The 2022 January transfer window is open (find out when it closes here), and there's plenty of gossip swirling about who's moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Dortmund to offer Haaland new contract, want January decision
Borussia Dortmund are preparing for contract talks with striker Erling Haaland, his father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola next week, reports SportBILD. And they reportedly want him to make a decision about his future by the end of January.
Haaland, 21, can reportedly leave Dortmund at the end of this season if a club triggers his €75 million release clause. Sources have told ESPN the fee will be inflated by a significant payment to Haaland's representatives for brokering a deal, while senior figures from interested clubs have been made aware that the striker expects wages that would see him earn in excess of €550,000-a-week.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all in the race to sign the Norway forward, with Raiola holding talks with some of Europe's top clubs last year.
"Maybe this summer, maybe the summer after. But there is a big chance that Erling will leave this summer," Raiola told Sport1 in December.
Haaland has scored 76 goals in 76 games for Dortmund after joining from FC Salzburg for around €20m midway through the 2019-20 season, despite attempts from Manchester United and former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring him to the Premier League.
Sources told ESPN that Haaland will consider interest from a range of clubs when he leaves Dortmund, but Real Madrid are the leading contenders to sign the player, while the Spanish club are also trying to land Kylian Mbappe as a free agent when his PSG contract expires at the end of this season.
22.00 GMT: Leticia Marques reports that Chelsea have recalled Kenedy from his loan spell with Flamengo. It's reported that after the Brazilian club did not respond in time to a clause that allowed them to make the move permanent, the Blues opted to bring the player back to Stamford Bridge, and the 25-year-old wide man is said to be on his way back to London on Wednesday night.
21.27 GMT: Newcastle United are wasting no time in continuing their busy transfer window, with the club now setting their sights on RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to the Mail. The 23-year-old Mali international reportedly would need to become the club's highest earner on wages of around £160,000 a week to be persuaded to make the switch to St. James' Park, and the Magpies may take their time with their recruitment pitch as Haidara's contract includes a £33m release clause set to activate at the end of the season.
20.54 GMT: Leeds United are keen to land Torino defender Ola Aina, according to Calciomercato. It is reported that the 25-year-old Chelsea academy graduate has attracted interest from the Premier League, and with the Serie A club looking to acquire Mohamed Fares from Lazio, they are prepared to let Aina leave on a permanent deal.
20.37 GMT: Brazilian giants Atletico Mineiro have announced the signing of Uruguay centre-back Diego Godin on a one-year deal, after the 35-year-old and previous club Cagliari mutually agreed to terminate the remaining 18 months of his contract.
DIEGO "EL FARAÓN" GODÍN É DO #GALO! 🇺🇾🐔— Atlético 😷 (@Atletico) January 12, 2022
🤝 O zagueiro uruguaio, presente em três Copas do Mundo com sua seleção, assinou até 31/12/2022, com possibilidade de extensão, e é o novo reforço para a defesa Alvinegra: https://t.co/VTMhmajTIX
¡Bienvenido, Godín! 🏴🏳️ #GodínÉGalo pic.twitter.com/b0qxibeeUR
20.21 GMT: Manchester United have made contact with the representatives of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to Sport Bild. The Switzerland international has been the subject of interest from clubs around Europe after he chose not to sign a new deal at Gladbach, making him available on a free transfer this summer, and United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is ready to win the race for the 25-year-old's signature by offering the Bundesliga side a transfer fee to get the deal over the line this month.
20.04 GMT: LAFC have announced the signing of free agent midfielder Ilie Sanchez to a two-year contract with an option for a third. The 31-year-old Barcelona academy graduate has spent the past five seasons with Sporting Kansas City, where he won the U.S. Open Cup in 2017 and was named an MLS All-Star in 2018.
19.48 GMT: RMC Sport reports that Arsenal are in advanced negotiations with Juventus to sign Arthur on loan. The Gunners have been looking to acquire a midfielder throughout the window, and despite being linked to Bruno Guimaraes, it now looks as though Mikel Arteta has opted for the Brazil international who's found opportunities limited in Turin.
19.15 GMT: Porto Alegre outfit Internacional have made an offer for Atlanta United FC attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco, according to Cesar Luis Merlo. It is reported that the Brasileiro Serie A side have tabled a loan move for the 23-year-old, which includes an option to make the move permanent.
18.58 GMT: According to Goal, Tigres defender Carlos Salcedo continues to be on the radar of Toronto FC. A possible hurdle for the MLS club is competition for the 28-year-old Mexico international from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras and an unnamed European team, as detailed by ESPN Deportes.
18.42 GMT: AC Milan are keen on signing Eric Bailly from Manchester United, writes Fabrizio Romano. The 27-year-old centre-back has made just three starts in the Premier League this season, and with Stefano Pioli looking to reinforce the backline after losing Simon Kjaer for the rest of the Serie A campaign, Bailly is seen as a potential option on a loan deal.
18.09 GMT: Real Betis have confirmed that Nabil Fekir has signed a new contract with the club. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder fjoined the Verdiblancos in 2019, and his new terms will see him stay in Seville until the summer of 2026.
It is reported that talks have improved between the Blues and the player's representatives after he was disappointed with the first offer to extend at Stamford Bridge. And with the 28-year-old centre-back's relationship with manager Thomas Tuchel in a good place, the Germany international is open to committing his future to the club.
The Reds recently struck a deal for the 34-year-old's Napoli teammate, Lorenzo Insigne, and Mertens reportedly is also interested in a switch to MLS. Amid speculation that he won't see his contract renewed at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, and the uncertainty surrounding striker Jozy Altidore's future in Ontario, the prospect of Mertens reuniting with Insigne in Canada is now looking like a possibility.
16.25 GMT: Club America are preparing a new offer for 20-year-old forward Pablo Solari and are in talks to sign Spanish defender Jorge Mere, sources have told ESPN Deportes.
America have had a $2m offer turned down from Colo Colo to secure the services of Solari, but the Liga MX side are ready to launch an improved bid as the Argentinian is a priority for manager Santiago Solari.
Meanwhile, America are also in advanced talks to sign Spanish centre-back Mere from FC Cologne to replace Emanuel Aguilera.
15.47 GMT: Rangers have announced that veteran striker Jermain Defoe has left the club after three years.
Defoe, 39, scored 32 goals in 74 appearances, with his final game the 3-1 defeat of Livingston back in November.
Rangers' sporting director Ross Wilson commented: "Jermain has made a significant contribution to Rangers over the last number of seasons. Even in the 'twilight years' of his career, he has shown the expert movement and finishing ability that took him to the very top in his career. His contribution within the training centre was excellent, as he became a role model for his peers, showing professionalism on a daily basis.
"I was particularly pleased that he leaves with a league championship winning medal. It has been a privilege to have an England international of his quality within our group and we wish him well for the future."
15.40 GMT: Fabrizio Romano reports that Everton are set to sign winger Anwar El Ghazi from Aston Villa.
Villa have agreed a £25m move to sign Everton defender Lucas Digne but El Ghazi's move the other way isn't linked to the deal.
El Ghazi looks set to move on loan for the rest of the season and is reportedly having a medical on Wednesday.
15.31 GMT: Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic -- Serie A's top scorer this season with 16 goals -- has emerged as the most coveted player of the January transfer window. Tor-Kristian Karlsen assesses the 21-year-old's transfer options.
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14.46 GMT: Villarreal defender Pau Torres has revealed that he turned down an offer from Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window.
Torres, 24, has been linked with a number of top European clubs as the Spain international reportedly has a €60m release clause.
"This summer my agent called me and told me that there was an important offer from Tottenham," Torres said during an interview with Spanish show La Resistencia. "[They offered] more than what I get paid now. But since I play for my hometown team only a few players do, I decided to stay where I am happy."
14.32 GMT: Manchester United want a new right-back and are targeting Brighton's Tariq Lamptey, says The Daily Mail.
Lamptey, 21, began his career at Chelsea before moving to the south coast in 2020. United's interim boss Ralf Rangnick wants to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot, but won't go as high as the £40m fee that Brighton want.
Tottenham and Arsenal have also been linked with Lamptey.
13.55 GMT: Yusuf Demir's Barcelona career is coming to an end before it even really started, with COPE radio reporting he has been demoted to the youth team to help make room for new signings.
Demir, 18, joined Barca on loan from Rapid Vienna last summer and has made nine appearances for the first team. However, if he makes a 10th appearance, Barca will have to pay the Austrian side €10m to make the move permanent.
Barca don't want to do that, so have given Demir permission to speak to other clubs regarding a January move. However, with nothing lined up yet, the Catalan club have been forced to change the teenager's registration to make more space in the first team.
New signing Ferran Torres has now been registered following his €55m arrival from Manchester City, while Barca also want to officially promote youngsters Gavi and Nico Gonzalez to the first-team squad but have to stick with a LaLiga wage limit of €97m per season.
13.30 GMT: Arsenal defender Leah Williamson has signed a new contract with the club.
Williamson, 24, has been out since the end of November with a hamstring injury and Arsenal have struggled for form without her.
"It's a dream come true," said Williamson about her new deal. "It was a dream come true the first time that I signed here and the feeling hasn't changed. I'm as grateful as ever to have the opportunity to do what I do here - at home - and I'm very proud to continue to represent my family playing for Arsenal and to wear the badge."
13.24 GMT: Marcelo has already received numerous offers for when his Real Madrid contract expires next summer, AS reports, with several Brazilian clubs interested, as well as Turkish Super League leaders Trabzonspor.
The 33-year-old left-back is no longer first-choice at Madrid after being replaced by Ferland Mendy and will not be offered a new deal.
Brazil's Fluminense, Botafogo and Palmeiras have all expressed an interest, according to AS, with Trabzonspor the latest side to make contact, although they were told the player isn't considering a move to Turkey for now.
12.58 GMT: Juventus want to take Barcelona forward Memphis Depay on loan for the rest of the season after losing Federico Chiesa to injury, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Chiesa is facing months on the sidelines after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in the win over Roma at the weekend. Juve, therefore, will turn to the transfer market to try and find a replacement for the Italy international.
Memphis has emerged as one option, with Barca said to be open to offers for the Dutch forward. The former Lyon player joined Barca last summer and has been an ever-present when fit this season, scoring eight goals. However, with the return of Ansu Fati from injury and the signing of Ferran Torres, coach Xavi Hernandez may be prepared to let him leave.
Barca could even use Memphis as a route to sign Alvaro Morata. The Catalan club are keen to land the striker, who's on loan at Juve from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season, but the Serie A club have so far refused to let him leave.
12.31 GMT: Bayern Munich have signed Kingsley Coman to a contract until 2027.
The France international winger had previously been on terms which expired in 2023 and has been linked to every top club in Europe.
12.12 GMT: Newcastle United are set to confirm their second signing of the January transfer window in the next 48 hours with the club bringing in striker Chris Wood from Burnley, sources have told ESPN's Tom Hamilton.
Wood, 30, will cost Newcastle a transfer fee in the region of £25m and will become their second signing under the new ownership after they activated his release clause. He follows full-back Kieran Trippier in signing for Newcastle, after the England international joined from Atletico Madrid for £12m last week.
Newcastle moved quickly to secure Wood after first-choice striker Callum Wilson was ruled out for two months with a calf injury as they continue their battle against the drop. The club will hope to fast-track Wood into the team for their key match against Watford on Saturday, a team who are also struggling at the foot of the Premier League.
11.55 GMT: Luka Jovic has no interest in leaving Real Madrid during this January transfer window, Marca reports, with the €60m forward believing he can contribute to the team's LaLiga title push between now and the end of the season.
Jovic, 24, who is Madrid's second-choice centre forward behind the in-form Karim Benzema, has a contract at the Bernabeu until 2025 and will reportedly re-evaluate his situation next summer.
The Serbia international went on loan back to Eintracht Frankfurt at this time last season but has contributed when called upon this campaign, putting in his best performance for the club with a goal and assist against Real Sociedad on Dec. 4.
11.32 GMT: Tottenham are reportedly keen to bring in Wolves wideman Adama Traore this month.
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11.15 GMT: Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral will join Getafe on loan, Diario AS reports.
Mayoral joined Roma in September 2020 on a two-year loan deal, while the Italian club still have the option to sign him permanently from Real Madrid at the end of the season for €20m.
The 24-year-old scored 17 goals and set up seven more in his first season at Roma. But since the arrival of Jose Mourinho as coach in May, Mayoral has played 249 minutes and has scored one goal and set up one more in 11 appearances in all competitions this season.
Mayoral is reportedly keen to return to LaLiga and has agreed to move to Getafe, while Marca reports Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar is also on the verge of joining.
Villar, 23, has barely featured this year under Mourinho. Both players were Spain internationals at youth level and would be welcomed by Getafe coach Quique Sanchez Flores in the battle to avoid relegation.
11.07 GMT: Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
Balogun, 20, penned a new long-term contract last year but hasn't had much of a chance to shine in the first-team so far this campaign.
The England U21 international has scored 15 goals from his 14 appearances in the PL2 and EFL Trophy though.
10.57 GMT: Aston Villa have agreed to sign Everton left-back Lucas Digne for a fee of £25m, says Sky Sports.
Digne, 28, reportedly fell out with Everton boss Rafa Benitez and asked to be transferred this month.
Napoli, Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham were all interested in signing him, but Villa swooped in to make manager Steven Gerrard's second signing following the arrival of his former Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.
10.46 GMT: Mikel Arteta has said Arsenal can still attract the best players in the world despite a five-year absence from the Champions League.
The club's last appearance came in 2017 and this campaign marks the first time in 25 years they have had no European football at all after finishing last season's Premier League in eighth place. However, Arteta is undergoing a major rebuild having spent £140m on five new signings last summer and is looking to make further additions this month.
"Historically this club has always been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world were always interested to come here and I can say that situation hasn't changed," Arteta said at a news conference on Wednesday.
"Every time I have spoken to any player, they were so willing to come. I haven't faced any other situation and that is one of our biggest powers. Our capacity to get the attention of people to come and join our club is something that is an advantage for us."
10.33 GMT: Boca Juniors are in talks with Marseille over the return of Dario Benedetto, according to ESPN Argentina.
The 31-year-old striker is currently on loan at LaLiga side Elche but is keen on returning to Argentina and negotiations between all the parties are progressing well. Yet, it is still uncertain whether Benedetto would rejoin Boca on loan or on permanent basis.
10.20 GMT: Sergio Oliveira is travelling to the Italian capital this morning to complete his loan move to Roma on loan from FC Porto.
The Portugal international left Porto airport on a private plane on Wednesday morning and will undergo a medical later in Rome after the two clubs reached an agreement on Sunday night.
Roma will pay €1m for the midfielder to join on loan for the remainder of the season. Roma can make the move permanent as a purchase option of €13.5m has been included.
10.12 GMT: Santos have launched a one-year loan offer to secure the services of Pablo from Sao Paulo, according to ESPN Brazil.
The striker has already accepted the proposal but the clubs are yet to reach an agreement as Santos want Sao Paulo to pay part of his wages.
10.03 GMT: Following the arrival of former Tottenham and Barcelona midfielder Paulinho as a free agent, Corinthians are now in advanced talks with Ponte Petra to sign Ivan.
Indeed, the goalkeeper has already received permission to undergo his medical with Corinthians ahead of completing the move.
09.50 GMT: Ousmane Dembele will not leave Barcelona in the January transfer market, despite the player's refusal to sign a new contract, according to El Larguero.
Dembele, 24, becomes a free agent this summer and Barca are keen for the player to extend his deal. The club gave him an ultimatum to accept their latest offer or leave this month.
However, the France forward will only continue at Barca if his requests are met and intends to join a Premier League club this summer if not.
09.41 GMT: Atletico Madrid are already planning for the 2022-23 campaign without Luis Suarez, Cadena Cope reports. The Uruguay forward has not signed a new contract with Atletico with his current deal ending this summer.
Suarez, 34, has scored nine goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for the Rojiblancos this season. The former Barcelona and Liverpool star joined Atletico in September 2020 but is a reported target of MLS clubs, including Inter Miami.
09.22 GMT: Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Jesse Lingard on a free transfer from Manchester United in the summer, sources have told ESPN.
Lingard will be out of contract in June and Tottenham are among a host of clubs who are keen to sign the 29-year-old England international.
There has been interest from other Premier League clubs as well as clubs in Spain and Italy including Barcelona and AC Milan.
Sources have told ESPN that Tottenham have registered their interest in Lingard but are yet to make a formal offer.
09.04 GMT: Jesus 'Tecatito' Corona is closing in on a move to Sevilla, sources have told ESPN's David Cartlidge.
The Spanish side are in the final stages of the deal with Porto and sources said that the Mexico International will leave for a small fee given that his contract expires in June.
The 29-year-old has been a long-term target for sporting director Monchi, as well as Julen Lopetegui, who coached Corona when he was in charge of Porto. Lopetegui has stressed the importance of Corona's versatility and experience as Sevilla continue to push on in various competitions.
08.30 GMT: Manchester United will prioritise a new contract for Marcus Rashford this summer, sources have told ESPN, despite concerns within the club over the forward's ongoing search for his best form.
The 24-year-old's present current at Old Trafford expires in June 2023, although United have the option of extending those terms by a further 12 months which, sources have said, they fully intend to do in order to secure the England international to the club until the end of the 2023-24 season.
Having seen midfielders Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard both enter the final six months of their contracts at United this month and prepare to leave as free agents in the summer, the Old Trafford hierarchy are determined to avoid a similar situation arising with Rashford, who has become one of the club's most high-profile players since scoring twice on his debut as an 18-year-old against FC Midtjylland in Feb 2016.
Sources have told ESPN that United are confident that Rashford is prepared to commit his future to the club, but the player's loss of form is an issue that coaching staff and senior figures are determined to address.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
- Real Madrid are continuing talks with midfielder Luka Modric over a new contract, but Tottenham Hotspur could offer the Croatia international a return to north London if he's unable to agree fresh terms with Los Blancos, according to Ekrem Konur. The 36-year-old is out of contract in the summer, with January providing the opportunity to negotiate a pre-contract with clubs abroad.
- Newcastle United are eyeing two potential alternatives to transfer target Lille centre-back Sven Botman, reports Calciomercato. The Magpies have reportedly had a move turned down for Botman and are now looking at AS Monaco's Benoit Badiashile and Everton's Mason Holgate as fallback options to bolster their defence.
- Juventus have joined the race for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, writes Calciomercato. The 24-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs this month, with the Old Lady thought to be the latest as they look to reshape their midfield, but OL are reportedly holding out for a transfer fee of €50m before sanctioning the Brazil international's departure.
- AS Roma were heavily linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka last summer, but they could be back in for him this year, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to revisit a move for the Switzerland international at the end of the season, having already signed Gunners midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
- Newcastle United are set to sign Burnley striker Chris Wood, according to Fabrizio Romano. The New Zealand international is said to have a £20m release clause, which the Magpies are willing to meet, and aim to complete a deal soon amid the absence of the injured Callum Wilson.