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Transfer news & rumours: Man Utd target Barcelona's Umtiti


Mourinho wants Barca's Umtiti


Jose Mourinho hopes to lure Samuel Umtiti away from Barcelona this summer, reportsDon Balon.

Barca have stalled contract talks with the 24-year-old centre-back and Manchester United hope to pounce on the uncertainty with a lucrative offer.

Umtiti's has a €60 million release clause in his contract and United would have no problem meeting it to land the France international.


Real Madrid eye Roma keeper Alisson


Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Roma revelation Alisson as they look to line up a new goalkeeper ahead of next season, Mundo Deportivo claims.

The 25-year-old has been a sensation in Serie A this season and reportedly attracted interest from Liverpool in January. However, the Brazilian has caught Madrid's eye and, after missing out on a new shot stopper in the winter Transfer window, they are considering making a move for him in January.

Madrid have already been linked with David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, but see Alisson as top quality option.


Conte offered Italy escape route


Italy are ready to offer Antonio Conte his national team job back if he is sacked by Chelsea, claims the Daily Star.

The ex-Juventus boss has come under fire for recent bad results, while his outspoken criticism of transfer policy is also understood to have vexed those in charge at Stamford Bridge. 

But if he is removed from his post less than a year after lifting the Premier League, he could bounce right back with Italy, still without a head coach after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked in November due to his failure to make the World Cup.


Brady to blame for West Ham's failed Slimani bid


Leicester City refused to sell Islam Slimani to West Ham because of comments made by vice-chairwoman Karren Brady, The Mirror reports.

The London Club tried to sign the forward before the close of the transfer window, but the Foxes refused to do business with them over comments Brady made about owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a newspaper column last year.

Although Brady apologised for criticising the owner in the wake of Claudio Ranieri's dismissal, Leicester still hold a grudge and sent Slimani on loan to Newcastle instead.


Barca put Retsos top of list


Barcelona are showing a heavy interest in Bayer Leverkusen defender Panagiotis Retsos, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The defender joined Leverkusen from Olympiakos in August for a reported €22 million and has been a revelation in the Bundesliga so far.

Barca have already had Jonathan Tah high on their list of targets, but his team-mate has overtaken him in the Catalan side's estimations. 


Blind was offered to Roma


Roma snubbed the chance to sign Daley Blind after the Manchester United player was offered to the Italian side, technical director Monchi says.

The Netherlands international was linked to Roma towards the end of the January transfer window, but the club felt he was too expensive and not right for their team.

"Blind was offered to us three or four days ago, but we decided he was not the right player," Monchi said. "Even from an economic point of view, which is important."

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Ozil signs new Arsenal contrat


Arsenal have confirmed that Mesut Ozil has signed a new contract which ties the midfielder to the club until 2021.

Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Germany international was set to commit to a new deal and he confirmed he let his "heart decide" his future.

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Man Utd still want Pochettino


Manchester United are still monitoring Mauricio Pochettino as the ideal replacement for Jose Mourinho, Manchester Evening News reports.

Mourinho signed a new contract last week but the Old Trafford club continue to look at long-term successors. After Spurs' 2-0 win over United on Wednesday will only have boosted Pochettino's reputation with the United executives.

Real Madrid are also said to have eyes on Pochettino and could make a move for him first with Zinedine Zidane coming under pressure with his side already 19 points behind Barcelona in La Liga.


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.


Hey, big spenders!


The January transfer window has slammed shut, and it was another busy one for leading clubs around the world.

Goal has pieced together a breakdown of the 20 most expensive deals done, which can be found here.

We also have a list of the top-spending clubs, and that can be viewed here.


Mahrez misses training again


Riyad Mahrez did not turn up for Leicester City training on Thursday due to his ongoing frustration with the Foxes denying him a move to Man City, according to Sky Sports News.

City were rebuffed in their efforts to sign the Algeria international on deadline day, with Leicester demanding £95m for the attacker. 

After handing in a transfer request to force through a move, Mahrez is reportedly "depressed" as his strike continues.


Juventus in for Tah


Juventus will move for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Jonathan Tah in the summer, according to Sport Bild.

The 21-year-old Germany international is highly rated and has a bargain €25 million release clause that can be activated following the 2017-18 season.

The Italian champions are looking to bring in a new generation behind aging centre-backs Giorgio Chiellini (33) and Andrea Barzagli (36).

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Madrid turned down Aubameyang


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. 

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