Chelsea close in on £50m deal for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro
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TOP STORY: Chelsea to finally land Alex Sandro
Chelsea could make a splash in January by returning to Juventus to sign Alex Sandro, reports the Mirror, though Manchester United are also in the running.
The Blues were knocked back by the Old Lady last summer but failure to commit to a new deal and a dip in form has convinced the Italians to sell. Antonio Conte could get his man for £50 million, which would put the former Porto star just behind Benjamin Mendy (£52m) as the most expensive full-back of all time.
Speaking of La Viola, Chelsea could be set to miss out on one of Stefano Pioli's top players Federico Chiesa. Talksport claims Napoli will make an opening offer of £35m for the 20-year-old winger, who is also being targeted by Tottenham.
22.59 GMT: That will bring Wednesday's live edition of Transfer Talk to a close. Thank you very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with all the biggest rumours plucked from the back pages of Thursday's papers.
22.54 GMT: Benevento are on the verge of making official the signing of former Tottenham midfielder Sandro, who underwent a medical on Tuesday, according to CalcioMercato. The Brazilian will join on loan with an obligation to buy, should the underdog side stave off relegation this season.
22.29 GMT: Valencia forward Rafa Mir is on the verge of joining Championship-title chasers Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to reports in Spain. Read the full story.
22.11 GMT: With Robbie Brady sidelined for the foreseeable future with a knee injury, Burnley are in the market for a wide player. The Mail writes that Newcastle wide man Matt Ritchie tops their list, while Everton's Aaron Lennon, West Brom's James McClean and Jordan Jones of Kilmarnock are all being considered.
21.40 GMT: Sandro Ramirez has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League with Everton, and according to the Mail, he could soon return to Spain with Sevilla. The Toffees have interest in Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who's rated at £25 million, so perhaps the makings of a player-plus-cash deal is coming together.
21.09 GMT: Former Pachuca, Leon and Chivas midfielder Carlos "Gullit" Pena is close to bringing his stint with Scottish side Rangers to an end and returning to Mexico, nearing a deal to join Cruz Azul.
20.38 GMT: With Juan Mata's Manchester United contract expiring in the summer, and the club pursing Arsenal contract rebel Mesut Ozil, the Mirror writes that Inter Milan are monitoring the situation and will be ready to move for the 29-year-old should be be made available at the end of the season.
20.07 GMT: Liverpool have made contact with Monaco over the transfer of summer target Thomas Lemar, the Mirror reports, as it looks increasingly likely the Merseyside outfit will lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this month.
19.35 GMT: DONE DEAL Ashley Cole is staying put. The LA Galaxy have announced they have re-signed the former England defender. The extension will keep Cole in Los Angeles for one more season. Read the full story.
19.15 GMT: With Marko Arnautovic back in form and Andy Carroll back in the goals, West Ham are reportedly open to selling Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho. The Daily Star reports that the Hammers could sell both forwards during the January window but are reluctant to sell to any Premier League rivals. Rennes was close to securing Sakho's signature in the summer but the deal broke down at the final hurdle.
18.24 GMT: As Philippe Coutinho edges nearer to the Anfield exit, Liverpool are growing hungrier for a replacement for the Brazilian, and according to the Express, Alexis Sanchez could be just the man for the job. The story cites reports in Catalan outlet Sport, and claims that Sanchez, long linked with a move to Manchester City, has grown frustrated with Pep Guardiola's wavering interest, and could be ready to move to Merseyside in January, expediting his departure from Arsenal.
18.01 GMT: Schalke have announced that they have "agreed verbally" a loan deal for Juventus winger Marko Pjaca, who will undergo a medical on Thursday.
17.38 GMT: Manchester United have informed agents that they are in the market for three players in the January transfer window, the Mail reports, with a pair of full-backs and an attacking midfielder desired to join the ranks at Old Trafford.
17.15 GMT: With his time almost certain to be up at Barcelona, Arda Turan is working on his departure from the club, with Mundo Deportivo reporting three potential destinations for the Turkish international. His priority would be to return to Turkey, where he's been linked with a move to Besiktas, but if that's not possible, the 30-year-old's representatives are also setting up deals with Everton and AC Milan.
16.52 GMT: The agent of Manchester United full-back Matto Darmian has claimed to have held discussions with multiple Serie A clubs over the 28-year-old's return to Italy -- but ruled out Roma being one of them.
"I have never received calls from Roma for the player," the Star quotes Tullio Tinti as telling Rete Sport. "There are contacts with other Serie A teams, but not with the Giallorossi."
16.29 GMT: As Mario Balotelli continues to score goals for Nice in Ligue 1, and with his contract expiring in the summer, Napoli are interested in signing the 27-year-old to a pre-contract this month on a free transfer, talkSPORT cites Corriere dello Sport as reporting.
16.06 GMT: More on Liverpool. Those worried Emre Can might depart this month will be pleased to hear Sky in Germany reckons the midfielder is set to stay put.
15.45 GMT: Could Liverpool be seeing a second Egypt international join the club?
Sounds like Klopp has been sounding out Mo Salah over Ramadan Sobhi - Egypt's best two players together at Liverpool would be interesting! 👀— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) January 3, 2018
15.20 GMT: Club America coach Miguel Herrera is hoping to lure PSV Eindhoven striker Luuk de Jong to Liga MX and hopes he can have a bigger impact on the league than Andre-Pierre Gignac has had at Tigres.
"De Jong is the [player] that most interests us," former Mexico national team coach Herrera said. "We've followed it up and [the opportunity] has been laid on the table." Read more here.
15.03 GMT: Manchester City are linked with West Brom's Jonny Evans but Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is another linked with the Premier League leaders.
14.45 GMT: Huddersfield's new signing Terence Kongolo has been talking for the first time and says he is good to go if asked to play in Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie at Bolton.
Netherlands international Kongolo, 23, a central defender who can also play at left-back, joined on Tuesday from Monaco on loan until the end of the season.
"If the coach puts me in the first XI, I'm ready. So we will see," Kongolo said. "First I have to train with the team. We will see.
"I've prepared myself for the rain and the cold and here we are. At Huddersfield, there is good spirit here and they are warriors and they can also play good football. I have a good feeling about Huddersfield. At the moment I'm here, I want to improve and then we will see what happens in the future."
14.20 GMT: A blast from the past here. Former Arsenal man Eduardo is having a medical at Legia Warsaw.
.@EduardoDaSilva former player of clubs such as @Arsenal, @FCShakhtar and @gnkdinamo will undergo medical tests, after which he will sing a contract with Legia!— Legia Warsaw (@LegiaWarsawEN) January 3, 2018
More information: https://t.co/0c7EFLwRx4 pic.twitter.com/A2uMb9O84X
14.05 GMT: Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.
Goretzka, 22, helped Schalke reach the winter break in second place behind Bayern in the Bundesliga and he has been strongly linked with a move to the Allianz Arena.
"Leon Goretzka is a great player, that's clear," Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said via the club's official Twitter account. "He is a Schalke player and we obviously respect that. But he is a Germany international and we can say that we are interested in him." Read more here.
13.45 GMT: Swap deals are not a very regular occurrence anymore, but it is being reported in Italy that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could join Inter Milan this month with Joao Mario moving in the other direction and heading to Manchester United.
Ecco la #primapagina di oggi: #Inter, #Spalletti cala l'asso; #CoppaItalia, il vero #Napoli arriva tardi; #Calciomercato, da #DeVrij a #Balotelli quanti big si liberano a costo zero; Leggi l'edizione digitale ➡️ https://t.co/n8eWBjCU39 pic.twitter.com/bPGpjp6cVI— Corriere dello Sport (@CorSport) January 3, 2018
13.20 GMT: Leeds have strengthened their squad ahead of a playoff push and a potential return to the Premier League by signing Aapo Halme from Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a four-year contract.
13.05 GMT: Emre Can to Manchester United and Islam Slimani to Besiktas are two of today's transfer rumours, courtesy of Football Whispers. Read more here.
12.57 GMT: Arsenal are in talks to sign Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina, a club source has told ESPN FC.
The clubs are negotiating a £2 million deal that would likely see Mavropanos, 20, sent on loan to Werder Bremen in order to gain more first-team experience, the source said. Read more here.
12.35 GMT: More from La Liga, Luciano Vietto has touched down in Valencia ahead of a move from Atletico Madrid.
He told reporters: "I am very happy to be here in Valencia, wanted to come here. Marcelino's call was very important for me. I hope I can give my best by his side [again]. Hopefully I pass the medical [although] everything is not yet completed."
12.20 GMT: Zidane also played down the chances of arrivals at Real Madrid in the January transfer window.
Zidane: "As of today there will be no signings, but anything can happen until the 31st. Maybe somebody comes, anything can happen, but I do not want any player to leave this squad."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) January 3, 2018
12.15 GMT: Zinedine Zidane was typically guarded on speculation linking Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa with a move to Real Madrid this month.
Zidane: "Kepa is not a Real Madrid player. I think about my players, and my goalkeepers. I can only talk about them."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) January 3, 2018
12.02 GMT: Cedric Bakambu will move to the Chinese Super League and join Beijing Guoan this month, according to Villarreal manager Javier Calleja, amid reports of a €40m transfer.
"The deal for Cedric is finished and I expect it to be announced in the next few hours," Calleja is reported to have said. "There is a clause in his deal which has been activated and whilst we did not wish to sell, we were powerless to stop the deal going through.
"Now we have to look for alternatives in the market."
11.45 GMT: Manchester City are confident of securing a deal for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans during the January transfer window, sources close to the Premier League leaders have told ESPN FC. Read more here.
11.31 GMT: Crystal Palace have been in great form recently but that won't stop manager Roy Hodgson trying to strengthen his squad during the transfer window. Sky Sports reckons Palace have made a £16m bid for Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou.
11.12 GMT: Bit of a longwinded DONE DEAL here. Rober Ibanez has left Valencia to join Getafe and immediately been loaned to Osasuna.
10.50 GMT: Mesut Ozil says Arsenal have made him a "bigger" player and that he is proud to play for the club, amid continued uncertainty about his future.Mesut Ozil says Arsenal have made him a "bigger" player and that he is proud to play for the club, amid continued uncertainty about his future. Read more here.
10.32 GMT: What should Liverpool do regarding Philippe Coutinho and continued links to Barcelona? The answer is clear to club legend Jamie Carragher.
Best thing @LFC is agree the BIG fee for Coutinho to go in the summer like we've done with Keita, not now. What do the club gain by doing it now? Top 4 & CL progression seriously risked if they sell in Jan, & difficult to replace him now. If he goes on strike he damages himself.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 3, 2018
10.10 GMT: DONE DEAL Besiktas have wasted no time signing Domagoj Vida. The Croatian full-back signs on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Dynamo Kiev.
Everton were also linked and Vida said at his unveiling: "I had other serious offers, but being part of Besiktas was something I just couldn't refuse.".
10.01 GMT: Gerard Deulofeu could be set for a return to Milan with Inter keen on the Spain international, according to Tuttosport.
Deulofeu impressed at AC Milan last season, with four goals in 17 Serie A starts convincing Barcelona to activate an option to sign him back from Everton in the summer. However, he has started only six times in La Liga this season and, with the Blaugrana reported to be in talks with the other side of Merseyside to sign former Inter player Philippe Coutinho, Deulofeu's chances could be further limited in the second half of the season.
Inter coach Luciano Spalletti tried to sign Deulofeu while he was in charge of Roma and he is now expected to make his move once again to strengthen his side for their push for Champions League qualification in the second half of the season.
09.47 GMT: Sergio Aguero has spoken about his future at Manchester City, saying he wants to see out his contract, but it is up to the club if they want to sell him.
"I have until 2020, I think. The truth is that I hope to see out my contract and I'll try to do my best from here until the end of the season, and after that we will see what happens with me," Aguero told reporters following City's 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday. Read more here.
09.20 GMT: Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer's season-long loan at Huddersfield Town has been terminated six months early, the player has confirmed.
Chelsea are expected to find a new temporary home for Palmer this month, after head coach Antonio Conte confirmed on Tuesday that his first-team squad is unlikely to be reinforced by recalling any of the club's 34 loanees in the manner that Nathan Ake did in January of last season. Read more here.
08.57 GMT: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Marko Pjaca is set to leave the Serie A club on loan this winter, with Schalke reportedly leading the chase for his services. Full story here.
08.43 GMT: Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu could be set for a hasty return to Milan with Inter keen on the Spain international, according to Tuttosport. Deulofeu impressed at AC Milan last season, with four goals in 17 Serie A starts convincing Barcelona to activate an option to sign him back from Everton in the summer. However, he has started only six times in La Liga this season and, with the Blaugrana reported to be making another big push for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Deulofeu's chances could be further limited in the second half of the season.
08.29 GMT: Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero reckons Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has the ability to play for Real Madrid.
"I don't believe Kane, with his quality, would have any problem in playing for Madrid," Aguero told Cadena Ser's "El Larguero" radio show.
08.10 GMT: Former U.S. international Freddy Adu has denied reports he's signed for Swedish third-tier side Oskarshamns AIK.
So ummm what's with this rumor about sweden? I'm in Maryland right now and I have not even spoken to any teams personally. There is interest yes but but not sure how this rumor got started like it's a done deal.— Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu) January 2, 2018
07.59 GMT: Valencia are set to announce the signing of Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto on a six-month loan today, with Los Che having an option to buy the player in June, but not an obligation. The Argentinian player is expected to arrive to Valencia on Wednesday morning and undergo a medical with a view to completing his loan switch. Vietto turned down an offer from Portuguese side Sporting CP earlier this week and is reportedly keen to work again under Marcelino. The two worked together at Villarreal.
Liverpool demand £130m to sell Coutinho
Liverpool will insist on a fee of £130m or more to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this month, reports the Telegraph.
The Brazilian has long been keen to move to the Camp Nou, though the Reds stood firm last summer when the Blaugrana intensified their interest.
Now though a move could be on the cards, with sources in England and Spain claiming Liverpool have softened their stance. Barca's highest offer last summer was £115m.
Mourinho eyes Lucas Moura
Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura is a target for Jose Mourinho this month with the Sun reporting that Manchester United want the Brazil international.
The Red Devils prefer a loan deal but the Ligue 1 club will only agree to a temporary switch if it leads to a £40m permanent move in the summer.
United were in the running for Lucas in 2012 when he moved to the French capital from Sao Paulo in a £38m deal.
But the 25-year-old could finally end up at Old Trafford six years on and would prefer to link up with Mourinho over a big-money move to Beijing Guoan.
PSG to beat United for Diarra
Paris Saint-Germain could be busy this month and are close to signing Lassana Diarra ahead of Manchester United, reports SFR Sport, with the former France international available on a free transfer.
The 32-year-old, who has enjoyed spells at Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid, had his contract terminated by Al Jazira last month.
An agreement over a one-and-a-half or two-and-a-half year contract is reportedly close.
Diarra also has offers from AC Milan, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and St Etienne as he bids to resume his career.
- Marko Pjaca could have a late change of heart as Juventus finalise his loan deal -- likely to the Bundesliga.
Sky Sport transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio believes the the Croatian could join Wolfsburg despite Schalke agreeing a deal with the Italian champions.
- Watford will make an £8m move for Sunderland's out-of-favour midfielder Didier Ndong, claims the Watford Observer.
Marco Silva is looking to bolster his midfielder and with Ndong not an automatic starter for the Black Cats in their relegation battle, and Chris Coleman may welcome the sale to raise funds to boost his squad elsewhere.
- The LA Times reports that former Chelsea star Ashley Cole will imminently pen a new deal with the LA Galaxy.
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