Here we go! Time is running out for Premier League clubs to get deals done with transfer deadline day just one day away.
It’s the transfer saga that rumbles on and on, but we may finally get some clarity on the future of Kylian Mbappe soon enough. The French phenom will ‘communicate his final decision’ to PSG ‘in the coming days’ and ‘he will say it in no more than one or two weeks’, according to Spanish outlet AS. Real Madrid have been feverishly trying to sign the superstar for what feels like the longest time, while links with Liverpool refuse to go away.
One forward who definitely won’t be going anywhere is Karim Benzema, who will be staying put at Al-Ittihad after the transfer window in Saudi Arabia closed on Tuesday. The 36-year-old had been linked with a possible move to the Premier League or a return to former club Lyon.
Fulham are still hopeful of signing Armando Broja before the window shuts, according to The Telegraph. Chelsea have been trying to push the striker out the door, while the Cottagers want to fill the Aleksandar Mitrovic-shaped hole in their squad – but the Blues want a whopping £50m for the Albania international! Wolves had a straight loan offer rejected by Chelsea, who want the player gone permanently, according to Ben Jacobs.
If Fulham do nab Broja then it is likely Rodrigo Muniz will leave the club on loan this month. Atletico Mineiro, Gremio and Real Betis have all been linked with the Brazilian.
Manchester United winger Amad Diallo is set to remain at Old Trafford despite Sunderland Nation‘s claim he asked the club to let him join Sunderland on loan. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says this is not the case and the Ivorian is “happy to stay”, even though he has only appeared once in the Premier League this season.
Aston Villa are on the cusp of signing highly-rated Middlesbrough winger Morgan Rogers for an initial £8m, which could rise up to £16m if add-ons are reached.
David Moyes is keen to add another attacker to his lineup before Thursday and it seems like West Ham have their sights set on former Celtic winger Jota. The Portuguese is unsettled at Al-Ittihad, whom he joined in the summer for a reported £25m from the Scottish champions. The Hammers, who had wanted to sign Ibrahim Osman from Nordsjaelland before a deal broke down, are ‘hopeful’ of getting Jota on loan, which could allow Said Benrahma join Lyon for around £15m.
West Ham have also rebuffed an offer from Crystal Palace for full-back Ben Johnson, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein. The 24-year-old’s contract expires in the summer, but the club hope to tie him down to new terms.
Arsenal have been dormant in January, but they could yet complete a deal before the window closes – to get rid of Cedric Soares. The Telegraph claim the right-back, who has made zero appearances in the Premier League this season, has suitors in Turkey with contract running this summer.
Nottingham Forest are hoping to get €30m (£25.6m) for Orel Mangala, according to journalist Sacha Tavolieri (via SportWitness). Lyon had a bid €20m for the midfielder turned down, but ‘negotiations continue’ as they towards a deal.
Meanwhile, multiple reports suggest Brentford’s deal for 18-year-old Antonio Nusa is set to collapse. The Norwegian winger had been linked with Spurs, but opted to join the Bees as he would be guaranteed more starts next season. A £25m transfer was supposedly agreed with Club Brugge, but it seems to have hit a late complication.
Ange Postecoglou said that Tottenham were “unlikely” to do any more business before Deadline Day, but it’s not out of the question they go back in for Nusa. Sky Sports say they are also interested Djurgardens IF player in Lucas Bergvall, who is wanted by Barcelona.