Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Madrid to make €70m Aubameyang bid

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Madrid to make €70m Aubameyang bid


Real Madrid are ready to make a last-ditch bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, claims Don Balon

Arsenal are in talks to sign Aubameyang, but could face late competition from Madrid after club president Florentino Perez decided an immediate fix is required for the team’s goalscoring problems.

Inter’s Mauro Icardi is reportedly Madrid’s prime summer target, but Perez is ready to make €70 million available now to beat Arsenal to the capture of Aubameyang, who has long held a dream of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Barca start Umtiti contract talks


Samuel Umtiti Barcelona

Barcelona have told Samuel Umtiti and his representatives of their intention to reward the defender with a new contract, according to Mundo Deportivo

Umtiti’s current deal runs until 2021, but his €60 million release clause has led to reports of interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.

That has prompted Barca to take steps to remedy the situation, although the France international is happy to wait until the end of the season before negotiating a renewal.


Goretzka agrees Bayern deal


Leon Goretzka, Schalke, 17/18

Bayern Munich have won the race to sign Leon Goretzka after agreeing a deal for the Schalke midfielder, according to Sport Bild

Goretzka is out of contract at the end of the season and was reportedly a target for the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

However, Bayern have convinced the Germany international to stay in the Bundesliga, with Goretzka to sign a deal at the Allianz Arena, subject to passing a medical after recently suffering from a lower leg injury.


Zidane wants Sterling to replace Bale


Raheem Sterling Manchester City

Zinedine Zidane has urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon

Bale’s persistent injury troubles have prompted speculation that Madrid will look to sell the Wales international in the summer, and Zidane feels Sterling is the ideal player to come into the squad.

Zidane, however, is facing a battle to persuade Perez of the merits of signing Sterling due to the president’s desire to bring in a new No.9.


Vidal could clinch Liverpool or Man Utd move


Aleix Vidal Barcelona 2017

Barcelona's Aleix Vidal could seal a Premier League move in the current window after interest from Sevilla cooled, according to  Estadio Deportivo .

Vidal has found himself pushed down the pecking order this season behind Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo. 

And while Sevilla have been put off a loan move by what they deem an excessive purchase option, talks are still in place with Liverpool and Manchester United.


Zidane offered France job


Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Villarreal

Zinedine Zidane could leave Real Madrid in the lurch after being offered the chance to take up the reins in the France national team, claims Diario Gol .

The report affirms that Zizou has received a proposal to coach his nation after the 2018 World Cup, replacing Didier Deschamps. 

Zidane has come under fire at Madrid in recent weeks after a painful slump in form which has left the Liga holder in fourth position halfway through the season.

And the chance to guide a golden generation of French talent - including former Madrid target Kylian Mbappe - might be too good to turn down.


Madrid to sign Hazard if Alexis joins Chelsea


Eden Hazard Chelsea Leicester

Real Madrid's hopes of signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea depend on the Blues pulling off a transfer coup and landing Alexis Sanchez, claims  Don Balon .

Hazard has long been on Zinedine Zidane's list of potential signings, but Madrid have continually been rebuffed in their approaches to Stamford Bridge. 

If Alexis opts for London over Manchester, however, the Merengue will redouble their efforts to sign the Belgian star.


Materazzi not surprised by Coutinho's price


Philippe Coutinho Barcelona

Marco Materazzi feels the huge sum Barcelona paid to sign his former Inter team-mate Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool is a simple function of the transfer market. 

"Prices always depend [on] the offer and the request. If there's a team asking that much and there's another willing to pay that amount, it's not Marco Materazzi's problem," he told  Omnisport.

See what else he had to say about his former team-mate right here!


Cristiano Ronaldo ready to leave Real Madrid


Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to leave Real Madrid as a direct result of the club's procrastination over a new contract, according to a report from ESPN .

The 32-year-old believes a lucrative new deal should be on the table following a formidable 2016-17 campaign, while seeing Lionel Messi and Neymar both being rewarded bumper contracts of their own at Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain respectively. 

And although initial talks have started in regards to a new deal, Real chief Florentino Perez is delaying a renewal as the Portugal international's current contract still has three years to run.

Unwilling to wait, however, Ronaldo is said to be ready to leave because of the slow progress.


Inter and Barca reach agreement over Rafinha


Rafinha Barcelona 2016-17 Inter are closing on their second signing of the January transfer window after advancing in talks with Barcelona over midfielder Rafinha, sources tell Goal

Goal understands that Inter director Piero Ausilio is currently in Catalunya to discuss terms for the player, who has struggled to break back into the first team at Camp Nou after returning from a serious knee injury.

And after some discussion, Barcelona are now ready to release Rafinha on loan to San Siro in a deal that will agree a purchase option.

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