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Transfer News LIVE updates: All the latest gossip from Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, the Premier League, La Liga and more in the January window.

Monday, January 22

11:25am: Chelsea are considering a move for Marko Arnautovic.

The West Ham forward is bang in form at present and is the latest name to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

And Antonio Conte may attempt to lure him across London this month, according to ESPN.

However, David Moyes has insisted no key players will be sold this month.

Andy Carroll was also linked with Chelsea earlier in the transfer window before picking up an ankle injury.

11:00am: Marco Asensio wants a move to Manchester United.

The Real Madrid star is highly rated in the Spanish capital.

However, according to Diario Gol, the Spaniard is ready to push through a move to the Premier League.

The publication reports United are ready to table a bid for his services.

10:00am: Gary Neville cannot explain why Chelsea are so desperate to land another striker this month.

The Blues have been linked with moves for Islam Slimani, Peter Crouch, Andy Carroll and Ashley Barnes in recent days.

But Neville insists Antonio Conte doesn’t need a new target man.

He said on the Gary Neville podcast: “Chelsea seem to be hell-bent on getting anybody that’s over 6ft 3in and a target man.

“There is no doubt that Conte likes a target man. Graziano Pelle was a big favourite of Conte’s when he was in charge of Italy so he does like someone up front who is a presence. But, are they really that desperate to have somebody for the last three months of the season?”

9:30am: Manchester City will regret not signing Alexis Sanchez.

That is according to pundit Alan Shearer.

The Chilean looks set to join rivals Manchester United in the coming days.

And Shearer believes Pep Guardiola will rue missing out on his former star.

“Man City might well think they have taken the moral high ground in the battle for Alexis Sanchez,” he told The Sun.

“The truth is they have been dealt a major blow.

“Given the amount of money City have shelled out left, right and centre since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover in 2008, it does seem odd that now they have decided to rein it in.

“Or was this damage limitation because Sanchez had decided it was Manchester United who wanted him more?”

9:00am: Tottenham need to strengthen their squad this month.

That is according to former Burnley midfielder Joey Barton.

Spurs are struggling to keep pace in the battle for the Champions League places.

However, Mauricio Pochettino is usually reluctant to dip into the January transfer market.

“I think they do need to freshen it up,” Barton said on talkSPORT.

“When you’re in the Spurs dressing room and you see everybody else fighting it out for Alexis Sanchez, and Harry Kane’s being linked with Real Madrid, the players must just think, ‘am I in the right place here? Are we really going to challenge for top trophies like the Premier League title and the Champions League?’

“It maybe just puts that little element of doubt in there.”

8:30am: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is close to signing for Arsenal.

That is according to pundit and former Middlesbrough striker Jan Aage Fjortoft.

The Bundesliga expert tweeted: “I guess it’s time to feel confident dear Arsenal- fans: Aubameyang will wear your shirt very soon.

“Dortmund want to get him out – Arsenal want to get him in.

“Dortmund say we want 70 mill. Arsenal say 50.

“Deal just around the corner.”

8:00am: Edin Dzeko is close to completing a move to Chelsea.

The Roma forward is being eyed as backup to Alvaro Morata.

And according to The Sun, a deal is close.

But the publication reports the two clubs are yet to agree the amount of add-ons included in the Dzeko deal.

Emerson Palmieri is also set to join Chelsea in the coming days.

7:30am: Mohamed Salah’s agent has jetted to Madrid to discuss a summer move.

The Liverpool star has been in fine form this season, netting 23 times in 29 outings.

Salah has attracted interest from Madrid for months.

But according to Diario Gol, Salah’s representatives have moved one step further to pushing through a move.

6:00am: Alexis Sanchez choosing Manchester United proves they’re still a much bigger club than rivals Manchester City according to Old Trafford legend Paul Ince.

He told Paddy Power: “Suddenly, Man United are the destination for him, and that is massive statement from the club.

“He’s one of the best players in the Premier League, and they’ve had a lot of competition to sign him.

“This is their way of saying: ‘Don’t belittle us. we’re still the biggest club in the league and we can get who we want.’

“It seems like United, City, Liverpool and Chelsea were all after them. Sanchez choosing United sends a big message to those clubs, especially Man City.

“The signing is a statement of intent from Jose Mourinho too. With all the talk of him getting a new contract, this is his way of showing the direction he is going in with the club. It will also be a sign of what’s to come in the summer.”

5:00am: Gareth Bale is being eyed by multiple clubs over a summer move.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the former Tottenham man for a number of seasons.

But Jose Mourinho is now facing competition.

According to Don Balon, Bayern Munich are ready to join the chase for the Welshman’s signature.

The Bundesliga outfit have an ageing squad and will soon need to replace long-time wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

4:00am: Eden Hazard has slammed Chelsea’s transfer policy following repeated speculation about Antonio Conte seeking a target man.

He said: “Football is simple – keep the ball on the ground and try to play like we did.

“We have two very good strikers in Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi. If they are not ready to play I can play striker, so I don’t think we need another one.

“Because we are missing chances people are saying we need another striker.

“But if we are scoring goals we are the best attack in the league and no one can say we need a striker.

“It depends on the form of the team and I think we’re happy with the team we have.”

2:30am: Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is thrilled Wilfried Zaha has not had his head turned by all the attention being paid to him.

He said: “We do of course realise that we’ve got a prize asset on our hands.

“And we do realise the day might come when someone comes and tries to steal him from us, but that could be a long way off.

“Wilf has shown no desire to leave the club, and we certainly are not going to let him go.

“We’ll cling on to him for as long as we can and with as much tenacity as we can.”

1:00am: Mesut Ozil will demand a huge pay rise to match new signings if he is to extend his stay at Arsenal.

The German is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates.

But the Gunners are confident of convincing Ozil to pledge his future to the club and according to The Sun the playmaker will expect to be paid the same as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Both players will earn in excess of £200,000-a-week and Ozil will expect his new deal to be worth the same.



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