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Friday's transfer talk

  • Jose Mourinho says Alexis Sanchez's transfer to Manchester United is 'not done at all'
  • Both Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan won't make their debuts this weekend after missing the Premier League deadline
  • Chelsea are looking at strikers with Roma's Edin Dzeko and Stoke's Peter Crouch targets amongst others

The January transfer window is hotting up with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool the key players.

Alexis Sanchez is set to become a Manchester United player within hours after finally agreeing a deal that will see him paid as much as £14m per year. The deal will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan head the other way after he too agreed personal terms with the Gunners. Arsene Wenger expects the deal to go through imminently but isn't stopping there with Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bordeaux's Malcom also on his shopping list.

Liverpool need a replacement for Philippe Coutinho with Monaco's Thomas Lemar top of Jurgen Klopp's wishlist while league leaders Manchester City, fresh from being snubbed by Sanchez, want a centre-half with West Brom's Jonny Evans their No.1 choice. Chelsea are on the hunt for strikers with West Ham's Andy Carroll, Roma's Edin Dzeko and, in the latest twist, Stoke's Peter Crouch targets.

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A late done deal on the south coast!


RvP returns home

Robin van Persie has agreed to rejoin his first club Feyenoord after 14 years away.

The Dutch striker, best known for spells with Arsenal and Manchester United, is to terminate his deal with Turkish club Fenerbahce.

The Rotterdam side announced the news on Friday, saying Van Persie, now 34, would officially join them on Monday.

Van Persie left to join Arsenal in 2004, going on to score 132 goals for the Gunners, winning the FA Cup in 2005.

He left to join Manchester United in the summer of 2012 – in a situation reminiscent of the current one with Alexis Sanchez – and was the crucial factor as United snatched the Premier League title back from Manchester City.

Van Persie, who won 102 caps for Holland and scored 22 times for Feyenoord in his first spell, has been in Turkey since leaving Old Trafford in 2015.


Lennon moves to Burnley

Burnley have agreed a deal with Everton to sign 30-year-old winger Aaron Lennon for an undisclosed fee. Lennon joined Everton from Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 and went on to score seven goals in 63 appearances for the Merseyside club. However, he was deemed surplus to requirements after Theo Walcott was signed from Arsenal. He is Burnley’s second signing of the window after they earlier agreed a loan move for Spurs winger Georges-Kévin N'Koudou, who made his debut in the recent 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. CHELSEA NEWS

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has refused to comment on the club's reported interest in strikers Edin Dzeko, Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch.

The Blues are believed to be keen to sign a target man in the January transfer window, with English pair Carroll and Crouch also having been linked to the west Londoners.

Conte was asked about the link to former Manchester City forward Dzeko at his Friday press conference at the club's Cobham training ground and replied: “As you know very well, I think it's not right to talk about players of other teams."
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Conte finally speaks out over Dzeko, Carroll and Crouch rumours


Carvahal frets over nightmare window

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal has called the transfer window "a nightmare" as he attempts to steer the Premier League's bottom club away from danger.

Carvalhal has yet to add to the Swansea squad since he succeeded Paul Clement just before the turn of the year.

Swansea have been linked with ambitious moves for Atletico Madrid pair Kevin Gameiro and Nicolas Gaitan and Ajax winger Amin Younes, and Carvalhal admits that transfer negotiations are difficult in modern-day football.

"We are in the process about players, but nothing is finalised," Carvalhal said, ahead of Monday's home game against Liverpool.

"Don't ask me if we are near because you never know in negotiations what can happen if other sides create a problem at the last minute.

"The transfer window is a nightmare. Sometimes you think everything is sorted, but then comes a problem and then another problem.

"But all of us who are working on this at the club expect a minimum of one player in the last days (of the window).

"It is not easy, but we are still fighting for good players. I don't know if we can bring a player in the next days.

"We were not far away on our part (for one player), but negotiation is very hard with football players nowadays."

Carvalhal admits he thinks about new signings from the moment he wakes up in the morning.

"I woke up at six o'clock today and I was thinking of two or three players straight away," he said.

"But then I must prepare the team and be focused on my players. As soon as training is over I have to go again and think about players.

"Negotiations make me a little nervous because it is very difficult to achieve players.

"But we are working very hard with honest arguments, so let's see if we can achieve what we want."

Swansea remain four points from safety with 15 games left to play.

But Carvalhal has overseen an improvement during his five matches in charge, with the only setback being a somewhat unfortunate defeat to Tottenham.

"The response has been fantastic, the commitment and attitude is there," Carvalhal said.

"I don't believe any fan can complain since I arrived that any player has not given the maximum in every game.

"So I won't bring people in just to make people happy that we have done transfers.

"I understand the fans are frustrated and they are correct about the situation.

"If I was a politician I would try and answer and say things to benefit the fans.

"But I would not be a good politician, because I don't want to point people in the wrong way and promise everything."

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS We're all still waiting to hear on Alexis Sanchez's move to Manchester United… In the meantime, why not read Jack Austin's article on why the forward should attempt to follow the example of Cristiano Ronaldo if he wants to make a success of himself at Old Trafford.

Why Ronaldo could hold the key to Sanchez becoming a success at United

ARSENAL NEWS Bordeaux will not be selling forward Malcom this month despite Arsenal's interest in the young Brazilian, the Sun reports. Talks were held between the two clubs this window but the Ligue 1 side were insistent that they would not be letting the 20-year-old leave until the summer. This means Arsene Wenger will need to look elsewhere as he attempts to secure a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, whose move to Manchester United is expected to be confirmed this weekend. Tottenham have also made contact with the French side about his availability as Mauricio Pochettino looks to add to his attacking options. SOUTHAMPTON NEWS

Saints did their best

Southampton did everything they could to sign forward Theo Walcott from Arsenal this month but have the resources to bounce back after the failed transfer, manager Mauricio Pellegrino said on Friday.

England international Walcott progressed through Southampton's youth system and made 22 appearances for the Saints before moving to Arsenal in 2006.

After 12 years at the north London outfit, Walcott struggled to seal a first-team slot under Arsene Wenger and was among Southampton's top targets in the current window but the 28-year-old joined Everton earlier this week.

"I think we did everything to try to bring this possibility here but we have to accept that. It's part of our job," Pellegrino told reporters when asked about Walcott's move.

"When you are in negotiations they are about two parts and we can do nothing.

"Obviously the money is part of the negotiations but I don't know the reason. We have got in our club is the concern to try and bring a couple of targets… We have got another option and we have to continue with our job."

Defender Maya Yoshida missed Southampton's league draw with Watford last weekend due to a hamstring injury and is the only doubt for Pellegrino's side ahead of Saturday's clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

"I think Maya will be a part of Saturday's training session, maybe – but that will be decided tomorrow," Pellegrino added.

Southampton are winless in 10 league games are a point and a place above the relegation zone while Tottenham are fifth.


Jürgen Klopp believes Manchester City did not pull out of the race to sign Alexis Sanchez for financial reasons, claiming that if a club has a chance to sign the Chilean, they should “bring him in whenever”.

Arsenal's Sanchez is on the verge of swapping the Emirates for Old Trafford and joining Manchester United, but only after City, previously favourites for his signature, pulled out of the race.

City are understood to have baulked at Sanchez’s £35m asking price and sizeable wage demands, particularly as the player will become a free agent when his current contract expires in the summer.

Jürgen Klopp doubts Manchester City pulled out of Alexis Sanchez deal due to money

CHELSEA NEWS Antonio Conte has admitted that Alvaro Morata may have an issue with confidence at the moment, but just needs to know that “everyone at Chelsea trusts him” to get through it. The Spanish striker hasn’t scored since the 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on 26 December, and Conte said that the player getting used to a first full season as a first-choice forward could be getting to him. “For the strikers, this situation can happen,” the Italian said. “For sure, for Alvaro, this is the first season that he's been having a full season. Maybe, for him, this is the first time to face this type of problems. But, he has to overcome this problem because this is a stupid problem, You have to work for the team and not lose confidence. "The coach trusts him, the team-mates trust him, the clubs trust him, the fans trust him. I don't see a problem, but this is the first time Morata has faced this situation. Before, if you stay on the bench, you don't have this type of pressure. So now he has to learn to face this type of situation, move forward and go on. Everyone in Chelsea trusts him.” LIVERPOOL NEWS

Júrgen Klopp is confident that Loris Karius can rise to the challenge of being Liverpool's No 1 having placed his faith in the goalkeeper.

Karius started ahead of regular first-choice Simon Mignolet in last Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Manchester City and, despite some aspects of his performance being criticised, he is set to retain his place for the foreseeable future.

The 24-year-old was dropped by Klopp last season after a series of costly errors and has only featured intermittently since, but the Liverpool manager is now ready to persist with him in the hope he establishes himself as a Premier League ‘keeper.

Jürgen Klopp explains his decision to promote Liverpool 'keeper Loris Karius

Football legend Pele is in hospital after he collapsed on Thursday with severe exhaustion.

The 77-year-old was due to travel to London this weekend for a dinner held in his honour by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA).

However the three-time Fifa World Cup winner collapsed before his journey and was taken to a hospital in his native Brazil.

Pele in hospital with ‘severe exhaustion’


Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Liverpool will not replace Philippe Coutinho in the current transfer window, despite the enormous transfer fee Barcelona agreed for the Brazilian earlier this month.

The manager remained tight-lipped on the future of Daniel Sturridge, who has been linked with a January move to Sevilla having barely featured at Anfield this season. Sevilla are understood to have made Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi their top attacking target but could turn to Sturridge as an alternative.

Klopp would not discuss transfers and instead insisted he has enough talent in his current squad, and cited the return Adam Lallana from injury as a boost to his attacking line in the wake of Coutinho’s departure.

Jurgen Klopp hints Liverpool will not replace Philippe Coutinho in January


The Portuguese identified Sanchez as a potential acquisition but claims that he has taken a back seat in the negotiations for him.

"Sometimes people think transfers involve a lot the managers in the negotiations," he added. "I think it depends on the profile of the club and the way we establish our jobs. In my case when it goes to the table of negotiations I like to be out, I am out and I will just calmly waiting for news, no more than that.

"I will speak with you if one day we sign him, I can speak with you about him and what he can bring to our team. He's an Arsenal player, he's not my player, there's no point in me speaking about something that may or may not happen.

"My involvement in the situation is just to say the reasons why I would like to have the player and no more than that. I'm out."

LIVERPOOL NEWS Jurgen Klopp is also speaking and had this to say on Liverpool's plans in the remainder of the window. "If something jumps in my face then maybe we think about it, but we don't actively go for a new player we don't know," he said. "We use the players we have and that makes sense because we have quality." CHELSEA NEWS Conte also confirmed that new signing Ross Barkley will be in the squad for Saturday's lunchtime trip to Brighton.

"Ross is in a good physical condition," the Italian said. "Yesterday he played 70 minutes in a friendly game. For tomorrow he's in the squad. He's coming with us for the game against Brighton.

"I don't know if during the game I will decide to give him the chance to play a part of the game or if I want to wait. For now he's in the squad. He has to continue to improve, to work with us, with our ideas."

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Jose Mourinho has been quizzed on, guess who, Alexis Sanchez. "Nothing new, I think clearly everybody knows that we are there and especially when Arsenal's manager speaks so clearly like he did there is no point in trying to hide or to deny. "But (it's) not done, not done at all. "In this moment Mkhitaryan is our player, Sanchez an Arsenal player and with a match tomorrow I want to switch off and focus on the most important thing, which is the match." CHELSEA NEWS Antonio Conte has stayed tight-lipped on Chelsea's interest in Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch. He has confirmed though that it will be the club, rather than him, who has the final say on who comes in. "I think that I was very clear in the past to say the club sometimes ask me my opinion about our transfer market and situation, the way we can improve. "At the same time the final decision is from the club. This is our situation and the truth. The club has to spend money and this is right. "I think it is not right to speak about this, one person, to talk in general." CHELSEA NEWS Chelsea's search for a striker is one of the stories of this window. As well as Roma's Edin Dzeko they have also looked at West Ham United’s Andy Carroll and Stoke City’s Peter Crouch.
Sevilla want Michy Batshuayi either on loan or on a permanent basis, although no deal will be sanctioned until Conte has an alternative attacking option.
The Belgian striker has struggled at Stamford Bridge despite scoring the goal at West Bromwich Albion that clinched last season's title, and has never fully adapted to Conte's methods.
As such, the Italian has been reluctant to use him from the start in games but that goal against West Brom and recent strikes against Atletico Madrid and Watford illustrate Batshuayi has been a valuable sub, though, so Conte doesn't want to let him leave until there is another option. LIVERPOOL NEWS A little bit more on some news we told you yesterday and Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that youngster Ben Woodburn won't be leaving Liverpool on loan this month. Sunderland were among a number of clubs who were keen but the Welshman is going nowhere.

“There’s no rush in it. It’s nice that clubs are asking for him already, but Ben had enough games so far; he played in different competitions, the UEFA Youth League, the U23s and had games with us,” the German said.

“In all the sessions he is improving constantly. That we think we would miss him in our training group – with this quality squad – is maybe the biggest compliment you can give to him.

“He is completely relaxed, his family is relaxed and I am relaxed. The request is logical but there’s no rush at the moment. He is in the right place.

“We will help him, of course, and if there is any point in the next year when we think he needs to go somewhere then we will consider that for sure. But not for the moment.”

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