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Date published: Thursday 1st February 2018 8:56

Mesut Ozil turned down a huge offer from China to remain at Arsenal, while Cristiano Ronaldo has named the four players he wants at Real Madrid, according to Thursday’s papers.



Mesut Ozil is reported to have turned down a £435,000-a-week contract with a Chinese club before signing a new deal at Arsenal.

The Germany star was said to have been a major target for Guangzhou Evergrande, who were reportedly ready to pay the 29-year-old £22m-a-year.

The deal would have far exceeded his new contract at The Emirates, which is said to be worth £350,000-a-week.

Ozil would have been a free agent this summer but opted to stay with the Gunners after being impressed with their January transfer window additions.


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Pep Guardiola has hinted that he will make another move for Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez in the summer (The Sun)

Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid of four players he wants to see at the club after the summer transfer window (Daily Express)

Arsenal failed with a late £12m bid for Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, with West Brom also resisting interest from Manchester City and Everton for the 30-year-old (Express & Star)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed a deal to join LA Galaxy from Manchester United and will travel to America for the start of the MLS season in March (Daily Star)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce says the futures of five players in the squad that beat Leicester 2-1 at Goodison Park were in doubt on deadline day (Liverpool Echo)

Roma ended their interest in Manchester United’s Daley Blind after the Old Trafford club demanded the Italian club take the Netherlands defender on a permanent deal (Daily Express)

Southampton will renew their bid to sign winger Quincy Promes from Spartak Moscow in the summer, after a £25m deadline day deal broke down (Daily Mail)

West Ham had a bid for Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov rejected after the player announced he wanted to stay in Russia (Guardian)

Real Madrid are preparing a £30.7million move for Zenit midfielder Leandro Parades – but the deal will not be complete until the summer (Daily Express)

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