January transfer news & rumours: Dortmund reject second Auba bid from Arsenal

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

Dortmund reject second Aubameyang bid

Borussia Dortmund have rejected a second approach from Arsenal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to BBC Sport.

The Gabon international has reportedly agreed terms with the Gunners, who are keen to add another striker in the current window. 

But despite Arsenal upping their bid to £43.6 million on Wednesday, Dortmund were unmoved and continue to hold out for a deal worth more than £50m.

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Roma brush off Chelsea’s Dzeko bid

Roma sporting director Monchi was dismissive of Chelsea’s efforts to sign striker Edin Dzeko, calling the club’s bid “uninteresting”.

“Roma, like every club in the world, listen to the offers that arrive for their players, not just for Edin, but anyone in the squad,” Monchi told Mediaset Premium.

“We are ready to listen and then we decide. Now Dzeko is here and the rest doesn’t matter, which means the offer that arrived is not interesting.”

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City to swap Aguero for Griezmann?

Manchester City are considering using Sergio Aguero as part of a deal to bring Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann to the Etihad Stadium, according to The Sun .

Atleti have made contact with Aguero regarding a return to the Spanish capital, with Diego Simeone keen to unite the Argentine with Diego Costa.

City, meanwhile, are weighing up a move for Griezmann this summer and could use the Liga outfit’s interest in Aguero as a negotiating tool.

Man Utd join Kovacic race

Manchester United are the latest club to show an interest in Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to CalcioMercato.

The Croatia international is surplus to requirements at Santiago Bernabeu after a series of injuries saw him fall down the pecking order.

And United are keen to battle Kovacic’s former club, Inter, for his signature in January.

Liverpool consider Rondon

Liverpool are considering a move for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, according to  The Sun .

The Venezuela international has just 18 months left on his contract at The Hawthorns, though he is keen to remain with the Baggies.

Should Jurgen Klopp’s side make their move for Rondon, they are likely to be competing for his signature with local rivals Everton, who are also keen on the former Zenit forward.

Athletic eye Monreal return

Athletic Club are weighing up a January move for Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal, according to Mundo Deportivo.

With Athletic centre-back Aymeric Laporte set to complete a €65 million move to Manchester City, the Basque outfit are set to be left short at the back.

And former Bilbao star Monreal is being targeted as a replacement alongside Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez.

Alex Sandro is Man Utd’s No.1 left-back target

Alex Sandro is Manchester United’s primary target, if Jose Mourinho decides to sign a new left-back in the summer, reports the Manchester Evening News .

Mourinho has abandoned plans to bring in a left-back in January, having also been linked with the likes of Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.

However, if Mourinho decides to sell Luke Shaw, who has endured a resurgence in form of late, at the end of the season, then he wants Alex Sandro from Juventus.

Chelsea have previously tried to sign Alex Sandro, but have found Juventus to be reluctant sellers amid reports the Italian champions want in excess of €60 million for the Brazilian.

Spartak want Liverpool winger

Spartak Moscow are interested in signing Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, reports the Liverpool Echo .

Markovic hasn’t made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season, and was wanted by Fiorentina during the summer transfer window.

Watford and West Brom have been linked with January bids, and now Russian side Spartak are making a move to sign the Serbian.

Spurs unlikely to sign Lucas Moura

Tottenham are not expecting to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura during the January transfer window, according to ESPN .

Lucas Moura is eager to leave PSG this winter and has been told to find a new club by coach Unai Emery , with Real Betis the latest to show an interest.

Spurs are also keen on the Brazilian, but are not planning a January move for a player who has also been targeted by Arsenal and Manchester United.

Napoli line up Grimaldo

Napoli are hoping to agree a deal to sign Benfica full-back Alejandro Grimaldo in the summer as a potential replacement for Faouzi Ghoulam, reports La Repubblica .

Ghoulam only signed a new contract with Napoli in December, but the Serie A club fear his €60 million release clause will not deter the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain from making a bid.

As a precautionary measure, Napoli have lined up Grimaldo, who has also been linked with United, as a replacement and are ready to offer €30m for the 22-year-old Spaniard.

Arsenal target Maycon deal

Arsenal are considering an approach for Corinthians midfielder Maycon, with a view to a summer transfer, claims  The Sun .

The 20-year-old has been watched regularly by Arsenal scouts and appears to have demonstrated enough to persuade the Premier League club to step up their interest.

Maycon, who has also been linked with Napoli, could cost around £9 million, with Corinthians keen to have him back on loan.

Liverpool could loan out youngsters

Liverpool could allow more youngsters to head out on loan before the January transfer window closes, reports the Liverpool Echo .

The likes of Matty Virtue and Corey Whelan have gone out on loan recently, and they could be joined by Harry Wilson, Ovie Ejaria and Lloyd Jones.

The club’s Under-23 coach Neil Critchley said: “More loans is a possibility. You look at Harry, Ovie and we still have Lloyd with us at the moment. They would be the three who would come under the radar of other clubs.”

West Ham want Joao Mario loan deal

West Ham are in talks to sign Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan for the rest of the season, reports  The Guardian .

Joao Mario has been tipped to leave Inter in the January transfer window in search of regular first-team football and he was linked with Manchester United.

However, West Ham are stepping up their efforts to sign the Portugal international and are willing to pay his wages in full as they continue to discuss a loan fee with Inter.

Roma open Carrasco talks

Roma are in talks to sign Atletico Madrid attacker Yannick Carrasco on loan with a view to a permanent deal, claims  Calciomercato.com .

Arsenal and Chelsea had been linked with a move for Carrasco following reports Atletico are looking to offload the Belgium international.

But, with Edin Dzeko set to join Chelsea, Roma have moved for Carrasco and will offer €25 million to sign the 24-year-old permanently at the end of his loan.

Dzeko offered €8m-a-year Chelsea deal

Roma striker Edin Dzeko has been offered an €8 million-a-year contract to join Chelsea, claims  Corriere dello Sport .

Chelsea have already agreed a deal with Roma to sign Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri , and are now working on finalising personal terms for the pair.

Dzeko is expected to start Roma’s game against Sampdoria on Wednesday , but the former Manchester City forward is edging closer to a return to the Premier League and he can expect an increase on his current €4.5m-a-year salary.

Arthur Melo agrees Barcelona move

Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo has agreed to join Barcelona ahead of a clutch of other leading European clubs, claims  Mundo Deportivo .

Barcelona have persuaded the 21-year-old to reject reported interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid in order to move to Camp Nou.

The Catalan club must now agree a deal with Gremio, who have previously insisted that Arthur will not leave the club for less than his €50 million release clause .

However, Barca hope to agree a deal for around €25m and would be prepared to allow Arthur to spend another year on loan at Gremio as part of the package.

Mascherano to join Hebei

Javier Mascherano will join Hebei China Fortune from Barcelona on Friday, the La Liga club have confirmed.

Mascherano has won four La Liga trophies, four Copa del Rey trophies and two Champions League titles, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup twice.

However, the 33-year-old has struggled for game time this season, making just seven La Liga appearances in 2017-18, and will complete his move to China on 26 January.

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Henry denies telling Alexis to leave

Thierry Henry has denied that he told Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal for Manchester United.

Alexis completed his move to Old Trafford earlier this week, with Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way.

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Liverpool not in Luan talks

Liverpool are not in talks to sign Gremio striker Luan, according to the  Liverpool Echo .

Reports had suggested that, following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool had opened discussions to bring in another Brazilian, with Luan having an €18 million release clause in his contract.

However, there are reportedly no talks taking place to sign the South American Footballer of the Year , who has also been a target for Arsenal and Barcelona.

Betis to offer €18m for Lucas Moura

Real Betis are ready to make an offer to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, according to  Le Parisien .

Lucas has been told to find a new club by PSG coach Unai Emery , and he has been linked with Premier League trio Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

The Brazilian reportedly turned down a loan move to Betis in December, but his agent was invited to watch the game at home to Barcelona last weekend.

That has reportedly helped to boost Betis’ chances of signing Lucas and they are now prepared to offer an initial €18 million, with add-ons taking the deal to €30m.

Newcastle ready to break transfer record

Newcastle United are prepared to break their transfer record to sign Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen, reports  Sky Sports News .

The £16 million spent to sign Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005 remains Newcastle’s biggest outlay on a player, but that could change before the end of the January transfer window.

Feyenoord have rejected an initial approach from Newcastle for Jorgensen and want in excess of £20 million for the Denmark international.

Arsenal in £75m swoop for Auba and Evans

Arsenal are in pole position to complete a £75 million swoop for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jonny Evans, claims the  Telegraph .

Buoyed by the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, Arsenal are looking to press on with other targets. 

And while talks for Aubameyang continue with Dortmund, West Brom’s Evans is also close to a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Man City to offer Sterling new deal

Raheem Sterling is set to be rewarded for his fine Manchester City form with a new and improved contract, reports the Daily Star .

Sterling has been one of the stars of the season for the Premier League table-toppers and has thrived under the direction of Pep Guardiola. 

While he still has two years on his current deal, the winger is in line for an extension and a raise on his £180,000-a-week wages.

Laporte decides on Man City switch

Aymeric Laporte has decided to move to Manchester City in the current transfer window, Goal  understands.

Laporte, 23, is seen as a better long-term option for City than fellow target Jonny Evans. 

Athletic are notoriously reluctant to accept knockdown fees for their stars, and the Citizens have opted to pay every penny of Laporte’s £57 million release clause.

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Batshuayi move depends on Dzeko arrival

Antonio Conte has affirmed that Michy Batshuayi’s exit from Chelsea depends on the Blues landing Edin Dzeko from Roma.

Batshuayi has been linked with a loan switch to Sevilla, while Dzeko is expected to complete a return to the Premier League in the current transfer window.

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‘Chelsea had no chance with Alexis’

Antonio Conte has admitted there was no way Chelsea could compete with the financial muscle of Manchester City and United in their tussle for Alexis Sanchez.

“We never were in this race. Ever. Especially because, I repeat, one of the reasons was this amount of salary,” the Italian signalled when asked about the club’s failure to land the ex-Arsenal star.

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Roma move for Barca’s Vidal

Roma are the latest club to show an interest in Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal, reports Mundo Deportivo .

The full-back has been lined up as a possible reinforcement for the Italian side’s defence, after Sevilla cooled their interest.

Pique set to sign new Barca deal

Gerard Pique will sign a new Barcelona contract next Monday, according to Mundo Deportivo .

The defender is set to extend his stay at Camp Nou until 2022, when he will be 35, with a new release clause of €500 million.

Chicharito demands West Ham exit

Javier Hernandez has handed in a transfer request at West Ham, reports the Express .

The Mexico striker has been at the club just four months, but his exit demands may heighten the Hammers’ forward woes with Andy Carroll out through injury.

Madrid set sights on De Gea

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to be courted once more by Real Madrid this summer, reports Marca .

The newspaper asserts that the Spain international is again the club’s top priority between the posts after missing out on Athletic’s Kepa.

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is also a target, although the Belgian is equally coveted by Paris Saint-Germain.

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