Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are amongst the busiest clubs going at the moment as we enter the second week of the January transfer window. All three are eager to strengthen their squads this month in pursuit of respective glory, with the Blues leading the charge. Having all-but signed Joao Felix, Graham Potter is now reportedly looking to bring Leandro Trossard to Stamford Bridge too, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could make a swift return to Spain.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are said to FINALLY be closing in on the signing Mykhaylo Mudryk after previously having seen two bids for the winger rejected. With Chelsea – who were also keen – ready to welcome Felix, the Gunners could now have a free run.
Over at Spurs, Pedro Porro is a target, though Chelsea are also keen on the Sporting full-back. Harry Kane continues to be linked away with both Real Madrid and Manchester United – who have agreed a deal for Wout Weghorst – said to be interested. Follow all of the latest news, gossip and rumors below!
Chelsea given Madueke warning
Chelsea could be forced to spend big if they want to bring in Noni Madueke.
The Blues are keen on the PSV man, but Fabrizio Romano believes Liverpool’s recent purchase of Cody Gakpo could prove problematic for Chelsea.
PSV have no financial need to sell the 20-year-old after Gakpo’s departure and are reluctant to lose another key player, particularly this month.
Emery wants Guendouzi reunion
Unai Emery is pushing to bring Matteo Guendouzi to Aston Villa.
That’s according to Foot Mercato, with it claimed that the Villa boss has already held talks with Guendouzi as he looks to lure the Frenchman back to England.
The midfielder was a regular under Emery at Arsenal, before his struggles began when Mikel Arteta took charge.
Weghorst trains away from main group
Wout Weghorst did not take part in Besiktas training this morning.
Turkish outlet A Sport report that Weghorst told the club he was feeling some pain and so worked inside in the fitness room instead, away from the main group.
The 30-year-old has made it clear in recent days that he wants the loan move to Manchester United.
West Ham forced to move on from En Nesyri
West Ham are set to move onto other forward targets after Youssef En-Nesyri announced his intention to stay at Sevilla, writes Malik Ouzia.
En-Nesyri has been a long-term target for the Hammers, who failed with a move for him in the summer of 2021.
The Premier League side reignited that interest this month and were exploring signing the Moroccan on an initial loan deal.
It is understood, however, that West Ham were never optimistic Sevilla would agree to En-Nesyri’s departure mid-season, given they are languishing in 17th in La Liga.
“I want to focus only on Sevilla,” En-Nesyri said. “It’s not a matter of money. I want to help the team in the worst moments.”
Sagna confident over Mudryk
Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is convinced top target Mykhaylo Mudryk will join the Gunners this month.
The Premier League leaders have already seen two offers for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger rejected but remain in talks with the Ukrainian club, and are still confident a deal can be reached.
“He’ll be joining the club,” Sagna told Lord Ping.
“The think football transfers are a mind game between the buyer and the seller. Shakhtar knows the quality of the player and they know that Arsenal really want him. I think it will happen, but maybe at the end of the window.”
“Shakhtar will keep pushing and negotiating until the end to get the largest amount for their player, but they will be aware of the players desire to join the club and they won’t want to frustrate the player.”
Besiktas confirm Weghorst stance
Besiktas president Ahmet Nur Cebi has insisted the club will not let Wout Weghorst leave until they have brought in a replacement.
Manchester United continue to push for the Dutchman, hoping to reach an agreement with Burnley and Besiktas to terminate his current loan, and it’s expected that a deal will be done.
Vincent Aboubakar is one of those being considered as a replacement by Besiktas, and the club’s president has made it clear what must happen before he sanctions a move for Weghorst.
“In this critical period, I will not leave the team without a striker,” Cebi told Milliyet.
“If we agree on the terms after getting a quality striker, we will send Weghorst away. Otherwise, Weghorst will stay in the team.”
Athletic interest in Aubameyang
Chelsea have had an inquiry from Atletico Madrid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and expect to have a market for the 33-year-old in Spain after they agreed to sign Joao Felix on loan, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
Aubameyang has not yet been made available for sale or loan but his name has been mentioned during negotiations with Atletico over Felix, who is joining Chelsea on a six-month loan deal that will see the Blues pay his £270,000-a-week wages in full.
Having only moved to Stamford Bridge in a £12million switch from Barcelona last summer, the former Arsenal striker is still keen to fight for his place.
But Atletico remain a viable option later in the transfer window should Aubameyang be pushed out of Chelsea.
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Arsenal to miss out on Balde
Arsenal have been linked with Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde in recent days, but that looks set to be put to bed.
While it was suggested that Gunners hoped to take advantage of the 19-year-old’s contract situation, Fabrizio Romano now reports that Balde is on the verge of agreeing a new deal at Barcelona.
The final stages of talks are taking place, with a release clause of €500m potentially being put in the contract.
When can Felix make Chelsea debut?
Chelsea are set to confirm the loan signing of Joao Felix as their fourth January arrival, and fans may not have to wait long for his debut.
It’s a transfer of necessity for an Atletico player made available ahead of the window and for a club in need of more firepower up front as the likes of Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling and the woeful Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continue to misfire.
Chelsea are next in action against Fulham in Thursday’s London derby and Felix will be eligible to play should the club register him before midday on Wednesday.
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Man United eye right-back signing
Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for a right-back this month.
It was a position Erik ten Hag wanted to strengthen in the summer, and Sky Sports claim that Celtic’s Josip Juranovic is among those currently being considered.
However, the future of Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains key to another possible arrivals, and Ten Hag has been increasingly impressed with the Englishman since the World Cup.