20:20 - Covid clauses to be included in Premier League contracts?

Premier League clubs are understood to be shaking up radically the method by which they draw up contracts, with a particular focus on loan arrivals in the January transfer window.
Sky Sports reports that 'Covid clauses' are being included in many loan deals, which can be cancelled, with fees recouped should there be another cancellation of elite sport in football.
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There are also clauses in permanent contracts for current players and new arrivals, embedding wage cuts should matches be forced to be played behind closed doors beyond the end of this season.

19:40 - Winks to move to Spain?

Sky Sports News are reporting that Harry Winks, who is said to be surplus to requirements at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho, could move on loan to Valencia.
The England international has started just five games for his club this season.

18:30 - Ozil's Fenerbahce move edges closer

One Turkish fan has asked Mesut Ozil for his favourite part of the city of Istanbul and the former Germany star has simply replied 'Kadikoy' - the very neighbourhood where Fenerbahce are based. It can't be long now...
The 32-year-old later expanded on his childhood support for Fenerbahce, saying that as a boy growing up in Germany, he followed the team, whom he likened to the Real Madrid of Turkey.

17:55 - News on Ozil's future incoming?

Mesut Ozil is set to host a Q&A on Twitter shortly and there is little doubt that he will be inundated with questions about a potential move to Fenerbahce...

17:05 - Bundesliga interest in City teenager

Bayer Leverkusen are interested in signing Manchester City teenager Jayden Braaf with Borussia Dortmund also linked with the 18-year-old winger.
Kicker (via Sport Witness) reports Bayer Leverkusen are looking for wide options and Braaf, who has featured for City's Under 23s this season, is one of the players on their radar.
Of course, this speculation around Braaf instantly conjures up comparisons with Jadon Sancho who swapped the Etihad Stadium for the Bundesliga as a teenager.
Another teenage talent leaving City for Germany would raise more questions about the lack of a pathway between the club's youth ranks and the first team. What's the point of having the best academy in the country if they don't produce players for the first team?

16:45 - Spurs want Stuttgart winger Gonzalez

Tottenham Hotspur are among a number of European clubs tracking Stuttgart winger Nicolas Gonzalez with preliminary talks already taking place.
The Athletic's David Ornstein claims Gonzalez, who was linked with Leeds United in the summer transfer window, has also spoken to Juventus, who are also monitoring the 22-year-old's situation.
Spurs could potentially sign a new winger to give them some additionl depth in the wide areas and Gonzalez fits the bill, with Stuttgart expected to demand a fee of around €30 million for the player.
It makes sense that Jose Mourinho wants to add a winger to his squad. Tottenham could use a player of that type to broaden their options in the second half of the season.

16:25 - Brighton agree deal for Man Utd target

Brighton have struck an agreement with Independiente del Valle for the signing of Moises Caicedo, previously linked with a move to Manchester United.
TalkSport report the Seagulls have won the race to sign the Ecuadorian teenager despite Caicedo holding talks with United earlier this month.
Caicedo will arrive at the Amex Stadium with a big reputation despite the face he has never played outside South American. Nonetheless, this is a player with a big future ahead of him and it's a sign of where Brighton are as a club that they can lure someone of the Ecuadorian's potential.
Just nobody show the kid where his new team are in the Premier League table...

16:05 - Slimani to join Lyon

Leicester City forward Islam Slimani is set to join Lyon as the replacement for Moussa Dembele who is expected to complete a transfer to Atletico Madrid in the coming days.
Italian football journalist Gianluca di Marzio claims the Algerian will sign a contract with the Ligue 1 club after a medical on Tuesday having been frozen out at the King Power Stadium.
To be perfectly honest, I'd completely forgotten Slimani was still a Leicester player...

15:35 - Sancho admits this season has been 'difficult'

Jadon Sancho has admitted this season has been “difficult” for him, with his Borussia Dortmund form taking a major dip following intense summer speculation.
The England winger was relentlessly linked with a move to Manchester United last year, but was left in the lurch when the Old Trafford club failed to meet Dortmund’s asking price.
Sancho struggled to find his best form over the early part of the season, but now has two goals and an assist in his last three Bundesliga appearances and looks to be rediscovering his groove.
“Obviously this season has been very difficult for me personally,” Sancho told Bundesliga’s official site.
“So I knew when I went away, I just focused on my game and came back raring to go. I'm working hard every day in training and on the pitch so I'm just happy to get my goals and assists.”
Sancho’s talent has never been in doubt, but some have asked questions of his mentality. His recent form, however, is proof he has the mindset to succeed at the top. Under intense scrutiny, he is delivering again.

15:05 - Solskjaer opens up on January plans

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not counting on any new signings being made in January, but underlined Manchester United would move for a player if the opportunity was right.
United added Bruno Fernandes to their squad 12 months ago, but Solskjaer chose to highlight the improvements made during the summer when asked whether fans could expect any new arrivals this month.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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“The signings we made in the summer strengthened the squad really well - good signings, characters, players,” he told reporters. “January's always difficult but if something comes up that you think about in the long term, it's a long-term target anyway, that's another scenario"
This is a sensible stance from Solskjaer. Manchester United need reinforcements in a number of key areas, but panic buying won’t help their situation. They are right to sit and wait for their long term targets to become available.

14:40 - Bakayoko to finally leave Chelsea?

Tiemoue Bakayoko has become something of a forgotten figure at Chelsea, but the outlook might be getting brighter for the midfielder according to his agent.
The 26-year-old, who is currently on loan at Napoli for the season, could be set to remain in Serie beyond the summer, with the player’s agent admitting there is a good chance Bakayoko will stay.
"Redemption by Napoli? Too soon to talk about it, there are still so many things to see," he told Italian journalist Simone Guadagno.
Neither the club nor the player spoke to each other. Staying in Naples would be a good chance. We will see at the end of the season. However, Napoli has priority over his future for June.
For all the talk of players who have arrived at Chelsea since the summer, and players they could target this month and at the end of the season, this is a reminder of the deadwood they still have weighing them down.
Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Emerson Palmeiri, Mason Mount…

14:05 - United want French wonderkid

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Brest midfielder Romain Faivre, with the former Monaco man impressing in Ligue 1 this season.
Reports in France claim the Old Trafford outfit, along with Paris Saint-Germain, are watching Faivre despite the 22-year-old signing a new contract until 2025 as recently as Christmas Eve.
It’s all in today’s Euro Papers!

United battle giants for French wonderkid - Euro Papers

United are already stacked for midfield options at the moment, but Faivre has been one of the surprise packages in Ligue 1 this season and would give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some additional depth. He might be worth the risk!

13:35 - United set Pogba asking price

It's no secret that Paul Pogba's time at Manchester United could well be coming to an end and now the Old Trafford outfit have reportedly set an asking price for the midfielder.
The Daily Express cites reports putting United's asking price for Pogba at £75 million, below the £89 million the club paid for the Frenchman from Juventus in 2016.

Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts with an injury during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on January 01, 2021 in Manchester, England

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Juventus and Real Madrid are reportedly frontrunners to sign Pogba, whose agent Mino Raiola not so long ago claimed his time at United was "over."
Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be in the picture. Because what the Parc des Princes dressing room needs is another big ego with a difficult agent...

13:10 - West Ham in for Milik

Arkadiusz Milik has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe this month and now the Polish striker is reportedly on West Ham's radar.
The Hammers are widely believed to be in the market for a new striker after the sale of Sebastian Haller to Ajax and Milik is one name linked with a switch to the London Stadium.
CalcioNapoli24 claim West Ham have made an offer to an agent for the signing of Milik, who is set to be out of contract at Napoli this summer.
Milik would be a very good signing for West Ham. He is a goalscorer of real pedigree and would surely be a first team starter for David Moyes despite reportedly being in the market for a deputy option for Michail Antonio.

12:35 - Dembele to Atleti in 'next few days'

Moussa Dembele is expected to complete his move to Atletico Madrid in the coming days
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Lyon sporting director Juninho Pernambucano confirmed over the weekend that Dembele had asked to leave the Ligue 1 club, citing a lack of "motivation," and it now appears we are close to receiving official confirmation of the transfer.

Moussa Dembélé - OL

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The loan deal until the end of the season will include a clause for Atletico Madrid to sign the player permanently for €33 million.
Considering teams like Chelsea and Manchester United were being quoted figures between €50 million and €60 million for the Frenchman not so long ago, this seems like a bit of a bargain.
Although many good strikers have failed to make their mark under Diego Simeone.

12:10 - Arteta admits goalkeeper recruitment didn't go to plan

Arsenal could be in the market for a new goalkeeper this month with Mikel Arteta admitting the summer recruitment regarding the position didn't go to plan.
The Gunners allowed Emi Martinez to leave the club for Aston Villa with Runar Alex Runarsson arriving in his place. Now, Matt Macey has left the Emirates Stadium to join Hibernian, leaving Arsenal short in options between the posts.

Southampton's English midfielder Theo Walcott (C) scores the opening goal past Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno (L) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 16, 20

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"We are assessing what is going to happen with the three positions, the discussions we had in the summer with Edu and the club were a little bit different to what actually happened because of the transfer window and the situation that developed with Emi at the end of the day," Arteta told reporters on Monday.
"We didn't have much time to do what we really wanted to do and we decided to assess the situation now in this window, which is what we are trying to do, and we will make a decision about how we want to move forward in those three positions in the goalkeeping area."

11:40 - AC Milan target Felipe Anderson

AC milan are targetting former West Ham playmaker Felipe Anderson despite the 27-year-old failing to make much of an impression on loan at Porto this season.
The Daily Mail reports the Serie A leaders are interested in the Brazilian who has made just three appearances for Porto this season. Anderson has yet to even complete 90 minutes for the Portuguese side.

Felipe Anderson of West Ham United is challenged by Tom Davies of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United

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This has led to suggestions West Ham could recall the player early from his loan spell and AC Milan could offer Anderson an escape route.
It makes a change for Antonio Conte not to be the guy offering a Premier League flop a route to Italy...

11:15 - RB Leipzig not open to Upamecano sale

Dayot Upamecano won't be leaving RB Leipzig this month, with the Bundesliga club determined to keep the French defender until the end of the season at least.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this season, with Chelsea reportedly the latest to join the pursuit, but Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano says Upamecano won't be moving on this month.
Romano adds that Upamecano is likely to leave RB Leipzig in the summer window, when a €42 million release clause in the player's contract will become active.
Upamecano is the real deal and so it's not surprising so many clubs are circling him. RB Leipzig say they won't sell him this month, but what if a suitor offered to double the money they would receive for the defender in the summer?
That could still be worth it for a club to jump to the front of the queue for a player set to become one of the best players of his generation.

10:50 - Fosu-Mensah close to United exit

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is close to leaving Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen in a deal that will cost the Bundesliga club around £1.5 million.
Manchester Evening News claim the 23-year-old is set to make the move to Germany after rejecting United's offer of a new contract earlier this season.
This is a good move for Fosu-Mensah, who needs to kick start his career having stagnated at Old Trafford. The defender's versatility makes him useful, but he needs game time. Leverkusen should give him that.

10:30 - Arteta insists Nketiah going nowhere

Mikel Arteta has insisted Eddie Nketiah won't be leaving Arsenal this month despite speculation linking the young striker with a January move.
West Ham and Wolves are two of the clubs to have been linked with Nketiah, but Arteta was clear in his response when asked if the 21-year-old could be on his way out at the Emirates Stadium - "no."
Having made 20 appearances for the Gunners this season, it always seemed unlikely they would allow Nketiah to leave this month, but the financial situation at the Emirates means there are few players not available for the right price.

10:15 - Newcastle end interest in Williams

Newcastle United have conceded defeat in their efforts to sign Brandon Williams on loan from Manchester United this month.
According to The Northern Echo, the Magpies were keen on signing the young full back on loan for the second half of the season, but now accept Man Utd are unwilling to let Williams leave.
Williams is a talented young player, but the 20-year-old has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
A loan move to Newcastle would have aided Williams' development, but it's understandable that Solskjaer wants to keep him around in case of any injury crisis. Williams' versatility makes him very valuable.

09:50 - Camavinga remains coy on future

Edouardo Camavinga is one of the most sought after youngsters in the game right now, but the 18-year-old has remained on what his future could hold.
The teenager has been linked with almost every elite club in Europe, with Real Madrid believed to be particularly interested in the Rennes midfielder.
But Camavinga doesn't appear to be in a rush to make his next move, commenting: "Of course it is nice when a big club is interested in you.
""I am at Stade Rennais. We will wait until the end of the season. We will meet around the table and we will weigh the pros and cons [then]."
Camavinga is right to be patient. He has the world at his feet and must wait for the right move for his own development. French football hasn't seen a midfield talent like him break through since Paul Pogba. And Pogba's career path serves as a warning to Camavinga - pick your transfers wisely.

09:35 - Holding signs new Arsenal contract

Rob Holding has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new new-year contract extension that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2025.
The Athletic reports the 25-year-old has put pen to paper on the new deal which reflects how Holding has become a key part of Mikel Arteta's team this season.

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United battles for possession with Rob Holding of Arsenal

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Of course, it's not so long ago that Holding looked to be on his way out of Arsenal, with Newcastle United believed to have been keen to sign him on loan last summer.
Holding has been very impressive for the Gunners of late. He is good on the ball and that is a key quality for a team that likes to play out from the back, almost to a fault at times. He's worth keeping around.

09:10 - Real Betis look to Arsenal's Sokratis

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is widely expected to be on his way out of Arsenal this month and Real Betis are the latest club reportedly interested in signing the Greek defender.
Italian football journalist Gianluca di Marzio (via Mundo Deportivo) claims the Spanish club see the 32-year-old as an option this month, with the Gunners keen to get him off their wage bill this month.
Sokratis would be reunited with Marc Bartra, who he played alongside at Borussia Dortmund, at the Benito Villamarin. Betis are a team with a lot of potential and with a lot of quality and someone like the Greek could help give them some experience.

08:45 - Napoli want Tierney

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has become a long-term target for Serie A side Napoli after the Italians missed out on the former Celtic star before his move to north London back in 2019.
The Telegraph report that the 23-year-old will be on Napoli's transfer shortlist in future transfer windows as the club look to strengthen at left-back.
Gennaro Gattuso's side apparently accept that signing Tierney at the moment is unlikely, and have identified Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri as a short-term alternative for the Scotland international. Napoli are looking at a six-month loan for the Emerson, who is currently second-choice to Ben Chilwell at Chelsea.
This story features in this morning's Paper Round, which you can check out in full here.

08:30 - Welcome!

We hope you all enjoyed a very pleasant weekend. Now, enough with the pleasantries and on to the football transfer talk...
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