Friday’s transfer rumor roundup: Isco to Man City; Ighalo staying put

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The biggest transfer rumor making its way around the internet on Friday, the first day of the January 2016 transfer window in the UK, involves 23-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Isco, who’s said to be unhappy at the Bernabeu Stadium and open to a move to Manchester City, according to the Mirror.

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Man City are also in pursuit of 19-year-old Schalke forward Leroy Sane, according to Bild. Sane, who made his debut and lone appearance for the senior German national team in 2015, is reportedly valued at nearly $50 million by the Bundesliga side, a price at which City are said to have balked.

As for Watford striker Odion Ighalo, with whom many clubs across Europe have been linked after a stellar first half of the 2015-16 season (14 goals in 19 games), the Nigerian striker has poured cold water all over rumors saying he’ll be leaving Vicarage Road this month.

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Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny has reportedly passed his medical with Arsenal and will become the Gunners’ first signing of the January window. The 23-year-old will provide UEFA Champions League-experienced cover for the injured Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla.

Claudio Ranieri insists his Leicester City side will not be dismantled in January, with forward Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez staying put — quotes from the Express. And finally, former Arsenal, Chelsea and Roma defender Ashley Cole has been offered a contract by Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, according to numerous reports.