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January transfer news & rumours: Kane demands No.10 shirt at Madrid as Modric prepares for exit

10 Jan 2018

Kane wants Madrid No.10 shirt, Modric to leave


Harry Kane is set to join Real Madrid this summer and Luka Modric could be on his way out, according to Diario Gol.

 

Negotiations with the Tottenham star are reportedly so advanced that Kane has already requested the No.10 for the 2018-19 season. 

That number, of course, currently belongs to Modric, but the Croatian is said to be considering a Madrid exit this summer, with a move to Italy or England mooted. 

 

CL final key to Madrid's Hazard hopes 


Real Madrid must reach the Champions League final before Florentino Perez will push through a move for Chelsea's Eden Hazard for manager Zinedine Zidane, reports Spanish outlet Mi Otra Liga .

Both Perez and Zidane admire Hazard, but Madrid are holding off on making a bid until the current season is over. 


Juve raise Dybala asking price


Manchester United's chances of signing Paulo Dybala have taken a hit, with the money Barcelona spent on Philippe Coutinho's transfer convincing Juventus to raise their asking price, Tuttosport claim.

A fee of a fee of £154 million will now be asked for the Argentine forward, with the Italians wanting more for him than the £142m spent on the Brazilian. 


Arsenal join Liverpool & City in Pavon chase


Arsenal have joined Liverpool and Manchester City in the chase for Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon, reports the Daily Mail.

The 21-year-old striker has turned heads with his performances for the Argentine giants, and has been compared to Alexis Sanchez. 

Pavon is said to have a £27 million release clause, and is likely to be named in Jorge Sampaoli's Argentina squad for the World Cup in Russia.


Chinese side bid £84m for Bale


Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande have made a massive £84 million offer for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon

The 28-year-old is said to have little interest in moving to China, but could be tempted by a return to the Premier League. Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham have all reportedly made contact with Madrid over a move for Bale. 


Alexis to start vs Chelsea


Despite intense speculation surrounding a potential move to Manchester City, Alexis Sanchez will start Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea, reports The Guardian.

City have submitted a £20m offer to Arsenal for Sanchez, whose contract with the Gunners expires at the end of this season. 

Pep Guardiola's side are confident of landing the Chilean for free in the summer but with Gabriel Jesus out for two months with an injury, City are hoping to acquire Alexis in January. 


Man Utd planning for Zlatan exit


Manchester United are making plans to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is expected to depart in 2018, according to Yahoo Sport UK. 

Ibrahimovic is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave sooner if he accepts an offer from Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League.

The 36-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions for United since returning from a serious knee injury in November. 


Gunners ready to open Wilshere talks 


Arsenal are ready to finally open up contract talks with Jack Wilshere, the Mirror claims. 

While hints at a new deal have been floating for a while, the new report suggests that the Gunners are finally ready to offer a new deal now that Wilshere fit and in good form. 

The new deal may see the midfielder take a cut in base pay, with playing incentives making it possible for him to actually earn more money under the new terms. 


Everton confident of landing Walcott 


Everton are confident they can beat Southampton to the singing of Arsenal's Theo Walcott in a £20million deal for the England forward, reports the Daily Mail

The Gunners may consider letting the 28-year-old leave this month and Everton are confident that they can offer his a better deal than the Saints. 


City keeping tabs on Maguire


Manchester City are interested in Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire but do not consider him a January target, according to Sky Sports News .

Maguire joined Leicester from Hull in the summer for £17 million, and City may now have to shell out £50m to land the 24-year-old. 

The Premier League leaders are targeting West Brom's Jonny Evans or Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez to reinforce their defensive options in January. 


Lemar will cost at least £90m


Liverpool and Arsenal will need to spend at least £90 million to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco, according to The Daily Mirror. 

Lemar turned down a £90m move to Arsenal on deadline day in August, and Monaco are set to begin the bidding for the 22-year-old's services at that figure.

The Ligue 1 side are open to selling Lemar in January, as the club are out of the Champions League and far off Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. 


No Moura offer from Man Utd yet


Manchester United are interested in Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura but have not yet made a bid, according to Sky Sports News.

PSG are willing to cash in on the 25-year-old Brazilian, who has yet to make a start in the league this season. 


Mertens open to new Napoli deal


Napoli are hoping to renegotiate Dries Mertens' contract in order to avoid losing the Belgium international to Manchester United or Liverpool, according to Sky Sport Italia

Mertens signed a new deal in May 2017 that included a relatively small €28m release clause. Napoli are willing to increase the Belgian's salary in a new contract in exchange for a big increase in that release clause. 


Conte: Chelsea wanted Van Dijk


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that the Blues were interested in Virgil van Dijk before the centre-back made his £75 million move to Liverpool from Southampton earlier this month. 

"For sure he was our target but as you know, this is football. We can have a lot of targets but you must be able to reach those targets," Conte said. 


Christensen signs new Chelsea contract


Andreas Christensen Chelsea

Andreas Christensen signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old defender has been a solid player for Antonio Conte’s side this season, making 22 appearances so far.

The new deal will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2022, after he initially signed with the Blues in 2012 and spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.


Arsenal want Mahrez as Alexis replacement


Arsenal are interested in luring Riyad Mahrez to Emirates Stadium in the January window as they look for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, according to Le Buteur .

The Chilean is keen on joining Premier League rivals Manchester City, with both clubs currently in negotiations over a deal .

And Arsene Wenger has identified Mahrez, who has also been linked with Liverpool, as the ideal replacement, with Leicester City looking to receive €55 million from any potential sale.

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