Winter Transfer Window Round-Up: Markovic, Tielemans, Suarez, Almirón and more
Written by: Khel Now
With the winter transfer window getting into full flow amongst the festive activities, we at Khel Now bring you the latest news of this window.
With Chelsea announcing the signing of Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, it won't be long before other European heavyweights complete deals. In the previous window, we saw some big moves of the likes Cristiano Ronaldo and Alisson Becker.
Who knows, this window could spring some surprises too!
Reportedly it took 18-months for Newcastle United to break the deal for the youngster. It has been the first time they have spent more than £20m.
Newcastle have broken their transfer record for the first time in 14 years.— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 31, 2019
Miguel Almirón the first player they've spent over £20m to sign. ⚫️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/pesAP31YvX
Leicester City completed the loan signing of midfielder Youri Tielemans from Monaco until the end of the season. The midfielder will wear #21 on his back.
Liverpool's Serbian winger Lazar Markovic joined Fulham FC in the dying minutes of the January transfer window. Club owner Tony Khan said, “Lazar Markovic is a gifted young player; we’re pleased to welcome him from Liverpool for the remainder of the season.”
He added, "Lazar is known as a great team-mate, he has the support of our Manager, and he has the talent to strengthen our attack. Come on Fulham!”
Michy Batshuayi has joined another London club Crystal Palace on loan. This is how he pumped up the fans on twitter.
and dear @CPFC fans : I. CANT. WAIT. ????— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) February 1, 2019
The January transfer window is just hours away from the conclusion and major deals are almost done and dusted.
Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi was offered to Tottenham Hotspur not so long ago but as it is believed, Chelsea have changed their mind in selling him to a direct rival.
Shinji Kagawa, the Japanese midfielder has joined Besiktas on an 18-month loan from Borussia Dortmund.
"Shinji is not only an outstanding footballer but also a great friend of our club," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said to Sky. "We didn't want to deny him that request!"
The former Manchester City and Swansea City striker is travelling to Qatar to complete his transfer.
The clubs have just over three and a half hours on the clock to conclude their deals. Stay put for details.
Joel Pereira, the Manchester United goalkeeper has joined the Belgian side KV Kortrijk on loan until the end of this season.
The striker joins Stoke for a three and a half deal. Stoke have been busy doing business with Premier League teams. They have also signed Danny Batth from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £3m
???? VOKES INCOMING! ????— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 31, 2019
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Sam's a Potter, joining on a three-and-a-half year deal from @Burnley#SCFC ????⚪️ pic.twitter.com/QEsusAgq26
Peter Crouch joins Burnley.
FC Barcelona have signed a player for summer 2019. The 20-year-old right-back plays for Atlético Mineiro.
Although the German deadline had passed but the transfer got through. Reportedly the necessary documents were processed in the regulated time.
The English Transfer window closes in just over four and a half hours from now.
No Callum Hudson-Odoi to Germany. The German transfer window is shut but sources believe that Bayern Munich will try to lure the player again in Summer 2019.
The closing of the German transfer window means that Chelsea have held on to Callum Hudson-Odoi.— Under The Floodlights (@Sport_UTF) January 31, 2019
The 18-year-old handed in a transfer request earlier in the month after numerous bids from Bayern Munich were rejected.#CFC #Bayern #FCB pic.twitter.com/IOD5h32I1Y
Anthony Martial signed a new contract with Manchester United, keeping him at Old Trafford till June 2024.
Today just got a whole lot better! ???? #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2019
Denis Suarez has said the final goodbye to FC Barcelona. Official announcement to come soon from Arsenal.
Sois un grupo increíble! Gracias por tanto, hasta pronto. Sort y Força Barça Sempre ❤— Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) January 31, 2019
You’re a group of amazing people! Thank you for everything, see you soon. Good luck and Força Barça ❤ pic.twitter.com/3n9BkBRv3S
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has rejected the move to join Paris Saint Germain on loan. Despite not leaving a mark in Unai Emery's squad, the German midfielder is focused on his time in London.
Mesut Ozil has had a few loan offers—including one from PSG—but they have all been knocked back.— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) January 30, 2019
He won't be leaving on loan at any stage.
Paris Saint Germain are keen on getting Willian in the final hours of the Winter transfer window. They are looking for a replacement of Neymar who is out with injury for three months. Willian will be a good pick for the French club as he not Champions League bound.
Barcelona through their website confirms the news of Denis Suarez's loan transfer to Arsenal.
In case you missed this:— OYAKHI-SPORTS (@oyakhisports) January 31, 2019
Barcelona have confirmed that Denis Suárez has signed a contract extension with the club before joining Arsenal on an initial loan deal with an option to buy. pic.twitter.com/zMMKuHSZVg
Sky Sports reports that Denis Suarez is just hours away from signing for Arsenal. Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has been quoted, saying "[The Denis deal] is not official yet, but it was something that all parties wanted and let's hope it goes well."
The Bayern Munich striker is on his flight to China.✈️ The deal is understood to be around €5m.
Sandro #Wagner is leaving #FCBayern to join Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League with immediate effect.— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 30, 2019
Thanks for everything, Sandro, and best of luck in China ????#MiaSanMia #DankeSandro pic.twitter.com/mB1iMjvNGp
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini has been in the news considering interests from AS Monaco and now is learned to be close in finaling a deal to China.
????TRANSFER PAPER TALK????— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 30, 2019
All the transfer headlines making the national papers as Marouane Fellaini is reportedly close to making a £10.4m move to Shandong Luneng.https://t.co/QVqloP0mhi pic.twitter.com/NDGh5WRzYO
Chelsea have loaned out Baba Rahman to the Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims.
Unai Emery has stated that he hopes Denis Suarez will solve Arsenal's problems. The Spaniard is nearing a loan move away from Barcelona, and could be a Gunner by the end of this window.
Leandro Parades has joined Paris Saint Germain from Zenit St. Petersburg. The deal will run through for four-and-a-half years. The player is understood to be in Qatar and will join the team after his medical.
Manchester United are reported to have offered Juan Mata a new £140,000-a-week contract to stop Arsenal from luring him away. Unai Emery and Juan Mata worked together at Valencia before Mata joined Chelsea.
That free-kick against Juve though ???????? pic.twitter.com/T0J7EXlpUl— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 25, 2019
Juventus confirms that their Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia has left them for £8.7m for Qatar's Al-Duhail. The player joined the Old Lady in 2016, making 59 appearances and winning four trophies.
Indian origin player from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Danny Batth has a three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship side Stoke City. Batth captained the Wolves to the Championship title last season.
It is reported by Sky that the Croatian has made a transfer request to Inter Milan hours after Arsenal's bid was rejected.
Pep Guardiola is keen on signing a replacement of Fernandinho. Currently, he does not have much direct replacements of the Brazilian.
Manchester City are looking at the possibility of acquiring Sebastian Rudy from Schalke on loan, this due to the physical strain on Fernandinho. Schalke are only interested in deal if it is permanent and involves a considerable fee, around £35 million.— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) January 27, 2019
While talking to the press after Chelsea's FA Cup fourth round, Callun Hudson Odoi said he doesn't know if he has already played the final game for the club. "I can't say," he said. "I'll keep working hard and you never know what will happen," he said.
"We want him to stay, he has a contract and we are playing him," said Zola to BBC.
Liverpool have reportedly signed their first player in this transfer window. The 16-year-old centre-back Billy Koumetio from US Orleans
According to Sky in Spain, Real Madrid have shifted their interest from Christian Eriksen to Eden Hazard. The Belgian winger has been in rounds of controversy at Chelsea with his "I don't care" remarks for the boss Maurizio Sarri.
Perisic connected to another Premier League club?
Sunday Express reports that Inter Milan have turned down the swap deal of Ivan Perisic and Mesut Ozil from Arsenal.
There have been reports that Unai Emery does not have Ozil in any of his plans
Bayern Munich are understood to be preparing a fresh bid for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi. Sky reports that the bid will be made soon.
Hudson-Odoi's current contract at Stamford Bridge expires in June 2020 but the player has been the subject of a £35m bid from Bayern.
The Daily Star reports that Manchester United have a bid turned down for Nikola Milenkovic, the defender from Fiorentina.
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Victor Moses has moved to Fenerbahce on loan. Both the clubs confirm the news.
Good luck at Fenerbahce, @VictorMoses! ????— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 25, 2019
West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic who has been consistently linked with clubs from Chinese Super League has put this story on Instagram.
The fan favourite at Old Trafford might leave
Arsenal and Barcelona have made contact with Juan Mata over a pre-agreement. The Spaniard has just completed five years at the club on 25th January 2019 is in the last six months of his contract.
Barcelona have been in the queue to sign Mata since long, having enquired and registered an official bid not so long ago.
Otamendi was crucial in their title triumph last season
The Sun is reporting that Barcelona are also interested in Nicolas Otamendi. The Argentina international has only made 10 Premier League appearances and Manchester City may consider offloading the defender as it may pave the way for Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.
The player is rumoured to have made up his mind to sign an extension at United
Sevilla are understood to be targeting Anthony Martial after the failed talks with Alvaro Morata. Alvaro is expected to complete his loan transfer to Atletico Madrid.
Daily Mail reports that Sevilla may place an official bid for the French forward.
According to Sky Italy, Inter are planning on making a move for Leicester City misfit Adrien Silva. The Portuguese hasn't played more than 100 minutes this season, and doesn't seem to fit the Premier League outfit's system.
Henry to face the boot?
According to multiple reports, Monaco are set to sack Thierry Henry, and reappoint Leonardo Jardim!
Henry took over the reins as manager last October, but has failed to secure a single home win, and Monaco are stuck in a relegation battle. However, the club is yet to release an official statement. Jardim’s sacking in October last year came as a surprise to many as after all he had famously led the club to their first title in 17 years and under him, Monaco were playing top quality of football.
For more information, read: AS Monaco to sack Thierry Henry? Leonardo Jardim to be reappointed?
Middlesbrough have signed former Chelsea man John Obi Mikel. The Nigerian was a free agent after leaving Tianjin in the Chinese Super League.
The Boros are currently plying their trade in the Championship, and chasing for promotion to the Premier League.
Gio to leave!
Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be leaving Feyenoord as manager after this season. The former Dutch international led them to the league title in the 2016-17 season, and has been with the club for three and a half seasons.
According to Bild, Schalke are looking to sign Atletico Madrid striker Nikola Kalinic. The Croatian is not having a good time in LaLiga, having scored just two goals in 11 league appearances.
According to Sky Italia reporter Fabrizio Romano, Inter Milan are interested in signing Southampton's Cedric Soares.
The 27-year-old has played 18 Premier League games this season, but suffered a calf strain in December which has kept him out of action since then.
According to The Sun, Real Madrid are lining up a £90m bid for Juve's Argentine man Paulo Dybala. The frontman hasn gone below his standards this season, while Madrid are also on the lookout for a new talisman since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
For more information, read: Real Madrid lining up £90m bid for Juventus ace Paulo Dybala
Chelsea have confirmed their loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus. The Argentine has bought to solve the Premier League club's striker issues, and will be reuining with Maurizio Sarri, who managed him in Napoli. The Blues have an option to extend the loan after this season, or buy him for £31m.
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Barcelona have finally signed Frenkie De Jong for a fee of £65m with a further £9.5m in contract until 2024. The 21-year-old Dutch prodigy was also being sought after by the likes of PSG and Manchester City.
BREAKING: Gonzalo Higuain has landed in London, and will soon be a Chelsea man!
According to Sky Sports, Newcastle United have made an enquiry for out of favour winger Gelson Martins. The Atletico man has failed to live up to this expectations since his arrival from Portugal.
Leverkusen flop to LaLiga?
It is being reported by Kicker that Real Betis wanted Leverkusen frontman Lucas Alario on loan. The Argentine has failed to light up the Bundesliga this season, with a measly total of two goals in 15 appearances.
According to multiple reports, Liverpool, Bayern, and Dortmund are still in the race for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Werner has scored 11 Bundesliga goals in 18 appearances this season, while Bayern are still looking for a replacement for Lewandowski.
Dortmund eye Zaha!
According to Sports Bild, Dortmund are looking to sign Wilfried Zaha, as a replacement for Christian Pulisic. The Crystal Palace winger is high on demand after impressing in the Premier League for quite sometime.
No Bailly! No Arsenal!
According to The Daily Mail, Manchester United are going to block any attempts made by Arsenal to sign Eric Bailly on loan.
The Unai Emery-managed side are interested in signing the African player on loan, and to sign him permanently in the summer.
Mario Balotelli is set to have his medical with Marseille today, reportedly. The Italian has fallen out of favor in Nice, and will probably complete his move to the Ligue 1 side today itself!
Frenkie de Jong 'agrees' to join Barca!
According to reports in Spain, Dutch prodigy De Jong has agreed to join Barcelona. The 21-year-old has informed his other suitors like Manchester City and PSG. The deal is said to be worth around £80m.
It is likely that he will be loaned back to Ajax, and will come back to the Catalan club in the summer.
Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea almost done!!
According to Sky Sports in Italy, Gonzalo Higuain is currently flying to London, to sign a loan deal with Chelsea, with an option to buy at the summer.
This season, Juventus had loaned the Argentine to AC Milan, where he hasn't prospered. This also means that he will be reuniting with former manager Sarri, who managed him in Napoli.
Former Chelsea frontman Demba Ba has signed for Turkey's İstanbul Başakşehir. The Senagalese's transfer has been officially tweeted by the club. The striker has had a good career playing for the likes of Newcastle and Chelsea.
Arsenal eyeing at Audero?
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal are aiming to sign Juventus goalkeeper Audero as a free agent this summer. The 22-year-old's contract ends then, and is seen as a future star.
LaLiga side Celta Vigo have signed Southampton's Wesley Hoedt on loan for rest of the season. The 24-year-old is a defender who has appeared 41 times for Southampton, and has earlier played for Lazio and AZ.
It is being reported that Cardiff City's new acquisition from Nantes, Emiliano Sala has gone missing. The forward was reportedly in a private jet, which has gone missing reportedly somewhere near the Channel Islands.
Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman told Sky Sports, "We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala. We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala." The Argentine is also the club's record signing at £18m, reportedly.
Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Ghanian Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo on a loan deal until the end of the season, for £1.8m, which includes an option to buy him for £7.1m in the summer.
The former AC Milan midfielder has already scored two goals against the Catalan club, with the UCL goal catching the limelight. The Ghanian also has LaLiga experience, having plied his trade with Las Palmas earlier.
The former Spurs player will provide cover in many areas of the pitch, from a defensive midfielder to a striker.
Published: Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:27 PM IST