Transfer Talk: Man United hit issue in Kostas Manolas chase
The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.
TOP STORY: Man United hit hitch in Kostas Manolas chase
In case you've been living in a bunker for the past year, Man United are looking for a new defender. Things have improved under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but United are still keen to land a top defensive target in January and have reportedly set eyes on Roma's Kostas Manolas.
The Greece international would cost €36 million due to a release clause in his contract, but there's a problem: it does not become active until after the January transfer window, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.
The paper reports that United are in talks with Roma over a possible move for the 27-year-old, but the Sun claims they also have a backup plan in Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.
23.04 GMT: That's going to do it for Monday'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 the latest headlines pulled from Tuesday's back pages.
22.30 GMT: While Liverpool came oh-so close to signing Nabil Fekir in the summer and continue to be linked with the Lyon captain and playmaker, the Mirror reports that Jurgen Klopp has turned his attention to a far more reasonably priced alternative: Pascal Gross, who the report states could be had from Brighton for as little as £15m.
21.35 GMT: Longtime Seattle Sounders midfielder Ozzie Alonso is poised to sign a free-agent contract with Minnesota United, according to the Pioneer Press.
20.40 GMT: Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Inter are drafting another contract extension for star striker Mauro Icardi -- whose deal expires in 2021 -- worth €7m a year after their last offer of €6m annually fell €2m short of the Argentine's demands, amid interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea.
19.45 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Celtic have confirmed the loan signing of Paris Saint-Germain attacker and U.S. international Timothy Weah, who will move to Parkhead through the end of the season.
✍🇺🇸 #WelcomeWeah#CelticFC are delighted to announce that @ussoccer_mnt forward, Timothy Weah has joined the club on loan from Paris Saint-Germain until the end of this season. 🍀— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 7, 2019
➡️ https://t.co/UODQqSXjWq pic.twitter.com/GEb8QqkwVI
18.50 GMT: With Cesc Fabregas on the verge of joining Monaco, Chelsea have identified 21-year-old Nicolo Barella of Cagliari and Zenit Saint Petersburg's 24-year-old Argentine Leandro Paredes as potential replacements, and the Mail cites Corriere dello Sport as reporting that Blues boss Maurizio Sarri wants a deal tied up for Fabregas' heir by the end of the week.
17.55 GMT: One year after leaving Atletico Madrid for Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang for £26.5m, Yannick Carrasco could already be returning to Europe, with Metro citing Sky Italia as reporting that Arsenal, Manchester United and AC Milan are all interested in signing the Belgium international -- and North London being his preferred destination.
17.00 GMT -- DONE DEAL: And another one -- Brighton defender George Cox has joined League Two Northampton on loan.
16.45 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Another done deal for you, this one in the Championship, where Sheffield United have signed former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine on loan from Cardiff for the rest of the season.
💥 MADINE SIGNS— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) January 7, 2019
⚔️ Sheffield United are delighted to announce the signing of Gary Madine on loan from @CardiffCityFC.
🗣'When I knew Sheffield United was interested, I was buzzing and jumped at the chance.'
FULL STORY 👉🏻 https://t.co/o6Qzh7Wu2r #SUFC pic.twitter.com/nHUWkjkFnU
16.35 GMT: Leeds defender Lewie Coyle will play for League One Fleetwood for the remainder of the season after his loan deal was extended.
16.20 GMT: Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has said the club must operate "in a different way" in the transfer market in order to win title. Speaking ahead of the Carabao Cup semifinal first leg against Chelsea, he said: "At the moment, we operate in the same way as we operated five years ago when we arrived. Of course, maybe we can win some titles but it's going to be a tough job because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot."
16.10 GMT: Arjen Robben has said he is "flattered" to be linked with a move to Inter Milan in the summer after confirming that he would leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. "I don't know when, but of course I have to make a decision," he told reporters. "I won't wait until the end of this season because I've got also a family and got to plan ahead a little bit. I'm privileged and also grateful that teams are showing interest."
15.55 GMT: To the Midlands, where the Mirror reports that striker Tammy Abraham, on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea, could be about to "defect" to Wolves.
It says that Abraham did not train with Aston Villa on Monday and Wolves officials "hope to persuade Chelsea to cancel his loan to Villa and loan him to them instead."
15.40 GMT: Brahim Diaz has said playing for Real Madrid is "any player's dream" after completing his move from Manchester City, telling reporters: "When I decided to leave City I had just three options -- 1) play for Real Madrid, 2) play for Real Madrid, 3) play for Real Madrid. I am very thankful to City as they gave me a lot. But now I am at Madrid, the best club in the world, and I just want to get started."
15.25 GMT: Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper could be on his way to an MLS club, with reports suggesting that both D.C. United and Vancouver Whitecaps are interested.
15.15 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Leicester midfielder Vicente Iborra, who joined the club last summer, has moved to Villarreal on a permanent basis after making 37 appearances for the Foxes.
Wishing you the very best for the future, @Iborra_Vicente 👍— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 7, 2019
15.09 GMT -- DONE DEAL: SPAL have completed the signing of former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on loan from Sampdoria until the end of the season.
14.48 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach remain hopeful Thorgan Hazard, 25, will stay at the club.
Under contract until 2020, he has yet to prolong his deal -- and Christian Pulisic's transfer to Chelsea has led to suggestions the Belgium international could move to Borussia Dortmund as a replacement.
But sporting director Max Eberl told reporters: "I have not given up on him. Thorgan feels comfortable with us at Gladbach and that is a success story."
14.22 GMT: Genoa and Napoli are in talks over the transfer of Christian Kouame to the Azzurri this winter, the Ligurian club have confirmed.
Genoa's general manager Giorgio Perinetti told Naples radio station Radio Kiss Kiss that there "have been discussions between the two presidents, also of a binding nature, so to say."
He added that they are now "discussing details and bonuses, which are what ultimately matter" and insists no other player will be included in the deal.
Kouame has scored three goals in 19 Serie A games for Il Grifone this season.
14.00 GMT: Monaco coach Thierry Henry has told reporters that he wants to bring in Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea, saying: "Of course we would like to have him soon. Lots of clubs would like to have him. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and, if he comes in July only, we will be very happy with this."
13.50 GMT: Paul Pogba's brother Florentin is training with Spanish side Elche on a one-week trial ahead of a potential move.
📝 | Florentin Pogba se incorpora a prueba a los entrenamientos del primer equipo.— Elche Club de Fútbol (@elchecfoficial) January 7, 2019
📌 El defensa central guineano trabajará esta semana a las órdenes de Pacheta.
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13.45 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain forward Timothy Weah has extended his contract until 2021 and will join Scottish champions Celtic on loan for the rest of the season, a source has told ESPN FC.
13.36 GMT: Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson wants to sign another striker in the window, and the London Evening Standard reports that he could make a move for Everton's Oumar Niasse, who would move to Selhurst Park on loan if a deal can be agreed.
13.08 GMT: Italy international Vincenzo Grifo, 25, returns to Freiburg on a six-month loan from Hoffenheim.
Having left Freiburg for Gladbach and then Hoffenheim in 2017, the midfielder now hopes to revive his Bundesliga career at the club he scored 20 goals and set up a further 26 in just 61 matches between 2015 and 2017, although the first season was in the second tier.
12.45 GMT: Dutch side FC Utrecht announce they have completed a deal to sign 18-year-old Tashreeq Matthews on loan from Borussia Dortmund.
12.23 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has agreed terms with Barcelona ahead of a future move but a January transfer is not likely, a source has told ESPN FC.
Rabiot's mother and agent, Veronique, has been in talks with Barca since the start of this month -- the beginning of the final six months of the 23-year-old's PSG contract.
12.02 GMT: Hannover 96 are looking at Fiorentina midfielder Bryan Dabo, 26, to reinforce their midfielder, kicker reports.
Without much money to spend, the Bundesliga side's options are limited.
11.38 GMT: Brahim Diaz has passed his medical at Real Madrid after the club agreed to sign him from Manchester City.
11.15 GMT: Staying in France, RMC are reporting that Lassana Diarra is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain after agreeing a severance deal.
The 33-year-old has made just three league appearances under Thomas Tuchel this season, and could now be tempted by a move to the MLS.
10.47 GMT: Monaco have made a €15 million bid for Bordeaux forward Francois Kamano, L'Equipe claims.
The 22-year-old has already agreed to the move, the paper reports, but Bordeaux are unwilling to let him go for less than €20 million.
10.29 GMT: Trabzonspor teenager Abdulkadir Omur, who has been dubbed the 'Turkish Lionel Messi,' would welcome a move to Liverpool.
The Reds have been closely linked with the 19-year-old and reports in the Turkish media claim a £27m bid has been tabled.
10.07 GMT: Borussia Dortmund have joined the race for Germany international Timo Werner, 22, according to Bild, with suggestions a €60m bid would be enough to sign him from RB Leipzig.
Werner is also a target for Bayern Munich.
09.45 GMT: Malcom's agent says stories linking him with a January move to Lazio from Barcelona are "fake news." The Brazilian forward only joined Barca from Bordeaux in the summer, the Catalans nipping in to beat Roma to a €41m deal, but he's not played much football at Camp Nou so far. A combination of injuries and competition for places have restricted his appearances. But a divorce is not on the cards yet.
Sources have repeatedly told ESPN FC that Barca do not want to sell the 21-year-old and his agent, Luis Fernando Menezes Garcia, has now denied the latest round of rumours to do the rounds. Premier League sides Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal have also been linked with a move in the past.
09.33 GMT: Alisson and Ederson are showing the world that Brazil is the place to find all the best goalkeepers, so it's no surprise that Manchester United and Arsenal are keen to join the race for Cruzeiro's 18-year-old Gabriel Brazao, according to TEAMtalk.
Gabriel would be available for around £3m it appears, while Inter Milan and Roma are already on his trail and hoping to make a serious profit in a few years' time by snapping him up now.
09.10 GMT: Cadena Cope report that goalkeeper Jan Oblak is close to signing a new contract with Atletico Madrid. The 26-year-old Slovenia international joined Atletico from Benfica in a €16m transfer in 2014 and has been a regular in Diego Simeone's starting XI the past four seasons.
Oblak, who signed a fresh deal in 2016, when his release clause moved from €45m to €100m, is under contract until June 2021. But he has been strongly linked with all the top Premier League clubs in the past two transfer windows Atletico are keen to tie the goalkeeper to a a long-term agreement that would include a prohibitive buy-out clause.
08.56 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach remain hopeful that Thorgan Hazard will stay at the club. Under contract until 2020, the 25-year-old brother of Chelsea forward Eden has yet to prolong his deal. "It's not ruled out that he wants to extend. I have not given him up. Thorgan feels well here. Gladbach and him? That's a success story," sporting director Max Eberl told reporters at the weekend.
08.44 GMT: Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev met Cesc Fabregas and his agent on Sunday to discuss the Chelsea midfielder's move to the principality, L'Equipe reports.
They have agreed a two-and-a-half year deal for the 31-year-old, but Monaco have yet to agree a fee with Chelsea for the Spain international midfielder.
08.30 GMT: Aaron Ramsey is prepared to stay at Arsenal until his contract runs out at the end of the season and resist any offers of a move during the January transfer window, sources have told ESPN FC.
While Ramsey could be handed opportunities to leave Arsenal this month, which would enable Arsenal to command a fee for his services, sources said that he is not looking to move this month.
Manager Unai Emery was non-committal on Ramsey's situation after the game at Blackpool, when the Spaniard did not directly answer a question about whether he wanted the player to stay at the club.
08.15 GMT: Will Adrien Rabiot leave PSG for Barcelona this month?
PAPER TALK (by Mark Thompson, Football Whispers)
'Denis, Denis, I'm so in love with you'
Is what Barcelona are currently singing to Denis Suarez to stop him signing for Arsenal, more or less.
According to the Mirror, Barca don't want to sell the attacking midfielder, despite interest from several clubs.
Arsenal have been reportedly sounding out Suarez and a buy-out clause is believed to be in his contract.
However, Barcelona don't want to lose the 25-year-old, although he's only played 17 minutes of league football this season.
Introducing Bayern's new No. 10?
An iconic shirt number is one of the ways that Bayern Munich are trying to tempt Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi over to Germany, reports the Scottish Sun.
The Bundesliga holders want to wrap up the 18-year-old's signature this month in a £30 million deal. With Arjen Robben set to depart at the end of the season, that leaves a hole to be filled, both on the pitch and in the squad number list: Next season, the prestigious No. 10 could be Hudson-Odoi's.
Chelsea reportedly want a deal worth £36m for the attacker, but are considering taking a lower fee now rather than lose him for a compensation amount next season.
Tammy transfer tied up
Wolverhampton Wanderers have agreed a deal with Chelsea to take Tammy Abraham on loan until the end of the season, reports the West Midlands-based Express and Star.
Intriguingly, the deal doesn't include an option to buy the 21-year-old at the end of it, making it a pure loan move and a step up from his current one at Aston Villa.
According to the report, Wolves are likely to be footing the bill for most, if not all, of Abraham's £55,000-a-week wages.
Sunderland's 20-year-old striker Josh Maja has been linked with several teams this winter, and it seems like everyone's talking about him. Everyone expect the manager of one of the teams in for him, as reported in the Mirror.
Roy Hodgson was asked about Maja, who Crystal Palace are linked with, but confessed to having no idea who the player was.
He was, though, pretty sure that his recruitment team would be able to tell you all about the youngster who's scored 14 goals in League One this season.
Football Whispers' top five emerging whispers
Christian Fuchs to Aston Villa: 4.0
According to the Mirror, Aston Villa have enquired about getting the Leicester left-back on loan. The Austria international is currently a firm second-choice behind Ben Chilwell and has made just two appearances this season. However, Leicester would want Villa to take on all of Fuchs' reported £60,000 per week wages for the move to go ahead.
Divock Origi to Fulham: 2.5
First Dominic Solanke and now potentially Divock Origi, are Liverpool clearing some striker space for someone? According to the Sun, Fulham are prepared to pay £15m for Origi, who's only had two Premier League appearances this season. He made them count though, scoring against Everton and getting an assist against Burnley.
Miranda to West Ham: 2.3
West Ham appear to be in the market for some defensive cover, according to Corriere dello Sport. Miranda, 34, would like to leave current club Inter Milan to get more game time. The Hammers have apparently made an approach, with Inter's asking price said to be around €20m.
Kostas Manolas to Manchester United: 1.8
Roma's Manolas appears to be the latest in United's list of top-class centre-backs to pursue, but they're willing to wait. According to TalkSport, the Greek defender has a release clause in his contract of just £32m that kicks in this summer, which has United understandably interested.
Alvaro Morata to Sevilla: 1.7
Morata could be making a move back to Spain, with Tuttosport reporting that he is close to joining Sevilla. He's been linked with AC Milan previously, in a move that could see Gonzalo Higuain go the other way, but rumours of the La Liga team's interest have been mounting in the past few days.