cardiff, who are chasing promotion to the Premier League, have extended Liam Feeney's loan deal until 30th June 2018.
The Blackburn winger has already made 13 appearances for the Welsh side after signing a previous temporary deal in the summer.
15.45 GMT: Eddie Howe is playing hardball at Bournemouth. He has told Premier League rivals Watford that striker Benik Afobe is NOT for sale, Sky Sports understands.
The 24-year-old, who cost the Cherries a reported £10 million in January 2016, started his career at Arsenal before making his name at Wolves. He has also been linked with West Brom this winter.
15.15 GMT: Huddersfield boss David Wagner expects to be priced out of a move for Norwich midfielder Alex Pritchard.
He told a news conference: "Pritchard is not my player, he is a Norwich player. I like him, yes. Do I think he will play for us? I have my doubts because I know how expensive British players are, especially in this window. I think this is not realistic for us.''
Huddersfield have already acted in the transfer window with Terence Kongolo joining on loan from French side Monaco.
15.00 GMT: DONE DEAL Blimey! Jeremy Menez is heading to Mexico.
The French playmaker, who has made 79 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain and 43 appearances for AC Milan, makes the move to Club America from Antalyaspor.
El delantero 🇫🇷 Jérémy Ménez, ex jugador de @FCSM_officiel @AS_Monaco @PSG_inside @ACMilan @OfficialASRoma @girondins y @Antalyaspor llega al Nido.— Club América (@ClubAmerica) 5 January 2018
Bienvenido @jeremy_menez187 ‼ #MénezEsÁguila🦅 pic.twitter.com/LxxIO9wcC9
14.55 GMT: Now this would affect the Premier League survival race. West Ham are chasing Swansea's £25 million defender Alfie Mawson, Sky Sports understands.
14.45 GMT: Antonio Conte says that Ross Barkley represents a good investment for Chelsea with the midfielder on the verge of completing a £15 million move to Stamford Bridge.
14.30 GMT: DONE DEAL Celtic, the Scottish champions, have signed St Mirren's Lewis Morgan on a four-and-a-half year deal.
Morgan, a Scotland under-21 international, has been in blistering form this season with 13 goals in the Scottish Championship.
He becomes Brendan Rodger's second January signing after Marvin Compper joined the Hoops from RB Leipzig.
📝 Lewis Morgan joins #CelticFC from @saintmirrenfc on a four-and-a-half year deal. The winger will spend the rest of the season on loan at the Paisley side.— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) 5 January 2018
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14.15 GMT: DONE DEAL Arsenal have made their second signing of the January transfer window! First Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina, now Xavier Amaechi from the... erm... youth academy.
Amaechi, who turns 17-years-old today, has been with the club since 2013 and has featured for the under-23s this season. Happy birthday, young man!
Congratulations, Xavier 🔴https://t.co/rY6G0fb7SZ— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 5 January 2018
14.10 GMT: Pep Guardiola has hinted Premier League leaders Manchester City could add some fresh faces in January... As long as they're nice, that is.
Pep says bringing in new faces in the January transfer window won't upset the rest of his squad: "if he is a good person."
Pep says bringing in new faces in the January transfer window won't upset the rest of his squad: "if he is a good person."— Jonathan Smith (@jonnysmiffy) 5 January 2018
13.50 GMT: And addressing reports that Chelsea could move for Andy Carroll, Conte told reporters: "Recruitment is not my job. The club tries to do the best for this team. I'm a coach and I give my opinion."
13.40 GMT: There is no confirmation that Ross Barkley has joined Chelsea from Everton as yet, but ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey notes:
13.30 GMT: Over to Paris, where PSG coach Unai Emery has said he's not that keen to talk about the transfer window. Emery told reporters: "It is better if it is [sporting director] Antero [Henrique] who speaks. Lassana Diarra? I talked a little before the winter break. Today, I am concentrated on the players who are here. The club is working [on transfers]."
13.15 GMT: A DONE DEAL from Germany for you:
13.00 GMT: DONE DEAL Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Jake Kean has joined League Two Grimsby Town on loan until the end of the season and could make his debut for them on Saturday.
12.45 GMT: Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici has said he hopes Carlos Tevez succeeds in terminating his contract with Shanghai Shenhua in order to join the Argentinean club for a third stint.
Tevez joined the Chinese Super League side from Boca in December 2016 and has one year left on his contract.
12.25 GMT: Sky Sport reports that Newcastle have "held discussions about the possibility of bringing Andy Carroll back to the club from West Ham, but says "boss Rafa Benitez is currently not keen on the prospect."
12.05 GMT: Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has praised Emre Can as reports in Italy said the club had persuaded the Liverpool midfielder to join them in the summer.
Juve officials met Can's representatives on Thursday, according to Sky Sport Italia, and were able to convince him to sign a contract when he becomes a free agent in July.
🎙 @OfficialAllegri: "We're all aware of Emre Can's qualities. He is a young, talented player who forms a part of an extraordinary midfield for Germany. However, I'm not going to talk about the transfer market."#CagliariJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 5, 2018
11.55 GMT: Brighton boss Chris Hughton has said there has been no contact with Celtic over forward Moussa Dembele, reported to be one of his main January targets. The Brighton Argus reported Hughton as saying: "Pure speculation. Categorically, there hasn't been any communication between the two clubs. Hence he is a name, along with lots of other names."
11.45 GMT: Rio de Janeiro newspaper Extra has reported that Vasco are interested in Robinho.
11.35 GMT: Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has told a news conference that signing a new striker is his January priority.
The Saints are without a win in nine games and have lost Charlie Austin to injury and Pellegrino said he wanted to bring in "somebody that can replace him, especially with similar qualities."
11.15 GMT: DONE DEAL Young Middlesbrough midfielder Callum Johnson has made his loan switch to League Two Accrington Stanley into a permanent move.
✍️ | BREAKING NEWS: We are delighted to announce that @callumjohnson96 has made his loan move from @Boro into a permanent one, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Wham Stadium!— Accrington Stanley (@ASFCofficial) January 5, 2018
Full story ➡️ https://t.co/6iQhy5Z7Gj pic.twitter.com/7ImpDlcE7M
Ribery, 34, is Bayern's longest-serving player, having arrived from Marseille in 2007, and his one-year deal expires this summer.
10.50 GMT: Manchester United have shifted their focus to Celtic defender Kieran Tierney in the hunt for a new left-back, the Manchester Evening News reports, as hopes of a deal for Tottenham's Danny Rose appear to be fading.
10.35 GMT: Former Tottenham and Germany wing-back Christian Ziege has said Spurs should look ahead to a life after Harry Kane and plan for his succession as rumours continue to link him with Real Madrid among other clubs.
Ziege was speaking from Thailand, where he has just been appointed as head coach of Ratchaburi in the Thai League.
10.20 GMT: More on Ross Barkley -- the Everton midfielder will undergo a medical on Friday before completing a £15 million move to Chelsea, a source close to the deal has told ESPN FC.
Barkley dramatically changed his mind about joining the Premier League champions on transfer deadline day last summer after a fee in the region of £30m had been agreed, but the source said that the deal had been revived and is nearing completion.
10.10 GMT: DONE DEAL Manchester City defender Shay Facey has joined League One strugglers Northampton on an 18-month contract for an undisclosed fee.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink shares some thoughts on the arrival of Shay Facey pic.twitter.com/Lf7kBm2LN9— Northampton Town (@ntfc) January 5, 2018
09.40 GMT: Inter Milan will not be making a bid for Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Javier Pastore of Paris Saint-Germain during the January transfer window because they cannot afford either, according to their coach Luciano Spalletti.
09.25 GMT: Some thoughts from ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey on the seemingly impending arrival of Ross Barkley at Stamford Bridge:
One thing on Barkley: Chelsea insisted at the time that they didn't feel he had shut the door on joining them despite deadline day farce. Always seemed likely they would make another approach in January #cfc— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 5, 2018
09.10 GMT: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said the speculation around Philippe Coutinho's future is not a distraction for his players as they prepare to take on Everton in the third round of the FA Cup.
Liverpool face their local rivals at Anfield on Friday night without Coutinho, who is sidelined with a thigh injury. Barcelona continue to court the playmaker amid reports they are preparing a £142 million move.
08.53 GMT: Arsene Wenger has been talking about Arsenal's new signing Konstantinos Mavropanos and the possibility of bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund this month.
Wenger denies that Arsenal could sign Aubameyang in January: "No, it's not a possibility."— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) January 5, 2018
Of Mavropanos he added: "The plan is that he goes out on loan to play somewhere. [It] can be a German club."
08.30 GMT: Leading the front page of the Corriere dello Sport in Italy is news that Napoli are continuing to push for the signing of Bologna striker Simone Verdi this month rather than in the summer.
Ecco la #primapagina di oggi: #Inter, #Spalletti cala l'asso; #CoppaItalia, il vero #Napoli arriva tardi; #Calciomercato, da #DeVrij a #Balotelli quanti big si liberano a costo zero; Leggi l'edizione digitale ➡️ https://t.co/n8eWBjCU39 pic.twitter.com/bPGpjp6cVI— Corriere dello Sport (@CorSport) January 3, 2018
08.04 GMT: A little bit of managerial news next. The Times reckons that while Chelsea have no plans to sack Antonio Conte they are concerned about him leaving at the end of the season and have lined up Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.
Napoli's Maurizio Sarri and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri are others Chelsea are keen on, but they have also not given up hope of convincing Conte to stay on.
07.40 GMT: Real Madrid have looked short of numbers this season, but James Rodriguez won't be cutting his loan at Bayern Munich short to return to La Liga.
Speaking from Bayern's winter training camp, he is reported as saying: "I'm staying here. My present is here and I'm very happy in Munich. I don't want to think about anything else."
Mourinho looks to Tierney, Sessegnon
It seems a new left-back is the top priority for Manchester United this month, with Jose Mourinho reportedly frustrated with the club's hierarchy for refusing to sanction a £50 million bid for Danny Rose.
Rose may still end up leaving Tottenham for United, but there are several other names in the frame for a move to Old Trafford.
According to the Daily Record, promising Celtic youngster Kieran Tierney features high on Mourinho's shortlist after making huge progress under Brendan Rodgers.
Tierney is a renowned Celtic fan, however, and was recently spotted wearing a retro shirt on holiday in Tenerife. Having signed a new six-year contract earlier this season, United could find it difficult to prise him away from Parkhead.
In that event, United could move for Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, who is valued at around £30m by the Championship club. The 17-year-old is a wanted man in January as Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham and Real Madrid all rival United's interest.
Mkhitaryan back to Dortmund
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is being lined up for a return to Borussia Dortmund as he searches for an exit route from Manchester United.
The midfielder has struggled to make an impact during his 18 months at Old Trafford, and now The Sun claims he could be heading back to Germany for a fee close to the £30m United shelled out in 2016.
Inter Milan have also expressed an interest in the 28-year-old and are thought to be keen on a swap deal involving Portugal international Joao Mario.
However, United may choose to take the money and run, with Mourinho seeking to secure more funds to strengthen his squad.
- Barcelona hope to bring forward the signing of Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, according to Palmeiras sporting director Alexandre Mattos. A deal had been agreed for the 23-year-old to move to the Nou Camp in the summer, but Barca now want Mina on board for the rest of the campaign.
- Crystal Palace have offered £16m for Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou, claims The Sun. The Eagles need to find a new centre-back after losing Scott Dann to injury, and 24-year-old Amadou could fit the bill.
- Everton are chasing Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, reports Sky Sports. The 26-year-old was close to joining Barcelona last summer before the deal was scrapped at the 11th hour.
- Newcastle will move for Watford's Troy Deeney after missing out on Cenk Tosun to Everton, according to The Northern Echo. The 29-year-old has scored only two goals in 14 appearances this season.
- Tottenham will offer new contracts to Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld in a bid to fend off interest from rival clubs, reports the Independent. It's thought Kane will double his wages to £200,000 a week with Spurs aiming to tie him to a seven-year deal.
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