January transfer news & rumours: Liverpool join Bale race


Liverpool join Bale race


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.


Alexis bids farewell to Arsenal


Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has edged another step close to completing a move to Manchester United, with The Daily 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.


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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