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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United to announce Bruno Fernandes today, Spurs eye Olivier Giroud after signing Steven Bergwijn plus latest rumours, gossip



It’s going to be a busy end to the transfer window as the Bruno Fernandes saga nears completion after Manchester United made a breakthrough over a fee, which promises to be around £46.6m with a further £8.5m in add-ons. The Red Devils may finally deliver Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the upgrade he needs amid an injury crisis involving Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay. While there will be much more away from Old Trafford as Tottenham Hotspur appear keen to be innovative to salvage their hopes of beating rivals Chelsea to a top four place: namely through a surprise Olivier Giroud, who is unwanted by Frank Lampard and now Jose Mourinho is eager to sign the French striker on an 18-month deal to cover for the injured Harry Kane – though it remains to be seen whether the Blues will accept a deal from a direct rival.

Serie A clubs are always active late in the window and Barcelona promise to make a significant move late on as they bid to replace Luis Suarez. Rodrigo from Valencia is the most likely option, though they will have to pay up, with Los Che knocked back when they asked about Nelson Semedo being sent to the Mestalla as part of the deal. Liverpool FC are sitting easy at the top of the Premier League and did their business nice and early with the signing of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg, though Jurgen Klopp may yet send out a youngster on loan for experience.

Arsenal have been quiet, with Mikel Arteta still assessing his squad and utilising his youngsters before making key decisions on the first team squad. Pablo Mari appeared to be the first signing of Arteta era but the Brazilian centre-back was sent back to Flamengo with a deal seemingly collapsing. ​Look out for Krzysztof Piatek too, Spurs and Chelsea have been mentioned, with AC Milan possibly open to a loan deal after the Polish forward’s struggles this season saw the Rossoneri snap up Zlatan Ibrahimovic to drive their second half of the season. 




 

Southend goalkeeper Nathan Bishop is close to joining Manchester United, reports the PA’s Simon Peach.

 

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The 20-year-old goalkeeper will link up with the development squad.

 

Bishop impressed United for England Under-20s at the Toulon tournament last summer.


 

 Barcelona are considering a move for Dusan Tadic, according to Sport. 

 

The Catalan club have been left disappointed after negotiations with Valencia for Rodrigo failed to progress.

 

And the Ajax star is now thought to be an option, reportedly just on loan initially. 


 

Erling Haaland has a €75m release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract that will be active from next summer.

 

Sport Bild report the Norwegian sensation could emerge as a target for a European rival just six months after moving to the German Bundesliga.

 

Haaland already has five goals in two games since his £18m move from RB Salzburg.


 

Steven Bergwijn has revealed the “dream” of playing in the Premier League and the inspirational Jose Mourinho convinced him to move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Dutch forward, who will wear No 23, sealed his move to Spurs from PSV in a deal for in excess of £25 million.

The 22-year-old has scored five and assisted 10 times this season in the Eredivisie and while playing predominantly out wide, the Dutch international has also featured recently through the middle.

 


Bergwijn admits it’s a ‘dream’ to play at Spurs and for Mourinho

 

It’s an amazing club, it’s a dream for every footballer to play in the Premier League, the atmosphere, the stadiums are always full.

I look day to day, I want to score goals, give assists, I want to win the Champions League. Last season I love to see that you beat Ajax.

I was 13 when I went to PSV, we wake up at six in the morning, go to PSV, drive one hour to Eindhoven, then go back to school at 3 or 4 O’Clock every day. When I wasn’t training I was asleep in the car. I know what they have done for me, without them I would not be here.

When I was a young boy I looked up to the coach Mourinho, now I play for him. You have to believe in yourself, I know what I can bring, I’m good with the ball, I can score, playing good football, that’s what I like, to play here is a dream for me, it’s an honour.


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Spurs complete Bergwijn signing from PSV 

 


 

Sheffield United are closing in on the signing of Richairo Zivkovic from Chinese side Changchun Yatai.

 

The Sun report that the Blades will sign the former Ajax star, 23, ahead of Galatasaray.

 

Zivkovic could replace Callum Robinson, who has joined West Brom on loan.


 

Stoke are looking to make two moves before the end of the window with Aston Villa’s James Chester a target.

 


 

Juventus will extend Blaise Matuidi’s contract until 2021, claim Tuttosport.

 

The 32-year-old will become a free agent this summer, but talks are underway to extend his stay in Turin. 

 

 


 

Marcos Rojo is set to join Estudiantes on loan.

 

The Mail report the Argentinian will leave just hours after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed the player would stay and was working his way back to full fitness.

 

Marcos has been injured and has been working to get back and get fit again. At the moment it doesn’t look like it, no.

 

 


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As the transfer window winds down, clubs contend with the staggered winter break.

 

Liverpool’s intent to select the kids and for Jurgen Klopp to not even be in attendance for their FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury has shone a light on the already glaring problems.

 

Here, Melissa Reddy digs a little deeper to examine why it’s gone so badly, so quickly. 

 


 

Dani Ceballos is seeking a move back to Spain with Valencia and Real Betis keen.

 

The Arsenal loanee has not been featuring under new boss Mikel Arteta, and is looking for clarification on his role, claim The Athletic.

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Callum Robinson has joined West Brom on loan.

 

The 24-year-old has played 16 times in the Premier League this season.

 


 

Valencia are close to signing Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi.

 

 

Thierry Correia, who joined last summer, has failed to impress, with Florenzi seen as a good option to upgrade for now, with long-term ambitions to bring Joao Cancelo back to the Mestalla.


 

Arsenal have struck a deal for Flamengo centre-back Pablo Mari.

 

 

Mikel Arteta specifically requested a left-footed centre-back and Mari, who was previously at Manchester City, fits the bill.


 

Barcelona have reportedly walked away from negotiations with Valencia over Rodrigo.

 

Sport claim that Barcelona have backed down after Valencia’s demands proved too rich.

 

An alternative is being sort, but there is an acceptance that they will not sign a striker if the required level is not available.


 

Arsenal could make a surprise move to sign Southampton’s Cedric Soares with a late offer of £5m.

 

Mikel Arteta wants to upgrade his defence and the Portuguese defender is a cheap option.

 

The Mail claim the Gunners could take the 28-year-old after missing out on Layvin Kurzawa, with Soares set to become a free agent in the summer.

 


 

Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar is “not for sale”, according to the club’s CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin.

 

 

“Lemar is not for sale. There is no way that he will change,” Gil Marin said.

 

Bayern and Chelsea were also exploring a potential deal, but now Diego Simeone is set to keep the player.

 

 


 

Bruno Fernandes is expected to fly to Manchester today for a medical to complete his move to Manchester United.

 

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Here, you can see every Premier League side’s dream signing before the deadline, with the last few hours bound to be pivotal in deciding both the top four and European places and, especially, who is relegated.





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