THE January transfer window is OPEN!
And Thomas Tuchel will have showdown talks with Romelu Lukaku after the striker sensationally revealed he was ‘not happy’ at Chelsea.
The Belgian striker also admitted in a bombshell interview he would be open for a return to Inter Milan one day, with the Chelsea boss branding his words ‘not helpful’.
Meanwhile, the Blues are reportedly eyeing a move for AC Milan full-back Theo Hernandez.
And Erling Haaland is a summer target for Real Madrid, who are confident they can land both him and Kylian Mbappe.
We’ve also the very latest on Newcastle’s potential bumper January, with Sven Botman the latest star to be linked.
When does the January transfer window open and 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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Arsenal in talks for Arthur
Arsenal are reportedly in talks to sign Juventus star Arthur on loan.
Corriere dello Sport claims the Brazilian could be heading to the Emirates after discussions began this week.
Arsenal are also hoping to include a £25million permanent deal clause in the agreement.
But Juve are holding out for closer to £34m.
Real give up on Pogba
Real Madrid have ended their pursuit of Manchester United star Paul Pogba and turned their attention on Ajax ace Ryan Gravenberch, reports suggest.
Calciomercato claim Carlo Ancelotti is behind the decision as he believes Gravenberch fits Real’s profile better.
However, Los Blancos will still have to deal with super agent Mino Raiola, who represents both midfielders.
Juventus want Cavani replacing Morata
Juventus star Alvaro Morata has agreed to join Barcelona ahead of the January transfer window, reports suggest.
However, Juve would only agree to let Morata go if they manage to find a replacement, such as Manchester United ace Edinson Cavani who has been linked.
That is according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that Barca have agreed personal terms with the striker and are waiting on the Serie A giants.
Potential Arsenal XI vs Man City
Mikel Arteta won’t be on the touchline when Arsenal take on Man City after testing positive for Covid.
But is this how the Gunners boss will line his side up against Pep Guardiola’s champs?
Ramsey bids farewell to Juventus
Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is reportedly set to say his goodbyes to his Juventus team-mates ahead of a potential move back to the Premier League.
Gazzetta claims the Welshman will leave Turin next month for a return to England.
Newcastle are lining up a deal and there is additional interest from other Prem sides.
Toon step up Botman bid
Newcastle have reportedly intensified their pursuit of Lille defender Sven Botman.
The Magpies have ramped up negotiations with Lille regarding a £30million move, according to the Mail.
The 21-year-old Dutchman is understood to be ‘keen’ on a move to Newcastle, despite the club’s perilous league position.
Howe considers defensive signings as a priority, and has bookmarked Botman as one of his top targets.
Liverpool move for Milan’s Kessie
Liverpool have launched a ‘very interesting’ offer for AC Milan star Franck Kessie, according to reports.
The Ivorian’s contract at San Siro is set to expire at the end of the season.
Kessie, 25, looks set to move on – with a host of club’s interested.
And according to Italian outlet Ansa, Jurgen Klopp’s side want to jump to the front of the queue.
Chelsea want Tchouameni over Rice
Chelsea are edging closer to a deal to sign Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.
Thomas Tuchel wants to bolster his squad, with the midfield area a particular priority.
According to The Telegraph’s Matt Law, the Frenchman would be a cheaper alternative to fellow target Declan Rice.
Tchouameni also shares an agent with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde – another target for the Blues.
Cavani ‘waves goodbye’ to United
Man Utd fans fear Edinson Cavani ‘waved goodbye’ to the club following yesterday’s 3-1 win over Burnley.
Video footage shows the Uruguayan veteran applauding, waving and blowing kisses to home fans in the Theatre of Dreams.
Cavani is out of contact next summer and has been tipped to leave following interest from Barcelona, Juventus and Corinthians.
One fan said: “Today was different. The matador gesture, the goodbye kisses, the lock sign (together always) and the teary face. I hope he does stay but that felt like goodbye.”
Another added: “I hope it’s not true, would be gutted if he left in January.”
Cancelo set to face Arsenal
Joao Cancelo will be part of Manchester City’s squad for their trip to Arsenal – despite being ROBBED earlier this week.
The Portuguese defender revealed on social media this week that he and his family were the subjects of a brutal robbery.
It was thought Cancelo – who was left with a big gash above his right eyebrow – would opt to remain with his family following the horrific ordeal.
But SunSport understands the full-back has decided to travel to London for City’s New Year’s Day clash with the Gunners.
Arsenal move for Lyon’s Guimaraes
Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Lyon in their quest to bring Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes to the Emirates.
The Gunners were keen on signing the 24-year-old in the 2020 winter transfer window with Mikel Arteta and technical director huge admirers of him.
But the player opted to link up with Ligue 1 outfit Lyon instead in a deal worth up to £25million.
Bruno was mooted as a possible summer signing for the North Londoners, however the transfer never materialised.
Inter fans snub Lukaku
Inter Milan fans have told Romelu Lukaku he is not welcome back in Italy following his controversial comments about Chelsea.
The Blues’ record £100million signing stunned fans in an interview with Italian TV by declaring his return to Stamford Bridge was a mistake.
But Nerazzurri fans have not forgotten the way Lukaku ditched them over the summer when the European champions came knocking.
And a banner appeared outside Inter’s San Siro stadium on Friday morning with a message reading: “It doesn’t matter who runs away in the rain, it matters who stays in the storm. Bye Romelu.”
Spurs considering Griezmann
Tottenham are reportedly considering a shock January swoop to sign Antoine Griezmann as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his attack.
The 30-year-old sealed a season-long loan move back to Atletico Madrid in the summer from Barcelona.
And Diego Simeone’s side possess both an option to extend the loan move by an extra year, while also having an obligation to buy him permanently for £34million.
But according to Fichajes, the 2018 World Cup winner could be on the move again in the New Year.
They state that Spurs are keen to bring the Frenchman to North London with Conte an admirer of the forward.
Fixture change for Hammers fans
It’s all change at West Ham for their rearranged fixtures.
Their game against Norwich City, that was cancelled on Dec 18 because of Covid sweeping through the camp will now be played on January 12.
West Ham Fan Zone tweeted: “West Ham’s home fixture against Norwich City will now be played on Wednesday 12th January, with a 7.45pm kick-off.
“Our home game against Newcastle United on Saturday 19th February will now kick-off at 12.30pm, and will be live on BT Sport.”
Lukaku urges Martinez snub
Romelu has revealed that he would urge former strike partner Lautaro Martinez to snub potential interest from Chelsea.
As the Belgian would rather team up with the Argentine again at Inter Milan.
He told Sky Sports: “I miss Lautaro Martinez, I could die on the pitch for him since day one I met him.
“Lautaro Martinez coming here with me at Chelsea in the future?
“No… Lautaro, you can stay in Milan, I’ll be back there (laughs).”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has hailed ‘cute’ Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante.
Asked by Chunkz if Kante makes the whole Blues squad ‘smile every day’, for the latest episode of Assumptions on the UMM YouTube channel, the England international replied: “He does.
“He don’t even try (to make everyone smile).
“You know, he’s not even trying, we just see him and he looks all cute.
“Smiling and you’re just like ‘aww’.
“But then he’ll come on the pitch and just rattle you.”
Jan Vertonghen gave football fans a nasty surprise when the camera zoomed in on him early in the second half of Benfica’s clash against Porto on Thursday.
The former Tottenham man was caught bending over and vomiting onto the pitch, before casually continuing to get stuck into the action.
Vertonghen’s incident came five minutes into the second half of the clash between bitter Portuguese rivals Benfica and Porto.
But the 34-year-old still managed to complete the whole 90 minutes, despite his unfortunate mishap.
Covid affects Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp has been dealt a blow after three new suspected positive cases of Covid-19 have been recorded among his Liverpool squad.
Liverpool travel to Chelsea on Sunday in a mouthwatering Premier League clash, but Klopp will forced to field an under strength side if the game goes ahead.
Klopp also revealed that there were ‘a few’ positive cases within the staff at the club.
The Liverpool boss currently ‘doesn’t know’ if the Reds will call for Sunday’s game to be postponed, but didn’t rule it out.
Saints v Newcastle off
Newcastle United’s trip to Southampton has been postponed due to Covid.
The injury-hit Magpies were due to travel to St Mary’s on January 2 to face Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side.
But an outbreak of Covid in Eddie Howe’s squad has led to the postponement of the match, the clubs’ first of 2022.
On Friday afternoon, Newcastle’s official Twitter account tweeted: “#NUFC’s fixture against Southampton at St. Mary’s on Sunday has been postponed due to ongoing Covid-19 cases and injuries amongst the Magpies’ first-team squad.”
Ramsey’s next club
Aaron Ramsey is set to leave Juventus, who are desperate to remove his £400,000-per-week salary off their wage bill.
Newcastle appear to be the favourites, but the bookies believe Palace, Everton and Leeds are in the running for his signature.
Where do you think he will end up?
Fresh Lukaku quotes
Lukaku revealed his loyalty to Inter after snubbing Manchester City in his interview with Sky Sports in Italy.
Fresh quotes reveal: “When I was at Inter, at the end of the first year, I turned down an offer from Manchester City which was higher than Chelsea’s this summer.
“I did it because it had only been a year, it wasn’t the right time to leave and I didn’t want to.
“I wanted to do something good for Inter, because I have to say that Inter saved my career to some extent.”
Lukaku turned down Man City
Romelu Lukaku declared he turned down a lucrative move to Manchester City in 2020 and only departed Inter Milan after they refused to offer him a new deal.
The 28-year-old eventually joined Chelsea in the summer in a club-record £97.5million transfer where he spoke of his delight at returning to Stamford Bridge.
But the Belgium international has since sensationally revealed he wishes to return to the San Siro after stating he is unhappy in West London.
His explosive comments infuriated boss Thomas Tuchel, who has promised showdown talks with the ex-Manchester United centre-forward.
Lukaku to stay… for now
Romelu Lukaku will reportedly NOT be leaving Chelsea in January, despite his sensational tell-all interview with Italian media.
Lukaku admitted that he was unhappy under Thomas Tuchel, and vowed to return to Inter in the future.
However, Tuchel is planning clear the air talks with Lukaku, and the Telegraph report that the 28-year-old has ‘no intention’ of leaving the club next month.
He’s understood to be frustrated playing under Tuchel’s tactics, with the German notorious for operating a 3-4-3 system.
But despite his anger, Lukaku is expected to stay put at Chelsea.
England fans World Cup blow
England fans face a scramble for hotels at the Qatar World Cup – with the entire country almost completely sold out already.
The Three Lions sealed their place at next year’s finals in November.
But supporters hoping to follow Gareth Southgate’s men to the Middle East at the end of 2022 could be left disappointed.
As reported by the Associated Press, there are virtually no rooms available throughout the month-long tournament from November 21 to December 18.
It is understood the majority have been taken by World Cup organisers block-booking to supply teams, Fifa officials, sponsors and media.
Lo Celso swap deal on
Tottenham could swap Giovani Lo Celso for Dejan Kulusevski, according to reports.
Spurs are believed to be competing with North London rivals Arsenal for Kulusevski’s signature.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Conte’s side have the upper hand.
They point out that Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici knows all the details about Kulusevski’s contract, having brought him to Juventus himself.