Chelsea move for Juventus star Alex Sandro, Arsenal target Andre Gomes to stay at Barcelona

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Chelsea bound? Alex Sandro.

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 Saturday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

Let us know your thoughts.

ALEX SANDRO

Juventus defender Alex Sandro is keeping the door open on a move to Chelsea after the 2018 World Cup, according to the TMW.

The Blues missed out on the Brazilian during the summer but he is yet to sign fresh terms in Turin.

The 26-year-old would become the club’s record signing at £60 million if he is to put pen to paper on a deal at Stamford Bridge.

Sandro, who has three years left on his current deal at Juventus, is considered a vital cog in Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

He was impressive during Juve’s treble winning campaign last term, scoring three goals and providing five assists in 43 appearances.

RATING: 6/10

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Given that Antonio Conte used to work with the player and more importantly, as wing-back, there’s every chance that he’d want to bring him to England.

However, Marcos Alonso has been a revelation on the left side and the quoted price is a bit steep for someone who is guaranteed a starting berth.

It would make sense for Conte to draft in a defender for a cheaper cost, but with the ludicrous price of some players in the summer transfer window, anything seems possible.

Alex Sandro.

Alex Sandro.

ANDRE GOMES

Arsenal have suffered a transfer blow after it was revealed Andre Gomes would not be leaving the Camp Nou in January, according to the Mirror.

The 24-year-old had been linked with Arsenal as part of a deal that would include Mesut Ozil going to Barcelona next month, but the move will now not happen.

The Portuguese star has started just four games this season and is currently out with a hamstring injury.

RATING: 3/10

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It appears Barcelona will give Gomes another chance to impress when he returns from injury.

Gomes will to fight for his place among a star-studded squad at the Camp Nou for the time being, but should he wish to leave next summer, he will not be short of potential suitors.

Andre Gomes.

Andre Gomes.

JONNY EVANS

West Brom centre back Jonny Evans is the subject of interest from Man City and Arsenal, according to the Telegraph.

The Gunners reportedly had a £25 million bid turned down for the Northern Ireland international in August, with the Baggies demanding more than £30m for their star defender.

The club plan to offer Evans a bumper new contract with new boss Alan Pardew keen to meet the player after being appointed manager on Wednesday.

Evans has two years remaining on his contract at the Hawthorns after joining from Manchester United in 2015.

RATING: 6/10

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With Per Mertesacker set to retire at the end of this season, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is prepared to move for Evans in January.

It would make sense for Evans to move to North London as he would be guaranteed a starting place at the Emirates Stadium.

Although Man City Pep Guardiola has expressed an interest in the 29-year-old, he may not be guaranteed a starting place if he moved to the Etihad Stadium.

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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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PLAYERS TO WATCH

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.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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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

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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

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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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