Transfer news LIVE: Lewandowski Prem link, Lukaku APOLOGISES to Chelsea fans, Trippier to Newcastle DONE DEAL – updates

THE January transfer window is officially OPEN and trading can begin!

And there are reports that Robert Lewandowski could be open to a Premier League move this summer.

The Polish superstar is said to be 'dreaming of Spain and the Premier League' after more than a decade at Bayern Munich.

Back on home soil, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has apologised to fans following his interview last week in which he admitted he wasn't happy with his situation at the club.

Thomas Tuchel's men have been hampered by injuries and Covid cases, but have been boosted by the news that Thiago Silva has signed a new deal.

Erling Haaland is a summer target for Real Madrid, who are confident they can land both him and Kylian Mbappe.

We've also the very latest on Keiran Trippier's move to Newcastle, which looks set to be complete once the England defender completes a medical on Wednesday.

When does the 2022 January transfer window close?

The transfer window opened on January 1, and closes on the 31st at 11pm.

Clubs will be able to sign and sell players during that time, with the Premier League's winter break due to take place while the final week of the window is going on.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Luk-ing sorry

    Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku issued an apology last night via the club’s official channels, following his controverial interview in Italian media.

    Lukaku said: “To the fans I’m sorry for the upset I caused. You know the connection I’ve had to this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset.

    “It’s up to me now to restore your trust and I’ll do my best to show commitment every day on the training ground and to try and win games. To the manager I apologise and also to my team-mates and the board because it was not the right moment.

    “I want to move forward and start winning football games. I totally understand [why the fans are upset]. I should’ve been much clearer in my message to be totally honest.

    “The interview was about saying goodbye to the Inter fans, it was not about trying to disrespect the fans and the football club, the owner, my team-mates and the manager.

    “They made a lot of effort to bring me back here and I wanted to come back here, I’ve been on a mission since I left. I totally understand the frustrations of the fans but now it’s on me to show that my commitment is 100 per cent and I’ll do that every game.

    “They don’t need to question [my commitment]. I always said I wanted to come here and to be successful, that’s why I signed a five-year deal.

    “I think Chelsea is a club that equals success. All the players that come here come for winning and I have a special passion for this club. I want to achieve that with this club, I want to win here for many years. I want to make sure I show my commitment every day”

    Good morning football fans

    Newcastle have agreed a £12million fee for Kieran Tripper with Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    And the England right-back will reportedly become the club’s highest earner on £100,000-a-week.

    Trippier, 31, is expected on Tyneside for his medical on Wednesday.

    And the Toon will cough up £12m plus add-ons, according to Sky Sports News.

    The add-ons can rise to £3m and the Three Lions star will be paid the most of Newcastle’s current squad, according to the Mail.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool want Thursday’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal postponed after a dramatic surge in Covid positive results at Anfield.
    If the EFL agree to their request, then Sunday’s FA Cup third-round visit of Shrewsbury will almost certainly have to be called off as well.

    With Jurgen Klopp still isolating as many as 14 new cases are understood to have emerged within the club yesterday.

    Training that had been scheduled for 4.00pm was cancelled and the plea to call off the semi final first leg was officially made last night.

    A statement read: “The Reds have formally requested to the EFL that the fixture is rescheduled after further suspected positive tests were registered among players and staff, allied to other factors impacting selection, including illness and injury.

    “Among the considerations which led to today’s application to the EFL is the need for travelling supporters to be given as much notice as possible of any potential postponement.

    “With no prospect of the current situation improving ahead of Thursday’s fixture and the potential for it to worsen, the club considers it both prudent and reasonable to ask for the fixture to be rescheduled.”

    Newcastle agree Kieran Trippier deal

    Newcastle have agreed a £12million fee for Kieran Tripper with Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    And the England right-back will reportedly become the club's highest earner on £100,000-a-week.

    Trippier, 31, is expected on Tyneside for his medical on Wednesday.

    And the Toon will cough up £12m plus add-ons, according to Sky Sports News.

    The add-ons can rise to £3m and the Three Lions star will be paid the most of Newcastle's current squad, according to the Mail.

    Former Tottenham and Burnley man Tripper is set to become the Toon's first signing with their newly-gotten Saudi cash.

    • Dylan Terry

      Newcastle agree deal for Trippier

      We've had the 'here-we-go' confirmation from journalist Fabrizio Romano. You know what that means…

    • Dylan Terry

      Arsenal statement on Liverpool situation

      Arsenal have released a statement amid Liverpool's request to postpone their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against the Gunners.

      And Arsenal have responded by saying: "Following a request from Liverpool FC, the English Football League (EFL) is currently considering whether our Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg match on Thursday (6 January) can go ahead.

      "Liverpool have reported an outbreak of COVID-19 and the Football League is now assessing the situation.

      "We will update our supporters with any further information as soon as we have it."

    • Dylan Terry

      Chilwell returns to training ground

      Ben Chilwell returned to Chelsea's training ground on crutches on Monday to begin his rehabilitation.

      The Blues left-back is facing months on the sidelines having had knee surgery on a partial ACL tear he picked up in November.

      On December 30, he gave fans a thumbs up after the operation.

      And the England man is back at Cobham already – but hobbled in on crutches.

      Chilwell posted a snap of himself on Instagram arriving at the training complex.

      And he captioned it: "Back in the building."

    • Dylan Terry

      Leeds sign Espanyol youngster Fernandez

      Leeds have signed Espanyol's teenage centre forward Mateo Joseph Fernandez.

      A club statement read: "Leeds United are pleased to announce the signing of Mateo Joseph Fernandez from La Liga side, RCD Espanyol.

      "The highly rated 18-year-old centre forward has impressed in Espanyol’s Academy set up, where he has found the net on a number of occasions, including 14 goals in 21 matches for the Under-19s team last season.

      "Born in Spain to British parents, Mateo joins Leeds United for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract which expires in June 2025. He will now join up with Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side."

    • Dylan Terry

      Newcastle agree Kieran Trippier deal

      Newcastle have agreed a £12million deal to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier, according to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie.

      Big moves from the newly-crowned richest club in the world.

    • Dylan Terry

      Liverpool call for Arsenal postponement

      Liverpool want tomorrow’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal postponed after a dramatic surge in Covid positive results at Anfield, writes SunSport's Ken Lawrence.

      If the EFL agree to their request then Sunday’s FA Cup third round visit of Shrewsbury will almost certainly have to be called off as well.

      With Jurgen Klopp still isolating as many as 14 new cases are understood to have emerged within the club yesterday. Training that had been scheduled for 4.00pm was cancelled and the plea to call off the semi final first leg was officially made last night.

      A statement read: “The Reds have formally requested to the EFL that the fixture is rescheduled after further suspected positive tests were registered among players and staff, allied to other factors impacting selection, including illness and injury.

      “Among the considerations which led to today’s application to the EFL is the need for travelling supporters to be given as much notice as possible of any potential postponement.

      “With no prospect of the current situation improving ahead of Thursday’s fixture and the potential for it to worsen, the club considers it both prudent and reasonable to ask for the fixture to be rescheduled.”

    • Dylan Terry

      Lukaku apologises to Chelsea fans

      Romelu Lukaku has released a new video apologising to the Chelsea fans for the upset he caused after vocalising his unhappiness at the club.

      An interview wit the Blues forward from December whipped up a storm – which led Thomas Tuchel to drop him for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

      But in a new interview the Belgium said: "I'm sorry for the upset I have caused."

      Tuchel confirmed earlier today that Lukaku has apologised and he is now available for selection once more.

    • Dylan Terry

      Madrid make offer for Mbappe

      Real Madrid are claimed to have made a cut-price offer to Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe.

      Italian football agent Giovanni Branchini claims Real hope a £41.75million bid will secure Mbappe – just six months after a £150MILLION offer was rejected.

      Branchini told Gazzetta Dello Sport: "It depends on PSG now, as Real Madrid have gone back in for Mbappe by offering 50m euros (£41.75m) a few days ago.

      "I don't know how this will play out. It seems to me that this move from Florentino Perez is worth watching closely.

      "It would be a shame for a player like Mbappe to move for free in the summer. I don't know what they think about this in Paris."

    • Dylan Terry

      Details on Maitland-Niles deal

      Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks set to leave Arsenal on loan as he prepares to join Jose Mourinho's Roma in Serie A.

      Journalist Fabrizio Romano said: "More on Maitland-Niles deal. Arsenal will receive €500k loan fee plus €500k bonuses from AS Roma, no buy option.

      "Full salary to be paid, paperworks to be signed tonight. #ASRoma

      He then added: "Balogun has also chances to leave Arsenal in January. Middlesbrough asked for him on loan #AFC."

    • Dylan Terry

      Season ticket holder on safe standing

      Manchester United season ticket holder Will Blatcher, who has been going to Old Trafford since 1998, has given his take on the new safe standing area.

      He said: “It was good. I want to stand up at a game. Whether United win, whether United lose, I'm going to want to stand up and I'm going to want to support the team, and this just gives you that ability to do it a little bit more.

      “You never see a choir that are seated! If I remember correctly from being dragged to choir performances when I was at school! It promotes a better atmosphere, having people standing up.

      “You're quite restricted when you're sat down. You're crammed in; there's not that much space around you. I naturally move when the game's in play. I step forward or I step sideways.

      "I'm not quite as bad as someone like Martin O'Neill, jumping up and down on the touchline, heading every ball! But I do move with it, so being able to stand up just helps with that. I always felt restricted when I was forced to sit down at a match.”

    • Dylan Terry

      Sunderland sign U21 international Hume

      Sunderland have snapped up Northern Irish Under-21 international Trai Hume from Linfield for around £200,000.

      The defender, 19, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the League One promotion-chasing Black Cats.

      And he said: “I’ve played over 50 games in the Irish league and I think that will help me settle in, but this is the right time for me to test myself in a new environment.”

    • Dylan Terry

      Wilshere ready for new chapter

      Jack Wilshere has starred in Paddy Power's new spoof video where he stated he is ready to sign for any club… except for Tottenham.

      The 30-year-old has teamed up with bookmakers Paddy Power where he featured in a plea video for a team to secure his services.

      In the hilarious video, Wilshere can be seen sitting at a table while two marketing executives kick-off their presentation by presenting their 'Retirement plans for Jack Wilshere'.

      He was then tasked with channelling his inner Bruno Fernandes to write the perfect apology message. To which he said: "Sorry I forgot to take the bins out this week. Wasn't good enough, and not what the house deserves." Before adding: "We go again next week."

      After eating a sandwich to symbolise his 'hunger' to find a new club, Wilshere finally snapped as he declared he wants to keep things simple.

      He remarked: "Jack Wilshere. Fit, ready and available for offers." The two-time FA Cup winner continued: "Just not from Tottenham."

    • Dylan Terry

      Ex-Brighton man Propper retires

      Ex-Brighton and Holland star Davy Propper has retired at just 30 after falling out of love with football.

      The midfielder left Albion to rejoin PSV Eindhoven in the summer having made just 11 appearances for the Seagulls last season.

      Propper was hit hard by the isolation from his family when Covid struck and it affected his motivation.

      He had hoped a return to Eindhoven – who sold him to Albion for around £6million in 2017 – would help him rediscover his passion for the game but sadly he has decided to quit.

      Propper, who won 19 caps for his country, said: “During the period that I was abroad, I noticed that I slowly lost the pleasure of football.

      “I found it extremely difficult to muster the discipline necessary to perform optimally and to let my life completely be determined by the busy football schedule. The coronavirus period and the lack of visits from family and friends did me no good then either."

    • Dylan Terry

      League Cup outright winner odds

      Betfair have released the odds for the winner of this year's Carabao Cup:

      • Chelsea 21/10
      • Liverpool 21/10
      • Arsenal 16/5
      • Tottenham 7/2

      Liverpool call for Arsenal postponement

      Liverpool are in talks with the EFL with Thursday’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal in growing danger of being called off due to a new Covid attack at Anfield.

      Training scheduled for 4pm on Tuesday was cancelled amid reports that as many as 14 new cases had emerged within the club.

      Should the Football League ruling body decide to postpone the semi with the Gunners then it is almost certain that Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie with Shrewsbury will also be postponed.

      Boss Jurgen Klopp missed Sunday’s thrilling 2 – 2 Prem clash at Stamford Bridge after testing positive.

      Joining him were Alisson, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino.

      Before Christmas Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones were also forced out by the virus.

      United for top four?

      Manchester United have incredibly still been backed to finish in the top four this season following their defeat to Wolves by a boffin Supercomputer.

      The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford on Monday as Joao Moutinho fired home in the 82nd minute to put a dent in their Champions League qualification hopes.

      The result leaves Ralf Rangnick's side in seventh spot in the Premier League – four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

      But according to bettingexpert.com, United are poised to pick up a run of form under the interim German gaffer to claim the final European Cup spot.

      Partey's coming of age performance

      The Arsenal community, whist bitter at the refereeing and VAR calls in the narrow defeat to Man City, are still revelling in the performance of their young team, writes Dave Seager.

      Without their manager to cajole and instruct them from the touchline, Mikel Arteta’s boys outthought, outfought and with 11 men outplayed the champions.

      It was a coming-of-age performance in so many ways, proving that this Arsenal side can go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league, but it was also a coming-of-age performance by one individual.

      On Saturday lunchtime we finally saw the Thomas Partey we all thought we had signed from Atletico, who until now we had only seen glimpses of.

      Watford lose battle for Barisic

      Claudio Ranieri has admitted defeat in his battle to land Rangers left-back Borna Barisic.

      The Hornets haven't managed to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season and Ranieri wanted the experienced 29-year-old Croatian international to help plug the leaks.

      However, Watford's initial offer of £2million fell well short of Rangers' £5m asking price and although the Hornets went back to the table with £1.5m of add-ons last week, the Scottish champions remained unimpressed.

      Ranieri and Watford reluctantly pulled the plug on negotiations yesterday after Rangers agreed a £16m deal with Everton for reserve right-back Nathan Patterson.

      That financial booster has eased the Glasgow giants' cash flow problems after Covid left them needing to find £7m by the end of the season.

      Watford had hoped to use that to their advantage but Everton's move has allowed Rangers to call the shots and SunSport can confirm the deal for Barisic is now dead.

      • Dylan Terry

        Brighton and Palace eye Nketiah

        Brighton and Crystal Palace remain keen on Eddie Nketiah – and would like to sign him in this window if possible.

        Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen are also interested in the Arsenal forward, who is out of contract in the summer.

        Nketiah, 22, showed his class with a hat-trick against Sunderland in the Gunners’ 5-1 EFL Cup quarter-final win last month.

        He is expected to start Thursday’s semi-final clash with Liverpool and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spoken of his desire to keep the forward.

        But Nketiah is keen for more game-time and with his league minutes restricted, the likelihood is he will move on.

        Palace and Brighton wanted to sign him in the summer and are still very much in the hunt during this window, as they would likely be in the summer if a deal cannot be struck now.

      • The Sun

        Patterson Signs for Everton

        Everton have officially announced their second signing of the transfer window with the arrival of Rangers and Scotland full-back Nathan Patterson.

        In the announcement, the club stated: "Nathan Patterson has signed for Everton from Rangers for an undisclosed fee, the talented right-back agreeing a five-and-a-half-year deal until the end of June 2027."

        They went on to add: "The 20-year-old Scotland international, one of Europe’s most highly-rated young defenders, becomes the Club’s second signing of the winter transfer window following the arrival of Ukraine left-back Vitalii Mykolenko on New Year’s Day."

        In his first interview with the club, Patterson said: “I’m over the moon to sign for Everton and looking forward to getting started.

        “It was an easy choice to sign. This is a massive club with huge history and the fanbase is tremendous.

        "Obviously we aren’t in the place where we want to be right now but we can definitely get there with the talent in the changing room and staff here, and I have full belief we can do that."

        Credit: Getty
      • Dylan Terry

        Haaland given ultimatum about future

        Erling Haaland has been given an ultimatum by Borussia Dortmund, with the German club telling him to decide his future by the end of January.

        The 21-year-old Norwegian sensation has a contract with the Bundesliga outfit until 2024, but he is expected to leave in the summer as Europe's biggest clubs prepare to pay his £64million release clause.

        Haaland has been linked with a move to Premier League outfits Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

        But, according to Marca, it is Barcelona and Real Madrid who have been put on alert following Dortmund's call for a decision to be made by the player.

        A deadline of January 31 has been set – meaning Haaland's future will be known by the end of the current transfer window.

      • The Sun

        United Join Liverpool in Tracking Zakaria

        According to The Mirror, the Red Devils have set their sights on signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.

        Boss Ralf Rangnick reportedly wants to add some steel to his struggling midfield after witnessing a series of poor performances of late.

        Fans have long bemoaned their need for a new defensive midfielder, and 6'3" Zakaria would add some much needed physicality to the team.

        Monchengladbach will reportedly accept around £25m for the 25-year-old Swiss international, according to the Daily Mail.

        And he has already stated that he plans to quit the German team when his contract ends in the summer.

        Which means that Adi Hutter's side would be better off cashing in on Zakaria now while they still can – rather than to let him for nothing in the summer.

        But the Red Devils will more than likely have to compete with rivals Liverpool for his signature, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp a long-term fan of the player.

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