Barcelona to use Arda Turan as makeweight in pursuit to sign Arsenal star Mesut Ozil

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Barca are chasing Ozil.

Barcelona are to offer Arsenal the opportunity to swap Mesut Ozil for Arda Turan in a part exchange, according to the Daily Star.

Although Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has said he expects the midfielder to stay at the Emirates beyond the January transfer window unless “something unbelievable” happens, the Germany international is out of contract in the summer and letting him walk away a free agent would mean Arsenal losing out on the chance to recoup any of the reported £43million they spent on him in 2013.

Meanwhile, Turkey playmaker Turan has reportedly fallen out of favour with Nou Camp boss Ernesto Valverde.

Arsenal and Manchester City are expected to fight it out to sign West Brom captain Jonny Evans in January, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Both Premier League clubs are said to be poised to make offers, while new Albion boss Alan Pardew is said to be considering which players he can sell in order to bring in new talent.

The Gunners, City and Leicester all failed with summer bids for the Northern Ireland international, who the Baggies value at over £30million. However, the club reportedly plan to offer him a new contract and Pardew is keen to sit down with Evans after being appointed on a deal until 2020 on Wednesday.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United at The Hawthorns on November 28, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Evans is again linked with a move away from the Hawthorns.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has approached Manchester United to express an interest in Luke Shaw, although the Reds’ £20million asking price is too much for the Magpies, The Sun reports.

United are said to be willing to sell Shaw for a reduced fee – having paid £27million for him when he moved from Southampton in 2014. Benitez, who is said to want to sign a new left-back in January, may have to stump up to bag Shaw as Turkish giants Fenerbahce are also said to have made inquiries.

Uncertainty continues to hang over the future of Emre Can at Liverpool amid reports of a contract dispute with Kop chiefs. The Germany midfielder looks increasingly likely to leave the Reds when his current deal runs out in the summer, reports the Liverpool Echo, with Juventus a possible destination.

Meanwhile, Barca’s La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid may see approaches from several Premier League clubs for striker Kevin Gameiro, The Sun reports. The France international, who joined Atletico from Sevilla in July 2016 for a reported £28million, is said to have attracted the attention of Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton.

A lack of time on the pitch may increase the likelihood of the 30-year-old moving on, although the British clubs may have to offer significant sums in order to satisfy Atletico’s money men.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31: Kevin Gameiro of Atletico Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Atletico Madrid and Qarabag FK at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on October 31, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Gameiro is a key player for Atleti.

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Yannick Toure: Newcastle are watching the Young Boys striker, 17, who was born in Senegal but now has a Swiss passport and plays for the country’s youth team, the Daily Mail reports.

Joe Nuttall: The 20-year-old Blackburn striker and former Manchester City youth product is being tracked by a number of Premier League and Championship clubs, according to TeamTalk.

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Real Madrid ready to table bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi in January transfer window

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Hotshot: Icardi.

The transfer window is closed until January but that doesn’t keep the rumour mill churning as clubs look to get a leg up on potential transfers.

Here are three big stories dominating the headlines on Thursday.

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REAL PLAN SWOOP FOR INTER STAR ICARDI

Real Madrid are set to launch a bid for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi in the January transfer window, according to Marca.

Club president Florentino Perez has made no secret that significant funds will be made available to boss Zinedine Zidane to strengthen the Whites – and Icardi is at the top of the club’s shopping list.

The Nerazzurri ace has already plundered 15 goals in 14 appearances this term – and while he’s contracted to the San Siro club until 2023 – Real are confident they can force Inter’s hand with a bid in the region of €100m.

Icardi has been in talks with the Milan outfit to extend his current deal but so far, negotiations seemed to have stalled.

Los Blancos are ready to step in and test Inter’s mettle come January, given they believe the Argentine can help take some of the goalscoring workload off of club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

RATING: 7/10

VERDICT

It remains to be seen whether Inter would want to offload their star man mid-season, but when Real come calling, they are difficult to turn down for club and player alike.

Icardi has been billed as a potential replacement for Karim Benzema and very much fits the mould of striker Madrid are looking for, given his potency in front of goal.

Inter Milan's Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Italian Serie A football match between Cagliari and Inter Milan on November 25, 2017 at the Sardegna stadium in Cagliari. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Icardi has been a key man behind Inter’s rise to second place in the Serie A table.

NAVAS HAS ‘NOTHING TO PROVE’ AS REAL CONSIDER OTHER KEEPING OPTIONS

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is unmoved by speculation linking the club with Athletic Bilbao stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, insisting he has nothing to prove.

Zidane’s men are reportedly ready to swoop for the highly-rated Spain international, casting further doubts over the Costa Rican’s future and indeed that of Kiko Casilla.

“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone,” Navas, who is currently on the sidelines due to injury, told FOX Sports.

“I must enjoy my career and being what Real Madrid is, you never know what may happen in the future.”

RATING: 8/10

VERDICT

While the 30-year-old, ironically, could be back for this weekend’s trip to Bilbao – it is clear Real have made signing a new shot-stopper one of their big priorities.

Zidane has previously gone on record to publicly back Navas but now it seems the Whites will rev up their attempts to sign a replacement.

Arrizabalaga seems the man most likely to come in while the club have also been linked with Manchester United star David de Gea again in recent weeks.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 17: Keylor Navas of Real Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 17, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Navas has been sidelined with an adductor issue in recent weeks.

WORK STILL TO BE DONE ON NEW SERGI ROBERTO CONTRACT

Barcelona have agreed the length of Sergi Roberto’s new contract extension, but have yet to finalise financial terms of the deal.

According to Sport, Blaugrana will extend the 25-year-old’s current contract by three years from 2019 to 2022, and have also negotiated a staggering release clause of €400m.

The one sticking point however is the full-back’s annual salary – although the homegrown La Masia graduate is expected to agree those terms sooner rather than later.

RATING: 8/10

VERDICT

The right-back come right winger has been linked with the likes of the Red Devils, Chelsea and Manchester City – but after reinstalling himself as a key man at the Nou Camp club again – his future clearly lies at Barcelona.

Expect all parties to come to an agreement soon.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 21: Sergi Roberto of FC Barcelona plays the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou on October 21, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Sergi Roberto is a valuable player for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

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Zlatan to open talks over new Manchester United contract, Real Madrid step up De Gea interest

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Zlatan's current deal expires next summer.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC is to start talks with Jose Mourinho over new deal to keep the Swede at Old Trafford into next season, The Sun reports. The 36-year-old forward, who returned from nearly seven months out through injury against Watford on Tuesday, was reportedly looking for a lucrative move to the United States. However, after such a long spell out of action, he has arranged talks with the manager in the new year to see about an extension to a 12-month deal signed in August.

Manchester United‘s DAVID DE GEA and Chelsea‘s THIBAUT COURTOIS are among potential target goalkeepers for Real Madrid, the Daily Mail reports. Both have 18 months left on their contracts, although Real boss Zinedine Zidane is said to be concerned over the strength of his side’s goal-stopping ability. Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalag, who will be available in January, is also reportedly a candidate.

David de Gea of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on November 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

De Gea has long been linked with the Bernabeu.

Chelsea are poised to swoop on Juventus’ £60million left-back ALEX SANDRO in January, the Daily Express reports. The Blues reportedly attempted to bring Sandro to Stamford Bridge over the summer.

Should fellow Brazilian international DAVID LUIZ’s reported fall-out with boss Antonio Conte lead to the defender leaving for Real Madrid, it would create a vacancy for Sandro to fill.

Marco Silva is concerned Watford may struggle to keep hold of £11.5million forward RICHARLISON as the Brazilian continues to attract admiring glances from other Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the Sun reports. After digging their heels in to fend off multiple reported attempts by Everton to lure their respected boss away, the club may not be able to stop the 20-year-old moving on – despite only joining from Fluminense on a five-year deal in July. Clubs from the Chinese Super League are also said to be keeping watch.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Richarlison de Andrade of Watford evades Victor Lindelof of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on November 28, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Richarlison has been one of the stars of the season.

One of new West Brom boss Alan Pardew’s first signings could be Liverpool striker DANNY INGS, the Birmingham Mail reports. The 25-year-old is said to be due to be available for loan in January and Pardew could bring him in while Albion plots bigger swoops – and sales. Team mate MARKO GRUJIC is also set to be available in the winter window and the Serbian would like to stay in the Premier League, the Mail reports.

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