Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea join Fernandez race; Arsenal in Mudryk talks; Ronaldo update; Rabiot to Tottenham

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Transfer news – LIVE!

We are now only days away from the opening of the January transfer window and Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all expected to be very busy. Chelsea are reportedly closing in on their first signings at Stamford Bridge under Graham Potter, with the Blues having struck deals for Molde striker David Datro Fofana and Brazilian wonderkid Andrey Santos as they also join the race for Enzo Fernandez.

Arsenal continue their pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk, with talks now on with both the player’s representatives and Shakhtar Donetsk. Isco has also been linked with the Gunners after leaving Sevilla, along with Joao Felix and Facundo Torres. Tottenham, meanwhile, reportedly lead the race for France star Adrien Rabiot, with the Juventus midfielder out of contract in the summer.

Kylian Mbappe is reportedly on Liverpool’s radar amid apparent unhappiness at Paris Saint-Germain, while Lionel Messi is thought to be close to a new deal in the French capital and Cristiano Ronaldo is finallly set to seal his big-money move to Saudi Arabia with Al Nassr. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip LIVE below!

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Chelsea strike double January deal

  • Arsenal enter Mudryk talks

  • Ronaldo to decide on Saudi Arabia move

  • Chelsea join Fernandez transfer battle

  • Tottenham lead Rabiot race

Arsenal and Chelsea target Matheus Cunha set for Wolves

Friday 23 December 2022 00:38 , George Flood

Matheus Cunha will not be joining Arsenal or Chelsea this January.

Standard Sport understands that the Brazilian forward was offered to the Blues along with Atletico Madrid team-mate Joao Felix earlier this month.

Arsenal had also been linked with Cunha, who is actually heading to the Premier League with struggling Wolves.

The player himself now appears to have confirmed the deal, an initial loan with a €50m purchase obligation.

He made an emotional farewell to Atleti fans on Instagram late on Thursday evening.

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Chelsea join Enzo Fernandez transfer battle

Friday 23 December 2022 00:30 , George Flood

Chelsea have entered the race for Enzo Fernandez, according to the latest reports.

Liverpool had generally been considered as the frontrunners to secure the signature of the World Cup’s Young Player of the Tournament from Qatar after his impressive exploits with champions Argentina.

However, a number of other clubs have been linked with Fernandez, who only joined Benfica from River Plate in the summer but already looks nailed on for a big-money move elsewhere.

According to Portuguese publication Record, Chelsea are now showing an interest in Fernandez, but will have to pay his €120m release clause in full.

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Cristiano Ronaldo to decide on Saudi Arabia move

Thursday 22 December 2022 19:59 , George Flood

Another update on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future now.

It seems that the Portuguese superstar is edging closer to that high-profile, big-money move to Saudi Arabia following an acrimonious early exit from Manchester United last month.

Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that Al Nassr are now pushing to get Ronaldo signed up in the coming days.

They are said to have offered him a €200m-a-season contract through June 2025.

It’s all waiting on Ronaldo’s final decision.

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Liverpool handed Jude Bellingham blow

Thursday 22 December 2022 18:38 , George Flood

Liverpool may have been handed a sizable blow in their pursuit of Jude Bellingham.

The Reds are long-time admirers of the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who enjoyed a fantastic World Cup with England and is now one of European football’s hottest transfer properties.

Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with Bellingham, along with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Spanish publication AS, the former Birmingham City prodigy is not keen to return home at this stage and could instead prefer a move to Spain.

That would seem a major boost for Real if accurate!

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Arteta urges Arsenal to ‘maximise’ January window

Thursday 22 December 2022 17:03 , George Flood

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal cannot afford to rest on their laurels and must take full advantage of the January transfer window, writes Simon Collings.

The Gunners are currently sat top of the Premier League and five points clear of Manchester City ahead of their Boxing Day clash with West Ham.

Manager Arteta, however, has urged Arsenal to kick on and says they will be “active” in January to bolster their squad.

Arsenal are currently in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a deal for winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, while they also want a midfielder and a left-sided centre-back.

“We are going to be active and active means we are looking to strengthen the team,” said Arteta. “This squad still doesn’t have the luxury of not maximising every single window. We have to do that because it’s really important.

“But then we have to get the right profile, it has to be the right player to take us to the next level. We will be in the market always active and we will assess the biggest opportunities that we have.”

Read the article in full here

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Bennacer mulls options

Thursday 22 December 2022 16:08 , Matt Verri

Ismael Bennacer is reportedly considering his AC Milan future, amid interest from Liverpool.

The Reds’ desire to add a central midfielder to their ranks is no secret, and Tuttosport report that Bennacer is one of those they are interested in.

It’s claimed that his agent Enzo Raiola met with Milan and received an offer to renew the Algerian’s current deal, with Bennacer now left to decide whether to accept that or to push for a move to Liverpool.

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Marsch coy on Leeds plans

Thursday 22 December 2022 15:49 , Matt Verri

Jesse Marsch wants to stay quiet on Leeds’ plans for the January window.

Asked about the club’s transfer targets at his press conference, the Leeds boss was not in particularly talkative mood.

He did, however, encourage Mateusz Klich to stay at the club and turn down DC United’s approach.

“Obviously we are being active and Victor and Andrea are hard at work behind the scenes,” Marsch said. But I want to avoid talking about it because it becomes a lightning rod and everybody wants to draw attention to that.”

He added: “There has been an enquiry for Matheus but from all sides we’re still cautious about thinking it might be time for him to leave. He’s still been really important here.

“He’s played the fifth-most matches since I’ve been here, 25 games from 28. I’m not sure it is the time for him to leave.”

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Arsenal enter Mudryk talks

Thursday 22 December 2022 15:29 , Matt Verri

Arsenal are in talks with Mykhailo Mudryk’s representatives over a January move.

The Shakhtar Donetsk winger continues to be linked with a transfer to the Gunners, with both parties evidently very keen to complete a deal.

CBS’ Ben Jacobs reports that Arsenal and Edu have made an initial approach with the player and his team, but expect the negotiations with Shakhtar to be far more difficult.

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Arsenal hold interest in Youri Tielemans and Evan Ndicka

Thursday 22 December 2022 14:59 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mikel Arteta is prioritising a new winger, and Arsenal are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a deal for Ukraine international Mykhaylo Mudryk, writes Simon Collings.

The Gunners also want to sign a left-sided centre-back and midfielder in the summer, but they could be tempted to accelerate those plans as they target their first title since 2003-04.

Arsenal hold a long-term interest in Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka and Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, who are both out of contract at the end of the season. They also watched Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister during the World Cup.

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Fulham keen on Abdoulaye Doucouré

Thursday 22 December 2022 14:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

Fulham have impressed since returning to the Premier League and are targeting Janaury signings to ensure they don’t get dragged into a relegation scrap.

Cedric Soares of Arsenal is a target, while another English-based player is reportedly on their radar.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré is of interest.

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A busy day for Chelsea!

Thursday 22 December 2022 14:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea look to be securing two signings before January 1st.

While links with both David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos are nothing new, both moves reportedly took a step closer to completion today.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Blues are now set to sign both after verbal agreements.

Project 2030 is underway!

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Cristiano Ronaldo latest: Saudi Arabia move edging closer

Thursday 22 December 2022 14:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

Finally, it seems like Cristiano Ronaldo’s next move is on the cards.

According to UOL Esporte journalist Bruno Andrade, there is a confidence a huge money contract is moving closer to agreeement.

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Arsenal exit hits stumbling block

Thursday 22 December 2022 14:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

Fulham are keen on signing Cedric Soares on loan from Arsenal this month but are struggling to get a deal over the line.

The Gunners themselves are yet to decide what to do with the Portugal international, while there’s another issue afoot.

According to the Sun, Cedric’s wages of £75k-per-week have proven a stumbling block.

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Barcelona address Lionel Messi transfer return

Thursday 22 December 2022 13:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

The sight of Lionel Messi donning a Paris Saint-Germain kit still takes some getting used to.

While the forward is reportedly likely to remain in the French capital for another year, his long-term future is the subject of debate.

Inter Miami and a move to Argentina cannot be discounted, though neither can a return to Barcelona.

Here’s what Barca have had to say about it:

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Man United issue new Cristiano Ronaldo statement as Erik ten Hag wins first game since saga

Thursday 22 December 2022 13:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

Manchester United last night bid a final farewell to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan in November saw the club mutually agree to terminate the 37-year-old’s huge contract during the World Cup, a tournament Ronaldo’s Portugal struggled to impress at ahead of crashing out to Morocco.

United on Wednesday evening played their first competitive game since Ronaldo’s exit, beating Burnley in the Carabao Cup to reach the quarter-finals, and ahead of the game United issued a short statement on the player formerly considered possibly the greatest of all time.

Read the full story here!

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Newcastle keen on Depay

Thursday 22 December 2022 12:59 , Matt Verri

Newcastle are reportedly extremely interested in a move for Memphis Depay.

The Dutch star is out of contract at Barcelona at the end of the season, and so the La Liga club would be open to a Janaury sale.

Sport claim that Newcastle tried to sign Depay in the summer and are keen to make another approach in January, though convincing the 28-year-old to make the move remains a problem.

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Alderweireld on almost joining Man United

Thursday 22 December 2022 12:37 , Matt Verri

Toby Alderweireld has insisted he has no regrets over not forcing a move to Manchester United.

The centre-back, at Tottenham at the time, was a Man United target in the summer of 2018 when Jose Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford, but the switch did not materialise.

“After the World Cup in Russia, I found out what was going on with Manchester United,” Alderweireld told Sport/Voetbalmagazine.

“I always told my agent that I wanted to focus purely on football. I told him: ‘If a club comes, you can arrange everything and I will hear it.’ In the case of Manchester United, should I have been more committed? No, I don’t regret anything.

“My best years as a footballer have been with Tottenham. I have so much respect for that club that it would be strange to say now that I should have forced my transfer to Manchester United.”

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Ferdinand makes Bellingham plea

Thursday 22 December 2022 12:14 , Matt Verri

Rio Ferdinand has urged Jude Bellingham to join Manchester United and help “shift the culture” at Old Trafford.

“Jude Bellingham has been a phenomenon at the World Cup,” Ferdinand told his Vibe with Five podcast.

“He has got so much growth, room for improvement still, but he absolutely influenced games in an England shirt like we’ve never seen a teenager do for England. Manchester United, bring him here. Make that your home, Jude.

“You come and help change shift the culture and take the club to the heights it should be at. He’s been flying the flag abroad, he’s done his bit in Germany, it’s time to come home baby.”

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Advantage Atletico in Mac Allister race

Thursday 22 December 2022 11:59 , Matt Verri

Brighton are braced for clubs around Europe to make offers for Alexis Mac Allister.

The 23-year-old shone for Argentina at the World Cup to further enhance his reputation, and the Daily Mail report that Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested.

However, it’s suggested that the north London clubs are prioritising other areas of the pitch in the transfer window, which could leave the door open for Atletico.

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Ronaldo set for massive Al-Nassr deal

Thursday 22 December 2022 11:41 , Matt Verri

Cristiano Ronaldo is close to agreeing a £175million-a-year deal with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.

That’s according to reports in Spain, with it suggested he will play for two-and-a-half years before moving into an ambassadorial role. That will include him helping the country’s bid for the 2030 World Cup.

It’s also claimed that Al-Nassr are ready to get rid of three players to free up room financially for Ronaldo.

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Gunners linked with Torres

Thursday 22 December 2022 11:27 , Matt Verri

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Barcelona forward Ferran Torres, as they consider their options with Gabriel Jesus facing a length spell on the sidelines.

El Nacional report that Torres, previously at Manchester City, is now open to leaving Barcelona should the right opportunity come up, believing he needs regular football to keep his place in the Spain side after the change in manager.

It’s suggested that Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the 22-year-old and would be keen on bringing him to north London.

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Arteta urges Arsenal to use window

Thursday 22 December 2022 11:12 , Matt Verri

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal must strengthen their squad during the January transfer window, as the Gunners bid to stay ahead of Manchester City in the title race, writes Simon Collings.

Arsenal are five points clear at the top of the Premier League, but Arteta has warned of “red lights and alarms” over an “unprecedented” schedule in the second half of the season.

Arteta is prioritising a new winger, and Arsenal are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a deal for Ukraine international Mykhaylo Mudryk.

The Gunners also want to sign a left-sided centre-back and midfielder in the summer, but they could be tempted to accelerate those plans as they target their first title since 2003-04.

Read his full comments here!

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Good news for Chelsea!

Thursday 22 December 2022 10:55 , Matt Verri

Bayern Munich director Hasan Salihamidzic has played down talk of the club making a move for Josko Gvardiol.

The RB Leipzig defender is in high demand after a brilliant World Cup for Croatia, with Chelsea seemingly leading the race for the 20-year-old. The Blues will be very happy to hear Salihamidzic’s comments.

“No signing of another centre-back is planned.” he told Bild.

“We’re well-equipped at centre-back with Matthijs de Ligt, Lucas Hernandez and Dayot Upamecano, three top players. We also have Josip Stanisic.”

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Raphinha could make Premier League return

Thursday 22 December 2022 10:42 , Matt Verri

Raphinha was strongly linked with both Chelsed and Arsenal in the summer, before ultimately joining Barcelona as he left Leeds.

However, Sport claim that there is already talk of him departing the La Liga club, with a return to the Premier League suggested.

The Brazilian has made only six La Liga starts this season, scoring twice since his summer move, and is frustrated by the lack of minutes. Barcelona will reportedly assess the situation at the end of the season.

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Isco to Arsenal?

Thursday 22 December 2022 10:25 , Matt Verri

Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Isco.

The 30-year-old is now a free agent, after his contract with Sevilla was terminated just four months after joining the club.

Fichajes claim that the Gunners could be interested in the midfielder, particularly now no transfer fee would be required.

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Palace in for Wan-Bissaka

Thursday 22 December 2022 10:08 , Matt Verri

Crystal Palace are interested in re-signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Manchester United, writes Simon Collings.

The Eagles sold Wan-Bissaka to United for £50million in the summer of 2019 but the right-back has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford.

Palace were interested in signing Wan-Bissaka last summer and they retain an interest in him ahead of the January transfer window.

A loan deal until the end of the season is the most likely outcome but United are expected to want guarantees over any move being made permanent in the summer.

Read more on that here

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Enrique: Liverpool should move for Saka

Thursday 22 December 2022 09:49 , Matt Verri

Luis Enrique has been discussing his former club Liverpool, and what they need to do in the transfer window.

It would be fair to say his plans are somewhat ambitious.

“I love Bukayo Saka, I believe that Liverpool should try to sign him,” Enrique told Lord Ping. “While Salah just signed a new deal, he could do with some competition from Saka.

“Bruno Guimaraes is also a player who could do well at Liverpool. Even though he did not play much at the World Cup, he would be a great signing for them.

“The same for Youri Tielemans, who would be really good for Liverpool. They would both fit the system really well. Cody Gakpo as well would be good.”

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Jorginho addresses Chelsea future

Thursday 22 December 2022 09:33 , Matt Verri

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho says he is keen to extend his contract at the club but insists his full focus is on the Premier League return.

The Italian international is out of contract this summer and Standard Sport understand Barcelona are among the clubs interested on a move.

“Of course I do, I love Chelsea,” Jorginho told talkSPORT when asked if he wanted to stay in west London.

“But this is a thing I’m not going to think about now.”

Read the full story on that here

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Spurs lead Rabiot race

Thursday 22 December 2022 09:16 , Matt Verri

Tottenham are reportedly leading the race to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, though the Serie A club are reluctant to sell with Paul Pogba’s fitness remaining an issue.

Corriere dello Sport report that Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are keeping tabs on the situation, but that it’s Spurs who are in pole position to land Rabiot.

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Man United could turn to Martinez

Thursday 22 December 2022 09:01 , Matt Verri

Manchester United will be potentially be in need of a new goalkeeper soon, with David de Gea’s contract situation uncertain.

According to Football Insider, Emi Martinez is one of those being considered by the club after his World Cup heroics.

Martinez’s agent recently refused to rule out the goalkeeper leaving Aston Villa in the near future, though did state his client was aiming for a Champions League club.

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Edouard Mendy snubs new Chelsea contract

Thursday 22 December 2022 08:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

One of the heroes of the club’s Champions League win last year, Edouard Mendy has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea.

With Kepa now first choice, the Senegal star appears to be at somewhat of a crossroads.

According to the Sun, Mendy has now snubbed the offer of a new contract at Stamford Bridge as he looks to force a move out.

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What Erik ten Hag has said amid Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s links with Crystal Palace return

Thursday 22 December 2022 07:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

Erik ten Hag insists Aaron Wan-Bissaka has a future at Manchester United despite links with a return to Crystal Palace.

The defender, who left Selhurst Park in 2019 for £50m, impressed as United beat Burnley 2-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

United took the lead when the 25-year-old sent a cross into the six-yard box to set up Christian Eriksen from close range before Marcus Rashford scored the second.

Read the full story here!

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Jude Bellingham chooses Real Madrid

Thursday 22 December 2022 07:48 , Jonathan Gorrie

It looks like the Premier League will NOT house one of England’s best players.

Jude Bellingham is quite clearly a man in demand at the moment and has the cream of the crop in Europe chasing him.

According to AS, the 19-year-old has chosen Real Madrid as his next move despite interest from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

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Lionel Messi agrees new PSG deal

Thursday 22 December 2022 07:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

Elsewhere in the French capital, PSG look to be keeping the only man who can rival Mbappe for interest.

World Cup winner Lionel Messi had been tipped to move to the MLS at the end of his contract, depriving European football of his talents for the first time.

Still, off the back of a famous win in Qatar, Messi could now stay at the Parc des Princes.

According to Fabrizio Romano, a one-year contract extension has been verbally agreed.

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Liverpool ready to make fresh Kylian Mbappe move

Thursday 22 December 2022 07:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

It doesn’t take a genius to suggest clubs would be interested in Kylian Mbappe.

Perhaps the most in-demand player in the world at the moment, the Frenchman’s relationship with Paris Saint-Germain has never truly seemed happy despite the fact he signed a new contract.

While the 24-year-old will likely have all manner of suitors, transfer links with Liverpool refuse to go away.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Reds are ready to make a fresh move to make what would surely be their biggest ever statement signing.

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Mykhaylo Mudryk to Arsenal latest

Thursday 22 December 2022 07:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

Good news, Arsenal fans!

As Standard Sport have previously reported, the Premier League leaders are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a potential move for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

While the £85m asking price is currently proving a stumbling block, some developments might be good news for the Gunners.

According to UOL, Botafogo winger Jeffinho is being lined up by the Ukraine giants as a replacement, potentially moving Mudryk closer to the Emirates Stadium.

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Chelsea close to landing Andrey Santos

Thursday 22 December 2022 07:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

While Chelsea missed out on the signing of Endrick, Graham Potter is now thought to be closing in on his first addition.

Vasco de Gama midfielder Andrey Santos – likened to Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes – is now said to be closing in on a move.

According to the Daily Mail, a £12m transfer is now in the offing.

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Chelsea near move for Brazilian teenager

Wednesday 21 December 2022 22:32 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are close to sealing a move for Andrey Santos.

The 18-year-old is set to join the Blues from Vasco da Gama, with Fabrizio Romano that personal terms are almost agreed as the deal nears completion.

It’s suggested the Brazilian club will receive 70% of the fee, with the rest going to the player.

Chelsea get Vlahovic boost

Wednesday 21 December 2022 22:00 , Matt Verri

Chelsea continue to be linked with Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic.

They’ll be encourgaed by a story in Corriere Dello Sport, with Vlahovic’s agent Darko Ristic reportedly aware of interest from England and of the opinion that while Juventus would prefer a summer sale, a move could happen before then.

It’s less than 12 months since the forward joined the Serie A side, but his future at the club looks extremely uncertain.

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Arsenal consider Jesus replacement

Wednesday 21 December 2022 21:37 , Matt Verri

Arsenal could turn to Marcus Thuram as they look to bolster their forward options with Gabriel Jesus out.

Bild report that the Borussia Monchengladbach striker could be available for £10m in the summer, with his contract up at the end of the season, and the Gunners are named as one of those interested.

Former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell has backed the move.

“I think he [Thuram] could be a good addition,” he told The Highbury Squad.

“Someone who can play across the front and someone who can give us a bit of physical presence up there because, although Eddie has been working on his physique and looks a bit stronger, [he is] somebody who is bigger, stronger, somebody more physical.”

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Ronaldo arrives on Saudi Arabia

Wednesday 21 December 2022 18:36 , Alex Young

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has been pictured arriving Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, ahead of talks with Al Nassr over a huge contract offer.

Levels.

Messi to sign PSG extension

Wednesday 21 December 2022 18:33 , Alex Young

Lionel Messi is on the verge of extending his Paris Saint-Germain contract until 2024, according to La Parisien.

Messi and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi have discussed a two-year extension on similar terms to which he agreed when he joined last summer, and now a one-year contract has been agreed.

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Latest on De Jong

Wednesday 21 December 2022 17:30 , Matt Verri

After a summer full of Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United rumours, it looks like we might avoid something similar in January.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the Dutchman is happy at Barcelona and has no plans to leave the club, with no fresh talks over a potential departure.

It’s also suggested that Man United would not have a free run at De Jong should he leave, with Chelsea also interested.

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Struijk signs new Leeds deal

Wednesday 21 December 2022 16:54 , Matt Verri

Leeds defender Pascal Struijk has extended his contract through to 2027.

He told the club’s official website: “It feels really good. It’s been a while for me at the club now and I’m really happy to extend my journey.

“It’s an amazing club. It was really easy for me to extend because I am really happy here.

“With me getting close to the Holland squad, that’s certainly something I want to reach within the upcoming seasons.”

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Agent Saint-Maximin?

Wednesday 21 December 2022 16:33 , Matt Verri

Allan Saint-Maximin has revealed he has been in contact with Marcus Thuram, though it doesn’t sound like he was on official Newcastle transfer business.

Thuram is expected to be available for around £10m in January, with his Borussia Monchengladbach contract expiring at the end of the season.

Manchester United and Newcastle have both been linked with Thuram after his World Cup exploits with France, and Saint-Maximin has been talking to his fellow countryman.

“Yeah, I will be honest, I have chatted with him,” Saint-Maximum said.

“For me, he’s a great player. I’ve known this guy a long time. I’ve been playing football with him when I was very young. I know all his family. He has great parents. He’s an incredible guy.”

He added: “He is a great player and I hope we have a chance to take him here. I was so happy for him.”

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Ronaldo offered to Frankfurt

Wednesday 21 December 2022 16:13 , Matt Verri

Cristiano Ronaldo looks increasingly likely to move to Saudi Arabia, even if he is holding out for an offer from a Champions League club.

Eintracht Frankfurt executive board member Axel Hellmann has revealed the Bundesliga side were given the chance to sign Ronaldo earlier this season, as Manchester United attempted to find a buyer.

“He was even offered to us,” he told DAZN.

Philip Holzer, chairman of the club’s supervisory board, added: “I have the feeling he was offered to every Champions League club.”

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PSG hold Marcus Rashford transfer fear

Wednesday 21 December 2022 15:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

While PSG have openly admitted their interest in signing Marcus Rashford, Manchester United have triggered as 12-month contract extension on the England international’s contract.

Able to leae for free in the summer of 2024 as things stand, his long-term future remains the subject of much debate.

Still, CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed PSG fear they are simply being used as leverage for Rashford to get a more lucrative deal at Old Trafford.

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Wilfried Zaha tipped for Tottenham transfer

Wednesday 21 December 2022 15:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

It wouldn’t be a transfer window without suggestions Wilfried Zaha could leave Crystal Palace.

Out of contract in the summer, the Ivorian forward’s future is the subject of much debate.

Tottenham, constantly linked with a move, have now been backed as a landing spot.

Speaking to Football Insider, former Spurs and England star Paul Robinson said: “If Spurs are in the mix for him, I think it might be with a view to him playing as a left wing-back. [Ryan] Sessegnon and [Ivan] Perisic have done well but Zaha would be another great option. I think that would be a clever move.”

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Isco leaving Sevilla

Wednesday 21 December 2022 15:02 , Jonathan Gorrie

It seems an awfully long time ago now that Isco was starring for Real Madrid, keeping Gareth Bale out of the starting lineup in Champions League finals.

After falling down the pecking order, the former Spanish international joined Sevilla in the summer just gone.

Having failed to make an impact, however, Isco is leaving....

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Arteta open to handing Martinelli ‘impossible’ job... saving club £86m

Wednesday 21 December 2022 14:21 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mikel Arteta fears it will be “impossible” for Arsenal to replace Gabriel Jesus but will consider playing Gabriel Martinelli as a striker as he searches for alternative solutions.

Jesus injured his knee during the World Cup playing for Brazil and is set to be out for around three months after undergoing surgery.

Arsenal want to bolster their forward line during the January transfer window and they are in talks with Shakhtar Donestk over a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are looking at new signings, but he has also added how Martinelli could play fill in during Jesus’ absence.

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Youri Tielemans: Arsenal ready to wait to sign midfielder

Wednesday 21 December 2022 14:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

Youri Tielemans to Arsenal seemed destined to happen in the summer.

Mikel Arteta was keen to strengthen his midfield options and the Belgian international was coming towards the end of his contract at Leicester, although nothing ever happened.

While a January move has been touted, Football.London suggest Arsenal are prepared to wait until the end of the season to land Tielemans on a free.

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Crystal Palace join race to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Wednesday 21 December 2022 13:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

With Diogo Dalot impressing, Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks free to leave Manchester United.

The defender has dropped down the pecking order and looks so far removed from the player who commanded a £50m transfer fee in 2019.

According to talkSPORT, former club Crystal Palace are keen on a move for the player.

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West Ham ‘ain’t got a chance’ to compete if big Rice offers emerge, says Noble

Wednesday 21 December 2022 12:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mark Noble admits West Ham cannot compete financially with leading clubs around Europe but vowed to hold firm over their valuation of Declan Rice.

The Irons legend will begin his role as the club’s new director of football on January 2, a day after the transfer window opens.

While a mid-season move for Rice would seem hugely unlikely, the England international did cast doubt on his long-term future at his boyhood club while away on World Cup duty.

Rice admitted his desire to compete at the top end of European football saying: “I see my friends here who are playing in the Champions League and for big trophies… you only get one career and at the end of your career you want to look back at what you have won and the biggest games you have played in.”

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Chelsea and Arsenal snub chance to hijack Wolves move for Matheus Cunha

Wednesday 21 December 2022 11:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea and Arsenal both rejected the chance to sign Atletico Madrid star Matheus Cunha as the forward closes in on a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Brazilian was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer but now seems destined to move to the Premier League.

Standard Sport understand Chelsea and Arsenal were approached but neither made a move as the two clubs focus on other targets.

Graham Potter is plotting new signings during his first transfer window at Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a potential move for in-form winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Wolves, who have struggled for goals all season, are now expected to complete a move for the 23-year-old, with reports suggesting the structure will see him join on an initial loan deal before a permanent move worth around £35m in the summer.

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Antonio Conte to test Tottenham’s transfer window ambitions before decision on new contract

Wednesday 21 December 2022 10:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

Antonio Conte is in no rush to sign a new Tottenham contract.

The 53-year-old’s Spurs contract expires at the end of the season, albeit with an option to extend by another year.

Tottenham and Conte are thought to have been in talks on a new deal for the accomplished Italian’s services.

Spurs are expected to be ready to tempt Conte into committing his long-term future to the north London club through a pay rise.

Conte is likely to wait to see how Tottenham fare in next month’s transfer window, to gauge the club’s continued ambitions.

Spurs forced their way to fourth place in the Premier League table ahead of the World Cup break, but will now face the challenge of quickly assimilating all their players ahead of the league’s restart.

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Victor Oshimhen addresses transfer future

Wednesday 21 December 2022 10:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

Seemingly always linked with a move to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United, Napoli forward Victor Osimhen appears happy in Serie A.

Indeed, there’s a strong chance the Nigerian international could play a leading role in delivering a first League title since the days of Diego Maradona.

Speaking to media, the former Lille star has spoken of his desire to stay.

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Chelsea shake-up continues as Christopher Vivell becomes new technical director

Wednesday 21 December 2022 10:23 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea have announced the appointment of Christopher Vivell as the club’s new technical director.

Todd Boehly, Chelsea chairman, and Behdad Eghbali, co-controlling owner, said: “We are delighted that Christopher is taking up this important leadership role at the club.

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Brazil legend Ronaldo gives seal of approval to Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli

Wednesday 21 December 2022 10:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

Brazil legend Ronaldo has backed Gabriel Martinelli to star for Brazil at the 2026 World Cup.

The Arsenal forward was included in Tite’s squad for this winter’s tournament in Qatar but made only one start as the Selecao fell to yet another quarter-final exit.

Martinelli, who has reportedly decided to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, has been in fine form at club level this season.

The 21-year-old has scored 5 goals in 14 Premier League appearances, helping lead Mikel Arteta’s surprise title push.

While Brazil’s frontline is full of options, there could be a major refresh heading into the next World Cup.

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Moyes reveals West Ham’s January transfer stance after £150m spree

Wednesday 21 December 2022 09:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

David Moyes has played down suggestions West Ham could be busy in the January transfer window.

The club spent around £150m over the course of the summer after two successful seasons under the Scot, although are yet to see much of a return.

Such investment has yielded only four Premier League wins thus far, albeit The Irons have impressed in the Europa Conference League.

While Moyes is under pressure, there are currently no plans to replace him, such has been the job he’s done since returning to the club in December 2019.

Sao Paulo defender Luizao will join Moyes’ side on January 1 upon the expiration of his contract but the 20-year-old is not expected to feature in the first-team.

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Arsenal told they must sign ‘brilliant’ World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister with star ripe for major transfer

Wednesday 21 December 2022 09:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

Arsenal have been urged to make a move for Alexis Mac Allister after the “brilliant” Brighton star won the World Cup.

That is according to Emmanuel Petit, the former Gunners midfielder who believes his old club should sign not one but two players from the Seagulls.

Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo also performed well in Qatar and Petit would like to see him join Mac Allister in forming a partnership for years to come at Arsenal.

“I know the links are there with Tielemans at Leicester, who I think is a good player but I’m not sure he is what Arsenal needs,” he told Mega Casino. “I’m a big fan of two players from Brighton: Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo.

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Real Madrid confident of sealing £100m Jude Bellingham deal

Wednesday 21 December 2022 09:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

Jude Bellingham’s performances for England at the World Cup have only increased his eventual transfer fee.

Already one of the most coveted young players in the game, the Borussia Dortmund star has been linked with all manner of leading clubs around the world.

According to The Sun, arguably the biggest of them all could land the 19-year-old.

They claim Real Madrid are now confident of sealing £100m summer deal, in a blow to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

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Arsenal yet to decide on Cedric Soares loan exit as Fulham transfer talks continue

Wednesday 21 December 2022 08:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

Fulham are frontrunners to sign Arsenal defender Cedric Soares on loan in January, writes Simon Collings.

Bayer Leverkusen and Villarreal are also interested in the right-back, who has started just one game for the Gunners this season.

But Fulham are leading the race to sign him and have held preliminary talks with his representatives.

Arsenal and Fulham have held formal negotiations yet but it is understood a loan with an obligation to buy is the most likely structure of a possible deal.

The Gunners are yet to decide if they will allow Cedric to leave, with manager Mikel Arteta previously describing his squad as “short”.

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Cristiano Ronaldo expected to complete move to Saudi Arabia

Wednesday 21 December 2022 08:29 , Jonathan Gorrie

While Cristiano Ronaldo denied a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr was close during the World Cup, things only appear to be going one way.

Having struggled to attract meaningful offers in the summer, the 37-year-old is now reportedly set to move to the Middle East.

Marca claim the club expect to land Ronaldo on a contract worth £174m per year.

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Tottenham in pole position to land Alessandro Bastoni

Wednesday 21 December 2022 08:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham’s interest in Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni is well-documented at this point.

A target over the course of the summer, it was a major blow when the defender decided to stay at Inter Milan, announcing his love for the club.

Still, the situation could be changing.

Calciomercato suggest there is a chance the Italy international could reject a new deal at San Siro, putting Spurs in pole position to land him as long as Antonio Conte stays.

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Chelsea close in on Josko Gvardiol

Wednesday 21 December 2022 08:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has been of long-standing interest to Chelsea, who could now be leading the race to sign Croatia’s World Cup star.

While Manchester City and Chelsea are also said to be keen, reports now claim the Blues are closing in.

According to 90 Min, Graham Potter is confident a deal can be done and hope to announce his signing along with Christopher Nkunku’s next month.

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Arsenal interest in Mykhaylo Mudryk confirmed

Wednesday 21 December 2022 08:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

Shakhtar Donetsk’s deputy sporting director Carlo Nicolini has confirmed Arsenal’s interest in Mykhaylo Mudryk, while also ruling Italian clubs out of a potential move.

Mudryk continues to be linked with a transfer to Arsenal, a move that the winger himself has repeatedly said he is keen to make.

The 21-year-old scored three goals and provided two assists in the Champions League group stage this season, further enhancing his huge reputation and intensifying links over a January switch.

The Gunners appear to be leading the race for Mudryk, with Nicolini believing clubs such as those in Italy do not have the financial resources to secure the winger.

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Origi could leave Milan

Tuesday 20 December 2022 22:21 , Matt Verri

Divock Origi joined AC Milan in the summer on a free transfer, after leaving Liverpool at the end of his contract.

Injuries remain a problem though, with the Belgian making just four Serie A starts so far this season.

As a result Calciomercato report that Milan are already considering selling Origi, knowing they would make a profit on him. Could a Premier League return be on the cards?

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North London battle for Mac Allister

Tuesday 20 December 2022 21:42 , Matt Verri

Arsenal are believed to be considering a January move for Alexis Max Allister.

There is huge interest in the Brighton midfielder after he shone for Argentina at the World Cup, with Brighton braced for bids when the window opens.

Tottenham are among those keeping tabs on the situation, while AS claim that the Gunners have also joined the race.

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Blues in for Juventus pair

Tuesday 20 December 2022 21:15 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are reportedly keen on moves for Serie A duo Weston McKennie and Dusan Vlahovic.

According to CalcioMercato, Graham Potter is pushing for the signing of McKennie, who would likely cost in the region of €30m, as he starts preparing for life without N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.

Vlahovic, meanwhile, continues to be linked with a move away from Juventus, just 12 months after joining the club.

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Martinez ‘aiming high’ after World Cup success

Tuesday 20 December 2022 21:01 , Matt Verri

Only a “few teams” can afford Emi Martinez, according to the goalkeeper’s agent

The Argentinian shone as his country lifted the World Cup in Qatar, playing a crucial role in the shootout win over France in the final.

Two years on from leaving Arsenal to join Aston Villa, Gustavo Goni has discussed Martinez’s desire to play at the highest level when asked about a possible move to Italy.

“Today there are few teams that can afford a goalkeeper like him,” Goni told tuttomercatoweb.

“But Serie A, well, why not? He is clearly aiming high, for the Champions League.”

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Chelsea rejected after Garnacho approach

Tuesday 20 December 2022 20:34 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have enquired over a shock move for Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho.

The 18-year-old was in flying form for Erik ten Hag’s side before the World Cup break, scoring a late winner against Fulham and providing two assists against Aston Villa.

Chelsea journalist Simon Phillips has claimed that the Blues were interested in a potential transfer and contacted the player’s representatives, but were told he would prefer to sign a new deal at United or a move abroad.

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Isco set to become free agent

Tuesday 20 December 2022 20:12 , Matt Verri

Isco only joined Sevilla in August, but four months into his deal he looks set to leave the club.

Fabrizio Romano reports that both parties are working to terminate the contract and leave the Spaniard as a free agent, despite his deal running through to 2024.

It remains to be seen what’s next for the 30-year-old, who left Real Madrid in the summer.

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Man United told Costa price

Tuesday 20 December 2022 19:59 , Matt Verri

Manchester United remain in talks over a new deal for David de Gea, after opting again triggering an extension, and could turn their attention to a replacement.

Porto’s Diogo Costa has been put forward as one potential option, after his involvement at the World Cup with Portugal, but he will not come cheap.

Correio da Manha report that Porto will refuse to sell in January, while any move in the summer would only take place if United paid his £65m release clause.

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Arsenal make Fernandez contact

Tuesday 20 December 2022 19:27 , Matt Verri

Enzo Fernandez continues to attract interest from across Europe, after picking up the Young Player of the Tournament award at the World Cup.

The Argentina midfielder has since been linked with a move to Liverpool, but O Jogo report that Arsenal have also made contact with the 21-year-old’s agent over a possible move.

Benfica are believed to be reluctant to part ways with Fernandez, and the number of clubs keeping tabs on the situation means that they will be able to demand a huge fee.

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Gvardiol could stay at Leipzig

Tuesday 20 December 2022 19:01 , Matt Verri

RB Leipzig are increasingly confident of holding onto Josko Gvardiol next summer.

That’s according to Sky Germany, with it claimed that the Bundesliga side have a decent chance of keeping the defender.

It’s reported that Gvardiol, who shone at the World Cup for Croatia, has a release clause of about €110m that becomes active in 2024.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with the centre-back, but it looks like they face a fight to bring him to west London with Leipzig keen to hold out until 2024.

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No Mudryk bid yet from Arsenal

Tuesday 20 December 2022 18:33 , Matt Verri

Shakhtar Donetsk deputy sporting director Carlo Nicolini has insisted no bids have yet been received for Mykhailo Mudryk.

The 21-year-old continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal, one he is keen on himself, but Shakhtar expect the winger to join up with the squad against after Christmas.

“Mudryk has received the message, like other players, to show up for Antalya training camp on January 9th”, Nicoloni told Calciomercato.

“There is interest from Arsenal for him, but we’ve not received official bids.”

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Martinelli closing in on new contract

Tuesday 20 December 2022 18:04 , Matt Verri

Gabriel Martinelli is reportedly close to signing a new contract at Arsenal.

Sport report that while Barcelona are keen on the Brazilian and were keeping tabs on the situation, Martinelli is happy at Arsenal and is comfortable with the direction Mikel Arteta is taking the team.

It’s claimed the new deal will tie him down until 2027.

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Pardew denied Ferdinand dream move

Tuesday 20 December 2022 17:34 , Marc Mayo

Anton Ferdinand has claimed Barcelona once made a bid to sign him.

Back in 2006, the defender was playing for West Ham but found manager Alan Pardew between him and a dream move to Spain.

“They – Barcelona – made an inquiry, but the club said no,” Ferdinand told talkSPORT.

“It was on Spanish Football [on Sky Sports], there was a big segment on the show talking about it. Barcelona were interested, they enquired, but it just never materialised.

“[Pardew] wouldn’t allow anything.”

Rashford staying put

Tuesday 20 December 2022 17:13 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United have triggered one-year options to extend the contracts of Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Fred to the end of the 2023-24 season.

It has also been reported by PA that the same action has not been taken for David De Gea's contract, with the club still in talks with the Spain goalkeeper about a potential new deal.

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Spurs eye new Conte deal

Tuesday 20 December 2022 16:52 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham have offered Antonio Conte a chunky pay rise.

Out of contract in the summer, the Italian does have a 12-month option in his deal that Spurs can enact.

But talks have begun on a long-term deal, so say the Telegraph, which includes a £1m boost to his £15m annual wage.

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Cedric Soares’ Arsenal term coming to an end

Tuesday 20 December 2022 16:32 , Marc Mayo

Cedric Soares is nearing a departure from Arsenal.

TalkSPORT report on Fulham being in talks to land the full-back on a permanent transfer.

The 31-year-old has only appeared twice this season for Arsenal having seen Ben White move over to right-back.

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One to watch: Giorgio Scalvini

Tuesday 20 December 2022 16:03 , Marc Mayo

Giorgio Scalvini could be the next Atalanta starlet snapped up by Europe’s top clubs.

TMW report on a summer bidding war starting at £25million being in the offing for the 19-year-old, who is being heavily scouted.

Manchester clubs United and City, plus Liverpool and Bayern Munich, are reportedly among those taking an interest.

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Neto no longer an Arsenal target

Tuesday 20 December 2022 15:37 , Marc Mayo

Pedro Neto is not on Arsenal’s January transfer wish list.

While the club look for an attacking replacement to come in during Gabriel Jesus’ injury, football.london say Neto is not on their radar due to recent fitness issues of his own.

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Remember the name...

Tuesday 20 December 2022 15:16 , Marc Mayo

Fenerbahce wonderkid Arda Guler is on Arsenal’s radar.

The 17-year-old has caught the eye of Ajax, PSG and Borussia Dortmund with Turkish outlet Takvim claiming the Dutch side are his preference.

Midfielder Guler could leave in January but Fenerbahce want him to lead their Super Lig title push and stick around for a possible Champions League run.

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Arsenal miss out on Mudryk alternative

Tuesday 20 December 2022 14:54 , Marc Mayo

Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha is off to Wolves.

Arsenal had been tipped to try and sign the Brazilian having lost Gabriel Jesus to injury, but the deal is all-but done for him to arrive at Molineux.

The Premier League club will sign Cunha on an initial loan deal with a £40m purchase clause, according to multiple reports.

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Breaking news!

Tuesday 20 December 2022 14:32 , Marc Mayo

Dean Holden is the new Charlton manager as the League One strugglers announce a major shake-up of the club board.

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Celtic ace interests Chelsea

Tuesday 20 December 2022 14:24 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are among the clubs monitoring Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic.

The Croatian enjoyed a fine World Cup and Sky Sports name Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and a pair of English clubs in tracking the £20m right-back.

And Chelsea are one such team, according to Blues writer Simon Phillips.

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Arsenal should sign Thuram, says Campbell

Tuesday 20 December 2022 13:54 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal have been urged to sign Marcus Thuram after his exploits in the World Cup final.

Former Gunners star Kevin Campbell told the Highbury Squad YouTube channel: “I think he could be a good addition, someone who can play across the front and someone who can give us a bit of physical presence up there.

“Although Eddie [Nketiah] has been working on his physique and looks a bit stronger, [Thuram] is bigger, stronger, more physical.

“That will keep defences on their toes, that’s for sure. It will be a fair deal because it will be pretty cheap because he has only got six months left on his contact, so it could be a good deal to be done.”

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Kante pushes for Barcelona switch

Tuesday 20 December 2022 13:24 , Marc Mayo

N’Golo Kante is set to sign for Barcelona.

Spanish outlet Sport detail the Chelsea midfielder’s determination to wrap up his future as soon as possible, with his Stamford Bridge deal expiring in the summer.

Barcelona are therefore set to seal Kante’s signature on a pre-contract agreement in January.

That is, if the LaLiga giants commit to the signing with it claimed that they are still mulling over whether they want him.

Jorginho and Youri Tielemans are also on their radar for free transfers while Ruben Neves of Wolves and Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi is liked at the Camp Nou - but would cost £51m.

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Cristiano Ronaldo picks next club

Tuesday 20 December 2022 12:57 , Marc Mayo

Cristiano Ronaldo will sign for Al-Nassr before the end of the year.

That is according to Marca, who claim the 37-year-old has been considering his future in Dubai since leaving Manchester United.

Standard Sport previously revealed Ronaldo’s hope that a Champions League club make him an offer.

But Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr are now reportedly confident that he will sign on the dotted line for a two-and-a-half-year deal boasting an annual wage of £173m.

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Ronaldo turned down Marseille offer

Tuesday 20 December 2022 12:34 , Marc Mayo

Marseille held talks with Cristiano Ronaldo over a sensational summer transfer, it has been revealed.

Basile Boli, an ambassador for the French club, has claimed that the former Manchester United star was offered the chance to depart Old Trafford before leaving under a cloud in the aftermath of his bombshell rally against the club.

It would have meant reigniting his old rivarly with Lionel Messi, who plays for Marseille’s adversaries Paris Saint-Germain.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was in talks with Olympique [Marseille], I think he should have come,” Boli told NW Sport.

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Arsenal identify cheap Mudryk alternative

Tuesday 20 December 2022 12:16 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal could swoop for Atletico Madrid frontman Matheus Cunha if they cannot agree a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Gabriel Jesus’ injury has prompted the Gunners to search for an attacker in the January window and Atletico Madrid forward Cunha is available for just £30m, according to Goal.

Wolves, Leeds and Aston Villa are also tracking him after he was offered to Chelsea. However, Cunha is yet to score this season.

Arsenal are in talks over a deal for Mudryk but Shakhtar Donetsk want £86m for the winger, with transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano suggesting time is running out for them to get that deal over the line.

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Chelsea make Rafael Leao decision

Tuesday 20 December 2022 12:00 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea’s imminent deal for Christopher Nkunku has prompted them to pull out of the running for Rafael Leao.

That is according to SportsMediaset with AC Milan in contract talks with the Portuguese forward.

Coach Stefano Pioli told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Rafa is happy and serene, and he has developed incredibly, but he has a lot to work on, he can have even more quality and intensity.

“Clearly, he must do it with us, because he already knows all situations, which can be helpful.”

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Spurs still keen on Bastoni

Tuesday 20 December 2022 11:43 , Marc Mayo

Inter Milan have offered Alessandro Bastoni a 50 per-cent pay rise in a bid to ward off Tottenham and Manchester City.

The Premier League clubs are looking on as Inter attempt to sign Bastoni up to a new, £75,000-a-week contract past his current 2024 expiry date.

La Gazzetta dello Sport state that the player remains keen to stay in Milan but now has to sign on the dotted line to back that claim up.

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Enzo Fernandez wants Liverpool

Tuesday 20 December 2022 11:14 , Alex Young

Enzo Fernandez, who on Sunday was named Young Player of the Tournament at the World Cup, wants to join Liverpool.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a stunning World Cup as Argentina claimed the game’s biggest prize, and is now expected to be courted by the world’s biggest teams.

Fernandez only moved to Benfica in the summer so the Portuguese giants are under now pressure to sell, but it is the Reds who would be top of his wishlist should a transfer materalise.

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ICYMI: Chelsea lead Gvardiol race

Tuesday 20 December 2022 11:02 , Alex Young

Chelsea are confident of winning the battle to sign Josko Gvardiol.

Real Madrid and Manchester City have both contacted RB Leipzig over the Croatian defender, as reported by 90min.

Chelsea are said to be in more advanced discussions and even want a deal done in January - even if a summer switch has greater chance of happening.

Liverpool and Manchester United are monitoring the situation.

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New deal for Iling-Junior

Tuesday 20 December 2022 10:07 , Alex Young

Just days after playing a key role in Juventus’ friendly win over Arsenal, England youth international Samuel Iling-Junior has signed a new contract and been promoted to the first-team squad.

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Mbappe to announce PSG exit

Tuesday 20 December 2022 09:56 , Alex Young

Kylian Mbappe could in a matter of weeks announce his intention to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.

According to Spanish publication Sports, Mbappe "seems to be determined to change scenery" just a few months after signing a remarkable contract to stay at PSG, which saw him handed more control any player has ever had at a club.

Real Madrid expected to sign him over the summer, before the shock contract renewal.

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Thuram up for sale

Tuesday 20 December 2022 09:19 , Alex Young

Manchester United are weighing up a move for Marcus Thuram.

The youngster enjoyed a fine World Cup and Borussia Monchengladbach are ready to cash in, according to Bild.

United are keen to bolster their attack following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Cody Gakpo also of interest.

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Liverpool’s Amrabat bid imminent

Tuesday 20 December 2022 08:48 , Alex Young

It looks like Tottenham will miss out on Sofyan Amrabat.

According to report, Morocco's World Cup star has let it be known that Liverpool is his preferred destination and the Reds have had a 'head start' on any rivals after Jurgen Klopp met with the player's agent.

Amrabat liked what he heard - who wouldn't? - and now expects Liverpool to bid for his services in January.

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