Wednesday, January 19

Transfer news LIVE: Ndombele training alone, Haaland talks on future, Dybala contract

Welcome to the 90min Saturday live blog – where we’re talking all things transfers.

The chatter should die down a little this weekend as games take place all over Europe, but there’s still plenty to sink our teeth into – particularly now Erling Haaland has revealed Borussia Dortmund are putting pressure on him to sign a new deal.

There’s also talk of a new short-term contract for Kylian Mbappe at PSG, which may force long-term admirers Real Madrid to pay a fee should they want to sign him this summer.

Philippe Coutinho’s move to Aston Villa remains the most high-profile deal of the window so far, but expect to see a few more big names sort their future between now and the end of the month.

Follow our live blog below for all the latest transfer updates from around the Premier League and across Europe’s biggest clubs…

1:40pm – Klopp: Salah contract ‘not like buying a smartphone’

You wouldn’t blame Jurgen Klopp one bit if he was finding the incessant speculation about Mohamed Salah’s future at Liverpool a bit tedious.

Talks are ongoing over a new contract, but so far Salah’s entourage are yet to agree terms with the Reds over an extension. Is that a problem? Klopp thinks not…

“I wouldn’t say there is a problem to be honest.

“These are conversations. I’m not sure if two big companies try to come together, usually in normal life and business that is not done overnight. “Signing a big contract, it is not like buying a smartphone where you just sign one thing and it is done.

“There are a lot of things to consider, some from the club’s side and some from the player’s side and a lot from the agent’s side. That’s the thing. Nothing else.”

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Salah is yet to sign a new contract at Liverpool / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages

1:25pm – NORTH LONDON DERBY UPDATE

Transfers is the name of the game but there’s also the small matter of Covid-19 related match postponements – which may affect this Sunday’s north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

A decision is yet to be made by the Premier League, but The Athletic have confirmed Arsenal will train this afternoon in case their request to call the game off goes against them. Stay tuned.

1:00pm – Arsenal ‘actively considering’ Tielemans

We told you earlier what Brendan Rodgers had to say about Youri Tielemans’ Leicester future, amid rumours of interest from Arsenal.

That interest is said to be active, per CBS Sports, with a January move not completely out of the question. Any deal is likely to cost Arsenal a fair whack of money though, and would be reliant on the Foxes sourcing a replacement – not an easy thing to do in the winter market.

Amadou Haidara and Todd Cantwell the latest to be mooted.

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12:30pm – Vlahovic won’t be rushed into transfer

Arsenal are continuing to talk with Fiorentina about the transfer of Dusan Vlahovic, but the Serbian is adamant he won’t be pushed out of the Serie A door.

The 21-year-old is fast becoming one of the hottest striking commodities in world football, owing to his terrific goalscoring record for Fiorentina. He’s not ruled out a move to the Emirates Stadium but doesn’t like the diea of being told what to do.

His solution? Allow a decision to be made in the summer, when other interested parties may also make a bid.

12:00pm – Dybala future still unresolved

Paulo Dybala had agreed to extend his contract way at Juventus back in October, to the extent that handshakes had even been exchanged.

However, it’s never that straightforward is it? In this case, no – the contract is still not signed and that’s said to have irked Dybala because of the club’s lack of commitment. There’s talk of the agreement being shelved until February so Juve can improve their financial situation, but it’s a huge risk to take given the Argentine can now freely talk to other clubs.

11:35am – Gerrard: Great to have Coutinho at Villa

Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard has been busy in the January window, strengthening his squad with Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne.

The former has arrived from Barcelona on loan, and reunites with Gerrard after previously playing alongside him at Liverpool. By the sounds of it, he’s settling in well.

“It’s great to have him, he’s been smiling away for a few days. It’s my job to get him settled as quickly as possible and get him enjoying his football again. I’m sure there’s a lot of football left in this boy because for me, he’s a fantastic talent and we’re lucky to have him. At the right time, he’ll be unleashed.”

11:15am – Ndombele training away from Tottenham first team

Tanguy Ndombele’s Tottenham career appears to be hanging by a thread, with manager Antonio Conte confirming that he’s training away from the squad.

However, when pushed on the player’s future, Conte merely remarked: “In this moment Tanguy Ndombele is a Tottenham player. For this reason, you have to consider him a Tottenham player.”

Inter and Roma have been spoken to regarding a possible swap deal, owing to Spurs’ ongoing interest in Inter’s Stefano Sensi and Roma duo Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Zaniolo.

10:50am – Chelsea consider De Jong bid

Chelsea’s options in central midfield options are substantial, even though Thomas Tuchel may have felt otherwise recently because of injuries and Covid-19.

But reports in Spain, specifically from the ambitious El Nacional, claim that Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong is in their crosshairs. An offer of £33.3m is said to have been put forward, but that falls way short of the club’s £50m valuation.

Bayern Munich are also said to be sniffing.

10:30am – PSG still engaging in Mbappe contract talks

PSG refuse to give up hope of persuading Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract of some description, and are now talking to the 23-yea-old about a short-term extension.

That would be enough to force Real Madrid to pay for a transfer, rather than snapping him up on a free this summer. The club are the ones driving talks but Mbappe is at least listening to what they have to say…

10:10am – Gallagher not thinking about Chelsea future

Crystal Palace loanee Conor Gallagher wants to focus on his football, rather than thinking about what the future may hold.

The 21-year-old has been one of the stars of the Premier League season so far, with many tipping to him be a major player for Chelsea in the future. The noise around Gallagher is increasing by the week, but he’s blocking it all out and loving his time in south London.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gallagher said: “Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world right now. It’s a tough team to get into but I’m not really thinking about that right now. I’m loving my football at Palace this season so I’ll finish the season, do what I can to help the team and see where I am.

9:55am – Liverpool to make Luis Diaz offer

The long-term future of Mohamed Salah is yet to be unresolved, with progress slow in contract talks between Liverpool and his representatives.

Said slow progress has inevitably churned over the rumour mill and one name that is consistently being spat out is Luis Diaz, a Colombian winger plying his trade for Porto.

A move has been downplayed in the British press, but Portuguese outlet A Bola interpret things rather differently. They report that Liverpool are ‘very interested’ and are preparing to make a £58m offer this summer.

9:40am – Newcastle plan further Diego Carlos talks

Newcastle’s January spending is far from over, they hope, and talks will continue early next week for Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos.

The Magpies may have to pay north of £40m to persuade the Spaniards to let him go, particularly as Jules Kounde remains high on Chelsea’s wish list.

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9:25am – Man City linked with ambitious Vinicius Jr move

Manchester City may be in complete control of the Premier League ‘title race’, but everybody in the country knows that Pep Guardiola strives for perfection and perfection only.

In order to achieve that, there’s likely still one or two further additions that need to be made to City’s squad – namely replacing the departed Ferran Torres. Over in Spain, El Nacional suggest that Vinicius Jr is the man identified to come in – he’s been in sparkling form for Real Madrid and is now showing everybody what the fuss was about when he first arrived.

Will it happen? Hmm…

9:10am – Leicester preparing for Tielemans departure

“Youri is at an age and at a stage in his contract where he has to ensure he looks at every option. I would love it to be here at Leicester, that is natural, but I understand it’s a very short career.”

Those the words of Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who seemingly understands that the talented Belgian may need to leave to further his career.

8:55am – Barcelona chasing Icardi loan deal

Barcelona are in financial ruin, on the surface at least, but the Catalan giants are savvily reducing salaries and restructuring debt so that they can still make moves in the transfer market.

Ferran Torres is already in from Manchester City, but further forward options are required following Sergio Aguero’s sudden retirement. That could lead to his Argentina international teammate Mauro Icardi, who’s not getting much of a look in at PSG.

Le10 Sport suggest there is a loan deal to be done for Icardi, with Barcelona’s interest in Juventus’ Alvaro Morata waning.

8:40am – Haaland: I want to focus on my football

“I have said from the beginning that I want to focus on football, because that is when I am at my best, not when other things come into my mind.

“Now they have put pressure for a while. So it is time to get things started. All I want to do is to play football, but I can’t do that now.”

Hear what Haaland had to say in full…

8:35am – Haaland: Dortmund putting pressure on me

Borussia Dortmund dismantled SC Freiburg 5-1 in the Bundesliga last night, with Haaland grabbing a brace in a routine and comprehensive win.

But the victory was quickly forgotten about when the Norwegian spoke to Jan-Aage Fjortoft after the game had finished, where he revealed the club are putting the pressure on him to sort his future.

“The last six months, I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund,” Haaland told Viaplay. “But now the club has started to pressure me into making a decision, but all I want to do is to play football.

“But they press me to make a decision now about my future. So that means I have to make a decision soon.

8:30am – Good morning!

Welcome back to another day of transfer fun – where we start with a huge update from one of the most wanted strikers in the world…

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