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Transfer news LIVE: Thursday January 31

  • Arsenal are today preparing to confirm a loan deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez
  • Man Utd have confirmed two done deals with Marouane Fellaini set to leave Old Trafford too
  • Chelsea are in the market for a midfielder with Nicolo Barella among the options for Maurizio Sarri
  • Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is the player Manchester United need according to Rio Ferdinand

11.44 UPDATE: Man Utd target rising Monaco star

Monaco prospect Hannibal Mejbri is in the sights of Manchester United as the transfer window draws to a close, reports in France indicate.

United have kept their powder dry this month with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer content with the squad at his disposal.

But academy chief Nicky Butt is always on the lookout for gems of the future, with recent debutant Tahith Chong proof of that policy.

RMC Sport now claim United are interested in snaring Mejbri, who had a trial at their Premier League rivals Arsenal in 2016.

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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United like the look of Monaco youngster Hannibal Mejbri (Image: GETTY)

11.35 UPDATE: Arsenal stance on Mesut Ozil

Arsenal will rebuff any advances for playmaker Mesut Ozil today – but they will reportedly sanction his exit in the summer.

Ozil has not been a sure starter under Unai Emery this season, leading him o plenty of speculation over his future.

The Sun, though, claim Arsenal are eager to retain his services as they seek to secure a spot in the Premier League’s top four.

Ozil played 76 minutes on Tuesday as the Gunners beat Cardiff 3-1 at the Emirates.

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Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil cannot leave the Emirates on deadline day (Image: GETTY)

11.24 UPDATE: Denis Suarez confirms Barcelona exit

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has bid farewell to his Nou Camp team-mates as he gets set to be presented by Arsenal.

Taking to Twitter this morning, the Gunners’ top target hinted he will be heading back to Spain at the end of his loan spell.

“You’re a group of amazing people! Thank you for everything, see you soon. Good luck and Força Barça,” Suarez wrote.

It remains to be seen what shirt number Arsenal will assign to Suarez, with his favoured No 6 shirt already in use.

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Transfer news LIVE: Denis Suarez is joining Arsenal on loan from Barcelona today (Image: TWITTER/DENISSUAREZ6)

11.16 UPDATE: Everton discover price tag

Everton will have to stump up £30m if they are to get Michy Batshuayi on board, reports claim.

Chelsea misfit Batshuayi is currently on loan at Valencia but that deal could be cut short.

And Everton would like to bring him back to England to spearhead Marco Silva’s attack.

However, Sky Sports report Chelsea will not do business with the Toffees on the cheap.

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Transfer news LIVE: Everton want to sign Valencia loanee Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

11.03 UPDATE: Chelsea will not sanction two deals

Chelsea duo Gary Cahill and Willian are unlikely to quit west London before the transfer window closes, Express Sport understands.

Cahill had been expected to leave Stamford Bridge to get some much needed minutes under his belt.

While Paris Saint-Germain are desperate for Willian to bolster their forward line following Neymar’s injury.

However, it is understood Cahill and Willian will be going nowhere, despite the interest in him.

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Transfer news LIVE: Gary Cahill and Willian are set to stay at Chelsea for now (Image: GETTY)

10.53 UPDATE: Denis Suarez to Arsenal latest

Arsenal are expected to announce the signing of Denis Suarez in the next few hours.

The Spain international is heading to the Emirates until the end of the season, with a permanent summer transfer possible.

Suarez has proved unable to force his way into Ernesto Valverde’s plans and is well down the Nou Camp pecking order.

He will reunite with Unai Emery at the Emirates, having previously played under the Arsenal manager at Sevilla.

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Transfer news LIVE: Denis Suarez, Marcus Rashford and Nicolo Barella are hitting the headlines (Image: GETTY)

10.46 UPDATE: Liverpool departure possible

Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella could head for the exit door at Anfield – months on from knocking back Rosenborg.

Goal claim the former Valencia youngster is free to bring down the curtain on his Liverpool career.

However, it seems Chirivella will take some convincing it is the right move, given he rejected Rosenborg last summer.

Celtic, Swansea and Nottingham Forest have previously been credited with interest getting Chirivella on board.

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Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool will sanction a move for Pedro Chirivella if a suitor comes in (Image: GETTY)

10.37 UPDATE: Danny Drinkwater decision

Chelsea misfit Danny Drinkwater is planning to stay at Stamford Bridge despite having no place in Maurizio Sarri’s team.

Fulham and West Ham have both been tipped to offer the 2016 Premier League winner a route away from Chelsea.

However, Express Sport understands Drinkwater is planning to hold out for an end of season switch.

The England international is likely to have more options to choose from in the summer, with clubs on the lookout for permanent signings.

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Transfer news LIVE: Danny Drinkwater has not played in the Premier League for Chelsea this season (Image: GETTY)

10.28 UPDATE: Peter Crouch to make Premier League return

Premier League icon Peter Crouch is on his way back to the top flight with Burnley, it has been reported.

The Telegraph’s John Percy tweeted: “It’s happening. Peter Crouch – 38 yesterday – is returning to the Premier League and is on his way for a medical at #Burnley.

“Sam Vokes to Stoke is also close to completion for around £7m #scfc”

Crouch is best known for his stints with Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke in the Premier League, as well as his prolific England career.

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Transfer news LIVE: Peter Crouch is poised to join Burnley as Sam Vokes heads to Stoke (Image: GETTY)

10.18 UPDATE: West Ham exit prediction

Marko Arnautovic could leave West Ham in the summer despite extending his contract until 2023, Jack Collison believes.

“I think there’s a potential [Arnautovic will leave in the summer] isn’t there,” Hammers old boy Collison said.

“Your best players are always going to be linked with big moves away. A bit of a surprise with China, I’m going to be honest.

“I think if it’s one of the top four, top six coming in, as West Ham fans you think: ‘Okay, look, he’s trying to move on to play Champions League football.'”

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Transfer news LIVE: Marko Arnautovic may leave West Ham at the end of the season (Image: GETTY)

10.00 UPDATE: Two potential Liverpool exits

Liverpool could wave goobye to two players before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm tonight.

Lazar Markovic finally looks set to end his Anfield nightmare, with Beskitas at the front of the queue for the winger.

Ben Woodburn, meanwhile, might leave Liverpool on a temporary basis having returned from Sheffield United.

Hull are eager to secure a loan deal for Woodburn, who is said to be keen to get game time under his belt.

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Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool flop Lazar Markovic could leave Anfield for good today (Image: GETTY)

09.55 UPDATE: Man Utd done deal

Manchester United have this morning loaned Matty Willock to Crawley Town for the rest of the season.

Willock, brother of Arsenal ace Joe, is yet to make his senior debut having been on the Red Devils’ books since 2012.

But he has gained experience of senior football with Utrecht in Holland and St Mirren in Scotland.

Willock should be available for Crawley when they face Bury, who may have Rangers’ Jordan Rossiter among their ranks, on Saturday.

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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United have loaned out young midfielder Matty Willock (Image: GETTY)

09.50 UPDATE: Juventus consider shock Chelsea swoop

Out-of-favour Chelsea defender Gary Cahill may complete a surprise deadline day move to Serie A giants Juventus.

Italian transfer guru Alfredo Pedulla claims Juventus are serious about a loan raid for the former England international.

Chelsea are happy for Cahill to go today because he is not in Maurizio Sarri’s plans for the rest of the season.

Pedulla also reckons Juventus are pushing for Parma’s Bruno Alves having already lured Martin Caceres to Turin this week.

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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is wanted by Serie A giants Juventus (Image: GETTY)

09.41 UPDATE: Marouane Fellaini drops transfer clue

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has hinted he is flying to China today to complete his move.

Shandong Luneng are believed to have agreed a fee with United for the Belgium international.

And Fellaini has suggested he is gearing up to sign for the Chinese Super League club.

Fellaini has posted a picture of himself and friends at Brussels Airport, captioned: “Let’s go.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Marouane Fellaini has hinted he is leaving Manchester United to go to China (Image: INSTAGRAM/FELLAINI)

09.35 UPDATE: West Ham deal close

West Ham are closing in on a club-record deal for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, it has been reported.

Manuel Pellegrini is keen to bring in a striker to help propel his team up the Premier League table.

And Sky Sports reckon a £45m deal for Gomez, which meets his release clause, is close to completion.

Gomez could form a partnership with Marko Arnautovic, who has confirmed he is staying at West Ham.

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Transfer news LIVE: Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez looks to be on his way to West Ham (Image: GETTY)

09.25 UPDATE: Man Utd exit confirmed

Manchester United have sold young defender Ro-Shaun Williams to Shrewsbury.

In the wake of his permanent move, Williams said: “Yeah I’m delighted, I’m really happy I’m just looking to getting started playing here.

“There was good interest from the club, it’s got a good fanbase and I’m just looking forward to getting some league minutes in me.

“Everyone’s been really welcoming to me, everyone’s made me feel really welcome and I’m happy to be here.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United have sold Ro-Shaun Williams to Shrewsbury (Image: SHREWSBURYTOWN.COM)

09.20 UPDATE: Newcastle in for three new signings

Newcastle are set to follow up their imminent club-record signing of Miguel Almiron by wrapping up two loan deals.

The Toon will pay an initial £1m fee Monaco defender Antonio Barreca, with the option to buy him in the summer for about £8m.

Newcastle are also hopeful of sorting out an agreement for Benfica midfielder Antonio Samaris.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will be hoping the trio can help his side pull further away from the relegation zone.

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Transfer news LIVE: Newcastle are closing in on three deadline-day deals (Image: GETTY)

09.09 UPDATE: Tottenham stars want deals

Joe Cole claims Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be eager for Spurs to get their cheque book out.

“If you are a Harry Kane or a Dele Alli, then you want bodies coming through that door,” Cole said.

“Sometimes you are in a dressing room and you think ‘we’re a good team, we don’t want anybody else coming in’.

“But if I am a Tottenham player and I want to win things at Tottenham, then I’m thinking: ‘Yes, we need players, why are the club not signing anyone?'”

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Transfer news LIVE: Harry Kane and Dele Alli will want deals to be done, says Joe Cole (Image: GETTY)

09.01 UPDATE: PSG planning Chelsea loan raid

Chelsea star Willian has been identified by Paris Saint-Germain as a potential temporary replacement for Neymar, reports claim.

Neymar is out of action with a metatarsal injury which will keep him on the sidelines for PSG’s Champions League tie against Manchester United.

Parc des Princes chiefs want to beat the clock and bring in an attack-minded ace who can slot in for him.

And the Daily Mail report PSG are interested in taking Neymar’s compatriot Willian on loan from Chelsea.

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Transfer news LIVE: Paris Saint-Germain are keen on Chelsea winger Willian (Image: GETTY)

08.45 UPDATE: How Man Utd helped Arsenal

Arsenal have only got the chance to sign Inter Milan wideman Ivan Perisic because Manchester United were unwilling to meet his price tag.

That is according to journalist Lars Siverston, who claims United were in for the Croatia international last summer.

“Jose Mourinho was keen to have him at United but United weren’t prepared to pay the kind of transfer fee Inter wanted for him because he’s also 29, if I’m not mistaken,” Siverston said.

“So a loan deal to Arsenal would seem to be slightly less exciting.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United have opened the door for Arsenal to sign Ivan Perisic (Image: GETTY)

08.38 UPDATE: Newcastle players delighted by move

Miguel Almiron has yet to kick a ball for Newcastle but has already brought the feel good factor to St James’ Park, according to Matt Ritchie.

The midfielder, penalty hero of Newcastle’s shock 2-1 win over Manchester City on Tuesday, said that news of Almiron’s impending arrival was just the tonic the players needed to beat the champions.

“The fans want signings so I am sure they’re pleased and it will be good for the group,” Ritchie said. “When a new player comes in, it not only boosts the fans but the players as well because everyone wants to impress in training.

“I don’t think the transfer record is a big issue, it’s more about bringing bodies in to compete and make the squad stronger.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Newcastle are close to wrapping up a deal for Miguel Almiron (Image: GETTY)

08.24 UPDATE: Fulham offered World Cup star

Fulham have been handed the opportunity to sign Croatian World Cup star Domagoj Vida from Besiktas.

Fulham have the worst defensive record in the Premier League and Claudio Ranieri is also trying to sign Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.

Besiktas are already close to signing 23-year-old Uruguayan Mauricio Lemos as a replacement for Vida, 28.

Vida was linked with Liverpool last summer after impressing in Croatia’s shock run to the World Cup final.

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Transfer news LIVE: Domagoj Vida has been offered to Fulham by Besiktas (Image: GETTY)

08.15 UPDATE: Tottenham to make £80m signings

Tottenham will have plenty of cash to spend once they move into their new White Hart Lane home, claims Chris Waddle.

“I think Daniel Levy will give Pochettino the spending power of Man City and Liverpool once they move in to the new stadium,” Waddle said.

“Daniel Levy will have promised Pochettino that. I expect Tottenham to soon be making £80m signings that can push them to the next level.

“Tottenham fans are used to seeing their side finish in the top 4 and will now be wanting to win silverware. Once Tottenham move in to the new stadium and start signing top players, they won’t have any excuses not to and I think they will.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham will have to wait to make huge signings, claims Chris Waddle (Image: GETTY)

08.07 UPDATE: Arsenal could scupper Napoli deal

Arsenal could re-sign Ismael Bennacer 18 months on from selling the midfielder to Empoli.

Bennacer left the Gunners for Empoli having spent time on loan at Tours is now wanted at Napoli.

Napoli have offered Empoli £10.5m to snap up the the 21-year-old Algeria international.

Arsenal have first refusal on the deal or could accept it, meaning they would get a 30 per cent cut – around £3.15m – from his sale to Napoli.

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Transfer news LIVE: Ismael Bennacer could return to Arsenal if they take up their option on him (Image: GETTY)

07.57 UPDATE: Burnley reveal price for striker

Burnley have slapped a £9m price tag on Stoke target Sam Vokes as they look to fund their move for Birmingham striker Che Adams.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley are happy for Adams to stay at Birmingham on loan until the end of the season if they agree a deal to sign him before today’s transfer deadline.

Burnley are scrapping with Southampton to sign Birmingham’s top scorer Adams, who notched his 15th goal of the season at Swansea on Tuesday.

They are also in talks with Stoke over a player-plus-cash deal for Vokes which would involve former England striker Peter Crouch moving to Turf Moor.

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Transfer news LIVE: Burnley could sign Peter Crouch and Che Adams if they sell Sam Vokes (Image: GETTY)

07.48 UPDATE: Ivan Perisic – Mesut Ozil to trade clubs?

The latest on a potential Arsenal swap deal involving Ivan Perisic and Mesut Ozil has been revealed by transfer expert Guillem Balague.

“Swap deals are very, very difficult,” Balague said on the GB Transfer Show. “We are reaching the end of the transfer window, that’s not going to happen.

“Do Arsenal want it to happen? I’m not sure that’s the case either because they are two completely different situations. We know that Arsenal want two loan deals.

“One they want it not be a defender but not so much a centre-back, perhaps a full-back because of injuries and so on.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Ivan Perisic has handed in a transfer request in a bid to join Arsenal (Image: GETTY)

07.34 UPDATE: Leicester – Monaco swap on cards

Leicester look poised to land young Belgium star Youri Tielemans in a £20m loan swap with Monaco.

The 21-year-old midfielder was due to have a medical with the Foxes on Wednesday night, with Leicester’s Adrien Silva going the other way.

Initially the deal would be a straight swap loan arrangement with views to making both permanent moves in the summer.

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim is a big fan of Silva having worked with the Portugal international at Sporting Lisbon.

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Transfer news LIVE: Leicester are signing Youri Tielemans on loan from Monaco (Image: GETTY)

07.22 UPDATE: Liverpool spending spree

Manchester United legend Andy Cole is tipping Liverpool to spend big in the summer whether or not their Premier League title bid is successful.

“They’ll go again in the summer, Liverpool will, because it doesn’t matter if you win the league because you’ve still got to try and better yourself,” Cole explained.

“You’ve got to try and bring in players better than what you already have to strengthen for the next season because if Manchester City win the league or Liverpool win the league, guarantee one of them is going to turn around and say: ‘We need to add players because we lost the league or this and that.’

“That’s how competition gets better and that’s how those players become better players. They will go again, they definitely will go again.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Jurgen Klopp could bolster his Liverpool squad with pricey recruits (Image: GETTY)

07.12 UPDATE: Rangers to sanction exit

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed Jordan Rossiter is on his way to Bury for the rest of the season.

“There will be no ins. I can’t see it unless something crazy happens,” Gerrard said after last night’s win over Cowdenbeath.

“Regarding outs, Jordan is very close to joining Bury. He’s been down there all day and it is 99 per cent done.”

Rossiter has endured an injury-hit spell since joining Rangers from Liverpool in the summer of 2016.

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Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal, Man Utd Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Tottenham updates (Image: GETTY)

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Transfer news LIVE: Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter is poised to join Bury on loan today (Image: GETTY)

07.01 UPDATE: Chelsea eye late Watford raid

Chelsea could make a last-ditch move for Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure to bolster their midfield ranks, reports claim.

Doucoure has forged a reputation as one of the best players outside of the Premier League’s big six during his time at Vicarage Road.

And the Mirror reckon Chelsea could move for the Frenchman today, in the wake of Wednesday night’s chastening 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

Watford are likely to demand around £50m for Doucoure, who has also been targeted by Paris Saint-Germain during January.

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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea are interested in Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (Image: GETTY)

06.53 UPDATE: Man Utd exit ON

Manchester United are poised to part ways with Marouane Fellaini as midfielder edges closer to a move to China.

Injury has restricted Fellaini’s playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he is not in the Norwegian’s plans.

The former Everton star is now set for the Chinese Super League, with Shandong Luneng believed to be his destination.

A deal could be delayed until next month, with the Chinese transfer window open until February 28.

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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United ace Marouane Fellaini is on his way to Chinese Super League (Image: GETTY)

06.40 UPDATE: Celtic chasing loan deal

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is eager to seal a deadline-busting loan deal for Borussia Dortmund ace Jeremy Toljan today.

It is anticipated Toljan will link up with the Scottish Premiership leaders until the end of the season, with the option of a permanent deal.

On Wednesday night, Rodgers revealed he was hopeful of completing one more January signing to bolster his team’s title bid.

“We would hope we could get at least another one in,” Rodgers said. “We know specifically what we want, so hopefully we can do that.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Celtic want to strike a deal for Jeremy Toljan with Borussia Dortmund (Image: GETTY)

06.30 UPDATE: Liverpool raid revelation

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is the man Rio Ferdinand would love to see Manchester United lure away from Anfield.

Ferdinand conducted a Q&A on Twitter ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League draw with Leicester on Wednesday night.

And that’s when he revealed he would love to see United get former Southampton ace Van Dijk on board.

“I’m going @VirgilvDijk.. the position we’re in most need! #AskRio,” Ferdinand said, when asked which player he would take to United.

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Transfer news LIVE: Rio Ferdinand would love to see Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk at Manchester United (Image: GETTY)

06.20 UPDATE: Chelsea want one deal

Chelsea are still eager to snap up a midfielder before the transfer window shuts at 11pm tonight.

Chelsea waved goodbye to Cesc Fabregas earlier this month as the two-time Premier League winner joined Monaco.

They missed out on target Leandro Paredes earlier this week as the Argentine signed for Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Express Sport understands they have Nicolo Barella in their sights, despite Cagliari’s insistence he will stay put.

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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea are keen on Nicolo Barella to replace the departed Cesc Fabregas (Image: GETTY)

06.10 UPDATE: £100m Man Utd plot

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is the target of a £100m plan being devised by Real Madrid, reports claim.

Rashford is enjoying a strong run of form which began just prior to Jose Mourinho’s sacking back in December.

And Real are set to launch an end-of-season raid to prise him away before United have the chance tie him down with a new deal.

The Sun claim Real are willing to pay £100m for the forward, as well as offering him £250,000 a week to head to the Bernabeu.

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Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid want to make Manchester United star Marcus Rashford their main man (Image: GETTY)

06.00 UPDATE: Arsenal announcement TODAY

Arsenal are set to announce the loan signing of playmaker Denis Suarez from Barcelona today.

The Gunners resurrected a deal for Suarez on Tuesday and he jetted in to London yesterday to finalise the move.

Barcelona jumped the gun by confirming the deal, prior to deleting the article from their website.

However, the switch is on and Arsenal will announce the arrival of Suarez later today.

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Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal are signing Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan until the summer (Image: GETTY)

05.55 UPDATE: Transfer news LIVE

Transfer news LIVE is up and running with all of the latest updates on what’s sure to be an exciting deadline day.

Express Sport will bring you news and gossip with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all potentially sanctioning deals.

The Premier League’s January transfer window slams shut at 11pm tonight.

So stay tuned as all of the big hitters make late forays into the market and cast off unwanted players.


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