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TOP STORY: Dortmund to lower Sancho demands for Man United

Borussia Dortmund have been holding out for around €120 million from any club wishing to sign Jadon Sancho. However, the Bundesliga giants are now willing to drop their demands by €20m in order to get a deal done in the summer, says Bild.

Sancho, 20, has been one of the best young players in Europe over the past few seasons and, despite a dip in form this year, is still attracting attention from the top clubs on the continent -- notably Manchester United.

Bild reports that Dortmund need to cover losses of €75m caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and that moving Sancho on for €100m would cover that and allow them some extra cash to sign a replacement.

It remains to be seen if United are willing to spend that much on one player, especially with the emerging talent of Amad Diallo on the books already, but Dortmund are plotting their next move and could land either Lyon's Memphis Depay or PSV forward Donyell Malen.

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21.27 GMT: After a single season with Toronto FC, free agent Pablo Piatti could return to La Liga, with AS reporting that Elche are interested in signing the 31-year-old creator who'd spent 12 years in Spain with Almeria, Valencia and Espanyol before his stop in MLS.

20.40 GMT: Internazionale are beginning to prepare for life after Samir Handanovic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, with the 36-year-old's contract expiring in 18 months. The Nerazzurri have identified Juan Musso of Udinese as a potential replacement, but their Serie A rivals value their No. 1 at €30m, a figure Inter may look to lower by offering a player in part exchange.

19.53 GMT: The Houston Dynamo are monitoring 27-year-old Tigres UANL defender Carlos Salcedo, ESPN Mexico writes, with hopes of luring the Mexico international back to MLS, where he spent two seasons with Real Salt Lake.

19.06 GMT: Granada sporting director Fran Sanchez conceded in a Thursday news conference that his side would lose 27-year-old goalkeeper Rui Silva when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to Mundo Deportivo, which adds that the Portuguese will join Real Betis as a free agent in the summer.

18.19 GMT: ESPN Argentina's Gustavo Yarroch reports that Atlanta United, behind brand-new manager Gabriel Heinze, is pushing for 21-year-old River Plate deep-lying midfielder and Argentina U20 international Santiago Sosa.

17.32 GMT: Internazionale will move on from Ivan Perisic if they receive an offer of €10m, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, which adds that Aleksandar Kolarov will leave the club at the end of the season, and the future of Matteo Darmian -- and to a lesser extent Ashley Young -- is far from certain.

16.45 GMT: Cristiano Ronaldo turns 36 tomorrow and is showing no signs of slowing down as he has 22 goals in 23 games for Juventus in all competitions this season.

Tuttosport claims that Juventus are keen to add another year to his contract, which ends in 2022.

No official contact has been made yet between club and Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes, but it's on the cards.

16.04 GMT: Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Italy, with Tottenham and Man United talked about as destinations, but La Repubblica claims he could depart in the summer.

Milenkovic, 22, isn't expected to renew his contract which runs out in 2022, so the clock is ticking.

Inter, Milan and Juventus are all watching him but United are "in pole position" for the Serbia international.

15.27 GMT: The North Carolina Courage have signed defender Carson Pickett from the Orlando Pride for the rights to Jodie Taylor.

Taylor's rights and Taylor Smith were acquired from OL Reign in a trade in December.

"Carson has a super talented left foot, a great engine, and an excellent technical ability," said NC Courage head coach Paul Riley. "We feel she fits our profile, and a fresh challenge will hopefully be beneficial to the player and to our club. A fabulous spirit and a desire to be the best are inherent qualities Carson has and in our environment, we think she can flourish and further develop many aspects of her game. She is a fantastic pick up as we continue rebuilding the squad and our squad depth."

15.11 GMT: Arsenal's defence could have looked very different for the past two decades if Juventus and Italy legend Giorgio Chiellini had opted to move to London.

Chiellini was given a chance to move to the club at the of 16 to play under Arsene Wenger, but chose to stay at Livorno.

"Looking back, I tell myself I must have been crazy to not accept that offer," the 36-year-old centre-back told So Foot. "At the time, I was just a teenager playing for Livorno in Serie C, and I get this offer with wages of around €100k/year, which was huge... But I just didn't feel ready.

"Plus, I didn't feel good leaving my club, the one where I've grown up, for a fee close to nothing, because Livorno wouldn't have gotten much from it. By accepting, I would have had the feeling of betraying them."

14.27 GMT: Barcelona have struggled in recent months and have a host of off-pitch issues to contend with, but they are starting to show signs of success on the pitch.


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14.01 GMT: Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N'Dicka is catching the eye of Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton, says Bild.

N'Dicka, 21, has impressed since coming back from injury and his agent, Michael N'Cho Ibou, helped Nicolas Pepe join the Gunners for £72m from Lille in 2019.

13.30 GMT: Kicker reports that new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has his sights set on landing centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

Upamecano, 22, will spark a summer battle for his services as his €42.5m release clause comes into effect, with Man United, Liverpool, Bayern, PSG and Arsenal also linked.

12.22 GMT: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says Paris Saint-Germain talk about Lionel Messi "too much" and branded Angel Di Maria's latest comments on the forward as disrespectful.

Speaking after PSG's 3-0 win over Nimes on Wednesday, Di Maria claimed there's a "big chance" his Argentina teammate Messi will make the move to Paris on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

Barca host PSG in the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Champions League on Feb. 16 and Koeman feels that's a further motive for the French club to keep quiet.

"For me, [Di Maria has shown] lack of respect," Koeman said in a news conference after his Barca side beat Granada 5-3 after extra time to reach the Copa del Rey semifinal.

"It's not respectful to speak so much about someone who is still a Barca player. It's not good. It's a mistake to say something like that; it could add further spice to the Champions League game.

"It's not right. [PSG] talk about Leo too much. He plays for Barca and, in addition, we have a two-legged tie against them coming up."

11.31 GMT: Belgium national team doctor Kristof Sas has said Real Madrid's Eden Hazard is in a "vicious circle" that is difficult to come out of when it comes to injuries.

Real Madrid announced on Wednesday that the Belgium captain will face a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a muscular problem in his left thigh.

The latest setback, which could see Hazard out of action for up to six weeks, has seen the former Chelsea star, who moved to Real Madrid for €100m in 2019, trolled on social media.

"Eden is in a vicious circle and it's not easy to come out of," Sas said. "We are waiting to hear more about it but it's worrying. We would have preferred for Eden to have played everything for Madrid. It's the best way to arrive at the European Championship in good condition."


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10.41 GMT: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been speaking about the club's failure to sign a left-back in the window.

"We cannot do everything," he told a news conference. "There are so many things that we had to do in this window and we had to focus on the priorities. We almost did everything we wanted to do. When you talk about squad evolution, it's going to take time."

Meanwhile, back-up goalkeeper Alex Runarsson could be in line to make his full league debut this weekend. First-choice Bernd Leno is suspended following his red card at Wolves and Mat Ryan, a January loan signing from Brighton, is struggling with a hip problem.

Runarsson was left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad for the knockout stages with Arteta preferring to include Ryan after a series of nervous performances from the 25-year-old, who joined the club in September from Dijon.

Arsenal had hoped to sign David Raya from Brentford after allowing Emiliano Martinez to join Aston Villa in a £20m deal but after that deal collapsed, the club moved for Runarsson.

"We had a plan on the goalkeeper's position and we could not execute the plan the way we wanted because of different reasons," Arteta said. "But Alex's role was very clear around the squad and that hasn't changed, then he needs to earn his opportunity and earn his place -- whether that is third, second or first [choice] depending on his performance and he needs to push for that.

"Yes [people have been too quick to judge] but this is what you face when you play for a big club. People expect when you go out there for you to give your best and perform at the top level -- and if you don't you are going to get criticism.

"You know that, before you join the club, that you are exposed all the time to critics and, as well, if you do really well everybody is going to be praising more than at any other club. You have to be able, if you want to play here, to handle that pressure.

"I think he knew and he expected that, and he needs to handle that. We are here to support him, he has played some games already here, he has played some good games. He had a difficult game against Manchester City. The other night [against Wolves] he came on and I think he did well.

10.22 GMT: Neymar's future at PSG looks to be settled now.


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10.07 GMT: Hulk arrived in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday night to be unveiled as new Atletico-MG player.

The 34-year-old striker recently decided to leave Chinese side Shanghai SIPG and is now set to return to his homeland.

"Good night everyone. I want to thank you all the reception I'm having here and thank all the Galo fans. I will do my best ", Hulk said at the airport. "Galo presented me a wonderful project and I hugged him with tooth and nail. You can be sure that I will do my best on the pitch and I will try to be an example."

The former Porto and Zenit St Petersburg forward will be officially unveiled on Friday.

09.33 GMT: Las Palmas striker Jese Rodriguez has no doubt in his mind that former Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe will play for Real Madrid one day.

Mbappe, whose contract with PSG expires in 2022, has been a reported target of Jese's former club, Real Madrid, for several years.

"Mbappe is very eager to go to Real Madrid and I'm certain he will play there one day," Jese, who was released by PSG in December, said to COPE: "His idol is Cristiano [Ronaldo] and he started watching him while he was at Madrid."

08.54 GMT: Ajax's record signing Sebastien Haller was mistakenly left off their Europa League list, the club have confirmed.

Haller joined Ajax from West Ham United in January in a club-record €22.5m deal and made his debut against PSV Eindhoven, where his introduction at half-time helped turn a 2-0 deficit into a 2-2 draw.

Clubs competing in the Europa League round of 32 submitted their final squads, which consists of up to 25 players, on Wednesday, but Haller was not included in Ajax's list.

"It is indeed true that Haller is not on our Europa League list of players," an Ajax spokesperson told ESPN NL. "We are working with the KNVB and UEFA to find out where things went wrong."

It is not clear whether the error was caused by Ajax, the Dutch FA or UEFA but if the club are at fault, they will not be able to amend the situation.

08.30 GMT: Sergio Aguero is reportedly delighted amid speculation he could join Barcelona this summer, according to El Larguero.

The Manchester City star becomes a free agent in June and the report claims he is eager to move to Camp Nou.

A Barcelona presidential candidate has already contacted Aguero's entourage to discuss the possibility of the 32-year-old's signing this summer.

Aguero's arrival could hold the key for Barcelona captain Lionel Messi to remain at the club. A reported target of Paris Saint-Germain, Messi has yet to sign a contract extension with Barca, with his deal ending this summer.

If successful, Aguero would return to La Liga 10 years after leaving Atletico Madrid in a €45m transfer to Man City, where he became the club's leading scorer of all-time.


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Bale's struggles worry Real Madrid over future move

Real Madrid may have dealt with the problem of Gareth Bale momentarily by sending him on loan to Tottenham, but they are already concerned about what to do with him in the summer, reports Marca.

The Wales international has not performed as will have been hoped back at Spurs, which Los Blancos are aware will make things harder for them as they look to move him on permanently.

This is not helped by Bale's large wages and it being unlikely that he will accept a cut to move to a different club.

Ighalo to join Saudi Arabian side

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Odion Ighalo will join Al-Shabab now that his loan move to Manchester United has come to an end.

The Nigerian found minutes hard to come by at Old Trafford since the addition of Edinson Cavani and is keen to reignite his career elsewhere, despite the move to United being a personal dream for him.

However, rather than returning to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, the striker will head to Saudi Arabia instead.

Celtic's Harper set for MLS move

Celtic teenager Cameron Harper will leave the club to join Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, reports The Herald.

It is reported that a fee has already been agreed between the two clubs to sign Harper. There have been discussions over a pre-contract agreement, but NYRB want the forward to join them as soon as possible.

Tap Ins

- Martin Braithwaite refused to move from Barcelona to West Bromwich Albion in January, reports Sport. It is stated that an approach was made to bring him to the Hawthorns on an initial loan spell with an option to sign him permanently. However, having previously turned down advances from West Ham United, the Dane once again nixed the idea of leaving.

- Would Newcastle United winger Miguel Almiron be keen on playing for River Plate? The Paraguay star said it would be a "dream" to don the red sash of Los Millionarios. Speaking with Versus Radio in his native country, the Magpies' record-signing mentioned that he grew up with the notion of joining the Buenos Aires-based side at some point in his career.