Reports today suggest Arsenal have made a ‘take it or leave it’ offer of £24.7 million for Julian Draxler of FC Schalke. The Gunners have been linked with the 20-year-old for most of this month and the reported offer falls some way short of Draxler’s £37 million buy-out clause.
Manchester United boss David Moyes says the champions are unlikely to make further signings this month. Rumours suggested United were working on other deals following the £37 million transfer of Juan Mata but summer transfers now look more likely.
“I would say no. I have said no, I don't think I will, but if something happens I will soon let you know,” Moyes told the press.
One player United seem unlikely to get their hands on is Luke Shaw of Southampton. The Mirror has reported that Shaw is thought to prefer a move to Chelsea in the summer as the Blues look to line up a long term replacement for the vastly experienced Ashley Cole.
On the other side of Manchester, Manchester City are reported to have made a huge £38 million raid for FC Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala. Goal.com has revealed that Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly given the go ahead for a late move as City look to sign the 22-year-old Frenchman.
Liverpool remain linked with a potential swoop for Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka. The 24-year-old winger is reportedly seen as an alternative to Mohamed Salah by current boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Express has suggested Newcastle United are moving to sign Clement Grenier from Lyon before the end of the transfer window. The 23-year-old has also been linked with a move to Arsenal but Alan Pardew is reportedly keen to sign Grenier as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup says he won’t be concerned if his side don’t make any more signings before the transfer deadline. Star striker Michu is closing on a return to competitive action, which Laudrup says will have the effect of a new signing.
“For me the most important players are the ones who are already here, and suddenly in ten days we could have 22 fit players. If we get Michu back that is like a new signing,” said the Swansea boss.
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