Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola looking at Aymeric Laporte and Fred

• Laporte and Fred at Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar respectively
• Duo would make City stronger in defence and central midfieldManchester City are weighing up approaches for Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred as Pep Guardiola seeks to strengthen his squad before the end of the January transfer window. Having seen primary target Alexis Sánchez join Manchester United on Monday, Guardiola is determined to bring in new faces before the end of the month and has opted to make a renewed attempt to secure Laporte after the French defender decided against a move to the Etihad Stadium in June 2016. The 23-year-old signed a four-year contract containing a release clause of €65m for two seasons, which is now believed to have risen to €70m (£61.5m) but that has not put off City from contacting his agents – former Spain internationals Carles Puyol and Iván Continue reading "Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola looking at Aymeric Laporte and Fred"

Transfer round-up: Burnley sign winger Aaron Lennon from Everton

• Walcott arrival at Everton pushed winger down pecking order
• ‘I think I’ve still got a lot to offer,’ says former England internationalWinger Aaron Lennon believes he still has plenty to offer after joining Burnley from Everton for a nominal fee, with six months left on his contract. Lennon played 77 matches for the Toffees but the arrival of Theo Walcott last week pushed him further down the pecking order at Goodison Park and he is now looking for a fresh start at Turf Moor. Continue reading...

The verdict: who has done better out of the Sánchez-Mkhitaryan deal?

Manchester United and Arsenal have traded attacking players – our writers discuss who has come out on top from the swapThe swap deal which saw Alexis Sánchez join Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal was finally confirmed on Monday after weeks of negotiations. The Chile forward has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Old Trafford worth an estimated £350,000 a week, while Mkhitaryan is now contracted to Arsenal until 2021 having left United only 18 months after joining from Borussia Dortmund for £27m. Both José Mourinho and Arsène Wenger appear happy with their new acquisitions but which manager has got the better end of the deal and will both players be successful at their new clubs? Our writers give their verdict on one of the most significant transfers in recent years. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Newcastle in for Atlético Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro?

Today’s fluff is the fluff that never sleeps Alexis Sánchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan might have slept the sleep of both the just and the just-signed-another-whopping-great-contract last night, but the Rumour Mill doesn’t get to rest. With the January transfer window open for several more days, increasingly panic-stricken recruitment departments of various football clubs are hastily steering their trolleys around the aisles, frantically checking to see what over-priced players are left on the shelves. Not content with being 12 points clear of Manchester United in the Premier League, Manchester City are ready to ramp up their well-documented interest in the Athletic Bilbao central defender Aymeric Laporte and tabloid reports on Tuesday morning suggest they may pay the £60m release clause on the 23-year-old’s contract. Pep Guardiola is also rumoured to be super keen on bringing Shakhtar Donetsk’s highly rated midfielder Fred to the Etihad sooner rather than later. City had been Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Newcastle in for Atlético Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro?"

Alexis Sánchez joins Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan seals Arsenal move

• Sánchez finally seals transfer to Old Trafford
• Mkhitaryan moves in other directionThe long-running Alexis Sánchez transfer saga has ended with the forward moving from Arsenal to Manchester United in a deal that sees Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the other direction. Sanchez becomes the second high-profile forward to move directly from the Emirates Stadium to Old Trafford in the last six years following Robin Van Persie's £23m transfer in August 2012. Continue reading...

West Ham lose Andy Carroll for three months after striker’s foot surgery

• Manuel Lanzini also could be out for weeks with hamstring injury
• David Moyes to reassess transfer targets, including Jonjo ShelveyWest Ham United will be without Andy Carroll for three months after the striker underwent surgery on a foot injury. The club also fear Manuel Lanzini could be absent until the end of February after damaging a hamstring. The loss of the attacking pair could influence the club’s transfer policy. Carroll had hoped a period of rest, wearing a protective boot, might speed rehabilitation from the fracture, apparently sustained in the victory against West Bromwich Albion this month in which he scored his only goals of the campaign, only for a second specialist to advise surgery as the best course of action. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Newcastle in for André Schürrle and Joe Bryan?

The favourite No7 of today’s tell-all has always been the Mad Jack’s mule on The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Alexis Sánchez will wear the iconic Manchester United No 7 shirt after a photo of him taking a selfie in the garment previously occupied by club legends George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and … um, Ángel Di María was leaked on social media. Sánchez ran on a treadmill and coughed for the Old Trafford doctors on Sunday and could be announced any minute now. In less pleasing news for United fans who’d quite like Real Madrid to stop sniffing around David De Gea, Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has grown weary of waiting for Real Madrid to make a concrete offer for his services and decided to sign a new deal with his current employers. Well, that or he’s letting it be known that he’s Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Newcastle in for André Schürrle and Joe Bryan?"