January transfer news & rumours: Chelsea, Arsenal agree on Giroud fee

Flavblist takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

Chelsea and Arsenal agree Giroud fee

Chelsea have found their backup option in place of Edin Dzeko in the form of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, reports Gianluca DiMarzio.

The Blues, unable to land Dzeko, have agreed a £15 million fee plus incentives for the France international.

The move will enable Michy Batshuayi to go on loan, possibly to Borussia Dortmund.

West Brom land Sturridge on loan

Daniel Sturridge will join West Bromwich on loan from Liverpool, with the Baggies beating out Inter Milan and Premier League rivals Newcastle United for the striker’s signature.

Both clubs have confirmed the deal with West Brom paying a £2 million loan fee and the entirety of Sturridge’s £120,000 a week wages

Newcastle appeared to be in the lead for Sturridge, only to have West Brom emerge the actual destination for the England international

Watford get Deulofeu on loan from Barcelona

Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu is heading back to England at Watford for the remainder of the 2017-18 season, Barcelona have confirmed .

The Hornets will pay the entirety of Deulofeu’s salary in addition to a €1 million fee.

Deulofeu previous played two season with Everton before going out on loan to A.C. Milan in 2016-17 and returning to Barcelona prior to the 2017-18 season.

Lucas Moura travels to London amid Spurs rumours

Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura is travelling to London amid reports a £25 million move to Tottenham has been agreed.

The winger is not in PSG boss Unai Emery’s plans, with the manager telling the attacker to find a new club due to lack of available playing time.

While Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked to Lucas, Goal understands he is headed to London to undergo a medical at Spurs.

Madrid to anger Ronaldo and pay Neymar €50m per year

Real Madrid are prepared to make Neymar the highest-paid player on the planet if they can sign him from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Don Balon.

Los Blancos would need to part with a fee of €300 million to get PSG to part with the former Barcelona star and then hand him a salary approaching €50m per season.

That could set up a conflict with Cristiano Ronaldo who makes €25m per season and wants a new contract.

Emerson set for Chelsea medical

Emerson Palmieri will travel to London for a medical as he looks to complete a £17.5 million move to Chelsea, Flavblist understands.

The left-back has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with Antonio Conte’s side and will be their second signing of the January window after Ross Barkley.

Chelsea loan Rahman back to Schalke

Chelsea’s Baba Rahman has returned to Schalke on an 18 month loan deal, it has been confirmed.

The full-back was sent on loan to the German club at the start of last season but saw his season ended early when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in January.

Now fit once again, the left-back is set for an extended period in Gelsenkirchen.

Man City pay Laporte release clause

Athletic Club have confirmed Manchester City have paid the €65 million clause for Aymeric Laporte.

The centre-back has said his goodbyes to the club as City plan to confirm his arrival on Tuesday as their first signing of the January window.

Emery confused by Pastore comments

Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery claims Javier Pastore’s comments about leaving the club do not match his own conversations with the player.

Pastore had previously stated he was interested in a move away from the Ligue 1 giants in the hope of securing playing time to earn a spot in Argentina’s 2018 World Cup squad.

However, Emery claims he wants the playmaker to remain in the French capital for the remainder of the season.

Man Utd won’t block Ibra exit

Jose Mourinho will not prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from leaving Manchester United if the Swedish striker expresses a desire to move on.

The 36-year-old frontman has struggled to fully recover from knee ligament surgery since linking back up with the Red Devils.

He is now being heavily linked with MLS side the LA Galaxy and Jose Mourinho will clear the path for a move if he wishes to head to America.

Batshuayi to join Dortmund on loan

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is to join Borussia Dortmund on loan as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prepares to complete his move to Arsenal, according to Bild .

Arsenal have agreed a £55 million fee with Dortmund to sign Aubameyang and the Gabon international could finalise his transfer to Emirates Stadium on Monday.

Dortmund have been looking for a replacement and, after Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud decided to remain in England, the Bundesliga club have turned to Batshuayi.

Belgium international Batshuayi has acknowledged his future is in the hands of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte , but he looks set to head to Dortmund for the rest of the season

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