Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal



Posted Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal

Gonzalo Higuain reveals why he joined the Blues

Chelsea star Gonzalo Higuain has revealed why he joined the Blues.

He explained: “It was an opportunity that when it presented itself I couldn’t miss out on.

“I’m really excited to be here, to be working with Maurizio Sarri again and to be at a club with so much history.

“I’m just really happy to have completed the move and I hope to achieve all the goals which the club has set for itself between now and the end of the season.”

Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea have signed Gonzalo Higuain (Image: GETTY)

Man Utd still interested in Ivan Perisic

Manchester United have made a move for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic, it’s claimed.

The Red Devils tried to sign the Croatia ace in the summer of 2017.

Jose Mourinho was a big admirer of the winger, with the former United boss keen for Perisic to replace Anthony Martial at Old Trafford.

Manchester United and Inter failed to agree a transfer fee, with Perisic staying in Serie A.

They say the Red Devils and Atletico Madrid have approached inter over Perisic’s availability.

Gazzetta dello Sport add that Inter are contemplating the proposals and refusing to rule out a deal.

The Serie A giants are already eyeing a replacement for Perisic, with United star Martial and Steven Bergwijn lined up.

Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal
Transfer news LIVE: Ivan Perisic is still wanted by Man Utd (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea U-turn on Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has explained the club’s decision to sign Gonzalo Higuain on loan.

“Gonzalo was our number one target in this transfer window and arrives with a proven record at the highest level," she said.

“He has previously worked with Maurizio to great effect and is familiar with how the coach likes to play.

“This was not an easy deal for us to do because of the numerous parties involved, but we are delighted we were able to make it happen and we look forward to seeing the impact Gonzalo will make for us in the second half of the season.”

Why Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong

Barcelona signed Frenkie De Jong from Ajax as the La Liga giants were desperate to get revenge on PSG, according to reports.

Barcelona completed the signing of De Jong from Ajax today, snubbing a move to PSG in favour of the Catalan giants in a massive £65million transfer deal.

The 21-year-old was previously on the radar of PSG, with Thomas Tuchel earmarking him as the ideal replacement for Adrien Rabiot, whose days at the Parc des Princes are numbered.

And Goal claim Barcelona decided to go all-in for De Jong because they could not bare the thought of PSG winning ANOTHER transfer battle.

Matteo Darmian to Juventus

Darmian joined United from Torino in 2015 but he has failed to nail down a place in the side under Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho or current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

His contract expires at the end of campaign but he has been tipped to leave Old Trafford this month.

According to The Guardian, the 29-year-old is in advanced talks to join Juventus on loan until the end of the season with an option to sign him permanently for £7.1m in the summer.

Darmian is said to be keen on a move and Juve view the Italian as and excellent utility player.

Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal
Transfer news LIVE: Gonzalo Higuain is now a Chelsea player (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea announce Gonzalo Higuain signing

Chelsea have confirmed the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain.

He said: “When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it.

“It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.

“I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.”

Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona are keen to keep Philippe Coutinho (Image: GETTY)

Philippe Coutinho going nowhere

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde will not consider selling Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea, according to reports in Spain.

The midfield maestro has played a bit-part role for Barca this term.

It was suggested over the weekend that the Blues could swoop in the summer with Coutinho yearning for a Premier League return.

However, according to Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, Valverde is desperate for the Brazilian to succeed at the Nou Camp.

What was Unai Emery told when he got the Arsenal job?

Tim Sherwood has given his verdict on Arsenal and their transfer dealings.

“It would be interesting [to know] what he was told when he came into the club,” he told The Debate.

“He must have felt there would be money to spend.

“I would suggest he's been taken by surprise to realise in his first window there's only going to be loan signings to the football club when they're desperate for defenders, that seems to be the case.

“Is it comparable to Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool in his first window?

“Possibly. I'm sure Arsenal are going to give him time as well.

Dutch winger tempted by Man Utd move

Manchester United transfer target Steven Bergwijn is tempted by a move to Old Trafford.

The Dutch winger has been heavily linked with a move to United in recent weeks.

Manchester United are eyeing a £25m bid for the PSV Eindhoven ace, 21.

However, Tottenham, Inter Milan, West Ham and Bournemouth are are also chasing the youngster.

They add that United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the Old Trafford board to sign the forward.

Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal
Transfer news LIVE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could make a signing at Man Utd this month (Image: GETTY)

Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal
Transfer news LIVE: Could Timo Werner move to Liverpool? (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool transfer theory

A Liverpool fan has claimed the Reds have declared their interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi to help them sign Timo Werner.

That’s because Bayern Munich are known to be interested in Hudson-Odoi.

He tweeted: LFC's main competitor for Werner is Bayern who want him as a wide player.

“Their #1 target is Hudson-Odoi but Chelsea don't wanna sell.

“LFC declare interest in Odoi, pressuring Chelsea to sell to Bayern instead of a rival - leaving LFC with a clear run at Werner.”

Tottenham to hold talks with Adrien Rabiot tonight

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will hold showdown transfer talks with PSG ace Adrien Rabiot TONIGHT, according to reports in France.

Tottenham manager Pochettino has been tipped to sign Rabiot, despite Barcelona being in pole position to secure his signature.

The France international is eager to leave PSG for a new challenge elsewhere and, with his contract expiring in the summer, a fresh adventure away from the Parc des Princes beckons.

Tottenham have not signed anybody this winter - just like in the summer - but Rabiot has been linked.

The general consensus seems to be that Barcelona will manage to sign Rabiot, who is admired by manager Ernesto Valverde.

But France Football have sensationally claimed Pochettino will hold talks with Rabiot TONIGHT.

Transfer news UPDATES: Higuain to Chelsea DONE, Coutinho to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal
Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham are holding talks with PSG ace Adrien Rabiot (Image: GETTY)

Denis Suarez to Arsenal off?

Arsenal’s transfer talks with Barcelona over a deal for Denis Suarez have collapsed.

Arsenal want to sign Suarez as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.

Bringing in the Spaniard on loan would mean Ramsey can be sold to Juventus six months before his contract ends.

But the transfer is OFF after Suarez himself told Barca manager Ernesto Valverde that he is staying at the Nou Camp, Mundo Deportivo claim.

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