Transfer Talk Chelsea and Liverpool race for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez heats up

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The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Check out all the confirmed January moves so far on our transfers page.

TOP STORY: Mahrez in demand

Riyad Mahrez is a wanted man this month after rediscovering his best form for Leicester, reports The Sun.

The winger has seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League, alerting Liverpool and Chelsea as both clubs look to strengthen midway through the season.

Foxes boss Claude Puel has insisted that Mahrez will remain at the King Power Stadium until the summer, but it’s thought Leicester will consider offers of £30 million-plus in January.

The 26-year-old’s asking price won’t be a problem for Liverpool if Philippe Coutinho’s £140 million switch to Barcelona goes through as many expect.

Newcastle want Hart

Joe Hart has emerged as a surprise target for Newcastle after losing his place as West Ham number one, according to the Daily Mirror.

Hart’s questionable form this season has prompted David Moyes to replace him with Adrian in recent weeks, leaving the Man City loanee facing an uncertain future.

Rafa Benitez is apparently keen to rescue Hart, but any January transfer would have to be approved by the player, West Ham, and his parent club — not to mention Mike Ashley, who is still negotiating the sale of the Magpies.

With Hart earning £120,000 a week, the Hammers may be tempted to cut ties with the goalkeeper, and could use Newcastle’s interest as leverage to bring Jonjo Shelvey to the Olympic Stadium.

Can close to Juventus

In what is fast becoming a protracted transfer saga, it has been reported that Emre Can has come to an “agreement in principle” to join Juventus in the summer.

Can is out of contract in June, and the Daily Mail claims Juve have finally won the race for his signature — with manager Max Allegri praising his quality recently — after pursuing the Liverpool midfielder for the past 18 months.

Liverpool had held out faint hopes of tying the 23-year-old to a new deal, but it seems Can has been lured away by the offer of a five-year contract from the Serie A champions.

He now looks set to leave Anfield for nothing, with Naby Keita already lined up as his replacement in the summer.

Ronaldo and PSG

Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a sensational bid for Cristiano Ronaldo, who will reportedly quit Real Madrid unless he is made the highest-paid player in the world.

According to Spanish outlet El Confidencial, PSG are keen to partner Ronaldo with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in what would be Europe’s most fearsome forward line.

The only thing holding the Ligue 1 leaders back is Financial Fair Play, which PSG will apparently attempt to circumvent by offering Edinson Cavani to Real Madrid in part-exchange for Ronaldo, as well as selling Goncalo Guedes to Valencia.

Tap-ins

Andy Carroll is a shock name on Chelsea’s shortlist this month, according to The Sun. The striker has just 18 months left on his contract at West Ham, and could be brought to Stamford Bridge to provide backup for Alvaro Morata.

– Crystal Palace hope to take advantage of Ross Barkley’s move to Chelsea by completing a permanent move for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, claims the Daily Mail. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is a big fan of the 21-year-old loanee, who picked up his first England cap in November.

– The Mail also reports that Marseille have expressed an interest in Jack Wilshere, but the midfielder would prefer to remain at Arsenal. Wilshere has impressed since his return to the Gunners’ first team and hopes to be rewarded with a new contract ahead of his current deal expiring in the summer.

Matthew Stanger covers European football for ESPN and is the editor of The Set Pieces. Twitter: @MatthewStanger



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