Ivan Rakitic on Liverpool's radar after Philippe Coutinho's Barcelona arrival

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Chelsea‘s attempts to sign Juventus left-back Alex Sandro have stalled due to the Italian club’s asking price, the Telegraph reports.

The paper says Juventus are demanding about £60million for the 26-year-old, which is more than Chelsea are prepared to spend – a similar scenario to last summer when the Italian club wanted almost £80million.

Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who could find himself sidelined after the arrival of Philippe Coutinho.

The Daily Express says reports in Spain suggest the two Premier League sides are looking to make a bid for him at the end of the season.

Manchester City are set to make a fresh bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in this month’s transfer window, according to the Guardian.

The paper says the club believe the Chilean forward can be prised from Arsenal, with Gabriel Jesus’s knee injury increasing Pep Guardiola’s desire to sign him.

The Mirror reports that Arsenal will be willing to sell at the right price, and are likely to want close to £30million, but also want a deal done early enough so they can sign a replacement for Sanchez before the window closes.

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is said to be in talks over a move to Valencia after finding himself out of favour at the Emirates.

The Daily Mail says West Ham are also interested in the 26-year-old, but that Hammers manager David Moyes fears Coquelin would prefer a move to the Spanish LaLiga side.

West Ham are reportedly moving closer to securing a £12million deal for Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. The Daily Express says talks between the two clubs have progressed, but that the Magpies are keen to line up a replacement before the deal is finalised.

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Ryan Kent: Bristol City and Sheffield United have made loan bids for the Liverpool winger after he was recalled from his spell at Bundesliga side Freiburg, according to the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old is highly thought of at Anfield, the paper reports, and is expected to leave on loan this month in search of more experience.

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Three players Arsenal could sign if Ozil and Sanchez leave the Emirates Stadium

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Arsene Wenger has revealed he will sign world class players should Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez end up leaving the club.

With an air of uncertainty over the futures of both stars, a lot will depend on their commitment to the club before any significant decisions are made on which attacking players the Gunners will aim to recruit.

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Here, we take a look at three realistic options for Arsene Wenger’s side if Ozil and Sanchez choose to leave the Emirates Stadium.

RIYAD MAHREZ

The former African Footballer of the Year was an inspirational presence in Leicester’s Premier League triumph in 2016.

But his form and results of the Foxes dipped significantly this season, placing pressure on an otherwise superb talent.

With seven goals and seven assists in 21 games, the question remains whether Arsene Wenger needs to fork out over £40 million to add the Algerian international to his current wealth of talent in midfield.

One drawback of bringing the livewire attacker in would be finding a system that keeps his squad happy and prevents Mesut Ozil – if he stays until the summer – being pushed into an unfavoured wide role.

A key tactic could be for Wenger to convert Mahrez from a winger to a striker role, something he previously did with the likes of club legends Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry.

The 26-year-old clearly has formidable goalscoring ability, but it may need a new club like Arsenal to bring out the best in him again as he had looked lethargic for large spells of this season.

RATING: 7/10

THOMAS LEMAR

The Gunners had a late £90m bid accepted for the French winger during the summer, but there was no time to get all the formalities done and the move subsequently collapsed.

But with Sanchez likely to leave the club, Lemar would fit the ball as a talisman attacker – playing behind a front three led by Alexandre Lacazette.

Lemar makes sense as a replacement for Sanchez but he is not as prolific as the Chilean in the final third – with just two goals and four assists in 12 matches this term.

The Frenchman’s greatest asset is his crisp passing and tireless work and movement off the ball, which would add another layer to an already lethal Gunners attack.

At 22, his best years are yet to come, which represents another significant boost for Wenger’s side in the long run.

RATING: 6/10

NABIL FEKIR

Alexandre Lacazette may have been a marquee signing for the Gunners during the summer, but if they want to get the best out of the elusive Frenchman, they should consider his former teammate Nabil Fekir.

The 24-year-old is in sparkling form at the Groupama Stadium this term, scoring 13 goals and providing four assists in 16 Ligue 1 matches.

But with Lyon in the midst of a title battle with PSG and Monaco, it is doubtful the club will want to cash in on their prized asset for less than €50 million – and not til next summer at the earliest.

It should be said that signing Fekir is seen as a long-term move for the North London club as they look to bolster their attacking options for next season.

His skill and workrate makes him a perfect fit to sit behind Lacazette in a 3-4-2-1 formation. It’s normally where Sanchez and Ozil operate, and his pace, consistency and eye for the right option would not look out of place in this position.

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Pastore, Luiz and others who should move in January to boost World Cup 2018 chances

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With the January transfer window in full swing, rumours are starting to rumble as the Premier League’s elite clubs look to bolster their sides for the second half of the season.

But with it being a World Cup year, some key players need to switch clubs in a bid to get more game time and make the plane to Russia.

Here, we take a look at five players who should look to get more minutes elsewhere in January.

OLIVIER GIROUD

The Frenchman may boast a formidable record of 29 goals in 69 appearances for his country, but for now, his seat on the plane to Russia looks to be in significant doubt.

Didier Deschamps has regularly chosen not select the likes of Kingsley Coman and Alexandre Lacazette – the latter of who has played three times as many Premier League minutes than Giroud this term.

The 31-year-old has only started one game in 15 league appearances – in comparison to Lacazette who has started 19 out of 22 matches.

With France’s list of attacking options flawless, Giroud needs to find a new club this month if he wants to be on that plane from Paris to Moscow at the start of June.

DANIEL STURRIDGE

At his best, Daniel Sturridge was one of the first names on the Liverpool and England team sheets – but since 2015 injuries have curtailed his development as a player.

Even when fit, it looks difficult to see Jurgen Klopp select him in his starting team with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on fire this term.

However, despite little game time in recent months, the 28-year-old is still a class act and would be a welcome addition to any squad.

With Celtic and Newcastle interested in acquiring his services, any of these moves would help rediscover his form and goal scoring drought.

It may be hard to usurp Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham or Jamie Vardy for the four striker positions, but the Birmingham native needs to chase first team football if he is to be named in Gareth Southgate’s side for Russia.

DAVID LUIZ

A totemic presence in any defensive line, Luiz needs to force a move this month in order to galvanize a place on the Brazil team.

His relationship with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has broken down since the 3-0 Champions League defeat to Roma in October – with the centre-back only featuring twice since then.

A knee injury may have kept him out of action in December, but the 30-year-old has struggled to battle back into the Blues side with Andres Christensen in stunning form.

With Real Madrid and Juventus looking to bolster their defensive options, a move to the Serie A would be a suitable career move for the Brazilian in a bid to boost his match sharpness for Russia.

JAVIER PASTORE

It’s been a frustrating year for the Argentine, falling out of favour under Unai Emery and starting just three Ligue 1 matches this season.

Previously one of PSG’s top performers, it looks like he will bring his six year association with the club to an end this month in an effort to get more minutes.

His late arrival back to the French capital after the winter break may not have helped his case either with the player set to be sanctioned for missing two full days of training.

If he does leave, the 29-year-old will have no shortage of options with Chelsea and Juventus linked with the elusive midfielder.

MOHAMED ELNENY

The Egyptian always performs solidly but the question remains whether he is good enough to help Arsenal progress.

Although he is going to the World Cup, he’s only played 263 Premier League minutes this season which could have a negative bearing on his form in Russia.

Against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, he offered no protection in defence and contributed nothing in attack.

For the second goal, he got nowhere near Eric Lichaj who slotted home with ease.

The 25-year-old is a quality player, but with the Pharaohs featuring in a first World Cup in 28 years, they need their talisman at his stellar best.

With Arsenal eliminated from the FA Cup, sitting on a cold touchline at the Emirates Stadium will not parachute him into a consistent run of form for Hector Cuper’s side in June.

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