Premier League Transfer News Today: Greenwood A Player In Demand

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.

The January transfer window has now closed but teams across Europe will already be planning their summer transfers and we've gone through the very latest rumours to bring you our picks of the week.

Today's Premier League (EPL) Transfer News and Rumours

Greenwood Chased By Euro Giants – 4/5

Mason Greenwood might be a name that causes plenty of fans to raise an eyebrow after all the off-field issues that have surrounded him but, at least according to TalkSport, there are plenty of clubs in Europe's top five leagues that are willing to give the young forward a platform to showcase his footballing talents. Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli have all been linked with the Manchester United striker with The Athletic reporting that the latter is currently in pole position for his signature – albeit they might have to see Victor Osimhen move on first.
If you park the off-field “stuff”, which frankly we're not qualified to comment on, Greenwood the player is one that has been lauded for having a very high ceiling and, had it all been about his talent, he'd almost definitely have played a big part for Man United over the last couple of years. Instead the England international saw his career take a different route with a loan move to Spanish side Getafe.
With Getafe Greenwood has impressed. The 22-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided six assists in all competitions this season whilst his desire to attack – both in progressive passing and carries – sees him rank positively against others in his position. Given the age and potential of the player and the fact that a cut price deal could be available you can see why there are clubs looking to take a chance on him.

Prem Trio In Chase For Kase – 3/5

Leicester have enjoyed a highly successful season in England's second tier this season winning promotion whilst also securing the Championship title. Lots of the attention has been on the likes of headline grabbing Jamie Vardy and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall but the displays of youngster Kasey McAteer haven't gone unnoticed by some Premier League clubs. According to Football Insider, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Everton all have their eyes on the 22-year-old winger.
McAteer didn't play huge amounts of games for the Foxes in their promotion campaign but six goals in 23 appearances, which calculates out to be a goal every 193 minutes, is a more than tidy return for someone having their first taste of football above the level of League Two. It certainly gives a flavour of the potential the player has.
Considering Leicester have major financial concerns lingering over them they could be forced to sell assets they would ideally like to keep and McAteer almost definitely sits in that category. Whether a loan back deal is the most likely way forward, we don't know but it would give the Foxes some much needed cash injection whilst allowing them some continuity in their dressing room ahead of what will be a challenging season back in the top flight.

Wolves Want Adams – 4/5

Che Adams might have a playoff final around the corner but one way or another the striker looks destined for the Premier League next season. According to the Athletic, Wolves boss Gary O'Neil is an admirer and the opportunity to land him on a free transfer is hugely appealing given restricted funds at the club.
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The move makes a fair bit of sense from the footballing side of things as well as the financial. Wolves have enjoyed a solid season under O'Neil but their goal threat has largely relied on Hwang Hee-Chan and it's notable that the club have only won two of the nine games he's missed this season. In Adams, they might have found a cheap back up – and someone that could play with Hwang.
Adams has enjoyed a prolific season with the Saints in the Championship netting 15 goals but he also has top flight experience playing 124 games and netting 25 goals; throw into the mix the actual minutes he played and his goal return broadly tracks to one in three, which isn't too shabby. The biggest factor that might play a role in where Adams ends up next is perhaps to be decided at Wembley. Should Leeds beat Southampton in the playoff final, Adams will surely leave. If, however, the Saints win promotion a new contract at St Mary's could appeal.

Silva To Slot Into New Look Liverpool – 3/5

Arne Slot has announced he will be the new Liverpool manager next season and already the now Feyenoord coach has singled out Benfica centre back Antonio Silva as his first signing. That is at least the word of Give Me Sport.
With Joel Matip's departure from Anfield already public knowledge a centre back is likely to be on the Reds' shopping list. What is questionable is whether a young and, at Premier League level, unproven option in the way forward. After all, Liverpool already have a number of squad players who you would classify as “potentially good defenders” with Jarell Quansah probably the best example.
That being said, Silva is probably ahead of those players and certainly has a higher ceiling. The 20-year-old already has nine full international caps for Portugal and has played in the Champions League and Europa League. As for style of play, Silva would tick a few boxes for how Liverpool and Slot approach the game. He's comfortable on the ball and is used to playing at the back for a dominant side (in the Primeira Liga). Importantly though, his defensive stats hold up well too with 2.2 tackles and 1.6 blocks per game.

Mac Allister On Real Radar – 4/5

Liverpool might already be working on who to bring in for their new boss but their summer looks set to feature a few exits too. Amongst those reportedly heading for a goodbye is Alexis Mac Allister; according to the Sun the Argentinian playmaker features high up on Real Madrid's wishlist.
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Real Madrid's summer budget will largely be going on fees to get their long pursued Kylian Mbappe move, which means they'll be looking to bolster other areas of their squad for relatively modest sums of money. Given Liverpool picked Mac Allister up for just £35m last year they could well make a quick profit.
Is it an ideal scenario for Liverpool? No. It will, however, free up a squad spot and bring in some cash for Slot to re-shape his team how he sees fit ahead of an era changing summer.

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Arsenal and Man City Want Guimaraes – 4/5

We start off our Premier League transfer news with Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes and he is courting some attention from two huge sides in Man City and Arsenal; both of those clubs would give the player a considerably better chance of winning major honours despite his clear love for Newcastle.
Guimaraes has impressed massively since joining the Magpies from Lyon in January 2022. His headline stats are reasonable with 16 goals and 14 assists in 106 matches giving him a goal contribution every 284 minutes but it's his less publicised stats that really impress. Against fellow midfielders in Europe's top five leagues Guimaraes ranks as one of the most progressive with both passing and dribbling whilst his creative output can also be seen in the chances he creates too with 3.9 chances per 90 created. The Brazilian can do the dirty side of the game too with 2.5 tackles, 1.5 blocks and one interception per 90 too.
We're not convinced the player will actively push for the exit door but a move to a real big boy could turn his head and, more importantly, if, as reported, either City or Arsenal slap £100m on the table the club might be forced to sell. Newcastle are in need of balancing their books to meet FFP limits and if it comes down to a choice between selling Guimaraes and selling Alexander Isak then it's likely going to be the former.

Man United Eye Watkins – 1/5

It isn't April fool's day but we're still taking this link with a pinch of salt as TalkSport have suggested Man United are targeting Ollie Watkins this summer. There is no doubt that United need to bring in reinforcements at the sharp end of the pitch but, whilst Watkins would tick that box, it feels almost impossible that he leaves Aston Villa for Man United this window.
Watkins has spearheaded Villa to a top four finish – and subsequently Champions League football – under Unai Emery this season and will almost definitely be on the plane as England head to the European Championships this season. With all that going well for Watkins, would a move to a big club in, right now, name and history only appeal? We're not sure it would albeit it's something that could turn his head when/if the new Ineos project starts to “turn the ship”.
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With the above summary likely to please Villa fans, we should balance that out by suggesting that other clubs might be tempted to test the water where Watkins is concerned. Arsenal have been linked with striker moves and an all round attacker like Watkins, who has weighed in with 40 goal contributions in all competitions this season, is highly likely to feature towards the top of their list of targets.

Villa Target Saudi Pro League Star – 3/5

If reports from Givemesport are to be believed then Aston Villa are going to offer Gabri Veiga an escape route from Saudi Arabia in the upcoming window. Veiga, 21, joined Al-Ahli from Spanish side Celta Vigo in August for a reported £30m fee but noises have been made of the youngster regretting his choice as he now eyes a return to Europe.
The Spanish market will be one that Aston Villa boss Unai Emery knows well and the versatility of Veiga, who can operate as a 6, 8 or 10 through the middle of the park may well appeal as Villa look to deepen their squad ahead of a Champions League campaign next year. Equally, an offer from a club like Villa and a manager like Emery is likely to appeal to the player too.
All that remains to be seen is how the deal will be struck. Al-Ahli will want to recoup their monies paid as a minimum and there may well be some resistance of allowing a high profile signing to depart so soon after joining as they look to develop their teams and leagues onto the world stage.

Wan-Bissaka To Leave United – 5/5

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The reshaping of Manchester United's footballing centre is well underway already with Raphael Varane's exit having already been confirmed. Now, various reports are circling – including from The Sun – that Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be the next player to leave. The key difference here is that the former Crystal Palace man will be put up for sale rather than having his contract cancelled.
Wan-Bissaka emerged on the scene with Palace back in 2018 before United came sniffing with a £45m bid in the summer of 2019. That deal saw AWB become one of the most expensive defenders of all time; it is fair to say he has not remotely lived up to such hype and his next move will almost definitely be a backwards step in respect of the club he represents.
At present, no specific clubs have been linked with Wan-Bissaka but, cost dependent, it's likely there is Premier League interest whilst clubs in Saudi Arabia were linked in January. That said, at 28-years-old, you'd think the player would want to remain in a top league at this stage.

Man United Amongst Prem Clubs Eyeing Frimpong – 4/5

Given the disastrous season Manchester United are having it is perhaps unsurprising that they feature heavily where transfer gossip is concerned; an overhaul of the playing squad is desperately needed. The latest name linked with Old Trafford is Bayer Leverkusen right back Jeremie Frimpong. According to German publication Bild, the 23-year-old has decided his future is away from Xabi Alonso's side and a release clause of just £35m has several European giants – including Man United – on red alert.
The appeal of Frimpong to most of the clubs linked is pretty obvious. The Netherlands defender has been pivotal to Leverkusen's unbeaten season to this point playing 44 games and contributing 14 goals and 12 assists; throw into the mix his age, release clause and ceiling and he'd be a good addition for anyone that needs to strengthen down their right hand side.
Man United tick that last box in a big way – particularly with news of Wan-Bissaka's likely exit. The issue they have is that they're not an appealing destination for young footballers; their appeal lessens further when you consider that Real Madrid, Arsenal and Man City are reportedly the other clubs watching Frimpong's situation with interest. You can see from the outside where all three of the latter clubs mentioned would be improved by adding Frimpong to their squads so it looks like being very much a player based decision as to where he plays next season.

Historic Premier League transfer news

In the spirit of the transfer window being open once again, we figured we’d have some fun and look back at some of the more historic transfers to ever occur in the Premier League.

Thierry Henry to Arsenal – 1999

It’s almost hard to believe that this was more than 20 years ago, but in terms of historic transfers, this is one of our all-time favourites. Henry made the move from Juventus to Arsenal for a fee of just over £14 million – one of the bargains of the century looking back. Wenger turned Henry from a dangerous winger into one of the best strikers of all time!

Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd – 2003 (& 2021!)

Come on, we had to mention the birth of one of the greatest strikers there has ever been, whether in the EPL or anywhere else. Back in 2003, Ronaldo moved from Sporting Lisbon to join United, under Sir Alex Ferguson, of course. And as they say, the rest is history!

Paul Pogba to Man Utd – 2016

This one is a little more recent, but the transfer fee at the time set a brand new record when Pogba moved from Juventus to United for £89 million. Sure, there are many other transfers today that have broken this record, but this was incredible news at the time.

Didier Drogba to Chelsea – 2004

Finally – Droga is one of the icons of the Premier League, yet it wasn’t always this way. Chelsea signed the Ivory Coast man in 2004, and he ultimately became one of the best strikers the EPL has ever seen, not to mention the number of trophies he won during his time there.

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