Paris St-Germain look to sign Chelsea’s Willian as cover for Neymar

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French giants Paris St-Germain have lined up a shock bid for Chelsea forward Willian as cover for injured star Neymar. 

Willian, 30, is valued at about £40 million, is a lynchpin of the Chelsea side.

PSG have been moved to act after Neymar limped out of a recent match with a fractured metatarsal, which is expected to keep him out of action for 10 weeks. This would mean he misses the crucial Champions League ties against Liverpool next month.

PSG are thought to have considered making a loan move for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, but The Mail report that he turned the opportunity down.

Willian has 18 months left on his current deal and Chelsea policy is to only offer 1-year deals to those over 30.

Chelsea have previously rebuffed interest in William from Barcelona and China. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has also given no indication he wants to get rid of one of his regular starters, especially with the side chasing Champions League qualification.

All the factz on the 30 January matches in the Premier League

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There are four Premier League matches tonight, including league leaders Liverpool looking to capitalise on Manchester City’s surprise defeat to Newcastle United last night. Meanwhile Spurs and Chelsea will be looking to strengthen their hold on a Champions League place.

The matches kick off at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

Here are the factz you need to know:

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea

  • Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. They also beat them 1-0 in the EFL Cup.
  • Bournemouth’s win against West Ham last time out was their first victory in 5 matches.
  • Chelsea have won 4 of their last 7 matches in the Premier League, losing 2.
  • If Callum Wilson scores for the Cherries tonight, it will be his 50th goal for the club.
  • Goalscoring is a problem for Chelsea – they’ve found the net just 13 times in their past 12 PL matches.

Liverpool v Leicester City (8pm)

  • Liverpool beat Leicester 1-2 at the King Power Stadium back on 1 September. However, the Foxes gained some revenge 8 days later by beating the Reds 2-0 in the EFL Cup.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in 32 Premier League matches at Anfield. They have won 23 of those matches.
  • Leicester have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions.
  • Liverpool have kept 13 clean sheets this season – more than any other side in the division.
  • Jamie Vardy loves playing against Liverpool – he’s scored in his last 5 appearances against them.

Southampton v Crystal Palace

  • Saints beat Palace 0-2 at Selhurst Park earlier in the season.
  • Southampton have won their last 2 PL matches – they haven’t managed 3 in a row since the end of the 2016/17 season.
  • Meanwhile Palace are aiming not to lose 3 consecutive matches in the PL.
  • Saints have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 13 matches.
  • Palace however are good away from home and have won 13 of their 22 points on the road. They have also scored more than 1 goal in each of their last 4 away matches.

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (8pm)

  • Watford beat Spurs 2-1 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season. The Hornets have never done the double over Spurs.
  • However, Spurs have won their last 8 home matches against Watford, scoring 22 goals in that run.
  • Spurs have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions, including the loss on penalties to Chelsea in the EFL Cup.
  • Watford are unbeaten in 4 in the PL, and also unbeaten in their last 4 away matches in the PL.
  • Spurs are the only side in the division not to draw a match this season. If they win or lose they will equal Bolton’s PL record of 28 matches without drawing.

Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Leicester City among clubs lining up to try to sign Youri Tielemans

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A raft of Premier League clubs are seeking to sign Monaco’s Belgian international midfielder Youri Tielemans on loan before the transfer window shuts tomorrow [January 31].

Clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Leicester City are all reported to be interested in taking the 21-year-old on loan.

Tielemans is one of the most highly rated young players in Europe. He played for Belgium at the World Cup last summer and joined Monaco from Anderlecht for £20 million in the summer of 2017. Yet he is deemed surplus to requirements at Monaco – despite their struggles at the bottom of Ligue Un this season – by returning manager Leonardo Jardim.

While Arsenal are close to tying up a loan deal for Barcelona star Denis Suarez, boss Unai Emery wants to add more to his midfield, with Tielemans an option alongside Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye.

Meanwhile Spurs need reinforcements to deal with a deepening injury crisis – and having sold Moussa Dembele – and Tielemans fits the mould of a Pochettino signing in being young and attack-minded.

West Ham and Newcastle are also looking for quality midfield reinforcements before the transfer window shuts.

However, Leicester City could beat all of these sides to landing Tielemans as they are apparently willing to do a swap deal for him with Adrien Silva moving in the other direction.

All the factz on the 29 January matches in the Premier League

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There are 6 matches in the Premier League tonight, with clubs at both ends of the table – including all of the bottom 5 – in action and seeking victories to boost their seasons.

All matches kick off at 7.45pm unless stated.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Arsenal v Cardiff City

  • Arsenal won the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
  • The Gunners are unbeaten in 11 PL matches at the Emirates Stadium, including 9 wins in that run – the last 5 in succession.
  • Meanwhile Cardiff are poor away from home – just one win all season, against Leicester.
  • If Arsenal keep a clean sheet, it will be only the second time this season they have had successive shut-outs.
  • Cardiff have failed to score in 11 of their 23 PL matches this season – only Huddersfield have failed to score in that many matches.

Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion

  • The sides drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture at the Amex Stadium earlier in the season.
  • Fulham have lost all 4 matches they have played this year.
  • Brighton are also out of form – just 1 win in their last 8 in the Premier League, with 6 defeats in that run.
  • The Cottagers have the leakiest defence in any of Europe’s top 5 divisions this season, having conceded 51 goals in 23 matches.
  • Brighton have kept just 1 clean sheet in their past 13 PL matches – against Everton in December.

Huddersfield Town v Everton

  • Huddersfield haven’t beaten Everton since March 1956.
  • The Terriers have lost 9 of their last 10 PL matches – the other was drawn.
  • Everton are also out of form, with just 2 wins and 2 draws in their last 10 matches – only Huddersfield and Fulham have worse records in the last 10 matches.
  • The Toffees also leak goals – just one clean sheet in 12 matches in all competitions.
  • Huddersfield have scored just 5 goals at home this season – and not more than one in a match.

Manchester United v Burnley (8pm)

  • Manchester United have won 8 successive matches in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager.
  • Burnley are unbeaten in their last 4 PL matches – 3 wins and 1 draw.
  • Marcus Rashford is United’s form man, having scored in 4 successive PL matches.
  • It is now 66 PL matches since Burnley were last awarded a penalty. However, the record is 91 matches, held by Wimbledon.
  • The Clarets haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1962 – a run of 19 matches in all competitions.

Newcastle United v Manchester City (8pm)

  • Newcastle have an awful record against Manchester City – they have lost 19 of their last 22 PL meetings. The other three matches have been drawn.
  • Newcastle won last time out against Cardiff – their first win in 6.
  • City have won their last 4 PL matches, and 8 in all competitions
  • In their last 6 matches in all competitions City have scored 28 goals and conceded none.
  • If City score first, it could be curtains for the Magpies – they have lost all 11 matches this season where they have conceded the first goal.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United

  • Wolves beat West Ham 0-1 at the London Stadium earlier in the season. However, they have never done the double over the Hammers.
  • Wolves are in decent form, having won 5 and drawn 1 of their last 9 matches.
  • But they do leak goals at home – they have conceded 18 so far this season – only 4 clubs have let in more on their own patch.
  • The Hammers are in great form – 7 wins in their last 10 PL matches and only 2 defeats.
  • West Ham are slow starters though – 17 of their last 20 PL goals have come after half-time.

Arsenal seek deal to land Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic on loan

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Arsenal want to sign Inter Milan’s want-away winger Ivan Perisic on loan until the end of the season. 

The Gunners only have enough budget to make loan signings, but Perisic is believed to be available.

Perisic, who was part of the Croatia side that finished runners-up at last summer’s World Cup, has handed in a transfer request at Inter.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking for attacking midfielders to boost competition for places and Perisic would fit the bill. The Gunners have also been linked with Barcelona squad players Denis Suarez and Malcom this month – although it has been reported that the Suarez deal is now off.

Manchester United have previously wanted to sign Perisic – in the past 2 transfer windows then-United boss Jose Mourinho tried to sign him but the club wouldn’t meet Inter’s valuation of the 29-year-old.

However, interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not indicated that United want to resurrect any deal.

This doesn’t leave the way entirely clear for Arsenal – other clubs around Europe are sure to want someone of Perisic’s quality if it is available.

Another potential pitfall is that Inter want to either sell Perisic or see him go out on a loan deal that will be made permanent in the summer – not just an option to buy, according to reports in Italy. Arsenal may well prefer the latter option.