Transfer news and rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sanchez, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The latest deals tipped to take place during the January transfer window

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Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real open to letting star leave

Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Real Madrid would be willing to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave the Bernabeu. Manchester United have again been linked with a move for their former striker, but Balague says there could be complications over the cost. “Ronaldo’s message is he wants to leave,” said Balague. “Real would love to see a fight between PSG and Man Utd, but the situation is more complicated than simply being interested in the player. To add to a net annual salary demand of around £44m, Real would also demand around £89m for Ronaldo, which is an almighty expense for a player who would arrive aged 33.”

Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal to Manchester United Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Manchester United to Arsenal

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If Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez is to secure a transfer to Manchester United it will depend on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction. Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan is the major factor in the whole deal, says his agent Mino Raiola. He told Sky Sports News: “Sanchez is part of Mkhi’s deal. Not the other way around. Without him, Sanchez simply cannot go to United.”

Aleix Vidal: Barcelona to Manchester United/Manchester City/Liverpool/Everton

The agent of Barcelona star Aleix Vidal is in talks with Manchester clubs United and City and Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton. According to Estadio Deportivo and reported by the Daily Mirror, the versatile 28-year-old is behind Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo in the Barca pecking order and could be set to leave the Camp Nou.

Andy Carroll: West Ham to Chelsea

The Daily Telegraph claims this morning that Chelsea have “opened talks” with West Ham to sign Andy Carroll on a permanent basis. Sky Sports says the Hammers are willing to listen for bids of £20m for the striker. If Carroll does arrive at Stamford Bridge it could mean that Michy Batshuayi will leave and join Spanish side Sevilla on loan.

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Emerson Palmieri: Roma to Chelsea

According to Italian site Calciomercato Roma left back Emerson Palmieri is a target for Chelsea. The 23-year-old Brazilian has made only two appearances for the Serie A side this season and could join the Blues as back-up for Marcos Alonso.

Simon Mignolet: Liverpool keeper ‘considers future’

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has admitted that his future may lie away from Anfield. The stopper has become frustrated with Jurgen Klopp’s rotation policy and his last start was against Burnley on 1 January. He told Sky Sports: “After the game against Burnley I had a conversation with the coach, among other things about his ongoing rotation. I did not find that a healthy situation for a goalkeeper. My place on the bench against [Man] City confirmed his words. I am not satisfied with that [being dropped] but you have to respect a decision of the trainer.”

Manolo Gabbiadini: Southampton to Bologna

According to Sky Italia and reported by talkSPORT, Serie A side Bologna are looking at the signing of Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini. The Italian international has scored only three times this season and could be set for a return to his homeland - either late during this month’s transfer window or in the summer.

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