TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Updates from Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and more including the best gossip, rumours and done deals.
– Gonzalo Higuain is to fly to London today to seal his loan move to Chelsea
– Arsenal want two players on loan, one of whom could be James Rodriguez
– Manchester United don’t want to make any signings until a new director of football is recruited
Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain has said farewell to his AC Milan team-mates.
The 31-year-old striker is set to leave his loan spell at the San Siro for a similar arrangement at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea agreed a deal with Higuain’s parent club Juventus last week but Milan put the move on hold until sourcing a replacement.
The Rossoneri today agreed a £30.7m (€35m) fee with Genoa for hotshot Krzysztof Piatek so Higuain is expected to travel to London for a medical tomorrow.
And Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina is sad to see his pal leave.
“I said goodbye to Higuain with an embrace, it’s always a bitter moment,” said Reina at a charity event in Milan.
“I wished him all the best and gave him a hug. Unfortunately, this too is football. I am losing a teammate, but retain a great friend.”
Higuain to Chelsea on
Chelsea are set to sign Gonzalo Higuain after AC Milan struck a deal for his replacement.
Stamford Bridge chiefs have been awaiting the green light from the Serie A club before putting the finishing touches to a loan move for Higuain.
The 31-year-old forward is now set to travel to London after AC Milan agreed a £30.7m (€35m) fee with Genoa for Krzysztof Piatek.
The Polish goal machine is set to arrive in Milan this evening before undergoing a medical tomorrow morning.
Piatek will be offered a five-year contract worth £1.75m-per-season (€2m).
Arsenal double deal
Arsenal are hoping to sign Denis Suarez AND Malcom from Barcelona.
The Gunners have been working on a deal for Denis Suarez since the start of the January window but they now also have their eye on Malcom.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the 21-year-old forward has popped up on Arsenal’s radar.
They face competition from their north London rivals, however.
Starsport understands Malcom is being considered by Tottenham as a replacement for Harry Kane.
Bournemouth have completed the signing of Chris Mepham from Brentford.
The Wales international central defender has signed a long-term contract at Vitality Stadium.
Mepham said: “It’s taken a while to get my signature on the dotted line but it’s been worth the wait.
“There’s so much to like about this club, not least the manager. Eddie Howe is a fantastic manager and what he’s done here is remarkable, so to be working under him every day is a really exciting prospect.
“I’m still young and have lots to learn and develop on my game but I can’t wait to get started, to meet everyone and to get out on the training pitch.”
Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, added: “Chris is a talented, young defender who has been on our radar for some time, so I am delighted he is finally our player.
“He has shown a huge amount of potential in his time at Brentford and while playing for Wales, and we believe this is the perfect environment to continue his development.
“Chris is a good defender and comfortable on the ball, and we believe he will be a great addition to the squad here.”
Hazard agrees Real Madrid deal
Eden Hazard will join Real Madrid this summer after agreeing a five-year deal, according to Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda.
“Real Madrid has a pre-agreement by Hazard,” he told El Chiringuito.
“And they are €13m (11.44m) net per season (£220,000-a-week) plus one in case the league is won.
“Another if it is Golden Ball and one and a half if it is a European champion.
“And the contract is for five seasons.”
Werner unlikely to join Liverpool
Liverpool are unlikely to succeed in their pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Reds have been batting Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old’s signature.
But Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick said: “If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”
Suarez to Arsenal
Arsenal boss Unai Emery hopes a deal for Denis Suarez can be completed by the weekend, according to the Daily Mirror.
Barcelona’s signing of Kevin Prince Boateng has freed up the 25-year-old to leave the Nou Camp.
Ernesto Valderde said: “We are happy with the squad but there are always possibilities for departures for those who maybe do not feature as often.
“Those players could stay here and we would be happy or they could leave in search of more opportunities, we will evaluate all possibilities for them.
“We work internally and there is a lot of planning involved of which I am a part, but we will see how the market progresses.”
Coutinho exit from Barcelona false – Balague
Barcelona have no intention of selling Philippe Coutinho and any transfer speculation has been manufactured by his agent, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Coutinho has been linked with a move away this month, with Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG all believed to be keen.
But on the Guillem Balague Transfer Show, the journalist said: “There are stories that come out in the English press, not the Spanish press, saying Manchester United one day and Chelsea the next.
“It would be easy to guess where those stories come from. Perhaps from the same people that actually went to Barcelona and said ‘what’s happening here?’
“Those are the representatives of Coutinho trying to put pressure to Barcelona. Barcelona have got no intention to get rid of Coutinho.
“We will see if this lack of impact continues down the line but right now Coutinho’s important to Barcelona, very important. Because they feel that he adds quality even though they realise that he’s not the midfielder that they thought they were getting.
“Do not believe right now the stories that put him out of Barcelona.”
Higuain in today, Batshuayi out
Chelsea are set to confirm the signing of Gonzalo Higuain today, according to The Sun.
Meanwhile, the future of Michy Batshuayi is still up in the air at Stamford Bridge.
Juventus’ 31-year-old is expected to seal a loan move until the end of the season this afternoon with a view to a permanent deal after cutting short his AC Milan spell.
Higuain‘s move will have a domino effect on a number of transfers across Europe, including Batshuayi who is set to join Monaco for the rest of the campaign.
The 25-year-old – who was with Valencia for the first half of the season – is also wanted by Everton and Milan.
Arsenal suffer Martins blow as Henry plots bid
Arsenal are interested in signing Gelson Martins from Atletico Madrid but could be dealt a blow from a Gunners legend.
According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, former Arsenal man Thierry Henry could scupper any deal because he wants him to join Monaco.
Meanwhile, according to Cadena Ser, Atletico want Martins and Croatian Nikola Kalinic to leave the club to free up space for the incoming Alvaro Morata.
Klopp to axe three or four in summer
Liverpool legend John Aldridge says Jurgen Klopp will still look to offload “three or four” players in the summer.
But the former forward has warned the Reds must make sure they are replaced with players of better quality.
Aldridge wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo: “We have had a lot of deadwood over the years, but now there’s clarity in the squad. There are a number of players on long-term deals, and there are youngsters also coming through.
“Jurgen Klopp might look to move on three or four in the summer.
“Klopp has done a fantastic job in trimming the squad. The task now is replacing the ones who will leave with players who are better.”
Eden Hazard to snub Chelsea move to Real Madrid?
Eden Hazard has hinted he could yet stay at Chelsea and snub a Real Madrid switch.
The Belgian has less than 18 months left on his contract and has so far refused to sign an extension.
But he’s now suggested he may yet put pen to paper on longer terms.
“I have won everything in England, apart from the Community Shield,” he told France Football. “But that doesn’t mean that I’m leaving.
“I have always said that I wanted to explore something different after England. But there are also things that might make me stay.”
Arsenal eyeing TWO loan deals
Arsenal want two players on loan this month – one of whom is Denis Suarez.
BBC reporter David Ornstein issued the update on Twitter, revealing a deal for Barcelona’s Suarez is not close.
He tweeted last night: “As per
@DaveHytner Bellerín ruptured ACL confirmed in scan today, 6-9 months. Rest of squad were paintballing pre #MUFC. Francis Cagigao tipped by many to succeed Mislintat as HoR with Monchi among names for TD (no timescale). #AFC want 2 loan deals, 1 being Suarez but not close.”
Gonzalo Higuain jetting to London to seal Chelsea transfer
Gonzalo Higuain is on his way to London to today to put the finishing touches to his £9m Chelsea switch.
The Blues are paying Juventus £9m to loan the player for the rest of the season.
He’ll undergo a medical today before being formally announced to the club’s fans, reports Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla.
Higuain could make his debut against Tottenham tomorrow in the Carabao Cup semi-finals
Arsenal contact James Rodriguez
Arsenal have made contact with James Rodriguez’s represenatives over a potential switch to north London this month.
The Colombian is currently in the final few months of a two-year loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid.
But with Rodriguez not playing reguarly, Arsenal have sounded his people out over finishing his stint away from the Bernabeu at the Emirates, report The Independent.
Man Utd put transfers dealings on hold
Manchester United don’t want to splash the cash until they’ve appointed a director of football.
The club will get a new manager in the summer and want someome in a senior position to help out with transfers.
Paul Mitchell of RB Leipzig and former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who is at Ajax, have been considered for the role.
And The Indepedent are now reporting United want to keep their powder dry this month until their structure is in place.