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Arsenal and Liverpool set to seal first January buys and all the latest transfer gossip

The window has reopened so we’re back to bring you today’s rumours — some more believable than others.

Portugal Soccer Champions League Mohamed Elneny (left) is capped 36 times for Egypt. Source: Paulo Duarte

Gunners on the verge of deal for Egypt international: Arsenal look close to buying Basel defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny for around €9.5m (£7m).

Liverpool’s first signing imminent: The Reds are set to tie up a €7 million (£5.1m) deal for 19-year-old Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgarde later today.

Mane going nowhere – reports: Manchester United target Sadio Mane will not be leaving Southampton in this window despite being dropped for last weekend’s meeting with Norwich.

Portugal Soccer Europe League Locomotiv Moscow's Oumar Niasse. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Senegalese striker a wanted man: Oumar Niasse of Lokomotive Moscow could be on his way to the Premier League with several clubs scouting the 25-year-old, who has scored 12 goals and added 10 assists this season.

Clubs on alert after Dortmund comments: The Bundesliga outfit’s chief executive Hans-Hoachim Watzke insists they are not dependent on top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is reportedly wanted by a number of top English sides.

Madrid to Manchester for Spanish star? Manuel Pellegrini knows Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco well from their Malaga days and he is hoping to bring the 23-year-old to City for around €40m (£30m).

Lafferty off to Leeds: Controversial Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty is in talks to joins Leeds United from Norwich City, having made just two appearances for the Canaries this season.

Retro Deal of the Day

Back in 1998, Chelsea shelled out a record transfer fee of £5.4m to Lazio for Italian hitman Pierluigi Casiraghi.

Soccer - FA Carling Premiership - Chelsea v Newcastle United Source: EMPICS Sport

However, after arriving in England with a big reputation, the former Juventus man scored just once in his first 10 games for the Blues — against Liverpool at Anfield (also remembered for that unfortunate incident involving Phil Babb and a goalpost).

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That November, disaster struck as he suffered a horrific knee ligament injury after colliding with West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop and two defenders.

Despite undergoing 10 operations, he would never play professionally again.

Casiraghi has since coached the likes of Italy’s U21s and Cagliari, but these days he is assistant to Gianfranco Zola at Qatari side Al-Arabi.

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