Is the January transfer window on borrowed time?

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Juan Mata and David Moyes GettyImagesJuan Mata is Manchester United's record signing at 37.1 million pounds.

This January was the transfer window that proved the Premier League administrators right: No good will come of the game of football while clubs are allowed to spend their way out of trouble halfway through the season.

Premier League clubs spent 130 million pounds to bring in new players in the most recent January transfer window, according to the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.

But it is less about the way that the money was spent during the window than what it meant for the legions of young footballers looking to make a name for themselves in the game that will be remembered. Continue Reading...

Best deals on the free market

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John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard PA PhotosJohn Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are all approaching the end of their Chelsea contracts.

Some of the biggest names in European football over the past decade find themselves edging towards the end of lucrative contracts that their current employers may not be ready to renew, but that means their market appeal will only be enhanced as they become eligible for free transfers.

It is inevitable that the stars of the 2014 World Cup will be priced at levels most clubs will not be able to consider, which may see the following players become some of the most sought-after stars on the market this summer. Continue Reading...

Arsenal for Kallstrom; Chelsea seal Zouma deal

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Chelsea have reportedly sealed a deal for Kurt Zouma.GettyImagesChelsea have reportedly sealed a deal for Kurt Zouma.

It's the final day of the January transfer window and Arsenal have moved late to bring in Kim Kallstrom from Spartak, while Chelsea snapped up Kurt Zouma then loaned him back to St Etienne.

Track all the latest transfer deals:

• English Premier League
• English Championship
• Spanish La Liga
• Italian Serie A
• German Bundesliga
• French Ligue 1

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Man City to seal late Mangala deal?

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Eliaquim MangalaGettyImagesEliaquim Mangala is highly-rated by FC Porto.

Manchester City have launched a last ditch attempt to sign Porto's French centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, RMC Sport reporting the Portuguese club have accepted a bid of 34.5 million pounds.

They also claim City are interested in Mangala's teammate Fernando. While the Brazilian's contract is set to expire in the summer, it is understood a bid of seven million pounds could see Manuel Pellegrini's side land a late double deal.

22.46 GMT: The Mirror are reporting that Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby has passed a medical at Fulham and is set to join on loan until the end of the season. Continue Reading...

Better the Red Devil you know

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not yet moved for Fred The Red.GettyImagesOle Gunnar Solskjaer has not yet moved for Fred The Red.

It turns out that “the baby-faced assassin” is a smilingly pleasant revolutionary. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been the manager at Cardiff for only four weeks, but that has proved long enough to make six signings. Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Mats Moller Daehli, Jo Inge Berget, Kenwyne Jones, Wilfried Zaha and Fabio da Silva have been welcomed to Wales.

It is an overhaul, a radical recalibration of the squad in a bid to avoid relegation and reshape Cardiff for the future. And yet, in one respect, it is not as bold as it appears. Continue Reading...

Arsenal offer 'take it or leave it' deal for Draxler

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Arsenal have made a last-ditch bid to sign Julian Draxler.GettyImagesArsenal have made a last-ditch bid to sign Julian Draxler.

Arsenal have reportedly made a ‘take it or leave it’ offer for Schalke attacker Julian Draxler. The deal is expected to fall well short of the German international’s buy-out clause -- which, in any case, is not active until the summer -- but will include a number of add-ons.

Meanwhile, Southampton defender Luke Shaw is said to have his heart set on a move to Chelsea while Newcastle are already planning to spend their Yohan Cabaye millions.

Only days left in the January window. Continue Reading...

Kroos control for Moyes?

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Toni Kroos PA PhotosManchester United are said to be keen to sign Toni Kroos, who appears to be edging closer to leaving Bayern.

Pep Guardiola has has refused to rule out a departure for Toni Kroos, who is reported to be interesting Manchester United. The Bayern Munich midfielder is under contract until 2015, but it appears talks over an extension have reached a dead end -- leaving David Moyes ready to pounce.

Chelsea have switched their transfer focus to Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa after they failed in their attempts to lure Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal and Juventus are chasing PSG attacker Jeremy Menez. Continue Reading...

Messi 'not for sale' say Barcelona

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Lionel Messi APLionel Messi won't be departing Barcelona any time soon, but he needs a new deal to make sure.

Manchester United may be set to follow up their stunning signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea by moving for Atletico Madrid duo Filipe Luis and Diego Costa as scouts watched the duo on Sunday, according to the Daily Mail. But one striker based in Spain won't be leaving: Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

The Red Devils could also make Wayne Rooney captain if he signs on for a new contract at Old Trafford -- plus he would be consulted on the club’s future transfer plans. Meanwhile, United and Chelsea are about to commence a battle on two fronts with rumours swirling both clubs are interested in the same defenders and will Manchester City sign another Arsenal player? Continue Reading...

Newcastle turn down PSG approach for Cabaye

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PSG are rumoured to be chasing Yohan Cabaye.GettyImagesPSG are rumoured to be chasing Yohan Cabaye.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Paris Saint-Germain have made the first move today after seeing a 14 million euro bid turned down for the France international.

Meanwhile Chelsea are planning a summer shopping spree that includes PSG's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani while Manchester City are also keeping a close eye on the French champions, waiting in the wings to pounce on Blaise Matuidi.

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Rooney to sign new Man United contract

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Jose Mourinho is confident he can land Wayne Rooney at the end of the season.AllsportWayne Rooney is rumoured to be close to signing a new deal at Manchester United.

The good news keeps getting better for Manchester United with striker Wayne Rooney rumoured to be close to signing a new deal with the club. Oh, and David Moyes has been checking out German international Toni Kroos.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s pursuit of Schalke star Julian Draxler continues to gain strength while West Ham United continue to build for their campaign against the drop.

Stay tuned for the latest rumours and done deals ...

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Chelsea exit nears for Terry

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Could John Terry be the next to exit Chelsea?GettyImagesCould John Terry be the next to exit Chelsea?

Chelsea stalwart John Terry could be the next big name to leave Stamford Bridge with the former England international fearing a new contract is unlikely to come his way this season.

Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez is finally tiring of the Old Trafford bench and is looking at his options away from the reigning Premier League champions and West Ham United are on the verge of a double loan swoop.

Stay tuned for all the latest rumours and done deals...

23.06 GMT: And on that note, it's time to call it a night. Continue Reading...

Chelsea to replace Mata with Salah

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Mohamed Salah PA PhotosMohamed Salah has attracted attention after some fine European displays for Basel.

Chelsea may be losing Juan Mata to Manchester United in the near future, but they have already found his replacement after agreeing a deal with FC Basel's tricky winger Mohamed Salah -- which would wreck Liverpool's January transfer window in the process.

The Blues are also keen on adding to their considerable attacking options this summer with a bid for Everton star Ross Barkley, while Joleon Lescott may finally be granted an exit from his Manchester City purgatory by Manuel Pellegrini. Continue Reading...