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Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal to replace Walcott with £89m Liverpool target; Real Madrid plot ?600m six-player trade
Arsenal are tipped to make a move for a big-money Liverpool target, while Real Madrid could sign three stars and let three leave in a prospective ‚ā¨600m trade, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
ARSENAL TARGET BIG-MONEY WINGER SWOOP
Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins, according to reports in the Portuguese media.
With long-serving Gunners star Theo Walcott expected to sign for Everton, O Jogo claims Arsenal have turned their attentions to Portugal flyer Martins.
The¬†22-year-old has been one of the standout stars in¬†Liga NOS over the last two seasons and has also impressed in the Champions League with Sporting this term.
Indeed his performances led to reports earlier in the week claiming Liverpool had offered the player a summer move to Anfield and had even agreed a¬†¬£4.4million-a-season salary.
However, any deal for either Arsenal or Liverpool would come at a price: Martins currently has a buy-out clause of ¬£53m but it is believed¬†Sporting are looking to increase that to an eye-watering ¬£89million.
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Real Madrid will sign¬†Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski in place of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema this summer in an overhaul that will see around ‚ā¨400m spent and around ‚ā¨200m brought back in¬† (Marca)
Ronaldo¬†is desperate to leave¬†Real Madrid¬†after falling out with president Florentino Perez over the fact that he earns less than Lionel Messi and Neymar (Mundo Deportivo)
Ronaldo’s potential return to Manchester United is definitely back on (Gazetta dello Sport)
Leon Goretzka has snubbed a move to Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal and will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer at the end of the season (Bild)
Arsenal could yet miss out to Real Madrid after the Spaniards re-entered the race to sign Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Don Balon)
Juventus will make a concrete move for one of either Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil or Christian Eriksen of Tottenham this summer (Corriere dello Sport)
Inter will launch an ambitious bid for Liverpool target and Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos should they fail to land Rafinha Alcantara this month (Diario AS)
Chelsea are expected to face competition from PSG if Juventus give any indication they are willing to sell wing-back Alex Sandro (L’Equipe)
Javier Mascherano will play his final Barcelona match next Thursday against Espanyol before joining Hebei China Fortune (Mundo Deportivo)
Villarreal hope to talk AC Milan into accepting a reduced ‚ā¨11m bid (down from ‚ā¨15m) for on-loan striker Carlos Bacca (Gazetta dello Sport)
Roma defender Federico¬†Fazio has criticised Spurs and the English game after his ill-fated spell in the Premier League (Corriere dello Sport)
PSG have put talks with AC Milan keeper Gigio Donnarumma on hold and have turned their attentions to Roma stopper Alisson, who is wanted by Liverpool (Calciomercato)
Simon Mignolet has been linked with a ‚ā¨20million switch to Serie A leaders Napoli (Het Nieuwsblad)
Manchester United are plotting a fresh bid to take Brazil midfielder Fabinho to Old Trafford and could launch a ¬£40m move to bring him to Old Trafford this month (Don Balon)
Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz wants to extend his contract at the club, despite Roma attempting to trigger his ‚ā¨15m release clause (Cadena Ser)
Juventus are emerging as favourites ahead of Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli in the race to sign Matteo Darmian – but any move for the unsettled Manchester United defender is likely to be put on hold until the summer (Calciomercato)
Everton¬†are emerging as serious rivals to¬†Sevilla¬†in the race to sign¬†Eintracht Frankfurt Omar Mascarell¬†(Marca)
Real Madrid have agreed to pay the ‚ā¨110m exit fee in Mauro Icardi’s contract, with the Argentine due to move after the 2018 World Cup (Corriere dello Sport)
All the incomings and outgoings in the Premier League during the January transfer window….
Players in:¬†Konstantinos Mavropanos (¬£2.2m, PAS Giannina)
Players out: Francis Coquelin (¬£10.6m, Valencia)
Players out: Jamie Murphy (loan, Rangers)
Players in:¬†Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan, Tottenham)
Players in: Ross Barkley (¬£15m, Everton)
Players out: Diego Costa (undisclosed, Atletico Madrid); Jake Clarke-Salter (loan, Sunderland)
Players in: Cenk Tosun (¬£27m, Besiktas)
Players out: Ross Barkley (¬£15m, Chelsea); Liam Walsh (¬£1m, Bristol City); Gethin Jones (undisclosed, Fleetwood); Kevin Mirallas (loan, Olympiakos)
Players in: Terence Kongolo (Monaco, loan); Alex Pritchard (¬£11m, Norwich)
Players out: Kasey Palmer (loan recall, Chelsea)
Players in: Adrien Silva (¬£22m, Sporting Lisbon),¬†Fousseni Diabate (¬£4.4m, Gazelec Ajaccio)
Players in: Virgil van Dijk (¬£75m, Southampton);
Players out: Philippe Coutinho (¬£142m, Barcelona), Cameron Brannagan (undisclosed, Oxford United), Ryan Kent (loan, Bristol City)
Players out:¬†Marlos Moreno (Flamengo, loan)
Players out: James Wilson (Sheffield United, loan)
Players out:¬†Adam Armstrong¬†(loan, Blackburn), Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe, loan)
Players out: Virgil van Dijk (¬£75m, Liverpool)
Players in:¬†Moussa Niakate (undisclosed, Paris FC),¬†Moritz Bauer (undisclosed, Rubin Kazan)
Players out:¬†Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan, Burnley), Marcus Edwards (loan, Norwich)
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A Roma defender has been linked to Chelsea, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has demanded a huge pay rise if he is to join Arsenal, according to Wednesday’s papers.
MKHI DEMANDING HIS SHARE
Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has demanded astronomical wages if he is to join Arsenal in a deal for Alexis Sanchez, a report claims.
The Daily Record claims that Mkhitaryan¬†has told Arsenal he wants the same wage package that was offered to Sanchez if he is to move to North London.
The Armenia international allegedly has several reservations about moving to the Gunners, including having to drop down to the Europa League and the club being adrift of the top four currently.
A return to former club Borussia Dortmund is believed to be the preference of the 28-year-old rather than a switch to the Emirates.
The report goes on to state that his agent, Mino Raiola, is demanding Arsenal make Mkhitaryan the highest paid player in the club’s history if they are to tempt him to leave Manchester.
Mkhitaryan currently earns around ¬£140,000-a-week at United, but Arsenal‚Äôs final contract offer to Sanchez reached ¬£300,000-a-week, reports claim.
Speaking about Mkhitaryan‚Äôs future, agent Raiola told The Times: “Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal.
“Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it‚Äôs his decision.”
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Manchester United are prepared to offer Arsenal ¬£35million and Alexis Sanchez ¬£350,000-a-week, should the swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan fall through (The Sun)
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is hopeful of signing Sanchez and the Chile international is Jose Mourinho’s top target (Times)
Tottenham have 21-year-old Norwich midfielder James Madison in their sights, along with Liverpool and Manchester City (Evening Standard)
Chelsea are chasing the signature of Roma defender Emerson Palmieri (Mirror)
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Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed personal terms with Arsenal chiefs – leaving it to their Bundesliga club counterparts to finalise a deal (Mirror)
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Theo Walcott will complete his ¬£20million move to Everton on Wednesday after spending Tuesday afternoon at the Toffees’ training ground Finch Farm for a medical and finalising terms (Liverpool Echo)
Swansea are favourites to sign AC Milan’s ¬£35million striker (WalesOnline)
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has ended takeover talks with prospective buyer Amanda Staveley (Press Association Sport)
Argentinian 31-year-old former Liverpool winger Sebastian Leto, currently playing in the UAE Arabian Gulf League with Emirates Club, could return to English football after opening talks with Fulham (Daily Mail)
The post Paper Talk: Mkhitaryan wages scare Arsenal; Aubameyang deal close appeared first on teamtalk.com.ESPN FC - Stoke City News 16 Jan 21:44
Paul Pogba had two assists and Anthony Martial netted a beauty as Manchester United outclassed Stoke in a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.ESPN FC - Stoke City News 16 Jan 20:43
Newly-appointed Paul Lambert discusses the relegation fight facing his Stoke City side.Stoke City ‚Äď teamtalk.com 16 Jan 20:11
Paul Lambert has stressed it did not matter to him if he was “15th or 50th choice” to become Stoke’s new manager as he expressed his delight at landing the job.
The Potters on Monday announced Lambert’s appointment as successor to the sacked Mark Hughes on a two-and-a-half year contract.
Stoke, currently 18th in the Premier League, had been interested in Gary Rowett before he signed a new contract at Derby, and subsequently targeted Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, both of whom removed themselves from the running.
Those names were mentioned to Lambert at a press conference at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday, and the Scot said: “Whether I was 15th or 50th choice, it didn’t matter to me one bit, because it is a fantastic football club.
“I’ve had the top people trust me that I can do it, and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m absolutely delighted that they chose me and that I’m working under them.”
Former Norwich and Aston Villa boss Lambert has not managed in the top flight since being sacked by the latter in 2015, having spells since then in charge of Blackburn and then Wolves in the Championship.
And he admitted: “I never thought I would get the chance again to come back in to this level, unless you took a team from the Championship back up, just the way the game is going.
“I’m honoured and privileged to be here and I can’t wait to get started.”
While there may have been fans underwhelmed by the appointment, ‘Paul Lambert’s Barmy Army’ was heard being chanted by Stoke supporters on Monday evening at Old Trafford, where the 48-year-old watched the 3-0 loss to Manchester United from the stands.
Asked about that on Tuesday, Lambert – whose first game in charge is Saturday’s home clash with Huddersfield – said with a smile: “I started it!
“It was great. They will come here on Saturday and get right behind the team, I know they will.
“It’s up to me to get a team on the pitch that gives them something.”
Stoke, one point adrift of 17th-placed Southampton, have lost six of their last eight league games and conceded 50 league goals this term.
Lambert is “100 per cent” confident they have what it takes to stay up, feeling they have “more than enough” to do so and “should not be in the position they are in”.
But he added: “You have to earn the right to stay in this league, and we have to start that on Saturday.”
Lambert also said he had already spoken to the Stoke hierarchy about potential transfer dealings this month, that he would be bringing in Stuart Taylor – who worked with him at Wolves – on the coaching staff, and that he would be talking to Eddie Niedzwiecki, the first-team coach who was in the dugout on Monday, about his future.
Lambert was also asked about Bojan Krkic and talk of the playmaker, on a season-long loan at Alaves, possibly coming back this month.
Lambert said he was yet to speak to Bojan and added: “I know how big a talent he is. That is a conversation for later.”
The post Paul Lambert reveals his delight after landing Stoke job appeared first on teamtalk.com.ESPN FC - Stoke City News 16 Jan 12:59
Newly-appointed Paul Lambert discusses the relegation fight facing his Stoke City side. Paul Lambert has stressed it did not matter to him if he was "15th or 50th choice'' to become Stoke's new manager as he expressed his delight at landing the job. The Potters on Monday announced Lambert's appointment as successor to the sacked Mark Hughes on a two-and-a-half year contract. Stoke, currently 18th in the Premier League, had been interested in Gary Rowett before he signed a new contract at Derby, and subsequently targeted Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores and Republic of Ireland manager...Stoke City ‚Äď teamtalk.com 15 Jan 23:47
Eddie Niedzwiecki paid tribute to incoming Stoke City boss Paul Lambert for giving him enough “respect” to take sole charge of their match against Manchester United.
The Potters lost 3-0 to the Red Devils after goals from Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku saw Stoke remain in the Premier League relegation zone.
Lambert has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at the Bet365 Stadium after Mark Hughes was sacked earlier this month.
“I was proud of them,” said¬†Niedzwiecki on Sky Sports. “I thought we started really well. But they’re clinical and so much quality. We worked to a plan and for the first goal we didn’t do that plan.
“You have to be clinical at this level and when you play the top teams yo have to take those chances.
“I thought we showed really good signs for the new manage – I thought the right-back (Moritz Bauer) was outstanding. I thought the guys in midfield worked their socks off.
“Paul Lambert told me before the game he wasn’t going to get involved and he paid me that respect.
“He came in at the end of the game. I said my piece. It’s a big challenge staying in he Premier League. We’re still in the pack and now’s the time for everyone to get behind their new manager.”
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