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Wednesday January 3
Valverde tight-lipped on Coutinho
17:45: Ernesto Valverde has dodged question about Coutinho in his press conference today.
“Coutinho is a player for another team,” Valverde said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey clash with Celta Vigo tomorrow.
“He is a great player, of course. I don’t know what will happen.”
Aguero praises Kane
17:15: Sergio Aguero reckons Harry Kane has proved himself good enough to play for Real Madrid.
“The truth is that players of this quality, I think they wouldn’t have a problem playing for such an important club as Real Madrid. I don’t know what he is thinking, but that’s not my problem – it’s his,” Aguero said of Kane.
Real have been linked with both Kane and Aguero in recent months, but Aguero has ruled himself out of leaving Manchester City any time soon.
“I have until 2020, I think. The truth is that I hope to see out my contract and I’ll try to do my best from here until the end of the season, and after that we will see what happens with me.”
Thomas Lemar to replace Philippe Coutinho – report
17:00: Thomas Lemar has decided to join Liverpool to replace Philippe Coutinho, it has sensationally been claimed this afternoon.
Liverpool are on the lookout for replacements for Barcelona-bound Philippe Coutinho and Lemar is their priority target.
With Barcelona ready to pay in the region of £133m for the Brazilian, Liverpool have been working on finding his replacement in the background.
According to Yahoo Sport, Liverpool have held talks with Lemar and the France international is keen on a move to Anfield.
Liverpool, along with Manchester United and Arsenal, were all linked with a move for the midfielder last summer but a deal failed to materialise with the Ligue 1 champions unwilling to sell.
Yahoo say the Reds now need to finalise a fee with Monaco before the move is done.
It remains to be seen whether Monaco are willing to do business with Liverpool this month but Jurgen Klopp’s side are leading the race ahead of their Premier League rivals with Lemar already giving his word he wants to sign.
Real Madrid expect Chelsea to beat Manchester United to Bale
16:45: Real Madrid supposedly think Chelsea will sign Gareth Bale from under the noses of Manchester United if they include him in a deal for Eden Hazard.
Real Madrid star Bale has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United amid uncertainty over his Bernabeu future.
The Wales international has struggled for fitness this season with injuries restricting him to just 13 appearances across all competitions.
As a result, Real Madrid are being linked with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, whose father recently admitted was desperate to move to the La Liga champions.
And Spanish outlet Don Balon claim Madrid think Bale will be at Chelsea next season because they are supposedly willing to include the Wales international in any deal for Hazard.
Arsenal on the verge of making first January transfer…
16:30: Arsenal are on the brink of making their first January signing but he won’t move to the Emirates until the summer.
The Gunners are edging closer to signing Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos.
But the 20-year-old could then be sent on loan to German side Werder Bremen.
Arsenal have been tracking the PAS Giannina defender as they look to make additions to shore up their defence.
According to the Evening Standard, the Gunners are in advanced talks over a £2.2million deal.
It claimed personal terms and a medical will be finalised when Mavropanos arrives in London.