Liverpool checked on ex-Arsenal defender Sokratis

Liverpool checked on ex-Arsenal defender Sokratis

The transfer window opened in early January, and hypothesis is heating up about potential offers. Try the most recent gossip beneath, and see all official offers right here.

TOP STORY: Liverpool checked on ex-Arsenal defender Sokratis

Liverpool have been searching for a brand new centre-back amid accidents to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, with their search taking them to former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, based on The Athletic.

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Sokratis, 32, was launched by the Gunners final week as he was omitted of the membership’s Premier League and Europa League squads and is reportedly set to hitch Olympiakos in the coming days.

The Greece international has not played since August but he was signed by then-Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp in 2013, which explains the link.

The report claims that “the conversation is not thought to have progressed past checking on his situation” but it’s interesting to note that Liverpool are still keen to resolve their defensive issues before the window closes on Feb. 1.


13.22 GMT: SportMediaset reports that AC Milan will make a final move to sign Barcelona full-back Junior Firpo this month.

Football4cast reported on Jan. 18 that Milan and West Ham were sounding out the Spanish club about their defender.

Indeed, Barca are open to letting Junior leave the club and are looking at possible replacements should he depart, although the lack of a president at Camp Nou is complicating any potential January transfer business.

12.45 GMT: Barcelona want to sign Manchester City defender Eric Garcia and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, but will have to wait until their contracts expire in the summer as the club have no money this month.

“My position is known: we lack people, but the economic situation of the club is an influence,” manager Ronald Koeman said. “I think we all think the same. If no one arrives, I accept it and we continue the same, but if we want more we must sign.”

Asked about Garcia specifically, he replied: “We cannot demand that the Management Board make decisions like this. We have concluded that if he is a player whose contract is ending, we must wait. If we moved now we would have to pay the transfer fee plus the player’s salary.”

12.10 GMT: Spain midfielder Patri Guijarro has signed a contract extension with Barcelona until June 2024, the club announced on Monday.

Patri, 22, is in her sixth season with the club and has made 159 appearances, scoring 34 goals.

A key player for Lluis Cortes’ side, Patri is one of the club captains and has helped them to one league win, one Spanish Super Cup and five Catalunya Cups. She also has an established international youth career where she won the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot at the 2018 Under-20 Women’s World Cup, helping Spain to a second place finish.

Patri made Barcelona history as the first woman to study for her exams at the club’s La Masia academy.

11.50 GMT: More on the sacking of Frank Lampard here



Julien Laurens feels Frank Lampard was too inexperienced to handle the overhaul of Chelsea’s squad in the summer.

11.41 GMT: Some more breaking Chelsea news: Defender and Norway captain Maren Mjelde has signed a contract extension which keeps her at the club until June 2022.

Mjelde, 31, joined the London side four years ago from Norwegian club Avaldsnes. Since joining in 2017 she has helped the club win the Spring Series, two Women’s Super League titles, the FA Cup and the Continental Cup.

“When I came to Chelsea in 2017, it was a really good team. I felt it was some levels up from the club I played for before,” she said in a statement. “You can see there has been a lot of changes. In my first season, we got to the semifinals of the Champions League but we were not close at all. The year after, against Lyon, we were pretty close to reaching the final. That’s the direction we want to go.”

Mjelde’s contract also has an option to extend for one year.

11.25 GMT: Chelsea have announced they have parted ways with Frank Lampard and are set to appoint Thomas Tuchel as his successor, sources have told Football4cast.

“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” owner Roman Abramovich said. “He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics.

“However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers. On behalf of everyone at the club, the board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as head coach and wish him every success in the future.

“He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

11.09 GMT: Leicester City’s impressive work behind the scenes has seen the club emerge as Premier League title contenders this season, and sources told Football4cast’s Mark Ogden the player recruitment set-up at the King Power Stadium has left bigger clubs frustrated at being unable to match the Foxes’ ability for unearthing rising stars across Europe.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has rebuilt Leicester’s back four since arriving from Celtic in February 2019, with sporting director Lee Congerton, who worked with Rodgers at Chelsea and Celtic, securing deals for Wesley Fofana, James Justin and Timothy Castagne from Saint-Etienne, Luton Town and Atalanta respectively.

Sources told Football4cast that Leicester’s connections in France gave them a head start on the signing of Fofana, a £36.5m arriving last October, which enabled the club to fend off interest from Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho.

10.31 GMT: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he expects defender Eric Garcia to leave the club at the end of the season.

Spain international Garcia is in the final year of his contract at the Premier League side and has been linked with a switch back to his boyhood club Barcelona.

Injuries and illness have limited the 20-year-old to just eight appearances in all competitions this season but he was handed a rare start in Saturday’s 3-1 victory against Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup.

“We will see what happens at the end of the transfer window,” Guardiola told reporters. “I don’t think he will sign a new contract. I am pretty sure he is going to leave at the end of the season and now, in this transfer window, it will depend on the [other] clubs.”

10.08 GMT: Chelsea’s £47.7m striker Timo Werner is still struggling for form… even from the penalty spot.



Frank Leboeuf says Timo Werner needs to get his head right before being tasked with taking penalties for Chelsea.

09.46 GMT: Chelsea are set to sack manager Frank Lampard this morning, reports the Daily Telegraph, as they have lost five of their last eight games.

On possible replacements, the report claims that RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is among Chelsea’s top targets but may not be available until the summer.

Ex-PSG manager Thomas Tuchel or former Juventus and Milan boss Max Allegri are also being considered as they are unattached, with many outlets reporting Tuchel to be the favorite.

09.27 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sanctioned Jesse Lingard‘s mortgage transfer from Manchester United through the January transfer window and the ultimate choice now rests with the membership’s board, sources have informed Football4cast’s Rob Dawson.

Solskjaer has been eager to maintain Lingard at Outdated Trafford forward of a busy second half of the season however, after talks with the midfielder, has agreed he must be allowed to maneuver to search out common first-team football.

Regardless of important curiosity from overseas, Lingard, 28, is eager to remain within the Premier League and Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion are amongst a host of suitors.

09.02 GMT: Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli continues to be of curiosity to PSG, studies The Athletic.

The report reads: “Tottenham are understood to have rejected three approaches from Paris Saint-German for the midfielder in the summertime however the French facet are nonetheless on the desk and stay eager to safe Dele’s companies on a short lived foundation for the second half of the season.”

08.39 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain have provided Actual Madrid captain Sergio Ramos a three-year contract, value €15m web per season, based on Onda Cero.

Ramos, 34, has not signed a brand new contract with Madrid along with his deal ending this summer season. He’s free to barter with different golf equipment. Actual Madrid haven’t any intention of equaling PSG’s provide.

Los Blancos have provided the Spain captain a one-year contract extension whereas sustaining his present wage, €12m web per season, regardless of the monetary affect of the coronavirus pandemic.

08.00 GMT: Actual Sociedad have signed Spanish striker Carlos Fernandez on a everlasting transfer from Sevilla for a reported €12m, the membership introduced.

The Basque outfit acquired the 24-year-old as a substitute for Brazilian striker Willian Jose, who joined Wolverhampton on mortgage for the rest of the marketing campaign, with a buyout possibility included within the deal.

Willian Jose scored 62 objectives in 170 appearances for La Actual after becoming a member of the membership in 2016 and Fernandez is aware of he has huge sneakers to fill.

“Everyone knows how a lot he is finished for La Actual, what an excellent striker he’s,” Fernandez stated of Willian Jose. “It is a problem that I am prepared to take on with motivation and self-demand. That is the perfect place for me to proceed to develop.”



Janusz Michallik praises Weston McKennie for excellent purpose for Juventus in Juventus 2-Zero win vs. Bologna.

PAPER TALK (by Danny Lewis)

Juventus look to land McKennie completely

Weston McKennie has confirmed to be one thing of a revelation throughout his time on mortgage at Juventus. In actual fact, the USMNT midfielder has impressed a lot that the Italian giants intend to take up their choice to signal him outright, based on Fabrizio Romano.

Juve agreed a determine of €18.5m to completely signal the 22-year-old from Schalke as a part of his mortgage deal: “payable in three years, which may be elevated as much as a most of €7m upon achievement of additional sportive efficiency targets over the length of the employment contract with the participant.”

Dortmund to problem Bayern for Neuhaus

Borussia Dortmund are hoping to signal Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus, studies Sport 1.

There are potential obstacles for BVB although, with most of them being monetary — particularly in the event that they fail to safe a Champions League place for subsequent season.

One other is that Bayern Munich are significantly contemplating a summer season transfer for the 23-year-old. It’s instructed inside the report that the midfielder can have a launch clause of €40m.

Juventus eye Bayern Munich duo

Juventus want to Bayern Munich for his or her January enterprise, as has been reported by Calciomercato.

Recruiting one other ahead has been a precedence, and it’s rumoured that the reigning Italian champions are hoping to usher in 19-year-old ahead Joshua Zirkzee.

The Italian outlet claims this might be a mortgage, as {the teenager} desires sport time that Bayern cannot give him, however they’re unlikely to let him go away completely.

Along with that, Juventus are hoping to signal French midfielder Corentin Tolisso, although they could have to attend till the summer season.


– The Occasions have provided an perception into the numbers behind Martin Odegaard‘s approaching mortgage transfer from Actual Madrid to Arsenal. The Gunners will reportedly pay a £1.8m mortgage payment, in addition to the Norwegian’s £38,000-per-week wages, making a total anticipated outlay of £2.5m.

– RB Leipzig attacker Hee-Chan Hwang might be loaned out through the transfer window, studies Kicker. It is vaguely reported that “German and international golf equipment” have an interest within the South Korea worldwide, so it appears he has some choices. On Monday, Bild reported that West Ham United, Wolverhampton and Brighton & Hove Albion are in a greater place than Mainz within the race for the 24-year-old, who has not began in Bundesliga this season.

– West Bromwich Albion are having a look at Ahmed Musa, who’s a free agent, studies the Each day Mail. This comes after the Nigeria striker, who has beforehand performed for Leicester Metropolis, was launched by Saudi Arabian facet Al-Nassr.

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