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.
Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking on Tuesday.
Arsenal and Tottenham face competition from China for Bordeaux wonderkid Malcom, according to Telefoot.
Bordeaux are believed to be looking for more than £55m – a fee Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly unwilling to pay.
Malcom has been one of the mainstays in a struggling Bordeaux side this season, scoring eight goals and providing five assists in 21 games.
Although his club are currently eighth in Ligue 1, Malcom has been taking the league by storm with his glittering footwork and passing ability.
As Arsenal and Tottenham looks to strengthen his squad for next season, the young Brazilian could inject more class in an already star-studded attack.
Although £55 million is an expensive asking price, both clubs believe a fee of £33 million could be enough to get the deal over the line.
Liverpool and Arsenal have agreed to meet the £28 million release clause of Hoffenheim star Kerem Demirbay, reports Sport Bild.
The 24-year-old midfielder is a man in demand and two of Premier League’s elite are battling it out to secure his signature this summer.
Despite widespread reports that Bayern Munich have already secured a deal with Demirbay – who only signed a new contract last season – Arsenal and Liverpool are ready to nip in and agree a deal with the German international.
Demirbay is one of the new stars of German football and could be a key man for Joachim Low’s side during this summer’s World Cup.
With Hoffenheim struggling at present, the 24-year-old could opt to pursue a new challenge in Premier League instead as Liverpool and Arsenal look for a midfielder capable of pulling the strings for years to come.
Since joining the La Liga outfit in 2015, the Croatian has struggled for minutes on the pitch and is said to be keen for a move away from the Bernabeu to rectify that.
Jose Mourinho is understood to be an admirer of the midfielder who is intrigued by the prospect of playing in the Premier League.
Here, we look at three reasons why he should indeed consider making the switch.
TIME FOR HIM TO SHINE
Kovacic was just 16 when he made his professional debut for Dinamo Zagreb and only 20 when he left Inter Milan for Madrid as one of the most promising midfielders in Europe.
However, his development has stunted since with the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco ahead of him in the pecking order at the Bernabeu. With the national team as well, the duo of Modric and Ivan Rakitic has confined him to the bench.
At 23, the Croatian has spent enough time in the shadow of his team-mates. He needs to step into the spotlight and Old Trafford is one of the grander stages to do just that. Make it with the Reds and he’ll immediately be propelled to the upper echelons of midfielders in Europe.
FITS INTO THE SYSTEM
Paul Pogba has always played his best football in a midfield three with a single pivot but in the absence of another central midfielder Mourinho is happy with, the Frenchman has had to play alongside Nemanja Matic behind an attacking midfielder.
Kovacic’s arrival could bring a new dimension to the team though. Played alongside Pogba ahead of Matic, the Croatian would enjoy the freedom to exploit the space in behind the striker.
Despite Jesse Lingard’s recent upturn in form, Mourinho hasn’t settled on a No10 all season with the likes of the Englishman, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Pogba and most recently Alexis Sanchez occupying that position.
It would make sense to remove that dilemma altogether by switching the system and perhaps even bringing a more fluid style in the process.
Kovacic has excellent vision is always alert to the opportunity for a throughball. His weight off passes are virtually flawless as well but he isn’t a midfield orchestrator in the mould of Kroos or Michael Carrick.
What he does excel at though is carrying the ball forward from midfield. His pace and driving runs create openings right through the heart of the opposition and United certainly need more of that.
His high-energy style suits the Premier League as well and the fact that he is excellent at receiving, turning and holding on to the ball should help him cope with the intensity of England’s top flight.
He’s not particularly gifted in the air but surely United are covered on that front.
Manchester United are understood to be interested in Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
The Premier League club have been monitoring the Croatia international’s situation at the Santiago Bernabeu according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The reports suggests that the 23-year-old is seriously considering a switch to Old Trafford if he is guaranteed playing time under Jose Mourinho.
Minutes on the pitch have been hard to come by for Kovacic who joined the Madridistas in 2015.
United will however face competition from the likes of Tottenham, Juventus and Inter Milan for the midfielder’s signature.
Madrid though would be reluctant to part with Kovacic but given their documented pursuit of David de Gea, they may be willing to negotiate with United.