Transfer Deadline Day LIVE! Chelsea SIGN Fernandez; Arsenal unveil Jorginho; Sabitzer, Porro done deals

Transfer Deadline Day LIVE! Chelsea SIGN Fernandez; Arsenal unveil Jorginho; Sabitzer, Porro done deals

Transfer news LIVE!

January transfer deadline day lived up to every expectation. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all finalised massive signings for their squads in one of the most exciting windows ever. Enzo Fernandez has joined Chelsea and Marcel Sabitzer is a Manchester United player after Pedro Porro joined Tottenham and Arsenal confirmed the signing of Jorginho.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners were desperate for a midfielder and after admitting defeat in their pursuit of Brighton’s Caicedo, Jorginho has joined in a deal worth £12million. Chelsea used that to help fund a British record £105million deal for Fernandez after weeks of talks with Benfica, with an agreement finally reached. But Hakim Ziyech’s move to PSG is in major doubt.

Spurs announced Porro’s £39m arrival having made a breakthrough with Sporting CP, after Djed Spence and Matt Doherty left the club. Manchester United are have signed Sabitzer from Bayern Munich. Follow all the latest news, rumours and gossip on January transfer deadline day LIVE via Standard Sport’s blog below!

Latest transfer deadline day news and rumours

  • Fernandez completes Chelsea move

  • Arsenal announce Jorginho signing

  • Tottenham confirm Porro signing

  • Gunners admit defeat in Caicedo chase

  • Spurs terminate Doherty contract

Ziyech in limbo over PSG loan

09:24 , Alex Young

Paris Saint-Germain‘s hopes of signing Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech on loan until the end of the season are in serious doubt.

The 29-year-old completed a medical in the French capital earlier on deadline day but an agreement between the clubs was only reached in the last hour of the January transfer window.

And yet, Chelsea’s failure to file the correct documents before the 11pm deadline has threatened to kill the deal - leaving PSG furious.

Read more here!

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Benfica boss not happy with Enzo

08:51 , Alex Young

Benfica manager Roger Schmidt has criticised former player Enzo Fernandez's conduct as he pushed for a stunning £106.8million move to Chelsea.

Schmidt was desperate for Fernandez, who was named the best young player at the recent World Cup, to stay, having seen the player score four goals and grab seven assists during his six-month stint at the club.

And now the manager, having confirmed that "the deal is done", has gone public with his disappointment of the midfielder's stance in the process of leaving Benfica.

Speaking after Benfica's 3-0 away win at Arouca, Schmidt said: "It's always difficult to lose a good player in the winter market. but today we showed that we are a good team without him, that we are capable of playing good football without him, that the players are focused on getting the most points, to be champions.”

Read more here!


Porro shirt number

07:48 , Alex Young

Tottenham deadline day signing Pedro Porro’s shirt number has been confirmed following his arrival from Sporting Lisbon.

The wing-back move to the Premier League was final confirmed just 10 minutes before Tuesday evening’s deadline after a month-long negotiation between the two clubs.

Porro has signed on loan until the end of the season with an obligation to make the move permanent in the summer. The deal should total around £40million including the loan fee and then the cost to turn the move permanent.

The defender has been handed the no.23 shirt at Spurs, last worn by Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier but was notably worn by Christian Eriksen for six and a half years.

Read more here!

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

How Arsenal can lineup with Jorginho

07:24 , Alex Young

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will hope Jorginho can provide competition and cover for Thomas Partey as the Gunners bid to win the title.

Finding competition for Partey has proved incredibly difficult over the years and that is a testament to how talented the Ghanaian is.

With Mohamed Elneny out injured, Arsenal had to do something and the £12milliion arrival of Jorginho is a viable short-term solution.

He will likely operate for Arsenal at the base of midfield, playing like Partey as a No6, but he could also play in a midfield two as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Read more here!

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Still waiting on our Chelsea announcement

01:20 , Marc Mayo

Keep it tuned to Standard Sport for all the reaction to Enzo Fernandez’s record-breaking transfer to Chelsea - and all the major deadline day deals.

I think we all need a lie down after that..!

Transfer Porro (Getty)
Transfer Porro (Getty)

Done deal!

01:11 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe leaves for a loan spell at Stoke.

Done deal!

01:03 , Marc Mayo

Another one lands at Southampton as Paul Onuachu joins from Genk, the towering striker costing around £18m.

Benfica statement on Fernandez

00:56 , Marc Mayo

“In a statement sent to the Securities Market Commission (CMVM) at 12:13am this Wednesday, February 1, Benfica informed that it reached an agreement with Chelsea for the sale of all the rights of the player Enzo Fernandez, for a sum of 121 million euros.

“Benfica also explained that Chelsea will have the right to retain the solidarity mechanism of 3.78 per cent for subsequent distribution to the clubs that participated in the player's training.

“Additionally, Benfica will incur charges for intermediation services of 6.56 per cent of the sale value deducted from the solidarity amount and will also have to deliver to River Plate the amount corresponding to 25 per cent of the transfer value deducted from the solidarity amounts and intermediation services.”


00:47 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea have signed Enzo Fernandez!

Read the full story!

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Is that a done deal!?

00:41 , Marc Mayo

I think it might be, you know!

More on Cedric Soares’ loan switch

00:40 , Marc Mayo

Cedric Soares has described the desire he felt to sign for Fulham after finally completing a deadline day loan switch from Arsenal.

Weeks of talks culminated in a six-month move confirmed after Tuesday’s transfer deadline for the January window.

“I feel great,” Cedric told the club website.

“I wanted this deal to happen, so we all pushed in the same direction, and I’m really happy and pleased to be here.

Read the full story!

Done deal!

00:32 , Marc Mayo

Cedric Soares’ loan switch from Arsenal to Fulham is official!

Done deal!

00:29 , Marc Mayo

Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana completes a £22m move to Southampton - that’s a new club record!

Benfica boss speaks out on Fernandez exit

00:24 , Marc Mayo

No sugar coating it from Roger Schmidt as he addresses his star player’s exit to Chelsea.

“It's always difficult to lose a good player in the winter market, but today we showed that we are a good team without him, that we are capable of playing good football without him, that the players are focused on getting the most points, to be champions,” he said after a 3-0 win at Arouca.

“Benfica is much bigger than any player. We just need players who are happy to play for Benfica, who are passionate. We had a player who wanted to leave and a club willing to pay the clause, we couldn't do anything.”

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(AFP/Getty Images)

Sabitzer speaks out of Man United switch

00:20 , Marc Mayo

Marcel Sabitzer has revealed he needed very little time to think about accepting the opportunity to sign for Manchester United.

The Premier League club completed a loan deal for the Bayern Munich midfielder on deadline day after losing Christian Eriksen to an ankle injury.

Sabitzer told the club website: “Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions.

“From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me. I am a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season.”

Read the full story!

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Done deal!

00:10 , Marc Mayo

Marcel Sabitzer is a Manchester United player!

Every Arsenal deal of the transfer window

00:10 , Marc Mayo

It may not have involved Mykhailo Mudryk or Moises Caicedo signing on the dotted line, but it was still a very busy window at the Gunners.

Recap every Arsenal deal here!

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Done deal!

00:02 , Marc Mayo

Leicester snap up Harry Souttar from Stoke in £15m deal to 2028.

Foxes midfielder Marc Albrighton, meanwhile, leaves for West Brom on loan.

Another Chelsea exit collapses

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:58 , Marc Mayo

Omari Hutchinson’s proposed move to West Brom is OFF.

The Chelsea winger had earlier agreed to the Championship loan stint, rejecting Wigan in the process.

Hull have also failed to make Xavier Simons’ loan switch permanent.

Enzo Fernandez: DONE DEAL!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:52 , Marc Mayo

Fabrizio Romano reporting on all the contracts being signed, sealed and delivered for Chelsea to land Enzo Fernandez in a spectacular deadline day deal!

A £40million up-front fee will be added to with six instalments, on a contract to June 2031.

Another deadline approaches

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:49 , Marc Mayo

The deal sheet only bought an hour of extra wriggle room and that is almost over!

Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez deal must be completed in the next ten minutes with Cedric Soares and Marcel Sabitzer’s moves also subject to this midnight deadline.

Given Chelsea’s earlier mishap with the documents, can they avoid an even bigger error with Fernandez?

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Latest on Hakim Ziyech

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:45 , Marc Mayo

Hakim Ziyech’s move to PSG is NOT dead in the water.

But it is in serious doubt after Chelsea’s issues with filing the correct documents for his loan transfer to the Parisians.

Some reports now suggesting PSG will appeal the loan deal not going through to the French authorities... so watch this space!

Read the full story!

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(Getty Images)

Cedric Soares announcement imminent

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:39 , Marc Mayo

Our reporter Simon Collings reporting that Fulham have sealed the six-month loan signing of Cedric Soares from Arsenal.

Done deal!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:26 , Matt Verri

Keylor Navas has joined Nottingham Forest on loan from PSG until the end of the season.

That’s quite the signing for Steve Cooper’s side!

Hold on...

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:19 , Matt Verri

Maybe not!

Fabrizio Romano reports there is a potentially very significant problem for PSG and Chelsea to overcome.

Both signed the contracts for Hakim Ziyech to make the move, but they were not sent to be registered in time. The two clubs are trying to fix this at the moment.

Ziyech to join PSG on loan

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:16 , Matt Verri

Paris Saint-Germain are set to sign Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old completed a medical in the French capital on deadline day but an agreement between the clubs was only reached in the last hour of the January transfer window.

The Morocco international has been trying to leave west London for over six months after falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel and has since failed to fully reclaim his place under Graham Potter.

After a successful World Cup in Qatar, Ziyech had the attention of several sides including AC Milan, Roma, Newcastle and Everton.

He has, however, opted to move to France’s biggest club although the loan does not include a purchase option, so any future fee must be agreed upon at a later date.

Read more on that here

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(Getty Images)

Chaos at Stamford Bridge!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:11 , Matt Verri

Forest business continues...

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:04 , Matt Verri

Felipe signed earlier in the day from Atletico Madrid, and now Jonjo Shelvey arrives at Nottingham Forest from Newcastle.

Keylor Navas is set to follow them very shortly.

The window is shut!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 23:02 , Matt Verri

But... the fun doesn’t end there.

Clubs that have submitted deal sheets can still complete moves after the 11pm deadline.

It’s believed Chelsea and Manchester United have handed those in, as they look to complete moves for Enzo Fernandez and Marcel Sabitzer respectively.

Done deal!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:53 , Matt Verri

Very strange announcement video, but who cares... Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Pedro Porro!

One right-back out on loan, another gone permanently, and now Porro has joined the club. Busy day.

Ten minutes to go!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:48 , Matt Verri

Just over ten minutes until the window shuts.

Chelsea in a race to complete the Enzo Fernandez paperwork, but that’s expected to be done.

Still waiting for that Pedro Porro announcement from Tottenham...

Doherty decision a strange one

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:38 , Matt Verri

You have to be ruthless during a rebuild and arguably terminating Matt Doherty’s contract is just that, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

But it still appears to be a strange decision and hardly smacks of great planning.

Spurs could, for example, have sent Djed Spence on loan to an English club today instead of Rennes and not fallen foul of FIFA’s international loan limit by sending Doherty to Atletico Madrid.

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Fernandez in it for the long haul...

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:33 , Matt Verri

It’s being widely reported in Argentina that it will indeed be an eight-and-a-half year deal for Enzo Fernandez!

He will sign a deal through to 2031 with Chelsea, one that will take him beyond his 30th birthday.

He’s currently 22.

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(Getty Images)

Jorginho on Arteta’s role in move

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:25 , Matt Verri

Jorginho has revealed Mikel Arteta had a “big influence” on him leaving Chelsea for Arsenal.

The Gunners swooped to sign Jorginho on transfer deadline day, parting with £12million to bring him in.

Arsenal wanted to sign a midfielder to provide competition for Thomas Partey, with Mohamed Elneny likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

“He was a big influence because I know that he tried a few times to get me before and it didn’t happen due to other reasons, not because of my wishes,” he said. “So of course, he had a big influence.”

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Fernandez flying to London

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:18 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez for a British transfer record, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 22-year-old is now flying by private jet to London to complete the transfer and the two clubs are working to complete the necessary paperwork before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

Fernandez will become the most expensive player in British football history, surpassing the £100million that Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish in 2021.

The move comes after a day of protracted negotiations between Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali and Benfica senior staff, including president Rui Costa.

Read the full story here

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Bellerin to Sporting confirmed!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:13 , Matt Verri

As expected, Hector Bellerin has left Barcelona and joined Sporting.

He’s seen as a replacement for Pedro Porro, who will be joining Tottenham. We’re still waiting for that announcement!

Done deal!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:10 , Matt Verri

Arsenal have confirmed Albert Sambi Lokonga’s loan move to Crystal Palace.

The midfielder has joined the Eagles on loan for the rest of the season, where he will be hoping to get regular football after a frustrating campaign in north London.

Lokonga has played only 196 minutes in the Premier League, while the 23-year-old struggled to take his chance when starting all six of Arsenal’s Europa League group-stage games.

“I’m really excited – I can’t wait to get started,” Lokonga told Palace’s official website.

“I’m really happy to join Crystal Palace. I want to go as far as possible with the team. I will try to push for me and the team to do the maximum to reach the top.”

Doherty joins Atletico Madrid

Tuesday 31 January 2023 22:03 , Matt Verri

Matt Doherty has signed for Atletico Madrid as expected, but it’s come in slightly different circumstances than appeared likely.

It was believed that the Tottenham right-back would join Atletico on loan, but he has instead joined them on a free transfer after his Spurs contract was terminated.

Agreement over Fernandez deal!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:58 , Matt Verri

Huge news for Blues fans!

Chelsea and Benfica have reached an agreement over Enzo Fernandez, after tough negotiations.

The midfielder will now have a medical, while the clubs race to get the paperwork done in time. The Premier League transfer window shuts in an hour.

The race is on!


Ziyech set for PSG switch

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:54 , Matt Verri

PSG have now reached an agreement with Chelsea to bring Hakim Ziyech to France on loan.

The winger completed a medical earlier today and was waiting for the two clubs to strike a deal as he pushed for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

The Athletic report that is now set to take place, with PSG expected to pay a loan fee to sign Ziyech for the rest of the season. There is no obligation to make the move a permanent one in the summer.

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Cedric to join Fulham after Duffy deal

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:50 , Matt Verri

Shane Duffy is set to join Fulham in a permanent deal to allow Cedric Soares to join on loan from Arsenal, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

As it stood, Fulham already had the maximum number of players on loan in their squad, a factor that was blocking Cedric’s arrival.

However, Duffy’s move has now been made permanent, opening up space for the right-back to join from the Gunners.

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Giroud also turns down Everton

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:46 , Matt Verri

This list is growing!

It looks increasingly likely that Sean Dyche will have no January signings to turn to as he attempts to keep Everton up.

Calciomercato claim that the Toffees approached Olivier Giroud over a move, offering him €3.5m until the end of the season and a further €2m if he helped Everton stay up.

Giroud is out of contract at AC Milan in the summer, though a new deal is expected, and Everton were keen to offer him a contract for next season too. However, the Frenchman has no interest in joining the club.


Everton see Sarr bid rejected

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:36 , Matt Verri

Everton have failed in their attempts to bring Ismaila Sarr.

That has been the case seemingly with everyone they’ve tried to buy - nobody wants that Anthony Gordon money.

The Athletic report Everton wanted to pay Watford £2m to take Sarr on loan for the rest of the season, with an obligation to buy the winger for £30m in the summer should they stay in the Premier League.

A firm no from Watford.

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Bellerin off to Portugal

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:26 , Matt Verri

Hector Bellerin has joined Sporting as a replacement for Pedro Porro.

The 27-year-old has struggled for minutes at Barcelona this season since leaving Arsenal in the summer, and has now moved to Sporting on a permanent deal.

It’s believed Barcelona will receive a percentage of any fee should Sporting sell Bellerin in the future.

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Progress in Fernandez talks

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:22 , Matt Verri


Chelsea running out of time in their pursuit of Enzo Fernandez, but it sounds like progress is being made.

The Guardian report that negotiations are heading in the right direction, as the Blues look to finally get this over the line.

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Done deal!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:18 , Matt Verri

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Naouirou Ahamada on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 20-year-old arrives for £10.5million from Stuttgart, and it’s expected to soon be followed by the loan signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Arsenal.

“I’m very happy to have joined this club,” Ahamada said. “It is an amazing club, and I’m very excited to get started.

“I want to show my quality, and I want to help this team with my quality. I want to play games, work hard, train hard and progress, and help the team.”


Chelsea losing Fernandez race

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:11 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are reportedly losing the race to sign Enzo Fernandez before the window shuts.

Record claim that the midfielder is increasingly likely to stay at Benfica, with the Portuguese club standing firm with their desire to keep him.

Fernandez will not be a part of Benfica’s squad tonight against Arouca, as negotiations continue.


Everton could turn to Ayew

Tuesday 31 January 2023 21:02 , Matt Verri

Everton are searching high and low for a new striker.

Reports have suggested they made contact with Michy Batshuay, but were told he would rather stay at Fenerbahce and would only consider a move for a more stable project according to The Athletic.

It now looks like Andre Ayew is a target for Everton. He’s currently a free agent, so there is no deadline for that move.

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Edu discusses Jorginho move

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:53 , Matt Verri

Arsenal sporting director Edu says new signing Jorginho “brings quality and experience” to their squad for the title run-in.

Jorginho joined Arsenal from Chelsea in a shock deadline-day move after the Gunners cooled their interest in Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.

Mikel Arteta believes Jorginho will bring “leadership skills” that could be crucial as Arsenal bid to stay clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Sporting Director Edu said: “Jorginho is an established professional with a strong mentality who brings quality and experience into our squad.

“He is a player who fits our style of play, and he joins us at a very good moment where he can contribute in a key position to help maintain our momentum. We welcome Jorginho to Arsenal.”

Read his full comments here

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Done deal!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:45 , Matt Verri

As we covered earlier, Harvey White has joined Derby on loan for the rest of the season.

White has earned praise from Antonio Conte this season and made his senior debut in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace earlier this month.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at League One Portsmouth and now returns to the third tier with Derby.

Navas close to sealing Forest move

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:41 , Matt Verri

Nottingham Forest are expected to wrap up a deal for Keylor Navas.

Yes, you heard. He’s set to join the Premier League side on loan from PSG for the rest of the season, a move he was pushing for.

It’s believed Navas will undergo a medical in Paris, as the final details of the move are sorted.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Sabitzer arrives in the UK!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:31 , Matt Verri

Marcel Sabitzer has landed in Manchester as his loan move nears completion.

With Christian Eriksen ruled out for about three months, Man United have acted swiftly today to bolster their midfield options.

Houssem Aouar was reportedly considered, but it is Bayern Munich’s Sabitzer who will join United on loan for the rest of the season.

Simons to make permanent move

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:24 , Matt Verri

Hull City have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea loanee Xavier Simons on a permanent deal, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 19-year-old is ready to leave Stamford Bridge for Hull on a permanent basis, despite making just three appearances for the Championship club this season.

Simons has seen less than 90 minutes of action in the first half of the season but Hull manager Liam Rosenior has desperately pushed to sign the youngster.

Rosenior feels Simons was undervalued before he was appointed, and is now keen to give him a prominent role as a full-time player.

Read the full story on that

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Hutchinson set for West Brom move

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:14 , Matt Verri

Chelsea teenager Omari Hutchinson has agreed to join West Brom on a loan deal until the end of the season, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 19-year-old turned down an offer rock-bottom Championship side Wigan to join promotion-chasing West Brom.

Dutch giants PSV were also interested in a permanent deal for Hutchinson after selling Noni Madueke to Chelsea for £29million.

But Hutchinson has agreed on a move to West Brom, who are 10th in the Championship and two points outside the play-off places.

Read more on that here

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Arsenal confirm Jorginho arrival

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:09 , Matt Verri

Arsenal have completed the deadline day signing of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho on an 18-month contract.

The Italian international emerged as a shock target after the failed pursuit of Brighton star Moises Caicedo, who was the subject of two offers.

Brighton, however, rejected both bids and duly forced the Premier League leaders into a short-term move for Jorginho.

A stalwart at Stamford Bridge following his arrival in the summer of 2018, the 31-year-old also had interest from Barcelona and former club Napoli.

Mikel Arteta had been keen to draft in midfielder and a £12m deal to bring the Italian to the Emirates Stadium was struck with only hours left in the window.

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It’s a done deal!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:05 , Matt Verri

No Fernandez breakthrough

Tuesday 31 January 2023 20:02 , Matt Verri

Disagreements still remain between Chelsea and Benfica over a potential Enzo Fernandez deal.

Sky Sports report that the Blues want to pay the buy-out clause in six instalments over the next five years, while Benfica want the fee in three payments within two years.

The structure of the deal remains a problem - Chelsea running out of time to fix that.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Man United finalising Sabitzer paperwork

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:56 , Matt Verri

Manchester United are on the verge of completing a loan move for Marcel Sabitzer.

The Athletic report that United are sorting the midfielder’s work permit and putting the finishing touches on the paperwork, before that move is made official.

The deal does not include an option to make the move a permanent one in the summer.


Charlton sign former Chelsea defender

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:48 , Matt Verri

Charlton have confirmed the signing of former Chelsea centre-back Michael Hector.

The 30-year-old, who signed for the Blues on deadline day in 2015, but was sent out on a number of loans before joining Fulham.

Hector has been out of contract since the summer, but has now joined Charlton until the end of the season.

“It feels great to be a Charlton player,” he said. “The boys seem like a good bunch and I’ve settled in nicely.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing at The Valley. Every time I’ve played at The Valley it has been at night and it feels like a European night. It’s always a decent atmosphere, obviously being a home player it will be a different experience and it’s one I’m really looking forward to.”

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(Charlton Athletic)

Gil confident he has improved

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:41 , Matt Verri

Tottenham‘s Bryan Gil believes he has returned to Sevilla a better player, despite his lack of minutes in English football.

Gil last night rejoined his former club on a straight loan for the rest of the season - without an option or obligation to buy - after another frustrating six months with Spurs.

The 21-year-old, who joined Spurs from the LaLiga club in a deal worth £21million plus Erik Lamela 18 months ago, finally earned a Premier League start under Antonio Conte in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace earlier this month but was forced further down the pecking order by the arrival of Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal.

Conte has previously said the winger does not yet have the physique for English football but compared him in quality to Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva.

“In the Premier League the physical level is noticeable, the referees allow more, but the less physical players can also stand out if you adapt well,” Gil said at a press conference to announce his return to Seville.

Read his full comments here


Cedric agreement reached!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:32 , Matt Verri

I’m told Arsenal and Fulham are working on the paperwork over a deal for Cedric, writes Simon Collings.

This one should finally get wrapped up.

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Canos completes Olympiakos move

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:26 , Matt Verri

Sergi Canos has joined Olympiakos on loan from Brentford.

The Bees’ longest-serving player only has six months remaining on his contract, but the club do have an option to extend that by a further 12 months.

Phil Giles, the Brentford’s director of football, said: “We have the option to extend Sergi’s contract in the summer, so it is very possible that we will see him back with us.”

Sabitzer set for Man United loan

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:19 , Matt Verri

Marcel Sabitzer has been filmed boarding a flight ahead of his transfer deadline day move to Manchester United.

A loan deal, not including an option to buy, has reportedly been agreed to take the Austrian from Bayern Munich to Old Trafford.

United face a race against the clock to seal Sabitzer’s signature with the deadline set at 11pm GMT, although they can submit a deal sheet to gain a time extension if all the formalities have not been completed.

Sky Sports released footage of the 28-year-old passing through Munich airport on Tuesday evening.

Read more on that here

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(Sky Sports)

Bakayoko negotiations fall through

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:12 , Matt Verri

A deal to take Tiemoue Bakayoko to Lyon has collapsed on transfer deadline day, the Chelsea midfielder’s agent has confirmed.

Currently on loan at AC Milan, the Frenchman had hoped to find a new club with the Rossoneri unwilling to play him as it would trigger an automatic £12million purchase option. Bakayoko, 28, remains under contract at Stamford Bridge for another 18 months.

Serie A club Cremonese and Lyon of Ligue 1 had both been in talks with the player over signing him for the rest of the season, but agent Federico Pastorello has confirmed that neither move is expected to be completed.

“Bakayoko couldn’t join Cremonese due to a few issues,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I don’t think [he’ll join Lyon]. There are some problems between Lyon, Milan and Chelsea.”

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Fernandez talks continue

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:06 , Matt Verri

On we go with the Enzo Fernandez saga.

The Telegraph report that Chelsea and Benfica have now come closer to reaching an agreement over the deal’s structure, but no deal has yet been reached.

If it is not completed tonight, there is a suggestion that a move could be agreed for Fernandez to join in the summer.

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Fulham struggle to make Cedric breakthrough

Tuesday 31 January 2023 19:00 , Matt Verri

Fulham continue to struggle to find an agreement with Arsenal over the signing of defender Cedric Soares, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 31-year-old had hoped to move to west London after struggling for game time under Mikel Arteta this season.

However, the cost has been prohibitive and the talks between the clubs have hit a snag late on during the transfer window.

Several other full-backs have been sounded out but the Cottagers may have to be content with only signing Sasa Lukic, the Torino midfielder joining for £8.8million, who is set to be announced imminently.

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Merson hails Jorginho signing

Tuesday 31 January 2023 18:50 , Matt Verri

Arsenal signing Jorginho for £12million will be an “outstanding” piece of transfer deadline day business, Paul Merson has claimed.

The Chelsea midfielder is expected to sign on the dotted line before the 11pm GMT deadline with the Gunners securing a cut-price deal ahead of his Blues contract expiring in the summer.

“Outstanding,” Merson told Sky Sports. “You’re buying experience, he’s won big trophies. He’s a proper holding midfield player.

“It was only two years ago he won the Champions League, Italy won the Euros - we were asking why England doesn’t produce these players. Two years on, Arsenal could be getting him.

“I know he’s two years older but he’s so intelligent. He’ll protect the back four and he just keeps it simple. He’ll be feeding [Martin] Odegaard, [Bukayo] Saka, [Gabriel] Martinelli... he’s a top signing.”

Read his full comments here

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Porro to sign Tottenham contract soon

Tuesday 31 January 2023 18:36 , Matt Verri

Pedro Porro is expected to sign his Tottenham contract at 8pm.

It’s a saga that has dragged on for the whole month, but Sporting and Spurs have finally reached an agreement.

With Djed Spence and Matt Doherty leaving on loan, Porro will be coming in as Antonio Conte finally gets his man.

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White set to join Derby on loan

Tuesday 31 January 2023 18:26 , Matt Verri

Young Tottenham midfielder Harvey White is close to securing a late loan move to Derby County for the remainder of the season, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

White, 21, has earned praise from Antonio Conte this season and made his senior debut in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace earlier this month.

The versatile youngster spent the second half of last season on loan at League One Portsmouth and now returns to the third tier with the Rams, who are hunting promotion.

Alfie Devine, who attracted interest from a number of clubs on loan, is set to stay at Spurs, however.

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Cucurella given transfer update!

Tuesday 31 January 2023 18:21 , Matt Verri

Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella’s reaction to Jorginho’s shock move to rivals Arsenal has been caught on camera.

A stalwart at Stamford Bridge since a £50m move from Napoli in 2018, Jorginho will be joining the Gunners on an 18-month contract.

The deal is believed to have cost around £10m up front, with a further £2m available in add-ons and the 31-year-old has been spotted donning the Arsenal kit.

Cucurella was filming social media content behind the scenes at Chelsea and was asked who the smartest player in the Blues squad was, only to be told Jorginho was no longer a team-mate.

Other options considered by Man United

Tuesday 31 January 2023 18:11 , Matt Verri

Houssem Aouar is another player being considered by Manchester United on deadline day.

While they are close to completing a move for Marcel Sabitzer, it’s claimed by Foot Mercato that they have also enquired about the availability of Lyon’s Aouar.

It’s believed United would be willing to cover the Frenchman’s wages in full as part of a loan deal until the end of the season - one to keep an eye on in the next few hours!

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Sabitzer closing in on Man United move

Tuesday 31 January 2023 18:03 , Matt Verri

Manchester United have agreed terms with Bayern Munich to sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan.

The Telegraph report that the midfielder will join United for the rest of the season, with an option to buy but not an obligation.

The club are still keen on Frenkie de Jong, and do not want a permanent deal for Sabitzer to impact a likely move for the Dutchman in the summer.

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Hutchinson considers options

Tuesday 31 January 2023 17:54 , Matt Verri

Chelsea wonderkid Omari Hutchinson is discussing loan options in the final hours of the transfer window, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 19-year-old is deciding between moves to West Brom or Wigan, or whether to stay at Stamford Bridge.

However, he finds his pathway blocked by three new signings in Chelsea’s attack.

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Ziyech pushing for PSG move

Tuesday 31 January 2023 17:46 , Matt Verri

Paris Saint-Germain are getting frustrated in their negotiations to loan Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The two clubs remain locked in negotiations as the Morocco international pushes to make the move.

Reports in France suggest that Ziyech has passed a medical and is now waiting for a breakthrough to be made in discussions.

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Navas to Forest still on

Tuesday 31 January 2023 17:36 , Matt Verri

Nottingham Forest’s attempts to sign every player in Europe continue.

The Athletic report they are still in talks with PSG over a move for Keylor Navas, who is ready to fly to England should a breakthrough be made.

The finances involved in that deal make it a difficult one to complete in the hours available.

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Spence departure confirmed

Tuesday 31 January 2023 17:21 , Matt Verri

Tottenham have confirmed Djed Spence has joined Rennes on loan.

The right-back joins the Ligue 1 side for the rest of the season, with Spurs willing to let 22-year-old leave as a result of Pedro Porro’s expected arrival.

Caicedo to return to Brighton action

Tuesday 31 January 2023 17:10 , Matt Verri

Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is expected back in training tomorrow after bids from Chelsea and Arsenal were rejected, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

It would take a remarkable offer from this point onward to see him leave the club.

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Man United make Sabitzer progress

Tuesday 31 January 2023 16:58 , Matt Verri

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer.

According to Sky Germany, the Bayern Munich player is at the airport in Germany and ready to fly to Manchester, with the Premier League side in pole position to land the Austrian.

With Christian Eriksen expected to be out for three months, United have acted quickly to try and land a mifielder.


Chelsea given Fernandez deadline

Tuesday 31 January 2023 16:49 , Matt Verri

Benfica have told Chelsea there is an 8pm deadline for any Enzo Fernandez deal to be concluded.

Still talks continue between the two clubs to try and make a breakthrough, with it reported that Chelsea are ready for a medical to take place in Portugal as soon as an agreement has been reached.

However, Cabine Desportiva claim that Benfica have made it clear negotiations will not drag on long into the night.


Jorginho squad number leaked

Tuesday 31 January 2023 16:36 , Matt Verri

Jorginho has been spotted in Arsenal colours for the first time since completing his surprise £12million transfer from Chelsea on deadline day.

Initial pictures circulating on social media ahead of the official club announcement also appear to show that the Italian midfielder will wear the no20 shirt in north London, having agreed an 18-month deal to swap Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium.

Jorginho was set to be out of contract at Chelsea in the summer and becomes Arsenal’s coveted midfield signing to close the January window, after Brighton rejected two bids for top target Moises Caicedo worth up to £70m.

Read more on that here

Plenty of interest in Phillips

Tuesday 31 January 2023 16:24 , Matt Verri

Kalvin Phillips is attracting a lot of attention in the final hours of the transfer window.

Everton have had their attempts to sign Conor Gallagher knocked back, and according to The Sun it’s now Phillips who Sean Dyche wants to bring to Goodison Park.

The Toffees, Leeds and West Ham have all asked about the possibility of signing the midfielder on loan until the end of the season, but Manchester City have made it clear he will not be leaving the club today.


Sporting manager confirms Porro exit

Tuesday 31 January 2023 16:14 , Matt Verri

Sporting manager Ruben Amorim has wished Pedro Porro luck at Tottenham as the Spanish international closes in on a move to the Premier League.

After a protracted saga, Spurs finally look set to land their leading January target on deadline day.

Porro is currently in the final stages of his medical at the club’s Hotspur Way training base ahead of joining Spurs, albeit initially on loan.

The former Manchester City youngster will then sign a five-and-a-half-year deal in north London and will cost in the region of £39m.

Speaking at Sporting’s pre-match press conference, Amorim said: “In football, we get used to change from a very young age. One day they are our children, our best friends, and now he is Conte’s son. If we play against him, I already know his difficulties.”

Read his full comments here

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Chelsea prepare Fernandez medical

Tuesday 31 January 2023 15:59 , Matt Verri

Chelsea appear to be making progress in their pursuit of Enzo Fernandez, and are preparing for the midfielder to have his medical in Portugal.

It’s believed discussions between the Blues and Benfica are ongoing, but Sky Sports report that plans are now being made for a medical to take place in the coming hours.

The British record deal is very much on!


Jorginho ‘signs’ for Arsenal

Tuesday 31 January 2023 15:48 , Matt Verri

Jorginho has signed his contract with Arsenal and all that is left is the official announcement from the two clubs.

That’s according to TuttoMercatoWeb, who claim that all the paperwork has been completed and the Italian is now an Arsenal player.

Chelsea will receive £12m from the Gunners, money they will want to put towards their late pursuit of Enzo Fernandez.

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Gallagher going nowhere

Tuesday 31 January 2023 15:38 , Matt Verri

Conor Gallagher is set to stay at Chelsea after no suitable offers were presented for the England international, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 22-year-old only wanted to move to another big six or European challenging side, while Chelsea were hoping for offers close to £50million but only received an approach from Everton.

Newcastle and Crystal Palace wanted Gallagher on loan who was only going to move when pushed to seek an exit.

On the contrary, Graham Potter still regards the midfielder as important even though he is a sellable asset for the club’s owners. Gallagher has played in all but one Premier League matches that he has been available for and is happy to remain in west London.

West Ham were also tracking Gallagher and Newcastle had loan interest rebuffed as a rival for a European place this season.

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Lyon in Bakayoko talks

Tuesday 31 January 2023 15:28 , Matt Verri

As we covered earlier, Tiemoue Bakayoko’s proposed loan move to Cremonense has been held up as a result of disagreements over the finances involved.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Lyon have now opened talks to sign the midfielder, in news that will be very welcome to Chelsea fans.

With Bakayoko not playing for AC Milan - another appearance would force them to pay £12m for him - a permament move elsewhere would seemingly be the best outcome for all parties.

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Soonsup-Bell sends message to Chelsea

Tuesday 31 January 2023 15:16 , Matt Verri

Jude Soonsup-Bell has bid an emotional farewell to Chelsea after joining London rivals Tottenham on deadline day.

The 19-year-old ended a seven-year spell in west London by moving to Spurs on a free transfer.

Taking to Twitter, Soonsup-Bell wrote: ”I’ve had the privilege to be part of @ChelseaFC since the age of 12, it’s been a massive part of my life and my development as a football player.

“I want to thank all my team mates, coaching staff and everyone else at the club for all the memorable years and support.”

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Bernard joins Pompey

Tuesday 31 January 2023 15:06 , Alex Young

Manchester United youngster Di’Shon Bernard’s loan move to Portsmouth for the rest of the season has been confirmed

The 22-year-old wanted a Championship loan but has been assured of regular gametime at the League One side.

Blues boss John Mousinho said: “Di’Shon is a fantastic young player with a great pedigree behind him. He also has first team experience from his previous loan spells, including in the Championship, so we know what he can do.

“It was someone we didn’t think we were going to be able to bring in, so we’re really pleased to have him here. He’s very quick and athletic, and likes to play on the front foot. He’s also someone who is comfortable on the ball and composed."

Chelsea not interested in Sabitzer... yet

Tuesday 31 January 2023 14:44 , Alex Young

Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich, with Chelsea not yet expressing an interest.

Chelsea could take an interest in signing the 28-year-old but remained focused on securing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

The Blues are keen to make the 22-year-old midfielder their club-record signing for £115million and have a make-or-break meeting later on deadline day.

Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full story here!

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Jorginho leaves London Colney

Tuesday 31 January 2023 14:17 , Alex Young

Incoming Arsenal signing Jorginho has been spotted leaving London Colney, writes Simon Collings.

The Chelsea midfielder was at the Gunners’ training base this morning to finalise his move and complete a medical.

Porro undergoing Spurs medical

Tuesday 31 January 2023 14:12 , Alex Young

Pedro Porro is currently in the final stages of his Tottenham medical ahead of joining the club on a five-and-a-half year deal, albeit initially on loan, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Matt Doherty’s impending departure to Atletico Madrid has freed up the No.2 shirt, although Porro wore No.24 at Sporting Lisbon - which has also just become available with Djed Spence set to join French club Rennes until the summer.

Porro and Arnaut Danjuma will be added to Spurs’ Champions League squad as non-homegrown players, taking the spots previously filled by Doherty and Bryan Gil, and ensuring Spurs will not have to omit anyone for the knockouts.

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Hull working on Simons deal

Tuesday 31 January 2023 13:57 , Alex Young

Hull City are still trying to sign their Chelsea loanee Xavier Simons on a permanent deal on deadline day, reports Nizaar Kinsella.

They are trying to steal a march on rivals Burnley, Millwall, Bristol City and Charlton for his signature - all of whom could come in over the summer.

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Onomah contract terminated

Tuesday 31 January 2023 13:51 , Alex Young

Fulham and Josh Onoma have agreed to part ways, with the player’s contract being terminated.

The former Tottenham midfielder made just two appearances this season and will now look at options elsewhere.

Man Utd launch Sabitzer bid

Tuesday 31 January 2023 13:33 , Alex Young

Manchester United are in talks to sign Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich, according to Sky Germany.

Chelsea have also enquired, of course.

The deal would likely be a loan move.

More to follow.


Arsenal youngster leaves on loan

Tuesday 31 January 2023 13:21 , Alex Young

Wigan have signed Omar Rekik on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Sparta Rotterdam, was recalled and will now head up north.

Man Utd ARE looking for loan signing

Tuesday 31 January 2023 12:59 , Alex Young

We have an immediate answer from Erik ten Hag over Manchester United entering the transfer market after Christian Eriksen’s injury.

"On deadline day it's difficult,” he said. “You can't make policy on such bad injuries but we have players in the midfield department, good players.

“I think you can never fill that [gap] because every player has his own characteristics, another player will always fill in in a different way but it doesn’t mean you have to be less successful.”

Well, the Telegraph report that United have been offered Yannick Carrasco as they DO look to sign a midfielder today.

The club has made contact with Atletico, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain today "but so far have been left frustrated".


Bakayoko move hits a snag

Tuesday 31 January 2023 12:49 , Alex Young

More frustration for Chelsea as Tiemoue Bakayoko's proposed loan move to Cremonense has stalled over finances.

The £40million signing from Monaco has failed to make it at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are keen to remove his £120,000-a-week wages from their books.

Bakayoko is currently on loan at AC Milan, and paying those wages, but are refusing to play him anymore as he will automatically join on a £12m permanent deal if he appears in another league match.

It was never going to be easy with the Serie A minnows having little finance to offer such an expensive player.

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Enzo Fernandez NOT joining Chelsea

Tuesday 31 January 2023 12:38 , Alex Young

Enzo Fernandez is STAYING at Benfica after Chelsea failed to meet the asking price, reports RTP.

Benfica were demanding the £106million release clause paid in full, as they have done all month, but the Blues were only able to do a deal staggered over a number of years.

Fernandez has excused himself from tonight’s match away at Arouca as he is not in the right frame of mind to play.

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Fulham miss out on Van Ewijk

Tuesday 31 January 2023 12:29 , Alex Young

Fulham target Milan van Ewijk will remain at Heerenveen, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The Dutch club will block any exit for the full-back, who is also wanted by Sporting, until the summer with no time to find a replacement.

FC Twente's Joshua Brenet has already been sounded out as an alternative option should talks with Arsenal's Cedric Soares breakdown.

West Ham quiet today

Tuesday 31 January 2023 12:19 , Alex Young

Despite David Moyes hinting last night that West Ham were still open to the chance of a deal somewhere, it's all quiet at Rush Green this morning, writes Malik Ouzia.

As things stand, the club are expecting the window to close with Danny Ings as their only signing of the month.

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