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Thursday, January 16
- Manchester United have offered another player in exchange for Bruno Fernandes
- Roman Abramovich wants to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho
- Timo Werner says he will not agitate for a move away from RB Leipzig in January
- French forward Olivier Giroud looks set to leave Chelsea in the next four days
Mesut Ozil future
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has absolutely no intention of leaving the Emirates Stadium in the near future.
The Gunners playmaker has been linked with a loan move elsewhere with Galatasaray expected to submit an offer in January.
But Ozil revealed he’s planning to see out his £350,000 per-week contract at Arsenal.
“I’m very pleased with my contract and I will continue here this season and next,” Ozil told beIN Sports when quizzed about his future. “I can’t tell you what the future will bring, I’m excited about the future, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Olivier Giroud latest
Olivier Giroud looks set to leave Chelsea in the next four days.
The Guardian claim Inter Milan have upped their offer to £4.3million after the arrival of director Piero Ausilio in London on Wednesday.
Chelsea turned their noses up at Inter’s original £3.4m bid but the Italian side are now hopeful of concluding a deal this week.
Despite being behind Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez in the pecking order, Giroud believes he’ll have more first-team opportunities at the San Siro.
Bruno Fernandes swap
Manchester United have offered another player in exchange for Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes.
The Red Devils are believed to have already offered Joel Pereira, Angel Gomes and Marcos Rojo as part of a swap deal.
But the Portuguese side weren’t interested.
Now, Portuguese television channel tvi24 claim United have spoken about the prospect of Sporting signing Tahith Chong as part of the deal.
Journalist Rui Pedro Braz does make clear that Chong moving to Sporting is unlikely, because he has a host of offers from other clubs and is out of contract in the summer.
Jadon Sancho to Chelsea
Roman Abramovich wants to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
That’s according to transfer expert Duncan Castles, who claims the Chelsea owner wants a marquee signing to replace Willian.
The Brazilian playmaker is reportedly heading for the exit having only been offered a one-year contract extension and Abramovich alongside director Marina Granovskaia have £100million-rated Sancho in their sights.
“Their priority is on the wing, where they envisage losing Willian because they have offered Willian a new contract but only a one-year contract because of his age,” Castles said on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast.
“Chelsea are preparing for his exit. I’m told they are focusing on wingers at present. One of those strong options for them is Jadon Sancho.
“My understanding is the club, i.e. Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia, are very keen on taking Sancho. They’re keen on making a statement signing.”
Timo Werner interview
Forward Timo Werner says he will not agitate for a move away from RB Leipzig in January.
However, the Germany striker did reveal he finds the Premier League is the “most interesting” league in the world.
Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with the prolific 23-year-old, who stated he’s in no rush to make the leap abroad.
“The Premier League is certainly the most interesting league, you have to say. There is a certain flair to watching the English league and playing there,” he told Bild.