OSB’s Transfer Centre: January Transfer Window – 18th Jan

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Our team at OnlineSportsBlog.com will keep you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip and updates throughout the whole month. So make sure you stay with us to follow all the latest developments.

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18/01/2019

DE JONG TO PSG?

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Frenkie de Jong appears set for Paris Saint-Germain but Barcelona will make one final bid to bring him to the Camp Nou, reports Sport.

The club will not offer the same financial package as the Ligue 1 leaders but hope the lure of playing with Lionel Messi, and the history of Dutch players shining at Barca, will convince him to sign.


JESE TURNS DOWN VALLADOLID MOVE

Former Stoke City loanee Jese has turned down an offer to join Real Valladolid, according to RMC.

The Spaniard is free to leave PSG this month if he can find a club.


WATFORD DISRUPTING PSG

Watford have disrupted Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer window with their valuation of Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to France Football.

PSG want to sign Idrissa Gueye from Everton, who in turn want Doucoure as his replacement.

But the Toffees are not willing to meet the Hornets’ £45m price tag for the midfielder.


POCH RULES OUT ROSSI MOVE

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out a move for free agent Giuseppe Rossi, who has been training with former club Manchester United.

Spurs have been linked with a move for Rossi due to Harry Kane’s injury which leaves Pochettino’s side desperately short of attacking options.

Heung-Min Son is away on international duty with South Korea at the AFC Asian Cup, leaving Fernando Llorente as the club’s only recognised senior striker.

Asked about speculation Rossi could be a solution to the striker crisis, Pochettino said: “There are many names that appear in every transfer window. I think he is another name to add on the list but it is only a rumour. We have not considered him.”


REAL TO LAUNCH MILITAO BID

Real Madrid will launch a bid to sign Eder Militao from Porto, according to AS.

However, the centre-back is also a target for Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

The 20-year-old currently has a £45m release clause in his contract but that rises to 66m in the summer.

Should Real miss out on Militao, they remain interest in Mario Hermoso, reports AS.

The Spain international left the Bernabeu in 2017 but the club have a buy-back option and can sign the Espanyol centre-back for £6.6m.


ARNAUTOVIC DECISION RESTS WITH PELLEGRINI

West Ham’s owners have told manager Manuel Pellegrini it is up to him to decide whether to sell or keep Marko Arnautovic.

Sky Sports News understands Pellegrini has not made a decision yet but it is believed he wants to keep Arnautovic out of the squad for the game at Bournemouth tomorrow.

West Ham have rejected a £35m bid from an unnamed Chinese club for Arnautovic. They had said he was not for sale but now they have told Pellegrini it is his call.


PEP ON FERNANDINHO REPLACEMENT

Pep Guardiola has been fielding questions on Manchester City’s plans to find a long-term replacement for Fernandinho. Here’s what he had to say…

“I think with the way we play we need a guy who has of course physicality, is quick in the head and reading where our spaces to attack are. As many things as he can do, the better. I know it is not easy to find one player who can do everything.

“[You have to deal with] the price, the agents and the club if you want to buy the players so we will see.”

When asked if he has identified players who fit those characteristics, Guardiola replied: “Yes, there are many. There are three or four we are looking for. We are searching for that position. We took a look.”


CAHILL TO THE COTTAGE?

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has been linked with a move to Fulham but Claudio Ranieri is unsure if he will be joining them for a relegation battle.

“Gary is a very important player and for us it would be fantastic. I don’t know if he wants to come and fight with us,” the Italian said.


PISACANE SIGNS NEW CONTRACT WITH CAGLIARI

Cagliari defender Fabio Pisacane has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract with the Sardinians until 2020.

Pisacane had been linked with January moves to Udinese and Sassuolo, but Cagliari confirmed on Friday that Pisacane had put pen to paper on a renewal, which includes the option for an extra season.

The 32-year-old has played 98 times for the Rossoblu since signing from Avellino in 2015, scoring three goals.

He gained recognition earlier in his career for turning down a bribe to throw a match and overcoming Guillain-Barre syndrome.


NO FAREWELL PARTY FOR HIGUAIN… YET

Milan have reportedly denied claims that Gonzalo Higuain bid farewell to his teammates on Thursday evening.

Several Italian publications reported Higuain had held a farewell party ahead of his likely move to Chelsea.

However, MilanNews has countered with a rebuttal, citing confirmation from the club that there was no such party.

Instead, the Juventus loanee would have dined with his colleagues to celebrate Samu Castillejo’s 24th birthday.


RANIERI HOPING FOR BABEL IMPACT

Claudio Ranieri has been speaking about new signing Ryan Babel, who has arrived at Fulham from Besiktas.

“I hope Ryan can bring his experience, his strength, he is a quality player, some goals because we need goals.

“Of course I hope he can adapt to our football as soon as possible but I am happy because he played for Liverpool so he knows the Premier League very well.

“He’s not 100% fit. I will have to decide if I start with him or during the match.”


SARRI: ‘DIFFICULT MOMENT’ FOR MORATA

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be on is way out of Stamford Bridge this month, with Atletico Madrid understood to be interested in him.

Sarri admits he is unsure if he will play against Arsenal on Saturday but said he has sympathy for the player and the current uncertainty over his future.

“I don’t know if he will play [against Arsenal] but he is training with us.

“It’s a very difficult moment for him but it’s normal for a player in January to be involved in the market.  He’s available [for selection].


SARRI ON HIGUAIN DEAL

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Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is currently on loan at AC Milan, but Maurizio Sarri insists he is focused on on-field matters rather than potential arrivals.

“I want to be clear because I cannot help you. I spoke with [director] Marina [Granovskaia] two weeks ago and she knows my opinion on how to improve the team. Then I decided to be focused on the pitch, on matches, on training.

“Now I am confident because I know Marina is working very hard but I don’t know anything about the market because I want to focus on the matches.

“I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend all my mental energy on the market. I think it’s better if I spend them on the pitch.“


PSG ENTER PAREDES RACE

Paris Saint German are in negotiations to sign Chelsea target Leandro Paredes from Zenit St. Peterburg, Sky Sports News understands.

Sky in Italy are reporting that PSG have made a bid in the region of £31million for the midfielder.

Chelsea have been in talks to sign Paredes as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.


PIATEK IS AWAITING THE GREEN LIGHT

Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek will reportedly be free to join Milan once CEO Ivan Gazidis gives the green light.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport and Sport Mediaset, Milan sporting director Leonardo will meet Genoa president Enrico Preziosi to apply the finishing touches to negotiations.

In the meantime, however, the last ‘obstacle’ would come from Gazidis, who has yet to approve of the Pole’s arrival.

Nonetheless, Sport Mediaset assures Leonardo ‘has studied everything in the smallest detail’ and found the ‘right’ formula to not only appease Preziosi but also satisfy Financial Fair Play.


DEFREL TO JOIN NEWCASTLE UNITED

Sampdoria striker Gregoire Defrel is reportedly on the verge of joining Premier League side Newcastle United.

According to ANSA, Newcastle are ‘very close’ to agreeing a €15m deal for Defrel, who has since been replaced at Samp by Manolo Gabbiadini.

The Frenchman scored 23 goals in 73 appearances for Sassuolo before moving to Roma for €20m in the summer of 2017.

However, injuries and constantly being played out on the right as opposed to his favoured position of centre-forward saw him score just once for the Giallorossi.


WOLVES SWOOP FOR AGBOOLA


EMERAN TO MANCHESTER

Manchester United will sign Noam Emeran from Amiens SC, according to Le Courrier Picard.

The 16-year-old was also a PSG and Juventus target but will move to Old Trafford for around £80,000.


VELA TO BARCA?

Barcelona have spent January searching for a striker and, with a move for Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata now unlikely, the La Liga leaders are considering Carlos Vela, reports Marca.

The Mexico international, who plays for Los Angeles FC, has been offered to the club and could return to Spain this month.


NEW LEICESTER DEAL FOR ALBRIGHTON

Marc Albrighton has signed a new contract at Leicester City that will run until June 2022.

The 29-year-old has made over 170 appearances for the Foxes, including all 38 of their Premier League title-winning campaign in 2015/16.

“It was totally straight forward,” he told LCFC TV. Leicester offered me a deal and I was always going to sign it. I’ve had some good times here and hopefully I can continue to do so.

“When I first signed, I looked at the squad that was in the dressing room and the Club itself in terms of its fan base and what sort of club it was.

“It was a family Club back then and it’s a family Club now. It’s something that suits me down to the ground. It really fit in well with me as a person and it’s the perfect fit for me.”


HOWE: NO INTEREST IN ANYONE

It’s been a transfer window full of speculation surrounding Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe insists there has been no interest in the England international, or any of his squad for that matter.

“We’ve had no interest in any of our players – nothing. Everything has just been speculation, which you understand as this is the month for it.

“From my perspective and the team we have above me, we are always working together to try and find solutions to make the squad stronger and continue to move the team forward.

“They’re the main things. We’ll do that again, like we have done through the process that we’ve been together, for the benefit of Bournemouth.”


‘McTOMINAY NOT EXPECTED TO LEAVE’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has poured cold water on the possibility of Scott McTominay, who has been linked with Celtic, leaving Manchester United on loan this month.


SOLSKJAER ON MAN UTD INCOMINGS

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Will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bolster his squad in the January transfer window?

Asked if he expects ay arrivals at Manchester United this month, the interim manager said: “No, not really.”

After six wins from six, it’s hard to argue against the Norwegian…


NEW LIVERPOOL DEAL FOR ROBERTSON

Andy Robertson has signed a long-term contract extension with Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The Scotland left-back has been an influential performer in Liverpool’s defence, one which has conceded a league-low 10 goals in 22 games this season.

Sky Sports News understands the 24-year-old’s new deal ties him to the club until the summer of 2024.


RASHFORD REWARD

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Manchester United are set to offer Marcus Rashford a new deal that will double his current wage to a reported £150,000-per-week, reports the Daily Mirror.

The England international has played a starring role since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, with four goals in his last six appearances.

Real Madrid and Juventus are reportedly keen on Rashford, who is out of contract at Old Trafford in 18 months, but United hope the offer of a new deal with stave off interest from the continent.


HIGUAIN TO FLY IN ON FRIDAY

Gonzalo Higuain will fly into London on Friday to complete his loan move to Chelsea, according to the Daily Express.

The Juventus striker, on loan at AC Milan this season, will potentially be available to sit on the bench against Arsenal on Saturday night.

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