We are now only a matter of days away from the January transfer window opening and all of the biggest Premier League teams are expected to be busy. In fact, fresh reports now suggest that Chelsea and Tottenham are both targeting England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, along with Manchester United. Arsenal could land Mykhaylo Mudryk this week as they plan a second offer to Shaktar Donetsk for the Ukraine forward, which would certainly be some statement of intent.
Chelsea are now in talks with Monaco over a quick-fire deal for defender Benoit Badiashile during what is expected to be a busy month for Graham Potter, who will be backed by Todd Boehly and Co. Now AC Milan’s World Cup winner Theo Hernandez is being tipped as a target, along with Joao Felix. Over at Spurs, Pedro Porro seems to be the name on everyone’s lips as Antonio Conte plots a new signing at right-back.
Slightly further afield and Cody Gakpo is set to undergo his Liverpool medical on Wednesday, prompting United to hold fresh talks over the signing of Atletico Madrid star Felix to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours below!
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Gakpo to undergo Liverpool medical tomorrow
Cody Gakpo looks set to undergo his Liverpool medical tomorrow.
The Reds have beaten fierce rivals Manchester United to the signing of the Dutch World Cup star, who is set to move to Anfield from Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven in a deal worth an initial £37m.
According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool planned for Gakpo – who has already signed a six-year contract – to arrive in England tonight, with all the formalities to be wrapped up.
All being well, he will take part in the main tests from his medical on Wednesday.
ICYMI – Arsenal prepare second Mudryk bid
Arsenal have had their opening offer for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk rejected – but the Gunners are set to return with a new bid, writes Simon Collings.
Their opening offer was believed to be in the region of £55m, although part of that amount was due to be paid in add-ons.
Arsenal remain in talks with Shakhtar and are expected to return with a fresh offer for Mudryk.
The winger is Arsenal’s top target in January, but Shakhtar have publicly said that they want close to £85m for him.
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ICYMI – Chelsea close in on £35m Badiashile signing
Chelsea are in talks to sign Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile in a deal that could be worth around £35m, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the Blues’ primary targets for an early January move with fitness concerns surrounding both Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell.
The transfer has yet to be completed but Chelsea are immediately capitalising on the connections made by new technical director Laurence Stewart – who recently joined the club from Monaco.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter is keen to add another left-sided defender to his squad and wants the France international, who has just 18 months left to run on his current contract in the principality.
Chelsea want to be similarly swift and decisive after already closing two deals for Molde’s 19-year-old striker David Datro Fofana and Vasco da Gama’s 18-year-old midfielder Andrey Santos.
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Betinho responds to Man United squad list gaffe
Betinho has responded in comical fashion after bizarrely being included on Manchester United’s squad list.
The little-known Portuguese striker, full name Alberto Alves Coelho, became the talk of football social media on Tuesday afternoon after somehow being included on the latest United squad list detailed on the Premier League’s official website before their meeting with Nottingham Forest, complete with the no11 shirt.
There is obviously no shock United move afoot for Betinho, with The Athletic reporting that the club referred what was described as a “technical issue” to the top-flight, who worked to get it fixed.
Still, that has not stopped the player himself from revelling in his new-found fame via Instagram Stories, screenshotting his unexpected place on the squad list along with the caption: “Thank you Manchester United. See you soon.”
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ICYMI – Chelsea and Tottenham eye Pickford
Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United all have an interest in Jordan Pickford, reports suggest.
The England No1 looked to have committed his long-term future to Everton before the World Cup amid reports that he had agreed a five-year contract extension.
However, the Daily Mail report that the Toffees have yet to sign off on that new deal, throwing Pickford’s future into doubt.
Chelsea, Spurs and United are all said to be watching the situation very closely, with Pickford’s current contract only having 18 months left to run.
David Raya could leave Brentford
Brentford could have to fight to keep their key players.
Ivan Toney has been linked with a major move away after taking to life in the Premier League oh so well, although Thomas Frank could soon be dealing with another exit.
According to Spanish outlet AS, Ajax are plotting a move for David Raya.
Antonio Conte provides Tottenham transfer update
The Spurs boss is keen to sign new players in January, although the club look to be trying to look at younger options.
Ah well, Conte is usually one to take these things in his stride…
“Tottenham want to invest on young players, as we did with Kulusevski and Bentancur. Talents but with accessible salaries. This is what we’ll try to do,” he told Sky Sports.
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Chelsea leading race to sign Alexis Mac Allister
Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is on top of the world at the moment.
The Argentine starred at the World Cup, taking his impressive Premier League form to Qatar.
As a result, he’s been linked with a number of huge moves and, according to TYC Sports, Chelsea are leading the race to sign him.
Chelsea, Man United and Tottenham interested in Jordan Pickford
Just how long Everton can hold onto England’s No.1 remains to be seen.
A key part of a relatively successful team at international level, Jordan Pickford must be keen to test himself higher up the Premier League.
Well, according to the Daily Mail, that could soon happen.
They claim Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea are all keen on a move for the 28-year-old, who has only 18 months to run on his deal at Goodison Park.
Erik ten Hag confirms Manchester United transfer plans
The Manchester United manager has confirmed the club are looking for an attacking player in January, amid links with a move for Joao Felix.
“Our squad is double occupied on most positions, but not up front. We are looking for an attacking player. I won’t tell you the profile. There are options, and we are working on a few options. If it meets our financial & sporting wishes, we will strike.”