Sunday, July 3

Transfer news LIVE: Eriksen chase hots up, Hazard wants to quit Madrid

Welcome to the 90min Monday live blog. We’ll have all sorts of transfer stories to keep an eye on during the day, so be sure to stick around.

We’ve seen a few big moves so far this winter window – Ferran Torres, Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne being among them – and there’s been plenty of speculation over the likes of Erling Haaland, Dusan Vlahovic and Ousmane Dembele as clubs look to strengthen their squads. Everton also dismissed Rafa Benitez over the weekend, and we’ll have the updates from that story as they come through.

Follow the live blog below for all the latest news.

1:25pm – MCGINN LINKED TO MAN UTD

Manchester United have been credited with an interest in Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn.

The Scot is the heartbeat of Steven Gerrard’s midfield and the Telegraph report that United have shortlisted him as the club prepare transfer targets in advance of appointing a new permanent boss.

McGinn won’t come cheap, however, with Villa almost certain to demand in excess of £35m.

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John McGinn to Man Utd? That’s the rumour / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

1:15pm – ERIKSEN FUTURE

Full story here on Eriksen’s proposed move to Brentford – although 90min understands that other Premier League clubs remain in the running.

12:54pm – PELLISTRI TO RETURN TO UNITED?

Facundo Pellistri could be on his way back to Manchester United amid concerns over his lack of minutes on loan at Alaves.

Reports in Spain suggest Alaves could terminate the deal themselves, but the MEN state that United are considering doing so anyway. Pellistri has featured in 17 games but only started six in La Liga.

A number of Championship clubs have voiced a desire to bring Pellistri in on loan if he does find himself looking for a new club.

12:16pm – TOP PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS WANT ARAUJO

Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all want to take advantage of Ronald Araujo’s precarious contract situation at Barcelona, according to Sport.

Araujo is a regular in Barça’s starting XI but has entered the final 18 months of his contract with the club and still earns considerably less than his teammates.

United, Liverpool and Chelsea are all waiting to hand him a significant pay rise if the Uruguayan decides to leave Camp Nou in the summer.

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11:13am – BRENTFORD ‘OFFER’ ERIKSEN SIX-MONTH CONTRACT

This is pretty massive.

Christian Eriksen was said to be closing in on a return to the Premier League over the weekend and now one club has made their interest known.

Brentford have offered the Denmark international – who hasn’t played since suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 – a six-month contract with the option of a further year, as reported by The Athletic.

Eriksen was recently released by Inter as he needed an implantable cardioverter defibrillator and Serie A does not allow athletes to play with such medical devices fitted.

11:04am – MODRIC CONFIDENT OF NEW REAL MADRID CONTRACT

Midfielder Luka Modric says he expects to sign a new contract with Real Madrid soon.

He said: “I’m sure we’ll reach an agreement and do what we think is best for both of us.”

You can read more from the Croatian above in the top stories section.

10:58am – NEWCASTLE TARGET TARKOWSKI

Eddie Howe wants to sign two new centre backs and one of them is James Tarkowski, according to Alan Nixon.

Sven Botman won’t be leaving Lille while talks with Diego Carlos continue, but Tarkowski leaving would be another massive blow for Burnley delivered by Newcastle.

Chris Wood has already left Turf Moor for St James’ Park this window. If Tarkowski goes too, Sean Dyche’s head might explode.

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Burnley centre-half James Tarkowski / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

10:37am – ASTON VILLA WANT A NEW CENTRE BACK

Aston Villa have a bit of a defensive emergency on their hands, with Ezri Konsa’s injury against Manchester United leaving them with just Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause as fit centre backs.

Axel Tuanzebe’s departure has also left them short at the back and The Athletic claim a new defender is on their shortlist for this month.

The Villans have already signed Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho this month to go alongside their hefty summer spending, partly funded by Jack Grealish’s departure to Manchester City.

10:32am – ARTHUR PUSHING FOR ARSENAL LOAN

More Arsenal news, this time in their search for a new central midfielder.

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The Brazilian has struggled for game time in Turin this season and Calciomercato report the Gunners have ‘scheduled a new contact’ with Juventus to ‘try to break the deadlock’.

Arthur believes he can reignite his career at the Emirates and is ‘pushing’ to make the deal happen.

10:23am – PABLO MARI SET FOR UDINESE LOAN

Pablo Mari hasn’t managed to establish himself at Arsenal and he’s now set for a move to Serie A, Gianluco Di Marzio reports.

The deal will be a straight loan to Udinese, with the Gunners seemingly happy to send another player out on loan despite their current squad availability issues resulting in the north London derby being postponed.

10:18am – TOTTENHAM AND ADAMA TRAORE ‘AGREE PERSONAL TERMS’

Take this next update with a pinch of salt.

Spurs have been linked with a move for Adama Traore this month. 90min understands they have been preparing a £22m bid for the Spaniard, who wants to play under Antonio Conte and would likely be used as a right wing back.

The story has slowed over the weekend, though Fichajes claim personal terms between the two parties have been agreed and talks over a transfer fee are moving in a ‘positive direction’.

I say ‘pinch of salt’ because Fichajes are a bit of a ropey source.

10:11am – ATALANTA REJECT ROBIN GOSENS SPECULATION

Newcastle are looking to bolster their squad this month as they try to avoid relegation. They’ve already brought in Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, and 90min reported a few days ago that the Magpies want to bring Germany international Robin Gosens to the club, having already sounded out his agent.

However, Atalanta don’t appear to be too keen on making a deal happen.

Atalanta director Marino said: “Every day we read in the newspapers of Atalanta players in talks with Newcastle. It seems like a lottery. We’re waiting for Gosens to come back from injury.”

10:07am – TOTTENHAM YOUNGSTER HAVING BLACKBURN MEDICAL

Tottenham youngster Dilan Markanday is having a medical with promotion chasing Blackburn, Sky Sports report.

The 20-year-old made his senior debut in the Europa Conference League defeat at Vitesse but hasn’t been afforded anymore opportunities this season.

Blackburn are currently third in the Championship, just two points off leaders Fulham, with the goals of Ben Brereton Diaz firing them into promotion contention.

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9:49am – PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB APPROACH CHRISTENSEN

Will Andreas Christensen sign a new contract at Chelsea? Won’t he? God, the anticipation is almost too much!

The standoff has been going on for months and Fabrizio Romano now reports that a Premier League club has contacted Christensen regarding his future. That proposal has been knocked back, however, with the Dane not considering offers from other English clubs.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich lead the queue, he adds.

9:21am – FERNANDES MAN UTD CONTRACT TALKS SHELVED FOR NOW

Over at Old Trafford, Bruno Fernandes is looking to become one of Manchester United’s top earners, though since he rejected a new offer in late autumn talks have been shelved, according to The Athletic.

Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea and Paul Pogba are just a few who currently earn more than Fernandes and the attacking midfielder wants a deal that reflects his status in the squad.

9:15am – EVERTON MANAGER LATEST

Rafa Benitez was given the boot on Sunday after Everton’s defeat to Norwich a day prior, leaving the Toffees in need of a new manager.

Roberto Martinez, Wayne Rooney and Graham Potter have emerged as the top targets for the Merseysiders, 90min understands. For now, Duncan Ferguson will be taking charge of first team affairs at Goodison Park.

9:07am – HAZARD WANTS REAL MADRID EXIT

First things first, we’ve got an update on Eden Hazard. The Belgian has struggled at Real Madrid and now wants to leave the club, according to RMC Sport.

Medical staff apparently suggested Hazard having more surgery but president Florentino Perez just wants him gone. The dream move has turned into a nightmare.

9:00am – Good morning!

It really is a crisp January morning today. Definitely one to stand outside in your dressing gown with a hot cup of coffee watching the world go by.

Sorry, got a bit distracted there. We’ll be covering all the transfer gossip today, but if you’d like a head-start on the rumours, check out Tom Gott’s piece here on Monday’s stories.

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