January transfer news & rumours: Alexis had Man City concerns

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

Alexis had Man City concerns

Alexis Sanchez was worried about Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy before Manchester City pulled out of a deal to sign the Arsenal forward, reports the  Manchester Evening News

City have scrapped long-held plans to bring in the Chile international and Goal understands Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich going back on his word was a key factor in the decision .

However, though Sanchez was keen to work with his former Barcelona coach Guardiola again, he was concerned about how much playing time he would get with the Premier League leaders.

Manchester United are now hoping to finalise a deal for Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to head to Arsenal.

Madrid to make €70m Aubameyang bid

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Real Madrid are ready to make a last-ditch bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, claims Don Balon

Arsenal are in talks to sign Aubameyang, but could face late competition from Madrid after club president Florentino Perez decided an immediate fix is required for the team’s goalscoring problems.

Inter’s Mauro Icardi is reportedly Madrid’s prime summer target, but Perez is ready to make €70 million available now to beat Arsenal to the capture of Aubameyang, who has long held a dream of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane wants Sterling to replace Bale

Raheem Sterling Manchester City

Zinedine Zidane has urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon

Bale’s persistent injury troubles have prompted speculation that Madrid will look to sell the Wales international in the summer, and Zidane feels Sterling is the ideal player to come into the squad.

Zidane, however, is facing a battle to persuade Perez of the merits of signing Sterling due to the president’s desire to bring in a new No.9.

Grujic set for Cardiff loan

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Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is to join Cardiff City on loan for the rest of the season, reports the Daily Mail

Grujic has made just six appearances for Liverpool this season and Jurgen Klopp is keen for the Serbian to play regular first-team football.

Middlesbrough had also been interested in the 21-year-old, but Cardiff have beaten off their Championship rivals to agree a deal.

Auba’s father in London as Dortmund eye Batshuayi

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father, who also acts as his agent, is travelling to London for talks with Arsenal, with Dortmund wanting Michy Batshuayi as his replacement, according to Bild

The Gunners have been strongly linked with the Gabon international and it appears negotiations are progressing well, while the Bundesliga club see Batshuayi as a decent option to replace their star striker.

Chelsea make Emerson approach

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Chelsea have made a move to sign Roma’s Emerson Palmieri in their search for a new left-back in the January transfer window, claims Gianluca Di Marzio

Emerson has recently returned to fitness following a serious knee injury and the Brazil-born 23-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Liverpool.

However, Chelsea are now keen to sign Emerson after moving on from a deal for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.

Mkhitaryan wants to be Arsenal’s highest earner

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to be the best-paid player at Arsenal as part of the swap deal between the Gunners and Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Record

As reported by Goal , the deal is already being held up over contract payments on the United end , and there are now apparently further complications with the Armenian demanding big money at Emirates Stadium.

Juventus line up Bellerin bid

Hector Bellerin Danny Welbeck Arsenal

Juventus are lining up a summer bid for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, reports Calciomercato .

The Italian giants, who are also keen to sign Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez from Espanyol, believe that Bellerin’s compatriot could prove key to persuading the defender to move to Italy.

The pair share an agent, and Juve are understood to be willing to spend big to recruit Bellerin.

Conte won’t ‘waste words’ on Alexis

Alexis Sanchez Antonio Conte Arsenal Chelsea

Antonio Conte is refusing to comment on reports that Chelsea could swoop in for Alexis Sanchez in the current transfer window.

“I like to [only] talk about a situation that could be real. You understand?” Conte said to reporters at Cobham Training Ground.

“Now, this is not important to talk about Sanchez. Not important. Because he’s not our problem, so why do I have to waste words on nothing.”

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Aubameyang pleads for Arsenal move

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pleaded with Borussia Dortmund to let him complete a move to Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror .

Aubameyang has reportedly agreed terms with the Gunners, who continue negotiating with the Bundesliga giants. 

Dortmund, however, are reluctant to see him go, although they would consider a deal that includes striker Olivier Giroud heading in the opposite direction.

Mourinho pressures Man United to keep Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is insistent that Marouane Fellaini must stay at Old Trafford, reports the  Sun .

Fellaini is reportedly keen to seek a new club and is holding out on signing a new contract. 

But the manager is desperate to keep him, and has told the United board to pull out all the stops to ensure he stays put.

Dortmund want Batshuayi as Aubameyang replacement

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Arsenal are closing in on securing a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Dortmund wanting Michy Batshuayi as his replacement, according to Bild

The Gunners will apparently shell out €70 million for the Gabon international and an agreement will be reached in the coming days.

Mourinho close to Man Utd contract extension

Jose Mourinho Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is nearing a new contract as Manchester United manager, according to the Daily Mirror .

The 54-year-old’s current £15 million-a-year deal runs out in 2019. 

But talks are in progress over extending his stay to 2021, which if fulfilled would mark the first time in his career that Mourinho has stayed at a single club for more than three seasons.

Aleix could clinch Liverpool or Man Utd move

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Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal could seal a move to the Premier League in the current window after interest from Sevilla cooled, according to  Estadio Deportivo .

Vidal has found himself pushed down the pecking order this season behind Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo. 

And while Sevilla have been put off a loan move by what they deem an excessive purchase option, talks are still in place with Liverpool and Manchester United.

Wilshere must take £20k-a-week pay cut

Jack Wilshere Arsenal

Jack Wilshere might be forced to take a £20,000-a-week pay cut if he wishes to renew his Arsenal contract, according to the  Daily Mail .

The midfielder is just one of a handful of Gunners stars whose current deals are up in June. 

But the newspaper asserts that even though Arsenal look set to lose Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, they will try and cut Wilshere’s wages from £100,000 to £80,000 per week.

Unhappy Mignolet linked with Napoli

Simon Mignolet Liverpool

Simon Mignolet is unhappy at Liverpool and considering a €20 million switch to Napoli, according to Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad,  via the Liverpool Echo .

Mignolet has been displaced as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice by Loris Karius, while the Reds have also been linked with Roma shot-stopper Alisson. 

If he does complete a move to Napoli he would join fellow goalkeeper Jose Reina, who also left Anfield for southern Italy in 2013.

Chelsea stall on Batshuayi loan amid Carroll talks

Michy Batshuayi Chelsea

Chelsea are stalling on Sevilla’s loan approach for Michy Batshuayi until they can complete a deal for Andy Carroll.

The Blues are wary of further limiting their options up front, even though the Belgian favours a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge. 

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Zidane offered France job

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Zinedine Zidane could leave Real Madrid after being offered the chance to take charge of the France national team, claims Diario Gol .

The report affirms that Zizou has received a proposal to coach his nation after the 2018 World Cup, replacing Didier Deschamps. 

Zidane has come under fire at Madrid in recent weeks after a painful slump in form which has left the Liga holders in fourth position halfway through the season.

And the chance to guide a golden generation of French talent – including former Madrid target Kylian Mbappe – might be too good to turn down.

Walcott to complete Everton switch

Theo Walcott Arsenal West Ham

Theo Walcott is on the verge of completing a move to Everton after the Toffees agreed a £20 million deal with Arsenal.

The 28-year-old underwent medical tests on Tuesday and the Merseysiders have seen off interest from rival Premier League side West Ham to secure the England winger.

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Madrid to sign Hazard if Alexis joins Chelsea

Eden Hazard Chelsea Leicester

Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea depend on the Blues pulling off a transfer coup and landing Alexis Sanchez, claims  Don Balon .

Hazard has long been on Zinedine Zidane’s list of potential signings, but Madrid have continually been rebuffed in their approaches to Stamford Bridge. 

If Alexis opts for London over Manchester, however, Los Blancos will redouble their efforts to sign the Belgian star.

Raiola demands key to Alexis-Mkhitaryan deal

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal’s pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan hinges on whether the attacker is paid off by Manchester United due to his contract running for another two years, Goal understands.

The Gunners are keen for a swap deal with United, but neither club are prepared to sanction the transfer unless the Armenia international agrees to move to north London.

Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola is also determined to secure a fee for himself as part of his involvement in brokering the deal.

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