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Wenger identifies his successor, Manchester United step up chase for Real Madrid superstar: Transfer round-up, January 7, 2017

Sumedh Pande
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Hello folks and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. The market has picked up pace after the transfer of Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona with the record-breaking deal now expected set to dictate the tempo of the remaining winter period. So, without further ado, let's take a look at the major transfer stories from around the globe which made headlines on January 7, 2018: 

Premier League

Arsene Wenger names his successor 

A clause in his two-year contract at Arsenal means that Arsene Wenger can step down from his managerial duties in the summer. The 68-year-old might take up a place in the boardroom and would then want one of his former players to take over from him, the Sunday Mirror reports. 

The man that Wenger wants at the Arsenal hot seat is Mikel Arteta. The former Gunner is currently assisting Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and has impressed Wenger with his organizational skills and man management expertise. This choice is set to shock the Arsenal ownership and the fans alike! 

Stoke City searching for Mark Hughes' replacement 

Hughes was sacked yesterday after the Potters lost against Coventry City in the FA Cup. Sky Sports has now reported that Gary Rowett and Martin O'Neill are the front-runners to succeed Hughes at the Bet365 stadium. It is claimed that the boardroom is eyeing a British coach at the helm but are not ruling out a foreign personality with Ronald Koeman also being linked with the job.

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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