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  • 10:51, 5 Jan 2022
  • Updated: 10:51, 5 Jan 2022

THE January transfer window is officially OPEN and trading can begin!

And there are reports that Robert Lewandowski could be open to a Premier League move this summer.

The Polish superstar is said to be ‘dreaming of Spain and the Premier League’ after almost a decade at Bayern Munich.

Back on home soil, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has apologised to fans following his interview last week in which he admitted he wasn’t happy with his situation at the club.

Thomas Tuchel’s men have been hampered by injuries and Covid cases, but have been boosted by the news that Thiago Silva has signed a new deal.

Erling Haaland is a summer target for Real Madrid, who are confident they can land both him and Kylian Mbappe.

We’ve also the very latest on Keiran Trippier’s move to Newcastle, which looks set to be complete once the England defender completes a medical on Wednesday.

When does the 2022 January transfer window close?

The transfer window opened on January 1, and closes on the 31st at 11pm.

Clubs will be able to sign and sell players during that time, with the Premier League’s winter break due to take place while the final week of the window is going on.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…


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  • Rice comparison

    Manchester United hero Paul Parker hinted that West Ham star Declan Rice is the closest thing to Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Paul Ince.

    Parker told bettors.ng: “Declan Rice is the closest player that Manchester United could ever get, who you would say is – ‘no he’s Bryan Robson, no he’s Roy Keane, no he’s Paul Ince’. This is because he wants to do everything.

    “He’s one of those players who wants to say ‘please don’t label me’.

    “Don’t label me as a defensive midfield player. Don’t label me as an attacking midfielder as I want to be all over the park trying to control everything”

  • ‘Next level’

    Former Manchester United ace Paul Parker believes West Ham star Declan Rice would take the team’s midfield to the “next level”.

    Parker told bettors.ng: “Manchester United at the moment are shopping in a bargain basement. Everyone else is picking up from Harrod’s and Selfridges. Manchester United are shopping at Poundland at this moment.

    “For Declan Rice, if he’s [worth] £100million, spend £160million. Give him what he wants and what happens is that he takes your team to another level. Because Manchester United’s [current] midfield is an embarrassment to the club.

    “Get players without leaving your shores and you know that they can play in your league. There’s no qualms about, as Sky do, difficulty in adapting to the Premier League. It’s not. Good players adapt to football. No worries about these players. They’ve proved themselves already and you go out and get them”

  • Rice touch

    Manchester United have been urged to splash the cash for West Ham superstar Declan Rice this summer by former player Paul Parker.

    Parker told bettors.ng: “If you wanted to spend a fortune on a midfield player, go and get Declan Rice.

    “Declan is the best central midfielder in the country.

    “If City wants to pay £100million for Jack Grealish, if someone wants you to pay £160million [for Rice] then you gotta pay it because Jack Grealish wasn’t worth £100million. They’ve set a mark now”

  • Liverpool update

    Liverpool’s coronavirus chaos continues as there have been more positive tests within the squad.

    According to Sky Sports, Jurgen Klopp’s assistant manager Pep Lijnders returned a positive COVID-19 test.

    Klopp remains in isolation and Lijnders was expected to undertake pre-match media duties but the press conference has been cancelled.

    This development plunges Thursday’s Carabao Cup into further doubt as the Reds have formally requested to have the game postponed as rising cases led to the cancellation of Tuesday’s training session

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  • Luk-ing sorry

    Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku issued an apology last night via the club’s official channels, following his controverial interview in Italian media.

    Lukaku said: “To the fans I’m sorry for the upset I caused. You know the connection I’ve had to this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset.

    “It’s up to me now to restore your trust and I’ll do my best to show commitment every day on the training ground and to try and win games. To the manager I apologise and also to my team-mates and the board because it was not the right moment.

    “I want to move forward and start winning football games. I totally understand [why the fans are upset]. I should’ve been much clearer in my message to be totally honest.

    “The interview was about saying goodbye to the Inter fans, it was not about trying to disrespect the fans and the football club, the owner, my team-mates and the manager.

    “They made a lot of effort to bring me back here and I wanted to come back here, I’ve been on a mission since I left. I totally understand the frustrations of the fans but now it’s on me to show that my commitment is 100 per cent and I’ll do that every game.

    “They don’t need to question [my commitment]. I always said I wanted to come here and to be successful, that’s why I signed a five-year deal.

    “I think Chelsea is a club that equals success. All the players that come here come for winning and I have a special passion for this club. I want to achieve that with this club, I want to win here for many years. I want to make sure I show my commitment every day”

  • Good morning football fans

    Newcastle have agreed a £12million fee for Kieran Tripper with Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    And the England right-back will reportedly become the club’s highest earner on £100,000-a-week.

    Trippier, 31, is expected on Tyneside for his medical on Wednesday.

    And the Toon will cough up £12m plus add-ons, according to Sky Sports News.

    The add-ons can rise to £3m and the Three Lions star will be paid the most of Newcastle’s current squad, according to the Mail.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool want Thursday’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal postponed after a dramatic surge in Covid positive results at Anfield.

    If the EFL agree to their request, then Sunday’s FA Cup third-round visit of Shrewsbury will almost certainly have to be called off as well.

    With Jurgen Klopp still isolating as many as 14 new cases are understood to have emerged within the club yesterday.

    Training that had been scheduled for 4.00pm was cancelled and the plea to call off the semi final first leg was officially made last night.

    A statement read: “The Reds have formally requested to the EFL that the fixture is rescheduled after further suspected positive tests were registered among players and staff, allied to other factors impacting selection, including illness and injury.

    “Among the considerations which led to today’s application to the EFL is the need for travelling supporters to be given as much notice as possible of any potential postponement.

    “With no prospect of the current situation improving ahead of Thursday’s fixture and the potential for it to worsen, the club considers it both prudent and reasonable to ask for the fixture to be rescheduled.”

  • Newcastle agree Kieran Trippier deal

    Newcastle have agreed a £12million fee for Kieran Tripper with Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    And the England right-back will reportedly become the club’s highest earner on £100,000-a-week.

    Trippier, 31, is expected on Tyneside for his medical on Wednesday.

    And the Toon will cough up £12m plus add-ons, according to Sky Sports News.

    The add-ons can rise to £3m and the Three Lions star will be paid the most of Newcastle’s current squad, according to the Mail.

    Former Tottenham and Burnley man Tripper is set to become the Toon’s first signing with their newly-gotten Saudi cash.

  • Newcastle agree deal for Trippier

    We’ve had the ‘here-we-go’ confirmation from journalist Fabrizio Romano. You know what that means…

  • Arsenal statement on Liverpool situation

    Arsenal have released a statement amid Liverpool’s request to postpone their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against the Gunners.

    And Arsenal have responded by saying: “Following a request from Liverpool FC, the English Football League (EFL) is currently considering whether our Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg match on Thursday (6 January) can go ahead.

    “Liverpool have reported an outbreak of COVID-19 and the Football League is now assessing the situation.

    “We will update our supporters with any further information as soon as we have it.”

  • Chilwell returns to training ground

    Ben Chilwell returned to Chelsea’s training ground on crutches on Monday to begin his rehabilitation.

    The Blues left-back is facing months on the sidelines having had knee surgery on a partial ACL tear he picked up in November.

    On December 30, he gave fans a thumbs up after the operation.

    And the England man is back at Cobham already – but hobbled in on crutches.

    Chilwell posted a snap of himself on Instagram arriving at the training complex.

    And he captioned it: “Back in the building.”

  • Leeds sign Espanyol youngster Fernandez

    Leeds have signed Espanyol’s teenage centre forward Mateo Joseph Fernandez.

    A club statement read: “Leeds United are pleased to announce the signing of Mateo Joseph Fernandez from La Liga side, RCD Espanyol.

    “The highly rated 18-year-old centre forward has impressed in Espanyol’s Academy set up, where he has found the net on a number of occasions, including 14 goals in 21 matches for the Under-19s team last season.

    “Born in Spain to British parents, Mateo joins Leeds United for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract which expires in June 2025. He will now join up with Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side.”

  • Newcastle agree Kieran Trippier deal

    Newcastle have agreed a £12million deal to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier, according to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie.

    Big moves from the newly-crowned richest club in the world.

  • Liverpool call for Arsenal postponement

    Liverpool want tomorrow’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal postponed after a dramatic surge in Covid positive results at Anfield, writes SunSport’s Ken Lawrence.

    If the EFL agree to their request then Sunday’s FA Cup third round visit of Shrewsbury will almost certainly have to be called off as well.

    With Jurgen Klopp still isolating as many as 14 new cases are understood to have emerged within the club yesterday. Training that had been scheduled for 4.00pm was cancelled and the plea to call off the semi final first leg was officially made last night.

    A statement read: “The Reds have formally requested to the EFL that the fixture is rescheduled after further suspected positive tests were registered among players and staff, allied to other factors impacting selection, including illness and injury.

    “Among the considerations which led to today’s application to the EFL is the need for travelling supporters to be given as much notice as possible of any potential postponement.

    “With no prospect of the current situation improving ahead of Thursday’s fixture and the potential for it to worsen, the club considers it both prudent and reasonable to ask for the fixture to be rescheduled.”

  • Lukaku apologises to Chelsea fans

    Romelu Lukaku has released a new video apologising to the Chelsea fans for the upset he caused after vocalising his unhappiness at the club.

    An interview wit the Blues forward from December whipped up a storm – which led Thomas Tuchel to drop him for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

    But in a new interview the Belgium said: “I’m sorry for the upset I have caused.”

    Tuchel confirmed earlier today that Lukaku has apologised and he is now available for selection once more.

  • Madrid make offer for Mbappe

    Real Madrid are claimed to have made a cut-price offer to Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe.

    Italian football agent Giovanni Branchini claims Real hope a £41.75million bid will secure Mbappe – just six months after a £150MILLION offer was rejected.

    Branchini told Gazzetta Dello Sport: “It depends on PSG now, as Real Madrid have gone back in for Mbappe by offering 50m euros (£41.75m) a few days ago.

    “I don’t know how this will play out. It seems to me that this move from Florentino Perez is worth watching closely.

    “It would be a shame for a player like Mbappe to move for free in the summer. I don’t know what they think about this in Paris.”

  • Details on Maitland-Niles deal

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks set to leave Arsenal on loan as he prepares to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma in Serie A.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano said: “More on Maitland-Niles deal. Arsenal will receive €500k loan fee plus €500k bonuses from AS Roma, no buy option.

    “Full salary to be paid, paperworks to be signed tonight. #ASRoma

    He then added: “Balogun has also chances to leave Arsenal in January. Middlesbrough asked for him on loan #AFC.”

  • Season ticket holder on safe standing

    Manchester United season ticket holder Will Blatcher, who has been going to Old Trafford since 1998, has given his take on the new safe standing area.

    He said: “It was good. I want to stand up at a game. Whether United win, whether United lose, I’m going to want to stand up and I’m going to want to support the team, and this just gives you that ability to do it a little bit more.

    “You never see a choir that are seated! If I remember correctly from being dragged to choir performances when I was at school! It promotes a better atmosphere, having people standing up.

    “You’re quite restricted when you’re sat down. You’re crammed in; there’s not that much space around you. I naturally move when the game’s in play. I step forward or I step sideways.

    “I’m not quite as bad as someone like Martin O’Neill, jumping up and down on the touchline, heading every ball! But I do move with it, so being able to stand up just helps with that. I always felt restricted when I was forced to sit down at a match.”

  • Sunderland sign U21 international Hume

    Sunderland have snapped up Northern Irish Under-21 international Trai Hume from Linfield for around £200,000.

    The defender, 19, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the League One promotion-chasing Black Cats.

    And he said: “I’ve played over 50 games in the Irish league and I think that will help me settle in, but this is the right time for me to test myself in a new environment.”

  • Wilshere ready for new chapter

    Jack Wilshere has starred in Paddy Power’s new spoof video where he stated he is ready to sign for any club… except for Tottenham.

    The 30-year-old has teamed up with bookmakers Paddy Power where he featured in a plea video for a team to secure his services.

    In the hilarious video, Wilshere can be seen sitting at a table while two marketing executives kick-off their presentation by presenting their ‘Retirement plans for Jack Wilshere’.

    He was then tasked with channelling his inner Bruno Fernandes to write the perfect apology message. To which he said: “Sorry I forgot to take the bins out this week. Wasn’t good enough, and not what the house deserves.” Before adding: “We go again next week.”

    After eating a sandwich to symbolise his ‘hunger’ to find a new club, Wilshere finally snapped as he declared he wants to keep things simple.

    He remarked: “Jack Wilshere. Fit, ready and available for offers.” The two-time FA Cup winner continued: “Just not from Tottenham.”

  • Ex-Brighton man Propper retires

    Ex-Brighton and Holland star Davy Propper has retired at just 30 after falling out of love with football.

    The midfielder left Albion to rejoin PSV Eindhoven in the summer having made just 11 appearances for the Seagulls last season.

    Propper was hit hard by the isolation from his family when Covid struck and it affected his motivation.

    He had hoped a return to Eindhoven – who sold him to Albion for around £6million in 2017 – would help him rediscover his passion for the game but sadly he has decided to quit.

    Propper, who won 19 caps for his country, said: “During the period that I was abroad, I noticed that I slowly lost the pleasure of football.

    “I found it extremely difficult to muster the discipline necessary to perform optimally and to let my life completely be determined by the busy football schedule. The coronavirus period and the lack of visits from family and friends did me no good then either.”

  • League Cup outright winner odds

    Betfair have released the odds for the winner of this year’s Carabao Cup:

    • Chelsea 21/10
    • Liverpool 21/10
    • Arsenal 16/5
    • Tottenham 7/2
  • Liverpool call for Arsenal postponement

    Liverpool are in talks with the EFL with Thursday’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal in growing danger of being called off due to a new Covid attack at Anfield.

    Training scheduled for 4pm on Tuesday was cancelled amid reports that as many as 14 new cases had emerged within the club.

    Should the Football League ruling body decide to postpone the semi with the Gunners then it is almost certain that Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie with Shrewsbury will also be postponed.

    Boss Jurgen Klopp missed Sunday’s thrilling 2 – 2 Prem clash at Stamford Bridge after testing positive.

    Joining him were Alisson, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino.

    Before Christmas Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones were also forced out by the virus.

  • United for top four?

    Manchester United have incredibly still been backed to finish in the top four this season following their defeat to Wolves by a boffin Supercomputer.

    The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford on Monday as Joao Moutinho fired home in the 82nd minute to put a dent in their Champions League qualification hopes.

    The result leaves Ralf Rangnick’s side in seventh spot in the Premier League – four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

    But according to bettingexpert.com, United are poised to pick up a run of form under the interim German gaffer to claim the final European Cup spot.

  • Partey’s coming of age performance

    The Arsenal community, whist bitter at the refereeing and VAR calls in the narrow defeat to Man City, are still revelling in the performance of their young team, writes Dave Seager.

    Without their manager to cajole and instruct them from the touchline, Mikel Arteta’s boys outthought, outfought and with 11 men outplayed the champions.

    It was a coming-of-age performance in so many ways, proving that this Arsenal side can go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league, but it was also a coming-of-age performance by one individual.

    On Saturday lunchtime we finally saw the Thomas Partey we all thought we had signed from Atletico, who until now we had only seen glimpses of.

  • Watford lose battle for Barisic

    Claudio Ranieri has admitted defeat in his battle to land Rangers left-back Borna Barisic.

    The Hornets haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season and Ranieri wanted the experienced 29-year-old Croatian international to help plug the leaks.

    However, Watford’s initial offer of £2million fell well short of Rangers’ £5m asking price and although the Hornets went back to the table with £1.5m of add-ons last week, the Scottish champions remained unimpressed.

    Ranieri and Watford reluctantly pulled the plug on negotiations yesterday after Rangers agreed a £16m deal with Everton for reserve right-back Nathan Patterson.

    That financial booster has eased the Glasgow giants’ cash flow problems after Covid left them needing to find £7m by the end of the season.

    Watford had hoped to use that to their advantage but Everton’s move has allowed Rangers to call the shots and SunSport can confirm the deal for Barisic is now dead.

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