Welcome to the live blog 90min Saturday – where we talk about everything related to transfers.
The talk should be a bit subdued this weekend as matches take place all over Europe, but there is still a lot to put your teeth into – especially now that Erling Haaland has revealed that Borussia Dortmund is putting pressure on him to sign a new contract.
There is also talk of a new short-term contract for Kylian Mbappe at PSG, which could force long-time fans of Real Madrid to pay a fee if they would like to sign him this summer.
Philippe Coutinho’s move to Aston Villa is still the most notable deal in the window so far, but expect to see a few more big names sorting out their future between now and the end of the month.
Follow our live blog below for all the latest transfer updates from the entire Premier League and from Europe’s biggest clubs …
14:20 – NORTH LONDON DERBY SIXTH UP
We mentioned that we would keep you updated with news on the Premier League’s decision regarding the North London derby, and it has now been widely reported that tomorrow’s match is suspended.
13:40 – Klopp: Salah contracts “not like buying a smartphone”
You would not blame Jurgen Klopp if he thought the incessant speculation about Mohamed Salah’s future in Liverpool was a bit boring.
Talks are underway on a new contract, but so far Salah’s entourage has not yet agreed with the Reds on an extension. Is that a problem? Klopp does not believe …
“I would not say that there is a problem if I am to be honest.
“These are conversations. I’m not sure if two big companies are trying to get together, usually in ordinary life and business that is not done overnight.” Writing a big contract, it’s not like buying a smartphone there you just write under one thing and it’s done.
“There are a lot of things to think about, some from the club’s side and some from the player’s side and a lot from the agent’s side. That’s the thing. Nothing else.”
Salah has not yet signed a new contract with Liverpool / Malcolm Couzens / GettyImages
13:25 – UPDATE BY NORTH LONDON DERBY
Transfers are the name of the game, but there is also the small issue of Covid-19-related match-ups – which could affect Sunday’s north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.
A decision has not yet been made by the Premier League, but The Athletic have confirmed that Arsenal will train this afternoon if their request to cancel the match goes against them. Keep your Eyes open.
13:00 – Arsenal “actively consider” Tielemans
We previously told what Brendan Rodgers had to say about Youri Tieleman’s future at Leicester, amid rumors of interest from Arsenal.
That interest is said to be active, according to CBS Sports, with a January move that is not completely ruled out. Each deal is likely to cost Arsenal a lot of money though, and would depend on Foxes getting a replacement – not an easy thing to do in the winter market.
Amadou Haidara and Todd Cantwell the last discussed.
12:30 – Vlahovic will not be rushed into the transition
Arsenal continue to talk to Fiorentina about the transfer of Dusan Vlahovic, but the Serbian is convinced he will not be pushed out of the Serie A door.
The 21-year-old is fast becoming one of the hottest striking items in world football, thanks to his fantastic goal record for Fiorentina. He does not rule out a move to the Emirates Stadium, but he does not like to be told what to do.
His solution? Let a decision be made during the summer, when other stakeholders can also place a bid.
12:00 – Dybala’s future is still unresolved
Paulo Dybala had agreed to extend his contract with Juventus as early as October, to the extent that handshakes had even been exchanged.
But it’s never that simple, is it? In this case, no – the contract is still not signed and it is said to have irritated Dybala due to the club’s lack of commitment. There are rumors that the agreement will be put on the shelf until February so that Juve can improve their financial situation, but it is a huge risk to take into account that the Argentine can now talk freely with other clubs.
Juventus had a verbal agreement for three months with Paulo Dybala to extend his contract. But the club has now decided to take time and wait “a few months / weeks before deciding on new contracts to be extended. ⚪️ ?? #Juve
That’s why Dybala’s future is open. Nothing decided yet. pic.twitter.com/UqeW9zVlVU
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 15, 202211: 35 – Gerrard: Great to have Coutinho in the Villa
Aston Villas head coach Steven Gerrard has been busy in the January window and strengthened his squad with Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne.
The former has come from Barcelona on loan and is reunited with Gerrard after previously playing with him in Liverpool. With the sound of it, he will correct.
“It’s great to have him, he’s been smiling for a few days. It’s my job to get him right as soon as possible and get him to enjoy his football again. I’m sure there’s a lot of football left in this boy because for me, he is an amazing talent and we are lucky to have him. At the right time, he will be released. “
11:15 – Ndombele trains away from Tottenham’s first team
Tanguy Ndombele’s Tottenham career seems to be hanging in the balance, with manager Antonio Conte confirming that he is training away from the team.
But when he pressed on the player’s future, Conte only pointed out: “At the moment, Tanguy Ndombele is a Tottenham player. For this reason, you have to consider him a Tottenham player.”
Inter and Roma have been in talks over a possible swap deal, due to Spurs’ ongoing interest in Inter’s Stefano Sensi and Roma duo Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Zaniolo.
Ndombele’s future is uncertain
10:50 – Chelsea consider De Jong’s bid
Chelsea’s options for central midfield options are significant, although Thomas Tuchel may have felt differently recently due to injuries and Covid-19.
But reports in Spain, specifically from the ambitious El Nacional, claim that Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong is in their crosshairs. A bid of £ 33.3 million is said to have been made, but that is far from the club’s valuation of £ 50 million.
Bayern Munich is also said to be sniffing.
10:30 – PSG are still in the Mbappe contract talks
PSG refuse to give up hope of persuading Kylian Mbappe to sign a new contract of any description, and are now talking to the 23-year-old about a short-term extension.
That would be enough to force Real Madrid to pay for a transfer, rather than get him for free this summer. It is the club that drives the talks but Mbappe at least listens to what they have to say …
10:10 – Gallagher does not think about Chelsea’s future
Crystal Palace loaned Conor Gallagher wants to focus on his football, rather than thinking about what the future may offer.
The 21-year-old has been one of the stars of the Premier League season so far, with many suggesting that he will be an important player for Chelsea in the future. The noise around Gallagher increases every week, but he blocks everything and loves his time in south London.
Gallagher told Sky Sports: “Chelsea are one of the best teams in the world right now. It’s a tough team to get into but I’m not really thinking about it right now. I love my football at Palace this season so I will end the season, do what I can to help the team and see where I am.
09:55 – Liverpool make Luis Diaz an offer
The long-term future of Mohamed Salah is still unresolved, with slow progress in contract talks between Liverpool and his representatives.
The aforementioned slow progress has inevitably spilled over the rumor mill and a name that has been consistently spat out is Luis Diaz, a Colombian winger who acts for Porto.
A move has diminished in the British press, but the Portuguese magazine A Bola interprets things quite differently. They report that Liverpool are “very interested” and are preparing to make an offer of £ 58 million this summer.
09:40 – Newcastle continue to plan Diego Carlos’ call
Newcastle’s January spending is far from over, they hope, and talks will continue early next week for Sevilla midfielder Diego Carlos.
The Magpies may have to pay upwards of £ 40 million to persuade the Spaniards to release him, especially as Jules Kounde is still high on Chelsea’s wish list.
Newcastle plan to continue Diego Carlos talks after Sevilla’s derby.
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– Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) January 15, 2022: 25:25 – Man City linked to ambitious Vinicius Jr move
Manchester City may have complete control over the Premier League’s “title race”, but everyone in the country knows that Pep Guardiola only strives for perfection and perfection.
To achieve that, there are probably still one or two additional additions that need to be made to City’s squad – namely to replace the late Ferran Torres. Away in Spain, El Nacional suggests that Vinicius Jr. is the man who was identified to come in – he has been in sparkling form for Real Madrid and now shows everyone what the essence was about when he first arrived.
Will it happen? Hmm …
09:10 – Leicester prepare for Tieleman’s departure
“Youri is at an age and at a stage in his contract where he has to make sure he looks at all the options. I would love to be here in Leicester, it’s natural, but I understand it’s a very short career.”
These are words from Leicester’s manager Brendan Rodgers, who apparently understands that the talented Belgian may have to leave to continue his career.
8:55 – Barcelona chase the Icardi loan deal
Barcelona is in financial ruin, at least on the surface, but the Catalan giants are wisely lowering wages and restructuring debt so that they can still make movements in the transfer market.
Ferran Torres is already in from Manchester City, but further forward options are required after Sergio Aguero’s sudden retirement. That could lead to his Argentine international team-mate Mauro Icardi, who does not see much in PSG.
Le10 Sport proposes that there is a loan agreement to be made for Icardi, where Barcelona’s interest in Juventus’ Alvaro Morata is waning.
8:40 – Haaland: I want to focus on my football
“I have said from the beginning that I want to focus on football, because that is when I am at my best, not when I think of other things.
“Now they’re putting pressure on me for a while. So it’s time to start things. All I want to do is play football, but I can not do it now.”
Hear what Haaland had to say in its entirety …
Erling Haaland interview with @JanAageFjortoft now with subtitles! pic.twitter.com/v39MPMzIOT
– Viaplay Football (@ViaplayFotball) January 14, 2022: 35 – Haaland: Dortmund puts pressure on me
Borussia Dortmund dismantled SC Freiburg 5-1 in the Bundesliga last night, with Haaland taking a stride in a routine and extensive victory.
But the victory was quickly forgotten when the Norwegian spoke to Jan-Aage Fjortoft after the end of the match, where he revealed that the club is putting pressure on him to sort out his future.
“For the past six months, I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund,” Haaland told Viaplay. “But now the club has started to pressure me to make a decision, but all I want to do is play football.
“But they are pressuring me to make a decision now about my future. So that means I have to make a decision soon.
8:30 – Good morning!
Welcome back to another day of transfer fun – where we start with a huge update from one of the most coveted strikers in the world …
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