Football rumours from the media – 9th January, 2018

What the papers say

Chelsea’s attempts to sign Juventus left-back Alex Sandro have stalled due to the Italian club’s asking price, the Telegraph reports. The paper says Juventus are demanding about £60million for the 26-year-old, which is more than Chelsea are prepared to spend – a similar scenario to last summer when the Italian club wanted almost £80million.

Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who could find himself sidelined after the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. The Daily Express says reports in Spain suggest the two Premier League sides are looking to make a bid for him at the end of the season.

Ivan Rakitic may leave Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic, left, could be heading to the Premier League

Manchester City are set to make a fresh bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in this month’s transfer window, according to the Guardian. The paper says the club believe the Chilean forward can be prised from Arsenal, with Gabriel Jesus’s knee injury increasing Pep Guardiola’s desire to sign him. The Mirror reports that Arsenal will be willing to sell at the right price, and are likely to want close to £30million, but also want a deal done early enough so they can sign a replacement for Sanchez before the window closes.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is said to be in talks over a move to Valencia after finding himself out of favour at the Emirates. The Daily Mail says West Ham are also interested in the 26-year-old, but that Hammers manager David Moyes fears Coquelin would prefer a move to the Spanish LaLiga side.

Francis Coquelin may be heading to Valencia
Francis Coquelin has found himself out of favour at Arsenal this season (Adam Davy/Empics)

West Ham are reportedly moving closer to securing a £12million deal for Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. The Daily Express says talks between the two clubs have progressed, but that the Magpies are keen to line up a replacement before the deal is finalised.

Social media round-up

@BBCSport: A number of high-profile Everton departures are expected during the January transfer window.

@talkSPORT: Bordeaux eye move for Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic

Players to watch

Ryan Kent could be heading for a Championship loan spell
Ryan Kent, left, had a spell in Germany earlier this season (Brian Lawless/PA)

Ryan Kent: Bristol City and Sheffield United have made loan bids for the Liverpool winger after he was recalled from his spell at Bundesliga side Freiburg, according to the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old is highly thought of at Anfield, the paper reports, and is expected to leave on loan this month in search of more experience.

Leon Bailey: Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are set to go head to head in a bid to sign the 20-year-old, the Mirror reports. The paper says the Premier League trio have all been watching the Bayer Leverkusen winger, with the German side braced for huge bids this summer.

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