Newcastle want both Carlos and Botman


Newcastle has already teamed up with dozens of players in January, with manager Eddie Howe desperately wanting to ward off relegation.

A deal has already been completed for Kieran Trippier, but it is unlikely that the defensive conversion will end there because the magpies are trying to sharpen a defense that bleeds goals far too often. This has led to a hunt for Sevillas Diego Carlos and Lilles Sven Botman, both are targeting although Newcastle will eventually have to give up over £ 60 million to land the pair.

Everton’s defender Lucas Digne is another player on Newcastle’s radar, thanks to a clash with former Toon boss Rafa Benitez, while Aaron Ramsey, Todd Cantwell, Dominic Solanke and Gabigol are more forward-thinking players who could even rock up at St James’ Park.

At the other end of the table, title-jumping Liverpool – who at this stage may feel that they are fighting against Chelsea for second place – can land Porto outside Luis Diaz, although the Reds will have to spend some serious money to land the 24-year-old Colombian.

A fee of 60 million pounds has been developed, but it is unlikely that a player will leave Anfield Divock Origi despite increased interest. The Reds ‘squad is currently exhausted due to Covid-19 and the Africa Cup of Nations’ absence, which makes the Belgian a valuable item for Jurgen Klopp despite his limited playing time.

Agree with Chelsea, they are another club interested in taking Digne out of Everton’s hands. The 28-year-old was able to act as a cover on the left back, with Marcos Alonso the only suitable and available senior option after Ben Chilwellthe season ended with ACL surgery.

Jules Konde is also still on Chelsea’s radar, although any attempt to land the impressive young midfielder may have to wait until the summer. His potential arrival is likely to be the first step taken in preparation for Antonio Rudigers departure. The German has not yet agreed on the terms of a new contract, and it is becoming more and more likely that he will be separated from the Blues with continued interest from Europe’s biggest sides.

Atletico Madrid-linked Cesar Azpilicueta, another without a contract this summer, has also kept quiet about his future, and there are still question marks over where Andreas Christensen will play his football next season. He is also in limbo as it looks, in the middle of stalled discussions about new agreements, although talk of a surprise move to Liverpool is far from the goal.

Over in north London, Antonio Conte has earmarked a number of players he would be willing to part with when he wants to revive Tottenham.

January loan offer can be considered for Share Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombele and Matt Doherty, with all four almost certainly for sale coming this summer. There are also doubts about the future of Giovani Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga.

As for incoming, a bid north of £ 20m for Adama Traore seems imminent – and an exit is not beyond the realm of opportunity afterwards Wolves Manager Bruno Lage admitted, “… in the transfer window you never know if something will happen at the last minute, you have to decide what is best for the club + the player.”

Finally, Arsenal continue to track down the Fiorentina killer Dusan Vlahovic ahead of a potential summer move. The productive 21-year-old will not be allowed to move in January, but a transfer will almost certainly be made – to Arsenal or elsewhere – given the form he has shown.

Players who will leave the Emirates Stadium include Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is about to join Jose Mourinhos Rome on loan, and Folarin Balogun, who looks set to spend the rest of the 2021/22 season on loan for promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.

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