Evening News & Gossip Round Up – Friday, January 11

Your one stop for all the latest news, rumours and transfer gossip making the rounds in the world of football over the last 24 hours

Ancelotti agrees Arsenal deal
Arsene Wenger only recently, extended his contract at Arsenal for a further two years last summer, but is reportedly out of favour with the Arsenal heirachy.’

Reports in Italy touted Carlo Ancelotti as favourite to replace the French veteran manager, but Corriere Dello Sport went one further, with a report of an agreement of 40 million euros over 4 years, excluding bonuses

Lucas Moura headed for Manchester United?
The 25 year old has failed to make an appearance in the league for PSG and has been the subject of intense speculation linking him with top clubs around.

Brazilian publication, Globo Esporte had linked the Brazilian international with a return Sao Paulo, but now report that his boyhood club have given up in the transfer, as he is believed to be only interested in a move to Man United this month.

Zidane on thin ice?
Reports in Spain suggest that Real Madrid have already decided to sack Zinnedine Zidane at the end of the season, and are already in talks to replace him with Joachim Low.

Sport report that Florentino Perez has run out of patience with the 45 year old and is increasingly confident of coming to an agreement with the German National team manager, even though his contract does not expire until after Euro 2020.

Man United in shock bid for Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez looks destined to head to Manchester in the coming weeks, and while reports had strongly linked him with a move to Manchester City, reports say he could be headed to the red half of the city instead.

The Guardian, believe that Jose Mourinho’s side have made an offer in the region of £25m to prize the forward from Arsenal. The report also links Henrik Mikhitaryan as make weight in the bid.

Francis Coquelin joins Valencia
Valencia have announced the signing of French Midfleider, Francis Coquelin, who joins from Arsenal in a deal worth £10.8m.

In a statement released by the club, the 26 year old Frenchman penned a 4 and a half year deal till June 30th 2022, with a buyout clause of 80 million euros.

Stoke issue Flores deadline
Martin O’Neil had been the odds-on favourite to replace Mark Hughes at the bet 365 stadium, but reports suggest Quique Sanchez Flores is also a front runner in the race for the hot seat.

Sky Sports Spanish football expert, Guilleme Balague reports that Stoke City have issued a Friday deadlineto decide whether he wants to leave his post at RCD Espanyol to join Stoke.

Allegri lined up to replace Conte
Chelsea are reportedly lining up Max Allegri as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

Antonia Conte’s position at the club has come under intense scrutiny since the summer and Corriere Dello Sport report that there has already been a verbal agreement for the current Juventus manager to replace Conte.

Arsenal target Malcolm
The Alexis Sanchez saga continues to make headlines with the Chilean star’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Arsenal have reportedly lined up 20 year old Bordeaux sensation, Malcolm, as replacement for Sanchez. Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italy reports that the North London club met with Bordeaux before the Carabao cup semi final clash with Chelsea, to discuss a deal that could be worth up to £45 million

Ebuehi denies Norwich agreement
Highly rated Nigerian international, Tyronne Ebuehi has denied reports that he has signed a pre-contract agreement with Norwich.

The 20 year old’s contract at ADO Den Haag expires at the end of the season as has been the subject of interest from several clubs including Norwich and Benfica. Speaking to Omroepwest, he denied having agreed a pre-contract with the East Anglian club.

Mahrez prefers Arsenal move
Riyad Mahrez;s future has been the subject of intense speculation in the last few months, and recent reports suggest he is in talks with Liverpool, as a possible replacement for the departed Philip Coutinho.

The Daily Express report that Mahrez and his camp are already in talks with the Anfield club but he would prefer a move to Arsenal.

Bakambu to become most expensive African export
Cedric Bakambu’s reported move to Beijing Guoan would see him become the most expensive African footballer in history.

The Chinese outfit have agreed to pay the 40 million euros release clause in his contract, as well as all the imposed tax on the player, which would see the deal worth up to 78 million euros, eclipsing the £57 million Liverpool pre agreed to sign Naby Keita

Source: wolexis

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