Former Arsenal and Man City defender Bacary Sagna joins Serie A side Benevento

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Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has joined the Serie A’s bottom team, Benevento, for the rest of the season.

The 34-year-old ex-France international’s deal includes an option for a further year.

A statement on the club’s website on Saturday read: “This morning, at the Caravaggio Sporting Village in Naples, an agreement was reached between Benevento Calcio and footballer Bacary Sagna.

“In the presence of president Oreste Vigorito, the French defender of Senegalese origins signed a contract that binds him to the Giallorossi club until June 30. The deal includes the option for the extension until June 30, 2019. Bacary Sagna will be available to coach Roberto De Zerbi from next week.”

Sagna, who won 65 caps for Les Bleus, has been without a club since leaving Manchester City last summer.

Benevento prop up the rest in Serie A, having collected just seven points from their first 22 games.

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Spurs slap €200m price tag on Real Madrid target Harry Kane, Man United in for Arturo Vidal

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The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.

Harry Kane is Real Madrid’s if the La Liga giants can stump up 200 million.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho fancies adding Arturo Vidal to the Manchester United midfield.

Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking on Saturday.

Kane has a real chance

The Kane to Madrid link simply won’t die down and Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have fanned the flames by suggesting Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has slapped a 200m price tag on the England striker.

Levy is a notoriously tough operator in the transfer market, having already forced Real to spend a then-record sum to bring Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu.

Yet there is arguably no better option to replace an inconsistent Karim Benzema as the spearhead of Real’s attack.

VERDICT: 6/10

With money tight thanks to the cost of a new stadium – and the budgets of their nearest Premier League rivals – Kane, who could score his 100th Premier League goal in the trip to Liverpool on Sunday, should by no means be considered out of reach.

Kane, still only 24, is not the type of player to kick up a fuss but has recently said ‘trophies’ are what will keep him in north London for the long haul – he has yet to win one at Tottenham.

Harry Kane continues to be linked with a move away from Tottenham.

Harry Kane continues to be linked with a move away from Tottenham.

Spurs are also hindered by their rigid wage structure, though surely they will make an exception for their star man.

It seems hard to believe that Levy would be willing to part with the player no matter the offer, but as history suggests, Real usually get their way.

Vidal could add some bite to United

Arturo Vidal and Manchester United have been uttered in the same sentence many times before and Jose Mourinho harbours hope that he can make the transfer happen this summer, according to the Daily Star.

The Chile midfielder will have just one year left on his Bayern Munich contract in the summer and was apparently wanted by Chelsea in the January transfer window.

VERDICT: 7/10

It was self-evident that Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic needed help in the middle after Tottenham blew them off the park on Wednesday. The only question is whether Vidal is truly Mourinho’s man.

He’s experienced, which is a strong indicator in a Mourinho target, and at his best is one of the most complete midfielders in the world.

Vidal has been linked with a switch United

Vidal has been linked with a switch to United.

On the downside, he is 31 years old and can sometimes go missing on the big occasion. He is however a realistic target for a Bayern Munich side likely to hit the refresh button after Jupp Heynckes (leaves) again.

He would be an intriguing addition to United – as long as he’s not their only signing in the centre of the park this summer.

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Ademola Lookman among January new recruits who could make debut this weekend

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Lookman has a chance now with RB Leipzig for regular minutes.

With the January transfer window now over and the focus once again on action on the pitch, we look at four stars who could make their debuts this weekend after making moves last month.

ADEMOLA LOOKMAN

AGE: 20

NEW CLUB: RB LEIPZIG
TRANSFERRED FROM: EVERTON (LOAN)

The young Englishman apparently forced a loan move out of Goodison Park on transfer deadline day, despite Sam Allardyce’s willingness to keep the promising attacker. Lookman, who had featured just seven times (one start) in the Premier League for the Toffees since signing from Charlton last January for £11m, clearly wants more minutes and he should get his chance this weekend.

At just 20, he is likely to be thrown into RB Leipzig’s squad for the trip to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday with the German side chasing Champions League qualification. A positive loan stint should help the youngster force his way back into Everton’s plans next term.

Ademola Lookman celebrates scoring a goal.

Ademola Lookman struggled for game time at Goodison Park.

MARC BARTRA
AGE: 27
NEW CLUB: REAL BETIS
TRANSFERRED FROM: BORUSSIA DORTMUND (UNDISCLOSED FEE)

The 27-year-old got his wish – he was just desperate to return to La Liga after things went a bit stale at Dortmund (and the emotional upheaval of being a victim in last year’s bomb blast on the team bus).

Bartra, a former Barcelona prodigy turned star who never really fulfilled his full potential during a six-season stay at the Camp Nou, now has the chance to become a defensive mainstay in Spain again and guarantee his spot in La Roja’s squad for the World Cup in Russia.

He should well be in contention to play on Saturday as the Seville-based club host Villarreal.

Bartra has moved to Betis.

ISLAM SLIMANI
AGE: 29
NEW CLUB: NEWCASTLE
TRANSFERRED FROM: LEICESTER CITY (LOAN)

The muscular Algerian has joined Newcastle on loan after a disappointing 18 months at Leicester City. Slimani arrived at the King Power with a big reputation after shining for Sporting Lisbon, but has only performed in spurts for the Foxes, scoring 12 goals in 44 games. For Toon boss Rafa Benitez, the January window was a major disappointment, the former Liverpool manager not getting any of the playing resources he craved as the Newcastle takeover issue descended into a farce.

But if Benitez can work his magic and get Slimani back to something like his Sporting best, then the target man can give goal-starved Newcastle’s survival hopes a real shot in the arm.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Islam Slimani of Leicester City evades Markus Schwabl of Fleetwood Town during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Leicester City and Fleetwood Town at The King Power Stadium on January 16, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images )

Can Slimani help Newcastle avoid the drop?

RAFINHA
AGE: 24
NEW CLUB: INTER MILAN
TRANSFERRED FROM: BARCELONA

The Brazilian central midfielder was desperately in need of a fresh start after his career had stalled at Barca with his undoubted skills seen as surplus to requirements. But, given his youthful age, the dynamic playmaker – brother of Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara – still has time on his side. Inter is a great move for him. He is used to being around a big club and at the Nerazzurri he’s really got a chance to show what he is made of as they battle for a much-needed Champions League spot.

If he impresses the loan deal can easily become permanent – with it being expected he will play some part in the clash with Crotone this weekend. The key for the La Masia youth graduate will be staying fit and ensuring he is available for selection – something that he has struggled with over his time at Camp Nou.

Rafinha leaves Barcelona for Inter Milan on loan

Rafinha ended a long affiliation with Barcelona.

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