LIVE: Rooney may opt for China after Man United; Chelsea in keeper crunch

ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti explains why he believes a move to China for Wayne Rooney is “extremely unlikely.”

The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Rooney to China rumours persist

Wayne Rooney looks to be winding down his Manchester United career and will quit Old Trafford in the summer, with the Chinese Super League his most likely destination, the Sun reports.

The 31-year-old became United’s record goal scorer with an important equaliser against Stoke City last weekend, but he has been reduced to a bit-part role under Jose Mourinho. And with reports of interest in Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, Rooney could find himself further marginalised.

The England international has 18 months left on his current deal, and although United have the option to extend that an additional year, it seems unlikely, despite the player wanting to end his playing career at the club.


14.05 GMT: Marseille are eyeing a €20 million move for AC Milan’s Gianluca Lapadula, Gazzetta dello Sport says, with their sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta having travelled to Italy to meet with the forward.

13.36 GMT: Clement Grenier has undergone his medical at Roma ahead of a move from Lyon…

13.09 GMT: Yahoo Sport France is reporting that Gregory Sertic is close to completing a move from Bordeaux to Marseille and will sign a four-year contract with Rudi Garcia’s side.

12.40 GMT: West Ham completed the signing of Robert Snodgrass from Hull City yesterday, but were the Tigers too quick to sell on the Scotland international? ESPN FC’s TV crew discusses…

Former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop says he is excited to see Robert Snodgrass join the club from Hull City.

12.15 GMT: Arsenal are doing their best to tie down Alexis Sanchez to a new contract, but according to the Daily Mirror, they’ve already found the Chilean’s successor. Marcelo Allende, 17, has apparently been handed a trial by the club, with the teenager having been dubbed as — you guessed it — “the next Alexis Sanchez.”

11.49 GMT: Sevilla are hoping to sign Walter Montoya from Rosario Central. “Walter [Montoya] will surely play at Sevilla, a very good offer arrived for him. There is a verbal agreement with the player, but it is not finalised,” the player’s agent, Daniel Luzzi, told Marca.

11.14 GMT: The Times is reporting that West Ham United have received a new offer of £27.2m, with an additional £3m in add-ons, for Dimitri Payet from Marseille.

10.46 GMT: Could Frank Lampard yet get another club? He says he has turned down a few Premier League offers and is still considering one final swansong. 

10.17 GMT: Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata appears to have rubbished recent reports he could leave the club. He posted a picture of himself with Isco and the message: “Whatever they say, #halamadrid always!. This is Madrid, let’s ALL go to the death!”

Digan lo que digan #halamadrid siempre! Esto es el Madrid y vamos TODOS a muerte! Con mi hermano @iscoalarcon en el entrenamiento de hoy! ����������⚽️

A photo posted by Álvaro Morata (@alvaromorata) on

Jan 27, 2017 at 6:32am PST

09.36 GMT: Zenit St Petersburg have been linked with a move for out-of-favour Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. And Antonio Conte is giving the player no assurances: “I don’t know if anything happens about him. There are four days [remaining of the transfer window] and, in this month, there is a lot of speculation.”

The Russian transfer window doesn’t actually close until Feb. 28, however, so another month to go on this one.

09.10 GMT: Just four more days for transfers to go before the winter window slams shut. Will we get any deals today? Stick with us,

PAPERS: Chelsea’s goalkeeper conundrum

Should Chelsea’s attempts to sign Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon fail, they could turn to Paris Saint-Germain’s Salvatore Sirigu, who is currently on loan at Sevilla.

Brendan Rodgers said on Friday that Chelsea’s bid for Craig Gordon was not in line with the player’s valuation.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Friday that Celtic had rejected a £3m bid for Gordon, who might yet push for a move to the Premier League leaders, where he could reportedly double his salary. But if the move doesn’t come off, Antonio Conte has suggested going for Sirigu, a player he selected for Italy’s Euro 2016 squad.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper search takes place amid Bournemouth’s interest in Asmir Begovic, but with Thibaut Courtois also said to be the subject of interest from Real Madrid, there is the possibility of a potential promotion from No. 2 to No. 1.

Rakitic to Man City back on

It looked like Manchester City’s hopes of landing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic were nonexistent, but the Manchester Evening News reckons a deal could be back on.

Barca could be forced into the sale of a top star in order to finance a new deal for Lionel Messi, who is entering the final 18 months of his current contract.

It looks like a win-win situation for Pep Guardiola, who would happily bolster his midfield with 28-year-old Croatia international Rakitic, but would also take Messi off Barca’s hands should an extension fail to be agreed that sees him stay at Camp Nou.

Steve Nicol has his say at the latest rumours, including Man United’s reported attempt for Antoine Griezmann.


Branislav Ivanovic is set to leave Chelsea on a free transfer before the January transfer window closes, according to the Daily Mirror. The 32-year-old has plenty of options available to him, with West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Zenit St Petersburg all in the running for his signature. Conte was coy about the Serbian’s future but did say on Friday that he wouldn’t be in Chelsea’s XI for their FA Cup match versus Brentford at the weekend.

– Should Southampton fail to tie up the signing of Manolo Gabbiadini this month, he will leave Napoli for AC Milan in the summer instead. Saints have offered €16m plus €4m in add-ons, Calcio Mercato claims, but Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis wants more, something the Rossoneri might be able to afford at the end of the season, when their takeover has gone through.

Odion Ighalo could be the man to make way following Mauro Zarate and M’Baye Niang’s arrival at Watford. The Daily Mirror reports that Ighalo, who has only scored one Premier League goal this season, is the subject of a £27m offer from the Chinese Super League that the Hornets are currently considering.

– Aston Villa’s extensive rebuilding programme saw them sign nine players under former manager Roberto Di Matteo in the summer and a further five under new boss Steve Bruce this month. But are they finished? Not a chance! Swansea City duo Neil Taylor and Modou Barrow are the Villains’ latest targets, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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