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Transfer news and rumours LIVE UPDATES | Aston Villa have €40 million buy-option for Philippe Coutinho

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01/09/2022

Welcome to our daily coverage of all the transfer news, reports, rumours, and gossip you would ever need from all the clubs around Europe. Engage in the chaos of the January transfer window as clubs look to do a deal and address some of their biggest concerns and not so big concerns.


Lazio keen on signing Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

According to the Athletic, Lazio are looking into the possibility of signing Chelsea outcast Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spaniard signed for a club record fee but has continued to play a back-up role ever since Edouard Mendy signed for the Blues. However, with the transfer window open, the Athletic has reported that the 27-year-old is looking to move on.

The Spaniard believes he needs regular game-time to re-capture his spot as Spain's number one and is thus open to leaving with Lazio and their manager, former Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri open to helping the goalkeeper. However, the Athletic has reported that Kepa's £170,000 per week salary could prove to be a problem.


Marseille eyeing move for Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac

With game-time at a limited for Sead Kolasinac, L'Equipe has reported that the full-back is keen on moving on once his current contract at Arsenal expires at the end of the 2021/22 season and Marseille are looking into the possibility of a move once he becomes a free-agent.

The French side are looking into a January move as well but are looking at options after Jordan Amavi left for OGC Nice on loan earlier this month. However, L'Equipe has reported that the Stadio Vellodrome side are attracted by the lack of a transfer fee with them looking at cut-price replacements.


River Plate starlet Julian Alvarez's agent looking into potential moves to Italy

While reports have indicated that Manchester United and a few other Premier League clubs are out of the race for River Plate forward Julian Alvarez, Calciomercato has revealed that the forward's agent, Fernando Hidalgo, is in Italy, trying to drum up interest in his client.

The 21-year-old has attracted interest from Italy with the likes of Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan all, reportedly, sending scouts to watch the young forward but they haven't made any approaches yet for the River Plate star. Calciomercato has further reported that Atletico Madrid are also keen and are keeping an eye on proceedings.


AS Monaco center-back Benoit Badiashile is on Newcastle United's defensive shortlist

According to the Daily Mail, having been rebuffed by LOSC Lille over a move for Sven Botman, Newcastle United are eyeing a move for AS Monaco center-back Benoit Badiashile with the young Frenchman catching more than a few eyes with his performances for the side.

The 20-year-old has done very well for Monaco and is reportedly going to be the subject of a bid worth around £35 million although Manchester United, Wolves and West Ham have all been looking into a potential deal for Badiashile. The Mail further reported that Eddie Howe and the Magpies are also in talks with Sevilla over a move for Diego Carlos.


Liverpool to block any approaches for Divock Origi despite interest from Italy

With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane off representing their countries in the Africa Cup Of Nations, Liverpool are short of options up-top and the Daily Express has reported that the Reds are set to block any incoming bids for striker Divock Origi. The Belgian has had interest from both Germany and Italy but Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to let him go.

The Anfield side are keen on waiting until the end of the season before offloading Origi although the Express has reported that Liverpool have already identified a potential replacement in the form of West Ham's Jarrod Bowen. However, Origi's contract expires at the end of the season and so far, the Belgian hasn't signed an extension with the club.


AC Milan looking at Eric Bailly as a replacement for the injured Simon Kjaer

Following Simon Kjaer's long-term injury, reports from Italy had indicated that AC Milan were set to walk into the January transfer window looking for a replacement and Sky Italia has reported that the Rossoneri believe that Eric Bailly is their man.

The Serie A giants have reportedly had their eye on more than half a dozen defenders but Sky Italia have revealed that the Rossoneri have focused their attention on the Ivorian defender with them looking at a loan with an option to buy, similar to the deal that saw them sign Fikayo Tomori.


Manchester United are open to letting Amad Diallo leave on loan this month

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are considering letting youngster Amad Diallo leave on loan in this transfer window as the forward has struggled for game-time under both interim boss Ralf Rangnick and former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The transfer expert has reported that Birmingham City are leading the race to sign the teenager with the 19-year-old reportedly open to leaving in order to get more game-time.


Several Tottenham players in fear for their future amidst rumours of a ruthless overhaul

While the January transfer window has been open for just under ten days, Tottenham and Antonio Conte are yet to make any major moves but ESPN has reported that the North London side are set to undergo a mass exodus with Conte looking to cull his squad.

This comes after Spurs' loss to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, as Conte believes that the team is not close to competing for the title and ESPN has revealed that the likes of Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Matt Doherty and Tanguy Ndombele could leave the club.  Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso are on that list as well with Conte looking to bring in new blood.


Kylian Mbappe could sign new contract with PSG despite interest from Spain

According to Le Parisien, while Kylian Mbappe has reportedly made it clear that he wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid, the French forward could yet sign a new contract with the Ligue 1 giants before the 2021/22 season is over.

The report has indicated that Mbappe doesn't want to leave PSG on a free-transfer and could therefore sign a short-term deal that would allow the Parisians to get a fee for their efforts over the last few years. Not only that, Le Parisien further reported that Mbappe could also sign a long-term extension, as that is on the cards as well.


Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus unable to come to an agreement over Mauro Icardi

With Juventus looking to sign reinforcements amidst rumours that Alvaro Morata could leave for Barcelona, the Serie A giants have been chasing after Mauro Icardi but Calciomercato has reported that their discussions with PSG have come to a standstill.

The Turin side are looking at a loan deal with an option to make things permanent but the report has indicated that PSG are only willing to let Icardi leave if they get a fee and a permanent move this month. This could potentially open up the chance for Juventus to sign someone else but reports have indicated that Icardi is Massimiliano Allegri's top target.


AS Roma and FC Porto are in talks over loan plus buy option for Sergio Oliveira

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, AS Roma are still pushing to sign Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira with the Serie A club and the Portuguese giants still in talks over a potential deal. Reports had indicated that Roma were looking at a loan move but the situation has now changed with them offering an obligation as well.

Romano has revealed that Jose Mourinho's team are offering a loan plus option at €15 million although discussions between the two parties are still ongoing.


Atletico Madrid looking at Cedric Soares as a potential replacement for Kieran Trippier

With Kieran Tripper's move to Newcastle United now confirmed, it has seen Atletico Madrid look into sign replacements with the Los Rojiblancos reportedly considering a move for Arsenal's Cedric Soares according to transfer expert Nicolo Schira.

The Arsenal full-back isn't the only one on Atletico's list with them also looking into moves for Lille's Zeki Celik and RB Leipzig's Nordi Mukiele although Soares, at 30, is reportedly their top option given the fact that the Gunners are looking into letting him leave.


Raheem Sterling set to sign a contract extension with Manchester City

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City are set to offer Raheem Sterling a new contract as the club have been impressed with the way the 27-year-old has played over the last six months or so despite Sterling's drop in form last season.

The Englishman has eighteen months left on his current contract but has been linked with a move to Spain and also sparked transfer rumours when he revealed that he would be open to leaving City in order to play more regularly. The Mail has further reported that Sterling would be open to signing the new deal but as long as he plays.


West Ham looking to sign Kortney Hause with David Moyes keen on bringing in reinforcements

With West Ham facing an injury crisis after injuries to both Angelo Ogonna and Kurt Zouma, Football Insider has reported that the Hammers are looking into a potential move for Aston Villa's Kortney Hause. The 26-year-old has barely featured this season for the Villians with Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa ahead of him in the pecking order.

The report has indicated that Steven Gerrard is prepared to let Hause leave in this window and David Moyes is reportedly keen on adding defensive reinforcements as his side are keen on pushing for a top-four place and challenge for the Europa League trophy as well.


Barcelona set to let a few more players leave in order to register Ferran Torres

According to Barcelona's football director, Mateu Alemany, the La Liga giants still have work to do before they can officially register Ferran Torres despite letting Aston Villa sign Philippe Coutinho on loan earlier this week. The La Liga giants signed Torres at the start of the month from Manchester City but he has yet to feature for his new team.

"Phil Coutinho's departure helps us, generates fair play, but it's not enough. We are working a lot to find other departures, other situations, that will allow us to get that fair play needed to register Ferran. Ferran is still not available to play because he still has COVID," Mateu Alemany said, reported ESPN.


Newcastle United eyeing a move for Burnley striker Chris Wood this month

With Callum Wilson set to be sidelined for at least two months after a calf-injury, it has seen the Magpies target reinforcements and the Telegraph has reported that Burnley's Chris Wood is at the top of their shortlist.

The 30-year-old is reportedly open to leaving the Clarets to sign for a Premier League rival although the report has indicated that Newcastle United are also looking into moves for Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah and Liverpool's Divock Origi. The Telegraph has further reported that Sardar Azmoun and Bamba Dieng are also on the Magpies' shortlist.


Sampdoria inching closer towards a move for AC Milan full-back Andrea Conti

Despite having just under six-months left on his current contract, reports indicated that Andrea Conti was on his way out and Calciomercato has confirmed that. The news outlet have revealed that Sampdoria are set to sign the 27-year-old on a six-month loan spell from AC Milan and have already come to an agreement over a contract beyond that.

Conti, who made just 52 appearances in his four year spell at the San Siro, will sign a three year contract at the end of the season and Sampdoria have the option to purchase the defender outright should they choose to do so.


Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel still trying to bring Emerson Palmieri back to the club

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are trying desperately to bring Emerson Palmieri back to the club although the Premier League side have had no luck as Olympique Lyon have refused to let the on-loan Italian leave the club.

Romano has reported that the Blues are willing to offer Lyon compensation to let him go with Thomas Tuchel looking for reinforcements after Ben Chilwell was ruled out for the remainder of the current season. The Stamford Bridge have been linked with a move for Lucas Digne but things haven't progressed as Everton are looking at a permanent deal.


Patrik Schick happy at Bayer Leverkusen despite interest from several clubs across Europe

Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrik Schick has revealed that he has no plans of forcing a move in this transfer window despite the interest in him at an all-time high. The 25-year-old has thrived this season at Leverkusen, netting 17 goals and 7 assists in the Bundesliga so far and has already broken his personal best.

That has seen talk of a move away but the forward, who signed a five year contract with Leverkusen when he arrived at the club in the summer of 2020, has admitted that he is really happy at Leverkusen and wants to keep playing Champions League football with them.

"Of course it's nice to read when you're associated with big clubs. But I'm really happy in Leverkusen and want to play in the Champions League with Bayer. I love to live in Germany. At the moment, it's not an issue at all for me to think about another club. Everyone knows my contract situation, and I would never cause problems for the club to push through a move," Schick told Bild.


Aston Villa re-call Kaine Kesler Hayden from loan at Swindon Town

In a statement, Aston Villa have confirmed that they have recalled defender Kaine Kesler Hayden from his loan-spell at Swindon Town. The youngster impressed during his six month tenure with the League One side and even played a key role in them progressing into the third round of the FA Cup, where they lost to Manchester City.

"Kaine Kesler Hayden has returned to Aston Villa following his loan spell at Swindon Town. The defender, 19, made 21 appearances for the Robins after joining in August. During his time with the League Two side, Kesler Hayden netted his first professional goal in an FA Cup Second Round tie against Walsall," reads the statement on Aston Villa's website.


Arsenal keen on signing a new midfielder in January after Ainsley Maitland-Niles' departure

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta are looking to sign a new midfielder in this transfer window with Bruno Guimaraes on their target list alongside a few other options. But the reporter has revealed that a deal could be too complicated with a potential fee of €45 million involved.

Romano has reported that the North London side are also looking into a move for Juventus' Arthur Melo, on loan, but there has still been no contact between Arsenal and the Old Lady so far although the Gunners do have three names on their list.


Aston Villa have a €40 million buy-option for Philippe Coutinho's loan move

While Aston Villa have confirmed that they have signed Philippe Coutinho, on loan, from Barcelona, rumours indicated that there was a buy-option in the move and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that there is indeed a buy-option for the Villians.

The transfer expert has confirmed a €40 million buy-option for Aston Villa although it's an option and not an obligation. Romano further reported that the Brazilian is on his way to undergo his medical and then sign his contract with Steven Gerrard's team within the next few days.

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