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January transfer news & rumours: Arsenal won't budge on €40 million Benzema bid

2:35 AM GMT+8 27/12/2017
Karim Benzema Real Madrid
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 WON'T INCREASE €40M BENZEMA BID


Arsenal will not offer more than €40 million to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema at the end of the season, claims Don Balon.

Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly ready to cut his losses on Benzema, with Arsenal rumoured to have already made a €40m bid for the Frenchman.

Perez values Benzema at significantly more, but the likes of Arsenal, who are expected to be in the market for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, will not go higher than €40m.


LAZIO READY TO SELL LIVERPOOL TARGET


Lazio are willing to sell Stefan de Vrij in the January transfer window after failing to agree a new contract with the Dutch defender, reports Calciomercato.com.

De Vrij is out of contract at the end of the season, and he has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Lazio’s Serie A rivals Juventus.

Reports value De Vrij at €30 million and if that figure is met in the New Year then Lazio will let the centre-half leave before next summer.


FEKIR TO COST ARSENAL £60M


Arsenal will have to pay around £60 million if they want to sign Lyon star Nabil Fekir at the end of the season, claims the Daily Star.

Fekir has been linked with a string of Europe’s leading clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester City, while are Arsenal are keen as they assess potential replacements for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Lyon have ruled out selling Fekir in the January transfer window, with Arsenal aware they will have to fork out a club record €60m to sign the forward once the season is over.


MOURINHO CONFIDENT IN DYBALA DEAL


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident that £60 million will be enough to sign Juventus star Paulo Dybala next summer, according to the Daily Star .

There are reports of a rift between Dybala and the Juve hierarchy, although head coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied this, and ex-Inter boss Mourinho thinks the attacking midfielder could be lured to Old Trafford.


PREMIER LEAGUE RIVALS SCOUT HERTHA STARLET


Arsenal and Manchester City are watching Hertha Berlin’s teenage winger Dennis Jastrzembski, according to transfermarkt.de .

Jastrzembski currently plays for Hertha’s Under-19 team, and the 17-year-old’s progress has attracted the interest of the Premier League duo.

The Germany Under-17 international is able to sign a professional contract when he turns 18 in February, but Arsenal and City may try to pounce in the New Year.


MUSONDA WANTED ON LOAN BY BETIS AGAIN


Real Betis are considering a move to sign Chelsea attacker Charly Musonda on loan for a second time, according to AS .

Musonda previously spent 12 months on loan at Betis before returning to Chelsea in January this year and he recently signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge until 2022 .

He will make a late decision on whether to go out on loan again in the New Year, with Betis considering a move for Musonda as they look to improve their attacking options.


PSG NAME DRAXLER PRICE TO ARSENAL


Paris Saint-Germain have quoted Arsenal £40 million if they want to sign Julian Draxler in January, according to the Mirror .

The Germany international is highly rated by many of Europe's elite and, with Alexis Sanchez expected to leave for Manchester City in 2018, Arsene Wenger has identified Draxler as an ideal replacement.


MAN UTD TO MAKE £40M MALCOM BID


Manchester United are ready to make an opening bid of around £40 million for Bordeaux forward Malcom, Goal understands .

United boss Jose Mourinho regards the Brazilian as the best young prospect in Europe and will urge Ed Woodward, the club's executive vice chairman, to broker a deal in January.

Read the full story by Goal correspondent Sam Lee here.


SPURS PLOT BARKLEY SWOOP


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is plotting a January swoop for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, according to the Daily Express .

The England international has been out of action for Everton all season due to injury but is expected to be fit again at the start of 2018 and is seen by Pochettino as a top target.


CELTIC DEMAND £25M FOR DEMBELE


Brighton will need to break their transfer record to sign Moussa Dembele in January, according to the Daily Mail .

Sky Sports had claimed on Christmas Day that the Seagulls had agreed an £18 million fee for the attacker, but that’s been debunked by sources from both clubs as “nonsense”.

Instead, Brighton will need to cough up £25m - £9m higher than their highest-ever transfer - to sign the coveted attacking midfielder.


ARSENAL & CHELSEA TRACK BURNLEY STAR


Burnley defender James Tarkowski is being closely monitored by top four rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, according to the Daily Star .

The £30 million-rated centre-back has been a key figure in Burnley’s success this season, with Sean Dyche’s men having only conceded 15 goals – fewer than Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.


MAN UTD OUTCAST SET FOR SPURS SALVATION


Luke Shaw could be set to end his nightmare spell at Manchester United this winter as Tottenham are planning a January transfer window bid, according to the Daily Express .

The left-back was touted as a top Old Trafford prospect when he signed from Southampton in 2014, but he has failed to progress since his teenage years and is a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho's regime.


ZIDANE GIVES XMAS LIST TO REAL


Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has given Real Madrid his January transfer wishlist in an effort to turn around a dreadful La Liga season, according to Spanish rumour mill  Dan Balon .

Athletic goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to be pursued in January and central midfield reinforcements are being prioritised, but there will be no strikers brought in by the Blancos.


LOZANO IN ARSENAL & LIVERPOOL BIDDING WAR


PSV forward Hirving Lozano looks set to be at the centre of a £42 million bidding war between Liverpool and Arsenal in 2018, according to the Daily Star .

The Mexico international has scored 10 goals in 15 games for the Dutch side and, in doing so, has caught the attention of both Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger as they look to bolster their attacking options in 2018.


KLOPP TO OFFER TRAPP PSG ESCAPE


Jurgen Klopp is prepared to offer PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp an escape from the Ligue 1 leaders according to Le Sport 10

Trapp's agent has spoken of his desire to depart and the report states he hopes to land in the Premier League. 

With Simon Migonlet's struggles and Loris Karius unproven, Klopp would be interested in taking Trapp on. 


FELLAINI WILL NOT SIGN MAN UNITED CONTRACT


Marouane Fellaini is prepared to quit Manchester United as he refuses to sign a new deal with the club, according to Express Sport .

The midfielder has reportedly rejected one offer already, and is set on leaving, whether it is in January or when his contract ends in the summer.

The report also states Fellaini has at least one offer from China.


VAN DIJK ON BARCELONA HITLIST


Barcelona are hoping to pip Premier League's top clubs to the signing of Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, according to Sport .

The Dutch defender is expected to leave St Mary's in January, with Liverpool and Manchester City believed to be pushing to sign him, but La Liga leaders Barcelona include him as one of their transfer targets for 2018.