Transfer news LIVE! Arsenal focus on Joao Felix; Mudryk favours Chelsea; Man Utd want Weghorst, latest rumours

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Transfer news – LIVE!

Chelsea and Arsenal have already been busy as the second week of the transfer window begins. The two big names, of course, are Mykhaylo Mudryk and Joao Felix, with the former made a priority by the Gunners by now seems more likely to join the Blues, meaning the latter is now a more serious target for the Gunners.

Tottenham toiled past Portsmouth in the FA Cup to highlight their weak squad strength, but have reportedly made moves to strengthen their options at right-back with Pedro Porro of Sporting agreeing terms on a long-term deal. Now they just need to finalise a fee.

Over at Manchester United, the club are looking at loan deals for strikers. First, Cristiano Ronaldo’s new Al-Nassr teammate Vincent Aboubakar was linked and now Burnley frontman Wout Weghorst is of interest. Follow all of the latest news, gossip and rumours below!

Transfer news and rumours

  • Mudryk in U-turn on future amid Chelsea interest

  • Arsenal launch fresh plan to sign Felix

  • Harry Kane stalling on new Tottenham contract

  • Man United agree deal to sign Vincent Aboubakar

  • Chelsea confirm latest signing

ICYMI: Chelsea take lead in Mudryk race

22:54 , Alex Young

While Mykhaylo Mudryk was widely thought to have been keen on a move to Arsenal, Chelsea’s interest in the Shakhtar Donetsk star could change things.

According to the Mirror, the Stamford Bridge giants have moved ahead in the race to sign the winger in what would be a huge blow to their London rivals.

This one is going to drag on...

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ICYMI: Arsenal focus on Joao Felix

22:52 , Alex Young

Not to fear, Arsenal fans.

With the club not keen to be drawn into a bidding war with Chelsea over Mudryk, Mikel Arteta is now said to be lining up transfer alternatives.

And what a replacement this would be.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Gunners boss is ready to launch a fresh move for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix if Chelsea land Mudryk.

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Man United want Weghorst

22:51 , Alex Young

Manchester United are interested in signing Wout Weghorst, who is currently on loan at Bestiktas from Burnley.

He scored on Saturday and appeared to say goodbye to the Besiktas fans while celebrating as reports emerged of talks over a short-term deal at Old Trafford.

A left-field target.

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Andrey Santos’s first Chelsea interview

16:02 , Alex Young

New Chelsea signing Andrey Santos has named the three reasons why he joined the Premier League giants after completing his move from Vasco da Gama.

Santos has become Graham Potter's third January signing, after David Datro Fofana and Benoit Badiashile as the new ownership continues to bolster the squad with promising young talent.

The 18-year-old is the rawest of the trio, having made his professional debut less than two years ago and was recently plying his trade in Brazil's second division.

But the box-to-box midfielder has taken the big jump to move to England and in his first interview as a Chelsea player outlined why.

Read more: New Chelsea signing Andrey Santos explains three reasons why he joined

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Gvardiol: Liverpool my dream club

15:56 , Matt Verri

Josko Gvardiol admits Liverpool are his “dream” club ahead of what is expected to be a transformative summer for the RB Leipzig defender.

Both Chelsea and Manchester City are among the clubs keen on the 20-year-old, with something of a bidding war expected this summer. Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also believed to be in the race.

Speaking to RTLDanas, Gvardiol said when asked of his dream club: “That would definitely be Liverpool.

“Since I was little, I watched a lot of their matches with my dad.

“We covered every season in detail. It is a club that has remained in my heart.”

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Latest on Fernandez

15:29 , Matt Verri

Benfica manager Roger Schmidt says the club are ready to “restart from zero” with Enzo Fernandez after Chelsea’s botched move to sign the midfielder.

The Lisbon giants are unhappy with the Blues’ pursuit of the 21-year-old, who helped Argentina win the World Cup in Qatar last month.

Standard Sport understands Chelsea were looking to pay Fernandez’s huge release clause of £112m over a series of instalments as they bid to stay in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

Benfica, however, are eager to keep the player in the Portuguese capital until the end of the season, having only signed him from River Plate in August.

Read the full story

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Barber on Caicedo interest

14:53 , Matt Verri

Brighton CEO Paul Barber has confirmed no offers have been received for Moises Caicedo.

When he was in charge at the club, Graham Potter said £42m would only get the midfielder’s boots, and Caicedo is now once again being linked with a move away from the Seagulls. Liverpool are reportedly extremely keen.

“I’m pleased to say we haven’t had any [offers]. Maybe Liverpool haven’t got my email because I haven’t seen any,” Barber toldCBS Sports.

“I’m not sure £42m will even include the boots now, maybe just the laces. But joking aside, every player’s value is ultimately determined by the market.

“Graham’s comments were part in jest but part serious because Moises has been an exceptional player for us.

“Since he came to the Premier League, he has developed all the time. He’s a young man with a great attitude, fantastic work ethic and a very nice human being off the pitch.

“So all those things contribute to the value of a footballer should it come to that moment to sell.”

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Chelsea spending continues...

14:01 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have officially finalised the signing of striker David Datro Fofana from Molde.

The Blues confirmed they had reached an agreement to sign the 20-year-old at the end of December, and the move has now been wrapped up with Fofana signing a six-and-a-half-year contract. There is an option to extend for a further 12 months.

Fofana, signed for £8.6m, was in the stands at the City Ground last weekend as his new team-mates drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest.

“Hello dear fans, I’m here, I’ve arrived well and I’m very happy to sign for the club of my dreams,” Fofana told the club’s official website.

“I’ll see you soon on the pitch, cheers!”

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Ten Hag hits out at ‘unimaginable’ transfer business

13:16 , Matt Verri

It’s safe to say Erik ten Hag is not particularly impressed with the business Manchester United have done in recent seasons.

“The club has bought an unimaginable number of players in recent years who have not been good enough,” the United boss said.

“Most purchases have been average - and at Man United average is not good enough. United’s shirt weighs heavily.

“Only real personalities, who can perform under great pressure, can play here.”

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Celtic to lose race for World Cup striker

12:22 , Matt Verri

South Korea striker Cho Gue-sung will choose a move to Mainz over Celtic in the January transfer window, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The 24-year-old scored twice for his national team in Qatar at the World Cup, both coming in a three-minute spell against Ghana, and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have allowed him to pursue a £2.5million move to Europe.

Mainz are now expected to win the race for the striker who they made their number one target, beating Celtic and other clubs in the United States.

Former Manchester United winger Park Ji-Sung is negotiating the deal for Jeonbuk from London as their technical director.

Cho wants to complete the move as soon as possible to join Mainz before they restart their season on January 21, with German football having a prolonged break after the World Cup.

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Mudryk to Arsenal has ‘minimal’ chance

11:30 , Matt Verri

Arsenal have been told Shakhtar Donetsk’s valutation of Mykhaylo Mudryk will likely prevent them from completing a deal this month.

The Gunners are still leading Chelsea in the race for the 21-year-old, but they have been warned by Ukrainian football agent Igor Kryvenko that Shakhtar will not look at the situation “realistically” and are instead eyeing a huge sum to make up for previous mistakes in the market.

“Minimal,” Kryvenko told Footboom of the Gunners’ chances of securing the winger in January.

“Shakhtar won’t let Mudryk go for the money they are currently offering. €100m is an inadequate price

“A player from the Ukrainian championship cannot cost more than, for example, a player from the Netherlands. You have to look at things realistically. There is a market value, and Shakhtar seem to be taking figures from the ceiling.

Read more on that here

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Deschamps extends stay as France manager with all eyes on Euro 2024

10:48 , Jonathan Gorrie

France manager Didier Deschamps has extended his contract until June 2026, the French football federation (FFF) have confirmed.

“The French Football Federation and Noel Le Graet, its president, are pleased to announce the extension of Didier Deschamps’ contract as head of the French national team until June 2026,” the statement read.

Deschamps’ previous contract had expired after the 2022 World Cup, where France lost to Argentina in the final on penalties in Qatar.

Under Deschamps, France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2021 Nations League. They also reached the final of the 2016 European Championship and will be one of the favourites for the 2024 tournament in Germany.

France are currently third in the FIFA world rankings, behind no. 1 Brazil and second-placed Argentina.

The FFF said Deschamps’ assistant coach Guy Stephan, goalkeeping coach Franck Raviot and physical trainer Cyril Moine will also continue their work with the national team.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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Vieira makes Zaha admission as top clubs plot move for Palace star

10:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

Patrick Vieira admits Crystal Palace are playing the waiting game with Wilfried Zaha.

The forward – a talismanic figure at Selhurst Park – is free to talk to foreign clubs this month having entered the final six months of his contract.

Constantly linked with a move away from the club, Standard Sport understands Barcelona and Juventus are casting keen eyes over his situation.

Read the full story here!

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Benfica move on from Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea saga

09:59 , Jonathan Gorrie

With Enzo Fernandez’s move to Chelsea having broken down, Benfica manager Rodger Schmidt has called for an end to the saga.

“Now we restart from zero with Enzo,” he said.

“He will be back today, we count on him - he’s our player, we need Enzo.”

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Josko Gvardiol dreams of Liverpool

09:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

Who saw this coming?!

Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea are all keen on Croatia World Cup star Josko Gvardiol, who has been tipped to become one of Europe’s leading defenders in the next few years.

The player, however, seems keen on the idea of joining Liverpool.

“My dream club? That would definitely be Liverpool,” he told RTLDanas.

“Since I was little, I watched a lot of their matches with my dad.

“We covered every season in detail. It is a club that has remained in my heart”.

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Tottenham and Arsenal offered Evan Ndicka

09:29 , Jonathan Gorrie

Arsenal have watched Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka, who will be out of contract in the summer.

Mikel Arteta is keen on signing a new left-sided central defender and the Frenchman has impressed.

Still, Tottenham are being increasingly linked with a move.

According to reports in Germany, the player’s agent has offered his services to both north London clubs and a battle to convince him could lie ahead.

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Graham Potter fires back as Chelsea manager shrugs off pressure in defiant message

09:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

Graham Potter has insisted he does not fear for his job at Chelsea.

The Blues have won just two of their last 10 Premier League encounters, most recently falling 1-0 to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Speculation about Potter’s longevity at the club has run more rampant in recent days, but the Blues boss insisted he did not need validation from anyone outside the confines of his club.

Read the full story here!

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Tottenham likely to keep Bryan Gil despite loan interest

09:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham assistant manager Cristian Stellini has appeared to rule out an exit for Bryan Gil this month.

The 21-year-old has attracted loan interest from Spain after failing to convince in north London following a move from Sevilla in 2021.

Gil spent six months on loan at Valencia last year and the LaLiga giants were understood to have been keen on bringing him back for another temporary stint.

Still, the winger has been called upon in recent weeks due to injuries to both Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison.

Read the full story here!

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Man United agree to sign Vincent Aboubakar

09:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

Wow.

Manchester United could effectively swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Vincent Aboubakar, if reports are to be believed.

OKAZ claim United have agreed to sign the Al Nassr forward on loan this month in an effort to strengthen their attack for the short-term.

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Harry Kane future at Tottenham still uncertain

09:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

While much of the talk at Tottenham at the moment has naturally surrounded the future of Antonio Conte, Harry Kane can not be forgotten.

The England captain is now into the final 18 months of his contract in north London and surely won’t be rushing into another extension before seeing how things play out.

According to Football Insider, there is little chance Kane will quit Spurs this month but is stalling talks over a new deal.

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Arsenal launch fresh Joao Felix plan

08:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

Not to fear, Arsenal fans.

With the club not keen to be drawn into a bidding war with Chelsea over Mudryk, Mikel Arteta is now said to be lining up transfer alternatives.

And what a replacement this would be.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Gunners boss is ready to launch a fresh move for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix if Chelsea land Mudryk.

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Mykhaylo Mudryk makes Chelsea U-turn

08:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

While Mykhaylo Mudryk was widely thought to have been keen on a move to Arsenal, Chelsea’s interest in the Shakhtar Donetsk star could change things.

Indeed, according to the Mirror, there are now reports the Stamford Bridge giants have moved ahead in the race to sign the winger in what would be a huge blow to their London rivals.

This one is going to drag on...

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Mudryk told to show patience

Friday 6 January 2023 22:10 , Marc Mayo

Mykhaylo Mudryk has been told to be patient by former Shakhtar Donetsk star Oleksandr Sopko in his bid to join Arsenal.

Sopko told Ukrainian site footboom: “In any transfer, the interests of three parties, the club, the player and the coach, must be taken into account, and if they coincide, then such a transfer is the best option.

“Shakhtar have considerable experience in this matter, know how to sell players and know it’s turning point, the moment when you can agree on a certain amount.

“I think that Mudryk needs to trust the club and not make any statements."

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Ancelotti talks up Fernandez

Friday 6 January 2023 21:05 , Marc Mayo

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti namechecked Enzo Fernandez and Jude Bellingham when discussing youngsters who have caught his eye.

On the topic of January transfers, he said: “If someone asks me for advice, I will give it, but no one has yet entered my office.

“Everyone is focused, we still have many games ahead and the entire squad will be used. No one is complaining that they haven't been playing much, everyone is focused.”

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Spurs still chasing Sporting CP duo

Friday 6 January 2023 19:51 , Marc Mayo

Sporting CP will hand Marcus Edwards and Pedro Porro pay rises if they snub Spurs.

Tottenham are considering activating the pair’s release clauses with Edwards costing around £50m and Porro £40m.

However, the north Londoners can cut Edwards’ fee down significantly given they hold a 50 per cent sell-on clause for their former player.

A Bola say Spurs are not giving up in chasing a January deal for the duo.

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How Fulham went from relegation favourites to European contenders

Friday 6 January 2023 18:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

Marco Silva stormed into coaching as an impatient 34-year-old with no time to waste. Six jobs and 11 years later, the Lisbon native has evolved from a youngster with a point to prove into a measured leader shrewdly wrapping up Fulham’s surprise-package Premier League status.

Tipped for the drop in the summer, Fulham sit seventh in the table – and have already equalled the 28-point tally that saw them finish 18th and relegated in 2021. From relegation favourites to European contenders, Silva’s increasingly calm coaching alchemy is striking gold for the Whites.

Read the full story here!

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Southampton land Orsic

Friday 6 January 2023 18:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

Some much-needed good news for Southampton fans.

After a miserable time of things under Nathan Jones, the club have now completed their first signing of the new in form of Croatia foward Mislav Orsic.

Is he the man to fire them to safety?

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Brentford confirm shock loan move for Romeo Beckham

Friday 6 January 2023 18:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

Brentford have signed Romeo Beckham on loan from Inter Miami.

The son of former England captain and Manchester United legend David Beckham, the 20-year-old started his footballing career on the books at Arsenal’s academy.

Released at the age of 13, Beckham took a five-year break from football before joining his father’s American side and made his professional debut in September 2021.

Read the full story here!

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Arsenal youngster leaves on loan

Friday 6 January 2023 17:24 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Hale End academy graduate will get some valuable first-team experience at Coventry!

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Tottenham likely to keep Bryan Gil despite loan interest

Friday 6 January 2023 16:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham assistant manager Cristian Stellini has appeared to rule out an exit for Bryan Gil this month.

The 21-year-old has attracted loan interest from Spain after failing to convince in north London following a move from Sevilla in 2021.

Gil spent six months on loan at Valencia last year and the LaLiga giants were understood to have been keen on bringing him back for another temporary stint.

Read the full story here!

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Mykhaylo Mudryk agent delivers transfer update amid Arsenal and Chelsea talks

Friday 6 January 2023 16:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mykhaylo Mudryk’s agent has insisted the final decision on his transfer future will be made by Shakhtar Donetsk amid talks with Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Gunners have had two bids knocked back by the Ukrainian club and are now battling Chelsea to secure the 21-year-old winger’s services.

It is thought Mudryk would prefer a move to Arsenal this month but Shakhtar’s insistence on an £85million transfer fee has put the deal in doubt.

Read the full story here!

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‘Might be active’ - Moyes hints at West Ham transfer U-turn

Friday 6 January 2023 16:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

David Moyes says West Ham are open to making new signings this month.

The club spent around £150m over the course of the summer and are yet to see much of a return, winning only four Premier League games all season.

As a result, Moyes is under pressure and has previously suggested the January window would be an understated affair following their significant summer spending.

Still, while the Scotsman has revealed there are no major plans to invest further, West Ham could still be active to potential opportunities.

Read the full story here!

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Vieira makes Zaha admission as top clubs plot move for Palace star

Friday 6 January 2023 15:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

Patrick Vieira admits Crystal Palace are playing the waiting game with Wilfried Zaha.

The forward – a talismanic figure at Selhurst Park – is free to talk to foreign clubs this month having entered the final six months of his contract.

Constantly linked with a move away from the club, Standard Sport understands Barcelona and Juventus are casting keen eyes over his situation.

Read the full story here!

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Manchester United plot Milan Skriniar move

Friday 6 January 2023 15:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

It seems Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is linked with every top club whenever there’s a transfer window open.

Previously of interest to Chelsea, rumours of a move to Tottenham have also refused to go away.

Now, according to reports in France, Manchester United could enter the fray.

Media Foot claim United are willing to explore a deal for the central defender this month.

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Dele Alli set for Besiktas exit

Friday 6 January 2023 15:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s not going well for Dele Alli.

A move to Besiktas was supposed to revamp his stalling career but life in the Turkish capital has proven difficult. Booed off and publicly derided by his manager, the former England international looks set to leave.

According to Turkish outlet Sabah, the 26-year-old could be sent back to Everton.

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Andrey Santos completes Chelsea move

Friday 6 January 2023 14:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

Another new day, another new signing at Chelsea.

The club continue to spend big this month and, according to Standard Sport’s very own Nizaar Kinsella, the deal to brign Brazilian youngster Andrey Santos to Stamford Bridge is now complete.

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Barcelona address Ruben Neves transfer interest

Friday 6 January 2023 14:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

With Sergio Busquets expected to leave Barcelona this summer, attentions turn to who could replace him.

Despite so many financial problems at the Camp Nou, it seems Barca are prepared to target Premier League players in an effort to do.

According to Fabrizio Romnao, Wolves star Ruben Neves is of interest to the Catal giants.

President Joan Laporta said: “Ruben Neves is a top player but it’s part of private conversations. Busquets has to decide his future, he has proposals from MLS and so we’re exploring options for the future.”

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Marco Silva relaxed over Fulham transfer business as club eye next-level signings

Friday 6 January 2023 14:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

Marco Silva insists Fulham will not rush into making signings this month.

After a period of instability, the club have enjoyed a successful return to the Premier League this season after winning promotion from the Championship at a canter.

Fulham sit seventh in the table and have already matched the points tally they registered during their last relegation in 2021 (28).

Such is the comfort of their position, Silva has vowed any transfer dealings this month would be focused on adding “something really important” to the squad.

Read the full story here!

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Battle to sign Chelsea youngster Dion Rankine

Friday 6 January 2023 14:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea certainly have previous when it comes to losing their youngsters.

Still, with Todd Boehly and Co looking to create a long-term plan at Stamford Bridge, perhaps that could be changing.

According to Football Insider, the Blues are ready to offer Dion Rankine a new contract. The 20-year-old will be a free agent in six months and the winger is understood to have attracted interest from clubs in France and Belgium.

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West Ham could be forced into market

Friday 6 January 2023 13:47 , Alex Young

David Moyes says West Ham could make January signings in a bid to climb away from relegation trouble.

Moyes had previously insisted January would not be a busy time after the club splashed £160million on the likes of Nayef Aguerd, Lucas Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca over the summer, but may now have a rethink.

"We might try and do some business if we can," said Moyes. "But ultimately the club spent a lot of money in the summer and we brought in a lot of players.

"And, ideally, we're not trying to bring in so many players. We brought in a lot in this summer and we're still trying to integrate them and get used to the Premier League. But we may need to, depending on how we think the situation is."

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Porro is top of Spurs list

Friday 6 January 2023 13:23 , Alex Young

Tottenham have made Pedro Porro their first-choice target for a new right-back, but a deal in January will be difficult.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who adds that Sporting are holding out for the full €45m release clause to sell.

Spurs could return in January if there is no breakthrough this month.

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Arsenal and United told Felix fee

Friday 6 January 2023 13:15 , Alex Young

Joao Felix is expected to cost as much as £19million for a six-month loan, as both Manchester United and Arsenal ramp up their interest.

United are looking for a new forward after tearing up Cristiano Ronaldo's contract, while the Gunners are assessing other options as they battle Chelsea for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Felix is available on loan for the rest of the season though Atletico Madrid want £10m for the deal, along with his wages paid in full.

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth said: "I’m being told it’s around £19m including wages. £19m for six months? It doesn’t make sense for United as far as they’re concerned.

"They would be interested in a player like Joao Felix but not at the terms quoted. So, yes there was an interest in him, I’m sure it’s just in the background a little bit."

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Fulham won’t rush signings

Friday 6 January 2023 12:37 , Alex Young

Marco Silva insists Fulham will not rush into making signings this month.

After a period of instability, the club have enjoyed a successful return to the Premier League this season after winning promotion from the Championship at a canter.

Such is the comfort of their position, Silva has vowed any transfer dealings this month would be focused on adding “something really important” to the squad.

Standard Sport understands Fulham are keen on a move for Arsenal defender Cedric Soares, although the player’s wage demands are holding up the deal.

Read more: Silva sends Fulham transfer message as club eye next-level signings

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Palace target Sacha Boey

Friday 6 January 2023 12:28 , Alex Young

Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for Galatasaray’s Sacha Boey should a Selhurst Park return not materialise for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Galatasaray bosses are braced for a bid from Palace during this month’s window for 22-year-old Boey, who traded Rennes for Turkey in 2021.

Turkish Super Lig giants Galatasaray would expect a fee in the region of £16million for a permanent transfer, but are understood to be hopeful of keeping hold of the France Under-20 international.

Boey’s Galatasaray contract runs until 2025, with the defender having proved a regular in helping the Lions top the Turkish top-flight.

Read more: Crystal Palace eye Galatasaray star Boey as Wan-Bissaka alternative

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Arsenal intensify Felix interest

Friday 6 January 2023 12:17 , Alex Young

Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix, according to The Telegraph.

With Chelsea pushing to sign Mykahylo Mudryk, the Gunners will not be forced into a bidding war and will turn to a loan move for the rest of the season.

Atletico are holding out for a £10million loan fee, while Arsenal are unwilling to match that.

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Chelsea confidence over Mudryk grows

Friday 6 January 2023 11:46 , Alex Young

Chelsea are hopeful of beating Arsenal to the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, after positive talks with the club’s director of football, Darijo Srna, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

Srna was a guest at Stamford Bridge during the Blues’ 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on Thursday night.

Arsenal remain favourites to sign the 22-year-old, who has hinted at his desire to play for Mikel Arteta’s side, despite the Gunners seeing two bids worth up to £62million rejected.

They will be fearful that the delay in agreeing a fee has presented Chelsea an opportunity to talk to Shakhtar about their top January target.

Read more: Chelsea confidence over beating Arsenal to Mudryk grows after talks

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Bellingham has Dortmund meeting

Friday 6 January 2023 11:26 , Alex Young

Jude Bellingham met Borussia Dortmund chiefs this week to discuss his future.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Bundesliga side were seeking clarity over the midfielder's intentions ahead of what is expected to be the biggest transfer saga of the summer.

Real Madrid are currently favourites to sign Bellingham, though the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool are not expected to give up without a serious fight.

Bellingham is expected to command a fee well in excess of £100million.

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Rodgers issues Tielemans update

Friday 6 January 2023 11:04 , Alex Young

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested it is best the club's wantaway players leave in January, amid ongoing interest in Arsenal target Youri Tielemans.

Rodgers has previously ruled out the likes of Tielemans leaving during the season, but now appears to have changed his tune.

It remains to be seen if the Gunners are still interested in the player.

"I think that if someone doesn’t want to be here or someone wants too much money to be here, we have to be brave enough to say ‘listen, thank you very much and on you go’, because we are not a club with masses of resources that can facilitate every single players need, especially from a financial side," he told reporters earlier.

"A number of these guys are down to their last year. We said before we’d like them to stay but there has to be a point in time when what they want is too demanding for us as a club and if the time is right, they have to move on, then we have to do that and then look forward."

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Coutinho anniversary

Friday 6 January 2023 10:46 , Alex Young

Today marks the five-year anniversary of Barcelona spending €145million on Phillipe Coutinho.

You know, Phillipe Coutinho? Last seen warming a bench at Aston Villa?

A doubt there will be cakes and a candle at the Coutinho household tonight.

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Chelsea close in on new Kante contract

Friday 6 January 2023 10:16 , Alex Young

Chelsea are close to agreeing a new contract with N’Golo Kante on reduced terms, report Revelo.

Barcelona were hoping to agree terms for the midfielder ahead of a free transfer at the end of the season, but the feeling at the club now is that the player will remain in London.

The terms on offer a Barca were even less than Chelsea’s pay cut.

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Butland ‘proud’ of move

Friday 6 January 2023 10:14 , Alex Young

Jack Butland is one very happy man. Here he is talking to Manchester United’s official website.

“This is an amazing club and one that I am now proud to represent. I’m really looking forward to working with an unbelievable goalkeeping group, supporting each other every day to create the best training and playing environment for the team.

“I’ve played against David de Gea and represented England alongside Tom Heaton; they are top-class ‘keepers, and I am relishing the opportunity to compete alongside and support them as team-mates.

“There is a lot that this group can achieve this season and I’m excited to play my part in helping everyone to reach these ambitions.”

Done deal! Butland joins Man United

Friday 6 January 2023 10:02 , Alex Young

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland has joined Manchester United on loan for the rest of the season.

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ICYMI: Arsenal linked with shock Rice move

Friday 6 January 2023 09:40 , Alex Young

Arsenal want to do a summer deal for Declan Rice.

Having been interrupted in their Mykhaylo Mudryk pursuit by Chelsea, the Gunners reportedly want one of the Blues’ top targets.

Spanish outlet Fichajes claim Mikel Arteta will prepare the audacious swoop ahead of next season.

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Spurs have Kane plan for Gvardiol

Friday 6 January 2023 09:21 , Alex Young

Tottenham could sell Harry Kane to fund a move for Josko Gvardiol, claim Bild.

The 20-year-old defender is expected to be at the centre of a big transfer tug of war this summer, having impressed at the World Cup amid regular standout displays for RB Leipzig.

Chelsea are also tracking the player, with a fee of around £100m expected to be enough to sign one of Europe's most sought-after centre-backs.

Whether Spurs are prepared to sell Kane for him, though, is another matter.

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Man United ready first Felix offer

Friday 6 January 2023 09:06 , Alex Young

Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Joao Felix.

Relevo claim United have instructed super-agent Jorge Mendes to get the ball rolling on a loan move until the end of the season, though with no option to buy outright.

United would pay the young forward's wages in full and a £3m loan fee, though Atletico would want a fee of closer to £10m.

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Arsenal step up wonderkid interest

Friday 6 January 2023 08:51 , Alex Young

Arsenal have joined the race to sign PAOK forward Giannis Konstantelias.

The Gunners are expected to send scouts to watch the 19-year-old this month, joining a host of European clubs taking an interest Konstantelias following a string of eye-catching displays.

Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Wolves, PSV and Valencia are already tracking the Greek teenager, who has been earmarked to make his senior national team debut at the next international break in March.

Read more: Arsenal join race for wonderkid Konstantelias as scouting trip planned

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West Ham recall Okoflex

Friday 6 January 2023 08:34 , Alex Young

West Ham have recalled young striker Armstrong Okoflex from his loan spell with Championship side Swansea City.

The 20-year-old has made 17 appearances for the Swans, though just one start in the league.

Soonsup-Bell to leave Chelsea

Friday 6 January 2023 08:19 , Alex Young

Highly rated Chelsea striker Jude Soonsup-Bell has decided to leave the club and is expected to find pastures new this month.

As reported by Standard Sport in November, Manchester City had opened talks with the 19-year-old who has made just one senior appearance.

Many English and European clubs have looked at the forward, who joined Chelsea as an Under-13 from Swindon Town and made his senior debut against Brentford in the Carabao Cup last season.

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Tottenham make contact over Porro and Edwards

Friday 6 January 2023 07:57 , George Flood

Tottenham have made contact with Sporting Lisbon over a double deal for Pedro Porro and Marcus Edwards.

Spurs are known to hold a long-standing interest in right-back Porro and are believed to want to bring former starlet Edwards back to north London.

Per Portuguese newspaper Record, talks have already been initiated between the two clubs, though Sporting apparently want to be paid the release clauses of both players - €45m for Porro and €30m for Edwards.

However, such demands are said to be frustrating Tottenham, despite their ability to get the latter at effectively half-price.

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Chelsea sent message over Enzo Fernandez deal

Friday 6 January 2023 07:42 , George Flood

Here is more from an angry Schmidt on Chelsea’s seemingly ill-fated pursuit of Enzo Fernandez:

"Enzo, we don't want to sell him, nobody wants to sell him at this club," he said. "Everybody knows he has a clause in his contract and, of course, if the player wants to leave and somebody comes and pays the clause we cannot work against that and so then maybe we will lose the player.

"There's a club who want our player, they know we don't want to sell the player, they tried to get the player on their side and they know that they only can get this player when they pay the clause so it's a very clear situation."

He added: "First of all Enzo is a very good boy and a fantastic football player. We like him a lot and, of course, we want that he stays at Benfica.

"Of course, the situation for him is not so easy because he played the World Cup, he became world champion, he got offers, and there's a lot of money on the table.

"In this situation as a young player you think about that, [it can] confuse you a little bit. I think that everybody can understand but, nevertheless, he's a very good boy.

"He was not there last week, he had no permission to go to Argentina. He missed the training so that is not acceptable [and] that's why it will have consequences."

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Chelsea blasted over Enzo Fernandez talks

Friday 6 January 2023 07:39 , George Flood

In case you missed it yesterday, Benfica boss Roger Schmidt is furious with Chelsea for their pursuit of Enzo Fernandez.

It appeared this week as if a blockbuster transfer for Argentina’s young World Cup-winning midfielder was now just one step away, yet talks have since collapsed with the Portuguese club demanding that his €105m release clause is met in full.

Chelsea, meanwhile, want to spread the cost of the deal, a proposition dismissed by Benfica chief Rui Costa.

Schmidt clearly feels such an approach is disrespectful and having a damaging impact on Fernandez, who is set to be disciplined by his current club after taking an unsanctioned trip back to Argentina.

“What the club is doing who wants Enzo, it’s disrespectful against all of us, against Benfica and I cannot accept what they are doing,” said Schmidt.

“To make the player crazy, and then to pretend they can pay the clause and later they want negotiate I think is not what I understand about a good relationship between clubs who maybe want to discuss about the player.”

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Man United to announce Butland signing

Friday 6 January 2023 07:35 , George Flood

Manchester United are set to announce the signing of Jack Butland today.

The former England goalkeeper will head to Old Trafford from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace on a loan deal for the remainder of the season as back-up to first-choice David de Gea.

Butland’s services have been sought after Newcastle made the surprise decision to recall Martin Dubravka from his season-long loan at the club last week, with interest from Leicester.

The 29-year-old will join Tom Heaton as competition from De Gea but has yet to play a single match this season, with his deal at Selhurst Park due to expire in the summer.

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Chelsea boost in Mudryk fight with Arsenal

Friday 6 January 2023 07:28 , George Flood

The Mykhaylo Mudryk saga continues, with the presence of Shakhtar’s top brass in London this week fuelling further daily rumours regarding Arsenal and Chelsea.

It appears that club legend and director of football Darijo Srna’s movements on Thursday have led many to believe that it is the injury-stricken Blues who are now firmly in the driving seat for the signature of Ukraine’s budding superstar.

The Croatian was spotted dining with Willian in a London restaurant yesterday - a player who represented both clubs during his career but surely still holds a much greater affinity for Chelsea despite now turning out for rivals Fulham.

It is worth noting that former Arsenal, Shakhtar and Croatia striker Eduardo was also present at the dinner, however.

Srna was then later seen in the stands at Stamford Bridge last night as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City in the Premier League.

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Man United to battle Tottenham for Disasi

Friday 6 January 2023 07:23 , George Flood

Manchester United are reportedly pondering a move for Monaco’s Axel Disasi.

With Benoit Badiashile now having completed his £33m switch to Chelsea, the 24-year-old is the latest French defender from the principality to be commanding significant transfer attention.

Tottenham and West Ham have also been credited with an interest in Disasi, who remains under contract at the Stade Louis II until 2025.

However, the Daily Mail claim that United are weighing up a possible deal for Disasi amid ongoing uncertainty over Harry Maguire’s future at Old Trafford.

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Arsenal plot huge Declan Rice bid

Friday 6 January 2023 07:18 , George Flood

Arsenal are on the trail of West Ham star Declan Rice, the latest reports suggest.

The England midfielder is highly sought-after by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United and is expected to finally depart the London Stadium this summer after rejecting new contract offers.

However, reports from Spanish outlet Fichajes claim that Arsenal are also ready to battle for Rice and could launch an £88m bid for his services in the summer window.

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Badiashile reacts to Chelsea move

Thursday 5 January 2023 22:43 , Marc Mayo

Benoit Badiashile has revealed his delight after signing for Chelsea today.

He said: “I’m very happy to be here at Chelsea.

“I’m so excited to start playing for this club. I can’t wait to see the fans and start playing in the best league in the world.”

And former Chelsea man Cesc Fabregas is certainly a fan of Badashile!

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Simeone frustrated over Felix saga

Thursday 5 January 2023 22:10 , Marc Mayo

Diego Simeone is desperate for an end to Joao Felix’s transfer saga.

El Larguero de la SER report on the Atletico Madrid boss’ frustration after supposedly being told a decision would be reached quickly.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have turned down a six-month loan deal which would involve paying the striker’s wages in full.

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Arsenal linked with shock Rice move

Thursday 5 January 2023 21:43 , Marc Mayo

Arsenal want to do a summer deal for Declan Rice.

Having been interrupted in their Mykhaylo Mudryk pursuit by Chelsea, the Gunners reportedly want one of the Blues’ top targets.

Spanish outlet Fichajes claim Mikel Arteta will prepare the audacious swoop ahead of next season.

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Spurs make loan decision

Thursday 5 January 2023 21:11 , Marc Mayo

Tottenham will not send Pape Matar Sarr and Oliver Skipp out on loan this month.

Antonio Conte said: “Skipp and Sarr showed they are really reliable players for me and I'm really happy.

“We exploited the period of the World Cup to work with these young players to improve themselves under the tactical aspect and physical aspect.

“Now they stay with us in the squad. I don't want to send these young players on loan because the league is very difficult. We have to play Champions League, we have to play FA Cup.

“I think these young players can stay here to help us face these three competitions."

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Fernandez tipped to miss next Benfica game

Thursday 5 January 2023 20:42 , Marc Mayo

Enzo Fernandez should be left out of Benfica’s next game after pushing for a January transfer to Chelsea.

“Fernandez doesn't have the head to play in the game,” former Brazilian midfielder Valdo told Radio Renascenca.

“[He’ll start] only if Roger Schmidt wants to add fuel to the fire.”

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Tielemans still on Arsenal radar

Thursday 5 January 2023 20:17 , Marc Mayo

Brendan Rodgers has admitted there is a chance Leicester will sell players this month amid rumours linking Arsenal with Youri Tielmans.

"Possibilities,” he said. “There are players that may look to play but in order for that to happen, teams have to want those players.

“It's a bit of both. There may be some young players that want some loans but we will see as we go through the window.”

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Shakhtar chief spotted in London

Thursday 5 January 2023 19:53 , Marc Mayo

Shakhtar Donetsk chief Darijo Srna is in London this evening…

Former teammates Willian and Eduardo have been pictured with the sporting director on social media.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are in talks to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar, will their one of their former players act as secret agents?

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Chelsea ready to meet Mudryk price tag

Thursday 5 January 2023 19:36 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are confident they can upset Arsenal’s move for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

The Guardian report on the Blues sensing a £60m up-front fee plus £20m in add-ons would be accepted by Shakhtar Donetsk.

That is over £15m more than the Gunners’ last bid.

While it is said that Mudryk prefers Arsenal, Chelsea are preparing to test Mikel Arteta’s nerve by meeting Shakhtar’s price tag.

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Ten Hag explains Butland arrival

Thursday 5 January 2023 19:23 , Marc Mayo

Erik ten Hag has explained why Manchester United have signed Jack Butland on loan for the rest of the season.

He told reporters: “I'm really happy with David, it's quite clear he's our number one. He's a really good performer. But something can happen with David as well. You have to prepared for that.

“Last year I had this situation with Ajax, we had three goalies injured and you don't want to be in a situation that you have to put in at the end of the season - hopefully when you can play for trophies - that you have to put in a young keeper.

“You can't expect it from the young goalkeeper but also it could kill your season and that is what you have to be prepared for.”

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Gallas unsure of Mudryk chase

Thursday 5 January 2023 18:53 , Marc Mayo

William Gallas has questioned Arsenal’s pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk.

“I don’t know if Arsenal need Mykhailo Mudryk for the second part of the season,” he told Genting Casino. “Maybe they do.

“The season is very long. But at the same time, Arteta has his squad already, players on the bench, players who can come on and play in that position like Eddie Nketiah.

“So if they sign him, they know why. I’m sure Mudryk is a great player who can help the squad. So if that player can help them to win the title then they should buy him.”

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Chelsea target hires new agents

Thursday 5 January 2023 18:23 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea target Moises Caicedo has switched agents amid talk of the Ecuadorian being eyed as an Enzo Fernandez alternative.

Manuel Sierra and Ali Barat will represent the Brighton star, according to Fabrizio Romano.

A new midfielder is on Chelsea’s radar amid fears N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will reject new contract offers.

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Ronaldo names preferred teammate signing

Thursday 5 January 2023 17:53 , Marc Mayo

Cristiano Ronaldo wants Pepe to join him at Al-Nassr.

The veteran defender, 39, is on the books at Porto with Marca naming him among the number of stars targeted by the Saudi Arabian club.

Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos have also been linked.

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Mudryk in Arsenal hint amid talks

Thursday 5 January 2023 17:36 , Marc Mayo

Mykhaylo Mudryk has ‘liked’ an Instagram post joking that he is “trapped” at Shakhtar Donetsk.

The social media soiree, a favourite of fans hoping for a glimpse into a player’s mind, comes after numerous reports suggesting Mudryk wants to join the Gunners.

But, in their battle with Chelsea, Arsenal have so far failed to agree a transfer fee with Shakhtar.

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Chelsea offered to reignite Fernandez deal

Thursday 5 January 2023 17:26 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea have failed with a players-plus-cash bid for Enzo Fernandez.

Hakim Ziyech was offered to Benfica plus £87million and two players on loan, according to Record.

Loan spells for David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos (who hasn’t officially been announced yet!) were dangled the Portuguese club’s way but Chelsea were knocked back.

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Arsenal and Chelsea sent Mudryk warning

Thursday 5 January 2023 17:16 , Marc Mayo

Shakhtar Donetsk chief Carlo Nicolini has warned Arsenal and Chelsea that £86m is still the price tag on Mykhaylo Mudryk.

The winger is worth a similar price as Antony, he said, after the Manchester United winger’s summer switch for exactly that fee.

Nicolini told CalcioNapoli24: “Given that we have no need for transfers, we said that we will take time to evaluate the strongest players in this position, such as Antony. This is the parameter.”

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Disasi on United and Spurs radar

Thursday 5 January 2023 16:52 , Marc Mayo

Manchester United will rival Tottenham and West Ham for French defender Axel Disasi.

The Monaco centre-back made his France debut at the World Cup.

And United are in preliminary talks over a January deal, according to the Mail.

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Chelsea announcement imminent

Thursday 5 January 2023 16:25 , Marc Mayo

Chelsea are preparing to announce the signing of Andrey Santos.

The Brazilian youngster is this evening putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Blues, according to journalist Vene Casagrande.

Chelsea will pay a total of £20m for Santos, their third deal of the January window.

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Done deal!

Thursday 5 January 2023 16:03 , Marc Mayo

A big move in the WSL as Jordan Nobbs leaves Arsenal for Aston Villa

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Strakosha up for grabs

Thursday 5 January 2023 15:51 , Marc Mayo

Standard Sport understand Brentford have given permission to goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha to find a new club in the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old will now see if he can attract any offers to go on loan as a No1 keeper having hardly featured since his summer move to west London.

Strakosha was linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in the summer.

Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full story!

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Chelsea ‘will not pay Fernandez release clause'

Thursday 5 January 2023 15:04 , Alex Young

Another interesting update on Chelsea’s pursuit of Enzo Fernandez.

The Telegraph’s Matt Law says Chelsea never offered to pay the release clause in full - which is around £105million - have no intention on doing so, effectively refuting Benfica coach Roger Schmidt’s claims from earlier today.

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More on Badiashile

Thursday 5 January 2023 14:40 , Alex Young

Chelsea have announced the signing of Benoit Badiashile on a seven-and-a-half-year contract from Monaco.

The defender arrives in a deal worth around £33million.

Badiashile: “I'm very happy to be here at Chelsea. I'm so excited to start playing for this club. I can't wait to see the fans and start playing in the best league in the world.”

Chelsea Chairman Todd Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali said: ”We're delighted to welcome Benoit to Chelsea. He's an excellent young player who has quickly established a strong reputation for himself and has a huge amount of experience for his young age. We are sure he will form an important part of our team in the years ahead.”

Done deal! Chelsea sign Badiashile

Thursday 5 January 2023 14:13 , Alex Young

It’s never dull with Chelsea!

They’ve just announced their second January signing as Benoit Badiashile joins from Monaco on a seven-and-a-half-year deal.

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More from Schmidt

Thursday 5 January 2023 14:06 , Alex Young

Benfica head coach Roger Schmidt has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea's attempts to sign Enzo Fernandez.

As reported by Standard Sport earlier on Thursday, the Portuguese giants are unhappy with Chelsea’s conduct during negotiations for the Argentina midfielder.

Chelsea are hoping to spread out the transfer fee, expected to be the player’s £105million release clause, across three years to comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, but Benfica want the fee paid up in full.

As such the deal has now stalled, prompting Chelsea to look at possibly hijacking Arsenal’s move for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Read more: Benfica launch scathing attack on Chelsea over Fernandez transfer tactics

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Benfica: Chelsea making Fernandez ‘crazy'

Thursday 5 January 2023 13:51 , Alex Young

Some very interesting quotes from Benfica head coach Roger Schmidt on Chelsea’s pursuit of Enzo Fernandez.

”I can't accept what they're doing, they're making the player crazy,” he told reporters. “They make it clear that they intend to pay the release clause and then [in the last moment] want to negotiate.”

Not great reading for Chelsea fans, is it.

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McKennie wants Spurs move

Thursday 5 January 2023 13:34 , Alex Young

Weston McKennie has prioritised a move to Tottenham over any other team.

That's according to Corriere della Sera, who report that Bournemouth are also interested in the Juventus midfielder.

McKennie recently impressed at the World Cup with USA but is understood to be available for a January transfer.

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Chelsea launch players-plus-cash bid for Fernandez

Thursday 5 January 2023 13:09 , Alex Young

Chelsea have offered £75million plus three players as they look to bring down the price for Enzo Fernandez, according to Record.

The Benfica star has a release clause of £106m, but the Blues have now suggested the signing of Hakim Ziyech and loaning January signings David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos - the latter hasn’t even officially yet joined from Vasco da Gama.

Marquinhos exit hinges on Mudryk deal

Thursday 5 January 2023 12:44 , Alex Young

Arsenal are not planning to loan out youngster Marquinhos during the January transfer window until they have signed a new wide forward, writes Simon Collings.

The Gunners have made adding a new winger their priority this month and their top target is Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Arsenal have made two bids for Mudryk, with the second valued at around £60million, but Shakhtar are holding out for closer to £85m following interest from Chelsea.

Mudryk’s arrival will impact any outgoings at Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta has already described his squad as “short”.

Marquinhos is one of those who could leave on loan, but there are no plans to sanction that unless a new forward is added.

Read more: Arsenal won’t sanction Marquinhos exit without signing amid Mudryk chase

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Arsenal to be snubbed again

Thursday 5 January 2023 12:27 , Alex Young

Is this 2022 again? Arsenal are expected to be snubbed by Dusan Vlahovic for the second January running.

The Gunners are looking for more firepower up front following Gabriel Jesus’s injury and their increasingly strong in title push, but GiveMeSport report that the likelihood for of luring the striker to north London are “slim to none”.

Juventus are needing to sell some assets, so a summer move could be an option.

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Arsenal and Chelsea step up Mudryk fight

Thursday 5 January 2023 12:01 , Alex Young

Arsenal and Chelsea will accelerate negotiations for Mykhaylo Mudryk this week, with Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin in London for talks, writes Simon Collings.

Both clubs are battling to sign Mudryk and Shakhtar have set an asking price of £85million.

Arsenal have made a formal offer for the 22-year-old and, while their latest bid of around £60m is set to be rejected, are still front runners to sign him.

But Chelsea are considering their own bid and could turn their attempts to hijacking Arsenal’s move if they miss out on Enzo Fernandez.

Shakhtar chief Palkin is taking a leading role in the sale of Mudryk. Shakhtar sporting director Darijo Srna is also involved and is expected to be at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea play Manchester City on Thursday.

Read more: Arsenal and Chelsea to step up Mudryk fight with Shakhtar chiefs in London

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Badiashile and Mudryk update

Thursday 5 January 2023 11:40 , George Flood

Chelsea are also set to present Benoit Badiashile as their latest signing before tonight’s game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, reports Nizaar Kinsella.

Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk director of football Darijo Srnia is set to take in the game in west London as Chelsea look to hijack Arsenal’s move for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin is also in the capital as the two rivals duke it out for Ukraine’s rising star.

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Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea latest

Thursday 5 January 2023 10:58 , George Flood

Chelsea’s move for Enzo Fernandez has stalled, with Benfica unhappy with their attempts to reduce or spread the cost of a deal to sign the Argentina midfielder, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

The Blues have been seeking to pay the transfer fee for Fernandez in instalments as they bid to stay in line with UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

But, according to reports in Portugal, Benfica have insisted that Chelsea meet the full value of his £105million release clause if they want to sign him this month.

Benfica want Fernandez to stay until the end of the season and it is unclear at this stage whether negotiations with Chelsea can be salvaged.

Read the full article here

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Mudryk makes Arsenal preference clear again

Thursday 5 January 2023 10:39 , George Flood

Mykhailo Mudryk has set tongues wagging once again regarding his preference for a move to Arsenal.

Chelsea are apparently trying to hijack that transfer, planning meetings in London with Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin and director of football Darijo Srna.

It seems that Arsenal’s second bid for Mudryk believed to be worth £62m is set to be rejected, with the Ukrainian giants holding out for £85m.

Mudryk is believed to strongly prefer Arsenal, having widely praised the club and posted repeatedly on social media about enjoying watching their matches.

Now the player has “liked” an Instagram post from an Arsenal meme account imploring Shakhtar to “free” their prized asset and allow him to join the Gunners.

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Firmino eyeing new Liverpool contract

Thursday 5 January 2023 10:20 , George Flood

Roberto Firmino looks set to stay at Liverpool.

The Brazilian forward is one of several players whose Anfield futures have been subject to increasing doubt due to their current deals expiring in the summer.

Firmino apparently has interest from several clubs to join Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League, with Liverpool having moved to sign another attacker already this month in Cody Gakpo.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Juventus are also said to be interested, along with Sao Paulo.

However, the Daily Mail now reports that the 31-year-old is leaning towards penning fresh terms on Merseyside.

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Chelsea offer THREE players in Fernandez deal

Thursday 5 January 2023 09:41 , George Flood

Some interesting new details emerging on the Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea front.

It is being claimed that a huge package including no fewer than three players in part-exchange was offered to Benfica for Argentina’s World Cup-winning midfielder.

Per Portuguese outlet Record, those were Hakim Ziyech, plus new signings David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos on loan - and €90m.

However, that bid was rejected with Benfica adamant they will accept nothing but Fernandez’s €120m release clause being paid up in full.

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Chelsea join race for Leeds star Meslier

Thursday 5 January 2023 09:15 , George Flood

Could a new goalkeeper also been on Chelsea’s transfer radar this month?

Kepa Arrizabalaga has wrestled back the no1 shirt from the injured Edouard Mendy for now, but it remains to be seen if either are viewed as viable long-term favourites under Graham Potter.

According to Foot Mercato in France, Chelsea have joined the race for Leeds stopper Ilan Meslier.

Newcastle and Bayern Munich are also said to be chasing the 22-year-old, who has impressed at Elland Road.

However, Leeds are believed to have no intention of selling one of their top assets who is under contract until 2026.

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