Paper Talk: Arsenal wrap up exciting loan deal; Celtic lead chase for Prem midfielder

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2021 8:33 - Matthew Briggs

Two sources in Spain claim that Martin Odegaard is set to join Arsenal, while Celtic are leading a host of Premier League clubs for James McCarthy, all in the papers.



Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard is set to join Arsenal on a six-month loan deal.

That’s the news coming from several sources in Spain.

Sky Sports reported on Thursday that Arsenal had enquired about the 22-year-old playmaker, who is available at the Bernabeu.

According to Diario Vasco Arsenal have sealed a temporary deal for the player, who was on loan with Real Soceidad last season. Sociedad were favourites to get the player back, but the Gunners apparently pushed harder.

El Confidencial also claim ‘Arsenal will be the fate’ of Odegaard.

Journalist Kike Marin says Arsenal were competing with Sociedad to complete a deal for the player and that an agreement has been reached.

According to Sky Sports, Leicester were also interested in Odegaard, but have stepped away from a deal.

Odegaard enjoyed an extremely successful stint out on loan with Real Sociedad before returning to Madrid to compete in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

However, having not managed to get into Zidane’s plans he has asked to leave the club on loan.


Christian Eriksen

Leicester City have ruled out a loan move for Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, because of the Denmark international’s £300,000-a-week wages. (Telegraph)

Bayern Munich have confirmed their intention to sign RB Leipzig’s 22-year-old France defender Dayot Upamecano, who has a £40m release clause. (Mirror)

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all displayed interest in Upamecano, for whom any deal will not take place until the summer. (Goal)

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, has asked chairman Daniel Levy not to block a potential move to Paris St-Germain. (90min)

Chelsea and England defender Fikayo Tomori, 23, is on the verge of joining AC Milan on a six-month loan with the Serie A leaders having an option to make the move permanent in the summer. (Times)

Arsenal want to sign a back-up to Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, 23, before the end of the January transfer window. (Express)

West Ham have ended their pursuit of Sevilla and Morocco striker Youssef En-Nesyri. The Hammers had a £27m bid for the 23-year-old rejected, with Sevilla wanting £35m. (Talksport)


Crystal Palace’s Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, 30, is a target for Scottish champions Celtic. Burnley, West Ham, Brighton, West Brom and Bournemouth are all keen (Daily Mail)

West Ham could lower their asking price for England midfielder Declan Rice, 22, to around £50m because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (90min)

The Hammers are preparing an improved bid of £16m for Bournemouth’s Norway striker Joshua King, 29. (Sun)

Burnley have joined West Ham and West Brom in the race to sign King, who is out of contract in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Ex-Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 35, says he has been “excited” by watching his former team this season and has backed them to win the Premier League. (Telegraph)

Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, 19, is expected to fly to England on Friday to finalise a £4.5m move to Brighton from Independiente del Valle. (Sky Sports)

Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil expects to have Brazil forward Willian Jose, 29, available at the weekend, despite interest from Wolves. (Marca, via Birmingham Mail)

Wolves would have to pay around £17m to sign Jose on a permanent basis. (Express & Star)


Morgan Sanson

Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has called Aston Villa’s offer for French midfielder Morgan Sanson, 26, “pathetic”. (Mail)

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says there is no chance of the club selling Germany winger Leroy Sane, 25, despite limited first-team appearances since his move from Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News)

Everton will ask for £9m if they are to sell Brazil midfielder Bernard, 29. (Telegraph)

Former Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is set to take his first steps into coaching at Ukrainian side Olympic Donetsk. (ESPN)

Manchester United are winning the race to sign Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ Gabriel Veron, 18, who plays as a forward for Palmeiras and has a £53m release clause. (Sport, via FourFourTwo)

Torino are hoping to take Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica (Tuttomercato)

Roma have made a new bid in an attempt to sign MLS teenage defender Bryan Reynolds (Fabrizio Romano)


Manchester City have suffered a huge blow with Kevin De Bruyne facing up to four weeks out with a hamstring injury. (The Sun)

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United revival comes after working with Darren Fletcher in a new coaching role, as the ex-Old Trafford ace is helping the France international improve his defensive side. (The Sun)

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Nick Pope is challenging Jordan Pickford for the England number one spot but his international starting chances could be damaged by Burnley’s style of play, claims Tom Heaton. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool and Manchester United are paying close attention to contract negotiations concerning Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala, with talks said to have reached deadlock. (Daily Express)

Bayern Munich have confirmed their intention to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano who had previously been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)





PSG have entered the race to sign Eric Garcia from under Barcelona’s noses (Don Balon)

Liverpool are one of the many teams said to be interested in Reading midfielder Michael Olise. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has insisted that young forward Folarin Balogun has a future at the club despite speculation linking him with a move in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers are closing in on a deal for Bournemouth pair Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Ofoborh. (Scottish Sun)
Eddie Howe is the red hot favourite to be the next Celtic manager after two bookies suspended betting on him taking over from Neil Lennon.  (Scottish Sun)

John Hughes insists it will take £500,000 to prise Ross Stewart away from Ross County in the next ten days. (Scottish Sun)


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