Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Madrid to pay €110m Icardi clause

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up


Madrid to meet €110m Icardi release clause


Real Madrid have identified Mauro Icardi as their top summer transfer target and are ready to meet the Inter Milan striker’s €110 million release clause, reports Corriere dello Sport .

Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a new No.9 at the end of the season due to the disappointing form of Karim Benzema this term.

The likes of Tottenham’s Harry Kane have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Icardi is now the striker Perez wants to sign in the summer.


Man Utd doubt Ronaldo return


Manchester United are not convinced Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid to return to Old Trafford in the summer, according to ESPN .

A report in AS on Monday claimed that Ronaldo is keen to quit Madrid in the summer due to broken promises over a new contract and that the Portugal international wants to go back to United.

However, United doubt the 32-year-old is seriously looking for a way out of Madrid and feel the speculation is part of the plan for the forward to secure a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Pep keen on Asensio signing


Marco Asensio Real Madrid

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has turned his attentions to young Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, according to Diario Gol.

The Citizens have given up their chase of Alexis Sanchez, having started January as favourites to sign the Arsenal man. 

And Asensio, who has struggled for playing time in recent weeks at Madrid, would be a more than acceptable alternative, as Pep is a big admirer of the forward.


RB Leipzig make Kluivert approach


Justin Kluivert Ajax

RB Leipzig have made contact with Ajax regarding a possible deal to sign teenage winger Justin Kluivert, claims Gianluca Di Marzio .

Kluivert, the son of former Ajax and Netherlands striker Patrick, is one of the brightest talents in Dutch football, and is a target for Barcelona and Manchester United.

However, Leipzig are keen to win the race for the 18-year-old and have been in touch with the player’s representatives and Ajax.


Napoli to make fresh Deulofeu move


Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona

Napoli are set to make a new approach for Barcelona outcast Gerard Deulofeu, according to Sport .

The winger has found himself surplus to requirements and available for transfer following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. 

And after struggling to land their first choice, Bologna’s Simone Verdi, Napoli could return to Deulofeu if they fail to sign the young forward.


Barca reject Inter’s Rafinha bid


Rafinha Barcelona 2016-17

Barcelona have turned down an offer worth €20 million from Inter over midfielder Rafinha, reports Marca .

The Serie A challengers are keen to add Rafinha to their ranks, as they look to secure Champions League football for next season. 

But the Catalans believe the loan plus purchase option bid is insufficient, and will hold out for €35m before letting him go.


Madrid inform Athletic of Kepa interest


Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Club

Real Madrid have officially informed Athletic of their interest in signing goalkeeper Kepa, according to Euskal Telebista

The Liga champions have been inactive so far in the transfer window, but have been plagued by poor form throughout the current season. 

And with Keylor Navas coming in for criticism from some sectors, a move for Kepa could yet take place in the current window.


City to join Griezmann chase


Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid

Manchester City have promised Pep Guardiola the funding to sign a new striker if the club doesn’t land Alexis Sanchez, reports the Manchester Evening News

With City having chased the Arsenal star but seemingly come up short , the report suggests that Guardiola will turn his attention to Antoine Griezmann.

Despite being linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, the Atletico striker has long been admired by the City boss and would become a top prospect for the summer.