Transfer deadline day update
Here’s the latest transfer news as the window draws to a close:
- Huddersfield Town have signed striker Karlan Grant from League One side Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee.
- Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea in a £57.6m move from Borussia Dortmund but will be immediately loaned back to the German club for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
- Speculation continues on whether Callum Hudson Odoi will stay at Chelsea with news that Bayern Munich are interested.
— Feroze Ali (@feroze17) 28 January 2019
- Manchester United are in discussions with an unnamed Chinese club over the sale of Marouane Fellaini
- Barcelona have accepted Arsenal’s loan bid for Denis Suárez.
Denis Suarez’s agent is in London. Player should arrive shortly to put finishing touches on move. Major boost for Unai Emery and Arsenal.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) 30 January 2019
F1 organisers express doubts over future of the sport
The Formula 1 Promoters’ Association (FOPA), which represents organisers of 16 races on the F1 circuit, has expressed serious concerns over the future of the sport.
FOPA have demanded a more open and collaborative approach from Liberty Media, the US organisation that took over F1 in January 2017.
The circuits are worried about the loss of free-to-air television coverage, a lack of clarity over rules, and methods used to attract new races.
FOPA Chairman Stuart Pringle said the group was ‘frustrated’ into raising the complaints, but ultimately called the talks ‘very positive’.
Liberty Media plans to make major changes to the way F1 is run, including a budget cap, reorganised revenue distribution and changes to technical rules to ensure closer races.
Martial to sign new deal
Anthony Martial has agreed a new five-year contract at Manchester United after year long talks between club and player.
The French international had threatened to walk away from Old Trafford in the summer and it was reported that previous manager José Mourinho had wished to show him the door.
But executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, was determined to keep hold of the player and has now made a breakthrough in negotiations, with the forward committing himself to the club until 2024.
Elsewhere at United one year extensions have been offered to Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.
With Martial’s situation resolved, attention is now likely to turn to the future of David De Gea whose contract is running out in 2020.
Electric shock devices discovered in horse trainer raid
Devices used to deliver electric shocks to horses have been found during a raid on the stables of a Melbourne Cup-winning trainer.
Australian police found the illegal equipment at the stables of Darren Weir, along with a firearm and cocaine.
Three unnamed men were arrested but were later released without charge.
Mr Weir saddled Prince of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, when Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win Australia’s richest race.
A wide ranging investigation leading to the raid began in August and includes allegations of bet rigging and animal cruelty offences.