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Who is Rabbi Matondo? The 18-year-old Man City winger who could be set to join Schalke

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could be set to sell teenage ace Rabbi Matondo.

The young winger is being heavily linked with a move to German side Schalke this month.

Man City youngster Rabbi Matondo

Reports today have claimed that the Bundesliga side are ‘closing in’ on the Wales international for a fee of £11m.

Asked about Schalke’s interest, Guardiola said: “I heard about that – they are interested in another young player. But I do not know if it’s going to finish.

“I know how good he is. He’s a winger, so fast, incredibly quick and a young talent. That is another thing; how good this club is working.”

So as another youngster looks set to head to Germany, just who is Matondo?

Man City youngster Rabbi Matondo

Rabbi Matondo – how old is he?

Matondo was born September 9, 2000 and turned 18 years old last year. He is originally from Liverpool and was raised in Cardiff.

His father, Dada, played high-level football for several clubs in his native Congo. His two brothers also play football with both having featured for Cardiff at some level.

Rabbi Matondo – what position is he?

He has been deployed mainly as a left winger in City’s youth sides in the last two seasons but can also play from the right.

City described him as a ‘talented winger blessed with electrifying turn of pace and an abundance of natural talent’.

Rabbi Matondo – his career to date

Matondo was part of Cardiff’s youth system before moving to City in 2016.

He made his City U18 debut two seasons ago scoring in a 4-2 win over Reading. He then made his U21 debut against Rotherham in August 2017 and scored in his second match at that level in a 2-1 defeat to Bradford.

He has featured in the EFL Trophy this season, helping City to qualify from their group. They are now in the quarter-finals of the competition after beating Rochdale on Tuesday.

The attacker has become a regular for the club’s Premier League 2 side in recent weeks and was nominated for the competition’s Player of the Month for December.

Man City youngster Rabbi Matondo

Rabbi Matondo – is he an international?

Matondo was called up to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for the last international break.

He came on for his debut as a 78th-minute substitute in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Albania in November.

Rabbi Matondo – what has he said?

Matondo was asked in a recent interview about City boss Guardiola.

He said: “For me he’s the best manager in the world, and to even be on the same pitch as him is an honour in itself.

“I’m very thankful for getting the chance to witness first hand how he manages the team and how he goes about things.”

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Everton transfer news: Marco Silva ‘keeping tabs’ on Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr

Everton are keeping tabs on Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr, according to reports.

The 20-year-old has scored nine goals and provided four assists to help the French club climb to 10th in Ligue 1.

Ismaila Sarr is on Everton’s radar

Sarr started in all three of Senegal’s World Cup games as they failed to make it past the group stages last summer.

French outlet Wiwsport claim Everton are “closely following” Sarr, who continues to impress in France.

Everton are yet to make a January signing despite languishing in 11th and suffering a 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Championship club Millwall.

Sarr would provide competition to Theo Walcott, Ademola Lookman and Bernard – three wingers who have failed to make a major impact at Goodison Park this season.

Everton boss Marco Silva is under pressure after losing seven of his last 12 games.

But the Portuguese is refusing to press the panic button and revealed he has spoken to Everton’s owners since their shock FA Cup exit on Saturday.

He said: “We are always in contact. Of course they are like me, our players and our fans in this moment. We have had some chats, like we have always after good or not good results.

“All of us are looking for the next match because it was disappointing for our board, but we have to look forward.

“My job is always difficult. It’s nothing different than it was for the previous managers. I’m here to do my job, work hard and change many things.”

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Alvaro Morata: Chelsea striker leaves Premier League club to join Atletico Madrid on loan until 2020

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has completed his loan move to Atletico Madrid.

The Spain international struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge following his £60million move from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017.

Alvaro Morata has not featured much for Chelsea in recent months

He has made 47 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 16 times, but has not started a top-flight game since January.

Now – following the signing of Gonzalo Higuain – Maurizio Sarri has sanctioned his exit from the London club.

Morata will remain at Atletico until the end of the 2019/20 season, with the club also having the option to make the deal permanent.

“I’m very happy and proud to be here. I can’t wait to start training, meet my new teammates and play,” he told Atletico’s official website.

Morata was on the books of Atletico as a youngster before being snapped up by their bitter rivals Real Madrid, with whom he made his professional debut.

He represented Real Madrid across two separate spells – either side of a two-year stay with Juventus – and won two La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues with Los Blancos.

Chelsea made him their record signing in 2017 with a £60m swoop, but he never looked settled at the club.

His exit was effectively sealed last week when manager Sarri questioned where the player’s loyalties lay.

Sarri said: “Morata is potentially a very good player. He has the characteristics for playing in my team, but one month ago he said he wanted to play for another team.

“It was very difficult for him to give us 100 per cent because of his mental situation. “

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Premier League done deals: Every January transfer window deal as Morata joins Atletico Madrid

The transfer window is now open, with Premier League clubs set to splash the cash once more over the next month.

A record £419.5m was spent by top-flight teams in England last January, with numerous sides setting transfer fee records.

Alexis Sanchez to Man United from Arsenal was one of the biggest deals of the last January window

There is sure to be plenty of business yet again this new year and will keep you fully updated with all the deals done.

Below are all the incoming and outgoing transfers at every Premier League club in January…




Emiliano Martinez (Reading, loan)



Dominic Solanke (Liverpool, £19m)

Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool, loan)

Chris Mepham (Brentford, undisclosed)


Aaron Ramsdale (Wimbledon, loan)

Jermain Defoe (Rangers, loan)

Alex Dobre (Yeovil, loan)

Tyrell Hamilton (Salisbury, loan)

Matt Worthington (Yeovil, free)

Marc Pugh (Hull, loan)

Jordan Holmes (St Mirren, loan)

Charlie Seaman (Dundee United, loan)



Alexis Mac Allister (Argentinos Juniors, undisclosed)


Josh Kerr (Derry City, loan)

George Cox (Northampton, loan)

Ben Barclay (Notts County, loan)

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United, Undisclosed)

Ben White (Peterborough, loan)

Jordan Maguire-Drew (Leyton Orient, loan)

Markus Suttner (Fortuna Dusseldorf, loan)

Anders Dreyer (St Mirren, loan)

Billy Arce (CS Emelec, loan)




Jimmy Dunne (Sunderland, loan)

Ali Koiki (Swindon, loan)

Ntumba Massanka (Racing White Daring Molenbeek, loan)

George McMahon (Ashton United, loan)



Oumar Niasse (Everton, loan)

Emiliano Sala (Nantes, undisclosed)


Paul McKay (Morecambe, loan)

Lee Tomlin (Peterborough, loan)

Gary Madine (Sheffield United, loan)

Anthony Pilkington (Released and joined Wigan)



Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, £58million)

Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus, loan)

Pulisic has been a man in demand – but Chelsea have clinched his signature


Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, loan)

Kasey Palmer (Blackburn, loan)

Lewis Baker (Reading, loan)

Josh Grant (Yeovil, loan)

Cesc Fabregas (Monaco, £8million)

Karlo Ziger (Sutton United, loan)

Matt Miazga (Reading, loan)

Victor Moses (Fenerbahce, loan)

Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid, loan)



Lucas Perri (Sao Paulo, loan)

Bakary Sako (West Brom, free)


Jason Puncheon (Huddersfield, loan)

Jordon Mutch (released)

Alexander Sorloth (Gent, loan)

Jonny Williams (Charlton, undisclosed)

Nya Kirby (Blackpool, loan)

Oliver Webber (Greenwich Borough, loan)

Joseph Hungbo (Margate, loan)

Sullay Kaikai (NAC Breda, undisclosed)




Mason Holgate (West Brom, loan)

Kieran Dowell (Sheffield United, loan)

Shayne Lavery (Falkirk, loan)

Oumar Niasse (Cardiff, loan)



Ryan Babel (Besiktas, undisclosed fee)

Fulham signed Ryan Babel from Turkish club Besiktas


Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley, £1million)



Jaden Brown (Tottenham Hotspur, free transfer)

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace, loan)


Ramadan Sobhi (Al Ahly, loan)

Rajiv van La Parra (Middlesbrough, loan)

Collin Quaner (Ipswich, loan)

Ryan Schofield (Notts County, loan)

Jaden Brown (Exeter, loan)




Callum Elder (Ipswich, loan)

Vicente Iborra (Valencia, undisclosed fee)

Fousseni Diabate (Sivasspor, loan)

Yohan Benalouane (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed)




Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth, £19m)

Nathaniel Clyne (Bournemouth, loan)

Ovie Ejaria (Reading, loan)

Kamil Grabara (AGF Aarhus, loan)



Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew, £7m)


Anthony Caceres (Sydney FC, loan)

Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid, initial £15.5m, could rise to £22m)

Luke Bolton (Wycombe, loan)

Brahim Diaz has completed his £22m move to the Bernabeu




Ethan Hamilton (Manchester United, loan)

Regan Poole (Newport, loan)




Liam Gibson (Accrington, loan)

Elias Sorensen (Blackpool, loan)

Jamie Sterry (Crewe, loan)




Steven Davis (Rangers, loan)

Manolo Gabbiadini (Sampdoria, undisclosed)

Wesley Hoedt (Celta Vigo, loan)

Cedric Soares (Inter Milan, loan)




Jaden Brown (Huddersfield Town, free)

Mousa Dembele (Guangzhou R&F, undisclosed)



Adam Parkes (Southampton, undisclosed)


Stefano Okaka (Udinese, loan)

Williams Velasquez (JEF United Chiba, loan)

Jorge Segura (Atlas, loan)

Younes Kaboul (contract terminated)

Marvin Zeegelaar (Udinese, loan)

Randell Williams (Exeter, free)



Samir Nasri (free transfer)

Manuel Pellegrini has brought in a familiar face in Samir Nasri to West Ham


Vashon Neufville (Newport, loan)

Moses Makasi (Stevenage, loan)

Joe Powell (Northampton, loan)

Toni Martinez (Lugo, loan)
Sead Haksabanovic (Norrkoping, loan)



David Wang (Jamilla B, undisclosed)

Ed Francis (Man City, undisclosed)


David Wang (Sporting CP, loan)

Benik Afobe (Stoke, Undisclosed)

Kortney Hause (Aston Villa, loan)

Jordan Graham (Oxford United, loan)

Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City, loan)

Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Rochdale, loan)

Harry Burgoyne (Falkirk, loan)

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Alvaro Morata leaves Chelsea to join Atletico Madrid on loan until 2020

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season.

The Spain international struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge following his £60million move from Real Madrid in July 2017.

Alvaro Morata struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge

He has made 47 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 16 times, but has not started a top-flight game since January.

Now – following the signing of Gonzalo Higuain – Maurizio Sarri has sanctioned his exit from the London club.

“I’m very happy and proud to be here. I can’t wait to start training, meet my new teammates and play,” Morata told Atletico’s official website.

Morata was on the books of Atletico as a youngster before being snapped up by their bitter rivals Real Madrid, with whom he made his professional debut.

He represented Real Madrid across two separate spells – either side of a two-year stay with Juventus – and won two La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues with Los Blancos.

Chelsea made him their record signing in 2017 with a £60m swoop, but he never looked settled at the club.

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino happy with squad and doesn’t want new signings, claims Harry Redknapp on talkSPORT

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is content with his current squad and does not want to sign any new players this month, according to Harry Redknapp.

Spurs have been linked with several potential signings over January, as they consider bringing in cover for injured duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

The England stars are both expected to be out until March at least, and they have been sorely missed in a miserable week for Tottenham, who were dumped out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup in the space of four days.

Trippier missed a penalty as Spurs most 2-0 to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday

With a week to go until the transfer deadline, time is running out for the club to make amends after their barren summer and strengthen the team.

But while transfer reports continue to link the club with potential new arrivals, former manager Redknapp believes Pochettino is not so keen to add to his squad.

“I don’t think Poch wants anyone,” Redknapp said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“He’s not been desperate. People tell me they [the club] have come up with players but he likes a small squad and he’s happy. He feels like he’s got players there who can come in.

Harry Kane is irreplaceable, obviously, but he’s lost very key players, you take three players like that out of any team…

Harry Kane and Dele Alli are huge misses for Tottenham

“Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura have come in, there are not exactly fools, these are players that cost £20m or £30m, they are not cheap players.

“You would have still thought there is enough cover there to pick up a couple of more results, though.

“It’s difficult to replace people – where are you going to find a top class player who is going to come in for just four and five weeks, but when Harry Kane is back fit you’ll be on the bench? It’s very difficult to find somebody.”

It looks very likely Pochettino will end his fifth season in charge of Tottenham without winning a trophy after their double cup exit, losing to Chelsea on Sunday before a 2-0 defeat to Palace in the FA Cup fourth round.

Spurs are currently third in the Premier League and way off the pace of the leaders, while few expect them to mount a realistic challenge in the Champions League ahead of their last-16 clash against Borussia Dortmund.

Supporters have been left frustrated by yet another failure to lift silverware and Redknapp has also admitted his disappointment, having tipped the team to end their wait this term.

“Tottenham have got an incredible team and they have been decimated by injuries, but they do need a trophy for sure,” he added.

“I said this season they will definitely win a trophy, but it’s looking tougher now, there’s only one left they can win and that’s the Champions League.

“Fans will be disappointed, but at the same time they love the manager and quite rightly so. He’s done a great job there.

“But they do want to see a trophy on the sideboard sooner or later, it’s got to happen at some stage.”

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Arsenal transfer news: How Gunners could line-up with Ivan Perisic, Christopher Nkunku and Denis Suarez

Arsenal’s season is wobbling and their recent poor form continued on Friday night as they exited the FA Cup by losing to Manchester United.

It’s now five losses in 10 games across all competitions with a patched up defence attempting to get the Gunners through their tough time.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery

But now it seems manager Unai Emery is set to enter the transfer market to try and get things right at the Emirates.

Rather than spend defensively, though, the Spaniard looks likely to sign a winger and a versatile midfielder, according to the latest reports.

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has handed in a transfer request and could now join the Gunners as they look to arrange a loan-to-buy deal, which could eventually be worth £35million.

Meanwhile, a loan move for Denis Suarez or Christopher Nkunku might also happen to add depth in key areas for the top six side, who could miss out on Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season.

But what would an Arsenal team look like with Perisic and one of Suarez or Nkunku? Find out below.


Unless current no.1 Bernd Leno experiences a severe dip in form it’s unlikely anyone other than the German will be occupying the space between the sticks for the long-term.

Petr Cech will remain his deputy, playing in cup matches, while a successor to the veteran, when he retires at the end of the season is unlikely to come until the summer.


Hector Bellerin’s huge injury blow came at the worst time for Emery as he attempts to sort out his leaky backline.

Laurent Koscielny may be back and Sokratis Papastathopoulos may have been added in the summer but it’s an area which needs significant improvement when you compare it to the rest of the top six.

For the time being the right-back role will be going to either Ainsley Maitland-Niles or veteran Switzerland star Stephan Lichtsteiner, while, when fit, Koscielny and Sokratis, will be the first-choice backline until Rob Holding returns.
At left-back, Nacho Monreal will start but this also depends on his fitness.

Arsenal transfer targets Denis Suarez, Ivan Perisic, and Christopher Nkunku.


It’s likely, given his previous managerial tendencies, Emery will want to get his 4-3-3 on the go, even if this does stifle the career of some of the club’s big name players.

We’ve already seen he isn’t afraid to chop and change for tactical reasons, with Mesut Ozil frequently being left out.

Granit Xhaka, for the time being, looks like being he short-passing midfielder anchor who safer keeps play ticking along, while summer signing Lucas Torreira will continue to the right of him.

It’s on the left side we’re will see either Christopher Nkunku or Denis Suarez fit in, more advanced than the other central midfielders, their role will be to shuttle the ball forward with their dribbling skills, while then using the vision they both possess to pick the correct pass in the final third.

Arsenal paid more than £57m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he’s been a hit


Down the middle, it’s unlikely Alexandre Lacazette will get above Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the pecking order while we could also see Alex Iwobi out on the right wing.

This would allow potential new boy Perisic to take up his usual role on the left.

We could potentially see Lacazette through the middle and Aubameyang towards the right but this could harm the goal scoring of Aubameyang.

Meanwhile, another option might be to play Perisic and Aubameyang as two wider forwards with Iwobi just tucked behind them as a No.10.

Is this how Arsenal could line-up with their possible new signings?
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Transfer news and football gossip: Chelsea boost for Ake, Rabiot ‘rejects Tottenham’ and wants Liverpool move, Leeds to complete Bogusz signing

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and gossip from Monday’s newspapers and online…

Chelsea have been handed a boost in the race to sign £40million defender Nathan Ake. The club’s former youngster currently plays for Bournemouth, and the Cherries signed a replacement for Ake, Chris Mepham, earlier this month. The Blues have first refusal on any deal for the 23-year-old. (Star)

Adrien Rabiot has turned down the chance to sign for Tottenham as he would prefer to join Liverpool. Chelsea are also known to be keen on the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder. (Paris United)

Rabiot remains wanted by a host of Europe’s elite clubs

Leeds remain interested in Dan James but they will have to significantly increase their £3million offer to sign the Swansea winger. James is Marcelo Bielsa’s prime target for the remainder of the January transfer window. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

The Whites look set to sign Mateusz Bogusz over the coming days as the 17-year-old midfielder has flown to England to finalise the deal. The Polish starlet was first linked with Leeds last month. (Chorzow Ianin)

Paris Saint-Germain have submitted a £21.5million bid for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye. The Toffees are expected to reject the approach, but Gueye wants to move to France. (Sky Sports)

Olivier Giroud has admitted he could return to France following Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Chelsea. (Goal)

Giroud only joined Chelsea this time last year

Southampton have tabled an initial £8million offer for Che Adams, the Birmingham forward who has scored 14 goals this season. (Mirror)

Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is wanted on loan by Hull. The 19-year-old winger spent the first half of the season with Sheffield United, but started only two matches. (Mail)

Reece Oxford, the West Ham defender, is an £8million target for Championship side Nottingham Forest. (Mirror)

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Everton transfer latest: Marco Silva rules out signings in final week of January window

Everton are unlikely to sign any players before the close of the January transfer window, manager Marco Silva claims.

The Goodison Park club have been involved in just a single big deal this month with Oumar Niasse, the Toffees striker, allowed to join Premier League rivals Cardiff on loan for the remainder of the season.

Niasse joined relegation battlers Cardiff earlier this month

January was expected to be a month of squad-trimming for Silva, and some youngsters have also been allowed to leave the club on loan, as well as Niasse; the most high-profile are Mason Holgate and Kieran Dowell, who both dropped into the Championship with West Brom and Sheffield United respectively.

Despite Silva needing to get players off Everton’s books, there have been rumours of potential incomings over the past few weeks.

Reports have claimed of interest in Michy Batshuayi, the Chelsea forward, Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara, and even Real Madrid and Manchester United target Eder Militao, the defender who currently represents Porto.

But it is unlikely there will be new faces through the door with just three days to go until the window slams shut.

“It looks really difficult for something to happen in the market now for us,” Silva said in Monday’s press conference.

The Toffees are facing a fight to stop one of their key players following Niasse out the exit door, with Paris Saint-Germain submitting an offer for Idrissa Gueye, the midfielder.

Silva confirmed the bid has been rejected, as reports claimed.

He added: “My reaction is the same as our reaction as a club. We reject the offer.

“He’s a really important player for us.

PSG hope to sign a new midfielder before the end of the month

“It’s normal for us to sign new players, and that means it’s something really difficult, it’s something the club has to spend good amounts to do that, and so we don’t put our players on the market, and for some clubs to come here and try and buy our players, they have to look really for the value of the player.

“And when you look for this price, for this money, it’s something I don’t see really the value of Gana.”

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Manchester United transfer news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rules out departures before end of January window

Manchester United are unlikely to lose any players before the January transfer window closes, interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims.

The Red Devils have been quiet throughout the winter window, with just a couple of loan exits agreed for two youngsters – Ethan Hamilton to Rochdale and Regan Poole to Newport.

Manchester United have preferred to do their talking on the pitch this month

There has allegedly been little interest from the club in signing any players permanently as the Old Trafford managerial situation remains uncertain; Solskjaer is still only working on a contract until the end of the season.

Rumours have emerged of first-team players departing United, however, with the likes of Matteo Darmian, the full-back, and midfielder Marouane Fellaini reportedly set to seal moves away from Old Trafford before the end of the month.

But, with less than a week to go until the January window slams shut, Solskjaer does not believe any deals will be confirmed.

“At the moment I can see everyone staying at the club because no deals have been done with anyone, I think,” he said in Monday’s press conference.

“But then again there are still a few more days, but I’m not too involved in the negotiations.

“So whatever happens, happens, but it’ll be good to get the window closed so we can just focus on matters, the squad and improving the ones who stay here.”

Andreas Pereira is another subject of interest, with the midfielder’s United contract expiring in the summer, albeit with the option of a further year.

Pereira has struggled for game time this season

The 23-year-old made his Brazil debut in September but has only made nine club appearances in all competitions, but Solskjaer has no intention to allow him to leave temporarily as he rates the midfielder highly.

“No, I can’t see him going out on loan because Andreas has done fantastic in training ever since I’ve come back,” the Norwegian said.

“I’ve kept in touch with Warren (Joyce), who had him in the reserves.

“I’ve known about Andreas from before and he’s a player that you could see play quite a few games for us towards the end of the season.”

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