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Atletico want €100m for Griezmann, Pato prefers Chelsea to Liverpool

Antoine Griezmann has scored 39 goals in 78 games for Atletico Madrid.

The winter window opened Jan. 2. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Atletico plan new €100m release clause for Griezmann

Top quality strikers are very hard to come by -- especially ones who are for sale -- and Atletico Madrid are making sure their prized asset Antoine Griezmann is as far from potential suitors as possible. According to AS, the Madrid club are planning to boost his current release clause up from €80m (£60.5m) to €100m (£75.6m) to scare off interested clubs while also increasing his wages to keep him happy.

The 24-year-old is enjoying another superb season in La Liga -- bagging 14 goals so far -- which has inevitably has attracted interest from all over the continent, with Bayern Munich in particular viewing the France international as the ideal replacement for the ageing Franck Ribery.  

In other news, The Independent are reporting Alexandre Pato would "prefer" a move to Chelsea in January, though Liverpool will go "head to head" with the Premier League champions for the player's signature. 


22.30 GMT: OK folks, that will do it for Thursday! Look for Friday's edition coming up in a couple of hours to usher you through another amusing day of rumours, whispers, reports and "reports." Good night!

22.22 GMT:  It looks like Nordin Amrabat's days in La Liga are numbered. AS report that the Malaga defender looks set to complete an €8 million move to Quique Flores' Watford in the Premier League.

22.15 GMT:  More news from Serie A, with Sports Mediaset reporting that Inter Milan have their sights set on Torino striker Fabio Quagliarella.

21.42 GMT:  Juventus are keen on Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva, but the two parties are still far from reaching an agreement. Per Sphera Sports, Juve have offered €22 million, however the Ligue 1 outfit are holding out for €30 million.

20.55 GMT:  Everton are looking to bulk up their defence. The club have reached an agreement for Leeds United's Sam Byram, with personal terms still to be negotiated.

20.51 GMT:  Celta are feeling confident enough that a deal for Marcelo Diaz will be reached very soon. The Spanish club snapped this photo of the Chilean defender who is joining from Hamburg.

20.26 GMT:  Could Alvaro Morata be headed back to Real Madrid? Despite their transfer ban, Los Blancos can still buy and sell while their appeal is being heard and AS report that Real could be looking to bring Morata back to the Bernabeu.

19.55 GMT:  DONE DEAL The LA Galaxy have added some strength up top with two signings. Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Boateng has joined the MLS club from Swedish side Helsingborgs IF, and former Galaxy forward Mike Magee has returned to the club. Magee spent the previous three seasons with the Chicago Fire.

19.16 GMT: The ongoing MLS SuperDraft has reached the pages of TT! Minutes ago the Chicago Fire moved up the draft board from No. 15 to No. 12 in a trade that send their top allocation ranking to Colorado. ESPN's Taylor Twellman reported that the Rapids were interested in signing United States international Alejandro Bedoya with that allocation ranking. Currently, Bedoya is in Ligue 1 with Nantes.

18.36 GMT: The Alan Pulido-to-Colorado Rapids saga could be reaching its end. Mexican outlet Medio Tiempo reports that Colorado have reached an agreement with Olympiakos for the El Tri forward and the deal could be announced on either Thursday or Friday.

18.06 GMT: News from Spain as MARCA report that Madrid-based Rayo Vallecano are looking to pluck little-used Jose Angel Crespo from Aston Villa. The former Cordoba man has played in just one Premier League match this season for Villa and is seeking a return to his native Spain in order to get more playing time.

17.57 GMT: Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has confirmed to Gazette Live that the club are close to signing Athletic Bilbao striker Enrique 'Kike' Sola

The 29-year-old striker signed for the La Liga outfit prior to the 2013/14 campaign and he has only featured in 15 leagues matches since then with 11 of those coming as a substitute.

17.37 GMT:  DONE DEAL James Dunne, a product of the Arsenal youth ranks, has joined Cambridge United from Portsmouth.

17.28 GMT:  DONE DEAL MK Dons youngster Harry Hickford has joined Dagenham and Redbridge on a youth loan for one month. The defender was on loan at National League South side Chelmsford City last season.

17.15 GMT: Bournemouth's January spending isn't looking like slowing down anytime soon with The Mirror reporting Manchester City's Patrick Roberts and QPR's Matty Phillips are both on next on their list.

17.03 GMT: ESPN Brazil reporter Mauro Cezar Pereira reports that Alexandre Pato's agent, Gilmar Veloz, has confirmed that the player has an offer from Chelsea of €2.3m (£1.7m) annually, something that is close to his current deal with Corinthians.

Cezar also says that Pato is not inclined to take an offer from Chinese club Tianjin, which is for €9m (£6.7m) per year.

16.51 GMT: Spurs are in talks with Fulham teenage forward Moussa Dembele, according to The Daily Mail. The 19-year-old has netted 11 times this season -- and combined with issues regarding a possible Saido Berahino transfer -- the London club are reportedly putting more focus on signing the teenager.

16.33 GMT: It's official! Sunderland has signed Dame N'Doye on a season long loan. 

16.31 GMT: According to Harry Redknapp, signing Emmanuel Adebayor is a no-brainer, even for Gus Hiddink's Chelsea.

"If any manager rang me about signing Emmanuel Adebayor I'd have a simple message: take him until the end of the season. You can't lose," Redknapp said. 

16.17 GMT: DONE DEAL Blackpool's Will Aimson has turned his loan move from Hull City into a permanent one for an undisclosed fee.

16.00 GMT: Crystal Palace are ready to sign Emmanuel Adebayor after having little luck with their previous targets Khouma Babacar and Loic Remy, according to The Mirror

15.44 GMT:  DONE DEAL Manchester United have made their first signing of the January transfer window! Is it Felipe Anderson? Or the return of Cristiano Ronaldo?

Nope, neither. They've signed 16-year-old Luca Ercolani from Serie D outfit Forli FC. 

The young defender has been on a trial with the Manchester club and according to Italian outlet Sport In Romanga, the Reds have stumped up £50,000 for his permanent signature.

15.24 GMT: They may be leading the way in the Championship, but Middlesbrough are still keen to bolster their squad this month. Boro manager Aitor Karanka revealed at a news conference that the club are "close" to signing Athletic Bilbao striker Enrique Sola.

15.08 GMT: New York City FC's Andrea Pirlo may have been linked with a return to Inter Milan on loan during MLS's off-season, but the midfielder has stated he is happy to stay put.

"I made a choice and it didn't seem appropriate to disavow it after a few months," he told Corriere della Sera. "It's also a question of respect for those who have invested in me."

14.57 GMT: Celtic striker Anthony Stokes could be on his way to Dundee United on loan, according to the latter club's manager Mixu Paatelainen. The United boss confirmed to BBC Scotland that he has held talks with the 27-year-old about a move.

14.44 GMT: An update for you on Arsenal's new signing Mohamed Elneny... The Gunners have revealed that the midfielder will be wearing No. 35 during his time in North London.

14.27 GMT: Newcastle United's Lubo Satka will join York City on loan next week.

The Slovakian under-21 international joined Newcastle back in 2012 but is yet to make an appearance for the club. 

14.19 GMT: Alexandre Pato is set to move to Stamford Bridge, with his representative Gilmar Veloz currently negotiating a deal.

14.05 GMT: Bristol Rovers have completed the signing of Cambridge United forward Rory Gaffney.

13.54 GMT: Ciro Immobile is set to rejoin Torino on loan, according to Eurosport.

The Italian striker has been on loan at Sevilla from his parent club Borussia Dortmund since July last year. 

13.38 GMT: Barry Bannan has signed a new three-and-half year contract at Sheffield Wednesday. 

13.28 GMT: Preston have allowed Josh Brownhill to join Barnsley on a month's loan.

13.15 GMT: According to The Telegraph, Watford are interested in signing Liverpool's 19-year-old striker Jerome Sinclair during the January transfer window.

13.02 GMT: Celta Vigo striker Nolito has distanced himself from a potential return to Barcelona. Read the full story here.

12.54 GMT: Swansea City are closing in on the signing of former loan star Jonathan De Guzman, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story here.

12.49 GMT: Hannover 96 won't comment any names but the club's sporting executive Martin Bader said -- amid a Bild report -- that Hugo Almeida is to reunite with his old boss Thomas Schaaf. The 31-year-old is currently plying his trade at Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala.

12.35 GMT: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been banned from making transfers for the next two transfer windows, FIFA has announced. Read the full story here.

12.28 GMT: Schalke manager Horst Heldt tells Bild that there is no Leroy Sane release clause "this winter and this summer." When asked whether one might kick in later, says he does not want to talk about contract details and says the most important thing is "that Leroy Sane does not want to leave, and we don't want to sell him."

12.18 GMT: At just 23 years old, Mohamed Elneny is already a regular in the Egyptian national side with 39 caps under his belt. However, will the midfielder become as regular in the Arsenal side as he is in the Egypt side? Read Michael Yokhin's piece on Arsenal's 'perfect buy' and send us your thoughts. 

12.15 GMT: L'Equipe says Reims have contacted Paris Saint-Germain about the possibility of signing their third-choice goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez, 35. 

12.10 GMT: Marca are reporting that Real Madrid have told Liverpool to back off from Martin Odegaard as he is not for sale. 

The Norwegian prodigy -- who arrived at the Bernabéu nearly a year ago -- will not be going anywhere despite interest from elsewhere. 

11.56 GMT: Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito hopes to join Luciano Spalletti at Roma this winter should the coach be confirmed as Rudi Garcia's successor. Read the full story here.

11.40 GMT: Charlton appoint Jose Riga as new Head Coach on an 18-month contract.

11.36 GMT: Celta Vigo have registered their interest in signing Marcelo Diaz.

Es ist richtig, dass @rccelta_oficial das Interesse an einer Verpflichtung von @CHELODIAZ_21 bei uns hinterlegt hat.

11.28 GMT: Lille want to sign out-of-favour Newcastle midfielder Yoann Gouffran, according to L'Equipe

11.15 GMT: Leicester midfielder Gokhan Inler's agent has criticised Schalke for their "unworthy behaviour" after coach Andre Breitenreiter blamed the Switzerland international's financial demands for the collapse of a loan move. Read the full story here.

11.02 GMT: DONE DEAL He's signed! Mohamed Elneny has signed for Arsenal from Basel. Full story here.

11.01 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen have responded to rumours that Christoph Kramer is on his way to Napoli, with Jonas Boldt -- squad manager -- saying: "We will not sell the player."

Kramer's agent Gerd vom Bruch added: "There have never been talks. We've known that Napoli is interested in Christoph since the days of Rafa Benitez at the club. But Christoph does not want to go Napoli."

10.49 GMT: Partizan Belgrade president Ivan Curkovic says that Paris Saint-Germain are not among the clubs who have already made an offer for highly sought-after winger Andrija Zivkovic. Read the full story here.

10.36 GMT: L'Equipe says that defensive midfielder Alaixys Romao will turn down a lucrative offer from Saudi club Al-Ahli in order to stay at Marseille until the end of the season.

10.21 GMT: Leicester's Dean Hammond is staying at Sheffield United until the end of the season. 

10.19 GMT: Dame N'Doye has signed on loan at Sunderland from Trabzonspor until the end of the season, a source has told ESPN FC. An official announcement from the club is expected very soon. 

10.16 GMT: Tyler Roberts has signed his first professional deal with West Bromwich Albion. The 17-year-old has been with the Baggies for the past 10 years and is a product of their academy.

10.07 GMT: Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane is closing in on a move to Aston Villa, according to L'Equipe.

The 28-year-old, who has made six appearances in Ligue 1 this season, was left out of Bordeaux's squad for their Coupe de la Ligue quarterfinal win over Lorient on Tuesday.

However, the French club have apparently refused the first offer from Villa, who wanted to sign the player on loan with an option to buy him at the end of the season.

09.59 GMT: Bild believes Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's public comments on the club's interest in Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain may have been an attempt to put pressure on Robert Lewandowski. According to the report, the Bundesliga champions have not been delighted by the growing speculation that the Poland international will seek a change of scenery in the summer, with Real Madrid and several top Premier League clubs touted as potential destinations.

09.44 GMT: Real Betis midfielder Rafael van der Vaart may want to move on, Bild suggests. The Dutchman was left out of the squad for the Copa del Rey clash with Sevilla and he told the German tabloid he has "reached the low point," adding: "I want to play!"

09.25 GMT: AC Milan have not received a bid for goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from Manchester United and will not consider selling the 16-year-old, Adriano Galliani has said. Story here.

09.08 GMT: AC Milan's general manager Adriano Galliani says Stephan El Shaarawy could return to the club from his loan at Monaco if Luiz Adriano's transfer to China goes through, while Alessio Cerci may join Genoa. Story here.

08.37 GMT: Borussia Dortmund have been linked with Mainz attacker Yunus Malli in Bild. Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel tells the paper: "Right now it is hard to imagine he will not be a Mainz player on Feb 1." The Turkey international debuted under BVB boss Thomas Tuchel, and has played a strong first half of the season, scoring eight goals, and has also been linked with a summer switch to the Premier League.

08.12 GMT: Leicester midfielder Gokhan Inler's agent has hit out at Schalke after they claimed the Swiss never really wanted a transfer. "Those comments are a colossal cheek," he said in Blick. "There were never real negotiations with Schalke. To call my client greedy is an unworthy behaviour. I have to presume that Schalke can't afford the player because the loan fee and his wages were just too high. Schalke should have communicated it like that."

07.53 GMT: According to Sky Sport Italia, Napoli are close to signing Christoph Kramer from Bayer Leverkusen, claiming the player has already agreed terms and now they need to agree a fee with the Bundesliga club.

07.40 GMT: L'Equipe says that Joao Moutinho has indicated that he will stay at the club until the end of the season because the 29-year-old does not want to take the risk of changing clubs six months before Portugal take part in Euro 2016. But the paper says attackers Lacina Traore and Stephan El Shaarawy could be on their way out of the club.

07.11 GMT: We kick off Thursday's Transfer Talk with news that Australia international Chris Ikonomidis has joined Salernitana on loan from Lazio.


Dragovic nears Old Trafford?

Manchester United have yet to find the balance between boring and borderline chaos, with Louis van Gaal's side shipping goals at an alarming rate of late.

With even Chris Smalling failing to impress in the 3-3 draw at Newcastle on Tuesday, Sport Mediaset reports that United are closing in on a deal for Dynamo Kiev centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic. The 24-year-old Austrian centre-back would cost the Red Devils around €21 million (£15.8m), and a deal is reported to be merely "hours away."

Alves to China?

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is focused on bringing in new players as the Blaugrana celebrate their first open window since their FIFA transfer ban, but some players may be leaving the Camp Nou as well. Globo Esporte reports that Dani Alves, who eventually decided to sign a new two-year Barca contract last summer, is a target for an unnamed Chinese club.

According to the reports, Alves will be offered a three-year deal in the coming days worth €10m a season -- a substantial increase on his current salary. With Aleix Vidal now registered to play for Barca and Alves turning 33 in May, a lucrative switch to the Chinese Super League could be on the cards, especially considering a number of high-profile Brazilians such as Luis Felipe Scolari and Robinho have also made the same move of late.

Over at Atletico Madrid, AS reports that the Rojiblancos are set to increase Antoine Griezmann's release fee from €80m to €100m as an "anti-Real Madrid clause" to warn off the likes of their city rivals, PSG, Chelsea and Bayern Munich among others.

Drogba back at the Blues?

Chelsea's disastrous season has looked slightly less horrific in recent weeks following Hiddink's arrival, but a 2-2 home draw against West Brom on Wednesday was a potent reminder that the Premier League champions still have a long way to go. Hiddink wants Didier Drogba back at Stamford Bridge in a coaching capacity, and ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey spotted the Montreal Impact striker in West London on Wednesday to possibly signal a deal being close.

The Blues also need new squad additions, but Ezequiel Lavezzi's agent says Inter Milan are favourites for the Paris Saint-Germain attacker despite the Argentine holding talks over a move to Stamford Bridge. Saido Berahino is another potential forward target, but The Sun reports that the 22-year-old faces the prospect of remaining at West Brom all season rather than getting the move he's craving.

Meanwhile, Baba Rahman is hoping for more first-team opportunities under Hiddink after struggling for game time since a summer move from Augsburg.

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Mohamed Elneny's arrival at the Emirates is as good as done, according to Arsene Wenger.

Elneny joins Gunners

Arsenal threw away a late Anfield lead to draw 3-3 against Liverpool on Wednesday, but fans will be pleased to hear that midfielder Mohamed Elneny has joined the club, according to Arsene Wenger. Sources told ESPN FC earlier in the day that the Gunners were set to confirm the signing of the midfielder in the next 24 hours after the Egyptian arrived in London to finalise a £7m move, and Wenger said after the game: "Elneny will of course join us. He has joined us. We'll see if he can qualify for Sunday [against Stoke]."

As for Arsenal's latest opponents Liverpool, the Mirror reports that Jurgen Klopp's side have agreed a deal in principle for Schalke defender Joel Matip to join on a free at the end of the season.

Bournemouth eye City starlet

Patrick Roberts earned rave reviews at Fulham and then made a £12m move to Man City last summer, but has struggled to break into Manuel Pellegrini's first-team plans so far this season. The 18-year-old winger obviously wasn't helped by City also splashing over a combined £100m on Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, but the Mail reports that the club are considering allowing the youngster a temporary spell away from the Etihad.

Bournemouth are reportedly just one of the sides interested in the fleet-footed Roberts, who desperately needs some game time if he is to avoid a similar career path to the likes of Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards. As for De Bruyne, the playmaker's agent has revealed that the Belgium international agreed terms with Bayern Munich before signing for City, and may well have joined the Bundesliga champions had they met Wolfsburg's asking price.

MLS movement

The Philadelphia Union have acquired 26-year-old Brazilian defender Anderson Conceicao on loan for the 2016 season. The San Jose Earthquakes have added defensive cover ahead of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft with Argentine defender Andres Imperiale. Over at Sporting Kansas City, 19-year-old Hungarian native Daniel Salloi has signed a deal as the fourth Homegrown Player in the club's history.


- Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Sport Bild that Gonzalo Higuain is "a player we like," but doubts that Napoli will sell their star forward. Rummenigge could of course be playing a cute game with Robert Lewandowski amid reports that Real Madrid want the Poland striker, but that's neither here nor there.

- Bayer Leverkusen officials are not overly concerned with recent statements from Javier Hernandez after the Mexico international suggested he could leave the Bundesliga club at the end of the season.

- Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reiterated he will not leave Borussia Dortmund in the immediate future as he wants to win titles with his current club, saying: "I am not at Arsenal, not at Barcelona and not on the moon, you can see that." Fair enough, Auba.

- Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti's agent says his client is more likely to join Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern than move to Spain, although the player is unlikely to leave France in the near future. Meanwhile, Verratti has urged the club to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the French capital.

- Swansea's slump continued with an embarrassing 4-2 home defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Wednesday, and Wales Online reports the Swans are considering a "shock" return for former Liberty Stadium "hero" Scott Sinclair.

- Former West Ham forward Alessandro Diamanti has joined Atalanta on loan from Guangzhou Evergrande after cutting short his year with Watford.

- Sheffield Wednesday have announced the permanent signing of defender Jack Hunt from Crystal Palace.

- Tottenham have completed the signing of teenage midfielder Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United, the non-league club have confirmed.


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