Transfer news LIVE updates
Saturday, January 18
Arsenal and Tottenham battle for Nathan Ake
Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.
Ake has been a mainstay in Eddie Howe’s backline over the past two seasons and has attracted interest from some of England’s biggest clubs.
Manchester City are also known to be considering a move for Ake, but The Athletic claim both north London clubs are lurking.
Arsenal have struggled defensively in the past few years and Mikel Arteta is keen to resolve those issues.
Transfer news LIVE: Nathan Ake is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham
Ashley Young’s farewell message
Ashley Young has sent a message to Manchester United fans after completing his move to Inter Milan.
Young posted on his social media: “To Man Utd, you gave me the chance to play with legends, to win trophies, to work under the greatest manager in history and to be your captain.
“Thank you for letting me be part of your story for eight-and-a-half years.
“To the United fans, every time I walked on the pitch wearing your shirt I gave you my all.
“Thank you for your support during the highs and the lows. I leave as one of you, see you again in an away end soon.”
Transfer news LIVE: Ashley Young has left Man Utd for Inter Milan
Willian to Tottenham
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has urged the club to keep hold of winger Willian, as Tottenham reportedly aim to sign the Brazilian.
The Evening Standard claim that Spurs are showing an interest in signing Willian, who snubbed the north London side in favour of Chelsea in 2013.
AC Milan are also thought to be interested in Willian but Lampard wants to keep hold of the Brazilian.
Willian moved to Chelsea from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala six-and-a-half years ago for £30million.
Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham want Chelsea star Willian
Liverpool scout Ben White
Liverpool are keeping tabs on Ben White, the on-loan Leeds United centre-back, but have not officially firmed up their interest in the Englishman as of yet, per reports.
Reports last year claimed that Reds scouts had been blown away buy the £20million-rated defender, who is on loan at Leeds in the Championship from Brighton.
The 22-year-old has been an ever-present for Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion hopefuls, not missing a single minute of action in the league all season with the Whites a point off leaders West Brom after 27 games.
He was even named PFA Player of the Month in August while was named the Championships’ Best Young Player in a poll ran by Sky Sports, beating the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
But The Athletic say that while Liverpool are watching White, they have not done any more than that.
The Poole-born defender has caught the eye as Liverpool canvas potential back-up options to Dejan Lovren in the summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool have scouted Ben White
Sporting coach on Bruno Fernandes to Man Utd
Sporting Lisbon boss Silas has admitted Bruno Fernandes “deserves” to play in the Premier League – but insists neither he or the player yet know whether he will join Manchester United before the Portuguese club’s next match.
The two clubs have been in negotiations this week having also held face-to-face meetings in United’s London offices.
Sporting captain Fernandes was in action for the Primeira Liga derby with neighbours Benfica on Friday night, as a Rafa Silva brace condemned the Lions to defeat.
Afterwards, Silas was asked whether his skipper – who has 15 goals and 13 assists across all competitions this term – would still be a Sporting player by Tuesday night, when they take on Braga in the Taca da Liga semi-finals.
“I hope not,” the manager told journalists. “So far we don’t know, nor does Bruno know.
“We will try to keep him for more games, but it’s not up to us.”
Transfer news LIVE: The latest from Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and more
Arsenal close in on Layvin Kurzawa
Express Sport understands Mikel Arteta looks set to get PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa over the line but he has been left counting the cost of a miserable Arsenal window in the summer.
Incredibly, with a centre-back and defensive midfielder still the long-term holes in the Arsenal squad, Unai Emery spent £73m on another attack-minded player to bolster a squad full of under-delivering creative players.
Although Arteta was interested in his former protégé John Stones at Manchester City, it quickly became clear that the money is simply not there to fund such a move. Ditto Nathan Ake.
Another season without Champions League revenue looks on the cards and the board will be nervous about over-investing this month until they can do a proper restructuring job in the summer under their new manager.
That looks likely to involve a bit of additional fundraising – with the luxury of carrying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre-Lacazette possibly something that needs to be sacrificed.
Frank Lampard has insisted that if he can make a signing in the January transfer window he will – but says he won’t be rushed into buys that don’t improve his squad.
Chelsea go into today’s clash with Newcastle at St James’s Park lying fourth in the Premier League with only one defeat in their last six games after their pre-Christmas wobble.
The Chelsea manager said: “I won’t talk about any individuals and there is nothing as I say.
“I’m going to be embarrassed by anything happening soon.
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is expected to be quiet this month
“What remains the same is that the window is open and if there’s anything when can do to improve us then we will attempt to do it.
“We are working on that, but also I’m very aware of how I want the squad to be, and how much we must focus on what is our job in hand which is winning matches.”
But on Barkley, the Chelsea manager insisted: “There’s no talk here of Ross Barkley going anywhere.
“He is our player, he played the last couple of games and he has done very well and because of certain circumstances, Ross hasn’t featured as much here. But I have got a lot of faith in Ross. I am very happy with him.
“Willian is also not going anywhere. We know his contract is up at the end of the season and he is in conversations with the club which is still ongoing. There’s no news on that. He is certainly our player.”