The 2022 January transfer window is closed, but there's still plenty of gossip swirling about who's moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Kane and Haaland on the move
The Mirror reports that Manchester United have their sights set on Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane as rivals Manchester City have made signing Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland this summer their top transfer priority.
Pep Guardiola's side, who were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace on Monday, were heavily linked with England captain Kane last term but Daniel Levy and Spurs refused to let their talisman leave. City have now joined the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in scrambling to sign the Norway international when the release clause in his BVB contract, reported to be €75 million, becomes active in the summer.
Meanwhile, Spurs are hoping that Antonio Conte's presence will help them secure a place in the top four and keep Kane for at least another season.
United have reignited their own interest in Kane, with incumbent strikers Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, and Edinson Cavani, 35, nearing the end of their careers. Kane, however, wants team success to go with his individual accolades and there is currently no guarantee that he would achieve that by going to Old Trafford.
One thing could appeal to Kane is potentially being reunited with Mauricio Pochettino. The former Spurs coach, whose position at Paris Saint-Germain is uncertain, is one of the names on United's shortlist to be their next permanent manager. Luring the Argentina coach back to the Premier League could help to attract Kane as well.
21.55 GMT: Manchester United are prepared to double the salary of Manuel Akanji to secure his services, reports Bild.
Fresh contact has been made from Old Trafford, with the Premier League side keen to get a deal agreed in principle with Borussia Dortmund ahead of the summer transfer window opening. The report adds that the 26-year-old Switzerland international defender will be offered a £240,000-per-week contract to make the switch from the Bundesliga.
21.12 GMT: Tottenham have no interest in Memphis Depay, according to the Here We Go podcast.
Recent rumours have suggested that Antonio Conte was trying to bring the 28-year-old Barcelona forward to north London, but the latest indicates that there has been no movement on that front, with the Italian manager prioritising other areas instead.
20.41 GMT: Sevilla want to acquire Sergio Ramos from PSG, reports Calciomercato. After joining the Ligue 1 giants on a free transfer at the end of last season, it now looks as though the former Real Madrid star could return to Spain, with Sevilla, who are second in LaLiga this year, one of the clubs that want to make it happen.
PSG are prepared to let the 35-year-old go after a number of fitness issues have seen him struggle to earn a regular run of games for Mauricio Pochettino's side.
20.05 GMT: Barcelona are set to continue their chase for Cesar Azpilicueta, writes Sport. The Camp Nou hierarchy are reported to have lost confidence in Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, and manager Xavi Hernandez is looking to utilise the free transfer market to bring in a number of reinforcements for next season.
The 32-year-old defender is one of the LaLiga side's key targets ahead of the summer alongside Chelsea teammate Andreas Christensen, while the Blaugrana are also working on moves for AC Milan's Franck Kessie and Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui.
19.32 GMT: AC Milan are trying to set up a double swoop of Netherlands internationals Sven Botman and Steven Bergwijn, reports Nicolo Schira.
The Rossoneri have been looking to acquire a centre-back for a number of months as time ticks down on Alessio Romagnoli's contract, and it looks as though 22-year-old Lille star Botman is their priority target for the summer.
For Bergwijn, who was linked with a move to Ajax in January, his future could now be at the San Siro after Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was reported to change his mind on an initial plan to keep the 24-year-old in north London.
19.04 GMT: Orange County Soccer Club is close to finalizing the transfer of striker Ronaldo Damus to GIF Sundsvall in the Swedish Allsvenskan, sources told ESPN.
The deal includes a six-figure transfer fee (USD) as well as incentives and a sell-on fee for the USL Championship club, sources said.
Damus, a Haiti international, was tied for seventh in the league with 16 goals during the regular season in 2021. He scored a pair of goals in the USL Championship final, as OCSC beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-1.
Prior to arriving in Orange County, Damus played two seasons in USL League One with North Texas SC after a brief stint in the FC Dallas academy. He won the USL League One Golden Boot in 2019.
Damus, 22, made his senior debut for Haiti as a 16-year-old in 2016.
18.32 GMT: Newcastle United are looking to test the waters regarding a move for Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak, reveals Ekrem Konur.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper will be out of contract in the summer of 2023, and that could trigger Eddie Howe's side to make an official approach if there are no talks of a new deal to stay in Madrid by the end of the season.
Oblak remains a significant part of Diego Simeone's side, having featured 37 times this season for the Colchoneros.
17.56 GMT: Barcelona have identified Ruben Neves as a replacement for Sergio Busquets, writes Mundo Deportivo.
A fee of around €50 million will be required for Wolves to consider entering negotiations, with their 25-year-old midfielder currently enjoying some of his best form at Molineux. The Portugal international is averaging 49.98 touches per game in midfield areas, with his partnership alongside compatriot Joao Moutinho helping Wolves concede just 23 goals in 29 games this season. Neves has also contributed to three goals in his last six matches, including a distance strike that opened the scoring against Leicester City during their 2-1 Premier League win in February.
It is reported that the Camp Nou hierarchy may first look to replace Busquets internally through their youth system, but they now have less than 18 months to find a solution with the Barca legend expected to leave when his deal expires in the summer of 2023.
17.14 GMT: Edinson Cavani is prioritising a move to LaLiga, according to Fabrizio Romano. The 35-year-old Manchester United forward is set to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the season, and he has already received approaches from clubs in South America, including Primera Division side River Plate. Despite this, he is expected to wait for expected offers from Spain before confirming his next move.
16.27 GMT: Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha is attracting the attentions of clubs in the Premier League and the Bundesliga, Calciomercato reports.
The Greece-born Albania international, is out of contract at the end of the season, has supplanted Pepe Reina as first-choice for Maurizio Sarri's team over the past few months.
But with no new contract in the offing yet, Strakosha is able to agree a pre-contract with foreign clubs at any time.
Calciomercato reports that clubs in England and Germany at keeping a close eye on the 26-year-old.
15.32 GMT: With all the news around Chelsea and the sanctions against owner Roman Abramovich, ESPN+ writer Ryan O'Hanlon looks at the knock-on effect to the on-field element: how will their team shape up given the limitations placed against them?
Chelsea are for sale and currently, Chelsea cannot make profits, can't sell tickets, can't sign new players, can't re-sign current players, and they can't spend more than a predetermined allotment of money to travel to away matches. The ripple effects of Russia's invasion of Ukraine are going to stretch across the globe, too -- most of them nothing compared to the destruction in the Ukraine. One of those second-order effects: Chelsea Football Club is never going to be the same.
What might the future of the club look like? And what happens when a team is no longer the personal plaything of a multibillionaire?
14.29 GMT: Franck Kessie is set to be Barcelona's first signing this summer with Andreas Christensen to follow as the club look to strengthen the squad for 2022-23, sources have told ESPN's Alex Kirkland and Moises Llorens.
The AC Milan midfielder will move to Camp Nou on a free transfer, when his contract at the Serie A club expires on June 30.
Sources close to the talks told ESPN that Barca have sealed the signing of 25-year-old Kessie after agreeing the move's final details with the Ivory Coast international's agent.
Meanwhile, negotiations are progressing with Chelsea defender Christensen, also 25, who will be the next recruit to arrive when his contract runs out at Stamford Bridge.
ESPN reported earlier this month that both deals were on track, and that barring any unexpected developments, both would be Barcelona players.
Kessie, 25, has been a first-team regular at Milan since joining from Atalanta in 2017. He has scored five goals in 22 Serie A appearances this season after registering career-best figures, 13 goals in 37 league games, in 2020-21.
Resolving the issue of the commission due to Kessie's agent George Atangana was key to closing the deal.
Sources told ESPN that a solution was found in recent days after Atangana was registered with the Spanish football federation (RFEF) to be able to receive compensation for his role in the signing.
13.36 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria is wanted by former club Benfica, Record reports.
Benfica were Di Maria's first club in Europe, with the attacking midfielder spending three years at the Portuguese club after signing from Rosario Central Argentina in 2007.
The Argentina international went on to play for Real Madrid and Manchester United before joining PSG in 2015, but his future in the French capital is uncertain.
Di Maria, 34, is out of contract in the summer, and although his deal includes the option of another season, Record reports that it is likely he will leave the PArc des Princes.
12.32 GMT: Luis Suarez wants to continue playing in Europe, according to Atletico Madrid teammate Renan Lodi.
The Uruguay forward becomes a free agent this summer and has not signed a new deal with the Spanish outfit.
Suarez, 35, has been linked with top South American sides in recent months, while The Athletic reports that Aston Villa manager Steven Grrard is also considering a move for his former Liverpool teammate.
"I asked him [Suarez] if, really, Corinthians had shown an interest," Lodi said. "He said yes, but that he still wasn't planning on competing in Brazilian football yet and that he was thinking of staying in Europe."
Suarez has scored 11 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for Atletico this season.
11.36 GMT: Corinthians are closing in on the signing of experienced forward Junior Moraes.
The Brazil-born Ukraine international is on the books of Shakhtar Donetsk but is free to temporarily join another club because of the current situation in his adopted country.
Corinthians player Willian, who knows Moraes from his own time playing in Ukraine, spoke about his friend on Brazilian TV show "Bem Amigos," although he was not able to confirm a transfer was settled.
Willian said: "He has quality, he knows how to score goals, he has technical quality too, he is a striker who doesn't just play inside the area, he knows how to go out and play."
10.43 GMT: Barcelona, Liverpool and Chelsea are all interested in signing Leeds United's Raphinha, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Raphinha has scored 15 goals in 57 Premier League appearances since signing for Leeds from Rennes in 2020 after they won promotion to the top flight.
The 25-year-old has also broken into the Brazil national team, scoring two goals in a World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay in October.
Romano reports that Barcelona has already approached their former midfielder Deco, who is Raphinha's agent, although no formal talks have yet been held with Leeds.
09.47 GMT: Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Celtic teenager Ben Doak, according to The Athletic.
Since turning 16 in November, Doak has made two first-team appearances as a substitute for Ange Postecoglou's side. The winger came off the bench in the 68th minute for his debut against Dundee United on Jan. 29, and then made a brief appearance at the end of a 3-0 win over Rangers four days later.
Doak has not yet signed a professional contract at Celtic, meaning that the club would only be due a nominal compensation fee should he leave them.
The Athletic reports that Doak has received interest from several top clubs, but Liverpool appears to be his most likely destination.
08.53 GMT: Inter Milan midfielder Arturo Vidal wants to play at Flamengo before retiring from football.
The 34-year-old has a contract with the Nerazzurri until this summer with an option to extend the deal for a further season, but the Chile international has admitted that his "chapter in Europe is coming to an end" after 15 years on the continent.
"I have the dream of playing there [at Flamengo]," Vidal said. "I can't deny it. Whenever possible, I will go there. I hope it's soon.
"If the coach and the club executives want me, then I will do everything possible to go there. If it happens, my aim is very clear, to win everything with Flamengo, to fight for the Libertadores title. If I go, is to continue to fight [for a starting place] and be an important player."
Since leaving Colo-Colo in his homeland in 2007 Vidal has played for Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in Germany, Inter and Juventus in Italy and Barcelona in Spain, winning nine league titles across those three countries.
08.00 GMT: Barcelona would have to reduce costs and increase their income to be able to make a significant investment in the squad this summer, LaLiga has said, after setting the club's spending limit after the January transfer window at -€144m.
Barca are the only club in Spain's first and second divisions -- all of which are subject to strict financial controls on spending on transfer fees and contracts -- to receive a negative cap, with Real Madrid topping the list with a €739m spending limit.
In a presentation on Monday, LaLiga said Barca's heavy losses, which were €242m more than had been anticipated, accounted for the difference between the new -€144m figure and last summer's €98m limit.
The spending cap will restrict Barca's ability to act in this summer's transfer market when ESPN has reported that the club hope to compete with Real Madrid and Manchester City to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. There have been doubts about the club's capacity to finance a deal that could total €350m in transfer fee, commission and salary.
"To make signings, Barcelona have to reduce the costs they have now or bring in more income. There's no other way," LaLiga director general Javier Gomez said when asked about Haaland in a media call on Monday. "Barcelona's losses are greater than their capacity to bring in income. That's why [the spending limit] is negative."
For now, Barca's spending will be limited by what's known as "the 1:4 rule" -- introduced to allow clubs to remain competitive in financially challenging circumstances -- which dictates that clubs are only able to spend 25% of any savings made.
"Until [Barca] recover the net worth that they've lost, the only way they can spend is with the 1:4 rule, where if you save €10m, you can spend €2.5m," Gomez said. The only way for Barcelona to sign is by making savings on [player] contracts, until they generate income."
- Barcelona will try to sign Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah if they are beaten to Haaland, according to AS. There have been questions surrounding the Egypt international's future after it was announced that he has turned down the terms offered for a Liverpool extension, with his current contract ending in the summer of 2023.
- Kylian Mbappe has not made up his mind about his future and could still stay at Paris Saint-Germain, but FootMercato are claiming that Real Madrid are determined to bring both he and Haaland to the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos are confident that Mbappe will refrain from signing an extension at PSG and join in the summer as a free agent, while it is also claimed that they are Haaland's preferred destination and are aware of that fact. This means they are actively hoping to offload attacking players, including Eden Hazard, in order to make room for both.
- Juventus are aiming to challenge Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the hope of signing Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger when his contract ends in the summer, reports Tuttosport. There has long been speculation around the Germany international's future, and the current situation at Stamford Bridge has only garnered further interest from some of Europe's elite clubs.
- Barcelona are confident of completing the signing of Ajax Amsterdam right-back Noussair Mazraoui despite Bayern Munich also being in talks with the Morocco international, reports Fabrizio Romano. The Catalans aim to sign him when his contract ends in the summer, offering €4m-per-season, which could rise to €5m with add-ons.
- Contrary to reports elsewhere, Diario Sport have claimed that Lionel Messi and his father have not made contact with Barcelona, despite the situation after Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid. The report suggests that the Argentine intends to honour his contract with Les Parisiens, which runs until the summer of 2023.