9:00AM Done Deals, £91m records signing for Chelsea, Dybala, Messi and more transfer updates

The Winter transfer business is booming as we can confirm to you this morning that there are additional done deals as well as more updates across Europe.

Check some here below:

Real Zaragoza

Real Zaragoza have signed striker Alex Alegría from RCD Mallorca on loan until the end of the season.

Norwich

Norwich have signed left-back Dimitris Giannoulis from PAOK Salonika on loan until the end of the season.

Schalke

Schalke have re-signed striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Ajax on a deal until the end of the season.

Cardiff

Cardiff have signed right-back Perry Ng from Crewe for £350k on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Huddersfield

Huddersfield have signed centre-back Richard Keogh from MK Dons for an undisclosed fee on a contract until the end of the season.

Manchester United

Man United are reportedly monitoring Paulo Dybala’s transfer situation as his Juventus future looks in doubt. The Old Lady are hoping to tie Argentina international down to a new deal, but they’re so far some way off meeting his wage demands.

Red Devils are keeping a close eye on Paulo’s situation after also trying to sign him in a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku in recent times. Dybala is a top forward on his day and he could be a great fit in the Norwegian manager’s side, giving them something a little different up front.

Red Devils supporters would surely welcome a footballer of the 27-year-old attacker’s ilk as they look to continue to put pressure on Liverpool in the trophy battle. Having said that, a winter move for the Argentine attacker is perhaps unlikely, with any decision on his future more likely to come in the summer.

Paulo was thought to have turned down the opportunity to move to Man United in the past, but it looks that could now surely change due to this development with his deal at Bianconeri. The Turin outfit could soon be under more pressure to let him go as he’ll be a free agent in 2022.

Arsenal

Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma would prefer to join the London giants ahead of any other PL club, according to reports. The Spanish manager is looking to bolster his midfield options and Arsenal have placed Mali international on their shortlist.

Gunners have reportedly opened negotiations with Yves’ representative with a view to making a move at the end of the campaign instead of in the winter transfer window. Liverpool and Man United have also been linked with a move for Bissouma. Brighton, meanwhile, are believed to be closing in on a £5m deal to sign Ecuadorian Moises Caicedo.

But the 24-year-old midfielder’s first-choice option is to join the London giants. The report claims that the Malian midfielder is ‘keen’ on a switch to the London club ‘if the prospect arises’, while Arsenal view him as the ideal partner for Thomas Partey.

The London giants may also have an advantage in the race to sign Yves as Gabriel Magalhaes and Nicolas Pepe both played with him at Lille and are in regular contact. When asked about Gunners interest, Brighton manager Graham Potter said last week: ‘We have had no interest as far as I am aware,’ said Potter.

Liverpool

Premier League side Liverpool are readying a move for Lens defender Loic Bade, according to the latest reports in France.

Trained in Le Havre, Franck Haise’s side brought him from their fellow French club last year after making just six Ligue 2 appearances.

The 20-year-old ace has hit the ground running at his new team, playing 16 of their 18 matches thus far this season, impressing for Lens.

And now French publication Le10Sport states that elite clubs are starting to look into the player’s case and plan to take steps in the coming months.

It is understood that Loic is part of the AC Milan shelves for this winter transfer market while Liverpool are ‘seduced’ by the centre-half and are ‘also active behind the scenes’.

It is said they are carefully monitoring the progress of Bade, who is likely to become an in-demand player in the next summer transfer market.

PSG

PSG sporting director Leonardo says the French club are still keen to sign Lionel Messi at the end of the season.

PSG were among the clubs linked with a move for the Barcelona forward last summer.

Messi tried to depart the Camp Nou at the start of the campaign, only to be denied a move by president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

However, the Argentine’s future is still unresolved and he will have the chance to leave Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.

Messi’s contract in Catalonia expires on June 30 and Manchester City, PSG and others are thought to be keeping close tabs on the situation.

Messi himself may wait to see the outcome of the upcoming presidential election at Barcelona before making a decision.

The vote was originally scheduled to take place on January 24 but has been postponed due to the coronavirus.

PSG already have a star-studded forward line comprising Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi, but Leonardo says they are still keen to bring Messi to the Parc des Princes.

Real Madrid

Odsonne Edouard is being linked with a sensational move to Real Madrid, according to a report from Spain. DefensaCentral is reporting that the French striker is on Zinedine Zidane’s wish list and could sanction a bid for £25m. Zidane is said to be an admirer of Edouard and feels that he could replace Jovic or Marciano, who have failed to push 34-year-old Karim Benzema for a place in the starting XI.

The French striker has eighteen months remaining on his current Celtic deal and has been linked with a multi-million move from the club since the summer. However, now we have been given the clearest indication that the 23-year-old is planning for his future by joining Stellar Sports.

Real Madrid would be a good move for the player and Celtic will be keen to do a deal to maximise the value for Edouard as his deal ends in 2022.

Haaland to Chelsea
The news that Chelsea will launch a bid for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland this summer has been met with excitement by a large swath of the club’s supporters. And understandably so.

Haaland appears to be a generational talent; a forward who has the talent and potential to take up the mantle as the world’s best player when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo end their careers.

At just 20 years old, the Norway international has the lot. Pace, power, technique and an almost unrivalled ability to find space in the penalty area and finish clinically. It’s why he has scored 35 goals in 35 matches for Dortmund since joining the club in January 2020.

Haland will not come cheap. He has a £63 million release clause that becomes active in 2022 but Chelsea want, according to The Athletic, to get the deal done come the end of this season.

The fee required to land the forward, according to reports in Spain, could be around £91 million.

And Chelsea will not get a clear run at Haaland with Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all supposedly interested.

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