There is less than a week left in the January transfer window and all three of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are expected to be busy. Despite leading the Premier League, the Gunners have already snapped two players in the form of Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior but are now said to be interested in midfielders.
Juventus star Weston McKennie has been linked but perhaps the bigger name is Brighton’s Moises Caicedo. The latter has already been the subject of a £55m offer from Chelsea, who are now thought to be pushing to sign Argentina star Enzo Fernandez once again amid reports of an £87m offer from Stamford Bridge.
Over at Tottenham, there is thought to be a fresh round of talks over the potential signing of top target Pedro Porro scheduled this week, while links with Nicolo Zaniolo continue. Follow all of the latest news, gossip and rumors below!
Chelsea contract ‘trick’ prompts FFP change
Chelsea’s recent trend of signing players on long-term contracts has prompted UEFA to change Financial Fair Play rules.
The Blues has spent in excess of £420million on new players since a summer takeover by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, including a record-breaking outlay in the summer and the £88.5m arrival of Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Mudryk has signed a remarkable, and record-breaking, eight-and-a-half-year deal, meaning the winger will cost Chelsea just over £10m a season as they ‘amortise’ the fee over the length of his contract.
UEFA, European football’s governing body, is now expected to set a five-year limit over which a transfer fee can be spread.
Read more here: Chelsea long-term contracts prompt UEFA to change Financial Fair Play rules
Fulham want to extend Willian stay
Fulham want to extend Willian’s contract, according to reports on Brazil.
The winger has impressed back in London, having terminated his contract with Corinthians to return to the Premier League after spells with Chelsea and Arsenal.
Willian, 34, only signed a one-year deal last summer and now Fulham want him to stay for longer.
Kane on contract talks
Harry Kane expects to open contract talks with Tottenham in “the coming months” but has played down the chances of agreeing a new deal before the end of the season after equaling Jimmy Greaves’ scoring record last night.
Kane’s 266th Spurs goal took him level with Greaves as the club’s all-time top scorer and earned Antonio Conte’s side a much-needed 1-0 win at Fulham.
As reported by Standard Sports On Monday, Kane, who has entered the final 18 months of his contract, is open to holding talks with the club after the transfer window and could extend his deal, provided circumstances are favourable.
The 29-year-old says he still wants to win trophies with his boyhood club and believes this season can still be a success, despite their faltering form.
Asked by Standard Sport for an update on his contract, Kane said: “There’s not been much talk if I’m totally honest.
Man United in for Disasi
Manchester United are exploring a deal for Monaco’s Axel Disasi.
Telefoot claim United have made contact with the Ligue 1 side, though face competition from Bayern Munich in the 24-year-old.
Disasi made history at the recent World Cup by becoming the first France international to make his senior debut during a tournament since 1966.
Liverpool enters Rice race
Liverpool have entered the race for West Ham captain Declan Rice, according to Give Me Sport.
Arsenal are leading the race for the midfielder, with Manchester United and Chelsea also long-term admirers of a player who is expected to command a fee of at least £70m.
Journalist Rudy Galetti said: “It’s an open race. It’s an evolving situation because also Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in him. We have to wait a few more weeks to better understand the future of Declan Rice.”
Chelsea working on Taste deal
Chelsea are working on a deal to sign 19-year-old Lyon full-back Malo Gusto.
The France Under-21 international has verbally agreed terms with the Blues and wants to move to Stamford Bridge this month.
Lyon want to keep Gusto until the end of the season, but Chelsea are pushing to sign him now, and are ready to take their spending since last summer close to £500million.
Gusto is an attacking right-back, with similar athletic attributes to Reece James. He made his debut for Lyon as a 17-year-old in 2021 and has played 15 times in Ligue 1 this season.
Chelsea have made signing a new right-back to provide cover for James a priority.
Palace in Ahamada talks
Crystal Palace are in talks to sign Stuttgart midfielder Naouirou Ahamada.
Palace are yet to make any signings this month but Patrick Vieira wants to strengthen his squad in the final week of the transfer window.
Midfield is a priority position and a deal for Conor Gallagher from Chelsea looks unlikely. Ahamada is a 20-year-old box-to-box midfielder who has impressed for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga this season.
Palace also want to sign a right-back and were one of a number of clubs to speak to Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma, who looks set to join Everton.
Arsenal ready to launch Caicedo bid
Arsenal could rival Chelsea for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo in the summer after the Blues failed to agree a deal for the 21-year-old.
Caicedo wanted to move to Stamford Bridge but was not willing to force a move from Brighton and Chelsea are increasingly resigned to missing out on the Ecuador international this month.
Arsenal want to sign a new midfielder for next season, with West Ham captain Declan Rice emerging as one of their top targets.
There is a growing expectation that Rice will leave West Ham this summer and the 24-year-old is thinking to be keen on a move to Emirates Stadium to play under Mikel Arteta.
Leeds open talks with Spurs target
Leeds United have opened talks with Juventus over a deal to sign Tottenham target Weston McKennie, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The 24-year-old American has also been linked to the likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa, though Leeds have followed up their interest with talks.
Juventus need to raise cash and McKennie is an obvious player to cash in on, and Leeds manager Jesse Marsch knows the player well from their time in America.
Injured Danny Ings facing spell on the sidelines after West Ham debut
New West Ham signing Danny Ings faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury on his debut against Everton on Saturday.
West Ham bought Ings for £12million last week to boost their goalscoring threat and his injury will be a huge frustration for David Moyes, who is set to be without the striker for at least a few weeks.
Igns has been ruled out of next Monday’s FA Cup trip to Derby and is expected to miss Premier League games against Newcastle on February 4 and Chelsea on February 11.