MONDAY 9:45AM done deals, Haaland to Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal and more
January transfer window is still currently running and many clubs are taking the advantage to secure the signing of their target players across Europe and other continent.
Here are some updates:
Done Deal: Birmingham City sign former Barcelona forward
The Panamanian center back, who made three short substitute appearances in Rave Green after arriving in late September following a trade with Inter Miami CF, has signed a one-year deal with C.S. Cartagines in Costa Rica, the club announced.
The 34-year old Torres made 86 appearances for the Sounders across all competitions over the course of six seasons. He signed with inter Miami as a free agent last December, but made just five appearances for the expansion side, prompting his return to Seattle for the later stages of the 2020 season.
Source: MLS Soccer
Barcelona Linked With a Possible Move for Bernat
The Spanish defender is one talent who has been on Barcelona’s radar for quite some time, per the report. The club currently views the PSG left-back as one player on its transfer list.
The report also mentions the possibility of Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo departing from the club over the upcoming summer window. Thus, Bernat may remain on Barcelona’s radar for a possible move if it needs a backup for regular starter Jordi Alba.
Source: Mundo Deportivo
West Ham manager David Moyes keen on signing Jesse Lingard before the end of the transfer window
Lingard was left out of United’s squad against Liverpool and trained with other fringe players at Carrington.
Newcastle and West Brom are also chasing a deal for the 28-year-old, but would look to take him on loan.
West Ham manager David Moyes has worked with Lingard before when he was manager of the Red Devils during the 2013-14 season.
However he only managed Lingard in a number of pre-season friendlies before he spent the year on loan at Birmingham and then Brighton.
Lingard broke into the Manchester United team under Moyes’ successor Louis van Gaal, and has scored 33 goals in 210 appearances for the club.
Source: Daily Mail
Chelsea boosted in Erling Haaland chase as Real Madrid drop out of race for star striker
At just 20, the Norwegian has been incredible since bursting onto the scene with RB Salzburg in the Champions League last season, but has taken that to another level with Dortmund.
Haaland has been one of the few bright lights of Dortmund’s season so far and has found the net 21 times in 19 appearances.
It is an incredible return for the young striker who has aroused interest from all of the major clubs in recent years, including Chelsea who, according to The Athletic, are keen to bring the striker to Stamford Bridge.
According to Spanish Newspaper Marca, Real Madrid has been forced to drop out of the battle for Haaland’s services due to a “financial crisis”, along with their pursuit of David Alaba from Bayern Munich.
Source: The Athletic
Player flying-in for medical after Arsenal agree deal to sign international star
Mikel Arteta has been in the market for an attacking midfielder this month as Arsenal have lacked creativity in the side this season and Odegaard emerged as a prime target last week when Sky Sports reported the Gunners had made an approach to Madrid.
Real Sociedad were the early front-runners to sign the 22-year-old after he made it clear he wanted to leave the Bernabeu in search of regular first team football having started just five games in all competitions this season.
However, Madrid wanted to send Odegaard abroad and despite rival interest from other Premier League clubs, Arsenal won the race for his signature after Arteta held talks with the playmaker to convince him to move to the Emirates.
All that remained was to thrash out terms with Madrid and the Daily Mail are one of several media outlets claiming today that Arsenal have now reached an agreement with the Spanish giants to sign Odegaard on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Source: Football Talk