January transfer news & rumours: Chelsea & Arsenal agree £15m Giroud fee

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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 and Arsenal agree Giroud fee


Having missed out on signing Edin Dzeko, Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, reports Gianluca DiMarzio .

The Blues were unable to land Roma striker Dzeko and have now shaken hands on a £15 million fee plus incentives for the France international.

The move will enable Michy Batshuayi to leave Stamford Bridge on loan, with Borussia Dortmund linked witht the Belgian.


West Brom land Sturridge on loan


Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge has joined West Brom on loan from Liverpool, with the Baggies beating Inter and Premier League rivals Newcastle United to the striker's signature. 

Both clubs have confirmed the deal with West Brom paying a £2 million loan fee and the entirety of Sturridge's £120,000 a week wages

Newcastle appeared to be in the lead for Sturridge, only to have West Brom emerge as the actual destination for the England international.

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Chelsea's Musonda joins Celtic on loan


Charly Musonda

Charly Musonda has completed an 18-month long loan move from Chelsea to Scottish Premiership giants Celtic, the clubs have confirmed.

Celtic beat a host of clubs to the 21-year-old midfielder, including Real Betis, Leganes and Nottingham Forest, whilst several English clubs were also thought to be interested.

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Watford take Deulofeu on loan


Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona

Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu is heading back to England having agreed a loan move to Watford for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

The Hornets will pay the entirety of Deulofeu's salary in addition to a €1 million fee.

Deulofeu previous played two season with Everton before going out on loan to AC Milan in 2016-17 and returning to Barcelona prior to the current campaign.

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Lucas travels to London complete Spurs move


Lucas Moura PSG

Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura is travelling to London to complete a £25 million move to Tottenham, Goal understands.

The winger is not in PSG boss Unai Emery’s plans, with the manager telling the attacker to find a new club due to lack of available playing time.

While Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked to Lucas, Lucas is headed to London to undergo a medical at Spurs that will take place Tuesday.

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Madrid to anger Ronaldo and pay Neymar €50m per year 


Neymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018

Real Madrid are prepared to make Neymar the highest-paid player on the planet if they can sign him from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Don Balon .

Los Blancos would need to part with a fee of €300 million to get PSG to part with the former Barcelona star and then hand him a salary approaching €50m per season.

That could set up a conflict with Cristiano Ronaldo who makes €25m per season and wants a new contract.


Emerson set for Chelsea medical


Emerson Palmieri Roma

Emerson Palmieri will travel to London for a medical as he looks to complete a £17.5 million move to Chelsea, Goal understands.

The left-back has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with Antonio Conte's side and will be their second signing of the January window after Ross Barkley.

Read the full story here!


Chelsea loan Rahman back to Schalke


Abdul Rahman Baba

Chelsea's Baba Rahman has returned to Schalke on an 18 month loan deal, it has been confirmed.

The full-back was sent on loan to the German club at the start of last season but saw his season ended early when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in January.

Now fit once again, the left-back is set for an extended period in Gelsenkirchen. 

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Man City pay Laporte release clause


Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club

Athletic Club have confirmed Manchester City have paid the €65 million clause for Aymeric Laporte.

The centre-back has said his goodbyes to the club as City plan to confirm his arrival on Tuesday as their first signing of the January window.

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Emery confused by Pastore comments


Javier Pastore PSG

Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery claims Javier Pastore’s comments about leaving the club do not match his own conversations with the player.

Pastore had previously stated he was interested in a move away from the Ligue 1 giants in the hope of securing playing time to earn a spot in Argentina’s 2018 World Cup squad.

However, Emery claims he wants the playmaker to remain in the French capital for the remainder of the season.

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Man Utd won't block Ibra exit


Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United

Jose Mourinho will not prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from leaving Manchester United if the Swedish striker expresses a desire to move on.

The 36-year-old frontman has struggled to fully recover from knee ligament surgery since linking back up with the Red Devils.

He is now being heavily linked with MLS side the LA Galaxy and Jose Mourinho will clear the path for a move if he wishes to head to America.

Read the full story on Goal.


Spurs in race against time to secure Lucas Moura


Lucas Moura PSG

Tottenham are facing a race against time to sign Lucas Moura before the January window closes on Wednesday, reports ESPN .

The north London club are yet to agree a fee with PSG, with the French club wanting €30 million for the Brazilian winger, although they could well settle on a deal at €25m.

Should a transfer fee be agreed, Spurs will then need to sort out a work permit for the player, with the 11pm BST Wednesday deadline fast approaching.


Juve's Can talks 'well underway'


Emre Can Liverpool

Talks between Juventus and Liverpool midfielder Emre Can are progressing well, according to the Serie A champions' chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.

The Germany international has long been linked with a move to Turin and is free to discuss terms with the club as he has entered the final six months of his contract at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted to DAZN on Saturday there was a good chance Can would allow his contract to run down rather than sign an extension, although he insisted the player would not leave during the January transfer window.

Read the full story on Goal right here!


No Man Utd exit thoughts for Mata


Juan Mata Manchester United Leicester City

Juan Mata is happy at Manchester United and is not thinking about leaving the club following the signing of Alexis Sanchez.

The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to Valencia, but United are expected to trigger a one-year option in his deal.

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Batshuayi to join Dortmund on loan


Michy Batshuayi Chelsea

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is to join Borussia Dortmund on loan as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prepares to complete his move to Arsenal, according to Bild

Arsenal have agreed a £55 million fee with Dortmund to sign Aubameyang and the Gabon international could finalise his transfer to Emirates Stadium on Monday.

Dortmund have been looking for a replacement and, after Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud decided to remain in England, the Bundesliga club have turned to Batshuayi.

Belgium international Batshuayi has acknowledged his future is in the hands of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte , but he looks set to head to Dortmund for the rest of the season.


PSG won't block Pastore exit


Javier Pastore PSG

Paris Saint-Germain remain reluctant to part with Javier Pastore but will sanction a transfer if the terms are right, claims his agent.

The Argentine playmaker has been linked with a move away from Parc des Princes for some time now amid fierce competition for places.

Liverpool and Tottenham are reported to be interested in Pastore, but Inter Milan are favourites to agree a deal before the January transfer deadline.

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Brandt deal to frustrate Liverpool & Barca


HD Julian Brandt

Julian Brandt is open to signing a new contract to commit his future to Bayer Leverkusen despite being linked to European giants including Barcelona, Liverpool and Bayern Munich. 

Germany international Brandt told Omnisport in October it was an "honour" to be linked with Barcelona , while Bayern hold a long-term interest in the 21-year-old.

But, with Leverkusen on track to return to the Champions League after finishing in the bottom half of the Bundesliga last season, Brandt could remain at the BayArena.

Read the full story on Goal right here!


Arsenal close in on £60m Auba signing


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund after the clubs agreed a £60 million fee in principle for the Gabon international, Goal understands.

Aubameyang, 28, has been subject of negotiations between the Gunners and Dortmund for several weeks, with Arsenal refusing to meet the Bundesliga side's £70m asking price.

Read Chris Wheatley's full report on Goal !


Gala consider new Fellaini approach


Marouane Fellaini Manchester United

Galatasaray could come back in for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini before the close of the transfer window, reports the Manchester Evening News .

Badou Ndiaye could be on his way out of the Turkish club after the Stoke City target was left out of Galatasaray’s squad to face Osmanlispor on Sunday.

If Ndiaye leaves, then Galatasaray are reportedly ready to make a fresh approach for Fellaini, who is out of contract at United at the end of the season. 


Man City ready to join £100m club amid Hazard links


Eden Hazard Manchester City

Manchester City are ready to splash out £100 million on a transfer, with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard a potential summer addition.

Goal understands Pep Guardiola's side do have an interest in signing the Belgian although regardless of whether they manage to lure him to the Etihad Stadium, the club will eventually break the £100m barrier for a player.

Read Sam Lee's full report on Goal !


De Gea 'very happy' at Man Utd


David de Gea Manchester United

David de Gea has revealed that he is "very happy" at Manchester United despite transfer links with Real Madrid.

The Spaniard has long been linked with a move to Zinedine Zidane's side, who are reportedly ready to try to land the 27-year-old again in the summer, but he remains happy with life at Old Trafford.

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Laporte set for Man City medical on Monday


Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club

Aymeric Laporte could be a Manchester City player as early as Monday, the Mirror reports.

The Athletic Bilbao defender has long been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola's side and is now said to have bid his Liga team-mates farewell ahead of a trip to Manchester to complete a medical.

Laporte, 23, who was left out of the Basque club's squad which drew 1-1 with Eibar on Friday, will cost City €57 million.


Ibrahimovic nears Galaxy move


 

The LA Galaxy are closing in on a move for Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to ESPN FC .

United's recent addition of Alexis Sanchez has further limited Ibrahimovic's prospects for playing time, opening up the possibility that the Sweden international will head to MLS.

The Galaxy reportedly would not use one of their big-money designated player slots on Ibrahimovic, whose income could be augmented by sponsors or other outside sources.


Decisive day in Dzeko talks


Dzeko Roma Serie A

Chelsea's ongoing pursuit of Edin Dzeko will reach decision day on Monday, claims Premium Sport .

The Blues have yet to put a deal in place for the Roma striker, but are still hoping to get an agreement over the line.

If that happens, then Dzeko's current club will reportedly look to Valencia's former Juventus frontman Simone Zaza to plug their striking gap.


Aubameyang's Arsenal wages leaked


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal are confident they can get a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the line in the coming days despite having low-balled Dortmund on two occasions, claims the Mirror .

Terms are said to have been agreed with Aubameyang himself over a three-and-a-half-year deal worth £180,000 per week, though the Gunners will need to pay BVB's full asking price to land their man.


Ronaldo standing in the way of Neymar move


Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar

Real Madrid will wait until 2019 to make a move for Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar, Don Balon claims.

Standing in the way of a swifter conclusion is Cristiano Ronaldo, with it said that Madrid are finding it difficult to get the Portuguese, and his gargantuan wage bill, off of their books.

As such, Florentino Perez is prepared to wait until 2019 — allegedly when Ronaldo will make a move to Major League Soccer — before making a serious move for the Brazilian.


Mourinho's Alexis-Rashford plan


Marcus Rashford Manchester United

Jose Mourinho plans to seat Alexis Sanchez next to Marcus Rashford in the Old Trafford dressing room, according to the Sun .

The move is designed to build up the partnership between the duo, who combined well on the former Arsenal star's debut in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Yeovil.


Monaco listening to Balde offers


Keita Balde Monaco Caen

Monaco are willing to listen to offers for Liverpool and Arsenal target Keita Balde, according to the Daily Mirror .

The 22-year-old winger joined the Ligue 1 side from Lazio this past summer for £30 million, but sporting director Michael Emenalo reportedly is ready to cash in on the Senegal international.

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Oxford heading back to Germany?


Reece Oxford Gladbach 2017

West Ham midfielder Reece Oxford is set to rejoin Borussia Monchengladbach on loan for the remainder of the season, reports Kicker .

The 19-year-old was recalled by the Hammers in December, after seeing a season-long agreement in Germany cut short, but he could be heading back to the Bundesliga.

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