Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks



Posted Saturday, January 12, 2019 by Express.co.uk

TRANSFER NEWS LIVE updates - Follow the latest as Chelsea prepare for a January splurge, Manchester United consider a defender move, Arsenal weigh up loan moves and Liverpool. Barcelona and Real Madrid are also in the mix as well and are looking at ways to improve their squad.

Barcelona deal agreed

Alvaro Morata may NOT be heading to Sevilla this month… because the Spanish club have just agreed a deal for ANOTHER forward.

Chelsea striker Morata is hoping to secure a move to Spain in this transfer window.

Sevilla have confirmed their interest - although are struggling to finance a deal.

And they have agreed a €1m fee with Barcelona for their forward Munir El Haddadi, who will join Sevilla pending a medical.

Now the club have El Haddadi, do they need Morata?

Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona have agreed to sell Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea exit plan

David Luiz is planning to leave Chelsea and rejoin his former club Benfica.

That is according to reports in his native Brazil, who claim the defender is eyeing a move back to Portugal.

Luiz has played in all but one of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season.

But his contract expires in the summer, manning he could agree a pre-contract deal with Benfica to return there on a free transfer.

Fox Sports in Brazil claim that Benfica is the 31-year-old’s preferred option.

Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea star David Luiz could move to Benfica (Image: GETTY)

Fabregas done deal

Cesc Fabregas has joined Monaco from Chelsea.

The deal was officially announced at 5:51pm on Friday.

Fabregas joins in a deal thought to be worth £10m.

And his exit means Chelsea can now work on landing a midfield replacement.

Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea have sold Cesc Fabregas to Monaco (Image: GETTY)

Man Utd and Arsenal talks

Manchester United and Arsenal want to sign Yacine Brahimi, according to reports.

Brahimi is a free agent in the summer and looks set to leave Porto by the end of the season.

Arsenal and Chelsea were heavily linked with Brahimi have in the summer of 2016 but Algeria international stayed in Portugal.

But now the Mirror claim Arsenal and United are making a push to contact Brahimi over a deal.

They can agree a free transfer for the 28-year-old at the end of the season, with a pre-contract arrangement now possible.

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Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd and Arsenal want to sign Yacine Brahimi (left) (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea move failure explained

Jan Oblak has confirmed he refused to speak to interested clubs over the summer in order to remain faithful to Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea are said to have triggered the goalkeeper’s £90m release clause six months ago - but could not secure a deal.

They instead signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

And Oblak told FourFourTwo that he never had any intention of leaving Madrid.

“I didn’t speak with any clubs – my agent and the people at Atletico do those things,” Oblak said.

“I decided to stay as I saw a good project here, and I believe the best way I can win titles is by staying.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak was wanted by Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

Sarri wants January deals

Maurizio Sarri has revealed he wants two signings this month.

“As you know very well I am not involved in the market,” he said.

“I spoke with the club and they know my opinion.

“In my opinion we need two players.

“It depends on the club’s decision but I don’t know anything about the market, day by day or minute by minute.”

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Transfer news: Maurizio Sarri wants two players this month (Image: GETTY)

Howe on Wilson exit

Eddie Howe insists Bournemouth are not interested in selling Callum Wilson to Chelsea.

"I've been told about the speculation, it's not something I seek to read," said Howe. "It's a waste of time for me to do so. It's business as normal, Callum has been bright and bubbly this week so no problems there.

"In my opinion, and it's just my opinion I wouldn't sell at any price but I'm the manager of the team trying to create the best team that I can.

"We desperately want to take the team forward and to do that we have got to keep our best players.

"He [Wilson] is a very important member of the team. He has unique attributes that really complement what we do here. He's been a really good goal scorer for us this season, that's the hardest things to do in the sport so we value him really highly."

Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
Transfer news: Eddie Howe has had his say on Callum Wilson's situation (Image: GETTY)

Higuain latest

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth says the Chelsea board are not ‘overly keen’ on a deal.

“A striker seems to be top of the agenda,” he said on Sky Sports Transfer Centre.

“Argentine Gonzalo Higuain is boss Maurizio Sarri’s choice.

“Higuain scored a career high 36 goals in his final season at Napoli, under Sarri. However we are told the terms of a potential deal have put off the decision makers at Chelsea.

“Higauin is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus. Milan have an obligation to buy for £32m in the summer. Now Chelsea would have to take over the terms of that deal at and at 31 years old it’s thought director Marina Gr is not overly keen.

“So who else is in the frame to come in at Chelsea? Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is someone they have said they are interested in.

“One source claims they are prepared to spend £50m on him. Bournemouth though don’t want to sell and are under no pressure to sell. He also has three years on his contract.”

Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
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Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
Transfer news: Gonzalo Higuain's move to Chelsea is being blocked (Image: GETTY)

Bale wants Ramsey pairing

Gareth Bale tried to convince Aaron Ramsey to join Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old is said to be on the verge of joining Juventus upon the expiry of his Arsenal contract.

There had been a deal on the table for him to extend his deal, but the Gunners decided to retract their offer.

Ramsey is yet to make his final decision but after holding a series of discussions, the Old Lady are frontrunners to secure his signature.

But according to BBC Sport Bale has tried to convince his Welsh team mate to join him at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
Transfer news: Aaron Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal in the summer (Image: GETTY)

Barcelona want Willian

Barcelona have made another play for Chelsea ace Willian and are willing to send Malcom the other way.

Barca tried to sign the Chelsea winger in the summer but saw their bids knocked back before signing Malcom from Bordeaux.

But he’s struggled at the Nou Camp and could be farmed out.

Barca are willing to give him to Chelsea if they can get Willian to the Nou Camp.

Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
Transfer news: Willian is on Barcelona's radar (Image: GETTY)

Pogba swap deal

Manchester United are willing to let Paul Pogba join Juventus if they can have Douglas Costa in exchange.

Tuttosport claim United have told Juve they can have Pogba if they get Costa in return.

Juve are still desperate to get Pogba back after selling him to United for £89m in 2016.

But United are determined to keep hold of their record signing despite the problems he had with Jose Mourinho.

Transfer news UPDATES: Barcelona deal agreed, Chelsea sell star, Man Utd and Arsenal talks
Transfer news: Paul Pogba is still wanted by former club Juventus (Image: GETTY)

Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham

Marko Arnautovic wants to quit West Ham after a Chinese side bid £35m him.

The Hammers rejected the move out of hand and insist he is not for sale.

But Arnautovic’s agent and brother says he wants to move on.

"Now West Ham have a fantastic offer,” he said. “It is close to double what they paid for him.

"He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles."

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