The January transfer window has entered its final week and there have been some major deals made in the last few days. Catch up on all the latest news and rumours from the Premier League and your favourite team.
The biggest news from the middle of the week is that Manchester United has secured a deal for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. The teams reached a deal that will see Sanchez join United and in return, Arsenal will receive Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2018
Sanchez is thought to have agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with United while Mkhitaryan has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Gunners. The two completed medicals and their deals on Monday.
Sanchez has said that he is “thrilled” to be joining “the biggest club in the world” and that he looks forward to working with Jose Mourinho and the rest of the team. Mourinho described Sanchez as “one of the best attacking players in the world” and said that he will complete the team’s group of attacking players.
Mkhitaryan has called his move a “dream come true” and said that he is looking forward to doing his best for the club. Wenger described him as a “complete” player who has “all the attributes” needed to be great.
In other Manchester United news, there have been reports in the Chilean press that Sanchez could be joined by his Chile teammate Arturo Vidal in the summer. Vidal currently players for Bayern Munich where he is under contract until 2019. However, it is thought that he may become available this summer.
Arsenal and Manchester United may also be about to battle for the Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira. The 26-year-old was in the team that won Euro 2016 and scouts for both teams were seen in Porto last weekend watching him play against Tondela.
On Wednesday afternoon it was confirmed that Alex Sandro is Manchester United’s primary target if Jose Mourinho decides to sign a new left-back in the summer. Mourinho has given up on trying to bring one in this month after being linked with players such as Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 25, 2018
While the team has lost Sanchez, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that they are in talks to sign Borussia Dortmund’s forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. There have been numerous reports linking him with the Gunners. Wenger says that talks are underway but he would not be drawn on how confident he is of a deal.
According to Wenger the talks are at a very early stage and he said that the team is also pursuing other players. Aubameyang is thought to be in favour of the deal but it is likely to be a few more days before there is any concrete news.
Arsenal are also thought to be one of several teams chasing PSG winger Lucas Moura. The team reportedly want him on loan but the French side are only interested in a permanent deal for around £35 million. Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in Moura as are a number of European clubs.
The Gunners may also be attempting to sign Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon. The player may be available for £20 million and he has also been linked with Juventus and Manchester City.
On Wednesday afternoon it was reported that Southampton have come to an agreement with Monaco for striker Guido Carrillo. It is thought that the clubs have agreed a fee of €22 million and that the forward will be joining the team in the coming days.
Southampton had an offer of £17.6 million rejected by Monaco earlier this week but they have accepted the increased offer. Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has worked with Carrillo in Argentina and thinks highly of the player. Carrillo has scored 20 goals for Monaco in over 50 appearances since he joined in 2015.
Southampton are also known to be eager to sign Spartak Moscow Winger Quincy Promes. Promes is thought to be keen to move to England but Southampton are thought to be unwilling to pay the £30 million wanted by the club.
Promes, who is under contract in Moscow until June 2021, has scored 53 goals in 101 appearances for the team. He was named the Russian Premier League footballer of the year in 2017 and was key to the team’s success.
Meanwhile Fulham have signed Southampton full-back Matt Targett on loan for the remainder of the season. It means that the 22-year-old will be reunited with Fulham academy director Huw Jennings who had a similar job at Southampton when Targett first joined the club.
Targett has said that he is looking forward to helping the club push for promotion and that he is extremely excited about getting started.
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is eager to sign Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen as he aims to add firepower in his quest to remain in the Premier League.
The team have already had a first bid for the 27-year-old Denmark international rejected with Feyenoord thought to be holding out for a fee of around £20 million. However, the team are still eager to sign him and owner Mike Ashley has given his permission for a recruitment drive in the remainder of the transfer window.
If the team are to succeed they are likely to break their transfer record, currently the £16 million paid to Real Madrid for England striker Michael Owen in August 2005.
Jorgensen moved to Feyenoord from FC Copenhagen in July 2016 having previously played at Brondby, Bayer Leverkusen and Kaiserslautern. He has scored seven goals in 14 league appearances this season and two more in the Champions League.
With Robin van Persie having returned to Feyenoord, Newcastle will be hoping that the added competition for places will help persuade the player to make the move to Tyneside.
Benitez is also thought to be eager to sign Leicester City’s Islam Slimani. Benitez successfully brought Chelsea’s midfielder Kenedy on loan earlier this week and he is now hoping for further success in the market. The team have scored just 22 goals in their first 24 league games and need to turn their season around if they are to be sure of avoiding relegation.
The team is also understood to have rejected an offer of £8 million from Brighton for Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Serbian international, who has said that he wants to leave the club this month. There are reports that Newcastle is unlikely to agree to make a deal with a direct relegation rival this month.
On Wednesday afternoon reports emerged that Aymeric Laporte is likely to sign with Manchester City in the coming days.
Pop Guardiola is thought to be prepared to pay the Athletic Bilbao defender’s £60 million buy-out clause and start discussing personal terms with the player. Just 18 months ago he turned down a move to City but now City are confident that they can sign him.
Laporte still has two-and-a-half years on his deal with Bilbao where he has been since 2012 but if the move is complete there is every chance that he could become City’s leading defender over time.
Meanwhile the team announced that Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new five-and-a-half year deal with the club. The new contract means that the Belgian will be with City until 2023.
He is the latest to commit his future to the team after David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho all signed new contracts. De Bruyne said that he was very happy to sign the deal and that he is excited about what the team can achieve in the coming years.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion have reportedly reached an agreement with the Egyptian team Zamalek to sign defender Ali Gabr. The deal is thought to be for an initial loan until the end of the season but includes an option for West Brom to buy him for £1.5 million.
Boss Alan Pardew is desperate to strengthen his squad but due to the Financial Fair Play regulations he is unable to spend money on a player without selling at least one. There has been a great deal of speculation that he may sell Jonny Evans to Arsenal or Manchester City but so far neither team have made an offer. It is understood that Evans has a £3 million relegation clause in his contract, this means that West Brom may lose him for next to nothing if they fall into the Championship League.
However, if West Brom do manage to sell Evans it is thought that Pardew is interested in Watford’s Troy Deeney, but Watford will be reluctant to let him go to a rival.
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