January transfer news & rumours: Mkhitaryan dealt loan blow

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

Inter rule out Mkhitaryan move

Luciano Spalletti insists he will not look to remedy Inter's current slump in form with big-money January signings such as out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

"To keep saying we need to have a big transfer campaign, after the club has made it clear there are certain parameters to be respected, seems to me the best way to get hurt," he told a news conference.

"You can say names — Mkhitaryan, Pastore, Verdi. But they'd cost €30 million and we don't have that."

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Arsenal to move for young Spanish star

Arsene Wenger Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on a move for Dinamo Zagreb's Spanish attacker Dani Olmo, according to 24 sata. 

Olmo, 19, has represented Spanish youth national teams, but recently gained Croatian citizenship. Spain will reportedly call him up to their U-21 side in the near future to avoid the teenager pledging his international future to Croatia

Wenger will face competition for Olmo, with three other English sides reportedly interested. 

Man Utd open Mourinho extension talks

Jose Mourinho Manchester United

Manchester United have opened talks with Jose Mourinho regarding an extension to his current contract, says Sky Sports.

The Portuguese coach penned a three-year deal at Old Trafford upon his arrival in the summer of 2016 and the Red Devils are eager to fend off rumours suggesting he could cut his stay short.

Puel insists Mahrez is happy at Leicester

Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and rejected claims the winger will seek a move away in the January transfer window.

Many of Europe's biggest clubs have been monitoring the Algerian attacker, who handed in a transfer request this summer that ultimately went unfulfilled. 

"He is happy with the squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem. He is happy to play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important thing," Puel said.

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Jardim says Lemar won't be sold in January

Thomas Lemar Monaco

Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his side will not allow Thomas Lemar to leave the club this January.

The 22-year-old is a long-term target of Liverpool and Arsenal, but Jardim says Lemar won't be leaving Monaco until summer at the earliest.

"Monaco are not in the habit of making big sales in the winter. It's our strategy. The players understand and they know how it goes here," Jardim said.

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Coutinho close to record Barcelona deal

Philippe Coutinho Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho is close to completing a club record €150 million move to Barcelona from Liverpool, Goal understands.

The Brazilian is set to become the third most expensive player in history, surpassed only by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona and Monaco respectively.

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City willing to pay £35m for Alexis

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Bournemouth

Manchester City are ready to open the January bidding for Alexis Sanchez at £25 million but will go as high as £35m, claims the Daily Mail.

The Arsenal forward continues to run down his contract, with Goal revealing that the Chilean is eager to push through a January switch to the Etihad.

PSG won't sanction Lucas loan

Lucas Moura PSG

Paris Saint-Germain will only consider permanent offers for Lucas Moura during the January transfer window, reports Maxifoot.

Manchester United have been linked with a loan move for the Brazil international, but PSG want €30m for the winger.

Arsenal turn to Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal will look to make a January move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Alexis Sanchez leaves during the transfer window, according to  Gianluca Di Marzio .

Alexis continues to be linked with Manchester City as the Chilean's contract continues to run down at the Emirates Stadium.

And the Gunners have started making contingency plans, with Aubameyang their primary target given his willingness to leave the Bundesliga giants.

PSG eyeing Conte

Antonio Conte Chelsea Premier League 12122017

Paris Saint-Germain already consider Antonio Conte as their frontrunner to replace head coach Unai Emery, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

The Ligue 1 leaders will sack the Spaniard in the summer and will replace him with the Italian boss, with the French side impressed with the way the Italian led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season.

Conte, meanwhile, remains unsettled at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho turns to Real Madrid's Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho believes signing Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid will solve Manchester United's shortcomings, according to Don Balon .

The report claims Zinedine Zidane does not want to part ways with the Croatian midfielder, while also suggesting Mourinho will similarly not accept no for an answer.

It is said the Red Devils coach is pushing to sign the 23-year-old before the end of the January transfer window.

Coutinho could cause FFP issues for Barca

Philippe Coutinho Liverpool

Spanish outlet Gol Digital claims Barcelona could find themselves in a world of trouble if they complete the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

The report suggests the wages being offered to the Brazilian by the Catalan side could have Financial Fair Play implications that could see Barca fined and banned from Champions League football for more than a year.

Kepa signs six-year deal with Real

Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Club

Kepa Arrizabalaga has already signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid, AS claims.

The report suggests the player will receive a higher signing bonus if he wants until June to make the switch, but the 23-year-old wants Real to finalise the move in January as things have become uncomfortable at Athletic Bilbao.

Liverpool eyeing shock Alexis move

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Liverpool are considering a shock move that would see them sign Alexis Sanchez to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to Don Balon .

The Reds are on the verge of selling Coutinho to Barcelona, and while Alexis seems poised to join Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp's side reportedly are prepared to make a last-minute bid for the Arsenal star.

Mourinho urges £50m Rose bid

Danny Rose, Tottenham, 17/18

Jose Mourinho has urged the Manchester United board to make a £50 million bid for Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, according to  The Sun .

Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of the England international as he looks to upgrade on his current left-back options.

And though Rose is likely to be out for three weeks with a knee injury, Mourinho wants to get him in before the end of the January transfer window.

Alexis agrees Man City move

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Chelsea

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has verbally agreed to join Manchester City, according to Marca .

The Chile international almost joined City last summer and looks set to run his contract — which is up at the end of the season — down at the Emirates Stadium.

A number of European clubs have tried to make approaches for the former Barcelona man, but they have been told Alexis is only interested in joining City having spoken to Pep Guardiola.

Juve set to keep Sandro

Alex Sandro Juventus

Juventus are determined to keep Alex Sandro this January, preventing the left-back from moving to Chelsea or Manchester United, according to the Independent .

The Blues are now more likely to explore different full-back options this transfer window, while the Red Devils could wait to see if Sandro is available in the summer.

Guardiola wants to spend £50m in January

Pep Guardiola, Man City

Pep Guardiola wants £50 million to reinforce Manchester City's squad in January, according to The Sun .

The Catalan reportedly hopes to see City secure the signing of Alexis Sanchez, as well as add another centre-back following Vincent Kompany's latest injury.

Man Utd & City set for Evans battle

Jonny Evans West Brom

Manchester United and Manchester City are set to battle for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, according to the Daily Mirror .

West Brom are prepared to sell their captain this month if he does not commit to a new contract, and the Red Devils reportedly are now willing to pay £20 million to fend off City and bring Evans back to Old Trafford.

Arsenal also are monitoring the situation, though Evans is said to prefer a move to Manchester.

Umtiti not interested in Man City move

Samuel Umtiti Barcelona

Manchester City target Samuel Umtiti is not interested in leaving Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo .

Pep Guardiola reportedly was interested in signing the French defender, but Umtiti's agent has told City the player is not looking to leave the Camp Nou.

Inter monitoring Mata situation

Juan Mata Manchester United Leicester City

Inter are keen on signing Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, according to the Daily Mirror .

The Spain international is out of contract at the end of the current season, though has an option to extend his current deal for another year.

And the Serie A side are hopeful they can tempt the former Chelsea man to San Siro.

Spurs could consider selling Kane

Harry Kane Tottenham

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino indicated the club would consider selling Real Madrid target Harry Kane if the striker decided to leave like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

"As Tottenham coach I would say that if Madrid come in with a bid, we don't want to sell, because he will stay here and they will have to understand that," Pochettino told El Chiringuito in an interview from December 19, published on Wednesday.

"If the player asks you to leave, as happened with Modric and Bale... We'll see what happens. Today, that has not happened."

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Man Utd fear Mourinho will quit

Jose Mourinho, Manchester United vs Southampton

Manchester United fear manager Jose Mourinho will resign at the end of the season, according to the  Daily Mail .

The former Chelsea boss has been spending less and less time in Manchester of late after a run of disappointing results for the Red Devils.

And the United hierarchy feel his heart is no longer in it and he could be set to depart this summer.

PSG target summer move for Conte

Antonio Conte Chelsea Huddersfield

Paris Saint-Germain are set to move for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this summer, according to  Gianluca Di Marzio .

Despite sitting pretty at the top of Ligue 1 and having flown through the Champions League group stages, Les Parisiens' hierarchy are not happy with Unai Emery.

And they believe they can take advantage of the uncertainty regarding Conte's future at Stamford Bridge to tempt him to the French capital.

Mourinho to block Mkhitaryan exit

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 2017

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to block Henrikh Mkhitaryan's exit during the January transfer window, according to the  Daily Star .

Inter have shown an interest in the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder, with Joao Mario offered as part of a potential swap deal.

But Mourinho is keen to keep the Armenia international despite him slipping down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

West Ham join Walcott race

Theo Walcott Arsenal 2017

West Ham are the latest club to show an interest in Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, according to the  Daily Express .

The England international has barely featured for the Gunners in the Premier League this season and looks set to depart in January.

Everton and Newcastle are also keen on signing him, but  Sky Sports   report Southampton are leading the way to sign their former academy graduate.

Conte: 'I've rarely been given players I asked for'

Antonio Conte Chelsea 2017

Antonio Conte said he does not aim high with his transfer requests and has "rarely been given the players I asked for" after the Chelsea boss was questioned about his January plans.

Conte added via Sky Sport Italia : "I always ended up at clubs who were running an austerity programme."

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Watford eye Markovic move

Lazar Markovic Liverpool

Watford are targeting a January move for Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, according to the  Daily Star .

Markovic impressed under Hornets boss Marco Silva at Hull City last season, and the Portuguese coach is keen to reunite with the former Benfica man.

The Vicarage Road outfit are also keen on Leicester City striker Islam Slimani and Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong.

Newcastle make Deeney top target

Troy Deeney Premier League Arsenal v Watford

Newcastle have made Watford striker Troy Deeney their top target for the January transfer window, according to  ESPN .

The Magpies have made an enquiry as to whether the Hornets captain would be available having been in and out of the side under Marco Silva.

Madrid to bid €150m + Bale for Kane

Harry Kane Gareth Bale 2017 Split

Real Madrid are set to bid €150 million plus Gareth Bale to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, according to Sport .

Los Blancos value Bale at around €50m, meaning their total bid would be somewhere close to €200m.

They could face competition from Manchester United for the England striker, however, with the Red Devils keen to bolster their own forward line.

Arsenal complete Mavropanos signing

Kostas Mavropanos GFX

Arsenal have completed the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos from Greek side PAS Giannina, Goal understands.

The Gunners' new chief scout Sven Mislintat has close ties to the 20-year-old centre-back, who has also attracted interest from Olympiakos, and the Premier Leaguehave snapped him up in a deal worth £1.8 million.

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Valverde coy over Coutinho move

Ernesto Valverde Barcelona

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has refused to comment on whether a move for Philippe Coutinho is close.

The Liverpool midfielder is keen to complete a move to Camp Nou in January after the Reds rejected three bids over the summer.

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PSG to make Seri move

Jean Michael Seri Nice

Paris Saint-Germain are set to make a January move for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to the  Daily Mail .

The 26-year-old almost joined Barcelona in the summer, but a £32.5 million bid was rejected by the Ligue 1 side.

Liverpool and Manchester City have also been keeping tabs on Seri's progress, but the Parisiens are keen to win the race over the next month.

Lemar decides to join Liverpool

Thomas Lemar France

Monaco star Thomas Lemar has decided to join Liverpool ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, according to Yahoo Sports

Arsenal tried to sign Lemar last summer, but failed to finalise a €95 million deal on deadline day which, in turn, prevented Alexis Sanchez from joining Manchester City.

Liverpool were also interested in Lemar in the last transfer window and are ready to make a renewed push to sign the France international in January, with Barcelona trying to agree a deal for Philippe Coutinho.

Manchester United have also been linked with Lemar, but the winger has decided he wants to join Liverpool and he could become the replacement for Coutinho at Anfield.

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