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Man Utd given backing to chase Neymar

Manchester United will be given the financial backing to pursue Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar, Don Balon reports.

Jose Mourinho’s side are sponsored by American car company Chevrolet, who believe the world’s most expensive player would help their profile in Europe and Asia if he were to be signed by the Old Trafford side, and as such are ready to fund a mammoth move for him.

The Portuguese, meanwhile, is said to be “more than happy” with the idea, but Real Madrid are also hovering.

Madrid turned down Aubameyang

Aubameyang Arsenal Premier League

Arsenal were given a free pass to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Real Madrid rejected the chance to sign the player, Gol Digital  reports.

Los Blancos might have signed the player for €55 million – significantly less than the €65m Arsenal paid – but they were left cold by the way the Gabon international striker pushed his way out of Dortmund. 

Arsenal’s late bid for Evans laughed off

Jonny Evans West Brom Premier League

Arsenal’s late attempt to sign West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans was laughed off by the Baggies, according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners reportedly only bid £12 million for the 30-year-old, which was half of what West Brom were asking for the Northern Ireland international. 

Winners and losers of the transfer window

Alexis Sanchez, Virgil van Dijk, Coutinho

Goal’s Mark Doyle has put together a list of the biggest winners and losers of the recently completed January transfer window. 

Did Arsenal, Barcelona, Jose Mourinho and Liverpool end up in the winners or losers category? Read the article here to find out!

Barca target Alaba for the summer

David Alaba, Bayern Munich, 17/18

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is on Barcelona’s summer wish-list, according to AS .

According to the report, Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez has asked president Josep Maria Bartomeu to find the funds to sign the Austria international.

The Catalan side are long-term admirers of the 25-year-old, who can play left-back, centre-back and in the midfield. 

Mahrez could go on strike at Leicester

Riyad Mahrez Leicester City

Riyad Mahrez is furious that Leicester City denied him a deadline-day move to Manchester City, according to the Mirror .

Mahrez is threatening to go on strike and never play for the Foxes again after the club placed a £95 million valuation on his head, denying him the move to City he desired.

A friend of the Foxes star said he was “depressed” over the collapse of his transfer. 

Man Utd wanted permanent Blind move to Roma 

Daley Blind Manchester United

Manchester United killed Daley Blind’s deadline-day move to Roma after the Red Devils insisted that the deal be a permanent one, according to Express .

Roma were only interested in a loan for the Netherlands international, who has fallen down United’s depth chart this season.

Mangala joins Everton on loan

Eliaquim Mangala Manchester City

Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala has joined Everton on loan for the rest of the season

The arrival of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao made Mangala expendable, and the 26-year-old heads to Merseyside in search of more playing time. 

Read the full story on Goal!

Slimani joins Newcastle on loan

Islam Slimani Leicester City

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Islam Slimani from Leicester City on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old striker was Leicester’s club-record signing, with the Foxes paying Sporting CP nearly £28 million for the Algerian in 2016.

But Slimani has seen his playing time diminish since Leicester hired Claude Puel as manager in October 2017.

Read the full story on Goal!

West Ham win Hugill race

Jordan Hugill, Preston North End

West Ham have confirmed the signing of striker Jordan Hugill from Championship side Preston North End.

The 25-year-old has signed on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee after being subject to interest from multiple Premier League sides. 

Read the full story on Goal!

Moreno moves to Sociedad

Hector Moreno Mexico

Mexico center back Hector Moreno has ended a rough stint at Roma and made the move to La Liga side Real Sociedad. 

Moreno earned just 317 minutes in six matches across all competitions after moving to Roma in the summer and has returned to Spain in search of playing time ahead of the World Cup this summer. 

Read the full story on Goal!

Giroud facing another top-four fight

Olivier Giroud Chelsea Bournemouth

After watching his new side lose 3-0 to Bournemouth, it appears that Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud’s situation hasn’t changed much. 

As Goal s Nizaar Kinsella writes, Giroud has “moved from one London club that been content with a top-four finish and a good cup run for years to another with similarly declining ambitions.”

Read the full story on Goal!

Ayew returns to Swansea

Andre Ayew West Ham United

Andre Ayew has returned to Swansea City in a club-record deal from West Ham.

The Swans paid a reported £18 million for Ayew’s services just 18 months after the Ghana international departed the club to sign with the Hammers.

Ayew will have the chance to play alongside younger brother Jordan, who is in his second season with the Swans after joining from Aston Villa in 2017. 

Read the full story on Goal!

Real Madrid target admits Inter talks

Lautaro Martinez Argentina U20

Racing Club wonderkid Lautaro Martinez has admitted his agents are in talks over a move to Inter, despite interest from Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old was previously close to a move to Atletico Madrid, and has stressed that he will make the final decision on his own future. 

Read the full story on Goal!

Guardiola admits defeat on Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez Leicester City

Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City’s pursuit of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City has come to an end. 

Goal understands that the Foxes were holding out for a fee upwards of £95m for the Algerian, forcing City out of the chase.

“The transfer window is over so the guys who are here will finish the season,” Guardiola said after City’s 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

Read the full story on Goal!

Stoke seal €16m Ndiaye move 

Badou Ndiaye Stoke City

Stoke City have completed the signing of midfielder Badou Ndiaye from Galatasaray for a fee of €16 million.

The 27-year-old Senegal international made 17 league appearances for Galatasaray this season, scoring one goal and adding three assists. 

Read the full story on Goal!

Madrid offer €35m plus Kovacic for Paredes

Leandro Paredes Argentina

Real Madrid have made a €35 million offer for Zenit St Petersburg star Leandro Paredes, says Argentine newspaper  Clarin .

The 23-year-old Argentine midfielder has attracted interest from Juventus since impressing in Russia after making a €27m move from Roma last summer 

Madrid have offered a big fee plus Mateo Kovacic in exchange for Paredes, but the former is apparently hesitant to move to Russia.

Griezmann tops Barca list 

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid

Barcelona have made Antoine Griezmann their top transfer target for the summer as they grow concerned over the strength of their European rivals,  Mundo Deportivo   reports.

The Catalan side are already making plans for future transfer windows and dream of pairing France star Griezmann with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, but will have a tough time convincing Atletico Madrid to let him go.

But with the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City set to continue adding to their squads for next season, Barca are hoping to lure more big names to Camp Nou.

Bayern enter Pulisic picture

Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich have identified Christian Pulisic as a potential replacement for Franck Ribery or Arjen Robben but face tough competition to sign him, Sport Bild reports.

The German side could lose one of their star wingers at the end of the season as their contracts are yet to be renewed, and see United States international Pulisic as a good option to boost their attack.

But Borussia Dortmund have already set a price of €45 million for the 19-year-old and do not want to sell him, but he has already attracted interest from Manchester United.





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