Sources: Stoke City make transfer bid for New York City FC’s Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison’s career has seen him go from Manchester United’s academy to the American college system and Major League Soccer, and now an English Premier League club is working to try and bring him back home.

Stoke City has tabled a $4.5 million offer for the New York City FC midfielder, multiple sources have confirmed to Goal. The offer, which includes incentives that could push it to $6 million, is an improved bid made after NYCFC turned down an initial $3 million offer last week.

Asked about the transfer offer at the MLS draft on Saturday, NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna wouldn’t confirm or deny that a transfer offer was made, telling Goal he had no comment.

Sources tell Goal that NYCFC is open to selling Harrison for the right price, with recent comments Reyna made about selling players seeming to support that belief.

“Every league is a selling league, so why not us,” Reyna told Goal in an interview last Sunday at the MLS combine. “It’s a statement of credibility to be honest. I know in some way we don’t want to lose our most talented players, but we’ll bring in other talented players as clubs.

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“I think it’s really a statement of credibility for the league when you start attracting clubs from big leagues to come watch MLS games and the talent here,” Reyna said. “It should happen, it needs to happen, and I think we need to start looking at this the other way, that actually it’s good for the league that these clubs are coming here because what they’re saying is this player is talented playing in this league and he can come play in a very good league. it obviously brings money into the clubs to reinvest in other players and youth development, so I think it’s something that needs to be done. That’s just my opinion, I know other clubs have different philosophies around it.

“I guess the question is who’s not a selling league,” Reyna asked. “Liverpool just sold a player to Barcelona. There’s no league where you don’t look at offers and think about it, and we’re becoming that league and I think that’s great.”

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Harrison, who was born in Stoke before moving to the Bolton area and spending seven seasons in Manchester United’s youth setup, would be the first player sold by NYCFC in its brief history.

The 21-year-old attacker is coming off an impressive second season as a professional, having recorded 10 goals and 6 assists, and playing well enough to earn a call-up to the England Under-21 national team last fall.

Stoke City is currently locked in a relegation fight, having recently appointed Paul Lambert as its new manager. The Potters climbed out of the relegation zone after Saturday’s 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town.

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‘We needed him today’ – Moyes tackles Chicharito transfer talk after goal against Bournemouth

David Moyes says he wasn’t surprised to see Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez score West Ham’s equaliser Saturday and added the forward helped the club in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

The Mexico international entered in the 63rd minute and bagged the equalizer 10 minutes later with West Ham now sitting 11th in the Premier League table after the result. 

Sources told Goal on Friday that West Ham was close to a deal with Besiktas for Hernandez’s services with the Mexico international searching for more playing time ahead of the summer’s World Cup.

“Well, there’s speculation about Chicharito. But there’s been speculation about Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho … about every man and their dog here really,” Moyes said after Saturday’s match.”

If a move is coming up, Chicharito has provided a nice goodbye present to Hammers fans. Just moments after Bournemouth scored in the 71st minute, West Ham responded from the kickoff. After Hernandez took the first touch, the ball was sent long. The Mexican touched the ball in the box and ended up getting it back at his feet where he fired past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

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“It’s the kind of reaction that he’s about. We know that’s what he does. He’s the sort of centre-forward who has made a living out of being a fox in the box and scoring at every opportunity they get.

“Chicharito needs those sort of opportunities and we need to get more of the ball in the box. There was that one, and we put a great one in just after it across the face of the box, but we needed him today. All the boys here will play a part and Chicharito helped us today.”

Chicharito entered the match in the 63rd minute after Manuel Lanzini suffered a hamstring injury. Moyes was pleased with how the team was playing prior to Chicharito’s entrance but noted his side lacked finishing.

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“I think we’ve probably played our best football here, since I’ve taken over,” Moyes said. “I thought the first half we passed it well, we missed a cutting edge, I think we showed some really good things.

“For me it’s progress, things looking better and going in the right direction.”

The Hammers now have a week to prepare for an FA Cup trip to face Wigan Athletic.

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Mourinho confirms Alexis Sanchez transfer ‘so close’ but warns it could fall apart

Jose Mourinho has revealed Manchester United’s £35 million swap deal for Alexis Sanchez is “so close” to completion, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits it will come down to the fate of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Sanchez has been reportedly seeking an exit from the Gunners since the summer, when he seemed close to securing a move to Manchester City.

However, that move fell through on deadline day and,  while it was revived for a time in January , City have since broken off their pursuit as Sanchez has reportedly been offered more lucrative terms by rivals United.

Following the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over Burnley, Mourinho declared the transfer for the Chile international imminent but admitted that it could still fall apart at this late stage.

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“Expect soon or never,” Mourinho said. “I think it’s so close, so close. So close that if it doesn’t happen, it’s not going to happen. So I am positive.

“I know that my people are doing absolutely everything they can – the owners with the green light and Mr [Ed] Woodward working hard.

“I think everybody is giving everything they can and I think we’re going to be successful.”

Part of the sticking point in the deal has been rumoured to be whether United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan would end up at Arsenal after falling out of Mourinho’s plans.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United

And Wenger confirmed that following the Gunners 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, declaring the transfer is dependent on the Armenian arriving at the Emirates.

“Sanchez will only happen if Mkhitaryan comes here, that will be decided in the next 48 hours,” Wenger told reporters. “It is a possibility.”

“I didn’t take [Sanchez] because of this question of him moving to Manchester United. You cannot drive up north and as well play football.

“I expect it to happen, but I can’t announce it.”

British media outlets are reporting that the deal is complete except for the club confirmation , with medicals to take place over the weekend.

Mkhitaryan was not involved against Burnley and has not seen action for the Red Devils since January 5.

Likewise, Sanchez last featured for the Gunners in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea, coming on for the last 24 minutes as a substitute in a scoreless draw.

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Wenger played coy when asked about Arsenal’s €50 million (£44m/$61m) bid for Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,  insisting “nothing is happening” at the moment .

The Frenchman was criticised by Dortmund this week for complimenting the Gunners target amid growing expectations that they will sign the Gabon international.

Arsenal have seen multiple exits in January, with Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin departing for Everton and Valencia respectively.

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Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Mkhitaryan move done, Alexis leaves for £35m


Alexis Sanchez signs for Man Utd


Henrikh Mkhitaryan has signed for Arsenal after agreeing terms on his new contract on Saturday morning, according to the Daily Mail .

The Gunners will receive £35 million for Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United plus get Mkhitaryan in one of the highest-profile swap deals in Premier League history.

Alexis, who will earn £450,000 per week at Old Trafford, will complete his Red Devils medical on Saturday night and be revealed as a new signing shortly afterwards.


Arsenal make €50m Aubameyang bid


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Arsenal have made a first official offer for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Goal understands Aubameyang has already agreed personal terms to move to the Emirates Stadium in the transfer window, with Olivier Giroud tipped to head in the opposite direction.

The Gunners have now made their first bid for the Gabon striker, although Dortmund have not specified the amount following reports in Kicker that the bid was €50 million .

Read the full story right here on Goal!


Arsenal & Man Utd scout Porto midfielder


Danilo Pereira, Portugal, 2017

Arsenal and Manchester United scouts watched Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira produce an impressive performance against Tondela on Friday night, reports A Bola .

The Portugal international has been in fine form this season, with the likes of Atalanta, Burnley and Celta Vigo also taking in Friday’s match.

Both Arsenal and United have been linked with moves for new midfielders in the January transfer window, and have watched Danilo more than once this season.


No January exit for Andre Silva


Andre Silva Milan

AC Milan are not willing to let Andre Silva leave the club in January, coach Gennaro Gattuso insists.

Silva earned a reported €38million move to Milan after impressing in his maiden full season in Porto’s first team, but the 22-year-old has endured a dismal start to life in Italy.

Wolves, Swansea City and Arsenal have all been linked to the striker, but Gattuso is adamant he will not be going anywhere.

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Alexis bids farewell to Arsenal


Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has edged another step close to completing a move to Manchester United, with The Daily Mirror claiming he has said his goodbyes at Arsenal.

The Chilean was back in training with the Gunners on Friday as a switch to Old Trafford was held up, but he could see a transfer pushed through over the weekend.


Atletico eyeing Lemar


Thomas Lemar France 2017

Atletico Madrid are prepared to beat Liverpool and Arsenal to Monaco winger Thomas Lemar if Antoine Griezmann leaves for Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo .

The France international has been linked with a move to England for some time, but he could be offered the opportunity to fill a fellow countryman’s boots in Spain.


Mahrez to stay put?


Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Leicester remain confident that interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in Riyad Mahrez can be fended off.

Foxes boss Claude Puel, who values the Algerian at £100m, has said of a much sought-after asset: “He’s enjoying playing for Leicester with his team-mates. This is the most important thing – we have this good feeling that the player wants to stay with us.”


United lead hunt for £35m Seri


Jean Michael Seri Nice

Manchester United have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, says the Daily Mail .

Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have also expressed an interest in the Ivorian, but the Red Devils are ready to complete a £35 million deal.


Arsenal pull out of Malcom race


Malcom Bordeaux

Arsenal have pulled out of the race to sign Malcom from Bordeaux in January.

The Gunners are not willing to pay the French club’s asking price of £44 million, though they remain confident that they can sign the 20-year-old in the summer.

Tottenham have also been linked with the exciting forward.

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Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: PSG name price for Lucas Moura


PSG name their price for Lucas Moura


Paris Saint-Germain have named their price to sell Manchester United target Lucas Moura in the January transfer window, reports France Football .

Lucas is keen to leave PSG in search of regular first-team football this month, with United, Tottenham and Napoli all linked with an offer for the Brazilian.

Those clubs would prefer a loan deal with a view to a permanent move, while PSG hope to recoup €40 million for the winger, although it is more likely that an offer of €30m will be enough to clinch his signing.


Alexis Sanchez signs for Man Utd


Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has signed for Manchester United after agreeing terms on his new contract, according to the Daily Mail .

The Chilean forward, who will earn £450,000 per week at Old Trafford, will complete his medical on Saturday evening and be revealed as a new signing shortly afterwards.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will travel in the other direction, with Arsenal bagging the former Borussia Dortmund player in addition to £35 million for Sanchez.


Arsenal & Man Utd scout Porto midfielder


Danilo Pereira, Portugal, 2017

Arsenal and Manchester United scouts watched Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira produce an impressive performance against Tondela on Friday night, reports A Bola.

The Portugal international has been in fine form this season, with the likes of Atalanta, Burnley and Celta Vigo also taking in Friday’s match.

Both Arsenal and United have been linked with moves for new midfielders in the January transfer window, and have watched Danilo more than once this season.


Moyes to watch Joao Mario


Joao Mario Inter

West Ham United manager David Moyes will watch Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario against Roma on Sunday night, reports the Mirror .

Moyes is looking to sign a new midfielder in the January transfer window and has described Joao Mario as ‘very talented’.

Reports have claimed that West Ham have agreed a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer for the Portugal international, who has recently been linked with a move to Manchester United.


Man Utd to miss out on Diarra


Lassana Diarra | Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra, reports  ESPN .

Diarra is available on a free transfer after leaving Al Jazira and reports had suggested Jose Mourinho was keen to bring the 32-year-old to Old Trafford.

The France international played under Mourinho at Real Madrid, but has decided on a return to Ligue 1 to sign for PSG.


United lead hunt for £35m Seri


Jean Michael Seri Nice

Manchester United have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, says the Daily Mail .

Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have also expressed an interest in the Ivorian, but the Red Devils are ready to complete a £35 million deal.


Alexis bids farewell to Arsenal


Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has edged another step close to completing a move to Manchester United, with The Daily Mirror claiming he has said his goodbyes at Arsenal.

The Chilean was back in training with the Gunners on Friday as a switch to Old Trafford was held up, but he could see a transfer pushed through over the weekend.


Messi urges Barca to renew Umtiti’s deal


Samuel Umtiti, Barcelona 17/18

Lionel Messi is urging Barcelona’s board to offer defender Samuel Umtiti a new contract, according to Don Balon . 

Manchester United are mulling over a bid for the 24-year-old, who has a £53 million release clause.


Liverpool join Bale race


Gareth Bale Real Madrid

Liverpool have joined arch-rivals Manchester United in the battle to land Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon .

The Wales international has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League after struggling for form and fitness at Santiago Bernabeu.

Jurgen Klopp has the funds available to make a move after offloading Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and is prepared to spend over €100 million on Bale.


Mourinho confirms Man Utd ‘are there’ in Alexis chase


Alexis

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United “are there” in regards to their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, but says the deal is not yet done.

The United boss also revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be in the squad to face Burnley, but that he is in good condition ahead of his proposed switch to Arsenal.

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