Football transfer rumours: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy?

Simon Burnton on 29 January 2018

Alexis Sánchez’s move to Manchester has convinced LA Galaxy the time could be right to resurrect their interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with someone telling ESPN that a deal is “the furthest along it has ever been” and now could possibly happen quite soon. Meanwhile in Spain, El Confidencial report that superagent Jorge Mendes is trying to make a Cristiano Ronaldo-David de Gea swap deal happen, although unhelpfully United believe that a goalkeeper in his prime should be worth considerably more than an ageing Portuguese wonderwinger.

The Monaco midfielder Fabinho has issued a come-and-get-me plea to the Premier League sides who were interested in him in the summer, a group that includes both Manchester clubs. “If a move [was possible] to a new league or a club with a bigger structure and bigger expectations, I would be interested,” he said. “My time with Monaco has been good, but I feel my time here is coming to an end.”

Newcastle have sent high-level representatives to the Czech Republic and hope they will come home with two signatures scrawled upon the papers in their leatherette briefcases. Viktoria Plzen’s Michael Krmencik, a 24-year-old who has scored 16 times in 20 first-team appearances this season, is their top target and could be secured for £10m, but they also hope to sneak a deal for the Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. They are one of eight top-flight clubs – including Everton, Brighton and Burnley – said to have had scouts at the KCom Stadium on Saturday to watch Jarrod Bowen on the wing in Hull’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, and hope to pip Liverpool to the signing of the 24-year-old Gremio striker Luan, who would cost around £17.5m.

Watford might have changed managers during the transfer window but they haven’t switched transfer targets: Sunderland’s Didier Ndong remains the apple of the Hornets’ eye, though they want him on loan with an option to buy in the summer, an idea Chris Coleman dismissed some time ago. Stoke have been told to cough up £16m if they want to sign Galatasaray’s Senegalese midfielder Badou Ndiaye, having had a bid for £2m less than that rebuffed. Also holding firm on the asking price of one of their players is Arsenal, who will happily sell Olivier Giroud to Chelsea – still on the hunt for a striker as their move for Roma’s Edin Dzeko wobbles – but not for a penny less than £35m.

Crystal Palace want to make three signings before the window shuts on Wednesday, starting with Burnley’s Ashley Barnes – who they hope to tempt south with an £11m bid – before shifting to the Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou and Jake Livermore. West Brom would use the money raised for a bid for Watford’s Troy Deeney, for whom they are “lining up an £18m bid”. West Ham’s Diafra Sakho, looks likely to move to Rennes for £9m, while André Ayew could also be on his way out of the London Stadium, with Swansea having decided that, what with the Wilfried Bony thing having gone so thrillingly well, buying back former strikers is a jolly good idea and are thus busily peeling £18m in used fivers from their bulging wallet. Finally Joe Hart would also seem to be on the way out: the Times reports that he will “push to end his loan deal” before the transfer window closes, having spent the last 10 league games kicking his heels on the touchline, and seek regular, or indeed any, football elsewhere.

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