Transfer news LIVE! Arsenal agree Mudryk fee; Chelsea want Caicedo; Trossard to Spurs; Messi to follow Ronaldo

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Transfer news LIVE!

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to make headlines as a busy January transfer window approaches the halfway stage, with some huge potential deals in the pipeline. Arsenal are now said to have finally agreed a fee with Shakhtar Donetsk for top target Mykhaylo Mudryk, while they could also challenge rivals Spurs for Leandro Trossard.

Chelsea are pondering a move for Trossard’s Brighton team-mate Moises Caicedo after failing to get Enzo Fernandez from Benfica and are also said to be in talks over Marcus Thuram after seeing new loan signing Joao Felix sent off on his debut last night. The crisis-stricken Blues are also believed to be on the trail of Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin as they bid to save their faltering season.

Tottenham are still at loggerheads with Sporting Lisbon over Pedro Porro, while Wout Weghorst has undergone his Manchester United medical and Lionel Messi could apparently follow great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia in another blockbuster deal worth £245million a year. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip live below!

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Arsenal agree Mudryk fee with talks in ‘final stage'

  • Chelsea lining up Moises Caicedo move

  • Tottenham face Arsenal battle for Trossard

  • Messi could join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia

  • Weghorst undergoes Man United medical

Joao Felix red card costs Chelsea £2m

08:24 , George Flood

Joao Felix is the talk of the town this morning after what was frankly a quite mad Chelsea debut last night.

Thrown straight into the starting XI for the west London derby against Fulham by an increasingly desperate Graham Potter after completing his high-profile loan switch from Atletico Madrid the day before, the Portuguese international looked the best player on the pitch for a while, full of nutmegs, classy feints and eye-catching trickery.

However, all that impact was lost after the break when he was rightly dismissed for a wretched high challenge on Kenny Tete.

Felix will now serve an instant three-game suspension, with many people pointing out the considerable financial impacts on Chelsea.

According to The Mirror, the ban will cost them around £2m with only 20 games left this season.

The Blues are paying £15m for the short-term loan in total - a £9.7m fee and also covering around £5.3m in wages. Ouch.

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Weghorst undergoes Man United medical

08:12 , George Flood

One of the biggest surprise moves of the January window so far should be confirmed today as Wout Weghorst joins Manchester United.

It was widely reported yesterday that a deal to take the Dutch international striker to Old Trafford on loan until the end of the season had now been agreed.

Weghorst will join from Burnley, with around £4m heading to Besiktas in order to compensate them for breaking his existing season-long loan deal in Istanbul.

Per Fabrizio Romano, the 30-year-old has now signed a contract and undergone his medical. United are hoping to get him registered in time to be in the squad against City in tomorrow’s Manchester derby.

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Messi could join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia

08:02 , George Flood

Cristiano Ronaldo could soon be joined by long-time rival Lionel Messi in Saudi Arabia, according to the latest reports.

Ronaldo finally joined Al-Nassr in December after weeks of speculation following his explosive early exit from Manchester United, penning a lucrative contract until 2025 that will see him earn £177m per year.

But he may have the limelight stolen by Messi, with reports from Mundo Deportivo seemingly claiming that father Jorge has been in Riyadh negotiating a potential deal with Al-Nassr’s rivals Al-Hilal that would see his son claim a truly staggering £245m a season.

World Cup winner Messi is under contract at Paris Saint-Germain until the summer and has yet to pen a high-profile extension.

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Tottenham face Arsenal battle for Trossard

07:51 , George Flood

Tottenham could face a battle with Arsenal for Leandro Trossard.

Standard Sport understands that Spurs are interested in a deal for the Brighton forward having declined to activate an option to extend Lucas Moura’s expiring contract last month.

Chelsea have also been linked with Trossard as part of another potential reunion with former Seagulls boss Graham Potter, with talkSPORT now suggesting that Arsenal are also in the fray.

They report that the Gunners are also closely monitoring the situation regarding the Belgian international, who is out of contract in the summer but with Brighton holding the option for an automatic one-year extension.

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Chelsea lining up Moises Caicedo move

07:45 , George Flood

Chelsea are targeting a deal for Moises Caicedo as they bid to arrest a wretched run of form.

Graham Potter is under huge pressure after last night’s 2-1 west London derby defeat at Fulham - in which new signing Joao Felix was sent off on his debut - made it just one win in the last nine matches either side of the World Cup break.

Chelsea want new recruits to freshen up their midfield after deals for Felix, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana, with Brighton’s Caicedo an established long-term target.

The Guardian claim that Chelsea are lining up a move for Caicedo this month, with the club not considered as frontrunners in the summer sweepstakes for England duo Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.

Liverpool are also known to hold a strong interest in the Ecuador international, though former Brighton boss Potter will be hoping his prior connection can win the day.

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Arsenal agree Mudryk fee with talks in ‘final stage'

07:33 , George Flood

Rival reports suggest that things have now gone even further between Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

According to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, an agreement over a fee has now been reached between the clubs - a package said to be worth approximately £80m, with some of that coming through add-ons.

He adds that talks have now reached their final stage, with the transfer finally potentially set to be finalised in a matter of days.

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Arsenal make new Mudryk bid as deal edges closer

07:24 , George Flood

Arsenal are getting closer now to the signing of top target Mykhaylo Mudryk.

The Gunners have been in pursuit of the Ukraine winger for weeks as Mikel Arteta seeks a new forward option during his side’s Premier League title pursuit, battling Chelsea to get a deal over the line.

Arsenal had already seen two bids totalling around £60m for Mudryk rebuffed by Shakhtar Donetsk, but negotiations have continued and Fabrizio Romano reports that a third offer worth around €70m plus add-ons has now been submitted.

He says Shakhtar want to discuss the add-ons in more detail, with an agreement getting closer. Chelsea have yet to submit any bid for Mudryk, meanwhile.

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ICYMI: Tottenham bid to sign Porro complicated by Emerson and Doherty

07:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham’s hopes of signing a new right wing-back are being complicated because Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty are both happy at the club.

Spurs are keen on Sporting’s Pedro Porro, who has a €45million release clause, but having three senior right wing-backs would leave head coach Antonio Conte with a squad management issue.

Emerson has attracted interested from European clubs but has made it clear that he wants to stay in the Premier League, and specifically London.

Read the full story here!

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ICYMI: Arsenal set for second Raphinha chance

06:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Arsenal could be handed a second chance to sign Raphinha this month.

The Gunners were again engaged with Chelsea in a fierce fight to sign the Brazilian winger over the summer, but he instead opted for a dream £55m switch to Barcelona.

But Raphinha has struggled to settle at the Camp Nou, flattering to deceive in 15 LaLiga appearances so far.

Now the Daily Express claim that Barcelona could make the 26-year-old available for an exit already in the coming weeks, potentially leading to another opportunity for Arsenal to get their man.

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ICYMI: Messi to join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia?

06:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Could Lionel Messi follow great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia?

Reports from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that his father and agent Jorge is currently in Riyadh to hold talks with Al-Hilal over a blockbuster move that would see the World Cup winner earn a staggering £245m-a-year.

Messi is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and his next move remains uncertain at this moment.

Of course, Ronaldo is the new high-profile signing in Saudi, having finally inked a £177m-per-year deal with Al-Nassr until 2025 last month.

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ICYMI: Man United hoping to play Wout Weghorst in derby

05:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Manchester United are planning on handing incoming new signing Wout Weghorst a debut against Man City in the derby.

According to Manchester Evening News, the striker is due at the club’s Carrington training base on Thursday to wrap up a loan move for the remainder of the season.

Weghorst will need to be registered before midday on Friday to be eligible to face the Premier League champions on Saturday lunchtime.

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ICYMI: Chelsea working to terminate Bakayoko deal after disastrous AC Milan loan

05:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea are working to release Tiemoue Bakayoko from his contract after a disastrous loan spell at AC Milan.

The 28-year-old has been stuck as an unused substitute on the San Siro bench as Milan try to avoid triggering an automatic £13million purchase clause based on appearances.

The one-time France international hasn’t played for Milan since May as they aim to keep him from reaching the mark of 15 appearances across the two-year loan stint that would trigger the clause.

Read the full story here!

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Arsenal make Mudyrk breakthrough!

Thursday 12 January 2023 22:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

Get excited, Arsenal fans!

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners have agreed to cough up to land their top target.

It could really be happening!

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Mudryk drops ANOTHER Arsenal hint

Thursday 12 January 2023 18:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

The man certainly is making his feelings clear...

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Felix in line for Chelsea debut TONIGHT?

Thursday 12 January 2023 18:26 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea’s new signing looks set to START away at Fulham tonight...

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Leicester close in on signing

Thursday 12 January 2023 17:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

A James Maddison replacement, perhaps?

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Mykhaylo Mudryk backed for Arsenal transfer

Thursday 12 January 2023 17:48 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s been the saga of the January transfer window thus far but Mykhaylo Mudryk seems destined for Arsenal.

Or, at least, that is the view of Ukrainain manager Vyacheslav Groznyi, who has tipped the Gunners to land their man.

Speaking to UA Football, he said: “No one will ever give €100m for Mudryk! And do not draw a parallel with Antony here. He played so much for Ajax and proved himself there. And Mudryk is not yet a known footballer – a dark horse for Europe, who shot this season in the Champions League.

“As for the transfer, I think the issue will be resolved at the end of January, and for the amount that Arsenal wants. The price will be quite decent, but far from what Shakhtar wants.

“The Pitmen can outplay themselves. If Mudryk is not sold to Arsenal now, they will not get such a sum for him again.”

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Crystal Palace dealt transfer blow

Thursday 12 January 2023 17:10 , Jonathan Gorrie

Patrick Vieira has constantly spoke about raising the level at Crystal Palace with a couple of game-changing signings.

Still, the Eagles are yet to land anyone this month and have been somewhat inconsistent of late.

Indeed, it’s hardly been the best time of things of late and further bad news could be on the horizon.

According to Football Insider, Dango Ouattara of Lens is now in advanced talks to join Bournemouth over Palace.

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Newcastle chase high profile free transfers

Thursday 12 January 2023 16:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

The world might be expecting Newcastle to spend millions if they qualify for Europe but little about what the club has done thus far would suggest there will soon be a radical change in policy.

Indeed, Standard Sport understands Newcastle are prepared to scour the market for high-profile players coming towards the end of their contracts.

By avoiding paying a transfer fee, the club could balance FFP concerns all while significantly strengthening.

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West Ham to block Michail Antonio exit

Thursday 12 January 2023 16:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

The idea of West Ham simply allowing Michail Antonio to leave this month always seemed somewhat strange.

So important to the cause for so long, letting the Hammers’ all-time leading Premier League goalscorer depart during what could become a relgation battle never seemed to make a huge amount of sense.

While Wolves are thought to be keen on Antonio, the Express and Star reveal West Ham are prepared to block any such exit.

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Juventus preparing Kovavic bid

Thursday 12 January 2023 16:02 , Alex Young

Juventus are weighing up a move for Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

Italian out Calciomercatoweb claim the Old Lady want to bring Kovavic to Serie A in the summer on a cut-price deal.

Kovacic will have just one year remaining on his contract with the Blues by then, should he not sign an extension.

Fellow midfielders Jorginho and N'Golo Kante are also attracting interest from abroad.

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Lucas Moura a wanted man

Thursday 12 January 2023 15:47 , Alex Young

Tottenham forward Lucas Moura has interest from clubs from England, Italy, Spain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Brazilian outfit Globo Esporte spoke to the player's agent, who confirmed Standard Sport's report that his client will be leaving Spurs at the end of the season.

Sao Paulo continues to be the frontrunners, but it appears Lucas is not running out of options.

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Man Utd want Weghorst for derby

Thursday 12 January 2023 15:30 , Alex Young

Manchester United are planning on handing incoming new signing Wout Weghorst a debut against Man City in the derby.

According to Manchester Evening News, the striker is due at the club's Carrington training base on Thursday to wrap up a loan move for the remainder of the season.

Weghorst will need to be registered before midday on Friday to be eligible to face the Premier League champions on Saturday lunchtime.

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Arsenal back in Vlahovic

Thursday 12 January 2023 15:12 , Alex Young

Arsenal have re-entered the race to sign Dusan Vlahovic.

That's according to La Repubblica, who claim the Gunners are in pole position for the player who turned them down for Juventus this time last year.

Vlahovic will not come cheap, with Juve prepared to cash in but only for around £100m, significantly more than they £66m they paid for him 12 months ago.

Mikel Arteta is reportedly still bitter over being snubbed by the player, but may be prepared to go back in for him this time around.

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Bellingham irked by Dortmund form

Thursday 12 January 2023 14:58 , Alex Young

Jude Bellingham says Borussia Dortumd's erratic form "definitely does bug me" as the midfielder continues to be linked with a move away.

Real Madrid are understood to be leading the race for the England star, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and United all also keen on him.

"It definitely does bug me," he said of his club's form. "While I was at the World Cup, I was really focused on England. Then the World Cup finishes, and you have to live with the fact that you look at the table and it says that Borussia Dortmund are sixth. And there's no way we should be there in the table given the talent.

"No disrespect to the teams above us right now, but I feel in terms of quality, in terms of the player depth and in positions, we should be a lot higher than we are.

"I'm not afraid to say that to the lads and say that to the staff because that's where our ambition should be. But it's about doing instead of talking."

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Mikel Merino on Liverpool radar

Thursday 12 January 2023 14:44 , George Flood

Back to Liverpool and we could reportedly see a Premier League return for Mikel Merino.

The Spanish midfielder has starred for Real Sociedad in LaLiga since returning from a short-lived stint at Newcastle in 2018.

Now Italian journalist Rudy Galetti claims that Merino is one of several midfielders on Jurgen Klopp’s radar this month.

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Three ways Chelsea could line up with Joao Felix

Thursday 12 January 2023 14:14 , George Flood

Joao Felix has been drafted in on loan to help save Chelsea’s season and improve Graham Potter’s failing attack, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 23-year-old has moved to Stamford Bridge on a deal until the end of the season that has cost £8million plus his £270,000-a-week wages.

Potter will hope Felix can quickly adapt to English football but the Chelsea manager has said that “from a physical perspective he can go in”.

Taking the No11 shirt, Felix can contribute both goals and assists with Chelsea’s non-penalty expected goals the fifth lowest in the Premier League.

That statistic means the Blues are not creating enough chances and shows the need to play Felix as soon as possible, especially with injuries to Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic.

Read the article in full here

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Liverpool miss out on Schjeldrup deal

Thursday 12 January 2023 14:01 , George Flood

Liverpool have missed out on the signing of Andreas Schjeldrup.

The teenage Danish prodigy has developed quite a reputation in his homeland with Superliga club Nordsjælland and is now set to join Benfica in a deal worth €14m, with no add-ons included but a 20 per cent of future sale clause.

Schjeldrup is set to sign a five-and-a-half year deal with the Portuguese giants, but it could have been so different.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool were also in the race for the 18-year-old’s signature and held active talks over a deal.

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Messi could join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia

Thursday 12 January 2023 13:23 , George Flood

Could Lionel Messi follow great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia?

Reports from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that his father and agent Jorge is currently in Riyadh to hold talks with Al-Hilal over a blockbuster move that would see the World Cup winner earn a staggering £245m-a-year.

Messi is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and his next move remains uncertain at this moment.

Of course, Ronaldo is the new high-profile signing in Saudi, having finally inked a £177m-per-year deal with Al-Nassr until 2025 last month.

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Man United want Bellingham in summer splash

Thursday 12 January 2023 12:49 , George Flood

Manchester United are assembling quite the transfer wishlist ahead of what is expected to be a massive summer window.

With short-term options sought in January such as the incoming Wout Weghorst, it’s at the end of the season that the Red Devils will make a splash.

You would have thought they could have new owners by then after being put up for sale by the Glazer family, but regardless they will need to ensure they qualify for the Champions League to be in a position to attract the best players both on and off the pitch.

Per The Telegraph, Jude Bellingham has joined Frenkie de Jong on Erik ten Hag’s shortlist as he targets a new top midfielder.

Harry Kane, Benjamin Sesko and Victor Osimhen are all on the radar for a potential top-class arrival up top, meanwhile.

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Spurs have Porro problem as Royal eyes stay

Thursday 12 January 2023 12:26 , George Flood

Tottenham’s hopes of signing a new right wing-back are being complicated because Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty are both happy at the club, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Spurs are keen on Sporting's Pedro Porro, who has a €45m release clause, but having three senior right wing-backs would leave head coach Antonio Conte with a squad management issue.

Emerson has attracted interested from European clubs but has made it clear that he wants to stay in the Premier League, and specifically London.

The Brazilian has not started a Premier League game for Spurs since the World Cup, with Matt Doherty starting ahead of him against Brentford, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Emerson, who joined Spurs from Barcelona for £25.8m in 2021, has been the target of criticism from supporters for his performances.

Young wing-back Djed Spence is attracting loan interest from clubs in the Premier League and Bayer Leverkusen but remains focused on fighting for a place at Spurs for now.

Spence joined Spurs in a deal worth up to £20m last summer but has made just six substitute appearances this season in all competitions.

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Chelsea working to terminate Bakayoko deal

Thursday 12 January 2023 12:10 , George Flood

Chelsea are working to release Tiemoue Bakayoko from his contract after a disastrous loan spell at AC Milan, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 28-year-old has been stuck as an unused substitute on the San Siro bench as Milan try to avoid triggering an automatic £13million purchase clause based on appearances.

The one-time France international hasn’t played for Milan since May as they aim to keep him from reaching the mark of 15 appearances across the two-year loan stint that would trigger the clause.

Neither Milan nor Chelsea have an interest in Bakayoko’s long-term future and are watching his transfer value rapidly spiral downwards.

If he is not released, then he will return for a final season at Stamford Bridge in 2023/24 on wages of £120,000-a-week.

Read the story in full here

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United want Weghorst to play in Manchester derby

Thursday 12 January 2023 11:45 , George Flood

More now on Manchester United’s imminent signing of Wout Weghorst.

The Reds have agreed a deal to loan the Burnley frontman until the end of the season, with a package worth around £4m heading to Besiktas in order to break his existing loan deal in Istanbul.

Weghorst is expected to fly to Manchester today in order to sign a contract and undergo his medical.

And Sky Sports now report that United are hopeful of registering the Dutch international in time for him to be available for the Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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Aubameyang blow over shock Barcelona return

Thursday 12 January 2023 11:26 , George Flood

Some bad news for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who looks likely to be denied a shock return to Barcelona this month.

The Chelsea striker had been linked with a surprise reunion at the Camp Nou in January after a disappointing spell back in the Premier League following a £12m summer switch.

Aubameyang had been subject to an enquiry from Atletico Madrid, but that deal cannot happen in this window as he is unable to be registered by three clubs in the same season.

What’s more, reports from the Metro suggest he can’t even go back to Barca, with Spanish rules preventing a club from registering the same player twice in one season.

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Leeds finally seal Georginio Rutter deal

Thursday 12 January 2023 11:05 , George Flood

A new signing is imminent up at Leeds.

The relegation battlers have long since been on the trail of Hoffenheim’s Georginio Rutter as Jesse Marsch seeks to boost his forward line for the second half of the Premier League campaign.

It’s been a saga full of drama and no shortage of twists and turns, but Fabrizio Romano reports that Leeds are now finally agreeing a deal for the 20-year-old Frenchman that will see them pay €28m up front, with the transfer worth a potential club-record €40m with add-ons.

He adds that Rutter will fly to Leeds for a medical later before penning a long-term contract.

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Arsenal have new rival in Raphinha chase

Thursday 12 January 2023 10:46 , George Flood

Arsenal may have to move quickly if they want a second chance at signing Raphinha.

As detailed earlier, reports from Spain suggest that Barcelona could already be willing to offload the Brazilian winger just six months after his £55m switch from Leeds.

Arsenal came close to signing Raphinha in the summer, as did London rivals Chelsea, with suggestions they may go back in for him this month despite his underwhelming spell in LaLiga.

But Calcio Mercato in Italy suggest that AC Milan are also pondering a swoop for Raphinha as they look for an edge in a crowded battle for Serie A supremacy.

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Tottenham chase Trossard as Lucas exit looms

Thursday 12 January 2023 10:26 , George Flood

Staying with Tottenham for a moment, Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick has the latest round-up on their transfer situation.

He reports that Spurs are interested in Brighton forward Leandro Trossard, with Lucas Moura expected to leave the club for free at the end of the season after they declined to trigger an automatic one-year contract extension by the December 31 deadline.

We also understand that Tottenham did enquire about a potential return to north London for Sporting Lisbon playmaker Marcus Edwards last month.

However, the interest in their former academy player was not followed up on and a decision on his next move is now not expected until the summer.

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Tottenham face Chelsea battle for Porro

Thursday 12 January 2023 10:10 , George Flood

Tottenham could well now face a battle with Chelsea over Pedro Porro.

The Sporting Lisbon defender is Spurs’ top January target for the right-back position, where Antonio Conte wants to upgrade on Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty.

However, they have thus far refused to meet Sporting’s demands over paying Porro’s release clause in full.

The Athletic report today that they still want that €45m in full, with a key meeting set to take place between Sporting and Porro’s agents next week.

They add that Chelsea also like Porro, but with no “serious approach” made so far.

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Man United pay Besiktas Weghorst loan fee

Thursday 12 January 2023 09:56 , George Flood

Manchester United will pay a £2.5m loan fee for Wout Weghorst.

But as mentioned, that money will go directly to Besiktas rather than parent club Burnley.

Weghorst had been on a season-long loan at Vodafone Park that apparently contained the option for a €10m permanent summer transfer.

Besiktas were demanding to be compensated sufficiently to allow the Dutchman’s dream move to Old Trafford to materialise, and it seems they are content with that figure reported by The Athletic.

Weghorst had notched nine goals in 18 total appearances in Istanbul, appearing to say goodbye to fans after scoring what proved to be the decisive effort in the 2-1 Super Lig win over Kasimpasa on Saturday night.

He managed just two in 20 outings in a miserable spell with Burnley last season, however, as they were relegated from the Premier League.

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Arsenal have ‘clear transfer plan’ amid Mudryk chase

Thursday 12 January 2023 09:45 , George Flood

Some encouraging words for Arsenal fans courtesy of Vinai Venkatesham.

The Gunners’ chief executive insists they have a very clear plan for the January transfer window and it seems they are prepared if their pursuit of top target Mykhaylo Mudryk does not pay off.

“We’ve got a very clear plan, headed up by Edu, in terms of what we want to do to strengthen the squad," Venkatesham told Sky Sports.

"Every transfer window of course, we’re going to look to see what opportunities are out there.

"If something makes sense from a technical perspective and a financial perspective, of course we’ll look at it but we’re happy with the squad that we’ve got.

"We’ll have a look around, like we do in every transfer window, but we’ve got a long-term plan to continue to strengthen the team.”

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Besiktas in talks with Aboubakar as Weghorst replacement

Thursday 12 January 2023 09:35 , George Flood

Besiktas are already pushing for their Wout Weghorst replacement.

It was always considered a key sticking point in the deal that the Turkish giants would have to line up a suitable successor before allowing the Dutchman to depart Istanbul.

According to The Athletic, Besiktas are in talks over signing Vincent Aboubakar as a free agent.

The Cameroon talisman was recently let go by Al-Nassr as the Saudi club made room for Cristiano Ronaldo, having already reached the limit in terms of overseas players registered in their squad.

It was Ronaldo negotiating an early exit from Old Trafford that started this all off in the first place!

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Weghorst to Man United ‘here we go'

Thursday 12 January 2023 09:20 , George Flood

Wout Weghorst to Manchester United is officially on.

The shock move of the January transfer window so far has just received the patented ‘here we go’ treatment from a certain Fabrizio Romano.

He says Weghorst will fly to Manchester today in order to sign the relevant contracts and undergo a medical.

Otherwise it’s all done, with United loaning the Dutch striker from Championship leaders Burnley until the summer and paying a €3m fee to release him from his existing season-long loan at Besiktas.

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Atletico Madrid launch Aubameyang move

Thursday 12 January 2023 09:04 , George Flood

Atletico Madrid have lodged an enquiry with Chelsea over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The former Arsenal captain has struggled to convince since returning to the Premier League from Barcelona in a £12m deal over the summer, scoring only once in the Premier League.

He has increased competition for a starting berth now Chelsea have loaned Joao Felix until the end of the season, though it could be that he effectively swaps places with the Portuguese.

Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella reports that Atletico have enquired as to Aubameyang’s availability, but he would need to move in the summer as he cannot represent a third European club this season.

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Tottenham could target Hincapie

Thursday 12 January 2023 08:50 , George Flood

Tottenham may have an alternative to top target Pedro Porro in the form of Piero Hincapie.

The versatile defender, an international team-mate of Brighton’s Moises Caicedo with Ecuador, can operate in the centre or at full-back and could also be on Spurs’ list of January targets.

That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who says Serie A rivals Inter Milan and Napoli are also monitoring the Bayer Leverkusen player.

Chelsea have also been linked with Hincapie, 21, in the not too distant past.

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Can Joao Felix play for Chelsea tonight?

Thursday 12 January 2023 08:33 , George Flood

The key question on every Chelsea fan’s lips is can Joao Felix make his debut tonight?

The crisis-stricken Blues make the short trip to in-form west London rivals Fulham for a key Premier League showdown at Craven Cottage.

Chelsea are said to hope that Felix will be available to play, with his registration sounding like it was done on time after that loan switch from Atletico Madrid.

He trained with his new team-mates at Cobham on Wednesday, though it is said that his work permit hearing is not until today, so there could be a race against time.

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Tottenham reach Porro agreement

Thursday 12 January 2023 08:21 , George Flood

Tottenham have an agreement in principle to sign Pedro Porro, according to the latest speculation.

Standard Sport understands that the Spanish right-back is Antonio Conte’s top target for January as he seeks an upgrade on the likes of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty.

However, a sticking point has come with Sporting demanding that Porro’s €45m release clause be paid in full.

Italian journalist Rudy Galetti claims that Spurs already have an agreement with the player, though still refuse to meet that figure.

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Man United eye Ramos and Kudus deals

Thursday 12 January 2023 08:02 , George Flood

Manchester United have picked their top transfer targets for the summer, reports claim.

A barrage of top forward names have been linked with Old Trafford in recent days, including the likes of Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen and Benjamin Sesko.

United have agreed a surprise loan deal with Burnley for Wout Weghorst, but that is only a short-term option before going big in the next window.

Erik ten Hag wants to get business done early ahead of the summer and the Manchester Evening News claim that Portugal and Benfica star Goncalo Ramos is a key target, along with Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus, who plays for Ajax.

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Chelsea move a ‘real possibility’ for Caicedo

Thursday 12 January 2023 07:58 , George Flood

Chelsea could launch a January swoop for Moises Caicedo.

The Ecuador international has shone for Brighton since a cut-price £4m move from Independiente del Valle last January, becoming one of the most accomplished and sought-after midfielders in the Premier League aged just 21.

Manchester United have tried to sign Caicedo in the past, while the interest from Chelsea and Liverpool has been well-documented.

Now Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports reports that a Chelsea move for the player is a real possibility this month, but likely later in the window due to his agent situation.

The Blues are apparently seen as more likely to go for it than Liverpool, though will likely have to shell out around £70m.

Brighton, it is said, are more likely to engage on a deal for Caicedo than World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister.

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Arsenal set for second Raphinha chance

Thursday 12 January 2023 07:39 , George Flood

Speaking of Arsenal, they could be handed a second chance to sign Raphinha this month.

The Gunners were again engaged with Chelsea in a fierce fight to sign the Brazilian winger over the summer, but he instead opted for a dream £55m switch to Barcelona.

But Raphinha has struggled to settle at the Camp Nou, flattering to deceive in 15 LaLiga appearances so far.

Now the Daily Express claim that Barcelona could make the 26-year-old available for an exit already in the coming weeks, potentially leading to another opportunity for Arsenal to get their man.

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Arsenal closer to Mudryk agreement

Thursday 12 January 2023 07:29 , George Flood

It appears that Arsenal are moving in the right direction in their attempts to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk.

The Gunners have long since made Shakhtar Donetsk’s star winger their top target for January, battling with Chelsea for his signature.

However, they are now favourites once again after their London rivals swooped for Joao Felix, having seen two bids worth up to £62m dismissed.

But CBS Sports correspondent Ben Jacobs writes that the clubs are reaching “a little more consensus on the guaranteed part of the fee”, with Shakhtar having previously been holding out for around £85m.

Could an agreement finally be reached this week?

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Chelsea and Man United fight for Walker-Peters

Thursday 12 January 2023 07:25 , George Flood

Chelsea are also competing with Manchester United for the signing of Kyle Walker-Peters, it seems.

The right-back has continued to impress in a struggling Southampton team since his £12m switch from Tottenham in the summer of 2020.

Now talkSPORT suggest he is stalling over a new contract, leading to interest from both Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.

Walker-Peters, who earned his first senior England caps earlier this year, could join United as a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Chelsea need additional cover and support for the injured Reece James.

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Chelsea still pushing for Thuram after Felix deal

Thursday 12 January 2023 07:20 , George Flood

Chelsea’s signing of Joao Felix will not impact their pursuit of Marcus Thuram, reports suggest.

Portuguese star Felix has secured a loan move from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge and could make his debut in tonight’s west London derby against Fulham.

But his arrival will not spell the end of Chelsea’s other forward pursuits, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The transfer specialist says that negotiations will continue for Borussia Monchengladbach and France winger Thuram, out of contract at the end of the season and subject to plenty of interest.

He also says that the deal for RB Leipzig frontman Christopher Nkunku is 100 per cent sealed for the summer.

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Aubameyang not the issue amid Barcelona rumours, says Murphy

Wednesday 11 January 2023 22:53 , Marc Mayo

Danny Murphy has insisted that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lack of goals for Chelsea are not all his fault amid talks of a move back to Barcelona.

He told talkSPORT: “Aubameyang has been a one-in-two goalscorer for his whole career and he’s done it in the Premier League. If you get the right service to him and play more progressive football than Chelsea do, he’ll score goals. I’ve got no doubt about it.

“I can only go by what I see on the pitch, and the last few times I’ve seen him, he’s forever making runs and not getting the ball.

“The home game against Man City, run it back. Watch how many times he runs in behind and doesn’t get the ball. Put him in the City side and he would score a bagful.”

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Walker-Peters spotted by Chelsea

Wednesday 11 January 2023 22:36 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are in the race to sign Kyle Walker-Peters from Southampton.

The ex-Tottenham defender is said by talkSPORT to be stalling on signing a new contract amid their relegation battle.

Spurs and Manchester City are also taking an interest.

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Rabiot lays out demands

Wednesday 11 January 2023 22:02 , Marc Mayo

Adrien Rabiot will demand a £170,000 weekly wage when joining a new club in the summer.

The Juventus star’s contract is up with Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool among those linked.

Massimiliano Allegri is, according to Tuttosport, still hopeful of keping Rabiot though.

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West Ham make back-up plan

Wednesday 11 January 2023 21:44 , Marc Mayo

Carlos Corberan is West Ham’s top target to replace David Moyes.

Sky Sports report on the Hammers making contingency plans if they decide to sack the Scot amid an underwhelming campaign.

Corberan is currently leading West Brom’s promotion push after taking Huddersfield to last year’s play-off final.

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Wednesday 11 January 2023 21:01 , Marc Mayo

Fiorentina are due to hold crunch talks with Tottenham target Sofyan Amrabat.

A new contract to 2027 and chunky pay rise are set to be offered to the Moroccan.

Il Tirreno report on the negotiations as Spurs, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid watch on.

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Capital rivals circle for Trossard

Wednesday 11 January 2023 20:32 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal and Tottenham are circling over Leandro Trossard amid an issue with the Brighton winger.

He is said to have fallen out with Roberto De Zerbi and missed the club’s FA Cup win at Middlesbrough.

TalkSPORT claim there is no interest from Chelsea in Trossard at this point.

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Dumfries available... but expensive

Wednesday 11 January 2023 19:57 , Marc Mayo

La Gazzetta dello Sport say Inter Milan have accepted Denzel Dumfries could leave for Chelsea this month.

Manchester United are also watching the Dutchman but Standard Sport recently reported on the Blues’ desire for a new right-back.

But they will have to fork out £51m for Dumfries’ signature.

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Barcelona defender catches Arsenal attention

Wednesday 11 January 2023 19:36 , Marc Mayo

Eric Garcia has entered Arsenal’s radar.

The Spanish defender is being eyed for a loan or a permanent move to bolster their Premier League title bid, Sport claim.

However, Barcelona boss Xavi does not want to let Garcia go.

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Karsdorp on Fulham radar

Wednesday 11 January 2023 19:13 , Marc Mayo

Fulham are looking towards Rick Karsdorp after so far failing to sign Cedric Soares from Arsenal.

A fee as low as £5m could persuade Roma to sell the Dutch right-back, according to TMW, with Marseille also interested.

Cedric’s wage demands have scuppered his chances of a move across London and Fulham are also reportedly keen on Norwich’s Max Aarons.

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Joao Felix squad number confirmed

Wednesday 11 January 2023 18:41 , Marc Mayo

Joao Felix will follow in the footsteps of Didier Drogba, Timo Werner and Dennis Wise...

He’s been handed the No11 shirt by Chelsea

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Tottenham make Lucas Moura decision

Wednesday 11 January 2023 18:17 , Marc Mayo

Spurs will allow Lucas Moura to leave the club in the summer.

After not taking up an option on the Brazilian winger’s contract, his deal will expire in June, the Telegraph report.

Moura has started only two games of an injury-hit season in north London.

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Hope for Chelsea even if Moukoko stays

Wednesday 11 January 2023 17:57 , Marc Mayo

Youssoufa Moukoko will ask for a release clause to be fitted into his new Borussia Dortmund contract.

The Chelsea target is reportedly near to an agreement with the German club over extending his stay.

Agent Patrick Williams has landed in Spain to hold talks with Dortmund during their Marbella training camp.

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Spurs man in tug-of-war

Wednesday 11 January 2023 17:27 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham could still let Pape Matar Sarr leave on loan this month.

Salernitana continue to press for the midfielder in talks with Fabio Paratici, as reported by Il Mattino.

The outcome of Rodrigo Bentancur’s return from injury is said to be the key factor in Spurs’ decision.

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Aubameyang exit moves closer

Wednesday 11 January 2023 16:57 , Marc Mayo

Barcelona ARE interested in re-signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

After Chelsea signed Joao Felix on loan, Standard Sport reported earlier of Atletico Madrid’s interest in the Gabonese striker.

FIFA rules dictate he can only sign for the Camp Nou club however having already played for two teams this season.

Jijantes report on Barcelona enquiring to LaLiga over the salary cap bandwidth they have to land Aubameyang.

Memphis Depay, or even Franck Kessie, would have to leave first to make room for the player. The Dutch forward is in talks to sign for Atletico Madrid.

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Done deal!

Wednesday 11 January 2023 16:37 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa sign defender Alex Moreno from Real Betis for an undisclosed fee reportedly worth £12.5m.

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Mudryk spotted in Shakhtar training

Wednesday 11 January 2023 16:18 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal are still in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk and are reportedly near to an agreement.

That has not stopped the winger travelling to Turkey for a training camp with his club.

And a host of ‘Free Mudryk’ replies dropped underneath the player appearing in a Shakhtar tweet for today’s workout.

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Man United with Wan-Bissaka decision

Wednesday 11 January 2023 15:57 , Matt Verri

Manchester United are considering whether to let Aaron Wan-Bissaka leave the club this month.

Sky Sports report that Wolves are among the sides interested should the right-back become available, though are looking at other options too with the Englishman potentially staying at Old Trafford.

Kyle Walker-Peters is one of the players being considered by Man United if Wan-Bissaka does leave.

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Felix: Chelsea one of world’s great teams

Wednesday 11 January 2023 15:44 , Matt Verri

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Xavi plays down Aubameyang links

Wednesday 11 January 2023 15:31 , Matt Verri

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has denied any interest in bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to the Camp Nou.

Rumours in the last couple of hours have suggested Barcelona have started discussions about a shock move for Aubameyang, after Joao Felix’s arrival at Chelsea, but Xavi has insisted the club are not planning major January business.

“We are happy with the squad,” he told reporters. “In principle, there will be no changes. There has been no meeting.”

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Saha: Man United should move for Mendy

Wednesday 11 January 2023 15:22 , Matt Verri

Louis Saha believes Manchester United should make a shock move for Edouard Mendy.

David de Gea’s contract situation at Man United remains uncertain, while Mendy has fallen behind Kepa in the Chelsea pecking order.

“De Gea is still right at the top level, but of course making mistakes like he did against Everton is never good,” Saha told BoyleSports.

“Over the years, De Gea has done tremendous performances to save the team and he deserves the time and credit for that.

“If De Gea doesn’t sign a new contract then a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy would make perfect sense. He has been one of the best goalkeepers in the world the last few years and I’m not sure what happened.”

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Watford eye Pellestri loan

Wednesday 11 January 2023 15:13 , Matt Verri

Watford are believed to be keen on bringing in Facundo Pellestri on loan.

The 21-year-old, who featured at the World Cup for Uruguay, made his Manchester United last night in the Carabao Cup, and the Telegraph now report that Watford are keen on signing him until the end of the season.

“I see a future in him and he is doing really well and we have to see what is the best,” Erik ten Hag said of Pellestri after the win over Charlton.

“He’s progressing, also against Everton [in the behind-closed-doors game] I was really happy with his performance, I was happy with his performance in the World Cup, his progress is really good.”

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Wolves keen on Antonio

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:58 , Matt Verri

Wolves are interested in bringing in Michail Antonio this month.

That’s according to talkSPORT, with it claimed that Julen Lopetegui is a fan of the striker and would like to bolster his forward options before the end of the window.

However, West Ham are unsurprisingly not looking to sell Antonio, particularly to a side they are currently in a relegation battle with.

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Barcelona open to Aubameyang return

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:44 , Matt Verri

Barcelona have reportedly began initial discussions about taking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to the club.

The striker’s future at Stamford Bridge looks even more uncertain after Joao Felix’s arrival, with Aubameyang, who left the La Liga side in the summer, already struggling for minutes.

Gerard Romero claims that Barcelona want the 33-year-old back and he would be keen on the move after becoming increasingly unhappy at Chelsea.

Barcelona are said to have spoken to La Liga about their salary allowance, potentially letting Franck Kessie and Memphis Depay leave to make room.

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Maguire wants to stay at Man United

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:30 , Matt Verri

Harry Maguire has vowed to “keep fighting” to try and earn his Manchester United place back.

There has been talk of a possible move to Aston Villa in recent days, with Maguire continuing to struggle for minutes under Erik ten Hag.

Rio Ferdinand is among those to have urged the England defender to leave Man United, but Maguire has no plans to do so.

“I was unfortunate in terms of when I come back from the World Cup, I had a bad illness, to be honest, and it knocked me back for one or two weeks,” Maguire told ESPN.

“I feel good now. We have a lot of good centre-halves at this club, there’s a lot of competition for places and I’ll keep fighting.”

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Marseille set Guendouzi price

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:15 , Matt Verri

As we covered earlier, Aston Villa have made an opening bid for Matteo Guendouzi.

However, Ben Jacobs reports that there is plenty of work for Villa to do if they are to complete a deal, even with Guendouzi being open to working with Unai Emery again.

While Marseille value the midfielder at €50m, Villa are currently offering in the region of €25-30m plus add-ons.

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Chelsea hope to hand Joao Felix a debut against Fulham

Wednesday 11 January 2023 14:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea manager Graham Potter hopes new loan signing Joao Felix can make his debut against Fulham on Thursday.

The striker earlier on Wednesday finalised a temporary move to Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the season, with the Blues forking out around £15million combined for both fee and wages across six months.

Felix will strengthen Potter’s attack, as Chelsea bid to close a 10-point gap to the top four and qualify for the Champions League, and has already trained with his new team-mates ahead of a possible debut tomorrow.

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Marco Silva wants more signings at Fulham

Wednesday 11 January 2023 13:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

Fulham have certainly enjoyed their return to the Premier League, making a success of a season in the top flight for the first time in what feels like an age.

Most excitingly, Marco Silva is still looking to improve.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash with Chelsea, Silva confirmed the club remained active in the transfer market.

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Forest closing in on Danilo

Wednesday 11 January 2023 13:34 , Matt Verri

Nottingham Forest are reportedly close to sealing a move for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo.

UOL report that the 21-year-old, who has regularly been linkd with a move to Arsenal, has been telling friends and family that he will join Forest.

Final details are reportedly being discussed for the €20m deal, which could see Danilo remain in Brazil for the remainder of the season.

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Enrique: Felix can do really well at Chelsea

Wednesday 11 January 2023 13:16 , Matt Verri

Jose Enrique has backed Joao Felix to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old has joined the Blues on loan for the rest of the season, and will be looking to make a big impact after leaving behind Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone. Former Liverpool defender Enrique believes he can do just that.

He tweeted: “World class talent but is true that never could prove himself in Simeone’s side because the way Atletico Madrid plays, but I believe he can do really well at Chelsea.

“Atletico pay over 100m euros for him few years a go...”

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Man United still considering Weghorst alternatives

Wednesday 11 January 2023 12:59 , Matt Verri

Manchester United are still keeping their options open when it comes to striker targets, despite agreeing a deal in principal to bring in Wout Weghorst.

It’s believed Man United, Besiktas and Burnley have reached an agreement that will see Weghorst make the move to Old Trafford for the rest of the season, as long as the Turkish club are able to bring in a replacement this month.

However, Sky Sports claim that Man United are aware it’s a complex deal, and so are still pursuing other options to ensure they are not left short should it fall through.

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Tottenham still in Porro talks

Wednesday 11 January 2023 12:42 , Matt Verri

Tottenham remain in discussions with Sporting Lisbon over a move for Pedro Porro.

The right-back is Spurs’ top priority this month, with Antonio Conte not convinced by the options he currently has available to him.

However, while the club continue to push for a January deal, Fabrizio Romano reports that Sporting maintain they will not sell for less than the €45million release clause.

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Arsenal to offer Odegaard new deal

Wednesday 11 January 2023 12:32 , Matt Verri

Arsenal are keen for captain Martin Odegaard to sign a new contract.

The 24-year-old has been in sensational form recently, playing a crucial role as the Gunners continue to lead the way in the Premier League.

Fichajes report that Arsenal want to reward Odegaard with a contract extension that will include a big pay rise, making him one of the highest-paid players at the club.

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First words from Felix

Wednesday 11 January 2023 12:23 , Matt Verri

“Chelsea is one of the great teams in the world and I hope to help the team reach their objectives,” Felix told the club’s official website.

”I am very, very happy to be here and very excited to play at Stamford Bridge.”

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Chelsea get their man

Wednesday 11 January 2023 12:11 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Joao Felix on loan until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old signed a contract extension at Atletico Madrid, running until 2027, before making the switch to Stamford Bridge. Both Manchester United and Arsenal showed initial interest in the Portugal international, but it is Chelsea who reportedly most appealed to the player.

Standard Sport understands Chelsea have agreed to take on Felix’s full wages for the duration of his stay along with paying a sizeable loan fee, with the deal totalling around £16million, a cost United were unwilling to pay.

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Done deal!

Wednesday 11 January 2023 12:01 , Matt Verri

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Villa submit Guendouzi bid

Wednesday 11 January 2023 11:57 , Matt Verri

Aston Villa have made an offer for Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi at the request of manager Unai Emery, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 23-year-old made 33 Premier League appearances in Emery’s only full season in charge at Arsenal, and is part of Villa’s ambitious January transfer window plans.

It remains to be seen whether the bid for Guendouzi, capped seven times by France, will be accepted and he is waiting to see how talks between the two clubs materialise before negotiating personal terms.

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Still room for Chelsea after Felix deal

Wednesday 11 January 2023 11:45 , Matt Verri

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Chelsea draw up shortlist

Wednesday 11 January 2023 11:31 , Matt Verri

With Jorginho set to leave Chelsea this summer and N’Golo Kante potentially following him out the exit door, the Blues know they have to look at midfield signings.

The Telegraph report that the Blues have a five-man shortlist, though that is down to four for now after the failed attempts to bring Enzo Fernandez to Stamford Bridge.

Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister, Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham all remain targets. It’s claimed that Brighton want to keep Mac Allister for at least the rest of the season, but could be more open to a Caicedo sale this month.

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Interest in Walker-Peters

Wednesday 11 January 2023 11:20 , Matt Verri

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters.

According to talkSPORT, the 25-year-old is pushing for a move away from the Saints and is showing no intention of signing a new contract at the club.

Reece James’ injury problems have left Chelsea short in the position, while Man United see Walker-Peters as a potential replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka should he be sold.

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Fernandez to stay at Benfica

Wednesday 11 January 2023 11:10 , Matt Verri

Enzo Fernandez has seemingly put an end to Chelsea’s continued pursuit to sign him.

The Argentina star emerged as a major target at Stamford Bridge following a successful World Cup, during which Fernandez won the coveted Young Player of the Tournament Award.

While Fernandez was thought to have a release clause worth around £112m in his contract, Standard Sport understands Chelsea were aiming to pay that over a series of instalments. Talks duly stalled and manager Roger Schmidt claimed the matter was closed.

After scoring on Tuesday night, the former Fernandez celebrated by tapping the club’s badge before pointing at the ground to indicate he was staying.

Schmidt then revealed: “I can say that I expect Enzo Fernandez to stay, so to have Enzo at the end of the market.

“I never doubted Enzo, his attitude and personality. He’s a great person, he’s at Benfica, he loves playing for Benfica.”

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Chelsea turn focus to midfield duo

Wednesday 11 January 2023 11:01 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are continuing to push for Mason Mount and N’Golo Kane to sign new deals.

The Telegraph report that the Blues now expect Jorginho to leave in the summer on a free transfer, but are still pushing to reach an agreement with Kante, who is also out of contract at the end of the season.

Mason Mount’s deal expires in 18 months’ time so the club have slightly more time, but they are keen to agree terms with the Englishman as soon as possible.

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Man United face Weghorst wait

Wednesday 11 January 2023 10:52 , Matt Verri

Manchester United’s loan move for Wout Weghorst will not be completed until Besiktas sign a replacement.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who reports that while Man United have reached a full agreement with Burnley, Besiktas and Weghorst, they are now playing a waiting game.

Besiktas will only sign off on the move though once they have brought a forward in - until then the deal will be put on hold.

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Warnock: Newcastle better for Kane than Spurs

Wednesday 11 January 2023 10:42 , Matt Verri

Neil Warnock believes Harry Kane should consider making a move to Newcastle in the summer.

The Tottenham forward’s long-term future at Tottenham remains slightly uncertain, with Manchester United and Real Madrid put forward as potential destinations. Warnock has other ideas.

“Yes that’s probably right,” Warnock said on talkSPORT when asked if Kane would have a better chance of success at Newcastle than Spurs.

“I always thought Man City, if they could have got Kane last year. But look what they’ve done instead. Haaland is unbelievable isn’t he.

“If Newcastle could get Kane that would be fantastic but that’s going to cost. Imagine dealing with Daniel Levy over Harry Kane - that’s going to cost £250m isn’t it.”

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Aubameyang move will have to wait

Wednesday 11 January 2023 10:26 , Matt Verri

Atletico Madrid are believed to be interested in bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a Joao Felix replacement, but they’ll have to wait until the summer for that to happen.

The 33-year-old has already played for Barcelona and Chelsea this season, so he is unable to turn out for a third side.

Aubameyang will have to therefore wait until next campaign to make another move, unless he returns to Barcelona or joins a club in a league such as the MLS where the season begins in 2023.

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Chelsea given Madueke warning

Wednesday 11 January 2023 10:16 , Matt Verri

Chelsea could be forced to spend big if they want to bring in Noni Madueke.

The Blues are keen on the PSV man, but Fabrizio Romano believes Liverpool’s recent purchase of Cody Gakpo could prove problematic for Chelsea.

PSV have no financial need to sell the 20-year-old after Gakpo’s departure and are relucant to lose another key player, particularly this month.

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Emery wants Guendouzi reunion

Wednesday 11 January 2023 10:04 , Matt Verri

Unai Emery is pushing to bring Matteo Guendouzi to Aston Villa.

That’s according to Foot Mercato, with it claimed that the Villa boss has already held talks with Guendouzi as he looks to lure the Frenchman back to England.

The midfielder was a regular under Emery at Arsenal, before his struggles began when Mikel Arteta took charge.

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Weghorst trains away from main group

Wednesday 11 January 2023 09:54 , Matt Verri

Wout Weghorst did not take part in Besiktas training this morning.

Turkish outlet A Sport report that Weghorst told the club he was feeling some pain and so worked inside in the fitness room instead, away from the main group.

The 30-year-old has made it clear in recent days that he wants the loan move to Manchester United.

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West Ham forced to move on from En-Nesyri

Wednesday 11 January 2023 09:46 , Matt Verri

West Ham are set to move onto other forward targets after Youssef En-Nesyri announced his intention to stay at Sevilla, writes Malik Ouzia.

En-Nesyri has been a long-term target for the Hammers, who failed with a move for him in the summer of 2021.

The Premier League side reignited that interest this month and were exploring signing the Moroccan on an initial loan deal.

It is understood, however, that West Ham were never optimistic Sevilla would agree to En-Nesyri’s departure mid-season, given they are languishing in 17th in La Liga.

“I want to focus only on Sevilla,” En-Nesyri said. “It’s not a matter of money. I want to help the team in the worst moments.”

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