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Chelsea hit Fernandez delay, Giroud to Man Utd, Arsenal bid for Mudryk

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Charlie Gordon

McTominay ‘admired’ by Newcastle

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay retains admirers at Newcastle with the January transfer window now in full swing, according to The Daily Mail. 

The Scotland international has only started six Premier League games this season with Casemiro and Christian Eriksen adding fierce competition to the central midfield spots. 

Even so, United are supposedly keen to keep him at Old Trafford for at least the remainder of the season. Newcastle have also been linked with another defensive midfielder in Jorginho. 

Joe Krishnan

Newcastle close on Spanish starlet

Newcastle United are reportedly edging closer to capturing highly-rated Spanish wonderkid Ivan Fresneda from Real Valladolid.

The 18-year-old has made seven appearances for the La Liga outfit this season and was watched by the Magpies after they sent head of recruitment Steve Nickson to run the rule of the right-back.

Nickson was reportedly pictured sat alongside the youngster’s agent during Valladolid’s 2-0 home defeat against Real Madrid on Friday, fuelling speculation that a deal is imminent.

According to Spanish expert Fernando Kallas, speaking via Sky Sports News, the player has ‘already said his goodbyes’ to his team-mates as he prepares for a move, although Valladolid are demanding a fee of around £26m to cash in.

Charlie Malam

Chelsea’s Fernandez deadlock

Chelsea and Benfica are stuck in talks over Enzo Fernandez and ESPN say there are conflicting messages coming from both sides of the deal.

The Blues could pay a British transfer record fee to sign the Argentine World Cup winner. Fernandez could cost as much as £112million.

ESPN add that sources close to Benfica say Chelsea have indicated they would be willing to pay up to that amount in instalments over several years.

Fernandez has a £106m release clause but activating that would require the Blues to pay the fee upfront and in full, whereas they would prefer to pay in smaller staggered instalments over several years.

While Chelsea sources are said to be suggesting that the Londoners still hope to bring Benfica’s price down to a lower amount and are yet to commit to paying £106m or more.

Chelsea are eager to sign Enzo Fernandez this month (Image: GETTY)

Charlie Malam

De Gea set for new contract

David de Gea has confirmed he is confident of shaking hands on a new deal at Manchester United which could see him finish his career at Old Trafford.

De Gea said talks on his own future look likely to “end in a good way” with him possibly staying for the rest of his career.

“I hope so. I was saying this is my club,” he said. “I’ve been here many, many years and it’s a huge honour to be here and I’m so happy here.”

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“I hope to finish my career at Man United. I was saying this is my club, it’s a huge honour to be here and I’m so happy here”. pic.twitter.com/7DWwScWynV

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Joe Krishnan

Chelsea make Mudryk promise

Chelsea have reportedly told Shakhtar Donetsk they will trump any offer Arsenal make for Mykhaylo Mudryk. 

Mudryk is Arsenal’s top target for the January transfer window. Mikel Arteta has prioritised the signing of a winger since the summer and the Ukraine international is his top target.

However, the Gunners are yet to meet Shakhtar’s asking price. They have seen one bid rejected and another of around £62million is set to be turned down, as Shakhtar hold out for a fee of around £88m (€100m).

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal are set to match that asking price. But even if they were, Chelsea have reportedly promised Shakhtar they will offer a higher amount.


Joe Krishnan

Bayern make Kane decision

Tottenham have been handed a timely boost after it emerged that Bayern Munich are set to cool their interest in Harry Kane, according to reports in Germany.

Antonio Conte is desperate to hang on to his star striker after successfully warding off interest from Manchester City last season, and it now appears that Bayern are willing to concede defeat too.

However, a report from SportBild claims that there ‘internal doubts’ about the club’s ability to convince Kane to leave ‘the island’ and head to Germany.

And news of Bayern’s decision to turn their back on a move for Kane will be a welcome boost for Conte, who is enduring his toughest period since taking over as Spurs boss.

Joe Krishnan

Klopp: Bellingham on Liverpool radar

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed the club are interested in signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, admitting it would be “stupid” for the club not to consider the England international.

Liverpool and Manchester City are understood to be leading the race to bring Bellingham back to England as Dortmund are open to selling the teenager.

Reports even claimed Klopp had contacted Bellingham’s parents to convince them his future lies at Anfield.

Klopp has since denied having any contact with the Bellingham family, but hinted Liverpool are preparing a move for the youngster after revealing he is on their “radar”.


Jude Bellingham Borussia Dortmund Liverpool

Jude Bellingham: Liverpool are keen on the Borussia Dortmund starlet (Image: Getty Images)

Joe Krishnan

Napoli keen on Jorginho amid contract saga

Chelsea are hoping to keep Jorginho despite reported interest from Napoli in taking the midfielder back to Italy.

The 31-year-old is out of contract in June and can discuss a pre-contract with foreign clubs this month ahead of a free transfer in the summer.

Jorginho is keen to stay at Stamford Bridge and is hoping to receive a £30,000-a-week rise on his current deal, which he signed back in 2018 when arriving from Napoli in a £57m deal. The Evening Standard report talks are ongoing with club officials.

The Partenopei are interested in re-signing the italy international along with Barcelona, but it is believed he could stay despite Chelsea’s ongoing talks to bring in Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

Jorginho Chelsea Napoli

Jorginho: The Chelsea midfielder could return to Napoli (Image: Getty Images)

Joe Krishnan

Fulham eye Smalling return

Fulham are hoping to bring Chris Smalling back to the club in an audacious January deal, according to reports in Italy.

The former Manchester United defender, currently contracted to AS Roma, is a target for the west London outfit some 12 years after leaving in a £10m transfer.

La Repubblica, via SampNews24, claim the London side ‘dream’ of bringing the 33-year-old back to the Premier League, although his importance for the Giallorossi makes a mid-season transfer unlikely and Jose Mourinho’s side have blocked his departure.

The report adds the Cottagers are also chasing Sampdoria midfielder Omar Colley and could sign him in January for a fee of £4.4m (€5m).

Joe Krishnan

DONE DEAL: Aston Villa starlet heads to Boro

By Ryan Taylor

Middlesbrough have won the race to sign Aston Villa hotshot Cameron Archer on loan after the 21-year-old was given permission to travel north to Teesside for a medical.

Preston had been hoping to re-sign the prolific youngster, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Deepdale but Michael Carrick’s side have now swooped in ahead of fellow Championship sides to land one of the hottest attacking prospects in English football.

Express Sport understands the agreement is expected to be a straight loan until the end of the campaign when the forward will then return to Aston Villa.

Archer has made six appearances in the Premier League this season after Steven Gerrard opted to keep him at Villa Park last summer, snubbing the chance to send him out on loan again.

Joe Krishnan

Arsenal told to pay £85m for top target

Arsenal have been told to meet Shakhtar Donetsk’s £85million asking price for Mykhaylo Mudryk after seeing their second bid turned down, according to reports.

The Gunners have lodged bids of £55m and £62m over the past few days as Mikel Arteta looks to sign a winger in the January transfer window. But Shakhtar are standing firm on their £85m price tag, report The Evening Standard.

But the Ukrainian side have rebuffed their latest attempt to agree a deal for the winger, who turns 22 tomorrow. Talks are understood to be ongoing between the two clubs, with Chelsea also in the frame to sign Mudryk.

The player’s preference is to join the north London club after posting about them several times on social media recently, but it seems Arsenal will have to stump up a club-record fee if they want to capture the talented forward.

Mykhaylo Mudryk Shakhtar Arsenal

Mykhaylo Mudryk: The Shakhtar winger is wanted by Arsenal (Image: Getty Images)

Joe Krishnan

Brentford finalise record Schade deal

Brentford are set to finalise a deal to sign Freiburg midfielder Kevin Schade that will see the Bees break their transfer record.

The 21-year-old has undergone a medical ahead of his loan move to join the west London outfit for the rest of the season, with an obligation to buy clause inserted into the deal.

The Premier League side will have to pay £21.2m (€25m) in the summer when the move becomes permanent, smashing their previous record set when signing Mikkel Damsgaard from Sampdoria.

Joe Krishnan

BREAKING: Arsenal bid for Mudryk rejected

Arsenal have seen a second bid for Mykhaylo Mudryk turned down by Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners were thought to be confident of seeing their offer, believed to be worth £62m, would be accepted after the player made clear his desire to leave.

But The Daily Mail report the Ukrainian outfit have opted to reject their latest bid for the winger, who turns 22 tomorrow.

That could hand the advantage to Chelsea in negotiations, with Shakhtar transfer chief Darijo Srna set for talks with Todd Boehly tomorrow evening.

Joe Krishnan

Man Utd ‘reopen’ Joao Felix dialogue

Manchester United have had ‘recent dialogue’ as they explore a way to bring Joao Felix to Old Trafford this month, according to reports. The Portugal international will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid on loan, having fallen out with Diego Simeone behind the scenes.

According to CBS Sports, United have held ‘recent dialogue’ with the representatives of the 23-year-old as they look to bolster their frontline.

United, however, are currently unwilling to meet Atletico’s demands with the former champions looking for £18million to let their prized asset go on a temporary deal.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa have all been linked with the Portuguese attacker, but as Atletico stand firm on their demands, it may price him out of a move.

Joao Felix Atletico Madrid

Joao Felix: The Atletico Madrid star could leave the club in January (Image: Getty Images)

Joe Krishnan

Srna invited to watch Chelsea before Boehly talks

Chelsea are set to welcome Shakhtar Donetsk chief Darijo Srna to Stamford Bridge to watch their game against Manchester City as Todd Boehly plans talks over Mykhaylo Mudryk.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Croatian is flying in to London for talks with both Arsenal and Chelsea to discuss Mudryk’s future, with the Gunners already tabling two bids for the 21-year-old starlet.

But the Blues remain keen on the Ukrainian winger and are monitoring developments, with Srna due to speak to both Edu and Boehly about a possible transfer.

Srna will be making the most of his trip too, with the 40-year-old expected to be in the director’s box for Thursday’s match, and it remains to be seen whether Boehly can steal a march in the hunt for Mudryk’s signature.

Darijo Srna Shakhtar

Darijo Srna: Shakhtar’s transfer chief is reportedly attending Chelsea vs Man City (Image: Getty Images)

Joe Krishnan

Depay agents wanted Man Utd move

Barcelona star Memphis Depay’s agents pushed for talks with Manchester United back in the summer with the aim of a potential return, according to reports.

The Dutchman is now able to discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs ahead of a free transfer in June when his contract expires. And Manchester United have been strongly linked with bringing the Netherlands international back to Old Trafford for a second spell after signing him for £30m back in 2014.

And, according to The Athletic, the 28-year-old has already tried to instigate a possible return at a time where he is poised to ‘come under consideration’, as his agents tried to broker a move in the summer.

That move failed to materialise but, with United looking to acquire a striker in January, Erik ten Hag may be tempted to revisit a cut-price deal for Depay this month.


Joe Krishnan

Arsenal search for Cedric replacement

Arsenal are looking to sign a backup right-back this month if Cedric Soares joins Fulham, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta has been using Ben White as his first-choice option on the right side of the defence, with Takehiro Tomiyasu also getting minutes on his return from injury recently.

That has left Cedric out in the cold with the Portuguese full-back featuring only four times this season and with 28 minutes of Premier League action under his belt.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, speaking to CaughtOffside, says the Gunners will look to sign a replacement if the 31-year-old does leave, with Fulham interested in the defender although there is ‘no agreement’ yet.

Joe Krishnan

Man Utd ‘in talks’ to sign Butland

Manchester United have begun talks with Crystal Palace over a move for goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Erik ten Hag is stepping up plans to land a replacement for Martin Dubravka after the Slovakian returned to Newcastle having made just two appearances.

The Dutchman does have Tom Heaton and Nathan Bishop at his disposal but wants a No 2 to challenge David de Gea for a spot in the team.

And The Telegraph have claimed United are now in talks with Crystal Palace over potentially signing Butland, who has made nine Premier League appearances for the Eagles so far this season.


Joe Krishnan

Arsenal lodge improved Mudryk bid

Arsenal have made a second improved bid for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, according to multiple reports.

The Ukraine international, 21, is believed to be Arsenal’s No 1 transfer target in January as Mikel Arteta looks to add a winger to his squad ahead of a potential title challenge.

But his club Shakhtar are holding out for around £90million and have already turned down one offer from the Gunners, believed to have been £40m up front with £15m in add-ons.

The Mirror report that their latest bid includes a significant improvement on their initial payment, with the north London side now prepared to stump up £55m with the add-ons remaining the same for the forward, who has scored 10 goals in 18 appearances this season.

Mykhaylo Mudryk Shakhtar Arsenal

Mykhaylo Mudryk: The Shakhtar winger is keen on a move to Arsenal (Image: AFP)

Joe Krishnan

Spurs ‘meddling’ in Leicester’s Ounahi deal

Tottenham have reportedly been interfering with Leicester City’s proposed deal to sign Azzedine Ounahi as the race to capture the World Cup star hots up.

The Angers midfielder is subject of interest from several European clubs and he could be heading to the Premier League in January with Spurs set to step up their interest.

Leicester had appeared to have been in pole position to land the 22-year-old after making an official bid. The Ligue 1 club are hoping to spark a bidding war with a final fee of around £35million.

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Napoli have received the green light from the player to begin talks with his club after getting a ‘yes’ from Ounahi’s camp. But it also states that Tottenham are ‘meddling’ to try and hijack any deal that would take him to Italy.


Joe Krishnan

Man Utd decide on Giroud

Manchester United will not be signing Oliver Giroud this month as the club look to bring in a No 9 for Erik ten Hag.

The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo has left a void for the Dutchman to fill and reports suggested that Giroud, 36, could be a short-term fix. However, ESPN’s Taylor Twellman claim United are only exploring loan deals amid the possibility of the club being sold.

They could move for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, who is out of contract in June, but that move would only go through in the summer transfer window.

Joe Krishnan

Chelsea hit Fernandez snag

Chelsea’s deal for Enzo Fernandez has hit a snag after failing to make progress in talks with Benfica chiefs on Tuesday night.

The Blues are hoping to sign the 21-year-old and have made a bid worth £112million, which includes a paying more than his release clause but with smaller instalments.

According to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, Chelsea and Benfica held further talks last night on Fernandez with their Portuguese counterparts in an attempt to thrash out a deal.

The report says there are ‘still some key points of difference’ between the two parties. Benfica are now interested in selling the player and are willing to do a deal spread over multiple instalments, but asked for a bigger first payment.

Enzo Fernandez Benfica Chelsea

Enzo Fernandez: The Benfica star is yet to seal his move to Chelsea (Image: Getty Images)

Joe Krishnan

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