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Transfer news LIVE – Chelsea’s Fernandez swap offer and Arsenal’s 48-hour rules – The Mirror

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LiveTransfer news LIVE: Chelsea make Fernandez swap offer, Arsenal have 48-hour deadline and Kane to Man Utd latestArsenal and Chelsea continue to make moves in the transfer market, with World Cup star Enzo Fernandez firmly on the Blues’ radar as Tottenham look to hijack Everton’s deal for Arnaut DanjumaVideo LoadingVideo UnavailableArteta welcomes Trossard to Arsenal ahead of Man Utd clashChelsea have continued to splash the cash under Todd Boehly in January – and they may yet spend more this month. The Blues have made Mykhaylo Mudryk their marquee midseason arrival despite the fact he was firmly on Arsenal’s radar before they were beaten to his signature by their London rivals. The Premier League leaders are also hoping to bolster their own ranks further, with Leandro Trossard among the names to already arrive. Liverpool and Manchester City are unlikely to do any business in the final six days of the January transfer window, whilst Manchester United, who have already welcomed Jack Butland and Wout Weghorst on loan, are also set to wait until the summer before they spend their millions. We’ll keep you up to date with all the latest transfer news here on Mirror Football.13:26Nathan RidleySpurs line up Napoli star as Lloris’ replacementTottenham Hotspur are reportedly targetting Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret as a replacement for Hugo Lloris.La Repubblica, via Sport Witness, claim that the 25-year-old Italian is on Spurs’ radar amid Lloris’ decline.Napoli are currenlty top of Serie A by a sizeable 12 points at the halfway stage, although could be tempted to sell Meret given that his contract is set to expire in 18 months’ time.13:01Alan SmithRonaldo implicated in Juventus scandalJuventus’ off-field problems are stacking up after fresh claims in Italy that more than 20 players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, were paid €90m (£79.5m) in deferred wages off book.Former head coach Maurizio Sarri, captain Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala are also listed in documents that showed Ronaldo was owed £17.2m in salary after agreeing to a four-month deferral during the Covid-19 interrupted 2019/20 season.The former Manchester United star was earning almost four times more than the Old Lady’s next best-paid star (Miralem Pjanic, who was owed £5.1m). Documents show that Aaron Ramsey, the Wales midfielder, was owed £4.2m and French star Adrien Rabiot deferred £5m in wages.Read the full story here.12:39Felix KeithVilla interested in AubameyangAston Villa may look into the possibility of signing Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer.The Athletic says Unai Emery is fond of Aubameyang from his time at Arsenal and Villa have big plans for the end of the season.Lyon’s Mousa Dembele is another name in the frame, while Memphis Depay was of interest before he swapped Barcelona for Atletico Madrid this month. In wide positions, Udinese’s Gerard Deulofeu and Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech are on the radar. (Image:Offside via Getty Images)12:26Felix KeithBrighton interested in Oxlade-ChamberlainBrighton are targeting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the Daily Mail.The Seagulls lost Leandro Trossard to Arsenal this month and are looking for reinforcements.Oxlade-Chamberlain is out of contract with Liverpool in June and it remains to be seen whether the club move him on this month, or allow him to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Image:Frank Augstein/AP/REX/Shutterstock)12:10Felix KeithTottenham representatives in PortugalTottenham’s representatives have arrived in Lisbon for talks with Sporting over Pedro Porro.Reports in Portugal, via Sport Witness, say Spurs chiefs are meeting with Sporting executives Frederico Varandas and Hugo Viana to thrash out a deal for the defender.Sporting are ready to drive a hard bargain, with an asking price of €45m (£39m) for the 23-year-old, but Spurs will try to negotiate down and spread the cost via incentives and add-ons.11:53Felix KeithMan Utd youngster Savage set for loan Manchester United midfielder Charlie Savage is set to join Forest Green Rovers on loan until the end of the season.Savage is undergoing a medical with the League One strugglers today and is expected to sign soon. The 19-year-old midfielder – the son of Robbie Savage – made his United debut in December 2021, but has not played for the first team since.11:48Felix KeithCity and Arsenal chasing young defenderManchester City are hoping to beat Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon to young defender Ousmane Diomande, according to the Daily Mail.The 19-year-old has impressed this season on loan at Portuguese side CD Mafra from FC Midtjylland.11:32Felix KeithTen Hag urges Rashford to sign new dealErik ten Hag says he wants Marcus Rashford to sign a new contract with the club.Rashford recently had his contract with United extended until June 2024, but the club are in discussions with him over a long-term deal to reflect his importance to the side.”Of course it’s confidential, the talks between clubs and players,” Ten Hag said. “I think he understands Man United is his club, that’s first, but also, in this environment, in this team, I think he is playing his best football.”10:36KEY EVENTArsenal given ’48-hour deadline’Arsenal have been set a deadline of ‘24-48 hours’ to decide if they want to seal a deal for Real Valladolid youngster Ivan Fresneda or pull out of the running for him.Reports have suggested that Arsenal have lodged a £13m bid to his current employers ahead of a potential deal, whilst German giants Borussia Dortmund are also firmly in the running to secure his services.According to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners will now spend the next 24 to 48 hours deciding whether they will continue pursuing Fresneda over the closing days of the window.Read more here.Arsenal have a decision to make over their interest in Ivan Fresneda (Image:Getty Images)10:30KEY EVENTChelsea make Fernandez swap offerChelsea have not been put off by Benfica’s stern stance on keeping Enzo Fernandez.The Blues pushed hard to sign the Argentina World Cup winner earlier in January – and reports in Portugal suggest they are back in for the midfielder with six days of the window remaining.According to Record, via football.london, Chelsea have made another bid in the region of €100m (£87.8m), plus unnamed players. The Blues are still keen to land Fernandez and have plenty of fringe players they could do with offloading after signing Mykhaylo Mudryk, Joao Felix, Noni Madueke, Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos this month.10:21Felix KeithCedric close to Fulham loanArsenal defender Cedric Soares is close to joining Fulham on loan until the end of the season, according to ESPN.Fulham have now agreed to pay the full-back’s £100,000-a-week wages. Cedric has only been used four times by Mikel Arteta this season and will soon join up with Marco Silva, who he worked under at Sporting Lisbon. (Image:Arsenal FC via Getty Images)10:03Felix KeithDortmund’s financial pressureFormer Borussia Dortmund striker Michael Rummenigge believes his old employers will face a “huge” financial problem if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.That could hurt their attempts to hold onto star player Jude Bellingham, who is being chased by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others.”They have to finish fourth, if you don’t finish fourth in the Bundesliga they have a huge problem financially and you have a huge image problem,” Rummenigge told Wettbasis. “Dortmund has the second best squad in the league, with [RB] Leipzig [after Bayern Munich].”09:39Felix KeithChelsea close to offloading BakayokoRemember Tiemoue Bakayoko?Chelsea still own the midfielder, who they paid Monaco £40million for in the summer of 2017.It looks like they might be finally about to offload him, with Adana Demirspor keen to sign him permanently. Bakayoko is currently on loan with AC Milan and is yet to make a call on his future.Tiemoue Bakayoko arrived at Chelsea for a huge £40m fee (Image:Getty Images)09:17Felix KeithDONE DEAL: Celtic sign OhCeltic have announced the signing of South Korean international Hyeongyu Oh.The 21-year-old forward has joined from K League 1 club, Suwon Samsung Bluewings, and signed a five-year deal.09:00Felix KeithZubimendi in demandArsenal’s interest in Martin Zubimendi was knocked back over the weekend, with the midfielder preferring to stay with Real Sociedad this month.Zubimendi has a €60million (£53m) release clause, which the Gunners reportedly do not see as prohibitive. The 23-year-old recently signed a new deal with the Spanish side and initially resisted interest from the Gunners.That stance has now softened, according to Mundo Deportivo, who report that while he wants to ‘make history’ with Real Sociedad this season, he will ‘evaluate’ offers in the summer.Barcelona are eyeing Zubimendi as a potential replacement for Sergio Busquets, with Xavi praising the player openly, but it is believed that he is more sold on the idea of moving to the Premier League with Arsenal. (Image:2022 Juan Manuel Serrano Arce)08:33Felix KeithSaints youngster in demandArsenal will challenge Leeds and Manchester City for Southampton youngster Jimmy-Jay Morgan, according to Sky Sports.The 17-year-old forward has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in the Saints academy, but is now stalling on signing a first professional contract. The England youth international has attracted plenty of attention from other clubs and Southampton could lose him.Morgan has 14 goals and 10 assists in 35 appearances for Southampton under-18s and B team and is considered one of the most exciting young players in the country.Jimmy-Jay Morgan is stalling on signing a contract with Southampton (Image:Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)08:15Darren LewisTete on West Ham’s radarWest Ham are monitoring Leicester’s interest in Shakhtar’s Brazilian winger Tete.The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Lyon where he has six goals in 17 appearances this season. He provided two assists in his side’s French cup game against Chambray last Saturday.Hammers boss David Moyes remains determined to continue with his bid to bring down the average age of his squad. Having brought in World Cup star Lucas Pacqueta last summer, the Scot made it clear that he sees the 25-year-old as a gateway signing, able to attract other quality players to the London Stadium.Shakhtar are understood to be prepared to sell Tete, but Lyon have an option to make the player’s loan permanent for a fixed price of £17.5m. Leicester would then be at the head of the Premier League queue having had a long-standing interest.Should Lyon decide not to exercise their option to buy, interested Premier League clubs would have to persuade them to agree to release Tete from the rest of his season-long loan.07:54KEY EVENTLiverpool still Bellingham favouritesLiverpool remain in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jude Belingham in the summer, according to Sky Sports.Bellingham is Jurgen Klopp’s number one target for the summer, but they face competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City. Sky Germany say Dortmund want to earn €100m-€150m (£88m-£132m) for Bellingham.07:36Felix KeithMcKennie agrees Leeds moveJuventus midfielder Weston McKennie is edging closer to joining Leeds, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.McKennie has agreed personal terms and Juve and Leeds are now negotiating over the price. Things have been complicated by the ongoing scandal at Juventus, but they are progressing. (Image:FIFA via Getty Images)07:13Felix KeithDortmund winning Fresneda raceBorussia Dortmund have beaten Arsenal and a whole host of other Premier League clubs to the signing of Ivan Fresneda, according to Marca.Fresneda has been watched by lots of scouts recently, with Real Madrid and Newcastle among the other clubs interested in signing the Real Valladolid right-back.He is poised to leave Valladolid and is valued at around €15million (£13.2m) – but there has been an almighty battle for the Spanish under-19 international’s signature. Arsenal are ‘still alive’ in the chase, but Dortmund’s proposition is reportedly the most attractive, with Fresneda and his entourage impressed by the route to the first team in Germany.Dortmund have offered €10m plus €2m in bonuses and would send the 18-year-old back to Valladolid on loan until the end of the season.06:46Felix KeithCaicedo speaks outMoises Caicedo has insisted he is happy at Brighton, despite strong transfer interest.Chelsea saw a £55million bid rejected last week for the Ecuador international and, while it looks like he will stay put in the next six days, Arsenal are ready to rival the Blues for the 21-year-old midfielder’s signature in the summer, according to the Evening Standard.”I am focused on Brighton, I am here, I’m playing every day. Things from outside don’t trouble me, nor does it take that focus away because I’m focused only on here,” he told Brighton website.”I handle [the speculation] well. You hear rumours here and there, but I only try to be focused on the club where I am now, the club which opened the doors for me to be playing every week.” (Image:Official Brighton & Hove Albion FC/Youtube)06:03Darren LewisDanjuma snubs Everton for SpursEverton’s decision to sack Frank Lampard is set to cost them the loan signing of Arnaut Danjuma, with Tottenham swooping to hijack the transfer.The Villarreal star believed the Toffees would stick by the beleaguered former Chelsea boss, only to dismiss Lampard on Monday afternoon.Although Danjuma is understood to have completed a Goodison medical, he did not finalise the paperwork, allowing Spurs the opportunity to move in. He was expected at the fifth-placed club’s training facility on Tuesday afternoon with a view to undergoing a medical and signing off on the deal.Read the full story here.Arnaut Danjuma is set to reject a move to Everton (Image:Getty Images)05:51Felix KeithChelsea haven’t given up on FernandezEnzo Fernandez was one of the biggest names in the early stages of the January transfer window before things went quiet.Chelsea pursued the Argentina World Cup star aggressively – and thought they were close to sealing a club-record deal – only for Benfica to push back hard.Reports from Portugal yesterday suggest that the deal isn’t dead in the water. Chelsea have signed six players this month so are clearly happy to continue splashing the cash under Todd Boehly.We will bring you all the latest throughout the day.Samuel MeadeDanjuma on the move?Everton thought they had the former Bournemouth man, who has since shone at Villarreal. However, despite the pieces being put in place, it looks as if Tottenham have swooped in and could’ve signed the forward. Watch this space. Samuel MeadeGood morningRise and shine! Welcome back to another day of transfer news, gossip and done deals. We’ll keep you up to date throughout!

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