Transfer Talk: Featuring Draxler, Cabaye and Zouma

Julian Draxler

Transfer news from Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Chelsea and Stoke City.

Arsenal have reportedly sent representatives to Germany to work on deals for FC Schalke star Julian Draxler and Eintracht Frankfurt defender Sebastian Jung. A deal to sign both players before the close of the January transfer window this week is reportedly going to set the Gunners back around €45 million.

Sky Sports has reported that Newcastle have rejected a £14 million offer for Yohan Cabaye from French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The midfielder has been routinely linked with moves away from the club this month but Newcastle are determined to keep him.

Manchester United will need to hunt a new left-back after Leighton Baines signed a new contract with Everton. Baines has signed a four-year extension which ties him down to the Goodison Park club.

“It would be an understatement to say we are delighted to secure the best footballing years of Leighton Baines at our club,” Roberto Martinez told the club’s website.

United feature in another story, with several reports today suggesting they will go head-to-head against Chelsea for Saint-Etienne star Kurt Zouma. The £16 million rated teenager is thought to favour a move to Chelsea but United will reportedly try and sign him this week.

Newcastle United target Clerment Grenier is reportedly open to a move abroad. The 23-year-old will be the subject of a €13 million bid from the Premier League club according to reports in France but Serie A side Napoli are also being linked with a move.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says Cardiff front man Peter Odemwingie will move to his club with the deal expected to go through tomorrow.

“It should go through tomorrow and will be concluded then. We're pleased to get Peter in. He's a good Premiership player with experience at this level, a goal in him and a bit of pace - which we need to add to the squad,” said Hughes.

Michael Essien is set to sign an 18 month contract with Serie A giants AC Milan. The 31-year-old has found first team opportunities hard to come by at Chelsea.

“He's another player who gave everything to this club and, if a great situation for him arrives, he's another one we feel we must show respect and not stop him going,” said Jose Mourinho.

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