Transfer news LIVE: Mbappe latest, Martial row ‘resolved’

Welcome to the 90min Tuesday live transfer blog – the place that will keep you up to date with the breaking news throughout the day.

We’re over halfway through the January window now, but only a handful of high profile deals have been completed thus far as clubs look to either hold on to or extract maximum value from players they let go.


Ferran Torres, Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne are the windows big movers to date, but expect plenty of late business to keep us entertained right up until deadline day.

For now, follow the live blog below to get all the latest news.

3:36pm – Conte on Tottenham’s transfer plans

Tottenham have been linked with a number of players this window but they are yet to bring anyone in. That lack of activity appears to have irked manager Antonio Conte, as he has urged those above him to “do something”.

He said: “I know that the transfer window in January is always very difficult and it is more simple when you start the season to buy important players. In January it is not easy, but at the same time we know very well that if there is the opportunity and also if it’s not the best opportunity, but we need to do something.”

2:50pm – Everton manager latest

Everton are working hard to find a successor to Rafa Benitez, but 90min understands that club legend Duncan Ferguson wants to be considered for the role on a permanent basis.

The Scot is in caretaker charge once more after Benitez’s departure, but this time round wants the club’s hierarchy to place their faith in long-term. The players are also keen for him to be given a go. More on that here.

2:30pm – Frank speaks on Eriksen links

Brentford boss Thomas Frank kept his cards close to his chest when asked about a possible move for Christian Eriksen. The Bees are understood to have offered him a six-month contract.

“I can tell you Christian is a really good player, everyone knows he’s a top Danish player. I’ve worked with him in the past, he needs to find a club.

“I love to speak about players who are in-house, running around on our training pitch. I don’t think I should discuss him – maybe I should discuss Messi and Ronaldo, but besides that I’m not talking about it too much.”

2:15pm – Pogba to influence Mbappe future?

ESPN claim that PSG’s bid to tie Kylian Mbappe could hinge on whether or not a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is successful.

Mbappe is widely expected to leave for Real Madrid this summer, with his contract expiring in the summer, but PSG are yet to give up hope of convincing him to stay. Pogba’s signing has been floated as a reason to stay, coupled with the possible arrival of Franck Kessie from Milan.

Those signings, along with the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as boss, may persuade Mbappe that PSG are heading in the right direction and will regularly challenge for the Champions League.

1:55pm – Rangnick defuses Martial row

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick says he considers the fallout with Anthony Martial to be “resolved” after meeting with the player.

The German alleged that Martial had asked to be left out of the squad to face Aston Villa, which the 26-year-old swiftly denied in a post on social media. He’s seeking regular first team football and has already made it known via his agent that he wishes to pursue a move away from Old Trafford.

Confirming the pair had spoken, Rangnick said: “I had a conversation with him on Sunday. The matter is now resolved.

“I mean, I’m here now for six weeks,” he said “All the things that needed to be said, I said after the press conference.

“He didn’t train yesterday and the day before yesterday. He will probably train today and after training I will then take the decision if he is nominated or not [for the squad]. Let’s see what will happen there.”

Anthony Martial

Martial had a recent spat with Ralf Rangnick / Eric Alonso/GettyImages

1:25pm – Transfer rumours

If you missed a round-up of all the morning’s rumours, you can fill your boots here on the stories dominating Europe’s headlines.

1:00pm – West Ham eye Szalai

West Ham’s need to bring in a new central defender was evidenced by Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Leeds, and it appears the club are trying their best to strengthen.

Kurt Zouma is closing on a return from injury but Sky Sports report that tabs are being kept on Fenerbahce’s Attila Szalai. The 23-year-old is also of interest to Newcastle, no surprise there, while he’s previously been tipped to join Chelsea.

12:15pm – Barcelona’s five player left-back shortlist

Barcelona may be in the depths of financial despair, but they are still making plans and tracking transfer targets in a bid to bolster Xavi’s squad.

One priority is thought to be cover for Jordi Alba at left-back. Five players have today been named as possible signings, including Manchester United full-back Alex Telles. Whether or not Barça move for him, or anybody else, could be dependent on Sergino Dest departing the club.

12:00pm – Ramsey to Newcastle?

11:40am – Chelsea’s ‘free run’ at Tchouameni

Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been on Chelsea’s radar for a number of months, but the Blues have not been alone in their pursuit of the prodigal midfielder.

Manchester United have also been keeping on the tabs on the 21-year-old, who has been earmarked as the future of French football. However, with alleged interest in Denis Zakaria and the aforementioned John McGinn occupying United, state that Chelsea now have a free run to sign Tchouameni in the summer.

90min understands that Chelsea are favourites to land him but Monaco will demand big money.

11:15am – PSV join Eriksen race

Christian Eriksen looks to be closing in on a return to the Premier League, with Brentford offering him a six-month contract following his release from Inter.

But Dutch outlet Voetbal International have thrown a late spanner into the works, claiming PSV are interested in taking Eriksen to the Netherlands. The 29-year-old previously broke through at Ajax, spending five years at the club before joining Tottenham in 2013.

11:00am – Newcastle target Zapata

Sticking with the letter Z, that brings us back around to Newcastle and their desire to bring in reinforcements up front.

Hugo Ekitike is one of Eddie Howe’s priorities but it’s also been claimed that Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata is in the club’s crosshairs. The likelihood of a sale would appear to be slim, however.

10:30am – Juventus want Zakaria

Juventus’ willingness to allow Arthur to join Arsenal on loan is largely dependant on an immediate replacement being sourced.

One player that could fit the bill is Borussia Monchengladbach ace Denis Zakaria, who is out of contract at the end of the season. A number of teams want to wait and sign the Swiss on a free transfer, but Calciomercato suggest that Juve could make a move now.

Gladbach have admitted they are open to a January sale, meaning Zakaria could be available for a relatively modest fee.

10:10am – Vlahovic keen to wait

Arsenal are trying to get a deal thrashed out with Fiorentina for striker Dusan Vlahovic, but the Serb is keen to wait until the summer before making a decision.

That’s the line from Sky Sports this morning, adding further weight to 90min‘s report on Saturday that Vlahovic will not be rushed on his future.

10:00am – Spurs confirm Markanday exit

Tottenham have confirmed the sale of promising attacking midfielder Dilan Markanday to Blackburn Rovers.

The 20-year-old moves to Ewood Park on a permanent deal, and leaves Spurs after making one first team appearance as a substitute – away at Vitesse in the UEFA Conference League.

9:50am – Tagliafico seeking Ajax exit

Remember when Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico was linked with a move to Chelsea and West Ham? Yeah, we do too – although at that time a move away from Amsterdam was ruled out.

Five months later and everything has changed, including the interested parties. Marseille and Napoli are thought to be leading the chase for a loan deal, should reports in the Netherlands be accurate, ahead of Chelsea.

9:30am – John McGinn: Villa have no plans to sell midfielder

Aston Villa are not concerned by Manchester United’s interest in midfielder John McGinn and have no plans to sell him.

The Scot is highly regarded by manager Steven Gerrard and will likely remain one of the first names on the Villa teamsheet as they aim to build a squad capable of challenging for European football.

9:05am – Camavinga ‘would join’ Liverpool

That’s the claim from Spain this morning, even though Eduardo Camavinga only joined Real Madrid from Rennes in the summer.

The 19-year-old was previously a target for Liverpool and ABC suggest that he’s willing to make the move now after failing to settle at the Bernabeu.

8:45am – Man Utd lead Milinkovic-Savic race

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is no stranger to being linked with Manchester United, and his name has again come to light in the Italian press.

The Red Devils are said to be ‘leading the race’ to sign the 26-year-old, although they face competition for his signature from Juventus and Inter. For what it’s worth, Lazio are likely to demand in excess of €80m (£65m) if they are to consider selling.

Thanks to Il Messaggero for that one.

8.25am – Premier League trio hunt Araujo

Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are said to be pursuing Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo, who is yet to sign a significant contract at Camp Nou.

The Premier League trio’s financial muscle could price financially troubled Barça out of a renewal, with any new contract likely to see Araujo healthily rewarded for his breakthrough.

8:20am – Howe pushing for Carlos & Ekitike

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe wants the club to follow through and execute their ambitious January transfer plans.

The Magpies have held countless meetings to outline their commitment to strengthening the squad, but are finding it hard to conclude deals for several targets. Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood are over the line, but moves for the likes of Diego Carlos and Hugo Ekitike are dragging their feet.

8:10am – Brentford eye double deal

Brentford are hoping to wrap up deals for Championship duo Brennan Johnson and Keane Lewis-Potter before the end of the January transfer window.

90min understands that the Bees are working hard to bring in a few players before the end of the month, with Thomas Frank looking to strengthen his squad to ensure Premier League survival.

8.05am – Good morning!

We’re back on the live transfer blog, time to strap in for another day of relentless gossip, speculation and maybe even some done deals…

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