OSB’s Transfer Centre: January Transfer Window – 5th Jan

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05/01/2019

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.

Can’t keep up with all the rumours? Don’t you worry! We’ve got you covered!


SIMEONE ON GODIN’S FUTURE

Diego Simeone says Atletico Madrid are seeking the “best solution” for defender Diego Godin.

Sky in Italy are reporting that Godin is close to joining Inter Milan on a free transfer at the end of the season

“Both Atleti and the player are seeking the best solution for all parties,” Atleti head coach Simeone said today.

“The club and Godin know what I think about this. If he does remain with us, it’ll be because it’s best for him and the club.”

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FABREGAS FAREWELL?

Cesc Fabregas might have played his last game in English football after bidding Chelsea fans an emotional farewell near the end of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest today.

Fabregas missed a penalty in the match and is close to agreeing a deal to join Thierry Henry’s Monaco.


QUINTERO HAPPY TO JOIN PREMIER LEAGUE

Colombia international Juan Fernando Quintero claims his agent has held talks with Manchester City.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder is currently on loan at River Plate from Porto.

He told Radio Closs Continental: “My representative has met with people from Manchester City, I’m very proud that they have looked at me.”


TORINO READY TO OFFER PLAYERS

Torino are prepared to offer a player to Watford as part of a deal to secure the signing of Roberto Pereyra in the summer, according to Tuttosport.

The former Juventus player has been a standout performer for the Hornets this season but a return to Italy may be too tempting for him to ignore.


PELLEGRINI: CARROLL WANTS TO STAY

Manuel Pellegrini says striker Andy Carroll wants to remain at West Ham.

Carroll, who is out of contract in the summer, netted in the Hammers’ FA Cup win over Birmingham today.

Asked about the striker after the match, Hammers boss Pellegrini said: “I never had any doubt that Andy Carroll wants to stay here, he doesn’t want to go anywhere.”


‘BARCA FUTURE UNDECIDED’

Ernesto Valverde says his future as Barcelona head coach will not be decided until the end of the season.

“I have a contract with the club which was two years plus an option and at the end of the season we have to decide whether I continue or not,” he said. “We will postpone that decision for further down the line, depending on how the season goes.”


SOLANKE OUT UNTIL FEBRUARY

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed new signing Dominic Solanke has a hamstring injury and probably won’t play until February.

Solanke joined yesterday in a £19m deal from Liverpool and did not play in Bournemouth’s FA Cup defeat to Brighton today.


COMPETITION FOR CARRASCO

Yannick Carrasco has reportedly asked to leave Dalian Yifang, but Milan face competition from Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

The 25-year-old Belgium international made the move from Atletico Madrid to China just under a year ago at a cost of €30m.

However, he is believed to be missing Europe and has put in a transfer request for the January window.

Milan have already openly declared their interest, but Manchester United and Bayern Munich are also evaluating the situation.


BIDDING WARS FOR MILENKOVIC

There’s a €50m Manchester derby on the cards between United and City for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.

According to the Corriere dello Sport newspaper, both Premier League giants have set their sights firmly on the Serbia international.

There are believed to be offers lined up for Milenkovic from both Manchester United and Manchester City worth in the region of €50m.

The 21-year-old centre-back had already been the subject of a rumoured €40m bid from Atletico Madrid over the summer.


PALACIOS SET FOR REAL

Exequiel Palacios looks set to sign for European champions Real Madrid, Marca reports.

According to his agent, Renato Corsi, the La Liga side have already held talks with River Plate in Abu Dhabi and the deal is already quite advanced. The package put together would see Palacios stay with the Copa Libertadores champions until the summer.


ARSENAL CLOSE ON SUAREZ

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is close to signing a deal with Arsenal, according to reports from SkySports Italia.

The Spaniard, who played under Unai Emery at Sevilla, has previously been the subject of interest from clubs in Italy, including AC Milan and Roma.

It is understood Emery is keen to work with Suarez once more and the player would be happy to reunite with his former coach.


MARSEILLE LOOK TOWARDS BALOTELLI

Marseille are in need of offensive reinforcements and the club are looking into the possibility of signing Mario Balotelli, according to Le10Sport.

The Nice forward is yet to score this season in his 10 appearances for the club but he has found the back of the net 43 times in the previous two seasons.

He knows the league and the club would not have to break the bank to land him. Newcastle United are also believed to be interested in the former Man City and Liverpool forward.


WOLVES WANT JUVE’S ROGERIO

Wolves have reportedly approached Juventus for full-back Rogerio, currently on loan at Sassuolo.

The Brazilian turns 21 next week and can play as a left-back or in a more advanced left wing-back role.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Premier League club Wolves have made a proposal to sign Rogerio in the January transfer window.

Sassuolo would need to give the all-clear, as his loan with them runs until June 2019.


NEGOTIATIONS FOR GABBIADINI

Manolo Gabbiadini is in negotiations for a return to Sampdoria, on loan with €12m obligation to buy from Southampton.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed this week that Gabbiadini could leave “in the next few days.”

While Milan, Bologna and Fiorentina had been mentioned as options, Sky Sport Italia claim that Sampdoria are the new hot favourites.

It’d be a comeback to Marassi for Gabbiadini, who already played there from July 2013 to January 2015, when he was sold to Napoli for €12.5m.


NEW DEAL FOR ALBA?

Barcelona are hoping to sign Jordi Alba to a new long-term deal, according to Marca.

The current one is set to expire in 2020 and talks are yet to open with the 29-year-old. However, the Barca board are keen to tie him down after a remarkable turnaround in his performances, as well as his relationship with Lionel Messi.


TUCHEL WANTS WEIGL

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel wants to return to Borussia Dortmund to sign Julian Weigl, according to Sport Bild.

Once named as a Manchester City transfer target, the 23-year-old midfielder has struggled with injuries over recent seasons. However, his best performances came under the watchful eye of Tuchel when he was at the Westfalstadion and he wants to reunite with the player at the Parc des Princes.

However, Lucien Favre has no intention of letting the German international leave and the club are refusing to even negotiate with the French champions.


BENATIA NOT GOING ANYWHERE

Milan, Arsenal and Schalke 04 have made offers for Medhi Benatia, but Juventus refuse to release the centre-back in January.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 31-year-old Morocco international is more than happy to consider moving on, as he is frustrated at the lack of regular playing time.

However, Juventus have no intention of letting him leave mid-season.

Benatia has been given just six competitive appearances this term and his contract is due to expire in June 2020, so a summer exit is more than likely.


DIAZ CLOSE TO MADRID SIGNING

Brahim Diaz is on the brink of completing his move from Manchester City to Real Madrid, for a fee that could rise as high as £22m.

Sky Sports News is reporting that Real will pay an initial £15.5m, with add-ons that could be worth a further £6.5m. The Spanish winger is in the final 6 months of his contract and rejected the offer of a new deal to stay in Manchester.


KOVAC: BAYERN NEED YOUNGSTERS

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has admitted his team needs ‘young players’ amid speculation the German champions have launched a bid for Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“We always need young players,” said Kovac. “It is my job and the job of [sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic to change the team as the team does not get any younger.

“If a player is good it doesn’t matter how old he is. We are looking for younger talented players but also players who are ready because the young talented players need time to develop.”


UTD EYE DEFENSIVE DUO

The Independent reports Man Utd chief executive Ed Woodward has identified two long-term defensive signings – Milan Skriniar from Inter and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Skriniar is yet to sign a new deal with the Milan club, while United continue to be linked with Koulibaly, with the report going on to say they are ready to spend £80m on the Senegal international.


RABIOT SIGNS BARCA DEAL

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has signed a five-year contract with Barcelona and will join the Spanish champions in the summer, Sky in Italy are reporting.

The Frenchman will earn €10m (£8.9m) a season at the Nou Camp and will receive a €10m signing on fee.

Barcelona confirmed their interest in Rabiot in December, but denied making an approach for the player before the January transfer window had opened.

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BURKE JOINS CELTIC ON LOAN

Celtic have signed Oliver Burke on loan from West Brom until the end of this season, subject to a medical.

The 21-year-old winger has made 21 appearances for the Sky Bet Championship side, scoring one goal. He has also been capped five times by Scotland, making his international debut against Denmark in March 2016.

He will join up with Brendan Rodgers’ squad this week for their winter training camp in Dubai.


GODIN TO INTER IN SUMMER?

Inter are close to signing Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin on a free transfer, SkySports Italia are reporting.

The Uruguay international has six months left on his contract in Spain and is set to agree a two-year contract with an option for a third.

The 32-year-old was linked with a moved to Manchester United last summer.

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