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Live Football Transfer Blog: EPL, La Liga and Rest of Europe (16th January)

Follow all the biggest and best transfer news and rumours around Europe, LIVE!
Updated: 16 January 2018 23:58 IST - Published: 16 January 2018 23:38 IST
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Manchester United are now favourites to sign Sanchez after Oldham Athletic club confirmed that they have not made any offer for the player!
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There's been no further contact from Arsenal or Manchester City about Jonny Evans. The longer the saga drags on, the more reluctant West Brom would be to sell the defender as they would want time to spend the money.
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Real Madrid have officially informed Athletic of their interest in signing goalkeeper Kepa

The Liga champions have been inactive so far in the transfer window, but have been plagued by poor form throughout the current season. And with Keylor Navas coming in for criticism from some sectors, a move for Kepa could yet take place in the current window.
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has turned his attentions to young Real Madrid star Marco Asensio

The Citizens have given up their chase of Alexis Sanchez, having started January as favourites to sign the Arsenal man. And Asensio, who has struggled for playing time in recent weeks at Madrid, would be a more than acceptable alternative, as Pep is a big admirer of the forward.

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Emre Can has suggested that he could yet sign a new contract at Liverpool.

The Germany international midfielder is out of contract this summer and has consistently been linked with a move to Juventus.
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Bayern Munich have been scouting Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins with a view to a potential summer move.

Martins has been repeatedly linked with a move to Liverpool, but now Bayern are stepping up their interest as the Bundesliga club search for long-term replacements for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

The 22-year-old has a €60m release clause in his contract, but Sporting want to increase that figure to €100m and delay a sale until at least the end of the season.
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Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura has emerged as an option for Napoli.

Simone Verdi of Bologna is Napoli’s primary target, but a January deal is looking unlikely, while a move for Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu is also proving difficult. 

Now Lucas, who is keen to leave PSG and has been linked with Manchester United, is a possibility due to his availability, with Napoli exploring a loan deal with a view to a €25 million permanent transfer.
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RB Leipzig have made contact with Ajax regarding a possible deal to sign teenage winger Justin Kluivert.

Kluivert is a target for Barcelona and Manchester United. However, Leipzig are keen to win the race for the 18-year-old and have been in touch with the player’s representatives and Ajax.
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Arsenal teenager Reiss Nelson is being chased by Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old is out of contract next year and there has yet to be agreement over a long-term deal for the winger to stay at the Emirates Stadium. The situation has led to PSG and Madrid taking an interest, while rival Premier League clubs are also keeping a watching brief.
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Manchester United are yet to trigger the one-year option on Juan Mata’s contract, but the playmaker wants to stay at Old Trafford.

Mata’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and he has been linked with summer moves to Inter Milan and former club Valencia. United have a 12-month option on Mata’s contract and the club are still expected to exercise the deal to keep the Spaniard for at least another season.
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Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar. Not considered a priority in this window but the cost has been creeping up since talks began last year and they’d like a deal in place with a view to him joining before the World Cup.
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Kevin Gameiro is not looking to leave Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window amid reports of interest from Swansea.

Swansea are rumoured to be preparing a club-record £25 million bid for Gameiro, who has previously been linked with a move to Everton.
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Real Madrid have identified Mauro Icardi as their top summer transfer target and are ready to meet the Inter Milan striker’s €110m release clause.

Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a new No.9 at the end of the season due to the disappointing form of Karim Benzema this term.
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Arsenal have offered midfielder Jack Wilshere a new contract, but on a lower salary than he currently earns.

Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season and is not expecting to sign a new deal during the January transfer window. 
The Gunners have made moves to keep the England international, although the fresh terms would put the 26-year-old on a reduced basic salary, but with heavily incentivised clauses.
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Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Villa all interested in Chievo midfielder Samuel Bastien.
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Simon Mignolet is considering his Liverpool future due to what he described as an "unhealthy" goalkeeper situation at the club.

Loris Karius, whose appearances this season have largely been restricted to the Champions League, started ahead of Mignolet for the FA Cup tie with Everton and Sunday's dramatic 4-3 win over Manchester City.