January transfer news & rumours: Griezmann agrees Barcelona move


PSG name their price for Lucas Moura


Paris Saint-Germain have named their price to sell Manchester United target Lucas Moura in the January transfer window, reports France Football .

Lucas is keen to leave PSG in search of regular first-team football this month, with United, Tottenham and Napoli all linked with an offer for the Brazilian.

Those clubs would prefer a loan deal with a view to a permanent move, while PSG hope to recoup €40 million for the winger, although it is more likely that an offer of €30m will be enough to clinch his signing.


Man Utd to miss out on Diarra


Lassana Diarra | Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra, reports  ESPN .

Diarra is available on a free transfer after leaving Al Jazira and reports had suggested Jose Mourinho was keen to bring the 32-year-old to Old Trafford.

The France international played under Mourinho at Real Madrid, but has decided on a return to Ligue 1 to sign for PSG.


Liverpool join Bale race


Gareth Bale Real Madrid

Liverpool have joined arch-rivals Manchester United in the battle to land Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon .

The Wales international has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League after struggling for form and fitness at Santiago Bernabeu.

Jurgen Klopp has the funds available to make a move after offloading Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and is prepared to spend over €100 million on Bale.


Bale eyes Man Utd move, Real want swap


Gareth Bale Real Madrid

Gareth Bale wants to leave Real Madrid and join Manchester United, but the club are keen on using the Welshman in a swap deal, according to Don Balon .

Bale is keen to return to the Premier League with Jose Mourinho’s men, but Real, who are set to break up the ‘BBC’ trio, would rather utilise him as part of any deal for Eden Hazard or Harry Kane.

However, the former Tottenham winger does not want to move to Chelsea, and is not highly regarded by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.


Chelsea line up Vidal bid


Arturo Vidal Bayern Munich

Chelsea are interested in signing Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich this summer, report Bild .

Bayern have agreed a deal to sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke once the season ends, and that acquisition could trigger a transfer for Vidal, with Antonio Conte’s side leading the pack.


Alexis bids farewell to Arsenal


Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has edged another step close to completing a move to Manchester United, with The Mirror claiming he has said his goodbyes at Arsenal.

The Chilean was back in training with the Gunners on Friday as a switch to Old Trafford was held up, but he could see a transfer pushed through over the weekend.


Gunners to pay £53m for Auba


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal are ready to push through a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by meeting Borussia Dortmund’s £53 million asking price, reports German website WA .

Goal revealed on Friday that the Gunners have agreed personal terms with the prolific Gabon international striker.

Arsene Wenger is now prepared to step up his efforts to get the frontman on board and get a high-profile deal over the line during the January window.


Real in secret Salah talks


Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Real Madrid have been in secret transfer talks with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, claims El Chiringuito TV .

The La Liga giants are said to want the Egypt international as their next ‘Galactico’ signing after seeing him impress since moving to Anfield in the summer of 2017.


PSG piece together Pep plan


Pep Guardiola Manchester City

Paris Saint-Germain have made Pep Guardiola their top managerial target, claims The Daily Mirror .

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is currently at the Manchester City helm, but a big-spending outfit in Ligue 1 have him in their sights.


Messi urges Barca to renew Umtiti’s deal


Samuel Umtiti, Barcelona 17/18

Lionel Messi is urging Barcelona’s board to offer defender Samuel Umtiti a new contract, according to Don Balon . 

Manchester United are mulling over a bid for the 24-year-old, who has a £53 million release clause.


Chelsea could turn to Benteke


Christian Benteke Crystal Palace

As Chelsea’s search for a new striker continues, the Blues could set their sights on Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, according to The Sun. 

The 27-year-old has struggled this season at Selhurst Park, scoring just one goal in 17 Premier League appearances. 


Griezmann agrees to join Barcelona


Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid

Barcelona and Antoine Griezmann have reached an agreement over a deal that will see the striker move to Camp Nou at the end of the season,  Sport  claims.

The Atletico Madrid star has been heavily linked to Premier League clubs, but the Catalan side have managed to lure him to partner Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele up front.

The Spanish outlet says Griezmann has struck a deal with Barca that will see either party face a financial penalty should they back out before the move is complete.


Spurs step up Malcom bid


Malcom Bordeaux

Tottenham are ready to step up their efforts to land Bordeaux forward Malcom after seeing north London rivals Arsenal pull out of the running, reports ESPN .

Representatives of the Brazilian have held talks with Spurs and the Gunners, with the path having now been cleared for Mauricio Pochettino to land a top target.


United lead hunt for £35m Seri


Jean Michael Seri Nice

Manchester United have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, says the Daily Mail .

Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have also expressed an interest in the Ivorian, but the Red Devils are ready to complete a £35 million deal.


Dzeko agrees to Chelsea switch


Dzeko Genoa Roma

Edin Dzeko has agreed to join Chelsea in a £44 million deal, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .

The former Manchester City striker has been a regular source of goals at Roma and could be set for a second stint in the Premier League.


Atletico eyeing Lemar


Thomas Lemar France 2017

Atletico Madrid are prepared to beat Liverpool and Arsenal to Monaco winger Thomas Lemar if Antoine Griezmann leaves for Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo .

The France international has been linked with a move to England for some time, but he could be offered the opportunity to fill a fellow countryman’s boots in Spain.


Pellegrini wants Mascherano move


Javier Mascherano Barcelona

Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to see Javier Mascherano complete a proposed switch from Barcelona and join him at Hebei Fortune, the experienced coach has told Marca .

He said of the versatile Argentine: “The plan is that he comes. We have to see his situation at Barcelona, but he is a player that I am very interested in.”


Reds warned off Butland


Jack Butland Stoke

Liverpool have been warned not to waste their time making a £40 million move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

New Potters boss Paul Lambert insists the England international is not for sale, telling reporters: “There is absolutely no way he is going in January. Absolutely no chance. As long as I’m here I’ll do everything I can to keep him.”


Enrique lined up by Blues


Luis Enrique Barcelona

Chelsea will look to replace Antonio Conte with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique if their current coach walks away in the summer, reports the Daily Star .

It is also claimed that the Blues will seek to bring Juliano Belletti back to Stamford Bridge as the club’s director of football.


Oblak not on Anfield radar


Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is not among those currently being considered by Jurgen Klopp as possible additions at Anfield, Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports .

The Reds are expected to try and bolster their options between the sticks either in January or the summer, but no move has been made towards the Spanish capital as yet.


Chelsea make Crouch contact


Peter Crouch, Stoke City

Chelsea have approached Stoke regarding a possible deal for Peter Crouch, reports The Daily Mirror .

The experienced striker has emerged as a shock target for the Blues, with efforts to secure his signature now stepped up after seeing routes to other targets blocked.


Klopp leading Konsa chase


Ezri Konsa Charlton

Liverpool have overtaken neighbours Everton in the race to land Charlton’s highly-rated defender Ezri Konsa, claims Kent Live .

The Toffees were reported to be readying a bid for the 20-year-old talent, but the Reds are now in pole position to land a player valued at £4m.


Mahrez to stay put?


Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Leicester remain confident that interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in Riyad Mahrez can be fended off.

Foxes boss Claude Puel, who values the Algerian at £100m, has said of a much sought-after asset: “He’s enjoying playing for Leicester with his team-mates. This is the most important thing – we have this good feeling that the player wants to stay with us.”

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