Take a read through the latest Premier League transfer news for today with Football Whispers! All possible transfers are rated out of 5, based on their likelihood.
Deadline Day has been and gone but the transfer rumours continue as teams prepare to make summer deals. Premier League teams have identified the areas they need to strengthen and from what we can see, it looks like there will be a few deals done before the summer transfer window reopens.
Today's Premier League transfer news and rumours
Max Aarons – to Everton – 4.8/5
SkySports are reporting that Everton are interested in bringing Norwich City full-back, Max Aarons, to Goodison Park.
Aarons came onto everyone's radar when Norwich made it into the Premier League and opted to stay at the Canaries even after they were relegated back to the Championship. Bayern Munich had shown their interest in the right-back but have since been put off by his £30m+ price tag.
Everton have been looking for a longterm replacement for Seamus Coleman for the last couple of seasons and deem Jonjo Kenny not good enough to fill the Irishman's boots. Max Aarons has emerged as Everton's No.1 target this summer, some of which could be down to the performances of Aaron's former teammate Ben Godfrey who has been outstanding in multiple positions for the Toffees in his first season since making the move from Norwich.
This transfer certainly has some weight to it as Everton have promised Ancelotti money in the summer and Aarons would be a perfect replacement for Coleman as he is built in a similar mould to the Irish international. Norwich have admitted that they are likely to lose Aarons this summer even if he does help guide the Canaries back into the Premier League and Everton are side that have a proven track record of playing and developing young talents.
Fikayo Tomori – to AC Milan – 4.7/5
Legendary former AC Milan and Italy defender, Paolo Maldini is now the technical director at his former club and SkySports are reporting that he and AC Milan are keen to make Fikayo Tomori's loan move permanent this summer.
AC Milan do have an option to buy the defender at the end of his loan spell but are believed to want to renegotiate the deal as they feel the fee previously agreed is too high given the current circumstances. The fee is believed to be around £26m, which doesn't sound that much in the grand scheme of things as Tomori is still young and has impressed in Serie A.
However, the new Chelsea manager, Tuchel, might well be keen on keeping Tomori as he is younger than many of the defenders he currently has on his books and has the pace and power needed to succeed in the Premier League. Tuchel has been linked with moves for various German international defenders since taking charge at Stamford Bridge and has already experimented with a number of centre-back pairings.
Chelsea are unlikely to sell Tomori for anything lower than the agreed £26m, especially as the likes of Everton remain interested in the English defender and would able to pay just what Chelsea are asking for.
Nuno Tavares – to Newcastle or Burnley – 4.5/5
Ojogo have linked Newcastle and Burnley with a move for Benfica's Nuno Tavares this summer.
21-year old Tavares has also been linked with a move to Serie A side Napoli after impressing at left-back for the Portuguese giants. A fee of around £15m has been touted for the young Portuguese full-back, but it is unlikely that Newcastle of Burnley would be able to make a move for the player until they have secured their own Premier League status.
Tavares is yet to truly establish himself as the No.1 left-back at Benfica, starting in just 11 of his 20 appearances for the club. Clearly, Tavares has talent but it could be too soon to bring him to the Premier League.
Florian Neuhaus – to Liverpool – 4.8/5
Liverpool are considering making a move for Borussia Monchengladbach's Florian Neuhaus in the summer, according to TalkSport.
Neuhaus has impressed since breaking into the Gladbach midfield in 2017 and Liverpool see him as a potential replacement for Georginio Winaldum, who continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.
Jurgen Klopp is all too familiar with Neuhaus ability and is said to bee keen to bring the playmaker to the Premier League next season. The Red's title defence appears to be all but over now and many have claimed that Liverpool need to rebuild their side, something Klopp refutes.
Dortmund are also keen on Neuhaus and if the player wishes to remain in the Bundesliga then this would be his likely destination. Neuhaus remains focussed on the rest of this season with Gladbach but does appear open to a possible move elsewhere in the summer and Liverpool would be a great move for the 23-year old German international.
Odsonne Edouard – to Leicester or West Ham – 4.7/5
Celtic's Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a move away from the Scottish club for a while now and TalkSport are reporting that Leicester and West Ham are interested in signing the French striker.
Celtic have underperformed both domestically and in Europe this season, culminating in the departure of their manager Neil Lennon, and now Edouard could follow the manager out of the door. Edouard has been one of the only shining lights in an otherwise dull season for Celtic and has netted 80 goals in 159 appearances since joining the club in 2018.
Leicester are believed to be looking for a longterm replacement for the ageing Jamie Vardy and believe Edouard could be that player. However, West Ham, who could be playing in Europe next season, are also very interested in the Celtic striker and would be able to offer the Frenchman first-team football instantly.
Edouard looks set for a move to the Premier League and I for one am looking forward to seeing if he can make the step up from Scottish Premiership football.
Past Premier League transfer news
Gianluigi Donnarumma – to Man Utd – 4.6/5
TeamTalk are reporting that Man Utd will make a summer move for AC Milan goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma.
With David De Gea having a decent season and United having England international Dean Henderson on the bench, a move for Donnarumma would seem unlikely. However, if Man Utd were to finally cash-in on De Gea then a move for the Italian shot-stopper would make sense as he is seen as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world and like his fellow countryman, Buffon, he looks set to have a long a successful career in the game.
Juventus, Bayern Munich and PSG have all been identified as potential suitors for De Gea and the 30-year-old has stated his desire to leave Manchester in the past. AC Milan are enjoying a fine season in Serie A but like many clubs that have been affected by the pandemic, they could look to cash-in on their talented young goalkeeper this summer simply to balance the books.
This transfer has a lot of moving parts and certainly depends on transfers out of the club, so it is hard to give this rumours too much credit. I for one would love to see Donnarumma in the Premier League but he is still young and might need some more time to develop in his native country before making the move to England.
Niklas Sule – to Chelsea – 4.5/5
Chelsea have been linked with yet another German defender this week, with caughtoffside.com reporting that Bayern Munich's Niklas Sule could make the move to London this summer.
Sule is a German international and would certainly add to Chelsea's defence but the club already have a lot of players in that department and would need to seel before they brought anyone new into the club, in that position at least.
Tuchel continues to run the rule over his defenders but so far it looks like he could be talked into selling Antonia Rudiger, Andreas Christiansen or Kurt Zuma, while Thiago Silva is now 36-years-old and doesn't have too many top-flight years left in him.
I believe that Tuchel is likely to return to one of his former clubs or his native country of Germany to bring in the players he wants for next season. Getting his style of play across is vital for Chelsea's progression so don't be surprised to see a good few ins and outs at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Wilfred Zaha – to ??? – 4.8/5
todofichajes.com have reported that Wilfried Zaha will not be a Crystal Palace player next season.
The Wilfried Zaha saga has been ongoing now for a few seasons. Clearly, the player wants a big-money move to a side playing in European competitions, preferably the Champions League. However, recent opportunities to leave Selhurst Park have been ruined by Crystal Palace demanding far too much money for their star player.
The Ivory Coast international has performed well this season, netting 9 goals in 20 appearances across all competitions, and at the age of 28, the time to make a move to a bigger club has arrived. However, the only way any deal will get done is if Crystal Palace lower their valuation of the player to a more realistic amount. Teams like Everton and Arsenal have been put off by the £50m plus that the Eagles demanded for the attacker a couple of seasons ago and the same will happen again, but this time things could get even more ugly between the player and the club.
There will be plenty of suitors for Zaha's signature should his valuation be more realistic, but many of the big clubs might be put off by his age and the fact that he didn't do the business during his limited opportunities at Man Utd.
Odilon Kossounou – to Arsenal – 4.7/5
Arsenal are said to be in the hunt for Club Brugge midfielder, Odilon Kossounou, according to the Mirror.
The 20-year-old midfielder is said to have impressed scouts at the club as well as manager Mikel Arteta and the Spaniard will be looking to bring in players this summer as he looks to change Arsenal's identity.
Kossounou is from the Ivory Coast and is considered to be one of the best prospects in African football and it is believed he would be available for around £8.5m. Odilon, who can also play in defence, would add some much-needed grit and physicality to the Gunner's spine, something the club has really lacked since the days of Gilberto Silva.
Odilon made the move to Club Brugge in 2019 from Swedish side Hammarby and has only really played one full season of professional football, so he might not be ready to go straight into the starting eleven at the London club.
Youssef En-Nesyri – to West Ham – 4.5/5
sportswitness.com are reporting that West Ham will attempt to sign Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla when the transfer window reopens.
The 23-year-old has impressed since making the move to Sevilla from Leganes in 2020 and has been an established Moroccan international since 2016. However, with Sevilla flying-high in La Liga this season, a move to West Ham looks unrealistic.
Sevilla are hardly going to sell one of their best players if they qualify for the Champions League and would the player himself want to move to West Ham, even if the Hammers defy the odds and qualify for that tournament as well.
This rumour has a feeling of wishful thinking or perhaps it is just the player's agent trying to get his client a better contract, but if West Ham were to pull off this unlikely transfer then they would be getting a very talented individual that can score and create goals.
Hugo Lloris – to PSG – 4.7/5
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen on bringing his former goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to the French capital according to Football Insider.
Lloris moved to Tottenham in 2012 and has been the club's No.1 goalkeeper ever since, but the French international shot-stopper has looked poor in his last couple of games and Mourinho may consider moving the 34-year-old on in the summer.
Lloris made his name at Nice before moving to Lyon and has earned 120 senior caps for the French national team. Despite his wealth of experience, Lloris has only won the Coupe de France at club level and a move to PSG would almost certainly guarantee the goalkeeper more silverware before the end of his career. Lloris is a world cup winner and would provide Pochenttino with a more reliable option than Keylor Naves or Sergio Rico, while Alphonse Areola looks set to leave the club following his loan with Fulham.
This could be a really good move for both parties as PSG will be happy to take on a vastly experienced French world cup-winning goalkeeper that would fit straight into their side with ease and Lloris would be in with a great chance of securing some more silverware, while Spurs can cash in on their ageing keeper and perhaps give Paulo Gazzaniga the first-team football he desires or opt to bring in an up and coming keeper.
Odsonne Edouard – to Arsenal – 4.6/5
Rumours of Alexandre Lacazette's departure from Arsenal this summer have been filed by the news that the Gunners are hoping to sign fellow French forward, Odsonne Edouard from Celtic, so say the Express.
The Celtic forward is apparently available for around £15m and the 23-year-old has impressed since making his move to Scotland pertinent in 2018. Since the start of the 2018/19 campaign, Edouard has scored 62 league goals in 80 appearances for Celtic and at the age of 23, he is deemed ready for a move to the Premier League.
Edouard started his career at PSG but left the club without playing a single first-team appearance for them. Lacazette has been in and out of the Arsenal side under Mikel Arteta and it would seem that the Spaniard is keen to cash in on the striker and favours bringing in someone younger and cheaper.
Arsenal would definitely have plenty of suitors for Lacazette, whose contract expires in 2022, and this would be the best time to cash-in on the French international. It is hard to judge Odsonne Edouard's ability to make the switch to the Premier League but at £15m, this would certainly be a risk worth taking.
Carlos Joaquim dos Santos- to Burnley – 4.2/5
Young American goalkeeper Carlos Joaquim dos Santos is apparently keen on a move to the Premier League and The Sun are reporting that Burnley are considering signing the Benfica goalkeeper.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper currently plays in Benfica's reserves but was recently called up to the USA squad. Burnley are said to be on the lookout for a young goalkeeper than can come into the club and play as an understood to Nick Pope.
The young keeper possesses the height and power needed to compete in the Premier League and would be available for a small fee, which would suit the low-spending Burnley right down to the ground. Gaining a work permit could prove tricky but with dos Santos making it into the USA squad, he does stand a much better chance of making the criteria needed to gain eligibility to the country.
Daniel Sturridge – to Newcastle – 4.5/5
Former Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge is said to be keen on a return to the Premier League before the 2020/21 campaign comes to a close, according to 90min.com.
Sturridge, now 31, has been without a club since his deal with Turkish side Trabzonspor was terminated back in March. The former England international has been linked with a move to the MLS but the player himself believes he is still good enough to play in the Premier League.
The Birmingham-born striker saw his Liverpool career come to an end due to injuries and his last venture in the Premier League was an unsuccessful loan spell at West Brom which failed to produce a single league goal.
Newcastle have relied heavily on the goals of Callum Wilson this season and with the England man currently out injured, Newcastle could be tempted to bring in Sturridge on a short-term deal. Sheff Utd and Sturridge's former club West Brom have apparently been in touch with his agent over a possible return to the Premier League but it is believed that the player himself would rather go to Newcastle.
This deal could suit both parties in the short-term but Sturridge's injury record does make him somewhat of a gamble.
Sven Botman – to Liverpool – 4.3/5
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Lille defender Sven Botman and it is reported that the Premier League champions tried to sign the Dutchman on deadline day.
The Mirror are reporting that remain interested in the defender and that a deal for the Dutchman to join the club in the summer may have already been agreed. However, the players' agent has rubbished the claims and insists that his 21-year-old client is committed to the Ligue 1 side. Lille are flying in Ligue 1 this season, so it is not a surprise to see Botman's stock has risen.
Other clubs such as Manchester United are said to be interested in the Dutchman and have even had scouts at games just for the young defender. Whatever the outcome, Botman will remain at Lille until the end of the season but could be tempted to move to a bigger European side in the summer.
Sergio Ramos – to Man Utd – 4.7/5
TeamTalk are reporting that Sergio Ramos has rejected Real Madrid's final contract offer and is now planning on sending his agent to England to speak with Manchester United over a possible move to the Premier League side in the summer.
Ramos will be a free agent in the summer and is now free to talk to any teams based outside of Spain. Real Madrid had wanted to extend the veteran's contract for another 2-years but the two parties have failed to reach an agreement.
Ramos, 34, is said to be keen to try his hand at the Premier League before he retires and it is believed that Man Utd are his favoured destination. French giants, PSG are also said to be keen to speak to Ramos' representatives but it is said that Ramos will sign a £200k-per week deal with the Red Devils shortly.
United could certainly do with adding some more quality to their backline if the game against Everton at the weekend is anything to go by. Ramos would bring with him a wealth of talent and experience as well as a winner's mentality and leadership. If this deal goes through it will be a real coup for Man Utd who will be looking to challenge for the title next season.
Jerome Boateng – to Chelsea – 4.9/5
Caughtoffside.com have reported that Chelsea have agreed on a deal to sign German international defender Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich.
Boateng, who plays predominantly at centre-back, might seem like an odd choice for a Chelsea side that already have an abundance of players in that particular position. Touchel is clearly looking to make his mark on this current Chelsea side and must be considering selling one of two of the centre-backs that ar currently employed at the club.
Boateng, 32, has experience of the Premier League from his short spell with Manchester City during the 2010/11 campaign and has played in most of Bayern Munich's games this season. Boateng has suffered with injuries since 2015 and has rarely played more than 20 league games a season for Bayern Munich during that period.
We're not sure what Boateng offers Chelsea that they haven't already got in the likes of Thiago Silver and wonder just how he will fit into Touchel's new system.
Jadon Sancho – to Man Utd – 4.8/5
Once again, Man Utd are being linked heavily with a move for Jadon Sancho according to the Express.
Dortmund have reportedly put their star player ‘up for sale' and it is believed that Man Utd are the player's favoured destination. United have been chasing Sancho for a long time now and have come close to signing him on a couple of occasions.
His current employers are apparently looking to sort out their finances in the summer and believe that selling Sancho would do that without the risk of losing multiple players in several different deals. A fee of around £65m has been quoted and in this day and age, that doesn't;t seem too high for a young player with immense talent.
Man Utd finally look like they are going to get their man and if they do, surely they will be one of the favourites for the title next season.
Adam Armstrong – to West Ham – 4.6/5
West Ham are apparently scoring Blackburn striker, Adam Armstrong, with the view of making a move for the player in the summer, so say the Sun.
Armstrong, a former Newcastle player, has been in great form in the Championship this season, netting 18-goals so far. Moyes is said to have considered offering £8m for the striker in January, but Blackburn Rovers are said to want over £10 for their top scorer.
Everton and Fulham are also watching the striker's movement and could set-off a bidding war for the 23-year-old in the summer. Armstrong only left Newcastle in 2018 following loan spells at Coventry, Barnsley and Bolton. The striker made the move on-loan to Blackburn where he scored 9 goals in 21 games before being signed permanently at Ewood Park.
Armstrong doesn't have any real Premier League experience and would be considered a risk if he were to cost any more than £10m, but other strikers have mad their mark in the Premier League in recent seasons when they have made the step up from a lower division.
Ross Barkley – to Aston Villa – 4.5/5
Ross Barkley has impressed on-loan for Aston Villa this season and the club are looking to make the deal pertinent according to the Birmingham Mail.
Chelsea have apparently stated that they want around £40m for Barkley even though the player's contract only has 2-years left on it and his future at the club looks bleak following the departure of Frank Lampard and the arrival of Kai Havertz.
Chelsea only paid £15m for Barkley in 2018 when he left Everton before his contract ran out and many believe Aston Villa could get their man for around the £20m mark. Barkley needs first-team football and appears to have settled in well in the Midlands, but £40m seems a bit steep for a player that is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
Duje Caleta-Car- to Liverpool – 4.0/5
Liverpool have lots of injury concerns in defence so it is no surprise to see the Premier League champions being linked with a move for players in that department. The Daily Mail are reporting that Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car is one such player that Liverpool are interested in.
The 24-year-old Croatian international centre-back has been at the French club since 2018, following his move from RB Salzburg. West Ham came close to signing the defender last summer according to reports, but now Liverpool appear to be his likely destination.
However, Liverpool have had a bid for Preston's Ben Davis accepted and he is having a medical at the club and there are strong rumours that Klopp is looking to bring in Schalke defender Ozan Kabak in on deadline day as well, so would the club be in the market for a third defender? I'm not so sure.
Okay Yokuslu – to West Brom – 4.8/5
West Brom are expected to be one of the busier teams on deadline day and Allardyce has been strongly linked with a loan move for Celta Vigo midfielder, Okay Yokuslu. The Turkish midfielder is a typical physical player that Sam Allardyce likes and needs in his relegation battling side.
The expressnadstar.com believe that the head will go through on deadline day as the 26-year-old is very keen to complete the move. Yokuslu has previously played for Altay, Kayserispor and Trabzonspor before making the move to Spain with Celta Vigo.
While Yokuslu doesn't offer much going forward he will provide some physicality and desire in the heart of the Baggies midfield, he also has experience having represented his county on 29 occasions. A loan move suits both parties as they can go their separate ways if West Brom do go down but there would likely be an option to make the deal permanent should Allardyce keep the club in the Premier League.
Billy Gilmour – to Southampton – 4.7/5
Chelsea youngster, Billy Gilmour has been offered the chance to join Southampton on loan for the rest of the season and the Daily Mail suggest that the deal will be completed on deadline day.
Gilmour, 19, is said to want more first-team experience and sees a loan to another Premier League club as the ideal move on deadline day. The youngster is yet to represent Scotland at senior level but does hope to make an impression before the season comes to an end and believes he could get into the European Championship squad.
Gilmour is a midfielder that has only featured in six games for Chelsea this season and made 11 appearances in the last campaign and, at this stage in his career, he needs to be challenging for more first-team opportunities.
Hamza Choudhury – to Newcastle – 4.6/5
Choudhury has long been linked with a move to Newcastle and the chroniclelive.co.uk are reporting that the Toon Army will get their man on deadline day.
The English midfielder has found game time hard to come by at the Foxes and, at the age of 23, he needs to playing far more regularly. Since 2015, Choudhury has only featured in 60 games for Leicester City, scoring two goals, and his time at the club could well be coming to an end as the Foxes are developing into one of the top teams in the Premier League.
The move to Newcastle has a few moving parts that could cause a collapse in the transfer. Leicester will be looking to bring in a player before letting Choudhury go and Newcastle could offload a player if the Englishman signs for them, so while both parties want this move to go through, it isn't guaranteed just yet.
Josh King – to Burnley – 4.3/5
Burnley are the latest club to be linked with a move for Josh King, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
Everton have apparently put off a move for King due to his excessive wage demands and the same goes for West Ham, so it would seem unlikely that Burnley would pay the kind of money the Norweigian international wants.
King has Premier League experience and can play in a number of positions along the front line, which make him a good target for Burnley. However, he is yet to score a league goal in the Championship for Bournemouth this season, so there are questions over his ability and attitude.
The player has said that he would not have any problem staying at Bournemouth for the rest of the season before leaving on a free transfer in the summer. My opinion is that King seems to be more interested in money than playing football and that Burnley will likely miss out on the forward.
Martin Odegaard – to Arsenal – 4.9/5
The Daily Mail have confirmed that Arsenal have agreed on a deal to sign Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard on-loan until the end of the season.
The 22-year old Norwegian international impressed on-loan at Real Sociedad last season, so much so that Real Madrid were planning on using the midfielder in their squad this year. However, with just 9 appearances in all competitions this season, Real Madrid are set to send their talented playmaker out on loan for the fourth time since he signed for the Spanish giants back in 2014.
Real Sociedad and Everton have been linked with loan moves for Odegaard along with the Gunners, but Arteta's side appear to have won the race and a deal is expected to go through before the January transfer window comes to a close. Arsenal certainly need more creativity in their midfield and Odegaard could be just the man to aid Arteta's side now that they have finally got rid of Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce.
The loan deal is thought to cost Arsenal £2.5m and there will be no future fee agreement, making this a short-term move only.
Joe Worrall – to Burnley – 4.2/5
Joe Worrall has been a long-term target for Burnley and the club's new investors have promised to find funds for players and it is believed that the Nottingham forest defender tops their list, so say the Mirror.
However, this deal isn't expected to go through in January to the frustrations of the Burnley faithful with a summer move being touted. Burnley have spent less than any other Premier League club this season and the club have struggled because of it. The club really need to bring in a couple of loan players at the very least this January or they risk a relegation battle.
Worrall has played over 100-games for Nottingham Forest and has enjoyed loan spells at Dagenham & Redbridge and Rangers. Burnley are believed to have made a move for the centre-back in 2018 and Dyche sees Worrall as a long-term replacement for Ben Mee.