Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool eye Nico Barella, Man United target Facundo Medina and Tottenham want Danny Ings


Welcome along to Wednesday’s transfer news live with the latest rumours, gossip and done deals from the Premier League and around Europe. With the window shutting soon, interest in players is likely to spike in the coming days, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham and more all looking to strengthen or slim down their squads ahead of the second half of the campaign.

Today’s rumour mill involves Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Southampton in particular, while Danny Ings, who has transformed his career at Southampton, and Nico Barella, Inter Milan’s midfield phenomenon, are the most valuable names doing the rounds over the last 24 hours.

Dele Alli remains out of favour at Spurs under Jose Mourinho and Paris Saint-Germain could offer him a lifeline this month under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, having fallen out of form and therefore out of the picture for England ahead of Euro 2020.  PSG of course must be conscious of securing the long-term futures of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, with Real Madrid lurking after the Frenchman resisted signing a new contract.

Manchester United meanwhile could reward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for positioning the club in the thick of the title picture, though there could be many outgoings at Old Trafford, too, with Juan Mata linked to his former club Valencia.

Mesut Ozil’s move to Fenerbahce, United’s deal to bring in Amad Diallo from Atalanta and Sebastian Haller’s big-money deal to leave West Ham for Ajax rank among the most significant deals of January so far. Follow all the latest developments below.

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BAYERN MONITORING LIVERPOOL AND MAN UTD TARGET

Bayern Munich are serious about bringing RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano to the club over the summer. 

Upamecano has a €42million release clause in his contract that can be activated after the season finishes and Bayern Munich have requested to be informed if any other club activates it. 

The Mirror cite Sport Bild when claiming that the Bundesliga champions are looking to sign the centre-back for a smaller fee but are prepared to outbid other interested parties including Manchester United and Liverpool.

If the Premier League sides are serious in their pursuit of Upamecano they could have a fight on their hands come the summer. 

SPURS AND LIVERPOOL IN RACE FOR BARELLA

Premier League sides Tottenham and Liverpool are monitoring Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to reports.

Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claim the 23-year-old Italian international is being eyed by the English top-flight rivals.

Barella initially joined the Serie A club on loan before making a permanent move for £43million. His current deal runs until 2024 so any suitor would be expected to cough up a big fee to secure his services. 

The midfielder has been one of Inter’s better players this season. He scored and set up the second of Inter’s goals in an impressive 2-0 win over Juventus last time out.

SMITH TALKS HOURIHANE LOAN

Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane is set to undergo a medical at Swansea City today ahead of a possible loan move to the club. 

The 29-year-old has played just four times for Villa in the Premier League this season and has asked for more game time. 

Villa boss Dean Smith said: 

Conor has been to see me a number of times because he wants to be playing football games,

“First and foremost I don’t want Conor to go anywhere on loan but Conor has asked if he can go out and get games.

“So we have said as a football club we will look at it, he will look at it as well if there is a viable option for both the club and Conor we would probably allow him to go out on loan and play games.”

NO PROGRESS IN WIJNALDUM NEGOTIATIONS

Liverpool haven’t made any progress in keeping Georginio Wijnaldum at the club and are waiting for a definite answer from the midfielder according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

A contract extension was offered to Wijnaldum in December but he is yet to respond to it. A possible dream move to Barcelona has been rumoured for the midfielder this summer so he seems to be keeping his options open. 

BESIKTAS INTERESTED IN IGHALO

Turkish side Besiktas are interested in signing Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo after they missed out on number one target Mario Mandzukic. 

Turkish daily newspaper Sabah is reporting that the Turkisk club is looking at other strike options after Manzukic joined AC Milan.

Ighalo is reportedly one of their targets with fellow Nigerian Ahmed Musa also on the list. Musa has also been linked with Galatasaray and Başakşehir so Besiktas may have trouble convincing him to sign. 

For Ighalo a stumbling block is over his high wages with the Istanbul side proposing a net salary and bonus payment deal similar to the Mandzukic deal. 

The 31-year-old has just 11 days left on his contract with Manchester United and will return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua at the end of January. 

MUSIALA DEMANDS TOO HIGH FOR BAYERN

Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala is once again being linked with a move to the Premier League after the German club are reportedly unwilling to meet his wage demands.

That’s according to Goal who say that the 17-year-old is requesting £100,000-a-week for his services and have linked Liverpool and Manchester City as potential suitors.  

With a wage demand that high it makes it unlikely that Jurgen Klopp would go after the teenager so that just leaves Manchester City and do they really need another midfielder? Maybe not.   

SMITH-ROWE SET FOR NEW ARSENAL DEAL

Emile Smith-Rowe has been a big part of Arsenal’s turnaround in form and it looks as though his efforts are about to be rewarded. 

According to the Daily Mail the Gunners are readying a long-term extension to Smith-Rowe’s contract. 

His current deal is said to be for £15,000 per-week and runs until 2023. The Mail are saying that Arsenal are preparing a wage increase for the youngster to something closer to £40,000 per-week.

It is hoped Smith-Rowe’s new deal would be completed before the start of next season. 

NO DECISION ON MATA’S FUTURE YET

Juan Mata is now into the last six months of his current Manchester United contract and the club have yet to offer him an extension. 

United gave one-year extensions to Jesse Linagard and Timothy Fosu-Mensah to uphold their sell-on value and the latter has since left for Bayer Leverkusen. 

Ole Gunner Solskjaer says no decision has been made of Mata’s future yet but he is thinking about the situation. He said: 

The decision is very difficult every time with Juan. You know he’s got the quality. If he plays, he scores goals, he’s contributed this season.

“Then again, we’ve had other players who have taken his role as well – Mason [Greenwood] has done well in that position, Paul [Pogba] now, and Juan really contributes in and around the group.

“So it’s one of those that I have discussions with all the time, it’s difficult to leave him out but unfortunately that’s where it is at the moment, so no decision has been made there yet.”

SEVILLA SET £35M FEE FOR EN-NESYRI

West Ham United have been given a £35million asking price to bring Youssef En-Nesyri to the London Stadium this month according to The Daily Star.  

Sky Sports News say that the Hammers have made a bid worth £22million but the Spanish side have said the offer is not high enough. 

West Ham are looking for replacement for Sebastien Haller, who moved to Ajax this month, with En-Nesyri only joining Sevilla from Leganes last January. 

He has scored 18 goals in 51 appearances for the La Liga side.

TORREIRA HAPPY AT ATLETI

Lucas Torreira signed a season-long loan deal with Atletico Madrid deadline day during the summer transfer window.

He had hoped to gain regular playing time at the Spanish side but that hasn’t happened with the midfielder making just 11 appearances for the club this season. 

Arsenal director Edu Gaspar confirmed that he is concerned over Torreira’s treatment in Madrid after reports came out that Valencia and Inter Milan are interested in the Uruguayan. 

However, Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur says that the 24-year-old is going nowhere. He told FcInter1908:

“No contact with Inter for Torreira. I have not received any calls. Torreira is at Atlético, he is very well in Madrid and will not move in January.” 

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