Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue their push for major signings in the January transfer window. The Gunners in particular are eager to strengthen as they bid to win a first Premier League title in two decades and fans could be treated to two stellar additions. The first being Mykhaylo Mudryk who, despite interest from Stamford Bridge, is reportedly more keen on a move to the Emirates. Arsenal also keen on Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde.
Joao Felix, meanwhile, reportedly wants to join Chelsea, with the Blues willing to match Atletico Madrid’s demands. Chelsea may also turn to World Cup finalist Marcus Thuram in an effort to strengthen their attack, while David Datro Fofana could be sent out on loan.
Tottenham have joined Chelsea in the race for Brighton’s Leandro Trossard, while Pedro Porro remains a target and Jordan Pickford and David Raya are potential names to succeed captain Hugo Lloris. Wout Weghorst remains a target for Manchester United on loan, though Besiktas have hit back at “fake” reports. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours below!
Lavia seen as Fernandez alternative by Chelsea
Chelsea are taking a serious interest in Romeo Lavia having missed out on Enzo Fernandez.
The Southampton teenager will cost north of £50m, talkSPORT claim, particularly while embroiled in a relegation battle.
Lavia joined from Manchester City last summer and they reportedly have a £40m buy-back option.
However, The Times claim the Fernandez deal is not dead in the water just yet…
Rafael Leao slams salary claims
Rafael Leao has hit back at claims his father is demanding a huge commission for his next contract.
Talks are ongoing between the Chelsea target and AC Milan, ahead of his deal expiring in 2024.
He branded an Italian report claiming he wants £170,000-a-week as “fake news”.
Arsenal hope in Mudryk talks
Shakhtar Donetsk will eventually cave and accept a bid for Mykhaylo Mudryk.
That is according to Sky Sports, who say the Ukrainian club “need money” while holding out for £85m.
The size of the up-front fee has been a key part of Arsenal’s talks with Donetsk so far with Chelsea also keen.
Benfica assured Fernandez wants to stay
Benfica boss Roger Schmidt has asserted that Enzo Fernandez is “happy” at the club as he bids to put an end to the midfielder’s transfer saga with Chelsea.
“As I said last week, the question is closed,” he told reporters.
“He’s a player of ours, he’s happy. He’s part of the team and he’s a key player.”
Olmo on Chelsea radar
Dani Olmo has emerged as an alternative to Mykhaylo Mudryk for Chelsea.
Spanish site Fichajes claim the RB Leipzig forward could be available with his contract expiring in 2024.
Chelsea are already doing a deal with the German team for Christopher Nkunku.
Arsenal want Balde
Arsenal are reportedly ready to pay £31m for Alejandro Balde.
The Barcelona left-back has just 18 months left on his Camp Nou contract and Nacional detail Edu’s plans for a swoop.
However, Balde will reportedly take some convincing to leave LaLiga for north London.
Thuram also on Chelsea agenda
Chelsea want to sign Marcus Thuram this month.
The Borussia Monchengladbach forward is reportedly ready to pick his new club when his contract in the Bundesliga expires this summer.
An £8.5m fee would be enough to persuade Gladbach to sell, transfer journalist Ben Jacobs reports, but the player will also have to be convinced.
The Times add that the Blues are stepping up their interest after landing Joao Felix.
Arsenal and Man United drop out of Joao Felix deal
The path has opened up for Chelsea to sign Joao Felix after Manchester United and Arsenal dropped out of the running for the striker, Standard Sport understands.
United deemed the £16million deal too expensive and are now looking to land Wout Weghorst.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are pouring all their resources into signing Mykhaylo Mudryk.
Former Tottenham target Ruslan Malinovskyi has signed for Marseille.
He leaves Atalanta on loan with the option of a permanent deal.
Chelsea spot new target
Noni Madueke has emerged as a target for Chelsea.
The Times name the PSV Eindhoven winger as a target alongside Marcus Thuram, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Joao Felix – who is on the verge of joining.
It is not clear how much the 20-year-old would cost but the London-born winger would count as a homegrown player having featured in Crystal Palace and Tottenham’s youth academies.