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Alexis Sanchez could join Man City in £30m deal from Arsenal

Mark Ogden discusses Man Utd's attacking options and explains how Antoine Griezmann would be a great lift for the club if they were to sign him.

The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals.

TOP STORY: City step up Sanchez pursuit

Alexis Sanchez has been in Manchester City's sights since last summer and Pep Guardiola is ready to make another push for the Arsenal man.

Arsene Wenger has insisted he will not sell Sanchez this month but according to the Guardian, Guardiola is confident a £30m deal can be agreed. Gabriel Jesus' knee injury has increased City's need for firepower up front, which has led to the renewed attempts to land Sanchez.

The Chilean's contract expires at the end of the season and Wenger has consistently claimed he would be prepared to let the 29-year-old go on a free. But with City offering big money for a player who would go for nothing in the summer, Arsenal and Wenger have a big decision on their hands.

Jonny Evans has also been linked with a move to the Etihad as Guardiola looks to expand his options in defence. Vincent Kompany continues to suffer with injury problems, prompting City to rekindle their interest in the former Manchester United defender, 30.


23.12 GMT: That's going to do it for Monday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest rumours pulled from Tuesday's back pages.

22.44 GMT: DONE DEAL -- The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced the transfer of defender Sam Adekugbe to Norwegian Eliteserien club Valerenga.

22.09 GMT: The San Jose Earthquakes have signed 21-year-old centre-back Yeferson Quintana, who'd been linked with the New York Red Bulls in recent days, on a year-long loan from Penarol, according to Uruguayan outlet Ovacion.

21.46 GMT: While Arsenal and Tottenham were perhaps hopeful of recruiting Borussia Monchengladback defender Jannik Vestergaard to North London this month, the German club are uninterested in letting go of the 25-year-old Dane.

"There is absolutely no reason for us to let Jannik go," talkSPORT quotes sporting director Max Eberl as telling Bild.

21.23 GMT: AC Milan are interested in adding Udinese's 21-year-old midfielder Jakub Jankto, and are prepared to offer a player in addition to cash in order to lower his €25 million price tag. CalcioMercato cites Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting that player will be Paraguayan defender Gustavo Gomez, while the report also states that Corriere dello Sport reports the player in question will be Manuel Locatelli.

21.00 GMT: U.S. Under-20 international Eryk Williamson could join compatriot Weston McKennie at Schalke, Metro reports, with MLS side D.C. United also interested in the former University of Maryland attacker.

20.37 GMT: Everton are set to sell forward Oumar Niasse and have quoted Crystal Palace, West Brom and Brighton & Hove Albion a price of £13 million for the 27-year-old, the Guardian reports.

20.14 GMT: According to Spanish journalist Ruben Uria, Valencia are in negotiations with Arsenal over a move for midfielder Francis Coquelin. Talks are ongoing over a loan, a loan with an option to buy or an outright purchase, with Arsenal willing to let the 26-year-old leave should their €12 million valuation be met.

19.51 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain are set to blow away their competition -- Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich among them -- in the chase for Lazio's prized 22-year-old midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic with a €170 million offer that would go through in the summer, CalcioMercato cites Corriere dello Sport as reporting.

19.28 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore have attracted the interest of clubs such as Manchester United and Inter Milan so far in January but the French capital outfit are not keen to loan the South American pair, a source close to the Ligue 1 leaders has told ESPN FC.

19.05 GMT: With Tottenham holding out for £50 million for Danny Rose, Manchester United have identified Celtic's Kieran Tierney as a fall-back option at half that amount, according to the Mirror.

18.25 GMT: Despite already signing Cenk Tosun this month, Everton want to further strengthen their forward options by bringing in AC Milan striker Andre Silva in a £40 million deal, talkSPORT cites Italian outlet Quotidiano Sportivo as reporting.

17.56 GMT: Inter Milan are keen to bring in former Chelsea midfielder Ramires from stablemate Jiangsu Suning (both clubs are owned by the same parent company), CalcioMercato cites Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting, but in the face of financial-fair-play restrictions, can only do so on loan -- a deal-breaker for the Chinese Super League side.

17.33 GMT: According to ESPN Mexico, Houston Dynamo forward Erick "Cubo" Torres' move to Liga MX side Veracruz could be confirmed as early as today.

17.10 GMT: DONE DEAL -- Sunderland have wrapped up the loan signing of Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter until the end of the season, with the England Under-20 World Cup winner becoming manager Chris Coleman's first signing at the club.

17.00 GMT: A DONE DEAL of a sort... Watford defender Jose Holebas has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension at Vicarage Road.

16.45 GMT: DONE DEAL -- Up to the Lancashire coast for another done deal, and this one sees Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Joe Lumley joining League One Blackpool on loan for the rest of the season.

16.29 GMT: DONE DEAL ... Stoke sign French left-back Moussa Niakate. He has been on trial and will join the club's Under-23s. 

16.04 GMT: Our man Sam Marsden has been at Philippe Coutinho's unveiling at Barcelona today. His first impression and analysis of the day can be found here.

15.58 GMT: Multiple reports in Turkey are suggesting that Besiktas have a deal with Orlando City's Canada international Cyle Larin to replace Cenk Tosun, who has joined Everton. Larin has previously claimed he is leaving Besiktas for a move to Europe. Watch this space.

15.56 GMT: Here's more on that story from earlier suggesting USMNT starlet Jonathan Gonzalez is going to opt to represent Mexico.

15.32 GMT: Chelsea have been linked with Alex Sandro for some time now but it appears they'll have to negotiate a little harder with Juventus if they're to finally land their man.

15.22 GMT: What a wonderful name: Zeus de la Paz is joining Oldham. The 22-year-old keeper started in PSV Eindhoven's academy and will move to Boundary Park once his registration has cleared.

15.02 GMT: Done deal! Done deal! Hearts' Jamie Walker is now a Wigan player.

14.51 GMT: Southampton have scored just 21 goals in 22 games this season so their need for a striker is clear. Monaco's Guido Carrillo is in manager Mauricio Pellegrino's sights -- and the pair know each other from their time at Estudiantes between 2013 and 2015.

14.39 GMT: How do Liverpool move on without Coutinho? Glenn Price takes a look at five names in the frame to replace the Brazilian at Anfield, with Thomas Lemar among those linked.

14.33 GMT: A transfer line of the different kind now, and our Mexico correspondent Tom Marshall is hearing that rising USMNT star Jonathan Gonzalez may choose to represent El Tri.

14.30 GMT: He oversaw Arsenal's embarrassing 4-2 FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest on Sunday and now could Arsene Wenger go back on his word and sell Alexis Sanchez this month? Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez Haya says Wenger may deal if Manchester City up their bid.

14.18 GMT: We could be on the verge of another done deal, folks. Leicester are close to signing Mali forward Fousseni Diabate from Gazalec Ajaccio, according to Sky Sports News.

14.13 GMT: Jose Mourinho has hinted he wants to do business this month and one man is keen to join him. Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas Moura, who came close to moving to Old Trafford in 2012, has fallen out of favour and is keen on a switch to United, according to French outlet Telefoot. Lucas has featured in just 72 minutes of Ligue 1 action this season.

14.08 GMT: More Liverpool news now and an intriguing line here. They are ready to listen to offers for Daniel Sturridge during the January transfer window, but are reluctant to loan out Danny Ings, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

14.05 GMT: Yet another departure at Liverpool. But don't fear, Reds fans, it's just another loan move for a promising youngster. Ryan Kent made just one start for Freiburg and is now set for a spell in the Championship.

13.55 GMT: Targett's the target for Fulham, according to Sky Sports, which reports that the Championship side want Southampton defender Matt Targett on loan for the rest of the season.

13.35 GMT: DONE DEAL -- Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder has moved to Al-Gharafa from Nice, the Qatari club have announced.

13.15 GMT: Another DONE DEAL -- Lazio have signed former Juventus and Southampton defender Martin Caceres from Hellas Verona on a one-year contract.

13.00 GMT: Both Arsenal and Manchester City have approached West Bromwich Albion about a potential move for their former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, the Telegraph reports.

12.55 GMT: Harry Kane has said he will be happy at Tottenham Hotspur as long as they keep progressing, but added that it is pointless for clubs to keep players against their will.

Kane, who has been linked with Real Madrid, also denied being in talks over a new contract and said he did not know of any plans for negotiations.

12.50 GMT: A DONE DEAL, but not quite on the Coutinho scale -- Derby striker Charles Vernam has joined Grimsby on loan.

12.40 GMT: Schalke "cannot do any more" to convince midfielder Leon Goretzka to stay beyond next summer, sporting executive Christian Heidel has said.

Goretzka, 22, is out of contract at the end of June and both Sport Bild and Marca have reported that he has opted to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

12.20 GMT: Signed, sealed and delivered -- a huge DONE DEAL: Philippe Coutinho has completed his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona for a club-record fee, the Spanish club announced on Monday.

The 25-year-old Brazil international forward signed a five-and-a-half-year contract shortly after 1 p.m. local time, after which he was scheduled to be presented to media and supporters at the Camp Nou stadium.

12.05 GMT: Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin could be on his way to London rivals West Ham, according to the Mail, which says the Gunners will listen to offers for him.

Coquelin is struggling for first-team chances at Arsenal, and West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to add to his midfield options.

11.50 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said a move for Paulo Dybala could happen "if we're interested in him."

He told reporters: "There are a lot of good players in Serie A, not just Dybala. If we're interested in him we'll call Juventus, but Dybala isn't key to our future right now."

11.30 GMT: Philippe Coutinho has passed a medical ahead his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona for a club-record fee, the Spanish club announced on Monday.

Brazil international Coutinho completed his medical on Monday morning despite a thigh problem that ruled him out of Liverpool's last two games, following the two clubs agreeing a deal on Saturday.

11.20 GMT: A DONE DEAL from League One, where former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers have made a permanent move for defender Paul Downing, who had joined them on loan from MK Dons in the summer.

10.55 GMT: Leeds, humbled in the FA Cup by League Two Newport, could soon have a reinforcement:

10.45 GMT: West Ham United manager David Moyes will have the final say on whether goalkeeper Joe Hart will be allowed to seek first-team football away from the London Stadium in order to safeguard his place in England's World Cup squad, sources have told ESPN FC.

10.30 GMT: Usain Bolt has revealed he is set to have a trial with Borussia Dortmund, but the former sprinter says his dream is to sign for Manchester United.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist will train with the Bundesliga side in March but is still holding out hope of playing at Old Trafford and revealed he could get a helping hand from Sir Alex Ferguson.

10.15 GMT: Valencia coach Marcelino has said his club would love to sign Goncalo Guedes on a permanent basis but cannot guarantee that will happen.

Guedes joined Valencia on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain and has scored three goals and set up five in 14 league appearances, but reports suggest PSG will not sell for less less than €40 million.

10.00 GMT: Juventus will rival Manchester United for the signature of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, the Mail, citing reports in Italy, says.

Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Mail says his availability "is set to prompt a battle among top European clubs, with Jose Mourinho and United early front-runners."

09.45 GMT: Villarreal forward Cedric Bakambu is travelling to China to complete a move to Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC, who have reportedly agreed to pay his €40 million release clause.

Villarreal, meanwhile, have signed Colombian striker Roger Martinez on loan from Jiangsu Suning to replace him.

09.25 GMT: Most newspapers in Spain lead off the arrival of Coutinho -- but Real Madrid's shock draw with Celta Vigo is on the front pages too.

09.02 GMT: Monday's first DONE DEAL is in La Liga, where John Guidetti has left Celta Vigo to join Alaves on loan until the end of the season.

08.40 GMT: Just in case you were not aware, Philippe Coutinho is currently undergoing his medical at Barcelona ahead of being unveiled later on Monday. Read more here.

08.20 GMT: Reports that Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will join Guangzhou Evergrande for €72 million are wide of the mark, according to BVB sporting director Michael Zorc.

"All the speculation around Aubameyang is nothing new for us," he said. "It doesn't really annoy us. He allegedly was transferred to five clubs in the past few months." Read more here.

07.55 GMT: Per Mertesacker captained Arsenal in their FA Cup third round defeat against Nottingham Forest and the defender had harsh words for some of his teammates after the game, hinting their time at the club was up.

"It's difficult to take because for those players who played today, that was probably a last chance to show up and show the manager that they're ready to play more games. It's not the case any more," Mertesacker said.

Who could he mean? 

07.30 GMT: Monday's Transfer Talk live blog kicks off with news that Liverpool striker Divock Origi is open to turning his loan move to Wolfsburg into a permanent one.

He told reporters: "I think everything's possible. I focus on the here and now. I have a good relationship with Liverpool, but feel really well here at Wolfsburg. We'll sit down at the end of the season, and talk we'll see what's next. Right now, I am here for another six months, and I am open for everything." Read more here.

Griezmann 'to demand huge wage'

Just as he was in the summer, Antoine Griezmann is being linked with Manchester United -- but they will have to dig very deep to sign him from Atletico Madrid, according to the Sun.

It reports that Griezmann "will demand a staggering £400,000 a week to snub Barcelona and join United."

The France international has been mooted as the subject of an £89 million United bid in the summer but, with Barca also interested, United "have been told their initial wage offer of £290,000 a week is short of what Griezmann wants."

The forward will "ask for an extra £100,000 a week after seeing the huge sums other stars have gone for," according to the report, which quotes "an Old Trafford source" as saying: "The goalposts have moved significantly since the first attempt to sign Griezmann."

Liverpool keen to bring Keita move forward

So out, for an eye-watering £142m, goes Philippe Coutinho. And in, sooner than expected, comes ... Naby Keita?

With Liverpool having agreed to sell Coutinho to Barcelona, the Telegraph reports that they could try to bring Keita in this month.

Last year they signed the RB Leipzig midfielder, due to move to Anfield at the end of the season, in a deal worth more than £55m.

But the Telegraph says that although Liverpool are ready to pay more to move the transfer forward, Leipzig "are determined to retain Keita as they seek to qualify for the Champions League."

It adds that although the Reds would favour an earlier move, "they are respectful of Leipzig's stance given the professional way negotiations proceeded" despite being in a position to table "a tempting offer."

Keita would prefer to join Liverpool this month with Leipzig out of this season's Champions League, but Jurgen Klopp is "keeping all options open" if that can't be agreed.

One of those options could be Monaco's Thomas Lemar, according to the Mirror.

Although the French champions have said they do not intend to sell big-name players this month, the Mirror says Liverpool "are ready to test their resolve."

Saints face challenge to bring Walcott back

Although Southampton want Arsenal's forward Theo Walcott to return to the south coast, the London Evening Standard has warned that won't be easy.

Southampton are eager to spend some of the £75m they received from the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool on a move for Walcott.

But the Standard says "they will have to dramatically upgrade their wage structure if they are to afford the £120,000-a-week wages he is believed to earn at Arsenal -- significantly more than any Southampton player."


- Crystal Palace will step up their attempts to sign Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita in the face of competition from Watford, the Independent says.

It reports that Palace "are keen to improve their goalkeeping options" and have their eyes firmly on Guaita, who appears increasingly likely to leave this month.

- Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter could soon be embroiled in a Championship struggle, with Sunderland set to take him on loan for the rest of the season, according to the Mail.

It reports that Clarke-Salter, an Under-20 World Cup winner with England, has opted to join Sunderland despite interest from Birmingham and Sheffield United after boss Chris Coleman convinced him.


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