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Villa £20m Bentancur bid, Diaz ‘chooses Liverpool over Spurs’, Endrick Felipe BLOW, Chelsea latest

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs are looking to get last-minute deals over the line with the transfer window closing on Monday night.

Top-flight sides will need to get their business done before 11pm, or be left scouring the free agent list.

And one side who are really going for it this January are Aston Villa, who have reportedly had a £20m bid for Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur rejected.

Meanwhile we’ve the very latest on Luis Diaz, who looks set to join Liverpool after reportedly snubbing Tottenham.

While Palmeiras are preparing to slap a whopping £83MILLION release clause in 15-year-old sensation Endrick Felipe’s contract, according to reports.

And we bring you the very latest from Stamford Bridge, where a number of stars could be coming and going over the weekend.

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  • Toon enter Calvert-Lewin tussle

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks set to find himself in the middle of a transfer battle as Newcastle enter the race for his signature.

    The Telegraph reports manager Eddie Howe could be about to add the 24-year-old to his redesigned forward line after the recent arrival of Chris Wood from Burnley.

    But the Toon face competition from Arsenal, who have a long-standing interest in the England man.

    The Gunners are desperate to land a goalscorer before the January transfer window slams shut next week.

    They had their fingers burned in their pursuit of Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, who instead signed for Serie A giants Juventus this month.

  • Toon enter Calvert-Lewin tussle

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks set to find himself in the middle of a transfer battle as Newcastle enter the race for his signature.

    The Telegraph reports manager Eddie Howe could be about to add the 24-year-old to his redesigned forward line after the recent arrival of Chris Wood from Burnley.

    But the Toon face competition from Arsenal, who have a long-standing interest in the England man.

    The Gunners are desperate to land a goalscorer before the January transfer window slams shut next week.

    They had their fingers burned in their pursuit of Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, who instead signed for Serie A giants Juventus this month.

  • Chelsea setback in Tchouameni chase

    Chelsea face coming away empty-handed in their pursuit of Monaco wonderkid Aurelien Tchouameni after Real Madrid joined the race for his signature.

    Tchouameni appears to have caught the eye of Bernabeu bigwigs, who have dispatched chief scout Juni Calafat to watch him further.

    Now reports in Spain say Real have made the 22-year-old their top target for next summer.

    Marca claims the LaLiga leaders have been tracking the defensive midfielder even before he became a regular in Didier Deschamps’ France squad.

    One of boss Carlo Ancelotti’s key objectives for next season is to integrate a youngster capable of taking over from Casemiro.

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  • Brentford ‘still working’ on Eriksen

    Brentford are said to be ‘still working’ through the process of signing Christian Eriksen.

    Reports emerged earlier in the week that the 29-year-old was on the verge of a move to West London.

    But now The Athletic report that ‘nothing is imminent’ in regards to a deal being announced.

    The Bees tabled a six-month contract which Eriksen is keen to sign, subject to the necessary medical checks following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

  • Spurs planning for future

    Tottenham have had a bid accepted for non-league star Ollie Tanner.

    SunSport exclusively revealed that Spurs had joined the race to sign the 19-year-old former Arsenal youth product alongside Watford, Southampton and Norwich.

    But the north London club appear set to nab him from Isthmian League Premier Division side Lewes after finally making their move.

    And it is now up to Tanner what he does – with Lewes already rejecting an offer from Brighton last week. 

    The winger is in double digits for goals for Lewes this season and has been one of non-league’s shining stars of recent years.

    The signing of Tanner would not appease Tottenham fans and new boss Antonio Conte – who has demanded vast improvements to the first team squad this month.

    But it would at least be a fine addition to their academy set-up and one for the future.

  • Villa Bentancur bid rejected

    Some breaking news to bring you on Aston Villa, who are not messing around in this window.

    Sky in Italy claim Steven Gerrard’s side have had a £20m bid rejected for Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.

    The 24-year-old Uruguayan has been linked with Villa in recent days, with an official bid now launched.

    Villa have already splashed £25m on Lucas Digne this month, as well as signing Philippe Coutinho, Calum Chambers and Robin Olsen.

    Steven Gerrard clearly has big plans, and is being backed financially by chiefs at the club too.

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  • Arsenal sill keen on Neves

    Roma’s pursuit of Granit Xhaka frees up Arsenal to go all out for Ruben Neves.

    That’s according to Corriere dello Sport, who claim that the Gunners are ‘in negotiations’ with Wolves over a move for Neves.

    Although the West Midlanders have always been firm in their stance that he’s not for sale.

    But with Xhaka once again linked with a move to Roma, Arsenal could find themselves with some extra cash on their hands.

  • Spurs rocked by Diaz decision

    Tottenham were prepared to meet Porto’s asking price for Luis Diaz, but the player himself was not keen on a move.

    That’s according to PA, who claim Diaz made the decision to join Liverpool over Spurs.

    The Reds tabled a £50m bid after Spurs saw their opening offer rejected.

    But the North Londoners were prepared to up their price, had Luiz been as keen on joining them as they were keen on signing him.

  • Palmeiras issue hands-off warning

    Palmeiras are preparing to slap a whopping £83MILLION release clause in 15-year-old sensation Endrick Felipe’s contract, according to reports.

    The teenager is being tipped for greatness by many in Brazil as the next Ronaldo.

    That has led to speculation of transfer interest from the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and more.

    Palmeiras plan to hand Endrick a professional contract for when he turns 16 in July.

    And according to AS, the Brazilian side want to include the massive release clause to fend off the chasing European giants.

    It is also reported Endrick would not be allowed to make the likely switch until he turns 18 in 2024 – like Brazilian compatriots Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

    The prodigy joined Palmeiras aged ten and scored 165 goals in 169 games for their youth teams across five years.

  • Leicester and Newcastle in transfer battle

    Seko Fofana is the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between Leicester and Newcastle.

    According to French outlet Le10 Sport, both clubs are keen on the RC Lens midfielder.

    But the Ligue 1 outfit are unwilling to sanction a deal in the winter window.

    The former Man City man has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, but a summer transfer has not been ruled out.

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  • Young staying put at Villa

    Aston Villa ace Ashley Young has turned down a transfer offer by Newcastle, reports suggest.

    That is according to the Mirror, who report that Young rejected the Magpies’ advances as he prefers to stay at Villa.

    The former Manchester United star’s contract runs out in June but he has told manager Steven Gerrard that he has no intention to move during the January transfer window.

    Newcastle have been dealt with a fresh transfer blow as they are trying to strengthen their squad amid an ongoing Premier League relegation scrap.

    Watford were also keeping tabs on the versatile ace, who can operate at full-back and in midfield.

    Gerrard is not keen on losing the 36-year-old, whom he treats as Villa’s de facto captain due to his experience.

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  • Jaros joins Notts County

    Liverpool goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros has joined Notts County on a loan deal until the end of the season.

    It’s the 20-year-old’s second loan spell in recent times after he recently returned from a nine-month stint with St Patrick’s Athletic.

    The Reds will hope the Czech stopper continues to blossom at Notts County after he won the club’s Player of the Year with Athletic.

  • Diaz personal terms agreed

    Things are moving fast between Liverpool and Luis Diaz.

    Personal terms have been agreed between the Reds and the 25-year-old, according to journalist Nicolo Schira.

    He’s currently on international duty with Colombia, but a medical is said to be scheduled for the coming days.

    The two clubs have agreed a fee around the £50m mark, after Liverpool hijacked Tottenham’s pursuit.

  • Reds willing to listen to offers

    Liverpool are expected to land the signing of Luis Diaz in the region of £50million before the end of the winter window.

    And if that is the case, the Reds would be willing to listen to bids for both Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino.

    That’s according to The Athletic, who report that the club will let both players leave on permanent deals should the right offers come in.

    Leeds and Monaco are keen on Minamino, valued at £20m, while Origi is the subject of interest from Newcastle and Atalanta.

  • Spurs could miss out on third target

    First Spurs lost out on Adama Traore on Barcelona, and are now seemingly set to miss out on Luis Diaz after he opted to join Liverpool.

    But the North Londoners could also be beaten to a THIRD transfer target.

    Reports suggest Napoli could hijack Tottenham’s move for Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.

    A loan deal with a £12.5m option to buy was rumoured to be close to being agreed.

    But now Tuttosport report that Napoli are eyeing a late swoop for the Moroccan international.

  • Prem clubs tracking Caleta-Car

    Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car is a target for Wolves and another unnamed Premier League club, according to L’Equipe.

    The 25-year-old has also previously been linked with West Ham.

    Caleta-Car has just 18 months left on his deal, and is thought to have a ‘good chance’ of moving to the Prem before the Jan 31st deadline.

    Wolves and West Ham are two parties definitely interested, but there are no clues as to who the unnamed club could be.

    The Hammers are said to be keen on a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season.

  • Toon could cave on Lingard

    Newcastle could still yet land Jesse Lingard this month, reports suggest.

    A move appeared to be dead in the water after United demanded a hefty loan fee.

    And although Newcastle cooled their interest, The Athletic’s David Ornstein reckons the Magpies could come back in for Lingard in the closing days of the window.

    The club are desperate for reinforcements to help their survival bid, and may be forced into paying over the odds to secure a late move for Lingard.

  • Vlahovic arrives in Turin

    It seems Dusan Vlahovic’s official announcement as a Juventus player isn’t far away.

    Here he is arriving in Turin this morning to undergo his Juve medical.

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  • Carroll set for Baggies medical

    Andy Carroll is reportedly set to undergo a medical ahead of a move to West Brom after recently leaving Reading upon the expiry of his short-term deal.

    Carroll, 33, had joined the Royals on just £1,000-a-week as he aimed to prove his fitness and quality.

    And he impressed enough in his eight Championship outings to bag himself a deal at high-flying West Brom.

    According to the Telegraph, West Brom are moving for Carroll after the injury suffered by new January signing Daryl Dike.

  • Spurs interest sparked Liverpool move

    Tottenham’s pursuit of Luis Diaz sparked Liverpool into action, according to reports.

    It’s claimed the Reds had been waiting until the summer to launch a move for the 25-year-old.

    But Spurs are said to have an offer from Luiz rejected, and Liverpool did not want to risk losing out on their target.

    The title challengers are now thought to have tabled a bid in the region of £50million for the Colombian, and are favourites to land his signature.

  • Villa ‘monitoring’ Lingard situation

    Aston Villa are one of a number of clubs keeping an eye on Jesse Lingard’s situation at Manchester United.

    A loan move to Newcastle fell through because the clubs couldn’t agree on the finances involved.

    But with a lack of action at Old Trafford this season, Lingard could look to leave before the end of the window, despite being out of contract in the summer.

    And Steven Gerrard’s side are one of the teams ‘monitoring’ developments, according to MEN.

    But the West Midlanders face competition for his signature, with Burnley, Everton and Leicester all also said to be keen on a deal for Lingard.

  • Vlahovic arrives for Juve medical

    Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovic has arrived in Turin to undergo his Juventus medical.

    He’s expected to take the No28 shirt, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    A £58million deal is understood to have been agreed for the 21-year-old, with Arsenal missing out on their top winter target.

    Tottenham and Manchester City had also been linked with the Serbian superstar, but it was the Gunners who held the firmest interest.

  • Barcelona making more moves

    Barca aren’t just focused on bringing signings in, with reports suggesting three players are in line for new deals at the Nou Camp.

    According to 90min, Ronald Araujo, Gavi, and Sergi Roberto are all set to be offered new contracts when the winter window closes.

    Araujo is out of contract in 2023 and has been a key player this season, earning himself a contract extension.

    Gavi meanwhile is set to join Pedri with a mammoth 1billion euros release clause, with the 17-year-old firmly in Xavi’s plans.

    Meanwhile the idea for Roberto is for him to take a pay-cut, as others have done, in order for the cash-strapped club to bring in new talent.

  • Adama Traore in Spain TODAY

    Wolves winger Adama Traore will undergo his Barcelona medical today, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

    The 26-year-old is set to join on loan until the end of the season, with a £25million option to buy.

    And if Barca do exercise that option to buy, Romano claims personal terms have already been agreed for a five year deal.

    It’s a blow to Tottenham, who had been strongly linked with a move to Traore.

    And the North Londoners now look like missing out on Luis Diaz too, thanks to a late swoop from Liverpool.

  • Arsenal used as a ‘smokescreen’

    Chiefs at Arsenal have reportedly been left livid after Dusan Vlahovic agreed a deal to sign for Juventus.

    According to ESPN, there is the belief at Arsenal they were used as a ‘smokescreen’ to negotiate a transfer to Juventus.

    The Gunners had been strongly linked with the 21-year-old before he opted to join Juventus.

    Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of a new striker, something that Vlahovic, who scored 33 Serie A goals in 2021, would have provided.

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