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Earthquakes make Cowell their youngest-ever signing

2019-01-23T23:10:21Z

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed 15-year-old forward Cade Cowell as a homegrown player. 

Cowell is the youngest signing in Earthquakes history, and fourth youngest in MLS history.

"Cade has a bright future ahead of him and it is up to him how far he will go,” said Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda. 

De Ligt bored of transfer rumours

2019-01-23T22:47:22Z

Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt has said he is tired of the constant speculation linking him with a move away.

Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Juventus have all been credited with an interest in the 19-year-old defender.

Read what the in-demand Ajax captain said about his future right here

Monaco hijack Newcastle loan move for Martins

2019-01-23T21:52:43Z

Monaco have hijacked Newcastle's bid to sign Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid, reports The Chronicle.

The 23-year-old has struggled for game time at Atletico, and appears set to spend the rest of the season on loan with Thierry Henry's side. 

Newcastle, meanwhile, have still submitted a loan offer to for Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca.

AC Milan seal €35m Piatek move

2019-01-23T21:26:25Z

AC Milan have confirmed the €35 million (£30m/$40m) signing of Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa. 

Piatek's arrival was confirmed just minutes after Chelsea announced the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain, who spent the first half of the season with Milan.

Read the full story here

Dortmund make contact with Zaha's representatives

2019-01-23T20:57:46Z

Borussia Dortmund have made contact with Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha's representatives over a summer move, reports The Guardian. 

The Bundesliga side are eyeing the 26-year-old as a replacement for Christian Pulisic, who will join Chelsea at season's end. 

Palace are likely to demand at least £50 million (€57m/$65m) for Zaha, who is keen on a move that will allow him to play Champions League football. 

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Chelsea sign Higuain on loan

2019-01-23T20:36:18Z

The 31-year-old joins until the end of the season, with the Blues retaining a purchase option

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus.

The 31-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Milan, who are nearing a deal for Krzysztof Piatek as the Argentine's replacement.

"When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it," Higuain said.

"It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in."

Read the full story on Goal

How Arsenal could line up with Denis Suarez

2019-01-23T20:20:58Z

Arsenal remain in talks with Barcelona over the loan signing of Denis Suarez until the end of the season.

The Gunners are keen on the 25-year-old in part because of his versatility, with Suarez able to play several positions in the midfield.

So how could Arsenal's XI look with Suarez in it? Read Chris Wheatley's feature here to find out!

Moses close to loan to Fenerbahce

2019-01-23T19:54:16Z

Victor Moses is close to joining Turkish side Fenerbahce on loan, Goal understands.

Moses recently turned down an offer from China and, with the club hoping to offload him, he will now join the Turkish club until the end of the season.

Read the full details on Goal!

Alario emerges as option for Betis

2019-01-23T19:25:33Z

Real Betis are looking to Lucas Alario as a replacement for Antonio Sanabria, according to Marca.

Sanabria appears set to join Genoa, meaning Betis are in the market for a new attacking option.

Alario would provide that, and Betis are looking for a loan deal that would keep the Bayer Leverkusen forward with the club until the end of a season with a purchase option.

Donovan to play for indoor team

2019-01-23T18:59:40Z

Landon Donovan is set to join the San Diego Sockers of the Major Arena Soccer Leagu, according to Sports Illustrated.

The U.S. national team legend will play for the team for the rest of the 2018-19 season following a formal announcement on Thursday.

Donovan will make his debut in February, marking his return to the game following a stint with Club Leon in 2018

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Emery praises Monchi amid technical director links

2019-01-23T18:34:26Z

Unai Emery has praised his former Sevilla colleague Monchi as Arsenal look to bring in a new technical director.  

Monchi has enjoyed considerable success at both Roma and Sevilla, and Emery was full of praise for the executive.

Read Emery's comments on Goal!

Monza sign Paqueta

2019-01-23T18:12:52Z

Monza have announced the signing of Matheus Paqueta, brother of AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

The Italian club is owned by Silvio Berlusconi, who previously was an owner of AC Milan.

Lucas Paqueta joined Milan and January after impressing with Brazilian club Flamengo.

PSG set to beat Chelsea to Paredes

2019-01-23T18:00:17Z

The Argentine was seen as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas

Paris Saint-Germain are set to beat Chelsea to Leandro Paredes in a deal with €;40million (£34.9million), according to the Telegraph.

The 24-year-old midfielder was in Paris on Wednesday ahead of the deal, which will give PSG a vital midfield piece heading into the Champions League knockout stages.

Chelsea, meanwhile, miss out on a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who departed for Monaco earlier this month.

Henrique joins Flamengo from Santos

2019-01-23T17:45:11Z

Flamengo have signed Bruno Henrique from Santos, the club announced on Wednesday.

Henrique previously played for Wolfsburg from 2016-17 before scoring 20 goals in 86 appearances for Santos.

The forward scored just twice in 33 matches this past season, though, following an 18-goal campaign the season before.

 

Roma make offer for Barrios

2019-01-23T17:20:08Z

Roma have made an offer for Wilmar Barrios, according to TYC Sports.

The Italian club are looking to sign the Boca Juniors star on a loan deal with an option to buy this summer.

Barrios, 25, would like to jump at the chance to play in Europe after developing into a Colombian international with Deportes Tolima and Boca.

Barcelona confirm de Jong signing

2019-01-23T17:02:38Z

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax.

The talented midfielder will join the Spanish club in the summer, putting an end to an extended transfer saga.

De Jong had previously been linked to the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, but Barcelona have won the race to his signautre.

Cruzeiro sign Sampdoria's Dodo

2019-01-23T16:47:18Z

Cruzeiro have added Dodo from Sampdoria on a loan deal with an option to buy.

The Italian club announced the deal on Tuesday, and it sees Dodo return to Brazil after spending last season on loan with Santos.

The defender initially moved to Italy in 2012 and played for Roma, Inter and most recently Sampdoria.

Lingard details Sir Alex conversation that convinced him of Man Utd future

2019-01-23T16:36:14Z

Jesse Lingard says he wasn't always sure he'd make it at Manchester United, but a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him that his time would come.

Prior to becoming a club regular, Lingard went out on loan at the likes of Leicester City, Birmingham City and Derby County, but, thanks to words from his former manager, he knew he's make it at Old Trafford.

Read Lingard's story of that meeting on Goal!

Villarreal unwilling to negotiate sale of Fornals

2019-01-23T16:15:53Z

Villarreal are unwilling to discuss a sale of Pablo Fornals with Napoli after the player already rejected a Premier League offer to remain with the Spanish club.

According to Super Deporte, Napoli are after Fornals as the club is resigned to losing Allan to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Villarreal are not budging, and are pointing to the player's release clause, although Napoli would also have to convince Fornals himself.

PSG and Barca eye Allan

2019-01-23T16:00:05Z

Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have been linked with big-money moves for Napoli midfielder Allan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Serie A club's president Aurelio De Laurentiis insisted that no official bids had been made, but he had spoken to PSG representatives regarding the player.

PSG are thought to value him at €70m (£61m/$79.5m), while Napoli want closer to €100m (£87m/$113.5m).

Icardi close to Inter deal

2019-01-23T15:45:31Z

Mauro Icardi is on the verge of signing a new deal at Inter following a stand-off between the board and Wanda Nara, Icardi's wife and agent.

The Argentine striker, 25, is set to earn €7m (£6m/$8m) per season and is likely to extend his terms until 2023.

He will also reportedly have a release clause worth €160m-€180m (£140m-£160m/$180m-$205m) inserted into the contract.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Emery admits Arsenal need signings

2019-01-23T15:30:13Z

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted that he requires new players this month following several serious injuries.

Right-back Hector Bellerin was stretchered off in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Chelsea and has been ruled out for up to nine months, joining centre-half Rob Holding and forward Danny Welbeck on the list of long-term absentees.

Denis Suarez has been strongly linked with the Gunners, as has Gelson Martins, but both are considered wide options and no defenders have been touted as yet.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Balotelli moves to Marseille

2019-01-23T15:15:24Z

Marseille have confirmed the signing of Mario Balotelli on social media.

The 28-year old striker had been released from his contract at Nice after falling out with head coach Patrick Vieira and has now joined the nine-time Ligue 1 winners on a free transfer.

The Italian has failed to score in 10 league outings this season but was a hit in his first two seasons in France.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Arsenal eye Audero

2019-01-23T14:45:51Z

Arsenal are considering the possibility of signing goalkeeper Emil Audero to replace the retiring Petr Cech next season, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 22-year-old is on loan from Juventus at Sampdoria and has played in all 20 of their Serie A fixtures this season, keeping eight clean sheets for the eighth-placed club.

However, a buy option with a Juventus buy-back clause exists in his loan deal, which could drive the price of his transfer up and complicate the deal if exercised.

Everton to resist PSG advances for Gueye

2019-01-23T14:30:29Z

Everton are set to reject any Paris Saint-Germain offer for midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye, according to Sky Sports.

PSG are reportedly desperate for midfield reinforcements, with Marquinhos and Dani Alves being forced to play there out of position following the club's falling-out with Adrien Rabiot.

They have been linked with Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure and Zeni St. Petersburg's Leandro Paredes, but see the Toffees man as a cheaper alternative.

Inter interested in Adrien Silva

2019-01-23T14:15:50Z

Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva is the subject of interest from Inter Milan, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Serie A giants may be prepared to swoop for the Portuguese star's signature this month, as they prepare to bring in a couple of targets before the transfer window closes.

Silva has only managed to feature in two Premier League games for the Foxes this term, falling out of favour under Claude Puel.

Bordeaux target Josh Maja

2019-01-23T13:55:29Z

Bordeaux are hoping to sign Sunderland striker Josh Maja during the January window, according to the Sunderland Echo.

The 20-year-old turned down the opportunity to sign a new contract at the Stadium Of Light and it is understood he now favours a move abroad.

Maja's most likely next destination appears to be Ligue 1, with Bordeaux expressing genuine interest in the centre-forward this month.

Mikel agrees Middlesbrough terms

2019-01-23T13:40:33Z

Jon Obi Mikel has agreed terms on a transfer to Middlesbrough until the end of the current season, according to The Guardian.

The midfielder was a free agent after leaving Chinese club Tianjin Teda by mutual consent and he has completed a medical at the Riverside on Thursday.

The 31-year-old had been chasing a return to English football during the January window, having spent 11 successful years with Chelsea between 2006 and 2017.

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De Jong set to seal €75m Barca switch

2019-01-23T13:26:24Z

Barcelona are on the verge of completing the signing of Frenkie De Jong from Ajax, in a deal worth €75m ($82m, £65m) - according to Dutch publication Vi.

Blaugrana representatives are in Amsterdam to complete the transfer on Thursday, with De Jong set to join his new teammates at the end of the current campaign.

Paris Saint Germain had been hopeful of landing the 21-year-old's signature this month, but it appears that Barca have won the race to secure his services. 

Richarlison admits rival interest prior to Everton move

2019-01-23T13:18:18Z

The Brazil forward says a number of Premier League clubs were interested in him prior to his move to the Toffees, including Chelsea and Manchester United.

The 21-year-old became the Toffees’ second-most expensive signing when he arrived from Watford in a £40 million deal last summer.

Richarlison has now revealed the Merseysiders were not the only side to show interest in his services, as he stated on Thursday: "They talked about Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United, but for me, nothing ever came."

Read the full story on Goal.

Newcastle submit loan offer for Gelson Martins

2019-01-23T13:08:18Z

Newcastle United have approached Atletico Madrid over the possibility of a loan deal from Gelson Martins, according to Sky Sports via Chronicle Live.

The Magpies are hoping to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes, with Martins high on their list of potential targets.

The Portuguese star, who is also the subject of interest from AC Milan and AS Monaco, has made eight appearances for Atletico in La Liga this season.

PSG open Renato Sanches talks

2019-01-23T12:56:00Z

Paris Saint Germain are interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, according to RMC Sport.

The French champions have opened negotiations with the Bundesliga giants ahead of a possible January transfer swoop, with head coach Thomas Tuchel keen to bring in midfield reinforcements.

Sanches has featured in 16 matches for Bayern across all competitions this season, scoring one goal.

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PSG close to landing Paredes

2019-01-23T12:47:17Z

Paris Saint Germain are on the verge of signing Leandro Paredes from Zenit St Petersburg, according to Sport 24 via Culture PSG.

The Argentine midfielder will move to the Parc Des Princes for €45m (£39m, $51m), following successful negotiations between the French club and the player's representatives.

Paredes has featured in 15 games for Zenit in the Russian Premier League this season, contributing three goals and two assists.

Suarez left out of Barcelona squad

2019-01-23T12:30:04Z

Denis Suarez has been left out of the Barcelona squad to face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey amidst Arsenal links.

It had been thought that the deal for the midfielder to join the Gunners had collapsed over Barca's insistence on adding an obligatory purchase clause at the end of the half-season loan spell.

However, the player's absence from the matchday squad could indicate that there is life left in the deal yet, with Arsenal still yet to make a winter signing despite suffering three season-ending injuries.

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Martinez joins Reading on loan from Arsenal

2019-01-23T12:16:48Z

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has joined Reading on loan until the end of the season, the Championship club have confirmed on Wednesday.

The Argentine has only appeared once for the Gunners this season, serving as third choice shot-stopper behind Bernd Leno and Petr Cech.

Martinez will now compete with Anssi Jaakkola for the number one spot at Reading, as they bid to avoid relegation to League One.

Moreira's Villa loan cut short

2019-01-23T12:15:29Z

Aston Villa have confirmed that they are sending on-loan goalkeeper Andre Moreira back to Atletico Madrid via their official website.

The 23-year-old joined in the summer but has made just two Carabao Cup appearances against Yeovil Town and Burton Albion.

He has not featured on the bench in the Championship since September. 

Higuain in London ahead of Chelsea switch

2019-01-23T12:00:27Z

Gonzalo Higuain has flown to London ahead of his proposed transfer to Chelsea.

The striker is currently on loan from Juventus at AC Milan, but will now join the Blues on a six-month loan deal with an option to buy of £32.5 million (€37.3m/$42m). 

Maurizio Sarri is hopeful of getting the deal done in time for the Argentine to play against Tottenham in their crucial Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, as they trail 1-0 from the first encounter.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Oliveira joins Reading on loan

2019-01-23T11:45:05Z

Nelson Oliveira has joined Reading on loan from Norwich City until the end of the season, according to Reading's official website.

The Portuguese striker, 27, has yet to make an appearance for the Canaries this season and has fallen behind Teemu Pukki and Jordan Rhodes in the pecking order.

Oliveira hit 19 Championship goals for Norwich across his last two seasons, and has plenty of experience, having played for Nottingham Forest and Swansea City in the past.

Balotelli set for Marseille medical

2019-01-23T11:30:01Z

Mario Balotelli has been told he can leave Nice and is set for a medical at Marseille, according to Sky Sports.

He has fallen out with manager Patrick Vieira and will depart after a difficult first half of the campaign in which he failed to score.

However, the 28-year-old striker has enjoyed success in Ligue 1, notching 33 goals in 51 league appearances across his previous two seasons with the club.

PL clubs circle Clarke

2019-01-23T11:15:52Z

Leeds United winger Jack Clarke is being chased by a plethora of Premier League clubs, according to The Sun.

Crystal Palace and Southampton have reportedly already seen bids rejected for the £12m-rated (€13.7m/$15.6m) teenager, but Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham have all registered their interest.

However, the promise of regular playing time and his adoration for his boyhood club mean that Clarke seems set to snub their interest and try to help Leeds win promotion from the Championship.

Parma to bring Iturbe back to Italy

2019-01-23T11:00:35Z

Parma are hoping to bring Juan Manuel Iturbe back to Italy this month, according to Sky Sports Italy.

The 25-year-old winger has previously played for Hellas Verona, Roma and Torino. He also had a short loan spell at Bournemouth.

He currently plys his trade in Mexico with UNAM Pumas, and has scored one goal and registered two assists in 12 league games.

Dortmund not interested in Werner

2019-01-23T10:45:48Z

Borussia Dortmund are not interested in signing RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, according to kicker.

The club would be able to afford the German if they wanted him, with the funds generated from Christian Pulisic's sale more than enough to compensate for his price tag.

However, head coach Lucien Favre does not feel he is a tactical fit for his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. He feels that Werner lacks the ability to lead the line on his own, but is not a natural winger either. 

There have, however, been links with Bayern Munich, which appears to be Werner's most likely destination.

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Milan after Bergwijn and Groeneveld

2019-01-23T10:30:49Z

AC Milan are after Dutch duo Steven Bergwijn and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The 21-year-old wingers are the Rossoneri's new targets after reportedly acquiring Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa, but they face competition from local rivals Inter over Bergwijn.

The PSV man has nine goals and eight assists in 17 league appearances, while Groeneveld has four goals and three assists in 11 league outings for Club Brugge.

'Vengeful' PSG in for Barca players

2019-01-23T10:00:59Z

Barcelona fear a 'revenge attack' from Paris Saint-Germain in the form of activating the release clause of one of their key players after missing out on Frenkie De Jong, according to AS.

The in-demand Ajax midfielder allegedly chose the Blaugrana over a move to France, and the Catalan giants are worried that PSG could come in for the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Sergio Busquets, who all have release clauses between €400m-€500m (£346.55m-£437.3m/$454.36m-$568m).

Lionel Messi's €700m (£611.7m/$795.2m) clause seems unfeasible, but Marc Andre ter Stegen's relatively paltry €180m (£157.4m/$204.46m) fee could make him a target.

The reported breakdown in relationship between the two clubs could also scupper any potential deal for Neymar in the summer.

Fornals will join Napoli

2019-01-23T09:30:30Z

Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals is set to join Napoli, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 22-year-old will leave the La Liga relegation strugglers to join fellow Spaniards Jose Callejon, Fabian Ruiz and Raul Albiol in Naples.

He had previously been linked with Arsenal, but Carlo Ancelotti's side have been able to offer an immediate permanent transfer and appear to have landed their man. 

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Reading to land Martinez on loan

2019-01-23T09:15:36Z

Arsenal are set to loan goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to Championship strugglers Reading, according to the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old was considered by Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa before the opportunity arose to sign Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid.

Martinez has made just one appearance for the Gunners this season in their dead-rubber Europa League group stage game against Qarabag and has asked to leave the Emirates temporarily as he is behind Bernd Leno and Petr Cech in the pecking order.

Inter set €40m Perisic price tag amid Man Utd & Atletico interest

2019-01-23T08:56:12Z

According to AS, Inter Milan have placed a €45m (£35m, $45m) price tag on Ivan Perisic's head as he nears the exit door during the January transfer window.

Manchester United have been mooted as his potential next destination in recent times, but Atletico Madrid are also interested, with head coach Diego Simeone a keen admirer of the Croatian star.

Perisic has contributed three goals and two assists in 18 Serie A matches for Inter this season.

Madrid offer Rodriguez as part of Eriksen deal

2019-01-23T08:42:54Z

Real Madrid step up Eriksen pursuit

Real Madrid are prepared to include James Rodriguez in any deal to sign to Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to AS.

Los Blancos hope that by offering the Colombian star in exchange for Eriksen they can drive down Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's initial asking price.

Rodriguez is currently in the middle of his second year on loan at Bayern Munich, who have an option to make the switch permanent for €42m ($48m, £37m) at the end of the season.

Roma favourites to sign Tonali

2019-01-23T08:27:38Z

AS Roma have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, according to Sportitalia via Football Italia.

The 18-year-old has also been linked with Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea and Arsenal, but Roma are in pole position due to their past transfer dealings with Brescia.

Tonali is currently valued at €28m ($32m, £25m) and has been dubbed by experts and supporters as 'the next Andrea Pirlo'.

Valencia weigh up Belotti transfer

2019-01-23T08:11:51Z

Valencia have identified Torino striker Andrea Belotti as a January transfer target, as they look to replace Michy Batshuayi.

According to Marca, the La Liga giants are in the market for attacking reinforcements after the Belgian's loan from Chelsea was cut short.

Belotti has contributed nine goals and two assists in 22 domestic games for Torino this season.

Dortmund target Wilfried Zaha

2019-01-23T07:53:13Z

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, as a replacement for the outgoing Christian Pulisic.

According to Bild, the Bundesliga giants have already opened talks with the Ivory Coast international's representatives ahead of a potential summer move.

Pulisic remains at Westfalenstadion until the end of the season, but his €64m (£56m, $73m) switch to Chelsea could finance Dortmund's pursuit of Zaha.

Juve and Inter battle for Darmian

2019-01-23T07:41:20Z

Juventus and Inter Milan are going up against eachother in the January market in pursuit of Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian - according to Marca.

The Bianconeri are the frontrunners to secure his signature, having held advanced negotiations with the Premier League side.

However, Inter are still hopeful of hi-jacking any potential deal for Darmian, with eight days left until the transfer window slams shut.

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Napoli eye move for Fornals

2019-01-23T07:26:21Z

Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals is the subject of interest from Napoli, according to Marca.

The Spaniard has a release clause in his current contract set at €25m ($28m, £22m), which the Serie A giants will have to trigger to secure his services.

Villarreal are reluctant to lose Fornals at this stage of the season, but Napoli are reportedly already preparing a formal offer.

Marcelo pushing for Juventus transfer

2019-01-23T07:09:56Z

Real Madrid full-back Marcelo has expressed his desire to leave the Santiago Bernabeu to join Juventus, according to Tuttosport.

The Brazilian has spent 13 years in Madrid, but he now hopes to move on to a new challenge and reunite with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Marcelo reportedly told the club to accept any forthcoming offers from Juve, stating: "If they make an offer for me, you have to let me leave."

The 30-year-old has appeared in 11 La Liga matches this season, contributing two goals.

Chelsea linked to £45million-rated defender

2019-01-23T04:56:46Z

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri wants to bring another Napoli player to Stamford Bridge, this time in the form of right-back Elseid Hysaj.

The Mirror reports that Chelsea are interested in a loan deal for the 24 year old, but Napoli would prefer to sell him.

Hysaj played for Sarri at both Empoli and Napoli and is currently out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti. 

Chelsea were linked to a move for Hysaj over the summer and look set to reignite that interest over the coming weeks. 

Red Devils reject Arsenal loan move

2019-01-23T03:34:54Z

Manchester United have turned down a loan inquiry from Arsenal about defender Eric Bailly.

According to the Mail, the Gunners wanted to take the centre-back on loan for the rest of the season with the view of potentially signing him permanently in the summer. 

United however swiftly shut down their rivals' interest in Bailly, who is contracted at Old Trafford until June 2020.

The defender has started just one game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to date with the club delaying a decision on whether to offer him a contract extension. 

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Barcelona make bumper offer to land De Jong ahead of PSG and Man City

2019-01-23T00:30:41Z

Barcelona are ready to pay Frenkie de Jong €16 million (£14m/$18m) a year in order to beat a host of rivals to the young Ajax midfielder’s signature, Goal understands.

Man City were previously thought to be leading the race after telling Ajax they were willing to pay €70m plus €20m in bonuses to sign De Jong.

However, the Catalan club see De Jong as a key player for the future and are ready to offer bumper personal terms in order to edge ahead of the Premier League champions in the race to sign him.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Pitaek set for Milan medical, paving way for Higuain to Chelsea

2019-01-22T23:56:20Z

Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek is set for a medical at Milan on Wednesday morning, Goal understands, which will pave the way for Gonzalo Higuain to join Chelsea on loan.

Chelsea will land Higuain on a six-month loan with an option to buy the striker outright at season's end for £32.5 million ($42m), while Piatek is reportedly joining Milan for a fee of £31m.

Milan were hesitant to sanction Higauin's exit from the club without landing a replacement, but Piatek will step in to fill the void.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Benitez to leave Newcastle if Almiron is not signed

2019-01-22T23:51:52Z

Rafa Benitez's chances of remaining at Newcastle beyond this season rest on whether the club can sign Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron, according to the Mirror.

Benitez is refusing to even discuss fresh terms if he does not get any of his top targets, and Almiron is the player he wants to fill his side's No.10 role.

However, Newcastle value Almiron at £16 million ($21m), short of Atlanta's asking price, and are also balking at his wage demands and agent's fee.

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Real Madrid beat Man Utd to Militao

2019-01-22T23:46:42Z

Real Madrid are set to win the race with Manchester United to sign versatile defender Eder Militao from Porto, according to the Daily Mail.

Militao can play centre-back, right-back and defensive midfielder and the Red Devils were looking to activate his £45 million ($58m) release clause this summer.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton were also monitoring Militao, but he will instead choose Real Madrid over the Premier League sides.

Man Utd face fight for sporting director target

2019-01-22T23:32:13Z

Manchester United face a fight to land their director of football target, RB Leipzig's Paul Mitchell, according to the Sun.

United chairman Ed Woodward is looking to overhaul the club's football department, with a director of football and permanent manager in his sights.

Mitchell is the Bundesliga club's sporting director and Leipzig are determined to keep him by offering him a new contract.

Real Madrid prepare £90m Dybala move

2019-01-22T23:24:01Z

The Juventus man has been in the crosshairs of Pep Guardiola for multiple seasons

Real Madrid are preparing a £90 million ($116m) bid for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, thwarting Pep Guardiola's hopes of landing him, according to the Sun.

Dybala has been on Guardiola's radar dating back to his days at Bayern Munich, but the Argentina international is viewed as the central piece in Madrid's plans to rebuild their squad this summer.

Juventus might be willing to cash in on Dybala, having added Aaron Ramsey on free, while also targeting a loan move for Isco.