Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit



Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by Express.co.uk

TRANSFER NEWS LIVE
- Manchester United announce Scott McTominay has signed a new contract
- Chelsea expect Gonzalo Higuain to join on Tuesday, while Eden Hazard has discussed his future
- Madrid want to send Arsenal target to Tottenham, and Derby sign Ashley Cole
- Leeds, Aston Villa and West Brom interested in Premier League flop

00:00 UPDATE: Milan star issues Higuain farewell

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has seemingly bid farewell to Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentine striker is Chelsea's January priority as they seek reinforcements up top but the Blues have had to deal with both Juventus and Milan to get a deal done.

That's with Higuain having spent the first-half of the campaign on loan at Milan from Juve, though Donnarumma has suggested a deal is close to being completed.

"If Higuaín made this choice, there must be reasons, but he is a friend and I wish him all the best," he told Sky in Italy.

21:40 UPDATE: Tottenham transfer latest

Tottenham are still interested in signing Josh Maja from Sunderland.

But a deal right now seems a long way off, with Spurs looking likely to stay away from transfers this month.

Instead, a move for Maja - also wanted at Crystal Palace - could be on the cards at the end of the season.

That's because the player will then be available on a free transfer when his contract expires.

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham want to sign Josh Maja (centre) (Image: GETTY)

20:20 UPDATE: Barcelona done deal

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo.

The former Portsmouth player, 31, arrives at the Nou Camp on loan until the end of the season.

Barca posted a video welcoming the player, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique playing their part.

A message at the end of the video reads: "Willkommen Kevin-Price. Enjoy football, enjoy Barca!"

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona have signed Kevin-Prince Boateng (Image: TWITTER)

20:00 UPDATE: Higuain and Sarri secret

What's the secret to Gonzalo Higuain's relationship with Maurizio Sarri?

Sky Sport Italia presenter Valentino Fass claims: "We call Sarri the maestro, the teacher. He understood how to make the team play for Higuain.

"The team truly played for him and he did really well under Sarri.

"So the feeling is that with him - and if Sarri manages to get Chelsea to play for him - he could do really well."

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Gonzalo Higuain has a good relationship with Maurizio Sarri (Image: GETTY)

19:18 UPDATE: Boateng confirms Barcelona deal

Kevin-Prince Boateng has confirmed he is ready to join Barcelona.

"Barca, I'm coming!" he told Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano. "I'm sad to leave Sassuolo but is a great chance.

"Don't ask me about Real Madrid... it is just the past!

"I only want to focus on Barcelona and I hope to score at Bernabeu for the next Clasico."

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona will sign Boateng, the player says (Image: TWITTER)

19:00 UPDATE: Manchester United plan deal

Manchester United are planning to appoint a director of football before they move for a new manager.

That is according to the Independent, who reckon executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is on the lookout for a new director.

Jose Mourinho seemingly bemoaned a lack of a director of football when explaining the problems he had at United before his sacking in December.

And a list of candidates for the role has been drawn up, which includes Edwin van der Sar, Fabio Paratici and Paul Mitchell.

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd could appoint Edwin van der Sar (left) (Image: GETTY)

18:25 UPDATE: Barcelona target exiled

PSG have been told they must restore Adrien Rabiot to first-team training by a National Professional Footballers' Union legal director.

Barcelona target Rabiot has been with the PSG reserves since confirming he will not renew his contract past the summer.

But UNFP's legal director Stephane Burchkalter is not happy with PSG's management of the player.

"In the case of Rabiot, who has declined to extend his contract which ends at the end of the season, it is not necessary to even consider if this will be a temporary situation," Burchkalter told Goal. "No exceptions have been requested, the forming of a second group is now allowed and he should be automatically returned [to the first team]."

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona target Adrien Rabiot has been banished from the PSG first team (Image: GETTY)

18:01 UPDATE: Krzysztof Piatek done on Tuesday

Reports in Italy claim Krzysztof Piatek is all set to join AC Milan on Tuesday.

And the move will fall nicely into place with Gonzalo Higuain's switch to Chelsea.

Sport Mediaset and Calciomercato - among others - reckon the Piatek to Milan deal will happen on Tuesday.

And that will allow Higuain to move to Chelsea, and Alvaro Morata to head to Atletico Madrid.

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Milan will sign Krzysztof Piatek on Tuesday (Image: GETTY)

17:50 UPDATE: Barcelona double deal

Barcelona may move for Stefano Sensi once they sign Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo.

That is according to Sport Mediaset, who claim Sensi could well end up joining Boateng at the Nou Camp.

Sensi, 23, is out of contract at Sassuolo in 2020 and is also being eyed by Milan.

But Barcelona could move for the Italian midfielder and snap him up before the transfer window is out.

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona want to sign Stefano Sensi (Image: GETTY)

17:40 UPDATE: Hazard confirms transfer wish

Eden Hazard has reaffirmed he wanted to leave Chelsea last summer for Real Madrid - but could now decide to stick with the Blues.

"I have won everything in England, apart from the Community Shield, but that doesn't mean that I'm leaving," he told France Football.

"I have always said that I wanted to explore something different after England. But there are also things that might make me stay.

"After the World Cup, I wanted to leave, but in the end I stayed at Chelsea and I'm playing one of best seasons so far. So I don't think that I need a different challenge. But that doesn't mean that I will become better."

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea star Eden Hazard has spoken about his future (Image: GETTY)

17:06 UPDATE: Derby sign Ashley Cole

Derby have confirmed the signing of Ashley Cole - and manager Frank Lampard has spoken about the deal.

"I'm delighted that we've been able to secure Ashley's services for the rest of the season. He's a fantastic player, a quality left-back, and he also brings great experience to the dressing room.

"I know him very well from our time together at Chelsea, and with England, and I also know what he can bring to the group and the influence he will have.

"Ashley is in good shape, which doesn't surprise me because he's an excellent professional, and he will compete for a place in the side like every other player here."

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Ashley Cole has joined Derby (Image: TWITTER)

17:00 UPDATE: Chelsea worry

AC Milan are waiting on news about Gonzalo Higuain's move to Chelsea after the player refused to make himself available for today's 2-0 win over Genoa.

"As for the transfer market, we are all grown-ups, we know how to deal with these situations," Milan's assistant Luigi Riccio told reporters after the Genoa result.

"It had been in the air for a few days.

"But we will work with the players at our disposal."

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea are inching closer to a deal for Gonzalo Higuain (Image: GETTY)

16:35 UPDATE: Yannick Bolasie back at Everton

Everton have welcomed Yannick Bolasie back from his loan spell at Aston Villa.

Bolasie, 29, made nine league starts for Villa after joining them at the start of the season.

But the Toffees have confirmed he has accepted a deal to return to Goodison Park early.

"Yannick Bolasie has returned to Everton Football Club today after he exercised an option in his loan agreement with Aston Villa," Everton tweeted.

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Yannick Bolasie has returned to Everton from Aston Villa (Image: GETTY)

16:20 UPDATE: Huddersfield Town appointment

Huddersfield Town have appointed Jan Siewert as their new manager - and confirmed the arrival in an amusing video on Twitter.

Sky Sports mistakenly through a fan at Huddersfield's 3-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday was incoming manager Siewert.

They even tried to interview the supporter, who ended up being known as Martin from Wakefield.

And Martin was on hand to aid Town's release of new boss Siewert.

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news LIVE: Huddersfield have confirmed Jan Siewert's appointment (Image: TWITTER)

15:50 UPDATE: Manchester United announcement

Manchester United have announced Scott McTominay has signed a new contact.

The new deal will run until 2023 and he may now not be loaned out this winter, with Marouane Fellaini's injury meaning McTominay could get a chance in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

"Manchester United has been my life since the age of five and playing for the club I've always supported is all I've ever wanted to do," he said.

"I'm still young and I'm learning all the time from the manager, his coaching staff and from the world-class players in the squad. I can't wait to continue my progress at this great club."

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news live: Man Utd have secured McTominay and Chelsea are close to Higuain (Image: GETTY)

15:30 UPDATE: Real Madrid deal?

Jose Mourinho has already made his first signing as Real Madrid manager - even though he isn't their boss yet!

That is according to Le 10 Sport, who claim Eder Militao agreeing to join Real from Porto is a sign that Mourinho has already been working on deals.

Mourinho was said to be interested in Militao when he was manager of Manchester United.

And the 55-year-old could end up working with the Brazil international if Mourinho secures his return to the Bernabeu.

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news live: Manchester United youngster McTominay has signed until 2023 (Image: GETTY)

15:20 UPDATE: Chelsea Higuain deal set

Chelsea have a deal in place to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus - and Express Sport understands the transfer will take place on Tuesday.

Chelsea want to sign Higuain on loan, taking over the deal Milan currently have with Juventus.

Milan have agreed to sign Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa as a replacement for the striker, and Juventus are happy for Higuain to head to the Premier League.

All being well Higuain will be included in Chelsea's squad by Tuesday and he could make his debut against Tottenham on Thursday in the EFL Cup.

15:00 UPDATE: Real want Arsenal target at Tottenham

Arsenal want the sign James Rodriguez on loan - but Real Madrid hope to sen him to Tottenham, reckon the Independent.

Colombian forward Rodriguez has struggled over his two-year real at Bayern Munich on loan from Real Madrid.

Real don't want the 27-year-old and Bayern are open to letting him go.

The report claims Arsenal could come in for the playmaker but Real would prefer him to move to Spurs, as part of a sweetener to them landing Christian Eriksen.

14:45 UPDATE: Liverpool inadvertently block Man Utd deal

Liverpool have inadvertently helped frustrate Manchester United's future transfer plans - because the wife of a Red Devils target supports the Reds.

Belgian defender Bjorn Engels plays for Stade Reims and is keen to move to the Premier League, with Arsenal his dream club.

And he told L'Equipe a switch to Old Trafford has been ruled out already.

"I've been there a couple of times in the past, maybe next time is the right one. Arsenal? It would be a dream," he said. "She's [my wife] from Liverpool and all her family is a fan of the Reds. When Everton were interested in me, she said to me laughing: Everton is ok, but never Man United!"

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news live: Tyrone Mings is reportedly wanted at Leeds (Image: GETTY)

14:30 UPDATE: Leeds in Mings battle

Leeds United are interested in signing Bournemouth flop Tyrone Mings, reports claim.

Mings, 25, has managed just seven appearances for the Cherries this season.

He cost £8m back in 2015 but now looks set to exit the club - possibly on loan.

The Birmingham Mail reckon West Brom and Aston Villa are both interested in signing Mings this month - but that Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is now interested as well.

Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona sign veteran, Man Utd announcement, Hazard on Chelsea exit
Transfer news live: Boateng could be heading to Barcelona (Image: GETTY)

14:25 UPDATE: Barcelona to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng

Barcelona are all set to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo.

Gianluca Di Marzio claim Barcelona are ready to pay €8m to take Boateng on loan, with an option to buy.

Boateng, 31, has previously played for Portsmouth and Tottenham.

He only joined Sassuolo in the summer after a one-year stint at Eintracht Frankfurt.

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