Real Madrid plan January transfer window spending spree, Barcelona keen on Mesut Ozil capture

David Cooper 26/11/2017
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The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Wednesday.

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REAL MADRID SET TO INVEST IN JANUARY

Los Blancos are set to raid the January transfer market with boss Zinedine Zidane being given funds by president Florentino Perez to strengthen his squad.

According to Marca, the Whites want to freshen things up in the window following an indifferent start to the season.

While it has not yet been disclosed precisely which options Real are looking at, funds are there, as always, to lavish should the right candidate be available.

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Madrid want to keep last season’s double-winning squad together, and as such, there is not expected to be any movement through the exit door, but incomings are very likely.

Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez poses during an AFP interview in the trophy room of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on November 27, 2016. Zinedine Zidane's smooth transition from Real Madrid legend as a player to Champions League winning coach has caught many by surprise, but Real president Florentino Perez believes success was guaranteed by the Frenchman's "love story" with the Spanish giants. / AFP / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

The man with the money: Florentino Perez.

BARCA SET TO STEP-UP OZIL CHASE

Barcelona are ready to progress negotiations with Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, and are hopeful talks could start in January.

The German star, who is out of contract at the end of this season, is available to speak to other clubs in the New Year and there is so far no agreement in place between the player and Arsenal that he will sign a new deal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has admitted recently he is unsure where Ozil’s future lies – opening the door to Barca to pursue the former Real Madrid star.

While Arsenal have naturally denied any agreement with Blaugrana is in place for the 29-year-old, Ozil, himself, has yet to discuss his next move.

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Whether or not the ex-Los Blancos star is what Barca need is open for debate but there’s no doubting his supreme talent. While the interest from La Liga is likely to rumble on, it’s down to Ozil now to decide where his future lies. It does, though, look increasingly unlikely that’ll be at the Emirates Stadium.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season.

ARSENAL AND LIVERPOOL BATTLE FOR DRAXLER

Julian Draxler could leave PSG in January, according to the Daily Mirror.

The talented attacker has found it difficult to nail down a regular first-team spot with the Parisian side since his arrival in January of this year.

The signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have of course also added more competition in forward areas, making it tough for Draxler to acclimatise to the Parc des Princes outfit.

Interest from both the Gunners and Merseysiders could convince PSG to cash in sooner rather than later – despite the German’s lengthy contract until 2021.

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While Liverpool aren’t short of creative attacking talent, Arsenal may well be come the end of the season – especially if Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both depart on a free.

Draxler has failed to settle in the French capital and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him move on even if it was for a fraction of the £30m fee PSG paid to Wolfsburg earlier in the year.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 22: Julian Draxler of PSG during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic FC at Parc des Princes on November 22, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Time to move on? Draxler.

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Arsenal's potential target: Karim Benzema

Former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic turned down the chance to replace Tony Pulis at West Brom, the Daily Mail claims.

Bilic left West Ham in November and was approached by Baggies owner Guochuan Lai about the vacant position at the Hawthorns, but said he thought it was too soon to return to football, the paper says.

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is a wanted man, according to the Mirror. West Ham are keen on taking on the 27-year-old in January, but may face competition from Crystal Palace, the paper said.

Stoke are looking to bring Odion Ighalo back to the Premier League after a year in China, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

The former Watford player moved to Changchun Yatai at the start of 2017, scoring 15 goals in 27 appearances, and the Potters are apparently among four teams wanting to sign the striker.

Under the Hammer? Harry Arter

Under the Hammer? Harry Arter

Defender Eliaquim Mangala could be leaving the Etihad in January after struggling to make it in the Manchester City starting XI, the Sun writes.

The Frenchman said he is looking to get regular first-team football to ensure he is in contention for France’s World Cup squad.

Real Madrid are said to have described Arsenal’s £40million offer for Karim Benzema as embarrassing, the Sun reports.

Arsenal are keen on bringing the French striker to the Emirates – potentially during the January transfer window as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, the paper said.

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Marouane Fellani: The Belgium international could be heading to the Parc des Princes to join Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain, according to Le10Sport.

The website reports that PSG have opened discussions with the 30-year-old Manchester United midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer.

Leon Goretzka: The Schalke midfielder is a key Arsenal target, but is set to sign for Barcelona instead, the Daily Mirror reports.

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Could make a switch to PSG: Marouane Fellaini

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Could make a move in January: Alexis Sanchez

The saga surrounding ALEXIS SANCHEZ looks set to continue, with the Mirror reporting that Paris Saint-German are looking at taking on the Arsenal man – and could even be tempted to make a move in the January transfer window.

The Ligue 1 leaders will face competition from Manchester City for the Chile international, the paper reports.

Back on the management merry-go-round, the Daily Mail reports that Everton are looking at making a move for RB Leipzig’s RALF RANGNICK after sacking RONALD KOEMAN in October. It comes after the club failed in their efforts to bring Watford’s MARCO SILVA to Goodison Park, the paper reports.

To another side who are looking to fill a vacancy and West Brom’s hopes of bringing in former England boss SAM ALLARDYCE are fading according to the Mirror. The paper adds that ALAN PARDEW is keen on taking up the reins at the Hawthorns.

Looking for contract extension: Joshua Kimmich

Looking for a contract extension: Joshua Kimmich

JOSHUA KIMMICH, who was in the sights of Manchester City, is in talks about signing a new contract with his current club Bayern Munich, according to the Sun.

Guardiola was keen on bringing the Germany international to the Etihad, but the paper said talks were being held to keep Kimmich in Germany past 2020.

Liverpool and Tottenham are both keen on Stevenage defender BEN WILMOT, according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old has turned heads of the Premier League clubs despite not yet appearing in a League Two fixture this season, the paper said.

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Julian Draxler: Liverpool are looking at a potential loan deal for the Germany forward, who has fallen down the pecking order at Paris St Germain, according to talkSPORT.

Joao Mario: Inter Milan have put the midfielder, who is subject of interest from Arsenal, up for sale just 18 months after he joined from Sporting Lisbon, Tuttosport said.

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