LIVE Transfer Talk: Tottenham about to seal deal for Benfica ace Fernandes

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TOP STORY: Fernandes to make Spurs switch

In-demand Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes has been linked with a number of clubs in the last week, including Chelsea, but further to our earlier suggestion that Tottenham had joined the race for the midfielder, tonight it seems the north Londoners have actually landed their target, with the deal to be announced early next week.

That's according to The Mirror, who are claiming the Portuguese midfielder will be unveiled by Jose Mourinho as early as Monday.

Fernandes is supposedly joining Spurs on an 18-month loan deal from Benfica after his agent Jorge Mendes spent Friday thrashing out the terms of the deal with the Spurs hierarchy.

Fernandes will offer Mourinho options in the middle of the park with both Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko out injured until April.


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22.08 GMT: Man United and Chelsea are both interested in adding a striker in January and Lyon's Moussa Dembele is a target for both.

According to French journalist Ignazio Genuardi, via The Mirror, Man United are looking to hijack Chelsea's move for the former Fulham and Celtic man and have sent scouts to France ton watch the striker.

Dembele has scored 11 goals in 19 games this campaign for Lyon.

21.24 GMT: Tottenham look as if they are about to lose one of their top playmakers.

La Gazzetta dello Sport are claiming that playmaker Christian Eriksen has agreed to a four-and-a-half year deal with Inter Milan. The Dane's contract expires in the summer but Inter reportedly could get him in January if they are willing to pay Spurs £17 million.

Eriksen, who joined Spurs in 2013 from Ajax, has made 302 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 69 goals and providing 89 assists.

20.52 GMT: Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are desperate to sign a striker this January with Chelsea's Michy Basthuayi a popular name.

He won't come cheap though, as Chelsea reportedly want £45 million for the Belgian, according to The Sun. Chelsea have been adamant that they won't loan out the 26-year-old again, Batshuayi having already been loaned out to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

Batshuayi scored six times in 13 games last season on loan for Palace, while Villa are in need of a striker after summer signing Wesley tore his ACL.

20.18 GMT: Ruben Neves to Man United?

The Wolves star isn't too excited to talk about a move, according to Goal.com. With multiple reports claiming that Man United are interested in signing Neves, 22, and Wolves teammate Raul Jimenez. The Portuguese playmaker has a €100 million release clause but is apparently in no rush to force a move from the Molineux.

19.35 GMT: With Harry Kane out until April through injury, Tottenham are a good bet to bring in a striker in January.

The latest name linked with Jose Mourinho and Spurs? Gabriel Barbosa or 'Gabigol'. The Inter Milan flop has revived his career in his native Brazil with Flamengo and according to The Sunday Mirror, is being targeted by Spurs. The report states that Tottenham want to sign the Brazilian for £25 million.

Gabigol helped Flamengo to a historic Brazilian league and Copa Libertadores double, dramatically scoring two late goals to win the Libertadores vs. River Plate. All in all, Gabigol scored 43 times for Flamengo on loan last season, following 27 goals the year prior with fellow Brazilian side Santos.

18.53 GMT: Norwich currently sit bottom of the Premier League and eight points from safety... but help is on the way.

The Canaries announced on Sunday that the club has agreed with Hertha Berlin on a six-month loan deal for attacking midfielder Ondrej Duda.

The Slovakia international, 24, has found himself on the fringes this season in Berlin but just last season bagged 11 goals and added eight assists for the German side.

18.19 GMT: Scottish giants Celtic have reportedly made a big for a prolific young European striker,

According to Greek site sporfm.gr, the Hoops have made a £5.3 million offer for 21-year-old Greek striker Vangelis Pavlidis. The Willem II man has nine goals in 17 games this campaign in the Dutch Eredivisie and has made five appearances for the Greek senior side.

Celtic could be in the market for a striker as star Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a move to a bigger European league.

17.51 GMT: It seems like just yesterday Thomas Lemar was one of the most-wanted players in football. Boy, have times changed.

With the midfielder struggling since his €60 million move to Atletico Madrid in June 2018, Los Rojiblancos are looking to offload Lemar, 24, this month. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have been three clubs linked with the Frenchman but another -- somewhat surprising -- Premier League club has reportedly joined the fray.

Mundo Deportivo claims that ambitious and free-spending Wolves could be a destination for former Monaco man, noting the string of deals the two clubs have completed in recent years. Three former Atleti castoffs have excelled in Wolverhampton (Raul Jiménez, Jonny Otto, Diogo Jota) and MD say Lemar could be the next.

Lemar has yet to register a goal or an assist in 21 games this season and has only totaled three goals and six assists in 64 games with Atletico Madrid overall.

Since Jorge Mendes' involvement, expectations have really changed at Wolves!

17.10 GMT: AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina is in the crowd watching Aston Villa take on Manchester City ahead of his proposed loan move to Villa Park. At the time of writing, his new team are 3-0 down.

16.15 GMT: Update to 10:23 GMT -- Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been ruled out of action for at least four months, which is likely to accelerate the club's search for an attacker to sign in January.

Sources had told ESPN earlier on Sunday that the Spanish champions were already weighing up a move for a forward in the winter window before Suarez's long-term was confirmed.

Rather than spend a lot of money on signing a short-term fix from another club, perhaps they could look to Lionel Messi's son, Thiago. The seven-year-old certainly looks like he could do a job up front...

15.47 GMT: Major League Soccer club Chicago fire have made Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic a contract offer worth $6.5m a year, according to The Sun.

The Serbia international could leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window in order to play a full part in the Fire's preseason preparations.

The Sun report adds that Bayern Munich's versatile Javi Martinez is considered as an alternative target if a move for Matic does not pan out.

Matic, 31, has made just five Premier League appearances this season, although he has featured in each of the club's last five games in all competitions due to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay's injuries.

14.40 GMT: Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has decided to turn down the opportunity to immediately replace Ernesto Valverde as the club's head coach, sources have told ESPN.

Following two days of phone calls and meetings, Al Saad manager Xavi told Barca sporting director Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau that he was open to the possibility of joining the club next season.

Sources told ESPN that Valverde's job was not in immediate danger following the SuperCopa exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid, but Barca changed their minds and sent Abidal and Grau to Qatar where they met with Xavi on three occasions.

Xavi, who has been linked with the Barca job ever since he stopped playing for the club, prefers to start the new project from scratch and not go behind Valderde's back.

13.22 GMT: Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is in Italy having a medical ahead of a loan move to A.C. Milan, Sky Sports News reports.

Begovic is set to sign for the Serie A side as current Milan backup Pepe Reina nears closer to joining Aston Villa on loan.

13.12 GMT: Manchester United defender Ashley Young has agreed personal terms with Serie A side Inter Milan, according to a Gazzetta journalist.

Young is in talks with Inter over a possible transfer, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The 34-year-old could sign for the Italian side this month or, if United block the deal, sign a precontract agreement and move to Serie A on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Gazzetta report that Young has reached am agreement for a deal running until 2021 with an annual salary of €3m.

Young is reportedly set to complete a move to Italy in the next few days.

12.45 GMT: Can Manchester United's in-form star Marcus Rashford be lured away from Old Trafford? The FC crew think United fans should be be worried.

11.46 GMT: Flamengo midfielder Reinier has reportedly undergone a medical in Brazil ahead of his €30m move to Real Madrid.

The 17-year-old is currently with Brazil's under-23 squad in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic tournament in Colombia later this month.

Reports in Spain and Brazil suggest Reinier took time out of training on Friday and Saturday to undergo medical testing with Real Madrid club doctors. The transfer is expected to be made official when he turns 18 next Sunday 19th January.

Real Madrid were keen to complete the deal now, before his release clause rises from €30m to €35m in June for the summer transfer window.

Reinier is likely to join up with Real Madrid's B team Castilla - coached by club legend Raul - when his international duties are completed in February.

10.58 GMT: Milan defender Mattia Caldara has joined Atalanta on loan deal with the right to buy, the Rossoneri have announced.

Caldara, 25, started his career at Atalanta and earned a move to Juventus in 2017, before being loaned back to the Bergamo side for the campaign, where he continued to impress and was regarded as one of the best young central defenders in Italy.

In 2018, Milan demanded he be included -- along with Gonzalo Higuain on loan -- as part of the transfer which saw Leonardo Bonucci return to Juve.

However, injuries have restricted him to just two appearances, in the Europa League and Coppa Italia. And he will now hope to re-ignite his career back at Atalanta.

10.23 GMT: Barcelona are weighing up signing an attacker in January amid fears Luis Suarez could be out for as long as three months, sources have told ESPN.

The Spanish champions confirmed on Saturday that Suarez will have an operation on a persistent knee injury on Sunday, with the forward initially expected to be absent four to six weeks.

However, sources at the club have revealed they believe he could be sidelined for longer than that, which would force Barca to turn to the transfer market in search of January reinforcements.

Suarez, 32, has been managing a meniscus issue for a while and, along with the club, decided to undergo surgery in the hope of being fully fit for the end of the campaign.

It is the second time in less than a year that Suarez has been forced under the knife. He also had surgery on his knee in May, which meant he missed the Copa del Rey final but was fit for Uruguay's Copa America campaign.

09.30 GMT: Donny van de Beek has ruled out a January move to Manchester United, with the Ajax midfielder insisting that he will stay with the Dutch club at least until the end of this season.

With Ajax suffering elimination from the Champions League at the group stage last month, sources told ESPN that the United hierarchy were confident that the Dutch club could be persuaded to sell the 22-year-old this month. Real Madrid are also monitoring the £50m-rated Van de Beek, who has scored eight goals in 26 games for Ajax this season.

But speaking after Ajax's friendly against Club Brugge in Qatar, Van de Beek made it clear that he will not leave the Amsterdam club in January.

"It is not that I can or want to do something at the moment," Van de Beek told FOX Sports Netherlands. "I have said it before and I will say it again: I will remain at Ajax this season. And maybe next season as well.

"These reports about Real Madrid or Man United are a good sign, but it is not important now. I've said I will stay at Ajax and I will do so for 100%."

PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Inter facing competition from Hodgson for Young

Another developing deal includes Manchester United's Ashley Young. While it looked as though the left-sided player was set to join Inter Milan, with Young even left out of the United squad that beat Norwich earlier, the Sun reports that Crystal Palace are looking to hijack the move.

They suggest that Roy Hodgson has come forward with an offer to rival the 18-month deal put forward by Inter boss Antonio Conte.

Hodgson is rumoured to have been a long-term admirer of Young since the duo worked together for England and he believes he can offer Young first-team football without the need to leave the Premier League.

Inter, of course, are pushing for the Serie A title and so could offer Young an exciting second half to the season, and Champions League football next year, but Young now has plenty of options on the table at the top level.

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Arsenal weigh up move for Calhanoglu

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is considering a move for AC Milan and Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, reports The Mirror.

They're suggesting that Milan are ready to offload the 25-year-old following the club's disappointing start to the season, while Arteta is in desperate need of reinforcements in North London.

Arteta had been looking forward to the prospect of a third-straight win as Arsenal manager as his side led against Crystal Palace, but after losing midfielder Lucas Torreira to injury at half-time, and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sent off, his side not only gifted Palace an equaliser, but his limited options were once again exposed.

Calhanoglu is keen on the move because he wants first-team football ahead of Euro 2020. Calhanoglu joined Milan from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 and has won 47 caps for Turkey.


- Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has said it is his dream to coach his former side after his current club, Qatari outfit Al Sadd, confirmed that the ex-Spain midfielder has been in negotiations with the Spanish champions. Xavi, Barca's all-time leading appearance maker who lifted 25 trophies in a 17-year career with the club, has been linked with a return to the Catalans since they were beaten 3-2 by Atletico Madrid to exit the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday.

- Manchester United have offered £12.5m to Birmingham City in an effort to seal the signature of 16-year-old wonderkid Jude Bellingham, says The Mirror. United are reported to be one of two clubs to have made a formal approach for the starlet, though they are hoping to steal a march on their rivals with a large bid that includes some fairly hefty add-ons.

- More Manchester United news, though perhaps not as positive as today's other headlines, as Real Madrid look set to secure the signing of Ajax star -- and United target -- Donny van de Beek in the summer. Sunday Mirror Sport believes the deal is more than 80% certain, with £46.8m securing the deal. One thing we know won't be happening is Van de Beek leaving Ajax this month, after the Netherlands international said as much on Saturday.