Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all expected to be busy now the January transfer window is open. The Blues, in particular, look like the early-pace setters as they move for Mykhaylo Mudryk, a player the Gunners have already bid for. Latest reports suggest Chelsea want to outbid their rivals by offering a much bigger contract to the 21-year-old winger.
That deal is set to progress further with rumours of a third bid from Arsenal as Shakhtar Donetsk hold out for £85m. Chelsea, meanwhile look to have failed in their bid for Enzo Fernandez.
Over at Spurs, Antonio Conte is desperate to bolster his attack with Marcus Edwards of Sporting CP being discussed as part of a potenial double deal involving wing-back Pedro Porro. Follow all of today’s latest news, gossip and rumours from the January transfer window with Standard Sport’s live blog below!
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Fernandez to Chelsea OFF
Talks between Chelsea and Benfica over Enzo Fernandez have collapsed.
TyCSports reveal the Lisbon club are no longer willing to negotiate on his January transfer exit.
Only the full £106m release clause, paid up-front in one lump sum, will be enough this month – something that Chelsea simply cannot afford…
Madrid set out Bellingham plan
Real Madrid will pay £120m to sign Jude Bellingham this month.
Chelsea and Liverpool are also chasing the Borussia Dortmund midfielder but Los Blancos want to seal a deal soon.
Cadena SER report on Madrid being happy to wait until the summer for Bellingham to arrive, but at a lower cost of £105m.
Clubs line up for Meslier
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Newcastle are taking an interest in Illan Meslier.
RMC Sport say the Leeds goalkeeper is catching the eye while in another relegation battle at Elland Road.
But Leeds are not willing to contemplate a January sale.
Benfica hit back at Chelsea over Fernandez
Benfica are unhappy with Chelsea for offering a smaller transfer fee than intimated in informal talks over Enzo Fernandez’s transfer over the Christmas week.
According to The Times, the Lisbon side want the full £106m release clause stipulated in the player’s contract despite his determination to move.
Benfica hope to persuade Fernandez to stay until the summer – reportedly suggesting Fernandez can do better than the Blues!
McKennie waits for Chelsea and Spurs
Bournemouth have made a bid worth around £35million to sign Weston McKennie.
Juventus are ready to give the deal the green light but the player is not so sure, as reported by Corriere di Torino.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund have previously been linked with the USA midfielder and he would prefer a move to a top club.
Arsenal make loan decision
Miguel Azeez has been recalled by Arsenal from his loan spell at UD Ibiza.
The 20-year-old failed to score in 11 games for the second-tier Spanish side.
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Ronaldo blow ahead of Al-Nassr debut
Cristiano Ronaldo has been stopped from making his debut for Al-Nassr just 24 hours before his scheduled first game.
The 37-year-old was set to line up against Al Ta’ee, just days after joining Al-Nassr on a £173million-a-year deal, for his first minutes at his new club.
However, Ronaldo was in November found guilty of improper and violent conduct by the English FA, days before his Manchester United contract was terminated, for smashing a phone out of a young Everton fan’s hand.
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Malinovskyi back on Tottenham agenda
Tottenham and West Ham are competing for Ruslan Malinovskyi.
Corriere della Sera claim Spurs want to do a loan deal including the option to sign the Ukrainian winger permanently in the summer.
Atalanta held talks over a £13m deal last month, it is said, before Tottenham broke off negotiations.
The player is reportedly keen on moving to the Premier League.
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Rafael Leao on fire
Rafael Leao has reminded Chelsea why they have been so keen to sign him.
That is just dirty…
Brentford have agreed to pay a club-record £21m fee to sign Kevin Schade from SC Freiburg.
The German youth international joins on an initial loan spell with a clause to make the deal permanent in the summer.
Thomas Frank said: “He can play anywhere across our front three positions. He could play for us on either wing or as the central striker. He has great pace and is very promising in the way he runs behind defences.”