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Kicker report that Wolfsburg are in talks with Chelsea over the acquisition of Andre Schurrle. The Germany international has agreed personal terms, but the Bundesliga outfit are yet to agree a fee with the Blues.
Wolfsburg want to pay £20.2m but the Premier League leaders are holding out for £22.5m.
Roma revealed earlier today that Kevin Strootman would be undergoing surgery after aggravating the knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup against Fiorentina, plunging any potential move to Manchester United into doubt.
But he has now moved to set the record straight and allay fears over any potential lay-off.
"It's bruised and therefore I should rest my knee for a couple of weeks," he posted on Twitter. "This gives me the opportunity to remove some scar tissue which has bothered me a bit after the last surgery and this will help me further in getting back to my old level."
'It's nothing serious' - Strootman expects short injury absence
Inter Milan pulled off a coup earlier this week as they completed the signing of Marcelo Brozovic on an initial two-year loan from Dinamo Zagreb and he has already outlined his intention to become indispensable to the club, claiming he wants to emulate the Manchester City midfielder.
"I'm very young. I have to keep developing as a player, but I hope to grow into an all-round footballer. I like [Manchester City midfielder] Frank Lampard. I hope to become like him one day," he told the club's website.
Brozovic aims to become Inter's own Frank Lampard
Yep, it's finally happened. Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, and Mohamed Salah is set to head the other way on loan.
The Blues will pay £24.8 million for the Colombia winger.
A BIG DEAL IS GOING TO COME OFF!
Chelsea agree deal to sign Cuadrado
Only Diego Costa knows if his stamp was intentional, he certainly wasn't looking in that direction, therefore it's difficult to ban him.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 29, 2015
My personal view is that Costa in a process should get off his charge. Impossible to prove he meant it and he doesn't look at the player.— Gary Neville (@GNev2) January 29, 2015
Diego Costa, arguably the best signing of last summer, is contesting the FA's charge of violent conduct after an alleged stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can during their League Cup second leg tie.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has issued a media blackout by cancelling tomorrow's press conference. IT IS ALL KICKING OFF.
Chelsea contest Diego Costa violent conduct charge
Stoke, the teases that they are, fooled us all into thinking they'd actually made a real signing earlier today but it turned out that both Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan had signed new two-year contracts. WOOP.
Both have already expressed their delight, with the pair impressing under Mark Hughes in 2014-15.
Crouch and Whelan sign new Stoke deals
Louis van Gaal is not afraid of splashing the cash but he may have to shelve his plans to bid for Kevin Strootman, with the Roma midfielder set to undergo surgery on Friday after suffering yet another injury blow.
The Dutchman aggravated the knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup against Fiorentina on Sunday and faces a lengthy lay-off. Best start scouting other targets, Louis.
Blow for Roma as Strootman faces further surgery
We all love a good transfer deal. But Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool won't be doing any business this January. BOOOOOOO
Rodgers: Liverpool won't sign anyone in January
He’s been linked with a move to the Premier League but Marca reports that Asier Illarramendi plans to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid. The midfielder has started just three games in La Liga this season.
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Shola Ameobi on a free transfer after he left Turkish club Gaziantep last month. He told the club’s official website: "I'm very excited to be here, I wanted to get back in the Premier League and having worked with the manager before it's been great to come back and hopefully help us avoid the relegation battle."
More from Mino Raiola: "Do you know why I told him to sign for Juventus? Milan wanted to sign him together with Genoa and then send him there on loan. Inter then said they did not want to create a row with [ex-Manchester United boss] Sir Alex Ferguson. With Juventus the deal was quite simple. They signed him, gave him the wages of a first-team player and did not send him out on loan."
Mino Raiola has reiterated that Paul Pogba will be sold by Juventus within the next 18 months. He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Paul is the only major star who is available at the end of the season. If you cannot take Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, you can only go for Paul. If someone wants him, the market situation could see him go for more than €100 million [£74m]."
As ever, our editor has been extremely busy all day long but has STILL been able to find a bit of time to put these together. Just how does he do it?
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As for Raheem Sterling, who reportedly wants £100,000-a-week if he signs a new contract, Brendan Rodgers said: "It's all in hand with his representatives. He's happy and sees his long-term future here. He's a real sponge for learning."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Every manager will always want more signings... I would want to be able to do one or two things. But I always said the likelihood was we wouldn't sign anyone in January and it looks like that is going to be the case."
The big man is back in English football. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has confirmed at his press conference that the club have signed Shola Ameobi on a short-term deal. "I am really pleased to have him," he said. "It's until the end of the season."
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