Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to make headlines as a busy January transfer window approaches the halfway stage, with some huge potential deals in the pipeline. Arsenal are now said to have finally agreed a fee with Shakhtar Donetsk for top target Mykhaylo Mudryk, while they could also challenge rivals Spurs for Leandro Trossard.
Chelsea are pondering a move for Trossard’s Brighton team-mate Moises Caicedo after failing to get Enzo Fernandez from Benfica and are also said to be in talks over Marcus Thuram after seeing new loan signing Joao Felix sent off on his debut last night. The crisis-stricken Blues are also believed to be on the trail of Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin as they bid to save their faltering season.
Tottenham are still at loggerheads with Sporting Lisbon over Pedro Porro, while Wout Weghorst has undergone his Manchester United medical and Lionel Messi could apparently follow great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia in another blockbuster deal worth £245million a year. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip live below!
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Weghorst undergoes Man United medical
One of the biggest surprise moves of the January window so far should be confirmed today as Wout Weghorst joins Manchester United.
It was widely reported yesterday that a deal to take the Dutch international striker to Old Trafford on loan until the end of the season had now been agreed.
Weghorst will join from Burnley, with around £4m heading to Besiktas in order to compensate them for breaking his existing season-long loan deal in Istanbul.
Per Fabrizio Romano, the 30-year-old has now signed a contract and undergone his medical. United are hoping to get him registered in time to be in the squad against City in tomorrow’s Manchester derby.
Messi could join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia
Cristiano Ronaldo could soon be joined by long-time rival Lionel Messi in Saudi Arabia, according to the latest reports.
Ronaldo finally joined Al-Nassr in December after weeks of speculation following his explosive early exit from Manchester United, penning a lucrative contract until 2025 that will see him earn £177m per year.
But he may have the limelight stolen by Messi, with reports from Mundo Deportivo seemingly claiming that father Jorge has been in Riyadh negotiating a potential deal with Al-Nassr’s rivals Al-Hilal that would see his son claim a truly staggering £245m a season.
World Cup winner Messi is under contract at Paris Saint-Germain until the summer and has yet to pen a high-profile extension.
Tottenham face Arsenal battle for Trossard
Tottenham could face a battle with Arsenal for Leandro Trossard.
Standard Sport understands that Spurs are interested in a deal for the Brighton forward having declined to activate an option to extend Lucas Moura’s expiring contract last month.
Chelsea have also been linked with Trossard as part of another potential reunion with former Seagulls boss Graham Potter, with talkSPORT now suggesting that Arsenal are also in the fray.
They report that the Gunners are also closely monitoring the situation regarding the Belgian international, who is out of contract in the summer but with Brighton holding the option for an automatic one-year extension.
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Chelsea lining up Moises Caicedo move
Chelsea are targeting a deal for Moises Caicedo as they bid to arrest a wretched run of form.
Graham Potter is under huge pressure after last night’s 2-1 west London derby defeat at Fulham – in which new signing Joao Felix was sent off on his debut – made it just one win in the last nine matches either side of the World Cup break.
Chelsea want new recruits to freshen up their midfield after deals for Felix, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana, with Brighton’s Caicedo an established long-term target.
The Guardian claim that Chelsea are lining up a move for Caicedo this month, with the club not considered as frontrunners in the summer sweepstakes for England duo Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.
Liverpool are also known to hold a strong interest in the Ecuador international, though former Brighton boss Potter will be hoping his prior connection can win the day.
Arsenal agree Mudryk fee with talks in ‘final stage’
Rival reports suggest that things have now gone even further between Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk for Mykhaylo Mudryk.
According to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, an agreement over a fee has now been reached between the clubs – a package said to be worth approximately £80m, with some of that coming through add-ons.
He adds that talks have now reached their final stage, with the transfer finally potentially set to be finalised in a matter of days.
Arsenal make new Mudryk bid as deal edges closer
Arsenal are getting closer now to the signing of top target Mykhaylo Mudryk.
The Gunners have been in pursuit of the Ukraine winger for weeks as Mikel Arteta seeks a new forward option during his side’s Premier League title pursuit, battling Chelsea to get a deal over the line.
Arsenal had already seen two bids totalling around £60m for Mudryk rebuffed by Shakhtar Donetsk, but negotiations have continued and Fabrizio Romano reports that a third offer worth around €70m plus add-ons has now been submitted.
He says Shakhtar want to discuss the add-ons in more detail, with an agreement getting closer. Chelsea have yet to submit any bid for Mudryk, meanwhile.
ICYMI: Tottenham bid to sign Porro complicated by Emerson and Doherty
Tottenham’s hopes of signing a new right wing-back are being complicated because Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty are both happy at the club.
Spurs are keen on Sporting’s Pedro Porro, who has a €45million release clause, but having three senior right wing-backs would leave head coach Antonio Conte with a squad management issue.
Emerson has attracted interested from European clubs but has made it clear that he wants to stay in the Premier League, and specifically London.
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ICYMI: Arsenal set for second Raphinha chance
Arsenal could be handed a second chance to sign Raphinha this month.
The Gunners were again engaged with Chelsea in a fierce fight to sign the Brazilian winger over the summer, but he instead opted for a dream £55m switch to Barcelona.
But Raphinha has struggled to settle at the Camp Nou, flattering to deceive in 15 LaLiga appearances so far.
Now the Daily Express claim that Barcelona could make the 26-year-old available for an exit already in the coming weeks, potentially leading to another opportunity for Arsenal to get their man.
ICYMI: Messi to join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia?
Could Lionel Messi follow great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia?
Reports from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that his father and agent Jorge is currently in Riyadh to hold talks with Al-Hilal over a blockbuster move that would see the World Cup winner earn a staggering £245m-a-year.
Messi is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and his next move remains uncertain at this moment.
Of course, Ronaldo is the new high-profile signing in Saudi, having finally inked a £177m-per-year deal with Al-Nassr until 2025 last month.
ICYMI: Man United hoping to play Wout Weghorst in derby
Manchester United are planning on handing incoming new signing Wout Weghorst a debut against Man City in the derby.
According to Manchester Evening News, the striker is due at the club’s Carrington training base on Thursday to wrap up a loan move for the remainder of the season.
Weghorst will need to be registered before midday on Friday to be eligible to face the Premier League champions on Saturday lunchtime.