January transfer news & rumours: Arsenal want Martial in Alexis deal

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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


Arsenal want Martial in Alexis deal


Arsenal want Anthony Martial included in any deal that would take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants a replacement before he allows Alexis to leave, and he is hopeful Martial can be that player.

United are reluctant to let Martial go, however, though they would be willing to include Chris Smalling in the deal should Arsenal be keen on the centre-back.


Man Utd to make De Gea highest-paid player


David de Gea Manchester United

Manchester United are ready to give David de Gea a massive raise in an attempt to fend off interest from Real Madrid, according to The Sun

Madrid are still circling for the 27-year-old and with De Gea's contract set to expire in 2019, the Red Devils want to offer a new deal to lock down their prized goalkeeper. 

Man Utd reportedly plan to up De Gea's £210,000-a-week wages to £300,000-a-week, making him the club's joint highest-paid player along with Paul Pogba. 


Di Maria's wife warns Lucas over Man Utd move


Lucas Moura PSG

Lucas Moura's move to Manchester United has been placed in doubt after an intervention by the wife of PSG team-mate Angel Di Maria, according to The Sun.

Brazil international Lucas is yet to start for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 this season and is keen on a move to Old Trafford in a bid to prove himself ahead of the World Cup.

But Di Maria's wife, Jorgelina Cardoso, has warned Lucas's partner, Larissa Saad, about the lifestyle in Manchester, and she is now having second thoughts about leaving Paris for England.


Mourinho refuses to rule out Alexis move


Jose Mourinho Manchester United Southampton

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not ruling out the possibility of a move for Alexis Sanchez.

The Arsenal forward has been widely expected to join Manchester City, but the Red Devils have reportedly swooped in with a late move for the 29-year-old. 

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Did Benzema snub Arsenal & Chelsea?


Karim Benzema Real Madrid

Karim Benzema turned down two offers to leave Real Madrid in the summer, with Arsenal and Chelsea having been interested, according to Don Balon .

The Frenchman apparently has no interest in moving to England and wants to remain with the Liga giants, despite frequent links with Tottenham striker Harry Kane.


Real Madrid turn attention to Neymar


Neymar, PSG

Real Madrid have turned their attentions towards signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Marca .

Los Blancos feel that they need an injection of Galactico quality in their squad and are eyeing their first superstar signing since James Rodriguez arrived in 2014.

They do not believe that it is a move possible, however, before the summer of 2019, by which time they may be prepared to use Cristiano Ronaldo as a makeweight in any deal.


Van Persie set for Feyenoord medical


Robin van Persie Fenerbahce

Robin van Persie is set to undergo a medical after agreeing a deal to return to Feyenoord, according to Voetbal International.

Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Van Persie - who now plays his football for Fenerbahce - left the Eredivisie champions in 2004 but is now set for a move back to Rotterdam.


Coutinho won't kick me out of Barca - Iniesta


Andres Iniesta Barcelona

Andres Iniesta has rejected speculation that Philippe Coutinho's arrival at Barcelona could push him into the shade.

Iniesta told Onda Cero on Coutinho’s arrival in Catalunya: “There will never be a player that can make me retire or kick me out of here. At 33 years of age, that isn't the issue. Coutinho has come here to improve us.”

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Neville set for England job


Phil Neville
Phil Neville is the frontrunner to become the next permanent manager of the England Women's team, according to a report from the Daily Telegraph .

The Football Association are currently on the hunt for the successor to Mark Sampson, who was sacked in disgrace in September.

Mo Marley is the current caretaker manager, but the FA are keen to talk with Neville about the position.


No Alexis bidding war, says Wenger


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Arsene Wenger has said there is no bidding war between Manchester City and Manchester United over Alexis Sanchez.

The Frenchman was tightlipped over the future of the Chile international but did not deny that approaches had been made.

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Mahrez begins Liverpool talks


Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has opened talks with Liverpool over a potential January move to Anfield, the Express reports.

The Reds are looking to bolster their ranks after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and see the Algeria international as a suitable option.

It is claimed that Mahrez is open to the idea of playing under Jurgen Klopp although would prefer a move to Arsenal, with whom there has been no contact thus far.


Everton eyeing Walcott deal


Theo Walcott Arsenal

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the club would like to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott this month.

"You're all aware of our interest in Theo," Allardyce told a news conference. "If we're able to get that over the line, I'll be delighted."

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Man City still hopeful on Alexis


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 2017

Manchester City are still hopeful of signing Alexis Sanchez in January, despite a supposed approach from Manchester United, Goal understands.

The Blues’ plans for Alexis remain unchanged, despite news of rival interest emerging on Thursday, and the club are also believed to be working on at least one other deal.

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Napoli boss requests Sane signing


Leroy Sane Manchester City

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has requested the signing of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, according to CalcioNapoli24 .

The 59-year-old asked president Aurelio De Laurentiis, during talks over a new contract, to attempt to lure the Germany international away from the Etihad Stadium.

De Laurentiis, however, instantly rebuffed the request, maintaining that the attacker would prove too expensive.


Low lined up to replace Zidane


Joachim Low Germany

Joachim Low has been lined up by Real Madrid to take over as coach, if Zinedine Zidane is sacked at the end of the season, claims La Stampa, via AS .

Zidane’s future is coming under increasing scrutiny, with Madrid trailing arch-rivals Barcelona by 16 points in La Liga.

Failure to progress in the Champions League could cost Zidane his job and Germany coach Low is the man wanted to take charge after the World Cup finals this summer.


Spurs won't give up on Malcom


Malcom Bordeaux

Tottenham have not given up hope of beating Arsenal and Manchester United to the signing of Bordeaux sensation Malcom, reports UOL Esporte .

Arsenal have held talks with Malcom’s representatives this week over a potential January deal as Arsene Wenger searches for a replacement for Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez.

United are also set to make a £40 million bid for the Brazilian in January , but Spurs remain keen to capture the winger, even if Arsenal are favourites to agree a deal.


Valverde wants to keep Gomes


Andre Gomes Barcelona

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not looking to let Andre Gomes leave in the January transfer window, according to Mundo Deportivo .

Gomes reportedly wants a winter move to secure regular first-team football, and he has been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham.

However, Valverde is happy with the Portugal international and only a huge offer will persuade the club to change their mind.


World record fee a 'big compliment' - Van Dijk


Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Everton

Virgil van Dijk has told Sky Sports that being subject to a world-record transfer for a defender is a "big compliment".

The Dutchman recently moved from Southampton to Liverpool for £75 million.

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Man Utd target Vardy & Chicharito


Jamie Vardy

Manchester United are targeting Jamie Vardy and Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez in addition to Alexis Sanchez, the Telegraph reports.

Vardy reportedly would be the most expensive option as the Red Devils look to bolster their attack, with Leicester City seeking a £35 million fee.

Hernandez, meanwhile, could return to Old Trafford if West Ham can recoup the £17m they spent to sign the Mexican striker last summer.


Allegri & Luis Enrique on Chelsea shortlist


Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus, Serie A, 09122017

Chelsea have identified Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique as potential managers should Antonio Conte leave at season's end, according to the Daily Mail .

It appears increasingly likely that Conte will leave Stamford Bridge over the summer, with Napoli's Maurizio Sarri in consideration as well.

Diego Simeone is a long-shot candidate, while Carlo Ancelotti seemingly has been ruled out.


Chelsea & Man Utd monitor Arthur


Arthur Gremio

Chelsea and Manchester United are monitoring Gremio midfielder Arthur as a potential move to Barcelona stalls, the Daily Mail reports.

Barca are interested in signing the 21-year-old over the summer, but recent moves for Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina mean the Catalans must sell players to balance the books first.

That development has apparently opened the door for the Blues or Red Devils to sign Arthur, who is valued between £30 million and £35 million.


Man Utd ahead of City in Weigl race


Julian Weigl, Borussia Dortmund, 17/18

Manchester United have passed Manchester City in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, according to the Independent .

Jose Mourinho is said to want a new defensive midfielder in support of Paul Pogba, and City target Weigl has landed on the Red Devils' radar.

While a swap involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems unlikely, United's willingness to send the midfielder to Dortmund could help facilitate talks to sign Weigl.


Chicharito seriously considering LAFC move


Javier Hernandez Chicharito West Ham

Javier Hernandez is seriously considering a move to MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC, according to talkSPORT .

West Ham manager David Moyes has reportedly told the striker he can leave the club this winter, and 'Chicharito' is tempted by the possibility of joining Mexico team-mate Carlos Vela at LAFC.


Man Utd too late to sign Alexis


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Manchester United are too late in their attempt to beat Manchester City to the signing of Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Express .

The Red Devils reportedly reached out to Arsenal to see if a £25 million bid would see the forward turn his back on Man City, who have offered £20m.

But City remain favourites to sign the Chile international as he has his heart set on a move to the Etihad Stadium because of his experience playing under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.


Liverpool set Sturridge price


Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool are ready to sell wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge for £30 million, the Daily Mail reports.

The England international has reportedly asked to leave Anfield in January, though that valuation and his £150,000-a-week wages could prove problematic.

Stoke City were said to be interested in a move, but the club won't make a decision until a new manager is in place.


Premier League giants compete for Wilmot


Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ESPNFC reports.

All four clubs sent scouts to evaluate the 18-year-old centre-back during Stevenage's FA Cup match against Reading last weekend.


Musonda draws Nottingham Forest interest


Charly Musonda, Chelsea

New Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has targeted Chelsea forward Charly Musonda, according to the Telegraph .

The Championship side are reportedly looking to sign the 21-year-old on loan for the rest of the season, though they'll have to fend off interest from Bournemouth, Newcastle and Watford.


Coquelin: I should've left Arsenal earlier


Francis Coquelin Arsenal

Francis Coquelin says that he "almost regrets" not taking the chance to leave Arsenal sooner after completing a move to La Liga side Valencia on Thursday. 

His displays during the 2016-17 season drew interest over the summer, but the 26-year-old wanted to stay and fight for his place under Arsene Wenger.

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Ronaldo frustrated by Madrid signings


Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has grown frustrated by Real Madrid's signings, according to Don Balon .

The Portuguese star is said to be disillusioned by president Florentino Perez's activity in the transfer market, with Madrid failing to sign upgrades after the exits of James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and Pepe.


Inter offer Joao Mario in Gaitan swap


Nicolas Gaitan Atletico Madrid

Inter have proposed a swap that would see them send Joao Mario to Atletico Madrid in exchange for Nicolas Gaitan, Don Balon reports.

That move could be a coup for Atletico manager Diego Simeone, who has given Gaitan just one start in La Liga this season.

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