Anthony Martial agrees wage cut to edge closer to Sevilla loan

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has moved a step closer to joining Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season, with the Spanish club eyeing a first La Liga title since 1945.

Martial, whose desire to leave Old Trafford has been confirmed by both his agent and interim United boss Ralf Rangnick, has struggled for form in the past 18 months since an impressive 23-goal season in 2019/20. Injuries have also played a role in keeping him out of the team.

It was recently confirmed that the Frenchman didn’t wish to be selected for United’s matchday squad against Aston Villa, although Rangnick praised his contribution to the winning goal after coming off the bench against West Ham on Saturday.

Juventus and Sevilla have both shown serious interest in signing Martial in recent weeks but it is now the latter that look set to get a deal over the line.

It was the numbers initially holding up a proposed move to Spain, but 90min understands Martial has now agreed to reduce his wages in order to make the deal possible.

Both Juve and Sevilla have been in talks with United and the Old Trafford club are happy for him to join either. The Italian giants offered more, although Martial has opted for Sevilla.

The Andalusians are just four points off the top of La Liga, having fallen away at the end of last season to finish fourth. A strong second half of the campaign has the potential to deliver a first Spanish league title in over 75 years, while they will also fancy their chances of winning a record seventh Europa League title ahead of facing Dinamo Zagreb in the first knockout round next month.

Martial joined United from Monaco in September 2015 for an initial fee of £36m potentially rising to £58m. He scored a famous debut goal against Liverpool and has since netted 79 times in 269 appearances across all competitions since. His contract runs to 2024 with an option until 2025.

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Dusan Vlahovic tells Fiorentina he wants Juventus move

Dusan Vlahovic has told Fiorentina that he wants Juventus to be his next club, 90min understands.

The Serbian superstar is considered one of the top talents in world football, having broken all goalscoring records in Florence.

Fiorentina have an offer on the table from Arsenal – worth in excess of £60m – while they were also aware that Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham were all following him closely.

However, Vlahovic and his agents have made it clear that they would only do things on their terms – as we revealed earlier this month.

Fiorentina’s worst fears have now been confirmed as Vlahovic has told them he wants to stay in Italy but move to Turin.

Juventus have long been considered as frontrunners for Vlahovic, but his form over the last 12 months has seen other suitors emerge and it looked like he could be heading for England.

However, Juve have now emerged as Vlahovic’s preferred destination and that decision has unsurprisingly angered Fiorentina.

Fiorentina have made it clear they did not want to sell Vlahovic to Juve, who have a history of taking their best players.

The most recent big deal saw Federico Chiesa move to Juventus in 2020 on a two-year loan with the Turin giants then having the option to buy for an eventual fee of less than £50m – which is now a huge bargain.

Juventus’ capture of Chiesa prompted Fiorentina’s president Rocco Commisso to accuse them of ‘stealing’ him.

The La Viola president stated: “How did they buy Chiesa? They stole him from us. Because they gave him a lot of money.”

Fiorentina are now faced with the same problem with Juve and Vlahovic, and their chief executive Joe Barone confirmed that the club are waiting to see whether a deal for the Serb will materialise this month or in the summer.

“I have talked a lot about Vlahovic in these days, Fiorentina has not received offers up to now, but we want clarity,” said Barone.

“Our market is not closed, we are always attentive to all movements in Italy and Europe. Let’s see what can happen. From Vlahovic and his entourage we want clarity. “

Americans Abroad: Josh Sargent inspires Norwich to victory, Daryl Dike out with injury

Americans abroad are back at it again.

USMNT forward Josh Sargent made himself known in the Premier League over the weekend, scoring twice for Norwich City to move his team out of relegation zone on the table for the first time this season.

In La Liga, meanwhile, Valencia’s Yunus Musah netted his first goal of the season against Atletico Madrid.

Here’s the latest action of USMNT playing abroad…

Daryl Dike earned his first start with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday against Peterborough United, playing just over 52 minutes in the 3-0 English Football League Championship win. 

But the night ended in frustration for the forward as he walked off the pitch with a hamstring injury. He is now expected to miss at least two weeks, sitting out two league matches as a result.

“We lost Daryl Dike to injury and we will see what the situation is on Monday with him,” West Brom manager Valentin Ismael said.

“We will see on Monday when he has a scan, but for sure the next two games he will miss because we cannot afford to take any risks now, especially after the Millwall game we have another 11 days. Now he can have 20 days to get ready for the Sheffield United game if the injury is not too bad.”

Dike joined West Brom from Orlando City in early January for a reported $10m deal. 

USMNT player Bryan Reynolds joined Belgian Pro League side KV Kortrijk on a season-long loan, leaving AS Roma after a frustrating time with the club. He now joins Brendan Hines-Ike and Erik Palmer-Brown as former American players to play for Kortrijk in recent seasons.

The 21-year-old earned the transfer to AS Roma in January 2021 after a loan spell with the club, but has since then only recorded eight appearances under manager Jose Mourinho. 

Reynolds is a product of the FC Dallas academy, and recorded 31 appearances in Major League Soccer before going abroad. 

Josh Sargent earned Friday’s Man of the Match after scoring twice in Norwich City’s 3-0 victory against Watford, inspiring the side to move out of the relegation zone for the first time this season. 

The USMNT player thrived in the 4-4-2 formation, working on the right wing to land his first Premier League goals. 

“I’m really pleased for him,” manager Dean Smith said about Sargent in his post-match interview. “It endears him to the supporters, they were singing his name. It’s been coming, he’s not playing in probably his favored position. But his work ethic is tremendous and his physicality helps us.

“We’ve sacrificed a man in midfield at the moment because we feel it’s worth it,” Smith added. “In other games we might have to change that. But delighted for Sarge. He had a newborn the other week so I’m sure he’ll dedicate the goals to his family.”

Sargent was equally as pleased with his display on the pitch. 

“It’s huge for us,” Sargent said. “Getting two wins in a row is massive for the guys and the confidence. Hopefully we can take that into the next games. To get the first goal and put the game away with the second and third showed our character that we kept wanting to push on and I’m proud of the boys tonight.

“It’s about time for us to be clinical. Hopefully we can continue that in the next games.”

Musah finally found his way to the scoresheet this season for Valencia. Despite the frustrating 3-2 loss against Atletico Madrid, Musah celebrated his efforts on the front foot. 

The midfielder had yet to score since December 2020, displaying huge strides in progress. 

Musah needed only 25 minutes to break the 0-0 deadline at the Wanda Metropolitano, driving a low shot into the bottom-left corner. It was his fourth goal of the season across all competitions.

Vanni Sartini backs Thomas Hasal to step up Vancouver Whitecaps starting GK

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini is backing goalkeeper Thomas Hasal to step up and take the opportunity to play following the sale of Maxime Crepeau.

Crepeau has arguably been one of the best goalkeepers in MLS over the past few years but was traded to LAFC last week in exchange for $1m in General Allocation Money (GAM) – a league record in his position.

Theat departure leaves a hole to fill. Just last season, Crepeau averaged 3.6 saves per 90 minutes – the fifth-highest of any MLS goalkeeper with 15 or more appearances. But while Sartini is worried about the loss of Crepeau’s leadership, he has no problem with Hasal stepping into the No.1 role.

“Someone needs to step up, and in soccer as in any other industry, we need to adapt to the situation, and the group will adapt to the situation,” Sartini said (via the Vancouver Sun).

He continued: “This thing of selling Maxime is something that can bring a little sense of unbalance in the team. He’s a player that was very important, but at the same moment, every…problem… presents an opportunity. Thomas is someone that is very good, he deserves to play and I’m actually excited that he’s going to have the possibility to show himself.

“The last point for me is about the leadership. It’s a season where we lost Maxime, we lost Andy [Rose], those were two of the most experienced guys, and we have a very young team. There’s a lot of guys that are 22, 23 years old, 21. But we say every time that the group is the leader.”

To date, Hasal has 17 senior appearances under his belt for the Whitecaps, keeping four clean sheets, and has been capped five times for Canada at youth international level.

Transfer news LIVE: Martial nearing Man Utd exit, Chelsea monitoring Dembele, Arsenal consider Isak approach

Welcome to the 90min transfer blog, where we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the rumours, reports and happenings in the window on this fine Monday.

With the winter break now upon us, clubs may finally kick into gear with just a week of the window remaining.

Follow along with the below live blog to stay up to date with all the latest transfer speculation.

7:22pm – Spurs & Wolves near Traore compromise

Tottenham are ‘edging closer’ to the signing of Wolves winger Adama Traore, according to Sky Sports News. The expectation is that the clubs will settle on a compromised fee of £20m, with Spurs so far offering £15m and Wolves asking for £25m.

6:35pm – Vlahovic tells Fiorentina he wants Juve move

Dusan Vlahovic has told Fiorentina he wants to sign for Juventus, 90min understands. That’ll go down well in Florence, who have often sold their star players to the Turin giants in the past.

The Serbian had been a target for Arsenal this month.

You can read that story here.

6:07pm – West Ham to step up transfer efforts

David Moyes has been pretty clear of his desire for West Ham to sign a few players this window.

The Evening Standard say Nat Phillips remains a target for the Hammers in defence, while Duje Caleta-Car has been scouted thoroughly though isn’t expected to move this month. They also want a striker with Ben Brereton Diaz liked, though he’s currently on international duty with Chile, complicating any potential deal.

5:49pm – DONE DEAL!

Former Chelsea winger Jeremie Boga has swapped Sassuolo for Atalanta for €22m plus add ons.

The 25-year-old netted 11 Serie A goals during the 2019/20 season, though he is yet to score this term.

5:43pm – Martial agrees wage cut for Sevilla move

Anthony Martial has agreed to take a pay cut in order to sign for Sevilla on loan until the end of the season.

Juventus had been interested and Manchester United were willing to loan him out to either side, but Sevilla have now moved ahead of the Serie A giants.

You can the full story here.

5:34pm – Watford sack Ranieiri

Watford have parted company with manager Claudio Ranieri after three and a half months, 90min understands.

There should be official word from the club soon.

4:00pm – United leading Kamara chase

Man Utd are ahead of both Real Madrid and Barcelona in pursuit of Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara.

As reported by Marca, United have made contact with the Frenchman over a free transfer in the summer and are the likeliest side to snap him up.

3:50pm – Carlos agents pushing for Newcastle move

The agents of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos have arrived at the club headquarters to try and convince them to authorise his move to Newcastle, according to Cope.

Carlos wants to join the Magpies but Sevilla are not yet willing to part with the Brazil international as they are still in the La Liga title race.

3:40pm – Hein seals Reading loan

Reading have confirmed the loan signing of 19-year-old Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein until the end of the season.

3:25pm – United preparing summer transfer strategy

January isn’t even over yet, but Man Utd already have one eye on what they play to get up to in the summer.

The MEN state that four summer signings are likely: a midfielder, forward, centre-back and a backup goalkeeper.

3:05pm – Ihattaren set for Juventus exit

Fabrizio Romano reports that Ajax have agreed to sign Juventus youngster Mohamed Ihattaren on loan with an option to buy.

The 19-year-old, who is currently on loan with Sampdoria, has dealt with personal troubles since leaving the Netherlands in 2019 and now appears set to return home.

2:40pm – Leno’s agent speaks out

A target of Newcastle United, goalkeeper Bernd Leno has received a lot of enquiries from interested teams, according to his agent.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Joannis Koukoutrigas said: “Of course we get a lot of requests from clubs for Bernd.

“Bernd has always behaved very well at Arsenal and has shown strong performances. That’s why it’s quite normal. But we won’t comment on every request, Bernd has an ongoing contract until summer 2023.”

2:30pm – Sule ready to leave Bayern

Niklas Sule has told Bayern Munich that he plans to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer, according to Bild.

Newcastle, Chelsea and Barcelona are just three of many suitors who have been keeping a close eye on Sule’s situation, and it looks as if they might be getting their wish.

2:20pm – Spurs in Cho talks

There’s a lot of talk about potential exits from Spurs, but one player who could join the club is Angers starlet Mohamed-Ali Cho.

The 18-year-old forward has impressed in Ligue 1 and Football Insider believe Spurs are now in talks over a transfer which could cost them a cool £16.7m.

2:10pm – Milan in talks over Tanganga loan

AC Milan remain determined to sign Japhet Tanganga on loan, but Tottenham aren’t as keen to let him go.

Tanganga has started the last five games for Spurs and The Athletic note he will only be allowed to leave if Milan agree to an option to buy the defender permanently. As it stands, the Serie A side only want a straight loan.

1:50pm – Telles offered to Inter

L’Interista claim that Man Utd left-back Alex Telles has been offered to Inter this month, with the Red Devils ready to sell if they receive an upfront sum of €15m.

Telles spent 2015/16 on loan with Inter and has been tipped to make his return six years later.

1:40pm – Liverpool to face Carvalho competition

Liverpool are one of the favourites to land Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho on a free transfer in the summer, but they’ll face some immense competition.

Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen are both chasing the 19-year-old, according to Bruno Andrade.

1:20pm – West Ham join Broja race

All the talk around Chelsea loanee Armando Broja is to do with Southampton, but now West Ham have been thrown into the mix.

It’s Football Insider who state that the Hammers’ recruitment chief has delivered ‘glowing reports’ of the striker to David Moyes. One to keep an eye on?

1:00pm – Newcastle hold talks for trio

While we at 90min reported earlier that Newcastle have made a huge loan offer for Jesse Lingard, they’re still looking at other deals.

In the last few days, they’ve also held talks regarding Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Duvan Zapata – you can find out more here.

12:45pm – Liverpool & Man City go head-to-head for Dutch winger

Got enough goals and creativity, Manchester City and Liverpool? No? Ok then, whatever.

Voetbal International report that the Premier League’s top two have both reached out to PSV star Cody Gakpo over a move to England.

The Netherlands international is expected to sign a contract extension in Eindhoven, but could still leave for the right offer.

12:30pm – Wijnaldum & Draxler open to Tottenham loans

After searching for candidates that could potentially be used in a loan-swap for Tanguy Ndombele, a couple of PSG contenders have stepped forward.

90min understands Georginio Wijnaldum and Julian Draxler would be open to heading to Spurs until the end of the season as part of the deal – more details can be found here.

12:20pm – Newcastle make huge loan offer for Lingard

Jesse Lingard’s proposed move to Newcastle continues to get closer, and the Magpies believe their latest offer will finally be accepted by Man Utd.

90min can reveal the Magpies have made a £10m loan offer (yes, only a loan, you read that correctly) for Lingard.

You can read the full story here.

11:45am – Broja happy at Southampton

There’s been plenty of speculation in the last few weeks that Southampton want to make their loan for Chelsea’s Armando Broja permanent.

The Albania international has given a glowing reference of the Saints, insisting he’s happy with how his spell at St Mary’s is going so far.

“It’s an amazing club, amazing players, people, so I’m around good people and I’m enjoying my football.

“I’m happy with the opportunities that I’m getting and trying to help the team out.

“I go into every game playing my way, trying to help the team out as much as possible. For me, it doesn’t matter who I’m up against, I just try to play for the team and play for the win. I just try to give my all for the team.”

11:30am – Chelsea monitoring Dembele situation

The contract stand-off between Barcelona and Ousmane Dembele is beginning to get a little ugly.

The Frenchman’s deal is up in the summer and Xavi has been vocal about the need for the winger to move on by the end of this window so that Barça can at least make some money from him.

The Evening Standard are the latest outlet to report of Chelsea’s interest in Dembele, with Thomas Tuchel still an admirer of the winger from their time together at Borussia Dortmund.

11:20am – Tagliafico desperate to join Barcelona

Barcelona’s search for cover at left-back rumbles on, and a certain Ajax and Argentina defender has offered his services to the club.

Nicolas Tagliafico is busy trying to engineer a move from Amsterdam to Catalonia, reports Fabrizio Romano. He’s also been linked with Chelsea in recent weeks as the Blues aim to fill the hole left by Ben Chilwell’s injury.

10:55am – Arsenal consider making Isak new top target

With the whole world now bored of Arsenal’s long and winding pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic, the Gunners may look to press ahead with moves for other targets instead.

Indeed, the Evening Standard write that Arsenal are considering changing tact and could make a move for Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak later this week – the Sweden striker has a release clause of around £75m.

10:40am – Sevilla prioritise Martial signing

While Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Man Utd are in talks with a number of clubs over deals for their want-away players, transfer proceedings continue to drag on.

Marca write that Sevilla, who have been touted with a move for Anthony Martial all window long, remain keen on a loan move the Frenchman to Andalusia and are determined to overcome the ‘enormous difficulties’ needed to complete a deal.

10:30am – Milan star Leao owes Sporting €16.5m

Bit of a strange one, this.

Rafael Leao has been one of Milan’s best performers this season as they go in search of their first Scudetto in over a decade, but he’s got a notable off-field issue to tie up.

Reports in Italy say he’s lost his appeal court appeal against a claim that he unlawfully terminated his contract at former side Sporting CP and will either have to pay them €16.5m or take his case to the Portuguese Supreme Court.

10:15am – Chelsea complete signing of new left-back

Good news, Chelsea fans: you’ve signed a new left-back!

Bad news, Chelsea fans: 18-year-old Dylan Williams will join up with the development squads. Oh well, can’t have everything.

10:00am – Barcelona approach for Pedraza rejected

Jordi Alba isn’t getting any younger (even if he’s still one of Barcelona’s better players), and so it’s understandable why the Blaugrana are keen on strengthening their options in his position.

Marca write that Xavi has requested the signing of Villarreal’s Alfonso Pedraza, but Unai Emery’s side have already knocked back an approach from Barça.

9:45am – Lo Celso being shipped around by Spurs

Giovani Lo Celso

Lo Celso is being shopped around by Spurs / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

After being dropped from the matchday squad for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea, 90min can confirm that Tottenham are busy offering Giovani Lo Celso around Europe.

Meanwhile, football.london report that Sevilla could be ready to take Spurs up on such an offer – a move that could see the Argentine link up again with Erik Lamela.

9:20am – Aubameyang wants to stay in Europe

Arsenal are keen to shift Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month and have received a couple of offers from Saudi Arabian sides to take him off their hands, but their former captain will only leave on his terms.

The Athletic report that Aubameyang is expected to spurn interest from Al Hilal and Al-Nassr as he believes he can still cut it at the very highest level.

9:05am – Frank signs new Brentford contract

90min were first to reveal Brentford’s intentions to tie head coach Thomas Frank down to a new deal, and the club confirmed on Monday morning that the Dane has put pen to paper on a contract that will run until 2025.

You can read the full story here.

8:55am – Fiorentina chief on Vlahovic ‘clarity’

Fiorentina’s head honcho Joe Barone is getting pretty tired of talking about the future of Dusan Vlahovic, particularly now that Juventus may be stepping up their interest.

“I have talked a lot about Vlahovic in these days, Fiorentina has not received offers up to now, but we want clarity. Our market is not closed, we are always attentive to all movements in Italy and Europe.

“Let’s see what can happen. From Vlahovic and his entourage we want clarity. We have a future.”

8:40am – Rangnick in dark over Man Utd transfers

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has admitted he is not sure what his playing squad will look like come the end of the transfer window.

He was asked which players could leave the club in the coming days, and while he knows some of his stars are unhappy, can’t be certain that they will depart for pastures new.

“I don’t know. I know which players would want to leave. I know that there are some negotiations with clubs but I am not involved in that. I will probably be posted and made aware if something is happening.”

8:30am – Chelsea & PSG considering Asensio move

Marco Asensio

Asensio’s looked sharp this season / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/GettyImages

It’s emerged in recent days that Real Madrid fear that Marco Asensio could walk away from the Spanish capital over a contract dispute, with PSG willing to offer the him a bumper deal.

And Defensa Central now report that Chelsea have emerged as a potential destination for Asensio due to the ongoing uncertainty over their current crop of wide forwards.

8:20am – Man City to confirm Alvarez capture

90min reported last week that Manchester City had ousted stiff competition and won the race for Argentine starlet Julian Alvarez, and we can now reveal that the club will soon announce the signing.

You can read the full story here.

8:10am – Tielemans wanted by Spanish giants

Reports in England have recently told of Arsenal’s interest in Leicester star Youri Tielemans, who is hesitant over signing a new deal at the King Power Stadium.

But Fichajes report that the Gunners will do well to land the Belgium international with Real Madrid and Barcelona keeping tabs on the midfielder.

8:00am – Good morning!

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