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ROUND-UP of 30/1/2018 TRANSFER NEWS, DONE DEALS AND RUMOURS

 Madrid to offer Varane in Courtois bid


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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to offer Raphael Varane in part-exchange for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, claims Don Balon .

Perez wants to sign a new keeper in the summer and feels Courtois is more attainable than Manchester United No.1 David de Gea.

Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in Courtois, but Perez hopes including Varane in any deal will help Madrid to win the chase for the Belgium international.


 Chelsea jeopardise Aubameyang move


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Chelsea’s hard bargaining over could unleash a chain reaction that ends Arsenal’s pursuit of , reports BBC Sport.

The Blues’ £20 million purchase of the striker would have freed up the club to release Michy Batshuayi on loan to Dortmund, in turn allowing the Bundesliga side to release Auba.

But Chelsea have reportedly dropped their offer for Giroud, and if a deal cannot be made the Gabon international may have to stay put.


 Arsenal unlikely to pay Evans fee


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Arsenal are not interested in meeting West Brom’s £25m valuation of Jonny Evans, likely ending any possibility of a deal, according to Daily Star.

The 30-year-old centre-back has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the Baggies for £3m in the summer if they are relegated, and the Gunners would prefer to wait to see if that opportunity arises.


 Southampton’s Promes bid rejected


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Southampton have seen a £25 million offer for Quincy Promes rejected by Spartak Moscow, according to Sky Sports.

Promes, 26, is coveted at St. Mary’s as part of a wider plan to strengthen the Saints’ attack, with the club having already landed Guido Carrillo from Monaco this window.


 Man City complete Laporte deal


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Manchester City have completed a €65 million deal to sign Athletic defender .

The 23-year-old centre-back has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, and will wear the No. 14 shirt at his new club.


 Aubameyang on stand-by ahead of Arsenal move


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has boarded a private jet to the UK as his move to Arsenal edges closer.

The 28-year-old, who is expected to take the number 14 shirt previously worn by Thierry Henry and Theo Walcott, was videoed arriving at Dortmund Airport with his family on Tuesday afternoon.


 Man City launch Mahrez bid


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Manchester City have launched an audacious £60 million move to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

Mahrez’s name was first reported by a British national newspaper on Tuesday lunchtime and Goal can confirm that City are working hard to strike a shock deal for the Algerian.

City insiders believe that any possible move will be extremely difficult to conclude, but feel that their chances would be boosted significantly if Mahrez forces the issue and demands that Leicester sell him.


 Chelsea offer Luiz to Arsenal in Giroud swap


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Chelsea have offered David Luiz to Arsenal as part of a swap deal involving Olivier Giroud, according to the Daily Star .

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger reportedly has been interested in a move for the Brazilian centre-back, who has become surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Luiz would be a welcome boost to the Arsenal defence, with Wenger deterred by the price of West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans.


 Hamburg to quadruple Arp’s salary


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Hamburg are ready to quadruple Jann-Fiete Arp’s salary in an attempt to persuade the teenage striker to sign a new contract, according to Sport Bild .

Arp’s current deal runs until 2019 and he earns €500,000-per-year, but Hamburg want to increase this to €2m-per-year and extend the contract until 2023.

Chelsea and Tottenham are among the clubs to have shown an interest in the 18-year-old, who now needs to make a decision on his future.


 Mourinho hopes for new Fellaini deal


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Manchester United remain hopeful that Marouane Fellaini will sign a new contract, with Jose Mourinho eager to keep the versatile Belgian.

The 30-year-old midfielder has entered the final six months of his current deal , meaning that he is free to speak with any interested parties outside of England.

Galatasaray, Besiktas and Paris Saint-Germain have been mentioned as possible suitors of Fellaini.


 Newcastle want Mangala on loan


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Newcastle United want to sign Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan before the transfer deadline, reports the Daily Mail .

Mangala was a target for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez last summer and could be allowed to leave City once the deal for Aymeric Laporte is completed.

The Magpies are likely to have to pay the majority of Mangala’s £80,000-a-week wages, if they want to get a deal done before the transfer window closes.


 West Brom in Schurrle loan talks


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West Brom are aiming to follow up the signing of Daniel Sturridge with a deal for Borussia Dortmund forward Andre Schurrle, reports Teamtalk .

Sturridge joined West Brom on loan from Liverpool on Monday and the club are now in talks with Dortmund over a temporary move for Schurrle.

The former Chelsea attacker has also been linked with the likes of Newcastle and West Ham, with Dortmund prepared to let him leave before the January transfer window closes.


 Icardi in cryptic ‘goodbye’ post


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Inter striker Mauro Icardi, amid links to Real Madrid, has cast doubt over his future and that of Marcelo Brozovic with a “goodbye” post on social media.

The Argentina international is among those to have registered on the Santiago Bernabeu transfer radar this season as the Blancos prepare to freshen up their ranks.

Icardi has been mooted as a top target, having netted 18 times for Inter this term, and the 24-year-old has fanned the transfer flames with a message on Instagram which read: “To say goodbye is to grow.”


 Benzema rejects two offers to leave Madrid


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Karim Benzema has rejected two offers to leave Real Madrid, Don Balon reports.

Florentino Perez is eager to shake up his squad, with the entire forward line marked for replacement as the president looks to get the Spanish capital side back in form.

Benzema’s refusal to move on, however, coupled with the difficulty of trying to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, has left the 70-year-old in a difficult position.


 Cristante keeps Man Utd door open


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On-loan Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante has refused to rule out a summer move to the Premier League amid talk of interest from Manchester United.

The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising talents in Italian football, with a senior international debut made in October 2017, and has previously expressed a desire to test himself in England.


 Real Madrid won’t sign Icardi in January


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Real Madrid will not be bringing in Inter forward Mauro Icardi in the January transfer window, Onda Cero  reports.

The Argentine was apparently attracting interest from Zinedine Zidane’s side, with Los Blancos set to make a mega bid, although that is apparently not now going to happen.


 Roma find replacement for Chelsea-bound Emerson


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Roma will target Genoa star Diego Laxalt as they search for a replacement for Chelsea-bound Emerson Palmieri, Sky Sport in Italy  reports.

The Premier League side have agreed a £17.5 million fee with Roma for the defender , and the Serie A side are now looking at Laxalt, with Bruno Peres potentially being offered as a makeweight.


 Neymar gets Real Madrid backing


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Neymar’s proposed move to Real Madrid has been backed by Javier Tebas, with the Liga president eager to see the former Barcelona star back in Spain.

Less than six months on from a record-breaking €222 million move from Camp Nou to Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazil international is already being linked with another big-money transfer, with Santiago Bernabeu considered to be his most likely destination.


 West Ham rule out Hart exit


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Joe Hart faces the threat of World Cup heartache with England as West Ham have no intention of cutting a frustrating loan spell short.

Having been deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, the experienced goalkeeper has been forced to try and find regular football elsewhere.

He has, however, slipped out of favour again with the Hammers and now faces an uncertain future, both domestically and internationally.


 Bordeaux tracking Bendtner


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Bordeaux are weighing up a move for former Arsenal striker Niklas Bendtner, L’Equipe  reports.

After failing to land Diafra Sakho, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Martin Braithwaite, the Ligue 1 side are now considering bringing in the 30-year-old Denmark international, who has been in impressive goalscoring form for Rosenborg.


 Sevilla target Sandro after missing out on Batshuayi


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Sevilla will turn their attentions to Everton striker Sandro Ramirez after failing to land Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea, Marca  reports.

The Belgian had been a top January target for the Liga side, although reports suggest he could now be heading to Dortmund as the German club looks to replace Arsenal-bound Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And that has prompted Sevilla to look elsewhere, with out-of-favour Everton forward Sandro now a possibility before the transfer window closes.


 Red Devils lead Vidal hunt


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Manchester United currently lead the chase for Bayern Munich midfielder and are expected to do a deal in the summer, reports Bild .

Chelsea have long been linked with the Chile international, but the Red Devils have now joined the chase and surged to the front of the queue.

Bayern are prepared to part with the 30-year-old in the next window as they are set to welcome Leon Goretzka onto their books.


 Mourinho wants one more


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Jose Mourinho is eager to complete one more deal before the January deadline passes, according to The Transfer Window Podcast .

The Red Devils have acquired Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the winter window, but they remain keen on bringing in another midfielder.


 Arsenal & Liverpool dealt Lemar blow


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Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.

Both Premier League clubs remain keen on the France international, but despite him missing Monaco’s last two matches with a mystery injury, the Ligue 1 champions insist he is not for sale during the January window.


 Chelsea hold out Dzeko hope


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Chelsea are still hopeful of signing Edin Dzeko from Roma, but are lining up Olivier Giroud and Fernando Llorente as alternatives, Goal understands.

The Blues’ move for striker has stalled and they see the Arsenal and Tottenham players as good options to turn to should there be a lack of progress on Dzeko’s side.


 Dortmund consider Giroud move


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Borussia Dortmund are considering making another attempt to lure Olivier Giroud from Arsenal to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he nears his move to the Emirates Stadium, according to Kicker .

Dortmund previously had an interest in signing Giroud, but he opted to stay in London and although he has been linked to Chelsea this month, the Blues have also lined up Fernando Llorente as an alternative.

The German club are already said to be looking at Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, but they could fancy their chances of landing Giroud this time around and will consider making a move for him.


 Chelsea won’t sell Hazard to Man City


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Chelsea have ruled out any possibility of allowing Eden Hazard to join Manchester City as interest from the Premier League leaders emerges, The Telegraph reports.

Goal understands City are hoping to beat Real Madrid to the signing of the Belgium international , with Pep Guardiola’s men linked to a £100 million move for him.

However, Chelsea are said to have no interest in letting their star man join their domestic rivals and would even refuse a world record offer from City.


 Arsenal consider €50m Carrasco move


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Arsenal are considering a €50 million move for Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo .

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger reportedly was impressed by Carrasco during Monaco’s Champions League triumph over Arsenal in 2015 and is willing to splash the cash on the Belgium international.


 Barca confident in Arthur approach


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Barcelona have made an official approach for Gremio star Arthur and expect to conclude negotiations soon over a summer move, UOL reports.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been linked with several top sides in Europe, including Real Madrid, Chelsea and AC Milan, but it is the Catalan side who have moved first to sign him.

Barca representative Andre Cury met with the club’s directors and the player’s agent in Brazil and further talks are set to take place, with the Spanish giants said to be offering €30 million, which is €10m under Gremio’s asking price.


 Beckham wants Zlatan to stay at Man Utd


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David Beckham wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay at Manchester United amid reported interest from the LA Galaxy.

“No matter how you talk about him, he’s one of the best players, one of the best people, and if he comes to this league at some point it would be great,” Beckham told ESPN . “But at the moment he’s a Manchester United player and I’m happy about that, and I want him to stay there. But at some point he might come here.”


 Chelsea and Arsenal agree Giroud fee


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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.


 Barca to rival Madrid for Skriniar signing


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Barcelona will enter a battle with Real Madrid for the signing of Inter defender Milan Skriniar, according to Don Balon .

The centre-back has been a star in the Inter defence this season after impressing for Sampdoria last term, prompting Madrid to highlight him as a top target.

But Barcelona are hoping to hinder their rivals’ hopes of landing the 22-year-old.


 Man Utd & Barca monitor Monaco prospect


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Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona are among the clubs monitoring Monaco prospect Benoit Badiashile, according to Foot Mercato .

The Red Devils are said to have already made an offer last summer for the 16-year-old centre-back, who has also drawn interest from Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.


 Athletic close on Inigo Martinez


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Athletic Club are closing on a deal to sign Barcelona and Manchester City target Inigo Martinez from Real Sociedad.

With Aymeric Laporte set to join City, the Basque club have moved quickly and are set to make Martinez the most expensive Spanish defender in history.


 Lucas travels to London complete Spurs move


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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 with a move, Lucas is headed to London to undergo a medical at Spurs that will take place Tuesday.



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Amadi Promise is an Assistant Senior Editor at Okay Nigeria (Okay.ng) who handles Sports & Educational sections. He loves sharing what he knows and also learns from others. Promise is also an Android developer at Rad5 Tech Hub.

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