Man United, Barcelona and Arsenal target Goretzka to decide future in January

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Leon Goretzka‘s contract at Schalke runs out in the summer and that has put several clubs on high alert.

Among the 22-year-old’s suitors include Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal who are said to be leading the chase for his signature.

The German international has revealed he will inform the clubs of his decision at the end of January.

Bayern Munich and Juventus are also reportedly interested in the midfielder.

“I have to find out for myself what the next step should be,” he told reporters following Schalke’s 2-2 draw with Cologne.

“I have to consider a million things. I am a person who is very meticulous in such decisions. I play through all the scenarios. So I need time.

“There doesn’t exist a deadline, but I think we are in the final phase.

“The final decision will be made in January.”

Goretzka who joined Schalke in 2013 from Bochum could be available at a cut-price fee in January or on a free should he decide to hold off until the summer.

He starred as Germany won the Confederations Cup in Russia earlier this year while his six goals from 14 appearances for Schalke this season has seen him become one of the most sought after young talents in Europe.

Goretzka will field offers from potential new clubs before taking a final decision.

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Arthur won't join Barcelona behind Gremio's back, Javier Mascherano to say farewell to Camp Nou

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Fine prospect: Arthur.

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 Sunday.

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ARTHUR PLAYS DOWN PHOTO WITH BARCA HIERARCHY

Gremio star Arthur has denied he is on the brink of agreeing a deal with Barcelona, despite images emerging of the 21-year-old being pictured in a Blaugrana shirt with the club’s directors.

After helping the Brazilian side to their first Copa Libertadores trophy since 1995 last week, Arthur met with Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez and other representatives in Porto Alegre on Friday.

The Spanish giants’ hierarchy had earlier watched the dynamic attacking midfielder in action and reportedly, according to Diario Sport, held talks to bring him to the Camp Nou in the near future.

Arthur, who will miss the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup in the UAE through injury, has though come out and denied a switch to La Liga is imminent.

“You can be sure that my heart and my positive energy will be with the family that our team has become,” Arthur, who has a release clause of €50 million and has been touted as a big summer signing for Barcelona, said.

“I respect this institution, who have been helping me every day since I was 14.

“I will never leave the club through the back door, this is my home.”

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VERDICT

While Gremio are set to report Barcelona for alleged tapping up of their star player, it is no secret that Barca want to sign Arthur. The talent, who is comfortable in either the No.8 or No.10 midfield roles, is in high demand and is expected to star at next year’s World Cup in Russia. That all means it will be tough for the King of Cups side to keep hold of their star.

Arthur (L) of Brazils Gremio, vies for the ball with Jose Gomez (R) of Argentina's Lanus, during their 2017 Copa Libertadores final first leg match held at Gremio Arena, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on November 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Hot prospect: Arthur.

THE END IS NIGH FOR MASCHERANO

Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has all but confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The experienced defensive all-rounder is now not first choice in Ernesto Valverde’s line-up and will reportedly leave in the summer following seven trophy-laden years in Spain.

Despite still having a contract until 2019, according to Catalunya Radio, he is plotting a fresh challenge after next year’s World Cup in Russia.

RATING: 8/10

VERDICT

The 33-year-old recently admitted in an interview with ESPN that he felt his time at Barca was coming towards an end.

Given the club are linked with the likes of Arthur and Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, it seems as if it will be the best move for all parties.

Barcelona's Argentinian defender Javier Mascherano (L) vies with Real Sociedad's midfielder Xabier Prieto during the Spanish league football match Real Sociedad vs FC Barcelona at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, on November 27, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Stalwart: The Argentine has been at Barca since 2010.

REAL MADRID SQUAD ISN’T WEAKER THIS SEASON – ISCO

Los Blancos playmaker Isco believes the Whites’ squad is just as strong as last season’s double-winning set of stars – and feels the club don’t necessarily need to dip into the market in January.

It has been a tough season so far for the reigning La Liga and Champions League holders, who have failed to discover their spark of 2016-17.

Despite this, former Malaga man Isco is confident Real have the players to turn the season around and fight on all fronts.

Speaking after the goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday night, the 25-year-old said: “Our squad is just as competitive as last year, and we haven’t had all of the squad available yet because of injuries and that’s important.

“Last year we scored in the last few minutes and we are missing a bit of luck.

“Now we have to very important games and the Club World Cup, it’s an opportunity to gain confidence and recoup points.”

RATING: 7/10

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While there are plenty of rumours club president Florentino Perez will give Zinedine Zidane a January transfer window warchest to spend, there is no certainty the Frenchman will spend it.

And, according to Isco, that would be a wise move. Injuries to the likes of Gareth Bale have of course unsettled everyone at the club but the Whites midfielder is really putting faith in his current charges judging by his remarks.

BILBAO, SPAIN - DECEMBER 02: Isco Alarcon of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid at Estadio de San Mames on December 2, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Isco’s performances have been criticised of late.

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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?

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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

SPORT360 VERDICT

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

SPORT360 VERDICT

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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