Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s transfer news.
With just two days left of the January transfer window, which closes at 11pm (GMT) on Monday, this weekend could provide a bumper crop of transfer stories. Several Premier League clubs have a lot of work to do and the pressure is mounting to complete deals.
Arsenal have received official approaches from Barcelona and Juventus to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan until the end of the season. Juventus signed Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic in a deal worth €75 million on Friday, while Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sign their winger Dejan Kulusevski and are in talks over his team-mate Rodrigo Bentancur.
Elsewhere, Liverpool have completed the signing of Porto winger Luis Diaz and are also considering permanent offers for Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino.
Newcastle have agreed a deal for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes for a fee of €42.5 million plus €8 million in add-ons. They have also agreed a £13 million fee with Brighton for defender Dan Burn.
Each of The Athletic’s dedicated club correspondents have detailed what their side is trying to do in the coming days. Find out more here.
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January 30, 2022 at 5:02 PM EST
Sunderland have sacked head coach Lee Johnson following the club’s humiliating 6-0 defeat away to Bolton Wanderers yesterday.
Johnson, who spent 14 months at the Stadium of the Light, leaves Sunderland third in League One but in danger of falling away from the automatic promotion places after collecting just five points from their last five games.
The tipping point was a 6-0 drubbing away to Bolton on Saturday, Sunderland’s heaviest defeat during their three and a half years in the third tier. Click here for the full story.
January 30, 2022 at 4:45 PM EST
Tanguy Ndombele is in Lyon to finalise his loan move from Tottenham Hotspur to Olympique Lyonnais, The Athletic understands.
Tomorrow will see the final touches put to a switch that will see Ndombele join his former club for the rest of the season. Lyon are expected to have an option to buy the midfielder at the end of the campaign as part of the agreement.
January 30, 2022 at 3:56 PM EST
Istanbul Basaksehir are hoping to sign Aston Villa winger Trezeguet on loan.
The Turkish side have been trying to complete a deal over the past few days and are still waiting for the green light from Villa.
Trezeguet scored the winning goal for Egypt in their 2-1 win over Morocco in the African Cup of Nations on Sunday and is now back to full fitness after a long period out with a knee injury.
He's slipped down the pecking order at Villa following the arrival of Leon Bailey, who is due back from injury this month, and Philippe Coutinho.
Villa are rebuilding their squad and are expected to let Trezeguet leave as he seeks regular game time.
The 27-year-old changed representatives recently ahead of the transfer window. He has just 17 months left on his contract.
Trezeguet scored nine goals in 64 appearances for Villa, including a number of important strikes during Villa's survival season in 2019-20 and the memorable match-winner in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Leicester City.
January 30, 2022 at 3:19 PM EST
Newcastle United are not only looking to secure further incomings before tomorrow's 11pm deadline, but also to trim down their now bloated squad.
Jeff Hendrick, the midfielder, is free to depart on loan now that Bruno Guimaraes has completed his move to Tyneside, and Middlesbrough are interested in the Republic of Ireland international.
Freddie Woodman, the goalkeeper, is also available for a temporary move, with AFC Bournemouth keen to rekindle their interest, having almost signed the 24-year-old during the summer, only for an injury to Martin Dubravka leading to it being pulled. Newcastle have four goalkeepers in their 25-man squad, meaning moving on a shot-stopper easily clears a space, which is needed to accommodate their January additions.
Ciaran Clark and Emil Krafth, the defenders, are also on the fringes of the squad now and, should Dan Burn complete his £13 million move from Brighton & Hove Albion, one or both could depart.
Elliot Anderson, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder, has been given permission to gain game-time out on loan, with Luton Town understood to be keen among several teams keen on him, while Matty Longstaff is also being offered on loan to EFL clubs.
January 30, 2022 at 2:58 PM EST
A goal from Famara Diedhiou gives Senegal the lead going into half-time.
Senegal have definitely had the majority of the chances but the second half could be just as exciting!
Famara Diedhiou breaks the deadlock for the Lions of Teranga 👏#TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 | #AFCON2021 | #SENGNQ pic.twitter.com/J8QZvupVtG
January 30, 2022 at 2:27 PM EST
Celtic are two points behind league leaders Rangers.
But with a long unbeaten run, they are showing title-challenging traits that should make Rangers nervous.
Celtic are displaying title-challenging traits
January 30, 2022 at 2:09 PM EST
The last quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations is underway as Senegal take on Equatorial Guinea.
The winner will take on Burkina Faso in the semi-final on February 2.
Now there is the worry that it was the wrong decision.
The Athletic's Steve Madeley has digested the bad spell West Brom are crawling through.
West Brom are suffering from an ill-timed decision to go left-field
January 30, 2022 at 1:27 PM EST
Chelsea prospect Tino Anjorin is set to join Huddersfield Town until the end of the season after cutting short his loan spell at Lokomotiv Moscow.
Anjorin joined Lokomotiv at the beginning of the season, with the Russian side holding a £17 million option to buy this month.
However, a combination of a broken metatarsal and Ralf Rangnick’s departure to Manchester United have meant that loan spell hasn’t worked out. Click here to read more.
January 30, 2022 at 1:07 PM EST
Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst is undergoing his medical ahead of his move to Burnley for a fee of around £12 million plus add-ons.
Burnley are have been on the hunt for an experienced striker ever since the departure of Chris Wood to Newcastle for £25 million earlier this month.
Weghorst will arrive with an impressive goalscoring record, netting 70 goals in 144 games for Wolfsburg and the hope is the 29-year-old's goals will be instrumental in helping Burnley to safety.
January 30, 2022 at 12:32 PM EST
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Bruno Jordao is set to join partner club Grasshoppers on loan for the rest of the season.
The £6 million man has just returned to fitness following almost a year out with a knee injury.
He played his first 90 minutes since 2020 when featuring and scoring for Wolves Under-23s against Burnley last week and declared himself ready for Bruno Lage's first-team squad when speaking to The Athletic. However the 23-year-old also accepted a loan move could be possible and that playing regularly again was a priority.
Jordao has been a regular on the bench in recent weeks and made a brief appearance against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, but with Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker, plus youngster Luke Cundle, as midfield options Wolves feel it's better he moves out on loan.
Jordao has travelled to Zurich today to complete the move. He'll join fellow Wolves loanees Leo Bonatini and recent permanent signings Hayao Kawabe and Jeong Sang-bin at Grasshoppers, with whom Wolves have an official partnership.
Elsewhere it's shaping up to be a fairly quiet deadline day at Molineux. Unless any late first-team deals crop up the final hours will be about getting youngsters out on loan. Ryan Giles, who provided nine assists for Cardiff in the first half of the season, is believed to have a host of Championship options if he's given approval by Lage to move back out on loan.
Taylor Perry, who was with Cheltenham in League One, may also head back out on a temporary deal, while keepers Andreas Sondergaard and Louie Moulden have interest from non-league clubs with Wolves hoping the pair can get some regular football. Young Portuguese defender Christian Marques is set to stay with the under-23s for the rest of the season having not featured for Belenenses during a loan for the first half of 2021/22.
January 30, 2022 at 12:16 PM EST
Newcastle have confirmed the signing of their top midfield target Bruno Guimaraes.
He has joined Newcastle from Lyon on a four-and-a-half-year deal and a fee of €50.1 million, €8 million of which is add-ons.
Click here for the full story.
January 30, 2022 at 11:52 AM EST
Crystal Palace are confident of securing Jean-Philippe Mateta on a permanent deal from Mainz before Monday’s transfer deadline with talks ongoing with the Bundesliga club.
The French striker joined Palace a year ago on an initial 18-month loan which included a clause to make the transfer permanent for around £14 million if Mateta started a certain number of Premier League games.
The forward has largely played a bit-part role in the period since, but a recent upturn in form has convinced Patrick Vieira that he is a player worth pursuing.
The striker was unlikely to begin the requisite number of matches stipulated in the original agreement and would be into the last year of his contract at Mainz if he returned in the summer.
As a result, the German club have proved amenable to renegotiating the size of the fee involved, with Palace hopeful a deal can be struck nearer to £8 million for Mateta’s services.
The 24-year-old, who scored in the recent wins over Norwich City and Millwall in the FA Cup, is likely to be Palace’s only incoming business on deadline day after missing out to Everton in the pursuit of Donny van de Beek.
Palace are not unduly concerned at missing out on the Dutch international given they are well stocked in midfield, and there would have been obvious implications in terms of game-time for the likes of Eberechi Eze had Van de Beek joined from Manchester United.
The young winger Jesurun Rak-Sakyi could yet depart on loan, with Accrington Stanley of the third tier one of a number of clubs to have expressed an interest in securing the youth-team graduate.
January 30, 2022 at 11:38 AM EST
Newcastle United are keen to sign Aston Villa defender Matt Targett before the end of the January transfer window.
But with time against them Newcastle will need to work quick.
Could he be another key defensive signing to boost Newcastle's chance of survival? Click here to read more.
January 30, 2022 at 11:22 AM EST
Perhaps some late transfer window action for Liverpool?
Jurgen Klopp's side are working on a deal to sign Fulham attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho, The Athletic understands.
Fulham, however, are determined to keep the 19-year-old who has less than six months left on his contract. Click here to read more.
January 30, 2022 at 10:48 AM EST
The Championship high-fliers have added Ryan Hedges from Aberdeen.
The 26-year-old forward has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Ewood Park.
✍️ We are delighted to confirm the signing of Wales international Ryan Hedges from Aberdeen on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
👇 More details below.#Rovers 🔵⚪️
January 30, 2022 at 10:33 AM EST
Reported inquiry by West Ham for Leandro Trossard has been rubbished by Brighton. #BHAFC
January 30, 2022 at 10:04 AM EST
We are underway in the day's first quarter-final, and it's a big'un.
Egypt vs Morocco – who you got?
January 30, 2022 at 9:40 AM EST
Our Chelsea correspondent Simon Johnson has news on who might be joining the Everton coaching staff.
Am hearing #CFC assistant coach Anthony Barry has held positive talks with Everton. Attended Tranmere v Forest Green yesterday but was not main purpose of the trip. Lampard really wants him. Source describes situation as a win-win whether he stays or goes.
January 30, 2022 at 9:16 AM EST
Barcelona are close to an agreement with Arsenal to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan until the end of the season.
Progress has been made but the forward's salary is the main issue left to resolve.
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