January transfer news & rumours: Chelsea make surprise move for Crouch

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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 make surprise move for Crouch


Chelsea have inquired into the availability of Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, according to the Telegraph.

The Blues were in for West Ham's Andy Carroll, but an ankle injury could keep the striker out for months and has ended any possibility of a move. 

And so Chelsea have made a surprise overture to Stoke for the former England striker, who turns 37 this month. 


Carroll injury ends Chelsea move


Andy Carroll West Ham

Andy Carroll's potential move to Chelsea is off after the West Ham striker was diagnosed with an ankle injury, according to the  Telegraph .

The 29-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, but is now expected to be out for between four to six weeks and could miss up to four months if surgery is required.


Batshuayi fears Carroll injury may block his exit


Andy Carroll Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi fears that a reported serious injury to Andy Carroll will put an end to his hopes of leaving Chelsea on loan. 

The scarcely used striker hoped that a loan move to Sevilla or Dortmund would boost his chances of making Belgium's World Cup squad, but the Blues won't allow Batshuayi to leave without a replacement arriving.

Read the full story on Goal. 


Man United to challenge City for Seri


Jean Michael Seri Nice

Manchester United will rival neighbours City over the signature of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to The Guardian .

The Ivory Coast international was linked with a move away from the Allianz Riviera in the summer, with Chelsea and Barcelona also said to be keen in recent weeks.


No release clause in Neymar contract


Neymar PSG

Neymar's current Paris Saint-Germain contract includes no release clause, says the star's lawyer.

The Brazilian has been the focus of reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid, just six months after PSG met his €222 million buyout clause to take him from Barcelona. 

Read the full story here!


Neymar, Hazard & Lewy to replace BBC


Neymar Lewandowski Hazard Rumours

Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski are all targets for Real Madrid as Florentino Perez looks for his next attacking trio to replace BBC, reports Marca

The Brazilian forward is the Blancos' main target, with the Bayern and Chelsea stars also wanted. 

Madrid's terrible run of form has the club looking to rebuild, with Hazard and Neymar central to plans. Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi are the other forwards being discussed if the club can't land Lewandowski, who will be 30 in August.   


Ozil & Wilshere close to new deals


Mesut Ozil Arsenal

Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are set to hand Arsenal a welcome boost by committing to new contracts, reports The Sun .

The Gunners duo are among those heading towards free agency at Emirates Stadium, with no fresh terms agreed as yet.

Both are, however, locked in talks and are ready to bring the uncertainty surrounding their respective futures to a close by putting pen to paper.


Chelsea considering Dzeko move


Edin Dzeko, AS Roma

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Roma's former Manchester City striker Edin Dezko, claims Mediaset Premium .

The Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about Dzeko - who netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season.


Arsenal's Auba comments irk Dortmund


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsene Wenger’s willingness to discuss Arsenal’s links to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “disrespectful”, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

The Gunners boss was quizzed once again on Thursday about his reported interest in the prolific Gabon international .

Zorc has hit back by saying: "We consider it disrespectful to speak about players from other clubs. We assume that Wenger has enough to do dealing with his own players.”

Read the full story on Goal.


Welbeck on Besiktas shopping list


Danny Welbeck Olivier Giroud Arsenal

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is on Besiktas' shopping list, according to Bleacher Report .

The Turkish outfit recently sold leading forward Cenk Tosun to Everton, and they are also monitoring Islam Slimani, Javier Hernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho.


Chelsea back in for Llorente


Fernando Llorente Tottenham

Chelsea are set to try and sign Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente for the second time this season, according to  The Independent .

The Blues missed out on Llorente as he left Swansea City for Spurs on deadline day of the summer transfer window, but Antonio Conte remains a fan.

And the former Juventus boss is hopeful Llorente can be tempted across London to join the Premier League champions in January.


No offers for Evans


Jonny Evans West Brom

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says the club have not yet received an offer for centre-back Jonny Evans.

The Northern Ireland international is reportedly a target for Manchester City and Arsenal in this transfer window, with rumours placing his value at around £23 million.

Read the full story on Goal.


Spurs enter race for Lucas


Lucas Moura Paris Saint-Germain PSG

Tottenham are the latest club to show an interest in Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, according to  L'Equipe .

Manchester United and Nantes have been linked with the Brazil international as he looks to secure an exit from Parc des Princes.


Auba possible, but Arsenal out of Malcom race


Aubameyang Malcom Arsenal GFX

Arsene Wenger is keeping his plans to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal “secret”, but admits a move for Malcom will not happen.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with attacking talents at Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux, but only one of those mooted deals is now a possibility.

Find out what Wenger has had to say right here.


Pique pens new Barca deal


Gerard Pique Barcelona

Gerard Pique has extended his stay at Barcelona through to 2022 with the penning of a new contract at Camp Nou.

The terms agreed by the World Cup-winning defender have seen his release clause set at €500 million.

Read the full story on Goal.


Diarra prefers PSG to Man Utd


Lassana Diarra Marseille Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position to sign free agent Lassana Diarra, Le Parisien reports.

The Ligue 1 leaders face competition from Manchester United - where manager Jose Mourinho has previously worked with the player at both Chelsea and Real Madrid - and Inter.

Diarra, who will turn 33 in March, wants to play in a team capable of being competitive in the Champions League. 


Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals close


Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.

The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: "I've worked on transfers for 30 years. It's likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it's not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed."

He added on Mkhitaryan: "This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes."

Read the full story on Goal.


Man Utd in new contract talks with De Gea


David de Gea Manchester United

Manchester United have opened preliminary talks with David de Gea over a new long-term contract, according to The Daily  Telegraph .

The Spanish goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of next season although there is an option to extend his deal by another year.

Jose Mourinho said the option would be activated if necessary but the club will still look to lock down De Gea’s long-term future.


Wilshere talks ongoing


Jack Wilshere Arsenal

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal still want Jack Wilshere to stay at the club, as talks over a new contract are ongoing.

As well as Gunners stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the midfielder faces an uncertain future as his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Wenger has said: "We know what we want. We want him to stay."

Read the full story on Goal.


James to dictate future


James Rodriguez Bayern Munich

James Rodriguez admits he found it “very tough” to leave Real Madrid, but is determined to dictate his own future at Bayern Munich.

The Colombia international was allowed to leave Santiago Bernabeu for the Allianz Arena in the summer of 2017 after struggling to hold down a regular role under Zinedine Zidane.

James has recently been linked with Liverpool, and you can see what he has had to say on his career path here .


'Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal'


Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Derby FA Cup

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.

The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.

Read the full story on Goal.


'Carroll is not the answer'


Andy Carroll West Ham

Andy Carroll is the not the answer for Chelsea, says Dennis Wise, with the West Ham striker unlikely to put enough pressure on Alvaro Morata.

Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Blues continue to haggle with their London rivals over a potential fee for the England international, but Antonio Conte has been urged to explore other options.

Read the full story on Goal.


Sevilla & Inter want Sturridge


Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge is attracting attention from Sevilla and Inter, with both clubs looking to bring in the Liverpool striker this month, reports The Daily Telegraph

The Reds are not ready to let the striker go on the cheap, but he is available if either side is willing to meet Liverpool's asking price. 


Chelsea join competition for Seri


Jean Michael Seri Nice

Chelsea are competing against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for Jean-Michael Seri, according to The Sun .

The Nice midfielder is considered one of the biggest talents in Europe, and Blues boss Antonio Conte would like to reach a deal before the January window closes.

Conte is reportedly unimpressed by Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has not made a major impact so far at Stamford Bridge since his summer switch from Monaco.


Klopp keen on James


James Rodriguez Bayern Munich

Liverpool are among those to have expressed an interest in signing Bayern Munich loanee James Rodriguez on a permanent basis, claims Don Balon .

The Colombia international is due to spend two years with the German giants as part of an agreement with parent club Real Madrid.

Finding a way to break that deal will be difficult, but Liverpool are eager to explore all options in their pursuit of a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.


Walcott sends message to Arsenal fans


HD Walcott League Cup

Theo Walcott sent an emotional message to Arsenal supporters after his 12-year spell at the club came to end following his move to Everton.

Walcott completed a £20 million switch to Goodison Park on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Check out what he had to say to Gunners fans right here!


Juve plot Bellerin bid


Hector Bellerin Arsenal

Juventus are ready to make a move for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, reports Tuttosport , with discussions having already been opened.

The Serie A giants are eager to refresh their defensive ranks over the summer and see the Spaniard as an ideal addition.


Joao Mario turns down West Ham


Joao Mario Inter

Inter's Joao Mario has turned down the chance to join West Ham on loan, claims Sky Sports

The midfielder has seen his minutes decline under Luciano Spalletti, but has decided against a move to the Premier League outfit. 


Dortmund in contact over Giroud


Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund are in contact with Arsenal over a deal for Olivier Giroud, who the Bundesliga club want as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to RMC .

The report claims that BVB only want the French striker as a stop-gap for the rest of the season, with a long-term replacement to come in this summer. 


Barca could pay Griezmann release clause


Antoine Griezmann France

Barcelona could pay the release clause for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, reports CalcioMercato (via Gianluca di Marzio ).

The report claims that Atletico will move for Monaco's Thomas Lemar as a replacement. 


Inter make new Rafinha offer 


Rafinha Iker Muniain Barcelona Athletic Bilbao La Liga 02042017

Inter are not ready to give up on signing Rafinha from Barcelona and have made a new loan offer adding a €35 million option to buy, reports CalcioMercato .

Barcelona have already rejected one loan bid from Inter for the Brazilian. 


Chelsea make official Emerson bid


Emerson Palmieri Roma

Chelsea have made an official bid for Roma's Italian full-back Emerson Palmieri, according to CalcioMercato

The club's first official bid of €20 million with add-ons could rise up to €25m, nearing the €30m price Roma are asking. 


Bale in talks with Man Utd


Gareth Bale Celta Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is in talks with Manchester United, as he doesn't want to be part of the sinking ship at Real Madrid, according to Don Balon

The former Spurs star believes Jose Mourinho can help him return to his best and is willing to take a pay cut to make the move, though Real Madrid's asking price is still higher than what the Premier League club are willing to spend. 


Madrid and Barca face fight for 'new Asensio'  


Ferran Torres Spain U-17

Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to face off over the transfer of Valencia's Ferran Torres, reports Don Balon .

Despite not having made his full debut with Valencia, both of the Spanish giants see him as a prime target, with Madrid thinking of the 17-year-old as a future replacement for Gareth Bale. 


Juventus eye Ozil and Erikson


Mesut Ozil Arsenal

Juventus are hoping to add Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen as options to be their new No.10, according to  Corriere dello Sport .

Eriksen is keen on a new deal with Spurs, while Ozil will hit the open market this summer. 


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.


West Ham want Batshuayi in Carroll deal


Andy Carroll Michy Batshuayi

West Ham want Michy Batshuayi to be included in any deal that would see Andy Carroll joining Chelsea, according to the  Daily Telegraph .

The Blues had hoped to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge on a loan deal, but the Irons insist they are only interested in letting Carroll go on a permanent basis.

They would listen to offers of £20 million plus Batshuayi on loan for the former Liverpool man, though both Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund have also registered an interest in the Belgium international.


Malcom to snub Gunners?


Malcom Arsenal

Arsenal are in danger of missing out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, according to The Times .

The Gunners are eager to land the 20-year-old Brazilian amid uncertainty regarding the respective futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

They have, however, been unable to agree personal terms with the youngster, while a compromise on a fee is also yet to be reached.


Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contract


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph .  

United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.


Walcott joins Everton in £20m deal


Theo Walcott Arsenal

Everton have completed the £20 million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.

The 28-year-old makes the switch from the Gunners and becomes Sam Allardyce's second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun's arrival from Besiktas.

Read the full story on Goal!


Madrid to make €70m Aubameyang bid


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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.


Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal career


HD Walcott

Theo Walcott's impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after his 12-year stint with Arsenal ended with a move to Everton on Wednesday, writes Goal 's Chris Wheatley.

Read the full story on Goal!

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