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Transfer news: Arsenal close in on Mohamed Elneny, Real In Surprise Ben Arfa Interest and more…

The opening of the January transfer window is almost with us – follow SportBrief Football right here for all the latest news, gossip and rumour:
The January transfer window opens in a matter of few days – and we’ll be bringing you all the gossip right here.
Arsenal fans can expect a busy window – according to Arsene Wenger – with a deal for Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny seemingly close to completion.
But could Mathieu Debuchy be heading out of the Emirates for pastures new in January?
Elsewhere, the rest of the Premier League expects to be busy – with Leicester ready to offer Jamie Vardy a new deal to keep him at the club.
United set to splash £35m on Anderson
Let’s take a trip up to Manchester and some potentially massive news for the red side of town.
Goal have reported that United are ready to trigger Felipe Anderson’s £35million release clause in a bid to take him to Old Trafford next month.
The Brazilian has impressed for Lazio in Serie A and is understood to be a long term target of manager Louis van Gaal.
The 22-year-old only made his senior international bow in June but United are apparently confident they could push a work permit through.
Predominately a left side attacker Anderson projects to be direct competition for summer signing Memphis Depay who has flattered to deceive since his own big money move just six months ago.
Norwich looking to tie up deal for Serie A defender
Some more news from Norwich now and an update on their attempts to get a new centre half through the door.
Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia is the man they see as the ideal addition and the BBC report that a €10million deal is in the offing.
That said, the player himself, an Italy international, isn’t sold on a move to East Anglia. More as we get it.
Liverpool dealt Origi injury blow
Divock Origi is set to be sidelined until mid-January in another damaging injury blow for Liverpool .
The Belgium international limped off against Leicester City at Anfield on Boxing Day and a scan on his hamstring has revealed the extent of the damage.
Origi sat out Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Sunderland and Liverpool staff fear he will be out for up to three weeks.
That means the 22-year-old will miss Saturday’s trip to West Ham and the following cup ties against Stoke City and Exeter City. He’s also a doubt for the crunch Premier League clashes with Arsenal and Manchester United.
Could the Reds move to replace him in the window?
Owls looking at Bamford
Patrick Bamford is being lined up for a loan move back to the Championship by Sheffield Wednesday.
The Chelsea starlet was on loan at Crystal Palace for the first half of this season before surprisingly cutting his spell short earlier this week.
And now the ambitious Owls are keen to take him for the rest of the campaign as they look to kick on in their push for promotion.
The Sheffield Star report that a new attacker is Wednesday’s number one priority next month.
Norwich in for League Two starlet
Norwich are returning for York starlet Ben Godfrey after having an opening bid rejected.
Teenage midfielder Godfrey, 17, has turned down professional terms at the League Two strugglers and is set to go.
Premier League City’s first offer has been snubbed and a deal could go to tribunal but Norwich are confident of netting the youngster.
Hull open contract talks with Bournemouth target Davies
Hull have opened contract talks with defender Curtis Davies in a bid to head off interest from Bournemouth.
Stopper Davies, 30, is out of contract at the KC Stadium in the summer.
He is on the January shopping-list of the Premier League Cherries but Tigers boss Steve Bruce wants to keep him for their promotion push.
City target Sane?
Manchester City are considering a move for Schalke’s Leroy Sane, according to the Guardian.
City have been monitoring the teenager for over two years but Schalke want around £32m for him.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men remain keen and want to haggle down a fee with a move in January appearing unlikely.
Sane, 19, only signed a new deal in January and Schalke have no reason to cash in just yet.
Nice NOT surprised by Real interest in Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa should move to a big club in the summer to show his real talent, his coach of Nice has claimed.
The former Newcastle playmaker did not play in the second half of last season after an unhappy loan spell at Hull. But Ben Arfa has been stunning on his return with seven goals in Ligue 1 for fifth-placed Nice and a recall to the France team.
The 28-year-old will be out of contract in the summer and has attracted interest from Milan, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and now Real Madrid.
And Nice head coach Claude Puel said he hopes Ben Arfa moves on to a bigger club next season. “I don’t agree with the idea of thinking that he needs a small, family club to express himself,” he said.
“That would minimise the quality of Hatem to say that. I hope for his sake that he won’t be at Nice next year. The highest level is not only about a few flashes of brilliance. It’s about consistency, workrate, working to win the ball back. He’s in the course of acquiring all of that this year. I’m not surprised to hear that big clubs like Real Madrid are following him.”
Juve bid rejected for Gundogan?
Borussia Dortmund have rejected Juventus’ €30m offer for Ilkay Gundogan, according to Goal.com.
The midfielder is a target for Juve as they bid to strengthen in the new year.
Manchester City are also keen but Dortmund are reluctant to part with Gundogan as they bid to return to the Champions League.
Gundogan’s current contract still has another season to run but Dortmund want to offer him a new deal.
Zlatan: I want to stay
Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain beyond the end of this season.
The Swedish striker is out of contract in the summer but is determined to extend his spell in France.
“I have a beautiful relationship with PSG. I have no intention of leaving,” said the Swede when asked about his future plans.
However, he did admit that nothing was on the table regarding future offers.
Hiddink unhappy with Remi
Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink has slammed Aston Villa counterpart Remi Garde for publicly inviting Loic Remy to join the Premier League’s bottom club.
Garde is desperate for more firepower as the side has scored only 15 goals in 19 games this season.
He worked with Remy when he was assistant manager at Lyon and reckons playing regular football will boost the striker’s chances of playing for their homeland France at Euro 2016 this summer.
But the Blues’ caretaker boss Hiddink accused his counterpart of showing a lack of respect by talking about his player – and insisted Chelsea will do their transfer business in private.
“I don’t think we or the management will go into a similar situation,” said the Dutchman. “You have to respect where the players are.”
Interest in Debuchy
Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is a target for Roma and Lyon.
The Frenchman is expected to depart the Emirates in the new year after failing to dislodge Hector Bellerin in the right back slot.
He has been linked with a return to Newcastle but a move across the continent appears likelier.
Roma and Lyon are both keen, according to the Mail, but Arsenal will want close to the £12m they paid for him.
New deal for Vardy
Leicester are ready to offer Jamie Vardy a new deal.
The Premier League record-breaker has attracted interest from both Manchester clubs and Chelsea in recent times.
But the Foxes are determined to keep hold of him – and significantly improve his £40,000-a-week wages, according to the Telegraph.
Riyad Mahrez, who has also attracted interest from Europe’s big boys, could be in line for a new deal.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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