Saturday, 28 January 2017

latest gossip on Premier League club transfers

We're into the last few days of the January transfer window and there is plenty going on.

Premier League sides spent £185million this time last year and we could be in for a similar story again, as clubs consider late swoops before the window slams shut.

Do Liverpool need to strengthen after crashing out of the EFL Cup? Will the big-spending Manchester sides open the chequebook again after their busy summers? Will Arsene Wenger splash the cash?

There are the unsettled players, with Dimitri Payet's future at West Ham still up in the air while those at the bottom will be desperately looking for players to keep them up.

Stay with us, as we'll bring you all the latest gossip, news, rumour-mongering and done deals as they happen...

Rooney considering £1m-a-week China switch?

Wayne Rooney is reconsidering whether to finish his career at Old Trafford after receiving a mega-money offer to see out his days in China.

The Chinese Super League has been accused of unsettling some of the Premier League’s biggest stars with their recent state-sanctioned spending spree.

And Manchester United’s record goalscorer is the latest player having his head turned, according to the Sun.

Several clubs in the CSL are willing to pay the 31-year-old, who is struggling to nail down a place in Jose Mourinho’s side, as much as £1 million a week.


Wayne Rooney under pressure from GHull City's Harry Maguire and Michael Dawson

Man United gossip round-up

Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Paulo Dybala, with reports suggesting the Juventus striker will pen fresh terms in Turin.

The Argentine has recently emerged as a top target for the Red Devils who raided the Bianconeri for £89million Paul Pogba last summer.

Jose Mourinho is planning to freshen up his forward line in the summer with Zlatan Ibrahimovic approaching the end of his career and Wayne Rooney’s future increasingly uncertain.

But Italian outlet Calciomercato report Dybala, 23, is set to sign a new contract with Juve.


TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 15: Paulo Dybala of Juventus FC celebrates a goal during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Udinese Calcio at Juventus Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

 

 Liverpool gossip round-up

Liverpool are set to miss out on 17-year-old Inter Milan wonderkid Andrea Pinamonti with Inter Milan reportedly ready to offer the striker a new deal.

Pinamoni has been training with the first-team squad for the last couple of months after a blistering start to the campaign for Inter’s youth team.

He has 14 goals in 13 games for the club’s Primavera and would be keen to sign fresh terms with his boyhood side, according to Calciomercato.
 
Spurs are also said to be tracking the starlet.



 

Arsenal gossip round-up

Juventus have reportedly joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign unsettled Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
 
The Spaniard moved back to the Spanish capital from Turin last summer but has struggled for regular first-team action under Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane.

And Spanish outlet Cadena Ser claim the forward will leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season if the French legend is still in charge.

Morata, 24, could command a fee of over £50million.


Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid competes for the ball with Matias Kranevitter of Sevilla

West Ham sign Robert Snodgrass from Hull

West Ham have signed Robert Snodgrass from Hull, according to Sky Sports News.

The Irons had two transfer bids rejected for the winger before finally getting their man.

It’s believed they have paid in the region of £7 million, rising to £10 million with addons, for the Scott.


Liverpool tie down Joe Gomez on improved 5-year deal

Jurgen Klopp may not expect to bring any new faces in at Liverpool this month, but he’s been keen to die down the core players in his squad to new and improved deals.

And one player he sees in his future plans is Joe Gomez, who has just signed an improved 5-year deal that will keep him at Anfield until 2022.

The 19-year-old, who joined from Charlton in 2015 for £3.5 million is highly regarded by Klopp.


Liverpool's Joe Gomez in action

Rodgers confirms Chelsea bid for Celtic keeper Craig Gordon

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Celtic have received a bid for goalkeeper Craig Gordon from Chelsea.

The Blues want to replace Asimir Begovic, should he complete a move to Bournemouth this transfer window.

However, Celtic confirmed they have rejected a £3 million offer for the 34-year-old.

The Bhoys boss said: “There has been an offer but nothing that we would even think about... He is a player very march part of what we want to do.”



Conte has no idea if Ivanovic will leave Chelsea this month

Antonio Conte is keen to keep his current squad together for the rest of the season, but says he does not know if Branislav Ivanovic will still be at Stamford Bridge come February.

The Serbian has been linked with loan moves to Premier League clubs including West Brom and Everton after finding himself right down the pecking order with the Blues.

Russian side Zenit St Petersburg are also said to be interested in his services, as Aaron Flanagan reports.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s fourth round FA Cup tie with Brentford tomorrow, Conte told reporters:


 LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea (L) is put under pressure from Gwion Edwards of Peterborough United (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Peterborough United at Stamford Bridge on January 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)


Jese 'wants Las Palmas move'

Las Palmas have “never been so close” to signing Jese Rodriguez, according to the club’s president Miguel Angel Ramirez.

The former Real Madrid striker is a target for Middlesbrough and Roma , but the La Liga outfit’s chief has said the 23-year-old wants to return to his boyhood club if he leaves Paris Saint-Germain.

Ramirez admits his side can’t compete financially with the other suitors, but appears to be hoping the heart strings could be more important than the purse strings for the Spain Under 21 international.


 


Gomez set for new deal

Joe Gomez will become the latest of Liverpool’s brightest young stars to commit himself to the club, as he closes in on a new long-term contract.

Talks are at an advanced stage to give the talented England U21 international defender a new five year deal, that will secure his future at Anfield.

The 19 year old was snapped up from Charlton for an initial fee of £3.5m back in the summer of 2015, and despite a crippling cruciate knee injury that kept him out for a year, he has impressed manager Jurgen Klopp with his progress.

It is the German coach who is the driving force behind the talks, with Klopp convinced Gomez will emerge as his number one choice at centre half in the coming seasons.


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Joe Gomez of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)


Xavi signs new deal

Barcelona legend Xavi has agreed a new deal in Qatar.

The 37-year-old joined Al Sadd in 2015 and will spend another season with the club.

He hopes to add to his glittering career with some trophies in the Middle East.


 Xavi looks dejected


Leicester to increase efforts to land Ramirez

Leicester are expected to increase their efforts to sign Middlesbrough forward Gaston Ramirez over the weekend.

Press Association Sport understands the Premier League champions have already had an offer for the 26-year-old turned down by Boro but Ramirez has reportedly handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to the King Power Stadium.

The transfer window closes on Tuesday night, around an hour and a half after Leicester’s league match at Burnley, and manager Claudio Ranieri is keen to reinforce his squad with Ramirez, who only signed a permanent deal with Boro last summer, top of his wanted list.

Ranieri would not talk about any specific players following Friday night’s FA Cup draw at Derby but he said: “Yes it is important (to add to the squad), of course. I will now speak together with my sporting director to see if there is something good. If not then okay.

“I was so concentrated on this match I didn’t think about the market. Now my mind is going to Burnley because it is a very important match.


MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Christian Fuchs of Leicester City in action with Gaston Ramirez of Middlesbrough during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Leicester City at Riverside Stadium on January 02, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images) 



Valencia admits he thought United interest was a joke

Manchester United favourite Antonio Valencia has revealed he thought the Red Devils’ interest in him was ‘a laugh and a joke’ when Sir Alex Ferguson approached Wigan in 2009.

The Ecuadorian had been in England for three years when then Latics boss Steve Bruce informed him that the Old Trafford giants were keen on acquiring his services.And Valencia, who has transformed from an out-and-out winger to a marauding right-back during his time at United, admits he thought Bruce was winding him up.


 


Antonio opens up on Payet situation

West Ham winger Michail Antonio says the uncertainty surrounding Dimitri Payet has made the Hammers stronger.

“All the negativity happening outside – people talking about Dimitri and what he’s done – people are forgetting that there is a squad there,” he told Soccer AM.

“We dug in together and decided to bring positivity after the negativity there’s been.The only time I’ve spoken to him was when were in the training ground.I haven’t really spoken to him. He hasn’t really been in the training ground so I haven’t had the opportunity to speak to him.”


Michail Antonio celebrates with Dimitri Payet after scoring the first goal for West Ham.


Gunners hand 'next Sanchez' trial

Arsenal have handed another trial to Chilean teenager Marcelo Allende.

Allende, 17, has been dubbed ‘the next Alexis Sanchez’ and has already had two stints at the Gunners’ academy.

He has been tipped to complete a move to London and has jetted in from South America.Allende is known of one of the brightest young talents in Chile and starred when they hosted the Under-17s World Cup in 2015.


Marcelo Allende of Chile runs with the ball during the FIFA U-17 Men's World Cup 2015 group A match between Chile and Croatia at Estadio Nacional de Chile on October 17, 2015 in Santiago, Chile.


Why are there Premier League games on transfer deadline day?

There are just four days of the January transfer window remaining.

The winter sales will come to an end at 11pm on Tuesday evening when Premier League teams will be forced to go with what they’ve got until the end of the season.

And the more eagle-eyed among you will have noticed there is something slightly different about this particular transfer deadline day - there are as many as SEVEN Premier League fixtures.

So - the question is - why?