Roma and Inter Milan battle to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

Alex Rea 21/01/2018
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Italian job: Daniel Sturridge

The transfer window is heating up and we have our daily transfer gossip column to keep you in the loop. Here, we look at the top headlines doing the rounds in Europe’s media on Sunday.

STURRIDGE CENTRE OF SERIE A BATTLE

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is a target for both Roma and Inter Milan, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The 28-year-old is desperately seeking first-team football to force his way back into the England squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup and is looking to secure a move away from Liverpool this month.

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Coincidental timing that the Giallorossi and Nerazzurri meet in a mouthwatering clash on Sunday with both sides competing for a Champions League spot and now for Sturridge.

Inter, who are seeking an initial loan deal with an option to buy, were understood to be the frontrunners but Roma have since entered the chase with Chelsea interested in Edin Dzeko.

The Reds have set an asking price of €40million for a permanent deal but it remains to be seen whether the two Italian clubs will meet that valuation. Regardless, a move away from Anfield is perhaps the best for all interested parties with Sturridge’s sketchy injury record and playing style seeing him fall down Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order.

ARSENAL MUST RAISE AUBAMEYANG OFFER

Arsenal have been told to raise their opening €50million bid in order to secure the services of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to The Telegraph.

The Gabon international is the Gunners’ top target following Alexis Sanchez’s impending departure to Manchester United.

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In typical Arsenal fashion, the club have tested the waters below the known asking price with Dortmund seeking around €60million for a striker who has already scored 21 goals in 23 games.

Aubameyang has been left out of Dortmund’s last two Bundesliga games amid talk of an exit and if Arsenal do raise their offer it seems a foregone conclusion he’ll swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League.

Up your offer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Up your offer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Alexis Sanchez to become Man United's highest earner after swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan is agreed

David Cooper 21/01/2018
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A Devil of a deal: Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United and Arsenal have agreed a swap deal which will see Alexis Sanchez finally swap the Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction, according to the Guardian.

The construction of a straight swap is believed to have delayed the deal but with United valuing Mkhitaryan at £35million, the fee Arsenal were seeking for Sanchez, the two clubs eventually came to an agreement.

Sanchez is expected to sign terms on a contract which will make him their highest-paid player with reports suggesting he could earn £500,000 per week.

Following the Gunner’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, boss Arsene Wenger confirmed the Chilean was undergoing a medical in the north west of England.

“I didn’t take him because there is question of him moving to Manchester United and you cannot drive up north and as well play football,” he said. “That’s difficult so that’s why I decided to leave him out.”

Mkhitaryan was left out of the squad for United’s 1-0 win over Burnley with the Armenian playmaker in London on Saturday night alongside his agent Mino Raiola to complete a medical of his own.

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