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Spain

Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Gremio midfielder Arthur. Barca’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez has been in Madrid since Saturday to try and close the deal. What’s more, Andre Cury, a member of Barca’s scouting team, has been in contact with Gremio about a move to Barcelona for Arthur in the New Year. (Mundo Deportivo)

Cesar Azpilicueta says Andres Iniesta is unlikely to get a warm welcome when he lines up for Barcelona against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder scored a late goal in 2009 to send Barca through to the Champions League final after a controversial refereeing display saw Chelsea denied a number of penalty claims. “I think Andres continues giving the Chelsea fans nightmares and I don’t believe he’ll be well received,” Azpilicueta said. (AS)

Lionel Messi’s main focus over the last few weeks has been the Chelsea game, with the Argentine superstar keen on ending his duck against the Blues. (Mundo Deportivo)

France

Eden Hazard says he’ll leave Chelsea when he wants to, but insists he is happy at Stamford Bridge at the moment. “I still have two-and-a-half years left on my contract,” he said. “I feel very good over here. The fans love me, my family enjoys life over here. We’ll see. In football anything can happen, but in football nothing can happen. Every year there’s talk about Real or PSG and when I want to change clubs I will, but at the moment I’m good where I am. (Telefoot)

Sampdoria director Daniele Prade has confirmed that left-back Ivan Strinic, who will be out on contract in June, is on AC Milan’s radar. “I can confirm that Milan asked for authorisation to speak to the player,” Prade said. “He is an exemplary professional, he signed a contract for these 10 months and we knew what the conditions were.” (RMC Sport)

Germany

Robert Lewandowski has once again shut down rumours linking him with Real Madrid. “If I were to think about the Real speculation as a Bayern player, it wouldn’t be good for me because it would mean I wasn’t focused on my job here,” Lewandowski said, “I’m a Bayern player and want to give everything for them. That comes first for me.” (Kicker)

Italy

Despite losing 2-0 to Genoa and sitting 18 points behind league leaders Napoli, Inter Milan’s Chinese owners aren’t planning to sack head coach Luciano Spalletti. (Corriere dello Sport)

Portugal

Sporting Lisbon are set to offer Manchester City transfer target Rafael Leao a new contract to try and keep the talented 18-year-old at the club. (Record)

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