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Transfer Talk: Man Utd prepping bid for Coutinho

Transfer Talk

Manchester United readying January push for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals.

Check out all the confirmed January moves so far on our transfers page.

TOP STORY: Mourinho orders January move for Ozil

Jose Mourinho has given the green light for Manchester United to push ahead with a January move for Mesut Ozil, reports The Mirror.

The Red Devils will tempt the Gunners into selling this month to recoup some money for the Germany international before he is able to leave on a free transfer in the summer.

Mourinho has been handed £80 million to spend this month by the Glazers, with room to add a high-end earner after Wayne Rooney's sale (previously on £300,000 per week) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's probable departure after this season.

Ozil would command a similar wage to that of Rooney before he joined Everton, though United fear a bidding war could break out with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain also keen after seeing the No. 10 discover arguably his best form yet at the Emirates.


23.59 GMT: That will do it for our LIVE Transfer Talk blog today. Remember to check back in tomorrow for all the latest reports and done deals from around the football world. Have a good night all!

23.57 GMT: Barcelona are reportedly not done making moves after signing Philippe Coutinho. According to multiple reports, Javier Mascherano is very close to a move to a China with Hebei Fortune and may have played his last minutes for Barcelona.

As his replacement, Barcelona are reportedly lining up Colombia defender Yerry Mina. RAC1 claim that Mina is set to be announced this week as a Barcelona player. Barcelona are keeping us busy this window. We will see what is next from the Catalans.

23.45 GMT: Currently dead last in the Championship table, Sunderland need reinforcements and quickly. New manager Chris Coleman has gone public with his appeal for help at the Stadium of Light.

"We play in a magnificent stadium but it's a really tough atmosphere because we can't get over the line with home wins so it will be a big test for anyone coming in. We can't hide that we're in a relegation dogfight, but if you come here you'll get some great experience under your belt.", said Coleman after Sunderland's FA Cup exit.

One player looks close to answering Coleman's plea, as Sunderland are close to securing a loan move for highly-regarded Chelsea youngster Jack Clarke-Salter. The 20-year-old Clarke-Salter is a highly rated young prospect who was a contributing member of England's Under-20 World Cup winning side last summer.

23.33 GMT: Australia striker Jamie Maclaren looks to be close to a loan move to Scotland. According to German newspaper Bild, the Darmstadt player is set to join Hibernian on loan for the rest of the season.

The Aussie has yet to score for the  2. Bundesliga outfit after two prolific seasons with the Brisbane Roar. In a World Cup year, Maclaren's loan move gives him a chance to impress under Neil Lennon and make a case to be included in the Socceroos side that travels to Russia.

23.10 GMT: Here is an interesting one...Italian outlet Tuttosport report that Juventus' Sami Khedira could make a move across the Atlantic to MLS. Under contract through the summer of 2019, Khedira is reportedly interested in one playing in the United States. The 30-year-old Germany international has been linked with a move to MLS in the past, including to NYCFC in 2016.

22.50 GMT: Here he is! Philippe Coutinho appears in Barcelona colors for the first time at the Camp Nou.

22.33 GMT: Bordeaux's Malcolm has become one of the hottest names of the January transfer window with reports linking him to clubs like Manchester United and Tottenham.  Brazilian journalist Bruno Andrade has added a new team to the fray: Arsenal.

Andrade claims the Gunners have come in late for the player who is being valued at around £40 million and that talks are "progressing well". Malcolm has scored seven goals this season for struggling Bordeaux but is a player that could be on the move in the coming weeks.

22.15 GMT: DONE DEAL Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder is on the move again. The 33-year-old midfielder joined Nice in August but now is on his way to Qatar after just eight appearances in France. Sneijder joins seven-time champions Al-Gharafa who currently sit sixth in the league table.

21.45 GMT: Shifting to MLS, Buenos Aires-based journalist Hernan Sisto is reporting that Ezequiel Barco to Atlanta United is "imminent".  Atlanta United has been negotiating with Independiente for a few months now for the electrifying 18-year-old's services and now are close to making the deal official.

Barco is one of the most exciting young talents in South America and would cost Atlanta United a reporter $15 million. Tata Martino and Atlanta had tremendous success last season with South American youngsters like Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. dea 

21.15 GMT: Could David Luiz be in line for a reunion with Jose Mourinho? Reports out of England claim that Man United have opened talks with Chelsea regarding the versatile Brazilian. Luiz has just recently returned from injury but seems to have lost his starting position to impressive youngster Andreas Christensen. 

With Mourinho and Antonio Conte feuding this would seem unlikely but you only have to look back to last summer with Nemanja Matic to find an example of a player turning in blue for red.

20.55 GMT: Most of the transfer speculation around Fulham this window has surrounded the potential sale of young left-back Ryan Sessegnon. According to the Sun, Fulham could also be close to bringing in a defender.

The publication claims that Southampton full-back Matt Targett is set to join the London club on loan for the remainder of the season The 22-year-old has fallen out of favour at St Mary's but was named the Saints' Young Player of the Season in 2014/15.

20.36 GMT: After signing Konstantinos Mavropanos earlier this week, rumours are swirling that Arsenal are looking to add another defender with West Brom's Jonny Evans one name to watch

Arsene Wenger has denied reports that Arsenal are targeting the defender but sometimes where there's smoke there's fire. Evans was heavily-linked to Man City in the summer and would be a welcome addition to an Arsenal defence that has shipped more goals (28) than any of their top-six rivals.

20.10 GMT: After securing the signing of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho for €160 million, Ernesto Valverde believes Barcelona can reach an even higher level. 

"I think he's a player that can add a lot of things to the team," Valverde said in his postgame news conference.

"He scores goals, creates goals [...] offensively he's a player that can improve us. It's a big signing for us. We hope that he will help us and that he has a lot of luck because his luck will be our luck, too."

Coutinho is sure make La Liga leaders Barcelona even more lethal in attack but now the question where will he play in Barca's star-studded side?

19.48 GMT: With rumours always swirling linking Harry Kane to Real Madrid, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino acknowledges that one day he could lose Kane like Liverpool lost Coutinho to Barcelona. 

"Harry is so special, because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham, but we need to be clever how we manage him," Pochettino said. "The player needs to choose to stay here -- you cannot force the player to stay here."

Kane looks to be happy at Tottenham for now but only time will tell if the lure of the Bernabeu and the top of the Champions League could get the England international to change his mind.

19.25 GMT: With Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona now confirmed, Liverpool could look to accelerate the arrival of RB Leipzig's Naby Keita. Keita, who signed with Liverpool in August but was immediately loaned back to Leipzig, was expected to join the Reds at the end of this season but now could be headed to Anfield sooner than expected.

Liverpool according to reports would be willing to pay a bit more than the £57 million they signed him for to get Keita a half-season early. This move remains unlikely, though, as Leipzig are keen to keep Keita to aid their continued goal of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

18.11 GMT: With Manchester United's attack scuffling, ESPN FC's Mark Ogden discusses whether Antoine Griezmann could be the answer.

17.56 GMT: Despite growing links with a move to Manchester United, Juventus have reiterated that star Paulo Dybala is not for sale. When asked about Dybala's price, Juve director of sport Giuseppe Marotta replied:

"We haven't put a price-tag on Paulo, so it's difficult to make an assessment. We have no intention of putting him on the market."

It would be surprising to see Dybala moved in January but could the young Argentine be leaving the J Stadium in the near future?

17.39 GMT: Staying in the Championship, Tony Pulis and Middlesbrough are keen to bolster their defence in January. The defensive-minded boss has reportedly checked in on Aston Villa veteran Alan Hutton. The 33-year-old Scotland international is out of contract come the summer and could be a smart addition for a Middlesbrough club that rely heavily on keeping the score down to have success.

17.25 GMT: Apparently not satisfied with a 12-point lead atop the English Championship, Wolves are looking to further strengthen their already deep squad. According to the Birmingham Mail, the Championship leaders are in talks with Bournemouth regarding out-of-favour striker Lewis Grabban.

Grabban scored 12 goals in 19 appearances for Sunderland while on loan for the first half of the season and is looking for a permanent move away from the south coast side. Fellow Championship sides Aston Villa and Cardiff City are also being linked with the striker, who Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed will leave the club this month.

17.01 GMT: AS says Real Madrid remain keen on 17-year-old Valencia winger Ferran Torres.

16.35 GMT: Brazil international Fred has indicated that he would relish the chance to join Manchester City amid links with the Premier League leaders. Story here.

16.12 GMT: Marca says Real Madrid are not aware of any offers for Cristiano Ronaldo and remain determined not to give in to the forward's wage demands.

15.38 GMT: RAC1 and Radio Caracol say Barcelona are going to complete their long-awaited move for Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina very soon indeed.

15.07 GMT: Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo claims Real Madrid tried to hijack Barcelona's move for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho earlier this week, but the player had no intention of going anywhere other than the Camp Nou.

14.44 GMT: Sky Sports News reports that Liverpool have no intention of moving for Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar this month.

14.21 GMT: Monterrey defender Efrain Juarez is nearing a move to Major League Soccer, according to Rayados coach Antonio Mohamed. Story here

14.02 GMT: Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande have been linked with a £85 million move for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, the Daily Mirror reports. Guangzhou -- the richest club in China -- will face competition from Manchester United, who are also widely claimed to be interested in the forward.

13.37 GMT: DONE DEAL Former Manchester United prospect Rodrigo Possebon is attempting to revive his fading career by joining Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) FC in Vietnam. Story here

13.20 GMT: Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign Colombian striker Roger Martinez from Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning. Story here.

12.40 GMT: In one of the the most bizarre rumours of the day, the Daily Mail claims Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt has held talks with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson over a potential transfer to Old Trafford.

The 31 year-old, who has won eight Olympic gold medals, is due to have a trial at Borussia Dortmund in March but is known to be a big fan of United.

12.06 GMT: Southampton are looking to spend some of the £75 million they received from the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool. The Sunday Post reckons the Premier League side are keeping tabs on Celtic's £10m-rated midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

11.34 GMT: DONE DEAL Olympiakos have signed Everton's Belgium international Kevin Mirallas on loan until the end of the season. Mirallas, 30, rejoins the Greek side after a five-year spell with the Toffees which saw him score 29 goals in 151 Premier League games.

10.59 GMT: Leicester boss Claude Puel has suggested Riyad Mahrez must wait until the summer if he wants to move away from the club as reports link him with a January transfer to Liverpool. "I think it is important he [Mahrez] keeps this focus and concentration until the end of the season," he told a news conference.

10.26 GMT: Will Eden Hazard be the next player to leave a big Premier League club for the bright lights of La Liga? Adam Hurrey wonders if it's time for the Chelsea star to make that move

10.08 GMT: Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti is unhappy with the club's lack of transfer activity, reports Corriere della Sera. Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu, previously on the books at Premier League Everton, is one of their top winter targets.

09.41 GMT: DONE DEAL Jamie Murphy has joined Rangers on loan until the end of the season from Premier League side Brighton. The 28-year-old will make the move to Scotland permanently in the summer, according to Rangers' official website, for a fixed fee.

09.14 GMT: Seems fitting to start off with last night's story that Philippe Coutinho is to become the second most expensive player of all time by joining Barcelona. Liverpool will receive £105m (€120m, $142m) up front with the fee rising to £142 million (€160m, $192.7m) in performance-related add-ons. He will be overtaken by Kylian Mbappe in the summer though when his move from Monaco to PSG becomes permanent.

Further reading:
- Coutinho sale puts Liverpool in tough spot
- Key questions for Liverpool after Coutinho sale
- Liverpool offer voucher for Coutinho shirts
- How Coutinho overcame his setbacks

09.00 GMT: Can you believe we're already into the SEVENTH DAY of the transfer window? It'll all be over before we know it.


Man City ready £50m move for Maguire

Manchester City are tracking Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire with The Sun claiming the Premier League leaders could make an astonishing £50m offer.

The England international has impressed for the Foxes since arriving from Hull in a £17m deal that raised eyebrows at the time.

The 24-year-old is attractive to Pep Guardiola because of his ability to play in the Champions League.

Alternatives for City include West Brom's Jonny Evans, Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez and Lyon's outstanding talent Mouctar Diakhaby.

Mahrez lined up as £49m replacement for Coutinho -- or not

Liverpool have barely announced agreeing to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, yet the Reds are pushing ahead with plans to sign Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, according to multiple reports in France.

The Algerian could cost £49m, according to BeIN Sports -- almost a third of the reported £142m the Reds will receive from the Blaugrana for Coutinho.

Mahrez has long since been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium and the Foxes will be reluctant to sell midseason. Arsenal and Chelsea are long-term admirers, but the French reports suggest Liverpool could rush through a medical on Sunday to quickly appease their disgruntled fans.

However, after seeing these reports, news outlets in England quickly moved to debunk them. Sky Sports said that Liverpool have no interest in pursuing Mahrez.


- Crystal Palace will make a bid for Everton striker Oumar Niasse, claims The Mirror.

The Eagles wanted Niasse last summer before a move collapsed, and although he has featured more for the Toffees this term, the £27m arrival of Besiktas star Cenk Tosun means Sam Allardyce could let him go.

- Brighton also want to sign a striker in pursuit of survival and The Mirror claims they have identified Spartak Moscow striker Ze Luis, who has scored twice in the Champions League this season.

Chris Hughton is searching for a solution to the Seagulls' goal-scoring woes after hitting the third-worst total (17) in the Premier League this term, meaning a £20m bid for the Cape Verdean forward could be imminent.

- Napoli want to boost their Scudetto bid by signing Bologna star Simone Verdi, reports Corriere dello Sport.

The 25-year-old could provide much-needed cover across the front three -- having scored six goals and assisted five more this season -- after Maurizio Sarri unsuccessfully rotated in the Coppa Italia against Atalanta this week.

- Corriere also says Inter plan to set up at the back moving forward with youngster Alessandro Bastoni, who is set to be recalled from his spell on loan at Atalanta. The Nerazzurri will then move for Lazio star Stefan De Vrij in the summer.

- On the other side of Milan, the Rossoneri want to sign Jakub Jankto from Udinese with the Czech impressing this season.

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