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TOP STORY: Gunners in for shock Griezmann move
In news that could send shockwaves through the next transfer window, Arsenal appear ready to fight Manchester United for the signature of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
The Mail reports that Arsene Wenger will sanction an £85 million bid on the France international, thus triggering the player’s release clause.
It has been revealed that the Gunners made an optimistic move last summer, which stumbled when the 25-year-old penned a new deal until 2021 with Los Colchoneros.
Paul Pogba is thought to be campaigning on behalf of the Red Devils and while Griezmann can expect greater wages at Old Trafford, the former Real Sociedad starlet would warrant shattering the wage structure at the Emirates in a surprise move.
Arsenal would be prepared to fork out as much as £250,000-per-week as they stake their case to capture the best player of 2016 not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
– Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 28, 2017
But that’s not where the intrigue ends.
While Griezmann will almost certainly leave Atleti, the Sun believes that the La Liga giants will try to persuade Alexis Sanchez to join Diego Simeone’s squad.
Atleti will tempt the Chilean with £220,000-per-week wages to swap London for Madrid.
That would represent a £60,000-per-week increase in his wages at the Emirates, with a £35m offer being readied to tempt Arsenal into selling — and making a £2m profit on — the former Barcelona star.
14.07 GMT: Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato is set to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian just six months after signing for Villarreal.
The former AC Milan and Chelsea striker reportedly underwent a medical in Rome on Saturday and was pictured in a Tianjin shirt in Spanish sports daily Marca.
13.52 GMT: Tony Pulis was spotted at Chelsea’s FA Cup win against Brentford on Saturday, and West Bromwich Albion are rumoured to be looking to sign Branislav Ivanovic.
Sky Sports reports talks are underway with Zenit St Petersburg for the 32-year-old but the Baggies want to step in and keep him in the Premier League.
13.30 GMT: Southampton manager Claude Puel will wait on the result of further scans on Virgil Van Dijk’s foot injury before deciding whether to sign a defender in the transfer window.
“We’ll hope to find out about Virgil on Monday,” Puel said. “And we will wait until then to decide [on whether to sign a defender]. “If I had the chance to make the selection over again, I would do the same thing.”
13.14 GMT: Daniel Sturridge will be sold by Liverpool this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to revamp his attacking options.
The Sunday Mirror reports the dream replacement would be Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang although Inaki Williams of Athletic Bilbao may be a more realistic target.
12.52 GMT: More from West Ham. A £25m deal for Dimitri Payet is close to taking place. Full story here.
– West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 29, 2017
12.25 GMT: Following the signing of Robert Snodgrass, West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan has said he’d like to sign more British footballers.
“I must say we’d like to sign a few more British players to get a good balance in the squad alongside the outstanding players we have brought in from overseas,” he told the club’s official website.
Could Brentford striker Scott Hogan be next?
12.08 GMT: Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes is a £22.5m target for Liverpool, the Sun claims.
The 22-year-old Argentinian has lost his place in the Italian side and could be sold to fund the signing of Franck Kessie from Atalanta.
11.52 GMT: Hull City and Swansea City are lining up moves for former West Ham United midfielder Diego Poyet, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
The 21-year-old is keen to fix himself up with a new club and sources said a number of sides at home and abroad have been monitoring his situation.
11.30 GMT: Dimitri Payet‘s move from West Ham United to Marseille has dragged a bit, but it could be done before deadline day!
Breaking… West Ham agree deal with Marseille to sell Dimitri Payet. Payet on way to Marseille for medical #WHUFC
– Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 29, 2017
11.12 GMT: We have our first DONE DEAL of the day! And it is a slightly unexpected one. Bojan Krkic has left Stoke City to join Mainz on loan.
– 1. FSV Mainz 05 (@Mainz05en) January 29, 2017
11.06 GMT: Leonardo Ulloa appears to be saying his goodbyes to Leicester City ahead of a move away…
Thanks to all the fans at LCFC. Two wonderful years but I need to feel like a footballer again.
– Jose Leonardo Ulloa (@Ciclone1923) January 28, 2017
10.37 GMT: Having seen a £12m offer for Gaston Ramirez turned down by Middlesbrough, the Daily Mail reckons Leicester City will increase their bid.
They also say the 26-year-old has asked for a transfer in an effort to push the move through.
10.09 GMT: Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United for the Chinese Super League in the next month, according to the Sunday Mirror.
A reported £140m contract will see Rooney become the world’s highest paid footballer. The Chinese transfer window is open until Feb. 28.
09.40 GMT: The Chris Martin saga rumbles on. Having signed a new contract with Derby County, the striker, who is on loan at Fulham for the season, will ask the Cottagers to let him return to his parent club, according to the Telegraph.
Fulham’s FA Cup fourth round tie with Hull City kicks off in under four hours so we’ll soon see if he is named in the starting XI.
09.07 GMT: Welcome to Sunday’s Transfer Talk live blog. We’ll start with news of Leon Bailey, who won’t be returning to Genk on loan. Instead he’ll be linking up with Bayer Leverkusen straight away as they bid to close the gap on the Champions League qualification spots in the Bundesliga.
– Kristof Terreur �� (@HLNinEngeland) January 29, 2017
PAPER TALK: Spurs eye £25m-rated Zaha
Tottenham are keen on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and the Sun reports there is an incoming £25 million offer.
The 24-year-old is set to return from African Cup of Nations duty after the Ivory Coast’s recent exit and Mauricio Pochettino is keen on a late January raid.
Sam Allardyce is desperate to hold on to the former Man United starlet with the Eagles yet to secure a win since he replaced Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park.
Lallana to shun PSG, Spurs with new deal
Adam Lallana has revelled in the role given to him by Jurgen Klopp this campaign and it seems the England international will opt to continue with Liverpool where he has enjoyed the form of his career.
The 28-year-old will ink a new contract worth £120,000-per-week, according to the Express, to disappoint both PSG and Tottenham — where Pochettino was keen to be reunited after their time together at Southampton.
It will be music to the ears of Reds fans after the doom and gloom in the cups this week, boosting them as they try to reignite their dwindling title push.
– Chelsea’s search for a new backup keeper has taken them to Brighton with the Mirror detailing that David Stockdale is their ideal choice to succeed Asmir Begovic.
The Seagulls’ shot stopper would be swapping Championship promotion for a place on the Blues’ bench as Bournemouth step up their move to make Chelsea’s Bosnian their new No. 1.
– Burnley will make a move for Hull’s Andrew Robertson, according to the Star, after missing out on Robert Snodgrass.
The Clarets are reportedly prepared to bid around £3m for the Scotland international to provide extra quality down their left side.
– Leicester are ramping up their interest in Middlesbrough forward Gaston Ramirez, according to the Express.
The Uruguayan international has urged Boro to let him go with Claudio Ranieri admitting “it is important to add to the squad” following their appalling start to the season in the league.
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