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Transfer news: Mesut Özil expected to remain at Arsenal

The transfer window is well underway but German star Mesut Özil won't be going anywhere according to Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger. The playmaker has been linked with a transfer, with his contract expiring in July.

January 18

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is adamant star man Mesut Özil will not be leaving the Premier League club this winter. The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a number of clubs, including Real Madrid. Wenger responded with a simple "yes" when asked if Özil would be staying beyond January.

January 18

Augsburg left-back Kostas Stafylidis is expected to sign on loan for Stoke City within the next 24 hours.

New Stoke coach Paul Lambert is hoping to wrap up his first signing. Stafylidis 

"He's a really good left-back and has lots of energy which we need," Lambert said.

Stafylidis has fallen out of favor under Augsburg coach Manuel Baum and hasn't started a match all season.

January 17

Cologne have signed a new central midfielder - Vincent Koziello from Nice. The reported fee is €3m and the 22-year-old has signed a deal until 2022. Oddly, Koziello will wear number 41 but was nevertheless Armin Veh's "primary target" during the window. Also worth noting is that Koziello has played for France U21s with the likes of Jean-Kevin Augustin and Ousmane Dembele. If he has anything like that kind of quality, maybe Cologne's great escape is possible after all?


January 16

Despite strong interest from Juventus, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says he could still stay at Liverpool. The German international is out of contract at the end of the season and it was widely believed he'd be heading to Serie A. But he says nothing is decided at this point.

“My agent is looking after everything but I am here until the summer,” Can said. “I haven’t signed anything with anyone. I am talking with everyone. Of course I am talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club.

“What can I say? My agent does the rest. I just concentrate on the scene, on my performance and the football. I will give everything for this team.”

January 16

Schalke's forward Donis Avdijaj has joined Dutch outfit Roda JC on loan for the rest of the season. The Osnabrück-born frontman has yet to make an appearance for the Royal Blues under Domenico Tedesco and spent two year on loan at Strum Graz between 2104 and 2016.

Avdijaj's contract expires in eighteen months and Schalke said in a statement that "the two parties wish to retain confidentiality regarding the finer details of the deals."

 January 15

Borussia Dortmund have moved to strengthen their defensive ranks with the signing of Swiss international center back Manuel Akanji from Basel for a fee thought to be about €21.5 million ($26.2m). 

The 22-year-old has won four caps for his country and played every game as Basel progressed from their Champions League group. He will wear the number 16 shirt at Dortmund.

“I felt very comfortable in the talks with Dortmund’s decision-makers," Akanji said. "It was a decision of the heart. I’ve always liked the football that’s being played at Dortmund. I’m looking forward to the time here and will give my all.”

Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said Akanji had been "in the sights" of a number of European clubs and believes the player "still has room to grow further." He could make his debut in Dortmund's Friday night match against Hertha Berlin.

January 13

After weeks of speculation, RB Leipzig have confirmed that Naby Keita will remain with the Bundesliga side until the summer, scuppering any chances Liverpool had of bringing the deal forward in January.

Reports in recent weeks had suggested that the Reds would pay a premium on their current deal with the German outfit that would see the midfielder move to Anfield this month rather than wait until the summer. However, ahead of the Matchday 18 clash with FC Schalke 04, the club moved to allay fears the Guinean international would leave before the end of the season.

Sporting director Ralf Rangnick: "We won't allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window."

January 12 

Dennis Geiger has extended his contract with Hoffenheim until 2022. The 19-year-old midfielder is seen as Sebastian Rudy's successor at the club after the German left to Bayern Munich. Geiger has scored twice in 13 Bundesliga outings in his debut top-flight campaign.

January 11

Widespread media reports in both England and Germany suggested early on Thursday that Liverpool, who have just lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, want to bring forward the transfer of Naby Keita. But RB Leipzig quickly moved to quell speculation about the midfielder,  who agreed to join the English club at the end of the season.

"There is nothing new about this situation and so that speculation is not true," the club told the BBC. "Nothing has changed and our position hasn't changed from before regarding this transfer."

Earlier in the day, German newspaper Bild claimed the Bundesliga club are open to the possibility of bringing the transfer forward in order to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, though the fact that he is cup tied for the Champions League may put off the Anfield outfit.

January 10 

Wolfsburg have added to their ranks by securing the signature of attacking midfielder Renato Steffen from Swiss champions Basel. The 26-year-old joins for a fee in the region of €2 million (2.4 million) and has signed a contract that will tie him to the club until 2021.

Steffen scored 35 goals and provided 36 assists in 149 Swiss Super League appearances and has fairly extensive European experience, as well as five caps for Switzerland.

Wolfsburg's sporting director Olaf Rebbe said the club had been tracking the player for some time, initially trying to sign him in the summer and expects Steffen to add quality to the squad.

"I have consistently emphasized, that we will only become active on the transfer market when we can sign a player who can make us better," he said. "Renato Steffen is exactly that type of player," 

January 9

Schalke have announced the future signing of Mark Uth from Hoffenheim on a free transfer. The 26-year-old, who is the most prolific German in the league this season with nine goals, will sign for Schalke when his contract expires at the end of the current season.

"I'm confident that a move to Schalke 04 is the perfect next step for me. I'm really looking forward to tackling this new challenge from the summer," said the striker. "Until then, I will of course be fully focused on my role at TSG, and will continue to help the club reach their goals with commitment and passion."

Uth began his career with hometown club Cologne but only turned pro when he moved to Heerenveen in the Netherlands. He returned to Germany in 2015 with Hoffenheim and scored in both legs of their Champions League qualification loss to Liverpool at the start of this season.

Uth is the second first-team player that Hoffenheim have lost on a free transfer in the last two seasons, after Sebastian Rudy was allowed to join Bayern Munich on a Bosman ahead of the current campaign.

January 9 

Another transfer window, another slew of rumors about the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. This time around, all the talk is that the Gabonese striker, who has 13 goals in his 15 league games this term, is on his way to China, with Chinese outlets reporting that Guangzhou Evergrande and rivals Beijing Guoan are looking to tie up a €70 million ($85 million) deal. 

Aubameyang, 28, has come in to conflict with Dortmund after the club suspended him for a match in November following his decision to film a freestyle video on club property without the required permission.

However, China's football association (CFA) warned on Tuesday that it would punish teams who flout its transfer rules, which include a 100 percent tax on incoming transfers of foreign players.

The CFA too did not name the striker but made a clear reference to the Dortmund frontman and the two clubs.

"The news of two clubs suspected of engaging in a bidding war on a transfer has caused social concern," it said in a statement, adding that it had asked them to explain.

January 7

Arturo Vidal, 30, appears to be staying put, at least until the end of the season. Speaking after a friendly match in Qatar on Saturday, Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said that "neither Arturo Vidal nor any other players" will depart the defending Bundesliga champions during the January transfer window.

According to multiple reports, London-based club Chelsea, who is managed by Antonio Conte, has interest in the Chilean midfielder. Conte coached Vidal from 2011-2014 while the two were at Juventus in Italy. Vidal's contract with Bayern expires at the end of next season.

January 6

Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho has completed a move to Barcelona, signing a contract until June 2023 with a €400 million ($481 million) buyout clause. 

Reports from British media have suggested that Liverpool, who acquired Coutinho five years ago from Italian side Inter Milan, will receive a €160 million ($193 million) fee from Barcelona. If true, that would make the Brazilian forward the second most expensive player ever behind Neymar, whom the Catalan club sold to Paris Saint-Germain before the 2017-18 season.

"It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known," Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said in a club statement. "Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen."

Coutinho, 25, has seven goals and seven assists in 14 appearances in the English Premier League. His record is even better in the Champions League as he helped Liverpool qualify for the knockout stages after five goals and two assists in five group stage games.

January 5

Schalke have completed the signing of Marko Pjaca. The 22-year-old Croatian striker joins the Royal Blues on loan from Italian champions Juventus. Pjaca has spoken with former Schalke captain and current Juventus defender Benedikt Höwedes before agreeing to join the club. "He told me great things about the club," Pjaca told Sky Germany. 

January 4

Reports in Germany suggest that negotiations for a deal that would see Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan rejoining Borussia Dortmund have "intensified." According to local outlet Ruhr Nachrichten, the deal depends on two conditions: First, United must drop the club's asking price for the winger, and second of all, the Armenian himself must agree to a pay cut. BVB's interest in Basel defender Manuel Akanji has cooled due to the Swiss club's asking price. 

January 3

Schalke have confirmed the club's first signing for this transfer window. Nürnberg's 20-year-old striker Cedric Teuchert will join the club with immediate effect. Teuchert scored six goals in this season's 2. Bundesliga, and has made three appearances for Germany's U21 side.

January 1

Schalke's Leon Goretzka is reportedly on the verge of signing for Bayern Munich. The Germany midfielder's contract runs out at the end of the season, and will move to the Bundesliga champions on a free, according to BILD.

Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said the player hasn't informed the club as to his decision. "I trust Leon and his agent, with whom I spoke yesterday," Heidel told German outlet SPORT1.

December 27, 2017

Reports in Germany suggest that Borussia Dortmund attacker Andre Schürrle could be joining Stuttgart on loan. The 2014 World Cup winner spent most of the first half of the season sitting on Dortmund's bench and that has to change if Schürrle hopes to be a part of Joachim Löw's Germany squad heading to the World Cup this summer. Stuttgart have already signed another Russia 2018 hopeful in Mario Gomez.

December 22, 2017

Another homecoming move in the Bundesliga. Mario Gomez is moving back to Stuttgart, where it all started for him. The reported fee is around three million euros ((three hundred and fifty six million dollars). 19-year-old striker Josip Brekalo's loan at Stuttgart has been terminated and he will return to Wolfsburg.

December 21, 2017

Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Ramalho will join Red Bull Salzburg in January, where he played between 2013 and 2015. The 25-year-old defender spent last season on loan at Mainz, but failed to make the grade at the Bay Arena. 


Bayern Munich attacker Kingsley Coman has extended his contract at the club until 2023. "I feel very happy at Bayern and in Munich," said the Frenchman. The German champions have also confirmed they've signed Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner.

December 20, 2017

Bundesliga strugglers Mainz have brought back a familiar face in an effort to boost their scoring punch. Anthony Ujah has signed a contract with Mainz through the end of the 2020-21 season. The 27-year-old Nigerian, who spent the 2011-12 season at Mainz, returns to the Bundesliga from China, where he had joined Super League outfit Liaoning FC in 2016.  Ujah has also had spells with Cologne and Werder Bremen.


Cologne's interim coach, Stefan Ruthenbeck, is to stay on in the job until the end of the season, the Bundesliga club announced on Wednesday. Armin Veh, the club's new general manager, said Ruthenbeck and his assistants had convinced him to keep them on through their work, saying that they had struck the right tone with the team and had shown themselves capable of resolving difficult situations. 

"They have my trust, therefore we have reached a consensus to continue to work with this coaching staff," Veh said.


Bundesliga cellar dwellers Cologne have made their first signing of the winter break. Stuttgart striker Simon Terodde is rejoining the club he played for between 2009 and 2011. The 29-year-old Terodde has signed a contract that should keep him in Cologne through the end of the 2020-21 season.

"Simon Terodde is physically strong, has proven over the years that he is clinical in front of goal, and is a great guy," Cologne's new general manager, Armin Veh, said in a statement posted on the Rhineland club's website on Wednesday.

"I had two very nice years in Cologne and am really happy to return here. I made my first step as a professional footballer in Cologne and know all about the special atmosphere at the RheinEnergieSTADION," Terodde said. "Of course we have a difficult challenge awaiting us in the second half of the season, but we will do everything we can in order to maintain our place in the Bundesliga."

Terodde's 25 goals in the second division last season played a major role in Stuttgart earning promotion. However, this season, he has managed just three goals in 17 matches in the Bundesliga.


December 17, 2017

Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner appears to be set to sign on with Bayern Munich. The mass-circulation daily Bild and the sports bi-weekly Kicker have reported that it is essentially a done deal, with only the formalities to be finalized. The 30-year-old Wagner, who has seven caps for Germany, has four goals in his 11 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim this season.

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