Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel insists Edinson Cavani could be in a worse position than having to stay at the club.

The striker had appeared set to leave during the transfer window, with his contract expiring at the end of the season and his place in the first team usurped by Mauro Icardi.

Atletico Madrid were favourites to sign the Uruguay star but reports in Spain suggest they pulled out of the deal due to demands from the player's agent.

A Premier League move was also mooted, with Chelsea and Manchester United keen to sign a striker, but Frank Lampard appeared to confirm no new arrivals would be made on deadline day when stating Olivier Giroud would not be sold.

Tuchel had always been keen to keep Cavani, and he now hopes to see the 32-year-old regain top form as PSG keep up their pursuit of a clean sweep of domestic honours and Champions League glory this season.

"There are worse situations than staying at Paris Saint-Germain," he told reporters ahead of Saturday's Ligue 1 match with Montpellier at Parc des Princes.

"Edinson will feel good soon. He needs to regain confidence and rhythm - that's normal for a forward.

"Edi is a great player for the club. The fact the group is not changing is positive because we are used to working together.

"Everyone has a chance to be first choice. Edinson missed several weeks due to injury and his situation. So, we have to be patient and not think he can bring his best game on Saturday.

"If he regains rhythm and confidence, he'll be important for us. We're going to help him regain all his abilities."

Cavani has started just six games in all competitions for PSG in 2019-20, scoring five goals.

PSG are 10 points clear of Marseille at the top of Ligue 1 after 21 games.

Leroy Sane is moving "surprisingly well" but there is no timescale for his Manchester City return.

Sane is back in full training for Pep Guardiola's men having been on the sidelines since August after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Community Shield.

Guardiola was pleased with what he saw from the former Schalke forward on the training pitch but would not commit to a concrete date for Sane's first appearance of the campaign.

"He moves surprisingly really well," Guardiola told a media conference ahead of City's Premier League clash with Tottenham.

Asked for a timescale, he added: "I don't know, he needs a little bit more time I think so, but we'll see."

Sane was heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich when he injured his knee, having rejected the offer of a new contract from City, and talk of a switch has never really subsided.

However, there have been some suggestions that a move back to his homeland is not as sure fire as it once seemed.

"I don't have any new news," Guardiola replied when that speculation was put to him.

"You have to ask to [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain]. The last info I had, we offer him from long time ago, an offer, and all the time he reject it. After that, I don't know any news."

Centre-back Aymeric Laporte missed the last two games after making his return from a knee injury against Sheffield United on January 21.

"Laporte is okay, he had fatigue - he wasn't injured. Maybe he can play against Spurs," added Guardiola.

Pressed on his confidence Laporte will not have a setback, Guardiola said: "I would tell you if he had a problem I would tell you. I answer what is the truth."

Jose Mourinho suggested a quick fix might have been the wrong move as Tottenham looked set to miss out on strengthening their strike force on deadline day.

The Spurs boss saw hopes of signing Chelsea's Olivier Giroud and Real Sociedad's Willian Jose fail to result in a new arrival.

It meant that barring an unexpected late signing on Friday, Tottenham appeared as though they would go into the closing months of the season with Son Heung-min continuing to deputise up front.

They have attacking midfield strength from the likes of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and new arrival Steven Bergwijn, who joined from PSV this week.

But Mourinho wanted an extra striker and both Giroud and Willian Jose would have added more of a physical presence to his forward line.

Spurs will be without injured England frontman Harry Kane until April at the earliest, a blow to their Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup prospects.

"I have to answer that yes it would be better with a striker," Mourinho said.

"Yes, we would need a striker to have a better squad, to face the great challenges that we have in front of us in three different competitions.

"But we want to do things not to resolve the problems of today or tomorrow; we want things that are also good for the future.

"For example, Steven Bergwijn - I prefer to say Stevie - he's the kind of player that is good for now but he's also good for our future; he's also good for the direction we want to go.

"With the difficulties of the market in January, it was really hard to find the striker that is good not just to resolve the problems of today but good also for the future of the team, so probably we are not going to do it."

Mourinho jokingly opened his news conference ahead of Sunday's match against Manchester City by attempting to ward off questions about signings.

As reporters prepared to engage with the former Real Madrid and Manchester United boss, Mourinho got the first word in.

He said: "First question: are you expecting any player until the end of the market?.

"First answer: no.

"Second question: are you happy with your market?

"Yes I am.

"Third question: don't you want a striker?"

Gareth Bale's agent again quashed talk of Real Madrid's Welshman returning to Tottenham on Friday, with Mourinho seemingly set to save his transfer kitty for the close-season window.

Mikel Arteta suggested Arsenal will not make any further signings on deadline day, though he did not rule out someone following Cedric Soares through the door.

Arsenal have bolstered their defensive options with the arrival of right-back Cedric, whose contract at Southampton expires in June, on loan until the end of the season.

The move for the Portugal international - who is unlikely to debut this weekend due to "a little issue" - on Friday followed the signing of Flamengo centre-back Pablo Mari on loan with an option to buy.

Arteta hinted there could be more movement at Emirates Stadium but that it was unlikely.

"I'd say no but you never know," the Arsenal head coach said when asked about potential incomings.

"We've been trying to be active in the market to resolve some of the issues we've been going through in the last few weeks.

"We found two players who we believe can be very useful and can improve our squad and we are happy."

Arsenal travel to Burnley on Sunday and will then head to Dubai for a training camp during the mid-season, something Arteta is looking forward to as he aims to instil his philosophy.

"We need to be ready for a battle. We have to go there with complete focus and energy and a clear plan because if not they are very hard to deal with," said Arteta.

"Since November they haven't had two days off, so they need to reset their minds a little bit. I wanted to take them away from here and live together more and train some concepts, as in the last few weeks we haven't had time to prepare or train.

"We are on the right path. The next two weeks after Dubai will help us accelerate that process and I'm happy where I am."

The Gunners will welcome back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz from suspension at Turf Moor, while Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt with an ankle injury.

Olivier Giroud will not be leaving Chelsea during the transfer window, which Frank Lampard said is "95 per cent" shut for the Blues.

France international Giroud was expected to leave Stamford Bridge in January, with Inter said to have been leading Newcastle United in the race for his signature.

With neither side able to get a deal done, it was reported on Friday that Lazio were making a deadline-day move for the striker.

However, Chelsea being left with too little time to bring in a replacement means he will spend the rest of the season with the Blues.

"Olivier Giroud in this window has been incredible as a professional and a man," said Lampard, who dismissed the chances of Dries Mertens and Edinson Cavani arriving in west London.

"We all know there's been interest and we said if it's right for us all [he could go] and he's been impeccable in that period. I've got huge respect for him for that.

"It's my job with all players to get the best out of them … it's key across the board, not just with Oli.

"I wouldn't say frustrating because I'm aware how football is and some things are not in my control. I wanted to bring players in and it hasn't happened.

"No ins means no outs."

Chelsea could be without their leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham when they face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday after he sustained an ankle injury in the draw against Arsenal last week.

"He's trained today and felt okay, we need to see if there's a reaction because it's a pain injury. Even in training he had pain," said Lampard, who added that there were no new injuries.

"But he did get out there today which is a positive in the longer term."

Yannick Carrasco has re-joined Atletico Madrid from Dalian Yifang on loan until the end of the season and Diego Simeone has not ruled out further deadline-day arrivals.

Belgium international Carrasco trained with Atletico prior to confirmation of the deal being announced on Friday and coach Simeone hopes to be able to call upon him in the LaLiga meeting with rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

The 26-year-old joined Atletico from Monaco in 2015 and left for Chinese Super League side Dalian in February 2018, but Simeone is pleased to have him back.

"[Carrasco] is excited and wants to be here," said Simeone. "If the paperwork is done, he will certainly be with us [against Madrid].

"I want him to come with the same commitment we spoke about on the telephone. I liked Yannick's desire to come to Atletico. That is an important step for what can happen next."


Atletico reportedly failed with an €18million bid for Edinson Cavani, whose contract at Paris Saint-Germain will expire at the end of the season, but there may still be new additions on deadline day.

"There are still a few hours left. Anything can happen," said Simeone.

The Atleti boss has been subject to increasing criticism in recent weeks, with his team falling 10 points behind LaLiga leaders Madrid and suffering elimination from the Copa del Rey to third-tier Cultural Leonesa.

Zinedine Zidane spoke out in support of his cross-city counterpart on Friday and Simeone was thankful for his words.

"It's nice when a colleague of Zidane's quality thinks this way. I return the message," said the Argentine.

"He is the ideal coach for Madrid. He has the rank and the ability to do what he feels. He returned to compete like he had before he left.

"Madrid have improved a lot defensively. They are very strong. They have many options in attack and that allows him to play with different players.

"It will be a match where the details and intelligence will have a lot of dominance."

Francisco Trincao will join Barcelona on July 1 after the club confirmed they had agreed a €31million deal with Braga to sign the Portuguese forward.

Trincao will sign a five-year contract at Camp Nou and his release clause has been set at an eye-watering €500m.

The 20-year-old was the joint top-scorer at the 2018 European Under-19 Championships as Portugal claimed victory.

He has featured in 21 games across all competitions for Braga this season, contributing three goals and six assists, after making his first-team debut for the club in December 2018.

A versatile player capable of operating across the forward line, he will provide a further attacking option for Barcelona once the 2020-21 season gets under way.

The club had been linked with Richarlison and Willian this week but on Thursday director Guillermo Amor ruled out any further incomings during the January transfer window.

Cedric Soares is to join Arsenal on loan from Southampton until the end of the season, the Gunners have confirmed.

The Portugal full-back adds further defensive reinforcement to a depleted Arsenal backline, which was also boosted by the addition of Pablo Mari earlier this week.

Cedric has made 138 appearances for the Saints since joining from Sporting CP in 2015 and spent time on loan at Inter in Serie A last term.

"For me, Arsenal are a top team. They are a very, very good club, with fantastic fans as well," Cedric, whose move is subject to the completion of regulatory processes, told the club's official website. 

"They are known to be so well supported and for me, it's a pleasure to be here.

"Like I said, it's a dream come true because I always thought about coming here and imagined it, and seeing it happen is really amazing."

Asked about new Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, he added: "It's good to watch. 

"I've been watching the last couple of weeks as well. You can see that something changed, definitely. 

"There is a lot of work to do but definitely already his ideas have started to appear in the game, that is good. I am sure Arsenal will be very successful."

Cedric has made 33 appearances for Portugal, winning Euro 2016 and featuring at the 2018 World Cup.

Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League, a point and a place below Southampton.

Manchester United are unlikely to re-sign Joshua King from Bournemouth before the transfer deadline, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe suggested on Friday that King – currently sidelined with a hamstring injury – could join the Red Devils, who were said to be keen on the striker to bolster their attacking options.

The Norway international came through the youth ranks at United and made his debut in 2009, but he only made one more senior appearance before leaving for Blackburn Rovers four years later.

Asked about the prospect of signing King on deadline day, Solskjaer said: "I don't think we'll do any more business, no, I don't think so."

The United boss said following a 1-0 EFL Cup semi-final second-leg victory over Manchester City – which was insufficient to book a place in the final as they went down 3-2 on aggregate – that he craved a forward who "wants to break their nose" to score.

"Mason [Greenwood] can break [his] nose as well, there's no worries about that. As I've said, January has always been difficult and it's not just something you do like that," said Solskjaer.

"I'm happy with the ones I've got here and of course with Bruno [Fernandes] coming in, that was a big thing for me, that we can play in a different way maybe.

"And of course with the centre-backs coming back and what we've done lately with three at the back, that might be an option to change tactically a little bit."

Defender Marcos Rojo moved on loan to Estudiantes on Thursday and Solskjaer hopes the temporary switch can help galvanise his ailing United career.

"Marcos is a lovely lad, fantastic. He's got the fire in his belly, he's a winner and he wasn't getting enough football here," said the United boss.

"He was in the away end against City and Liverpool, he's such a passionate guy and wants to support his team and come back a fitter and better player, hopefully having played well at Estudiantes and helped Seba [Juan Sebastian Veron] at his club and getting to the Copa America. That was something we just had to do."

Eddie Howe is desperate to keep Joshua King at Bournemouth amid reports the striker could be set to return to Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is short on attacking options and King, who came through the youth system at Old Trafford, is reported to be high on United's hit list.

With the Cherries embroiled in a fight for Premier League survival, manager Howe does not want to lose the Norway international - currently sidelined by a hamstring injury - so close to the end of the transfer window.

"We have missed him since he has been out injured, so speaking as manager I would be very reluctant to let him leave," he said ahead of the Cherries' crunch home clash with Aston Villa on Saturday.

"With a day to go in the window it's very difficult to find a replacement.

"It's going to be [a decision] between the chief executive and owner. I love Josh as a player and person. I know what Manchester United means to him with his history with the club, so I understand his position.

"I'm not going to deny anything you have read but I don't want to talk about it too much. He is much valued and loved by us.

"He is a massive part of our team, he brings that unique pace and strength, coupled with technical ability and an eye for goal."

King scored the winner when Bournemouth beat United 1-0 in November.

Manchester United look set to continue scrambling for strikers throughout deadline day.

While Bruno Fernandes has finally arrived, the Red Devils were reportedly less successful in a surprise bid to bring Bournemouth forward Joshua King back to Old Trafford.

Now, with the countdown well and truly on, a Tottenham target appears to have been removed from United's radar.

 

TOP STORY - UNITED PASS ON WILLIAN JOSE

Though still without Marcus Rashford, United have rejected the chance to sign Willian Jose on loan, according to Sky Sports.

Real Sociedad reportedly failed to gain a bite after offering the Brazilian striker to the Champions League aspirants amid negotiations with another Premier League club in Tottenham.

Spurs earlier looked to be in pole position to sign the 28-year-old permanently, but may now have to settle for a temporary deal as discussions continue.

The prospect of a bolstering their attack following Rashford's injury would have appealed to United, who reportedly failed in an attempt to capture Cherries star King.

The Telegraph claims Eddie Howe's insistence on keeping the Norwegian denied Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to reunite with the player he coached while in charge of United's reserve side.

 

ROUND-UP

- Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain will keep Edinson Cavani unless LaLiga side Atletico Madrid improve from €15million to €20m, according to ESPN reporter Julien Laurens.

- Juventus midfielder Emre Can will join Borussia Dortmund on loan with an obligation for the Bundesliga club to buy for €30m, reports Goal.

- Manchester City are set to beat Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen to Coritiba's 17-year-old Brazilian right-back Yan Couto, claims Mundo Deportivo. 

- Ricardo Rodriguez is out the door and Milan might have settled on a shock replacement. Sky Sports suggests the Rossoneri have agreed an €11.9m (£10m) deal to take left-back Antonee Robinson from Championship outfit Wigan Athletic. The Serie A side are also said to be on the cusp of signing Anderlecht youngster Alexis Saelemaekers.

- Inter and Lazio are competing to secure Chelsea centre-forward Olivier Giroud before the transfer window shuts, claims Sky Sport Italia. 

As the January transfer window begins to close for another season, reports have emerged that Jamaica’s Kemar Lawrence might be heading to Belgium.

Multiple reports are claiming that the 27-year-old fullback is set to leave the New York Red Bulls for Anderlecht for a fee of about US$1.25 million pending the completion of a medical and the associated paperwork.

Lawrence joined the Red Bulls from Harbour View FC in 2015. He made 118 appearances for the club, starting 19 of the 22 games he played for them last season.

He has 55 senior appearances for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz.

Nemanja Matic has said he wants to stay at Manchester United and will snub his "many" admirers if offered a contract extension.

Serbian midfielder Matic can leave Old Trafford on a free at the end of the season if United decide against renewing his deal.

The 31-year-old has started each of the club's past six matches in all competitions and scored the only goal in Wednesday's EFL Cup semi-final second-leg win over Manchester City, before being dismissed for two bookable offences.

Pep Guardiola labelled Matic "outstanding" after the match, and the former Chelsea man hopes United will reward his return to form.

"I've got a contract until the end of the season," Matic told reporters. "I'm at Carrington every day and open to talk if they think I can help. If not, life will go on.

"No discussions have happened yet, but my position is clear. It's a pleasure to represent this club. I came here to win and if they want me to stay then of course I'll give my best to win trophies."

Matic can already ink a pre-contract agreement with clubs elsewhere in Europe and revealed he had options.

"I can't tell who is asking for me but for sure, when you play at Manchester United, many clubs are looking to sign you," he said.

"That's not only me, it's for every player – especially when you're out of contract.

"My first option is Manchester United, but if they decide something else then there are always solutions."

United's victory at the Etihad Stadium failed to earn them an EFL Cup final berth as rivals City advanced 3-2 on aggregate.

Their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League also remain in the balance, with six points separating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men and fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.

Matic suggested more signings like Bruno Fernandes were necessary for the club to achieve success.

"The club wants to give chances to youngsters, and there is nothing wrong with that, but at a club like this, people also demand results," he said.

"Supporters are used to trophies. The young players are giving their best but they need time, and the problem is that in these kinds of clubs you do not have time."

Ricardo Rodriguez has left Milan to join Eredivisie side PSV on loan for the rest of the season, with Antonee Robinson reportedly set to replace him at San Siro.

Rodriguez joined Milan from Wolfsburg in 2017 and has made 93 appearances in all competitions for the Rossoneri.

However, only five of those came this season, with the Switzerland international having lost his place to Theo Hernandez, who has been one of Milan's most consistent performers following his arrival from Real Madrid.

Rodriguez – perhaps with an eye on improving his chances of featuring at Euro 2020 – has now left Milan, joining up with PSV for the remainder of the season.

Milan, who have been handed funds by the sale of Krzysztof Piatek to Hertha Berlin, seem set to swiftly fill the hole left in their squad, with reports suggesting they are moving for Wigan Athletic youngster Robinson.

United States international Robinson joined Wigan from Everton in the off-season after spending the 2018-19 campaign on loan with the Latics.

The 22-year-old has started 29 Championship games this season and appears to be a priority target for Milan, who have reportedly had three bids rejected for Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt.

Newcastle United have signed Tottenham left-back Danny Rose on loan until the end of the season.

Rose, who joined Tottenham in 2007, has become the third signing of the January transfer window for Newcastle, following on from the loan additions of Nabil Bentaleb – a former team-mate at Spurs – and Inter winger Valentino Lazaro.

The 29-year-old England international comes in as a much-needed defensive reinforcement for Newcastle after Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems each suffered season-ending injuries.

Rose, who has made over 150 Premier League appearances for Spurs, has made only one start in the top flight since October - in a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on January 11.

"It's a great honour for me to be here. I'm so grateful that the manager has brought me in and I'm looking to repay him in every way I can as soon as I'm playing," Rose told NUFC TV.

"For me, it's really exciting that I can come here and have the chance to play in front of the Newcastle fans.

"Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in England. I spoke to the manager last night and he told me there were 50,000 fans here at the weekend against Oxford.

"You can't go wrong with that kind of passion and support from the fans, and it's something I'm looking forward to."

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