Marco Reus headlines our rumour mill as Tottenham close in on Borussia Dortmund star

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The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.

Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking on Friday.

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MARCO REUS

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 10: Marco Reus (R) of Dortmund and Rick van Drongelen (L) of Hamburg compete for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV at Signal Iduna Park on February 10, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Marco Reus has endured an injury-hit past couple of seasons.

Tottenham are set to offer the German international the chance to play in the Premier League next season, according to the Mirror.

The prolific 28-year-old is continuing to stall over a new contract at Borussia Dortmund, with his existing deal expiring at the end of the of 2018/19 campaign.

Spurs have been long-time admirers of the forward, who has shown tremendous loyalty to the Westfalenstadion side in recent seasons and turned down various offers to move away.

But now, it seems, Reus is chasing a new challenge and is worried about the direction the Yellows are going in after the recent big sales of Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona and then Arsenal snapped up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

MARIO BALOTELLI

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (L) fights for the ball with Nantes' French defender Nicolas Pallois (R) during the French L1 football match Nice vs Nantes on February 18, 2018 at the "Allianz Riviera" stadium in Nice, southeastern France. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

The controversial Italian has been a revelation in France.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool forward is all set for a sensational return to the Premier League, his agent Mino Raiola has revealed.

Balotelli, who has proven to be a huge hit at Nice and plundered 21 goals this term, is out of contract at the end of the season – leading to plenty of speculation over his next move.

And the Italian, according to his super agent representative, is ready for another crack at the big time in England.

Raiola told Italian news channel RAI the 27-year-old is worth at least €100m (Dh450m) but is of course available on a free transfer should the Ligue 1 side fail in talks to extend his two-season stay on the French Riviera.

It remains to be seen whether a Premier League side would take a gamble again on the forward while Balotelli has also been linked with Serie A duo Juventus and Napoli.

ARTHUR

Midfield maestro: Arthur is a much talked about talent.

Midfield maestro: Arthur is a much talked about talent.

Barcelona are close to thrashing out an agreement to sign the Gremio midfield man once this season is over.

According to Goal, the Spanish giants met with representatives from the Brazilian outfit in Catalonia this week in a bid to make the transfer a reality.

Ernesto Valverde has been keen on the 21-year-old talent for some time while the player himself made it clear he fancies a move to the Camp Nou after posing in a Barcelona shirt last December.

The La Liga leaders are hoping to bolster their ranks in the middle of the park with some youth, helping to relieve some of the pressure on Sergio Busquets and veteran Andres Iniesta, while freeing up Philippe Coutinho to go about his attacking exploits from central areas.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma should leave AC Milan, says agent Mino Raiola

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Gianluigi Donnarumma's had a turbulent relationship with AC Milan.

Gianluigi Donnarumma should leave AC Milan, his agent said Thursday, a day after the teenage goalkeeper played a starring role in his team’s advance to the Italian Cup final.

The 19-year-old saved two penalties as AC Milan beat Lazio 5-4 in a shoot-out after the two-legged semi-final ended goalless to set up a rematch of their lost 2016 final against Juventus at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola‘s difficult relationship with AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has led to speculation he could soon leave the club.

“Gigio made a choice and that was to stay at Milan. I respect that. If he told me he wanted to leave though I’d start working immediately, because there are important offers,” Raiola said in an interview with Italian broadcaster Rai.

“In fact, if it were up to me, Gigio should leave Milan.”

Raiola said he has already started talking to clubs about Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 27, whose contract with French club Nice expires on June 30.

“I’ve spoken with Juventus, Roma, Napoli and Inter,” said Raiola. “Mario is ready to return, he has matured into one of the top 10 strikers in the world.

“In Italy he’s number one. He’s worth €100 million, but he’s on a free transfer and is therefore a bargain.

“I’m already negotiating with many clubs in England and in Italy. I’ve spoken with Juve, Roma, Napoli and Inter.”

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Liverpool looking to raid Southampton yet again with Mario Lemina the latest target

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Mario Lemina could be the latest player to leave Southampton for Liverpool.

Liverpool are eyeing yet another raid on Southampton as they ponder a transfer move for Mario Lemina, according to L’Equipe. 

The Gabon midfielder arrived at Southampton last summer from Juventus for a then-club record fee of £18 million, and has been one of the Saints’ best players during a troubled season for the south coast club.

Liverpool have already completed a deal for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita to join this summer, and they would like to pair the Guinean midfielder with Lemina.

If a deal happens, he would be the seventh player the Reds have recruited from Southampton since 2014. Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne, Sadio Mane, and most recently Virgil van Dijk have made the switch from south coast to Merseyaide.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whom Liverpool recruited from Arsenal last summer, is another former Southampton player in their ranks.

However, the Van Dijk deal was completed this January under acrimonious circumstances, which means a Liverpool advance for Lemina will not go down well.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is well-stocked in midfield, with Keita set to arrive in a team that already includes Giorginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can, Lallana, and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, rumours have abounded that Can could leave at the end of the season, and one of the other incumbents may also make way for Lemina, who’s had an impressive debut season in the Premier League.

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