January transfer news & rumours: Real Madrid to step up Salah pursuit

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

Madrid step up Salah interest

Real Madrid are set to step up their efforts to sign Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, according to  Gianluca Di Marzio .

Egypt international Salah has been a revelation for the Reds since moving to Anfield in the summer, scoring 23 goals in all competitions in the opening months of the campaign.

But his stay on Merseyside could be short-lived, with Madrid keen to bring in a big name to counter Barcelona’s signing of Philippe Coutinho.

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Juve monitor Madrid’s Ceballos

Juventus are considering a summer bid for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, according to Tuttosport .

Ceballos has struggled for first-team action at the Bernabeu since completing a move from Betis. 

And Juve are reportedly interested in adding him to their ranks, as they closely monitor the fringe player’s development.

Chelsea to loan out Musonda

Chelsea’s Charly Musonda will have no shortage of offers after being made available for loan, reports the Telegraph .

A host of Premier League sides including Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Brom are interested in taking the 21-year-old prospect on a temporary deal.

Inter consider Schurrle move

Andre Schurrle has emerged as a transfer target for Serie A challengers Inter, according to Gazzetta dello Sport .

While Barcelona’s Rafinha heads the list for the Nerazzurri, the Dortmund man is also being considered should they fail in their bid for the midfielder.

Man Utd ask for Evans updates

Manchester United have been asked to be kept updated on former defender Jonny Evans’ situation at West Brom, reports The Times.

Manchester City have held talks over a deal for Evans, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested his club will struggle to compete with the Premier League leaders for the centre-half.

Evans, who left Old Trafford for West Brom in 2015, remains of interest for his old club, while Everton and West Ham are also watching matters.

Milan slam door on Silva departure

Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has insisted that striker Andre Silva will not be departing the club.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Everton after a tough start to life in Italy following a €38 million move from Porto last summer.

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Arsenal target Rafinha

Arsenal are interested in signing in-demand Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to  Catalunya Radio, via Sport.

Rafinha is looking to leave Barca in January in search of regular first-team football, and he is a target for Celta Vigo and Inter Milan.

He could be allowed to leave on loan with a view to a €20 million permanent move, with Arsenal one of three clubs interested.

Hernandez targeted by LAFC

Major League Soccer expansion side Los Angeles FC are interested in West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, according to the  Evening Standard. 

Hernandez joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen for £16 million last summer, and West Ham would reportedly need to recoup their investment in order to sell the Mexican international. 

LAFC begin their first MLS season in March and could pair Hernandez with his international team-mate Carlos Vela, who has signed from Real Sociedad. 

Arda set for Istanbul Basaksehir 

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan’s move to Istanbul Basaksehir is set to be confirmed this week, according to the Turkish club’s coach. 

The 30-year-old has yet to appear in La Liga this season, and Basaksehir manager Abdullah Avci said that Turan’s move back to his home country will be announced Thursday or Friday. 

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Gomez open to Liverpool move

Alejandro Gomez would be willing to leave Atalanta to join Liverpool during the January transfer window, claims Tuttosport.

Liverpool are considering their transfer options following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and have been linked with a string of attackers.

Gomez is the latest in this list and the Argentine, who has been in fine form for Atalanta this season, would be open to a move to Anfield.

Arsenal to hold Malcom talks

Arsenal are to hold talks with Bordeaux winger Malcom’s representatives on Wednesday in their search for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, claims Gianluca Di Marzio.

Manchester City are negotiating with Arsenal over a deal for Alexis , with the Gunners keen to bring in someone to replace the Chilean.

Malcom is also a target for Manchester United , but Arsenal are hoping discussions with the Brazilian’s advisors will lead to an agreement.

Sterling set for new £250,000-a-week deal

Raheem Sterling is in line for a new Manchester City contract worth in excess of £250,000 a week, reports  The Guardian.

Sterling’s current deals expires in 2020 and he earns a basic £170,000 a week, with City keen to reward the England international with a bumper new deal.

The total package is likely to land Sterling a sizeable increase, with City keen to start talks over a new deal for the winger in February.

Ancelotti wanted to replace Wenger

Carlo Ancelotti is a ‘serious candidate’ to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, according to the  Evening Standard.

Wenger signed a new two-year contract in 2017, but Arsenal are concerned the long-serving Frenchman may decide to leave at the end of this season.

If he does, then Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich in September, is a leading option to take charge, although the Italian is also a possibility for his former club Chelsea should Antonio Conte quit his Stamford Bridge post.

Sturridge eyes Inter loan

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is keen to join Inter on loan for the rest of the season, reports Tuttosport.

Sturridge has struggled for regular starts this season and is keen to be playing more football ahead of the World Cup in Russia in the summer.

Reports have claimed Liverpool are prepared to sell the England international, while Inter view Sturridge as an alternative signing to Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu.

Kane wants Madrid No.10 shirt, Modric to leave

Harry Kane is set to join Real Madrid this summer and Luka Modric could be on his way out, according to Diario Gol.

Negotiations with the Tottenham star are reportedly so advanced that Kane has already requested the No.10 for the 2018-19 season. 

That number, of course, currently belongs to Modric, but the Croatian is said to be considering a Madrid exit this summer, with a move to Italy or England mooted. 

Darmian demands €3m salary from Roma 

Matteo Darmian wants a €3 million per year net salary to join Roma, with Manchester United only willing to sanction a permanent transfer, according to Corriere dello Sport

The Serie A club see the Italian as the perfect full-back option, although are also considering a move for Atletico Madrid veteran Juanfran, should they fail in talks to sign Darmian. 

CL final key to Madrid’s Hazard hopes 

Real Madrid must reach the Champions League final before Florentino Perez will push through a move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard for manager Zinedine Zidane, reports Spanish outlet  Mi Otra Liga .

Both Perez and Zidane admire Hazard, but Madrid are holding off on making a bid until the current season is over. 

Madrid put Kepa deal on hold

Real Madrid have put plans to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in January on hold, according to  Onda Cero, via AS .

Kepa reportedly has a problem with the second metatarsal in his right foot and surgery would rule the keeper out of action until March.

The 23-year-old would prefer to have treatment on the injury, rather than surgery, to ensure he is in the frame for Spain’s World Cup squad and that has prompted Madrid to delay finalising a deal.

Juve raise Dybala asking price

Manchester United’s chances of signing Paulo Dybala have taken a hit, with the money Barcelona spent on Philippe Coutinho’s transfer convincing Juventus to raise their asking price, Tuttosport claim.

A fee of a fee of £154 million will now be asked for the Argentine forward, with the Italians wanting more for him than the £142m spent on the Brazilian. 

Arsenal join Liverpool & City in Pavon chase

Arsenal have joined Liverpool and Manchester City in the chase for Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon, reports the Daily Mail.

The 21-year-old striker has turned heads with his performances for the Argentine giants, and has been compared to Alexis Sanchez. 

Pavon is said to have a £27 million release clause, and is likely to be named in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Chinese side bid £84m for Bale

Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande have made a massive £84 million offer for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon . 

The 28-year-old is said to have little interest in moving to China, but could be tempted by a return to the Premier League. Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham have all reportedly made contact with Madrid over a move for Bale. 

Alexis to start vs Chelsea

Despite intense speculation surrounding a potential move to Manchester City, Alexis Sanchez will start Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea, reports The Guardian.

City have submitted a £20m offer to Arsenal for Sanchez, whose contract with the Gunners expires at the end of this season. 

Pep Guardiola’s side are confident of landing the Chilean for free in the summer but with Gabriel Jesus out for two months with an injury, City are hoping to acquire Alexis in January. 

Man Utd planning for Zlatan exit

Manchester United are making plans to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is expected to depart in 2018, according to Yahoo Sport UK. 

Ibrahimovic is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave sooner if he accepts an offer from Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League.

The 36-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions for United since returning from a serious knee injury in November. 

Gunners ready to open Wilshere talks 

Arsenal are ready to finally open up contract talks with Jack Wilshere, the Mirror claims. 

While hints at a new deal have been floating for a while , the new report suggests that the Gunners are finally ready to offer a new deal now that Wilshere fit and in good form. 

The new deal may see the midfielder take a cut in base pay, with playing incentives making it possible for him to actually earn more money under the new terms. 

Everton confident of landing Walcott 

Everton are confident they can beat Southampton to the singing of Arsenal’s Theo Walcott in a £20million deal for the England forward, reports the Daily Mail

The Gunners may consider letting the 28-year-old leave this month and Everton are confident that they can offer his a better deal than the Saints. 

City keeping tabs on Maguire

Manchester City are interested in Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire but do not consider him a January target, according to Sky Sports News .

Maguire joined Leicester from Hull in the summer for £17 million, and City may now have to shell out £50m to land the 24-year-old. 

The Premier League leaders are targeting West Brom’s Jonny Evans or Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez to reinforce their defensive options in January. 

Lemar will cost at least £90m

Liverpool and Arsenal will need to spend at least £90 million to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco, according to The Daily Mirror. 

Lemar turned down a £90m move to Arsenal on deadline day in August, and Monaco are set to begin the bidding for the 22-year-old’s services at that figure.

The Ligue 1 side are open to selling Lemar in January, as the club are out of the Champions League and far off Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. 

No Moura offer from Man Utd yet

Manchester United are interested in Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura but have not yet made a bid, according to Sky Sports News.

PSG are willing to cash in on the 25-year-old Brazilian, who has yet to make a start in the league this season. 

Mertens open to new Napoli deal

Napoli are hoping to renegotiate Dries Mertens’ contract in order to avoid losing the Belgium international to Manchester United or Liverpool, according to Sky Sport Italia

Mertens signed a new deal in May 2017 that included a relatively small €28m release clause. Napoli are willing to increase the Belgian’s salary in a new contract in exchange for a big increase in that release clause. 

Conte: Chelsea wanted Van Dijk

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that the Blues were interested in Virgil van Dijk before the centre-back made his £75 million move to Liverpool from Southampton earlier this month. 

“For sure he was our target but as you know, this is football. We can have a lot of targets but you must be able to reach those targets,” Conte said. 

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Christensen signs new Chelsea contract

Andreas Christensen signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old defender has been a solid player for Antonio Conte’s side this season, making 22 appearances so far.

The new deal will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2022, after he initially signed with the Blues in 2012 and spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Arsenal want Mahrez as Alexis replacement

Arsenal are interested in luring Riyad Mahrez to Emirates Stadium in the January window as they look for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, according to Le Buteur .

The Chilean is keen on joining Premier League rivals Manchester City, with both clubs currently in negotiations over a deal .

And Arsene Wenger has identified Mahrez, who has also been linked with Liverpool, as the ideal replacement, with Leicester City looking to receive €55 million from any potential sale.

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