Antonio Barreca

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Done Deals: Arsenal get Suarez; Newcastle land a defender

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Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN today from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

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Transfer deadline day’s very first deals have begun to trickle in, as a handful of clubs complete their business with plenty of time to spare.

While no official announcement has been made, Denis Suarez‘s loan from Barcelona to Arsenal was reportedly completed on Wednesday, with official confirmation still to come on Thursday. The 25-year-old midfielder has also had his Barca contract extended through the summer of 2021 — no doubt as a way of collecting a larger fee should the Gunners take up their option to make the transfer permanent this summer. Suarez played under current Arsenal manager Unai Emery during his loan to Sevilla for the 2014-15 season.


Jonny Castro Otto performed so exceptionally well during the first six months of his season-long loan from Atletico Madrid to Wolverhampton Wanderers that the PL side saw no reason to delay making the move permanent. $20 million later, Otto has signed a contract that will keep him at Wolves through the summer of 2023.


It’s not the deal Newcastle United are most anxiously awaiting on Thursday, but the Magpies have managed to sign further reinforcements for their impending relegation battle. 23-year-old left back Antonio Barreca has joined the club on loan, from Monaco, through the end of the season. A former member of Italy’s under-21 national team, Barreca also has the option of extending his stay with a permanent transfer.

Transfer rumor roundup: James to Spurs, Martins to Newcastle

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Tottenham Hotspur reportedly want more than $100 million to sell Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid, but Los Galacticos have something else in mind to lower the price.

Spurs would get Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez as part of a deal, says AS, though the player’s star has fallen in recent years.

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James has been on loan at Bayern Munich for a year and a half, and has played more under Niko Kovac. He missed six matches with a knee injury, but has three goals in nine Bundesliga appearances this season. It’s better than that, actually, as he has three goals and one assist in the matches which saw him on the field for more than a dozen minutes.

Would James plus cash be enough? Rodriguez is seven months older than Eriksen.

Newcastle has been linked with a pair of loan moves, with The Chronicle saying Mike Ashley sanctioned both during a weekend meeting with Rafa Benitez.

The manager had been reported as ready to walk away from the club if the Magpies hierarchy could not provide two players to his relegation battle.

Antonio Barreca and Gelson Martins are both starving for playing time at AS Monaco and Atletico Madrid, and Newcastle is looking moves which include the chance for permanent summer purchases.

Martins was linked as a possible swap piece in an Alvaro Morata deal, but he’d be a far more important part of Newcastle. The 23-year-old Portuguese playmaker only has 224 league minutes for Atleti, but scored 10 goals and registered nine assists for Sporting Lisbon last season.

The 23-year-old Barreca has struggled at both Torino and Monaco after a strong debut season in 2016-17.

— We’ve saved perhaps the best for last: If Chelsea doesn’t want to sell Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayern Munich, do you believe they’d let the youngster stay in the Premier League. Bild is reporting that Liverpool is trying to bring the 18-year-old to Anfield.