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FC Barcelona enter race for Chelsea superstar, Manchester United identify £53 million-rated left back: Transfer round-up, January 2, 2018

Sumedh Pande
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FC Barcelona are now favourites to land David Luiz

Hello, people and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. With the transfer window now open, all the top clubs from around Europe are looking to plug gaps in their squads. So, without wasting further time, let's take a look at the major transfer stories from around the globe which made headlines on January 2, 2018: 

La Liga 

FC Barcelona enter David Luiz race 

One thing is for certain this January that Chelsea's David Luiz won't be seen in a blue shirt come the end of this month. Arsenal today backed off from their pursuit of the centre back whereas Juventus and PSG are reportedly monitoring the defender.

The Daily Mirror has now claimed that FC Barcelona are the latest club to register an interest in the Brazilian centre back. 

The Catalans are eyeing a defender this January and have earmarked Luiz as a notable addition. Luiz has not played for the Blues since his fallout with Antonio Conte in November. Betting site, Ladbrokes has also made him 5/2 favourites to join FC Barcelona. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga set to become a Real Madrid player in the coming days 

Marca has understood that Real Madrid are in the final stages of their negotiations with Athletic Bilbao in order to land highly-rated goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Madrid are all set to pay his release clause of €20 million in the coming days with the custodian being a prime target for the duo of club president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane. 

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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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