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January transfer news & rumours: Chelsea enter race for Alexis

4:50 AM SGT 16/1/18
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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

Chelsea in for Alexis after Man City withdrawal

Manchester United's main rivals for Alexis Sanchez's transfer now appear to be Chelsea after Man City dropped out of the race, reports the Manchester Evening News.

City had appeared close to signing the Arsenal star, but have now withdrawn from contention frustrated at the pace of negotiations.

But United have not landed their man yet, and could even see a reported £35 million fee pushed up by the Blues' late interest. 

Arsenal in talks over Aubameyang transfer

Arsenal have made contact with Borussia Dortmund over a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports the Telegraph .

The Gabon international has been recommended to the Gunners by the club's new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, the scout who brought Aubameyang to Dortmund back in 2013. 

Malcom is also close to signing for Arsene Wenger's team in a deal reportedly worth £44 million from Bordeaux.

Mourinho hints at Mkhitaryan exit

Jose Mourinho has suggested that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to leave Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan has reportedly been part of the negotiations regarding Alexis Sanchez's move to Old Trafford and looks set to be heading to Arsenal.

Read the full quotes right here on Goal!

Ronaldo wants Man Utd return

Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Real Madrid team-mates he wants to return to Manchester United in the summer, claims AS

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is unhappy with the failed promises regarding a new contract at Madrid and is looking to leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old, who has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain as part of a swap deal involving Neymar, previously spent six hugely successful years at United before leaving for Madrid in 2009.

Martial a makeweight in Alexis bid

Manchester United are closing in on a move for Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and could throw in Anthony Martial as part of a deal for the Chile international, the Evening Standard reports.

The Red Devils are ready to throw in the France star as part of the transfer, which could prove decisive as the Gunners hold out for a fee of around £30-35 million. Manchester City, meanwhile, have stalled their interest.

Inter sign Lisandro Lopez

Inter have completed the loan signing of Benfica defender Lisandro Lopez, the Italian club confirmed on Monday.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

Dortmund sign Akanji

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of reported Manchester United and Liverpool target Manuel Akanji from Basel.

The two Premier League giants were said to be interested in the services of the 22-year-old, but Dortmund have beaten both to the prize in a deal thought to be worth in the region of €22 million.

Akanji, a Switzerland international centre-half, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Signal Iduna Park.

Read the full story on Goal!

Chelsea want Carroll loan move

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is Chelsea's main target for a January loan, Goal understands, but the club are assessing options to improve their forward line for the summer - with Watford's Richarlison and Borussia Monchengladbach's Thorgan Hazard candidates. 

The Blues still consider Alvaro Morata as their main striker after his £55 million move from Real Madrid in the summer, despite his recent five-game goal drought. Nevertheless, they want additional reinforcements, with Sevilla pushing hard to secure Michy Batshuayi on loan and the Belgium striker keen to leave to improve his World Cup chances. 

Read Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella's full story here!

City turn attention to Griezmann

Manchester City have promised Pep Guardiola the funding to sign a new striker if the club don't land Alexis Sanchez, reports the Manchester Evening News

With City having chased the Arsenal star but seemingly come up short , the report suggests that Guardiola will turn his attention to Antoine Griezmann.

Despite being linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, the Atletico Madrid striker has long been admired by the City boss and would become a top prospect for the summer. 

Arsenal explore Auba & Mkhi deals

Arsenal are exploring the possibility of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in addition to Malcom, reports the Daily Telegraph

With Alexis Sanchez seemingly now on his way to Manchester United , the Gunners are searching for a replacement and are closing in on a £44 million deal for Bordeaux star Malcom .

But Arsenal are also interested in signing Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and the Gabon striker’s former team-mate Mkhitaryan from United as part of the Alexis deal.

Celtic keen on Baker loan

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on loan for the rest of the season, reports the Daily Mail .

Baker is currently on loan at Middlesbrough, but hasn’t featured in the Championship since the end of September and new boss Tony Pulis is considering sending the 22-year-old back to Stamford Bridge.

Rodgers is also keen on Baker’s Chelsea team-mate Charly Musonda, but Antonio Conte’s side would prefer to send the winger to another Premier League club on loan.

€50m China offer for Nainggolan

Guangzhou Evergrande have offered €50 million to Roma to sign midfielder Radja Nainggolan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport .

Roma may be pressed into selling one of their key players, either in the January transfer window or the summer, and Nainggolan’s future is uncertain.

The Belgium international, who has previously been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, could earn a €12m annual salary by moving to China, with Guangzhou Evergrande’s total outlay on the fee likely to come close to €100m due to the luxury tax for signing players from overseas.

Man Utd to offer De Gea new deal

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United will offer David De Gea a new contract.

United have an option to extend De Gea's current deal, which runs until 2019, by a further year, and Mourinho has confirmed that the club will trigger that clause while also attempting to negotiate longer terms with the Spain international.

Read the full story on Goal!

Ozil on Juve's radar

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen are both of interest to Juventus, reports  Calciomercato

Ozil is out of contract at Arsenal at the end of the season and has also been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, while Eriksen has insisted he is happy at Spurs amid talk of being offered a new deal.

Juventus are also reportedly interested in signing Ozil's Arsenal team-mate Hector Bellerin. 

Barca won't sell Rafinha for €20m

Barcelona are not prepared to sell Rafinha for the €20 million being offered by Inter as the buying price, reports Marca

Despite constant links between the Brazilian and the Serie A side, it seems the Spanish outfit want more money to let their player head to Italy.  

Barca scouts Levante vs Celta 

Barcelona had scouts at the match between Levante and Celta on Sunday, according to Marca .  

Though it is unclear who he was there to watch, Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez was spotted at the match along with his right hand man Urbano Ortega.

PSG raise Guedes price

PSG have raised their asking price for Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester United target Goncalo Guedes to €70m, reports Telefoot .

The 21-year-old is on loan with Valencia and has also drawn interest from the Spanish side for a permanent deal. 

City pull out of Alexis deal

Manchester City have pulled the plug on their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, leaving rivals Manchester United with a clear run at tying up a shock deal for the Arsenal man in the coming days.

City made it clear on Friday that they would walk away from the deal if the total price of a January move did not suit them, and that is exactly what has happened.

Read Sam Lee's report right here on Goal!

Lucas set for PSG exit

Lucas Moura has confirmed that he is likely to leave PSG this January, amid interest from Manchester United.

The Brazilian winger, who has spent five years in the French capital, has found his game time severely limited this season following the club's acquisitions of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Check out his comments on Goal!

Leicester determined to keep Mahrez 

Leicester City are committed to keeping Riyad Mahrez at the club beyond the January transfer window, according to manager Claude Puel.

The Algeria international, a key member of the Foxes' title-winning side of 2015-16, has been in a rich vein of form recently, directly contributing to eight goals - five goals, three assists - in his last 10 Premier League appearances.

Read Puel's comments on Goal!

Icardi set for Madrid move

Inter's Mauro Icardi is set for a move to Real Madrid, according to  Diario Gol

The report claims that the Serie A star has already passed a medical examination in Italy and will be sold for just over €100 million, with Los Blancos desperate to make a move as they search for answers to their stumbling form.