Football Rumours on Tuesday 9th January 2018
Manchester City are set to make a fresh bid for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, and believe the Gunners will allow the Chilean to leave this month. (Guardian)
Sanchez is ready to forgo a possible £25m signing-on fee to ensure he joins Manchester City this month.
Arsenal will let Sanchez leave if they receive close to £30m and would want a deal to be completed early enough to allow them to sign a replacement.
Sources close to Sanchez believe he could be a Manchester City player within a week.
Arsenal have made Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, 22, their number one target to replace Sanchez, having missed out on the Frenchman in the summer.
Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has not ruled out selling Lemar this month.
Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in Barcelona and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 29, who wants to leave following the arrival of 25-year-old playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool have dismissed claims from Barcelona that Coutinho's £142m move only happened because they cut their original asking price for the Brazilian.
Juventus are ready to challenge Manchester United for the summer signing of Mesut Ozil if the 29-year-old German is not sold by Arsenal this month.
French midfielder Francis Coquelin, 26, could depart Arsenal this month, with West Ham interested in the midfielder.
Valencia are also in talks with Arsenal over Coquelin.
Chelsea have stalled on a move for Juventus' Brazil international Alex Sandro, 26, because the Italian club want about £60m for the full-back.
Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 24, says he is happy at the club but they must start to win trophies in order to keep him.
Leicester are willing to allow striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 21, to leave this month, despite only signing the Nigerian in August for £25m.
West Ham are interested in Anderlecht's £20m-rated Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker, 22.
West Ham are closing in on Newcastle and England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 25, in a £12m deal.
Juventus will not sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 22, as Paris St-Germain are willing to pay up to 170m euros (£150m) for the Serb, who also interests Manchester United.
Newcastle will let Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23, leave in January but will want to recoup most of the £13m they paid for him 18 months ago.
Championship club Cardiff City are interested in signing 27-year-old English striker Gary Madine from Bolton.
Swansea are among the clubs interested in Fulham's English full-back Ryan Fredericks. The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available for about £3m.
Aitor Karanka has been appointed as Nottingham Forest's new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The Spaniard returns to management for the first time since his sacking as head coach of Championship counterparts Middlesbrough in March 2017.
Derby County are in talks with manager Gary Rowett over a new contract. The 43-year-old is being considered as a successor to Mark Hughes at Stoke.
Stoke City will have to wait until next season if they want former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic as their new manager.
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he is in the market for six or seven new players in the transfer window to boost his injury-ravaged squad.
Arsene Wenger will fine Alex Iwobi if claims the forward was partying less than 48 hours before Arsenal's FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest are proved true.
Jose Mourinho is said to still be angry with the Manchester United board after being forced to choose between signing Nemanja Matic and Ivan Perisic over the summer.
Rafa Benitez has blocked any Newcastle outgoings this month that could aid his side's relegation rivals, including West Ham target Jonjo Shelvey and Brighton target Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Rafa Benitez is locked in a transfer stand-off with Newcastle having been told he must sell before he can buy.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made its competitive debut in English football as Brighton edged past Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round on Monday. The new system, specifically for match-changing incidents, will next be in use in the Carabao Cup semi-final two-legged tie between Arsenal and Chelsea, live on Sky Sports Football, with the first leg on Wednesday night.
Wolves have offered free coach travel to all supporters heading to their FA Cup third-round replay at Swansea after a goalless draw at Molineux on Saturday.
(Express and Star)
Manchester United's Dubai training camp was hit by an opening night downpour.