Antoine Griezmann’s wage demands could rule out Manchester United move


Mark Ogden discusses Man Utd’s attacking options and explains how Antoine Griezmann would be a great lift for the club if they were to sign him.
Diego Simeone says he has plenty of attacking options at Atletico, but has always hoped to play Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa together.

The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals.

TOP STORY: Griezmann ‘to demand huge wage’

Just as he was in the summer, Antoine Griezmann is being linked with Manchester United — but they will have to dig very deep to sign him from Atletico Madrid, according to the Sun.

It reports that Griezmann “will demand a staggering £400,000 a week to snub Barcelona and join United.”

The France international has been mooted as the subject of an £89 million United bid in the summer but, with Barca also interested, United “have been told their initial wage offer of £290,000 a week is short of what Griezmann wants.”

The forward will “ask for an extra £100,000 a week after seeing the huge sums other stars have gone for,” according to the report, which quotes “an Old Trafford source” as saying: “The goalposts have moved significantly since the first attempt to sign Griezmann.”


14.51 GMT: Southampton have scored just 21 goals in 22 games this season so their need for a striker is clear. Monaco’s Guido Carrillo is in manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s sights — and the pair know each other from their time at Estudiantes between 2013 and 2015.

14.39 GMT: How do Liverpool move on without Coutinho? Glenn Price takes a look at five names in the frame to replace the Brazilian at Anfield, with Thomas Lemar among those linked.

14.33 GMT: A transfer line of the different kind now, and our Mexico correspondent Tom Marshall is hearing that rising USMNT star Jonathan Gonzalez may choose to represent El Tri.

14.30 GMT: He oversaw Arsenal’s embarrassing 4-2 FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest on Sunday and now could Arsene Wenger go back on his word and sell Alexis Sanchez this month? Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez Haya says Wenger may deal if Manchester City up their bid.

14.18 GMT: We could be on the verge of another done deal, folks. Leicester are close to signing Mali forward Fousseni Diabate from Gazalec Ajaccio, according to Sky Sports News.

14.13 GMT: Jose Mourinho has hinted he wants to do business this month and one man is keen to join him. Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura, who came close to moving to Old Trafford in 2012, has fallen out of favour and is keen on a switch to United, according to French outlet Telefoot. Lucas has featured in just 72 minutes of Ligue 1 action this season.

14.08 GMT: More Liverpool news now and an intriguing line here. They are ready to listen to offers for Daniel Sturridge during the January transfer window, but are reluctant to loan out Danny Ings, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

14.05 GMT: Yet another departure at Liverpool. But don’t fear, Reds fans, it’s just another loan move for a promising youngster. Ryan Kent made just one start for Freiburg and is now set for a spell in the Championship.

13.55 GMT: Targett’s the target for Fulham, according to Sky Sports, which reports that the Championship side want Southampton defender Matt Targett on loan for the rest of the season.

13.35 GMT: DONE DEAL — Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder has moved to Al-Gharafa from Nice, the Qatari club have announced.

13.15 GMT: Another DONE DEAL — Lazio have signed former Juventus and Southampton defender Martin Caceres from Hellas Verona on a one-year contract.

13.00 GMT: Both Arsenal and Manchester City have approached West Bromwich Albion about a potential move for their former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, the Telegraph reports.

12.55 GMT: Harry Kane has said he will be happy at Tottenham Hotspur as long as they keep progressing, but added that it is pointless for clubs to keep players against their will.

Kane, who has been linked with Real Madrid, also denied being in talks over a new contract and said he did not know of any plans for negotiations.

12.50 GMT: A DONE DEAL, but not quite on the Coutinho scale — Derby striker Charles Vernam has joined Grimsby on loan.

12.40 GMT: Schalke “cannot do any more” to convince midfielder Leon Goretzka to stay beyond next summer, sporting executive Christian Heidel has said.

Goretzka, 22, is out of contract at the end of June and both Sport Bild and Marca have reported that he has opted to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

12.20 GMT: Signed, sealed and delivered — a huge DONE DEAL: Philippe Coutinho has completed his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona for a club-record fee, the Spanish club announced on Monday.

The 25-year-old Brazil international forward signed a five-and-a-half-year contract shortly after 1 p.m. local time, after which he was scheduled to be presented to media and supporters at the Camp Nou stadium.

12.05 GMT: Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin could be on his way to London rivals West Ham, according to the Mail, which says the Gunners will listen to offers for him.

Coquelin is struggling for first-team chances at Arsenal, and West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to add to his midfield options.

11.50 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said a move for Paulo Dybala could happen “if we’re interested in him.”

He told reporters: “There are a lot of good players in Serie A, not just Dybala. If we’re interested in him we’ll call Juventus, but Dybala isn’t key to our future right now.”

11.30 GMT: Philippe Coutinho has passed a medical ahead his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona for a club-record fee, the Spanish club announced on Monday.

Brazil international Coutinho completed his medical on Monday morning despite a thigh problem that ruled him out of Liverpool’s last two games, following the two clubs agreeing a deal on Saturday.

11.20 GMT: A DONE DEAL from League One, where former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers have made a permanent move for defender Paul Downing, who had joined them on loan from MK Dons in the summer.

10.55 GMT: Leeds, humbled in the FA Cup by League Two Newport, could soon have a reinforcement:

10.45 GMT: West Ham United manager David Moyes will have the final say on whether goalkeeper Joe Hart will be allowed to seek first-team football away from the London Stadium in order to safeguard his place in England’s World Cup squad, sources have told ESPN FC.

10.30 GMT: Usain Bolt has revealed he is set to have a trial with Borussia Dortmund, but the former sprinter says his dream is to sign for Manchester United.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist will train with the Bundesliga side in March but is still holding out hope of playing at Old Trafford and revealed he could get a helping hand from Sir Alex Ferguson.

10.15 GMT: Valencia coach Marcelino has said his club would love to sign Goncalo Guedes on a permanent basis but cannot guarantee that will happen.

Guedes joined Valencia on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain and has scored three goals and set up five in 14 league appearances, but reports suggest PSG will not sell for less less than €40 million.

10.00 GMT: Juventus will rival Manchester United for the signature of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, the Mail, citing reports in Italy, says.

Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Mail says his availability “is set to prompt a battle among top European clubs, with Jose Mourinho and United early front-runners.”

09.45 GMT: Villarreal forward Cedric Bakambu is travelling to China to complete a move to Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC, who have reportedly agreed to pay his €40 million release clause.

Villarreal, meanwhile, have signed Colombian striker Roger Martinez on loan from Jiangsu Suning to replace him.

09.25 GMT: Most newspapers in Spain lead off the arrival of Coutinho — but Real Madrid’s shock draw with Celta Vigo is on the front pages too.

09.02 GMT: Monday’s first DONE DEAL is in La Liga, where John Guidetti has left Celta Vigo to join Alaves on loan until the end of the season.

08.40 GMT: Just in case you were not aware, Philippe Coutinho is currently undergoing his medical at Barcelona ahead of being unveiled later on Monday. Read more here.

08.20 GMT: Reports that Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will join Guangzhou Evergrande for €72 million are wide of the mark, according to BVB sporting director Michael Zorc.

“All the speculation around Aubameyang is nothing new for us,” he said. “It doesn’t really annoy us. He allegedly was transferred to five clubs in the past few months.” Read more here.

07.55 GMT: Per Mertesacker captained Arsenal in their FA Cup third round defeat against Nottingham Forest and the defender had harsh words for some of his teammates after the game, hinting their time at the club was up.

“It’s difficult to take because for those players who played today, that was probably a last chance to show up and show the manager that they’re ready to play more games. It’s not the case any more,” Mertesacker said.

Who could he mean? 

07.30 GMT: Monday’s Transfer Talk live blog kicks off with news that Liverpool striker Divock Origi is open to turning his loan move to Wolfsburg into a permanent one.

He told reporters: “I think everything’s possible. I focus on the here and now. I have a good relationship with Liverpool, but feel really well here at Wolfsburg. We’ll sit down at the end of the season, and talk we’ll see what’s next. Right now, I am here for another six months, and I am open for everything.” Read more here.

Liverpool keen to bring Keita move forward

So out, for an eye-watering £142m, goes Philippe Coutinho. And in, sooner than expected, comes … Naby Keita?

With Liverpool having agreed to sell Coutinho to Barcelona, the Telegraph reports that they could try to bring Keita in this month.

Last year they signed the RB Leipzig midfielder, due to move to Anfield at the end of the season, in a deal worth more than £55m.

But the Telegraph says that although Liverpool are ready to pay more to move the transfer forward, Leipzig “are determined to retain Keita as they seek to qualify for the Champions League.”

It adds that although the Reds would favour an earlier move, “they are respectful of Leipzig’s stance given the professional way negotiations proceeded” despite being in a position to table “a tempting offer.”

Keita would prefer to join Liverpool this month with Leipzig out of this season’s Champions League, but Jurgen Klopp is “keeping all options open” if that can’t be agreed.

One of those options could be Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, according to the Mirror.

Although the French champions have said they do not intend to sell big-name players this month, the Mirror says Liverpool “are ready to test their resolve.”

Saints face challenge to bring Walcott back

Although Southampton want Arsenal’s forward Theo Walcott to return to the south coast, the London Evening Standard has warned that won’t be easy.

Southampton are eager to spend some of the £75m they received from the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool on a move for Walcott.

But the Standard says “they will have to dramatically upgrade their wage structure if they are to afford the £120,000-a-week wages he is believed to earn at Arsenal — significantly more than any Southampton player.”


– Crystal Palace will step up their attempts to sign Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita in the face of competition from Watford, the Independent says.

It reports that Palace “are keen to improve their goalkeeping options” and have their eyes firmly on Guaita, who appears increasingly likely to leave this month.

– Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter could soon be embroiled in a Championship struggle, with Sunderland set to take him on loan for the rest of the season, according to the Mail.

It reports that Clarke-Salter, an Under-20 World Cup winner with England, has opted to join Sunderland despite interest from Birmingham and Sheffield United after boss Chris Coleman convinced him.

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