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Transfer news, rumours LIVE: Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal latest, Alexis Sanchez updates and done deals

The January transfer window is about to get even busier with Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City making all the headlines.

After Philippe Coutinho’s £142m transfer to Barcelona, the Reds are left looking for a replacement, with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar top of their list. There is also a possibility of bringing RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita in on an earlier deal.

Manchester United look to have stolen a march on their city rivals on Alexis Sanchez after being willing to off more, but they are still keeping their eye on Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic and Julian Weigl, as well as a new left-back.

We will have all the latest news, rumours and done deals throughout the day right here so don’t touch that dial.


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Barcelona have released a statement on Arda Turan’s loan move to Istanbul Basaksehir.
“During this period Barca reserve the right to transfer the player to a club belonging to UEFA, and will receive a variable fee according to his performances,” said the Barca statement.

“Meanwhile, Istanbul Basaksehir will reserve the right to buy the player from Barcelona.”

Brazil legend Ronaldo has claimed Neymar has taken a backwards step this season by leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain.
“Sportingly, the decision is a step back,” he said. “But there are challenges that everyone seeks.
“I played in Barcelona at the time and went to Inter when the Italian championship was much more competitive.”

MANCHESTER CITY NEWS

Ilkay Gundogan has revealed how Liverpool came close to signing him before he eventually decided to move to Manchester City in the summer of 2016.

The Germany international eventually decided to leave Borussia Dortmund to become Pep Guardiola’s first signing at The Etihad, but has admitted he spoke with Jurgen Klopp about moving to the Reds instead.

“I spoke with Jurgen about different things,” Gundogan said. “He always liked me as player and I would be a liar if I said he didn’t try. But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here.”

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WEST BROM NEWS

Alan Pardew has given Arsenal and Manchester City a deadline to sign Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion.
“It would be inappropriate if I didn’t speak to him a little more candidly than I’m talking to you,” Pardew said. “We have a good respect for each other, looked each other in the eye and told each other the truth.
“It’s not the case he is definitely going. This situation was running in the summer and he stayed. Yohan Cabaye was definitely, definitely going to Arsenal when I was at Newcastle. But he didn’t go.
“I’ll put in a cut-off date on any transfer. I would say three or four days before the window closes, depending on the business we have done.
“We might be looking to do some business on the last day, if I feel it works for the club and is not harmful to us.”

Arda Turan is leaving Barcelona… in the most bizarre deal of the window – or maybe any window.
Turan will join Istanbul Basaksehi on a two-and-a-half year loan deal where Basaksehi will pay the player’s wages and pay Barca based on how well he does and how often he plays.
Straightforward so far right? Well…
Turan’s contract ends in 2020 (the same time as the loan deal) but Barca will be able to sell him at any time during the loan to another club.

Mauro Icardi could leave Inter Milan for Real Madrid in the summer if the Italian side fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
The European champions are willing to activate Icardi’s €110m release clause.
However if they do qualify, he will turn down Real and sign a new deal at the San Siro with the release clause rising to €200m, according to Football Italia.

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

  

Jose Mourinho has talked up Manchester United’s move for Alexis Sanchez:
“I don’t know if it’s ethical or correct to be speaking about players of other clubs. If somebody speaks of one of my players to tell we are interested, I wouldn’t be very happy.
“Sanchez is an Arsenal player. Probably this weekend he is going to defend Arsenal colours so I don’t think it’s correct to say things about Alexis Sanchez.
“At the general level, what I can say is myself and the Manchester United board, and the owners, we don’t believe a lot in the January market. We don’t believe in signing a player just to sign a player, just to do something we don’t believe in that.
“What we believe really is there are some players in football world if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try and that’s it.
“But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don’t say a word. The only word I can say is he is a phenomenal player. Apart from that, he is an Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this.”
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MANCHESTER CITY NEWS

Ilkay Gundogan has revealed how he turned down Liverpool for Manchester City when leaving Borussia Dortmund two-and-a-half years ago.
“I spoke with Jurgen about different things,” Gundogan told the Daily Mail. “He always liked me as a player and I would be a liar if I said he didn’t try. But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here.
“When I was a little bit down because of my injury, he was quite sure he was still going to try to buy me. That showed me it could never be the wrong decision to join this club. They are both great managers, great characters and very ambitious. I’ve been lucky.”

MANCHESTER CITY NEWS

Manchester City have made their first move to get a long-term replacement in for Fernandinho by making a bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.
The Manchester Evening News report how Guardiola wants to sign him before the summer, with the Brazil international already being quoted as “waiting” for a phone call from the City boss.
Manchester United were reportedly interested too as a replacement for Michael Carrick but City are leading the way with Guardiola needing a back-up to Fernandinho after admitting the midfielder has already played “a million minutes” this season.

CHELSEA NEWS

Antonio Conte hinted that he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season after failing to give reassurances over his future at the club.
He said that the club would have to fire him for him to leave but the Evening Standard claim Roman Abramovich is eying up his replacement already.
They say that Chelsea are interested in appointing either Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri or Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

STOKE NEWS

Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores looks set to be the next Stoke City manager, as the club held further discussions on Thursday and Friday.
Irish boss Martin O’Neill had looked likeliest to take over due to the fact he has yet to sign a new contract with the Football Association of Ireland, although Flores has emerged as first choice and is weighing up what is said to have been a persuasive offer from the Stoke delegation that met him.
A decision could be announced by the end of the weekend.

WEST HAM NEWS

West Ham manager David Moyes wants the January transfer window reduced to a week with the last day, similar to in Italy, taking place at a hotel where club officials and agents gather to sort out deals.
This would end up making it so much easier on the final day to negotiate and get registration through before the deadline.
There would also be no dodgy fax machines, eh Real Madrid?

LEICESTER NEWS

DONE DEAL!
Leicester City have signed Mali forward Fousseni Diabate from Gazelec Ajaccio!
It’s the Foxes’ second signing of the month after Adrien Silva arrived and Diabate, a central striker, joins on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a £4.5m transfer fee.

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Jurgen Klopp claimed on Friday that it was ultimately an “easy” decision to allow Philippe Coutinho to leave Liverpool this month as it had become clear that the club had no choice but to sanction his £142m move to Barcelona.
Having stood firm and rebuffed all offers from Barcelona for the playmaker during the summer, Klopp and Liverpool finally conceded defeat last Saturday after it became clear that there was “100 per cent no chance” of Coutinho staying for the second half of the season.
“It was clear,” the Liverpool manager said on Friday, speaking publicly for the first time since Coutinho’s departure. “It was not that we had a talk and he said my head is somewhere else, it was just clear after we spoke that it would not work out.
“We knew it when the club tried everything. We had a lot of talks about different things, how we can do this or that, but if somebody denies things like that then it is clear the decision is done. At some point you need to accept it and that is what we did.”
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MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

However…
Manchester United could well start the 2018-19 season with Arsenal’s current strike force, as the club still plan to try and sign Mesut Ozil on a free in a summer, even if they get Alexis Sanchez in this window. Jose Mourinho could thereby be the biggest beneficiary of Arsene Wenger’s struggle to get a raft of players to sign new deals, as the Portuguese manager could well end up with the Emirates’ two biggest stars.
United’s initial plan had been to move for Ozil in the summer when his current deal expires, and there had been a widespread expectation that Sanchez would go to City.
That changed in the last few days, when it became apparent that a punt by the club could lead to something more.
While they were initially just testing the waters in letting it be known they would trump their neighbours for Sanchez, the Old Trafford hierarchy found it could be much more possible than they had anticipated, due to the Chilean’s impatience at getting out of Arsenal.
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ARSENAL NEWS

Arsene Wenger is determined to stay on for another summer of rebuilding at Arsenal, and still hopes that he will not have to replace both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the same time.
Admitting for the first time that Sanchez’s departure is inevitable, whether this month or in the summer, Wenger sounded more positive about his two other stars with six months left. He claimed he is increasingly optimistic of reaching a deal with Ozil, if they can agree a salary, and also wants to tie down the fit-again Jack Wilshere to the club.
If Ozil and Wilshere can be secured then Wenger hopes that “the rebuild will be less deep”, and it will not be so hard to launch the club’s 2018-19 Premier League challenge, a job that Wenger is already relishing.
“There is still an opportunity for him to stay, talks are still alive, very much so.
“These guys want to win, and they want to make money as well. So they want a combination of the two, that big clubs can give them. Incidentally he’s won trophies with us. So he wants to fight as well for the Premier League, that’s normal, when you are at that level.”
 
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MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

Manchester United’s back-up plan of trying to sign Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy is unlikely to go ahead, according to the Leicester Mercury.
United, who are now getting increasingly confident that they will sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, were reported to be considering the 31-year-old to back-up Romelu Lukaku but have since decided against it given the Foxes’ £35m price-tag.

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

Manchester United are ready to make David De Gea the highest paid player at the club by offering him a new contract to keep him out of the clutches of Real Madrid once and for all.
The Sun report the Old Trafford club are ready to offer the goalkeeper £300,000-a-week to stay to put him on the same amount as Paul Pogba.
De Gea is out of contract in the summer of 2019, but United do have an option of extending the deal for another 12 months.

SPURS NEWS

Tottenham are willing to drop their interest in Malcolm amid interest from Arsenal.
The Times report that Bordeaux want around £45m for the 20-year-old and Spurs are unwilling to pay that, whereas the Gunners are eyeing him to be their replacement for the outgoing Alexis Sanchez.

CHELSEA NEWS

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has labelled Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez a “good investment”, sparking suggestions that the Blues could also be in the queue for the Chilean, along with Manchester United and Manchester City.
He said: “I think it is a good investment. We are talking about a top player and you can buy him for a price not so high. The amount is around £20 million. Maybe a normal price for Alexis Sánchez is €80-90m. This is my opinion.”
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