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.
- 1 Today's Premier League (EPL) Transfer News and Rumours
- 1.1 Everton target Abraham – 4/5
- 1.2 Coady to Sheffield United – 2/5
- 1.3 Muani to Madrid – not Manchester – 2/5
- 1.4 Two way race for Tierney – 4/5
- 1.5 Liverpool to sign Mac Allister – 5/5
- 1.6 Gundogan going – 3/5
- 1.7 Past Premier League Transfer News
- 1.8 Thierry Henry to Arsenal – 1999
- 1.9 Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd – 2003 (& 2021!)
- 1.10 Paul Pogba to Man Utd – 2016
- 1.11 Didier Drogba to Chelsea – 2004
Today's Premier League (EPL) Transfer News and Rumours
Everton target Abraham – 4/5
Everton might have only just secured their status as a Premier League team but, if you believe the Sun, they are already making moves to bolster their ranks ahead of next season with Roma’s Tammy Abraham the name topping their transfer target list.
A lack of goals is an undeniable issue for the Toffees with their top scorer this season being Dwight McNeil who netted just seven goals. Their top scoring striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, hit just two league goals whilst Neil Maupay only scored once. If Everton are to avoid yet another relegation battle next season then a centre forward is an absolute priority.
Abraham could be the best sort of profile they can hope for given where they are right now. The former Chelsea man was on the radar of clubs in Europe last season after a stellar campaign with Roma where he scored 27 goals in all competitions. This season has been less convincing though with just nine goals bagged as Roma have missed out on the top four in Serie A with missed chances being their biggest issue. It is believed that they will entertain offers for Abraham this summer albeit they’ll probably want a replacement lined up first.
Coady to Sheffield United – 2/5
We stick with an Everton theme here with Football Insider reporting that Conor Coady could be set for a move to Bramall Lane with Sheffield United keen to add his experience and leadership to their backline.
Coady spent last season on loan at Everton from Wolves with that deal containing a £4.5m option to make the move permanent. Everton have not triggered that option meaning Coady remains a Wolves player but in all likelihood he remains available for transfer and for a price well below £10m. Given where the market is, that feels like a great price point.
That gives the Blades plenty of reasons to be keen on bringing him in but will Coady be willing to move to a side amongst the favourites for relegation? Our view is that he’ll have more attractive offers on the table.
Muani to Madrid – not Manchester – 2/5
It is no secret that Man United are in the market for a striker this close season with Harry Kane being their number one target. Behind him though are a host of attackers the United hierarchy are said to be pursuing. According to Spanish publication Marca one of those secondary targets is more interested in a move to the Spanish capital than Manchester.
Randal Kolo Muani, who has scored 23 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt this season whilst assisting a further 17, has apparently pimped himself out to Real Madrid as they prepare for a summer freshen up. Regardless of whether or not Muani ends up with Los Blancos, his desire to push a move to Madrid might kill any United pursuit with the Red Devils only keen to add players that really want to join them.
Our view is that Muani is more likely to move to a club not mentioned above. Bayern Munich, who obviously play in the same league as Frankfurt, also need a centre forward this summer. That deal would make more sense than anything else right now.
Two way race for Tierney – 4/5
Newcastle and Aston Villa both enjoyed stellar campaigns that have ended with them booking a European tour next season – Villa in the Conference League and Newcastle in the Champions League. Right now though the two sides are said to be going head to head in an attempt to sign Arsenal left back Kieran Tierney; that’s the view from the Times anyway.
Tierney quickly became a fan favourite at the Emirates but injuries and the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City have seen him struggle for game time to the point where he is far from the Gunners’ for at choice full back anymore. Villa and Newcastle meanwhile both have adequate options at left back but with neither side seeing one of their own nail that spot down.
If fit, Tierney would be a quality addition to those squads both in terms of his footballing ability and his experience; he has played in both the Europa League and Champions League after all! Newcastle are believed to be confident of beating off Villa for his signature.
Liverpool to sign Mac Allister – 5/5
Liverpool have failed to hit the heights we’ve become used to in the season just gone and it is expected that a minor overhaul takes place this summer. Part of that rebuild will be some big changes to the midfield makeup and, according to Football Insider, Alexis Mac Allister will be an early summer signing.
Mac Allister has excelled for Brighton over the past couple of years with this year – a year when he also won the World Cup with Argentina – seeing him elevate his game even further. The Football Insider take is that Liverpool will be meeting a release clause in his Brighton deal that stands at around the £60m mark and, more recently, Liverpool fans have gone into overdrive owing to an interview conducted with Mac Allister’s cousin, Luciano Guaycochea, who also plays football.
Guaycochea was talking about his cousins future when stating that a move to Anfield was ‘close’. With all things considered, we’d be surprised if this deal isn’t penned long before pre-season.
Gundogan going – 3/5
We end our Premier League football chat this week in Manchester and specifically with Ilkay Gundogan. Gundogan has been a huge figure for Man City – including netting a brace in the FA Cup final this weekend – but that hasn’t stopped City letting his contract run down. Spanish media outlet Sport are reporting that Gundogan is bound for Barcelona.
As an underrated player in a team of stars, people might look at this and think ‘hey ho and good luck’ but we wonder if City might just try and tempt him one last time to stay put.
Past Premier League Transfer News
West Ham to raid relegated clubs – 3/5
The Premier League season has only just wrapped up but West Ham boss David Moyes is already thinking ahead to the summer and, according to the Evening Standard, the Hammers have their eyes on two players that are dropping into the Championship next year.
The first of those, James Ward-Prowse, has long known his fate for this season with Southampton being relegated several weeks back. He will undoubtedly be moving on. His leadership skills, quality on the ball and expert set piece skills would be a real addition to most top flight sides. With Declan Rice also set to leave West Ham this summer, an arrival in the middle of the park is likely.
The other player on West Ham’s radar is reportedly Harvey Barnes. Barnes has become a big player for Leicester providing a real cutting edge to their attack. The 25-year-old winger has hit double digit in goal contributions in each of his last four Premier League campaigns and, despite the Foxes struggles, has put up his best ever League goal return this season. He will not play Championship football next season despite Leicester suffering relegation.
Rice to join Arsenal – 4/5
We’ve just touched on Declan Rice referencing him as someone that looks like leaving West Ham this window. The big question over the highly rated midfielder is where he ends up. The Daily Mirror report that Chelsea – Rice’s youth club – Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Arsenal are all in the hunt for his signature. The player is said to prefer a move to the latter.
In all likelihood, Rice will want to stay in England at this stage of his career. That’s rules out a move to Bundesliga Champions Bayern. Champions League football will also feature on Rice’s list of priorities, which would eliminate Chelsea from the equation. If we’re on the money with that logic then it’s a straight head to head between Arsenal and Man United. The lure of staying in London could be a big deal for Rice, who is known to be very close to his family who live in the capital.
Man United target English trio – 3/5
We have already expressed United’s interest in Rice but he’s just 33% of the package Erik Ten Hag is reportedly targeting this summer. That is at least the car if you believe Sky Sports. The Man United boss has made no secret about his desire to bolster his squad ahead of next season with a Champions League campaign and a hefty points gap to close on their city rivals at the top of the league.
Ten Hag seemingly wants proven Premier League talent to arrive at Old Trafford, which is perhaps a thought process backed up by the “bedding in” challenges faced by Jason Sancho and Antony since their arrivals from overseas. Rice is one who would arrive as a nailed on starter but, as touched on, that could be a tough deal to do.
Another player linked could be one that sweetens the pot for Rice though with Chelsea’s Mason amount on Ten Hag’s list. Mount hasn’t enjoyed a great campaign with Chelsea but has shown himself to be a quality player at the elite level both for club and country. It’s said that he’s unlikely to pen a new deal with the Blues, which means they’ll be looking to move him on this summer. If Mount heads to Manchester there is a thought Rice’s head could be turned – they are best friends from childhood.
Last but not least in Ten Hag’s ideal trio is Tottenham forward Harry Kane. Kane has had a splendid season – again – scoring 30 goals in an under par Spurs side and, given Man United lack that real clinical striker, you wonder just how much difference a Kane like player would make to their ambitions to chase down a Premier League title. The big questions here are 1) how much Kane wants to push for a move and 2) how long United will wait. Daniel Levy drives a hard bargain and any deal for Kane is likely to be a painful one. United could want their new frontman in early doors, which could be an issue.
Clubs target Hwang – 4/5
Wolves are facing some FFP challenges right now and according to the Daily Mirror clubs are circling with Hwang Hee-chan the main attraction. Hwang hasn’t exactly set the world alight in terms of scoring stats since breaking into a top five league – first in Germany and now England – but there is a lot about his profile that ticks boxes for how the modern game “should be played”.
That makes him an attractive squad player if nothing more – especially if available at a cut price. Tottenham, Aston Villa and Newcastle are watching the situation. They may, however, face a challenge from Europa League finalists Roma, who are also in the market for improved depth this summer.
Carvalho to Burnley – 5/5
Liverpool haven’t enjoyed a good campaign and they are set for a fair few changes this summer. According to Football Insider, that could start with Fabio Carvalho leaving Anfield – either temporarily or permanently.
Burnley, who are managed by former Man City centre back Vincent Kompany, are believed to be front runners for his signature at this time. Kompany has transformed the style of play on show at Turf Moor over the last year whilst guiding them to top spot in the Championship. It’s only natural that he’ll be keen to add improved quality to their ranks ahead of a season of Premier League football and Carvalho fits that description.
There is, however, going to be a fair bit of interest in Carvalho given his previous pedigree and obvious high ceiling.
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.