XPOOZE takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and around the world
Arteta on Saliba loan & his future at Arsenal
14 minutes ago 16:15
Mikel Arteta appreciates why questions are being asked of Arsenal’s decision to send William Saliba out on loan – with £27 million ($37m) having been invested – but the Gunners boss says the teenage defender still has a bright future in north London.
Arteta told reporters: “We signed a big project that we had some issues with because he’s not played enough football over the past 18 months and at that age, and in the development phase he is at, that is crucial.
“I was always very conscious when he came back, when he didn’t do the step that he had to before joining us, that to start a relationship with a new manager, a new club, new team-mates where he is not having any game time is really difficult and I think it is damaging for the future.
“I want to protect the player that we signed and the future we have alongside him and the best way to do that is to give him minutes to play.
“He has been really good, it has been a difficult few months for him to cope with that situation but I see the development that he has made, the progression that he has shown over the months and now he is ready to compete.
“He is going to a really strong league as well, a league he knows really well, he has experience [there] and he needs to play as many games as possible to be ready for us from next season.”
Romero says his goodbyes at Man Utd
34 minutes ago 15:55
The United back-up goalkeeper has found regular game-time hard to come by under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with both Dean Henderson and David de Gea ahead of him in the pecking order.
It would appear as though he’ll finally be allowed to move on in the winter window, with Boca Juniors having been linked with signing the Argentinainternational.
Laxalt wants Celtic stay as he turns down Al-Hilal offer
59 minutes ago 15:30
The winger was offered a three-year contract worth almost €3 million per season to sign for the Saudi league leaders although Laxalt turned down the proposal.
Indeed, the Uruguayan wants to remain with Celtic and, should Neil Lennon be kept on as head coach at Parkhead, it’s likely that the Northern Irishman will pursue a permanent deal with AC Milan.
Arteta offers Ozil transfer update
1 hour ago 15:10
Mikel Arteta is hopeful that the Mesut Ozil situation at Arsenal is sorted soon – but the playmaker will not be allowed to depart unless the deal is beneficial to both player and club.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round clash with Newcastle United on Saturday evening, Arteta said of Ozil: “If something is sorted this month it is because it is good for both parties – for Mesut and his future and good for the club.
“If that is the case we will move forward, if it is not the case then he will continue here.”
Watmore signs new Middlesbrough deal despite PL interest
1 hour ago 14:50
Duncan Watmore has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with Middlesbrough to end speculation over his future at the club.
The likes of Burnley and West Brom had been linked with the former Sunderland midfielder, although the Championship club confirmed on Thursday that Watmore had penned fresh terms at the Riverside Stadium.
Liverpool unlikely to make any January signings
2 hours ago 14:25
Reds reportedly won’t address centre-back issues
Injuries to the likes of Virgin van Dijk and Joe Gomez have left the Reds particularly short at centre-back, with reports suggesting that the Reds would look to bring in reinforcements in the winter window.
But with the club’s board not wanting for quick-fixes relating to the Merseysiders’ transfer strategy, it’s unlikely that any new faces will arrive at Anfield this month.
‘Grealish is super but doesn’t fit Manchester United’
2 hours ago 14:00
Jack Grealish is a “super player” says Andy Cole, but the former Manchester United striker is not convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be breaking the bank in order to sign the Aston Villa playmaker.
Cole told talkSPORT: “I think Grealish is a super player, I’m not going to sit here and say anything different, but I’m looking at Manchester United’s midfield at the moment, where would you play him?”
Murray to make QPR move
2 hours ago 13:45
The 37-year-old striker is currently with Watford, but that deal has not worked out as planned and he will be allowed to cross London in the current window.
Chelsea must sell before bidding for Rice
3 hours ago 13:30
The West Ham midfielder remains a top target for the Blues, but they must free up funds and space in their squad before tabling a big-money bid.
Wolves unlikely to land Origi
3 hours ago 13:00
The Belgian forward is struggling for game time this season, and seen a move away from Anfield mooted, but The Molineux View Podcast claim no approach from the West Midlands will be made.
Parma part with coach
3 hours ago 12:55
Tomori to see loan move blocked
4 hours ago 12:30
The England international has been a loan switch mooted, with Leeds among those said to be keen, but an injury to Andreas Christensen is set to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
Cutrone returns to Molineux
4 hours ago 12:12
Willian and Pepe could make Smith Rowe another Gnabry’
4 hours ago 11:59
Arsenal need to ensure that Emile Smith Rowe does not become another Serge Gnabry, says Ian Wright.
Wright wants Arteta to resist the urge to return so-called stars to his starting XI, saying that overlooking potential at this stage could leave Arsenal with another Gnabry on their hands, after the current Bayern Munich winger left north London in order to fulfil his potential.
The Gunners great told the Wrighty’s House Podcast: “I think that what Mikel has done now, the timing with which he’s done it, is absolutely perfect because I think if Smith Rowe doesn’t get into this team, at this stage, and they carry on doing what they’re doing and persisting with people who are not performing at the levels they should – whether it’s Willian or [Nicolas] Pepe – I think you lose him.
“Especially with January being here, and then we’ve got a Serge Gnabry on our hands.”
Edouard ‘puts clubs on alert with agent change’
5 hours ago 11:30
EFL club ‘keen on Wolves midfielder’
5 hours ago 11:00
Taylor’s season-long deal at League Two Grimsby Town has been terminated, and the League One relegation battlers are keen to bring him to Pirelli Stadium.
The 19-year-old, who has four Wales U21 caps and has trained with the senior side, made 14 appearances for Grimsby this season.
Arsenal to wrap up Rekik deal
6 hours ago 10:30
The Gunners will buy into the potential of the highly-rated 19-year-old before allowing him to see out the season on loan in Germany.
Will Messi end up staying at Barcelona?
6 hours ago 10:00
Milan keeping tabs on Thauvin
8 hours ago 08:00
Thauvin’s contract with Marseille is set to run out this summer, and the club is prepared to lose him on a free transfer.
AC Milan are prepared to offer Marseille a four-year deal as they have become the favourites to sign the winger.
Barcelona-linked Depay: I might stay at Lyon until the end of the season
10 hours ago 06:00
Depay’s contract is set to expire this summer, leading to several links to a reunion with Ronald Koeman.
Inter Miami after Everton goalkeeper
12 hours ago 04:00
Liverpool interested in Ramos move
13 hours ago 02:58
Reds apparently keen on Madrid skipper
Ramos is out of contract this summer and Liverpool are looking to add to their defensive numbers.
Man Utd would need to pay £90 million for Grealish deal
13 hours ago 02:52
Grealish’s price has gone up after he signed a new contract with Aston Villa last summer.
Manchester United were keen to sign Grealish last summer, but instead went after Donny van de Beek.
Ajax look to seal €25m deal for Haller
14 hours ago 02:31
West Ham striker set to leave PL club
Ajax’s move at Haller will come at a cost of €25 million (£22.7m/$30.9m).
MLS Cup champions Crew bring back Francis
14 hours ago 02:14
The Columbus Crew have re-signed Waylon Francis, the club announced on Wednesday.
Francis has made115 regular-season appearances for the Crew and was a member of the 2020 MLS Cup-winning team.
“We are pleased to re-sign Waylon for the 2021 campaign,” said Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko.
“Waylon is a veteran in this League and is someone who has spent a lot of time in Columbus with a thorough understanding of our Club culture. We look forward to his contributions to our team as we look to continue to contend for trophies in multiple competitions.
Simeone hints at Atletico exit
14 hours ago 02:07
Diego Simeone has hinted that he could leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.
Simeone and Atleti fell to third-tier Cornella on Wednesday to fall out of the Copa del Rey.
Barnsley add Norwich forward
14 hours ago 02:04
Barnsley have announced the signing of Carlton Morris from Norwich.
The 25-year-old forward joins Barnsley on a deal until 2023, having previously departed Norwich on six loan spells.
“I’m delighted to sign for Barnsley Football Club and I can’t wait to get involved,” he said. “I’d describe myself as offering a bit of everything. I like to think I’m strong and quick, good technically. I know I’m describing a super-player there, so don’t expect too much!
“But no, I will leave everything out there on the pitch every time, that is a given, something I pride myself on.”
MLS veteran Robles announces retirement
14 hours ago 01:57
Goalkeeper Luis Robles has announced his retirement on Instagram.
He spent last season with Inter Miami, having also played for Kaiserslautern and Karlsruher early in his career.