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ICARDI CLOSE TO NEW INTER DEAL
Mauro Icardi is on the verge of signing a new deal at Inter following a stand-off between the board and Wanda Nara, Icardi’s wife and agent.
The Argentine striker, 25, is set to earn €7m (£6m/$8m) per season and is likely to extend his terms until 2023.
He will also reportedly have a release clause worth €160m-€180m (£140m-£160m/$180m-$205m) inserted into the contract.
MARSEILLE CONFIRM BALOTELLI
Marseille have completed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli from their French rivals Nice, the Ligue 1 club confirmed on Wednesday.
Balotelli, 28, has signed for the former European champions until the end of the season after being released from the remainder of his contract by Nice.
— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) January 23, 2019
HIGUAIN’S MOVE TO CHELSEA IMMINENT
Gonzalo Higuain is only official confirmation away from being a Chelsea player after passing his medical.
ANSA reports Higuain took his Chelsea medical without any problems on Wednesday morning and has already signed his contract.
It now remains to be seen whether the Blues were able to register the striker, who spent the first half of the season at Milan, in time for Thursday’s League Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old should join Maurizio Sarri’s side on loan from Juventus until the end of the campaign, at which point his arrangement could be extended or made permanent.
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) January 23, 2019
OBI MIKEL JOINS MIDDLESBROUGH
BREAKING: John Obi Mikel is having a medical at Middlesbrough after agreeing personal terms on a short-term contract. #SSN
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 22, 2019
Jon Obi Mikel has agreed terms on a transfer to Middlesbrough until the end of the current season, according to The Guardian.
The midfielder was a free agent after leaving Chinese club Tianjin Teda by mutual consent and he has completed a medical at the Riverside on Thursday.
The 31-year-old had been chasing a return to English football during the January window, having spent 11 successful years with Chelsea between 2006 and 2017.
NEWCASTLE SUBMIT LOAN OFFER FOR MARTINS
Newcastle United have approached Atletico Madrid over the possibility of a loan deal from Gelson Martins, according to Sky Sports via Chronicle Live.
The Magpies are hoping to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes, with Martins high on their list of potential targets.
The Portuguese star, who is also the subject of interest from AC Milan and AS Monaco, has made eight appearances for Atletico in La Liga this season.
PAREDES CLOSE TO SIGNING WITH PSG
Paris Saint Germain are on the verge of signing Leandro Paredes from Zenit St Petersburg, according to Sport 24 via Culture PSG.
The Argentine midfielder will move to the Parc Des Princes for €45m (£39m, $51m), following successful negotiations between the French club and the player’s representatives.
Paredes has featured in 15 games for Zenit in the Russian Premier League this season, contributing three goals and two assists.
ITURBE SET FOR SERIE A RETURN
Parma are hoping to bring Juan Manuel Iturbe back to Italy this month, according to Sky Sports Italy.
The 25-year-old winger has previously played for Hellas Verona, Roma and Torino. He also had a short loan spell at Bournemouth.
He currently plys his trade in Mexico with UNAM Pumas, and has scored one goal and registered two assists in 12 league games
MILAN AFTER DUTCH DUO
AC Milan are after Dutch duo Steven Bergwijn and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The 21-year-old wingers are the Rossoneri’s new targets after reportedly acquiring Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa, but they face competition from local rivals Inter over Bergwijn.
The PSV man has nine goals and eight assists in 17 league appearances, while Groeneveld has four goals and three assists in 11 league outings for Club Brugge.
FORNALS TO SEAL NAPOLI MOVE
Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals is set to join Napoli, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The 22-year-old will leave the La Liga relegation strugglers to join fellow Spaniards Jose Callejon, Fabian Ruiz and Raul Albiol in Naples.
He had previously been linked with Arsenal, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been able to offer an immediate permanent transfer and appear to have landed their man.
MARTINEZ JOINS READING ON LOAN
Reading have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on loan for the rest of the season.
— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 23, 2019
VALENCIA WEIGH UP BELOTTI TRANSFER
Valencia have identified Torino striker Andrea Belotti as a January transfer target, as they look to replace Michy Batshuayi.
According to Marca, the La Liga giants are in the market for attacking reinforcements after the Belgian’s loan from Chelsea was cut short.
Belotti has contributed nine goals and two assists in 22 domestic games for Torino this season.
ZAHA TARGETED BY BVB
Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, as a replacement for the outgoing Christian Pulisic.
According to Bild, the Bundesliga giants have already opened talks with the Ivory Coast international’s representatives ahead of a potential summer move.
Pulisic remains at Westfalenstadion until the end of the season, but his €64m (£56m, $73m) switch to Chelsea could finance Dortmund’s pursuit of Zaha.
DARMIAN CONTESTED BY JUVE AND INTER
Juventus and Inter Milan are going up against each other in the January market in pursuit of Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian – according to Marca.
The Bianconeri are the frontrunners to secure his signature, having held advanced negotiations with the Premier League side.
However, Inter are still hopeful of hi-jacking any potential deal for Darmian, with eight days left until the transfer window slams shut.
‘BARCA WIN DE JONG RACE’
Barcelona have won the race for Frenkie De Jong, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The 21-year-old’s agent reportedly sent Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, the two other interested parties, a message saying “Thanks for your interest, but Frenkie goes to Barca.”
NAPOLI SET ASKING PRICE FOR ALLAN
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly prepared to pay €80m plus bonuses for Allan, but Napoli are demanding €120m.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, PSG are not giving up on a deal for Allan, who is ‘tempted by an experience at Parc des Princes’.
The Sky Sport Italia journalist explains the French giants have yet to make a ‘real’ bid for the midfielder but have nonetheless ‘reached’ the €80m figure.
Napoli, in the meantime, would be refusing to budge on their €120m valuation, but that could change if they bring in Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals.
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) January 23, 2019
MARCELO WANTS TO JOIN RONALDO AT JUVE
Real Madrid full-back Marcelo has expressed his desire to leave the Santiago Bernabeu to join Juventus, according to Tuttosport.
The Brazilian has spent 13 years in Madrid, but he now hopes to move on to a new challenge and reunite with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Marcelo reportedly told the club to accept any forthcoming offers from Juve, stating: “If they make an offer for me, you have to let me leave.”
The 30-year-old has appeared in 11 La Liga matches this season, contributing two goals.
ROMA LEAD THE RACE FOR TONALI
Roma are the hot favourites to sign €28m-rated Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, according to Sportitalia.
The 18-year-old is nicknamed the ‘new Andrea Pirlo,’ although he insists they have very different playing styles.
He has been linked with all the big clubs, including Juventus, Milan, Inter, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Sportitalia transfer pundit Alfredo Pedullà claims Roma have put themselves in pole position thanks to other deals with Brescia.
They are ready to sell Under-20 Italy international midfielder Andrea Marcucci to Brescia, laying the groundwork for Tonali in future.
Roma are building a remarkably strong Italy-centric midfield with the likes of Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante and Nicolò Zaniolo.
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) January 22, 2019
BARRECA INTERESTING NEWCASTLE
Monaco’s Antonio Barreca is among the left-backs of interest to Newcastle, according to Sky in Italy.
The 23-year-old Italian has provided two assists in nine appearances so far this season since a £10m move from Torino in the summer.
Newcastle are also keen on Paris Saint-Germain’s Stanley N’Soki – a player they were interested in last summer, Sky Sports News understands.
SUAREZ LEFT OUT
Barcelona have announced midfielder Denis Suarez has been left out of their squad for tonight’s Copa Del Ray match against Sevilla.
Arsenal want to sign the 25-year-old on loan.
BAILLY DEAL BLOCKED
Manchester United will block an attempt by Arsenal to take defender Eric Bailly on loan, according to The Daily Mail.
The Gunners were keen on taking the 24-year-old on loan for the season with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer.
REAL MADRID BEAT UTD TO MILITAO
Real Madrid are set to win the race with Manchester United to sign versatile defender Eder Militao from Porto, according to the Daily Mail.
Militao can play centre-back, right-back and defensive midfielder and the Red Devils were looking to activate his £45 million ($58m) release clause this summer.
Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton were also monitoring Militao, but he will instead choose Real Madrid over the Premier League sides.
BENITEZ STAYING RESTS ON ALMIRON SIGNING
Rafa Benitez’s chances of remaining at Newcastle beyond this season rest on whether the club can sign Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron, according to the Mirror.
Benitez is refusing to even discuss fresh terms if he does not get any of his top targets, and Almiron is the player he wants to fill his side’s No.10 role.
However, Newcastle value Almiron at £16 million ($21m), short of Atlanta’s asking price, and are also baulking at his wage demands and agent’s fee.
TORINO INTERESTED IN JESE
Torino are increasingly likely to sign Jese Rodriguez from Paris Saint-Germain, on loan with option to buy, claim Sportitalia.
The Spaniard turns 26 next month and has not played a single minute of football this season.
He is an outcast in Paris, having returned from loan spells at Las Palmas and Stoke City.
The link had already been mentioned and the negotiations are stepping up.
Sportitalia transfer guru Alfredo Pedullà insists Jese turned down Frosinone, while Parma are not entirely committed to the idea.
Torino would gladly sign Jese, but only if PSG cover at least 60 per cent of his salary during the loan move.
#Torino are increasingly likely to sign Jese Rodriguez from Paris Saint-Germain, on loan with option to buy, claim Sportitalia https://t.co/5alKAXOV6s #PSG #Parma #Frosinone pic.twitter.com/7okfzDQ0oG
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) January 22, 2019
PEP: OTAMENDI UNHAPPY
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits Nicolas Otamendi is unhappy with his limited first-team opportunities this season.
Otamendi has started just eight Premier League games, compared with 33 starts last term, with Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte also vying for a place in central defence.
“He’s not happy,” Guardiola said. “I don’t have an answer. When he plays he’s happy, when he doesn’t play he’s not happy.
“But it’s not just Otamendi, [it’s] everybody. All of them. I don’t know what I can do but be honest with myself and with them.
“Of course when he doesn’t play he’s not happy. In the end with Nico, I know we can count on him at any time in any situation because he’s an incredible profes
REAL MADRID COULD TARGET DYBALA
Real Madrid are preparing a £90 million ($116m) bid for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, thwarting Pep Guardiola’s hopes of landing him, according to the Sun.
Dybala has been on Guardiola’s radar dating back to his days at Bayern Munich, but the Argentina international is viewed as the central piece in Madrid’s plans to rebuild their squad this summer.
Juventus might be willing to cash in on Dybala, having added Aaron Ramsey on free, while also targeting a loan move for Isco.