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TOP STORY: Juventus dream of Sanchez-Pjanic swap
One of this window’s more outlandish rumours has surfaced out of Italy.
Alexis Sanchez is reportedly the subject of an audacious swap proposal from Juventus, with Tuttosport detailing that Miralem Pjanic will be offered in the opposite direction.
The Turin-based newspaper says the Old Lady is dreaming of matching Sanchez with Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain in an attacking trident to match the likes of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid and Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona.
The paper says that sporting director Giuseppe Marotta would ideally not include the Bosnian playmaker, though it is reported that the Gunners have been fans for some time.
– ItaliaCalcio24.it (@ItaliaCalcio24) January 17, 2017
10.25 GMT: The BBC reports Everton’s hopes of signing Ishak Belfodil from Standard Liege could be at an end due to “financial complications.”
The 24-year-old striker was set to fly to England to complete the deal and undergo a medical with Ronald Koeman’s side last week.
10.02 GMT: DONE DEAL Reading have signed Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori on a contract until 2020.
– Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 18, 2017
“Tiago is the type of defender a lot of people like — his technical skill, passing ability, pace, quality and physique. We always want players with those attributes within our squad,” Reading manager Jaap Stam told the club’s official website.
09.49 GMT: Joey Barton to Arsenal? It almost happened in 2011, the Burnley midfielder has told FourFourTwo magazine.
“No, intermediaries spoke on their behalf,” Barton said when asked if he spoke to Arsene Wenger. “There was definitely some low-level interest, and before I got sent off against Arsenal, when the thing with Gervinho happened, I was due to hold some form of discussions with them. But then it never came to be. Would I have liked to have played for Arsenal? Of course. Who wouldn’t?”
09.37 GMT: One from last night that is worth revisiting, Joe Hart believes he has played his last game for Manchester City and expects to be sold once his loan spell with Torino concludes at the end of this season, sources have told ESPN FC.
Sources familiar with the England goalkeeper’s loan agreement with the Italian club have confirmed that there is no recall clause in his contract, which rules out the prospect of a return to City this month in the wake of a series of unconvincing performances by Claudio Bravo, the Chile international recruited from Barcelona by manager Pep Guardiola in August to replace Hart.
09.23 GMT: Diego Costa and Chelsea have put their differences aside, for now, and the Premier League’s joint-top goal scorer is back in training with the league leaders.
However, in the longer-term Antonio Conte might not be so forgiving. The Daily Telegraph reckons Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is being lined up for a summer move to Stamford Bridge.
09.10 GMT: Yaya Toure‘s agent has said the Manchester City midfielder “likes football more than money” amid reports there has been renewed interest from China.
“Yaya wants to play at the highest level,” Seluk said. “He’s happy at Manchester City. Yaya likes football more than money.”
08.52 GMT: Fiorentina’s sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has dismissed speculation that Nikola Kalinic is on the verge of joining Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, managed by Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro, by stressing he will not leave unless his release clause is activated.
“We’ve not had any offer from China, but everybody knows that he has a release clause and the conditions of it are quite clear,” he said. “I don’t know what the lad wants to do, though.”
08.34 GMT: Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa could offer Claudio Ranieri a problem, by handing in a transfer request, according to Sky Sports.
The 30-year-old has 18 months left on his current deal and has only started one Premier League game but with Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez at the African Nations Cup with Algeria, Ranieri will want to keep his attacking options open.
08.18 GMT: Tottenham Hotspur want to keep defender Kevin Wimmer despite offers from Cologne and several other clubs in the Premier League and the Bundesliga, agent Mithat Halis has told ESPN FC.
Halis, an agent at the Stars Friends management company that represents Wimmer, said: “Cologne made an offer. There have been a few offers from the Premier League and the Bundesliga. There is a lot of interest.
“Tottenham do not want to sell. All offers have been turned down and he is staying.”
08.03 GMT: Good morning and welcome to Wednesday’s Transfer Talk live blog. News that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could stay with Manchester United until he is 37 years old.
– Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) January 17, 2017
That would see Ibrahimovic as a United player for three seasons — but after bagging 14 goals in his first 20 Premier League games it would take a brave man to bet against him.
PAPER TALK: Lukaku, Alexis and Morata lead Chelsea shortlist
Chelsea are ready to reignite their interest in Romelu Lukaku, claim the Mirror, with the Blues keen on the Everton hitman with Diego Costa’s long-term future at the club now in doubt.
Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in a £10 million move in 2011, but was never able to break his way into the first team squad.
Since signing for the Toffees, however, the 23-year-old has proved to be one of the Premier League’s most reliable strikers — leading Chelsea to plot a return of their former charge back to Stamford Bridge.
As well as the powerful Belgian, Sanchez and Alvaro Morata are also thought to be under consideration.
United to complete Memphis sale in 48 hours
After Jose Mourinho publicly dismissed Lyon’s £13 million offer, the Mirror believes Manchester United will sell Memphis Depay within 48 hours.
The report details how OL will come back with a new-and-improved offer shortly and that this time the Red Devils will cut their losses on the Dutch winger who cost £25m in 2015.
Mourinho is spoiled for choice in attack and after failing to see anything to convince him that the 22-year-old had a future in eight appearances, a divorce seems imminent.
Palace in for Sakho
Sam Allardyce is looking to Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho to bolster his defence and avoid the drop, according to the Mail.
The talented French centre-back has been frozen out by Jurgen Klopp, yet the Eagles have shown ambition to join a host of clubs in for the former Paris Saint-Germain captain.
Namely Sevilla and Galatasaray, with the 26-year-old desperate for a move after missing out on any football at all this season.
Marseille line up Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye is the subject of some serious interest from ambitious Marseille, with the Mirror suggesting a £16 million deal could be gathering pace.
The Eagles maestro is not thought to be a key part of Allardyce’s plans, which could open the door to a Ligue 1 return.
OM manager Rudi Garcia previously worked with the former Newcastle star at Lille and would be eager to strike up their previous relationship to revive the sleeping French giant.
– Everton are set to snub AC Milan’s loan offer for Gerard Deulofeu, reports the Guardian, though the Toffees are still open to letting the talented Spaniard go.
The former Barcelona starlet is interesting Middlesbrough and Ajax after falling out of favour under Ronald Koeman.
– Versatile Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres will join Trabzonspor on a free transfer, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The former Juventus star has been without a club since his deal with the Old Lady expired last summer, but Turkey appears to be his next destination.