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CHELSEA are closing in on the signing of Joao Felix on loan until the end of the season and he has been pictured on his way to London!

The Blues have verbally agreed to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid for the rest of the season.

And now, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the final details of the agreement have been finalised, with him on his way to England.

And Newcastle United have taken a step towards signing Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko, opening talks over a £150,000-a-week deal, according to the Evening Standard.

Finally, Inter Miami are still hoping to sign Lionel Messi despite rumours regarding a contract extension at PSG.

The MLS side were said to be on the verge of agreeing a sensational deal to sign the PSG ace back in November but he now looks set to stay in France, despite Miami’s hopes.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Spurs rated serious contenders for Trossard

    Tottenham are keen on a January move for reported Arsenal target Leandro Trossard.

    Spurs are looking to add one or two additions to their squad this window with right wing-back and an attacking player the priorities.

    Versatile Brighton star Trossard, 28, is on their radar for the latter role.

    But Arsenal are just one of the other Premier League clubs interested.

    The Belgian’s contract with the Seagulls expires at the end of the season.

    But SunSport understands Albion have the option to extend it by a further year, which they will do if he is still at the club beyond the January window.

    Trossard has seven goals in the Premier League this season, including a hat-trick at Liverpool in October, though his form has nosedived since returning from the World Cup.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea eye Spurs target Pedro

    Chelsea could hijack Tottenham’s move for Sporting star Pedro Porro, according to reports.

    The Blues are in dreadful form and desperately need reinforcements this month in hope of a more positive second half of the season.

    One position that needs to be addressed is right-back.

    That’s because Chelsea don’t have a genuine back-up for Reece James, who’s struggled with consistent injury problems.

    James is once again sidelined after suffering another knee problem on his comeback against Bournemouth last month.

    As a result, Chelsea could enter the race highly-rated Sporting man Porro, according to Ben Jacobs, speaking on the Last Word on Spurs podcast.

    The 21-year-old has caught the eye in Portugal, registering two goals and 12 assists this season.

    He’s particularly impressed in the Champions League and his overall record for Sporting is 30 goal contributions is 94 appearances since arriving from Manchester City in 2020.

    But the Blues face competition from London rivals Tottenham, who are also in desperate need of a right-sided player.

    Although Spurs are unsure whether to trigger his £37m release clause, so Chelsea could swoop in and take advantage.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Aubameyang ‘wanted in Spain’

    Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly attracting interest from Spain.

    The Gabon and ex-Arsenal striker, 33, joined from Barcelona in the summer but has failed to hit peak form.

    Aubameyang has played nine times in the Premier League, scoring just once following 13 goals in 18 games for Barca.

    And his pathway to more starts could be further blocked if Chelsea complete the loan signing of Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix.

    Aubameyang missed Sunday’s 4-0 FA Cup loss at Manchester City with a back problem.

    But he’s expected to be fit for Saturday’s home Prem clash with Crystal Palace.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Saints eye Doku bid

    Southampton will reportedly launch a bid for winger Jeremy Doku as they bid to fight their way out of relegation.

    The Belgium star is currently at Rennes after a £23m move from Anderlecht in 2020.

    While injuries have hampered his progress in France, Doku has demonstrated flashes of quality and goal-threat.

    And Foot Mercato report that the Saints are bidding to bring him to St Mary’s to give their struggling side a boost.

    The Premier League side are believed to be enquiring about his availability.

    Southampton will be hoping he can bring some additional sharpness to their goal-shy forward line.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘Chelsea lack plan for how to use Felix’

    Chelsea have been accused of lacking a “project” as they prepare to pay “absurd” money for Joao Felix.

    Arsenal and Manchester United baulked at splashing a huge loan fee and full wages for the Atletico Madrid attacker.

    And journalist Julien Laurens doubts the Blues have a proper plan for how to use the Portugal star.

    Laurens told ESPN: “It’s very close, it was validated by Todd Boehly, the club and Jorge Mendes.

    “The line they are trying to brief everybody is that he chose ‘the Chelsea project ahead of Arsenal or Manchester United’, which, let’s be honest here, there is no project here.

    “Man United and Arsenal didn’t want to pay the absurd amount of money that this deal would cost for four months. “

    “He is a top player that would work in a team that is functioning, which isn’t the case of Chelsea football club right now.

    He’s not the answer, certainly not his own, to resolve all their attacking issues.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Would Trossard say no again?

    Brighton’s Leandro Trossard could get a second chance from Arsenal – three years after the Belgium winger rejected the Gunners.

    The former Genk star, 28, has impressed since moving to the Prem in 2020.

    And Tottenham are also said to be keen on him.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Barca could offload Fati, Torres and Raphinha

    Cash-strapped Barcelona are reportedly ready to have a fire sale of stars as they look to balance the books.

    The club spent a combined figure of around £150m to bring in Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde in the summer.

    And in order to do this, they were forced to take drastic measures such as selling a 25 per cent stake of their in-house production company, as well as ten per cent of their TV rights for the next 25 years.

    To ensure they don’t end up in the same situation this summer, the club are willing to consider the sale of a number of big name players.

    Brazil international winger Raphinha is one of them, with the club hoping to recoup the £55m they paid to sign him from Leeds.

    Ferran Torres is also reportedly allowed to leave for the right price, having joined from Man City for £55m two years ago.

    And perhaps most surprisingly, the club are said to be prepared to listen to offers for 20-year-old Ansu Fati.

    Fati was previously a top target for Man Utd, with the club reportedly agreeing a £135m deal to sign him in 2020 before Barca pulled the plug.

    Such was the high regard that the Spain starlet was held in, that the club handed him Lionel Messi’s number ten shirt following the World Cup winner’s departure.

    But journalist Jose Alvarez told El Chiringuito that Barca have not been satisfied with the performances of Fati and the two other players and could consider an offer in order to keep Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wigan complete Miguel loan

    Arsenal starlet Miguel Azeez has joined Championship strugglers Wigan on loan for the rest of the campaign.

    The midfielder, 20, was borrowed by Portsmouth last season.

    And he’s reunited with Latics’ assistant manager Kevin Betsy, who oversaw him with England youths and as an Arsenal kid.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal youngster in talks with Wigan

    Arsenal youngster Miguel Azeez is reportedly in talks with Wigan over a January transfer.

    Azeez has spent the majority of this season on loan at Spanish second-division side UD Ibiza.

    However, Arsenal re-called the youngster after making just 10 league appearances.

    And The Athletic report that the 20-year-old is in talks with Wigan over a loan move.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LVG’s a bigger name than you thought

    Football fans are just learning Louis van Gaal’s real name – with the Dutchman going with the shorter version.

    The legendary manager has enjoyed an incredible career in football but has now re-entered retirement following the World Cup.

    Van Gaal took charge of the Netherlands for the third time as he led them to Qatar.

    His Holland team had been making steady progress before being knocked out in a frantic game with Argentina in the quarter-finals.

    Footy fans who had followed the 71-year-old’s career thought they knew everything about him.

    But some will still be shocked to learn one of his middle names is “Maria”.

    The former Manchester United manager’s full name is Aloysius Paulus Maria Louis van Gaal.

    He opts for the shorter version professionally.

    Fellow Dutchman Wout Weghorst – who could be Old Trafford-bound – also shares the middle-name of “Maria”.

    The Burnley striker’s full name is Wout François Maria Weghorst.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Cole shocked by Red Devils’ Wout move

    Manchester United legend Andy Cole is shocked the Red Devils are recruiting Wout Weghorst – after his “tough time” at Burnley.

    Cole told Casinos En Ligne: “Wow! When I heard about Weghorst I was as surprised as anybody.

    “I know he got a couple of goals in the World Cup and he’s on loan in Turkey now but he had an absolutely terrible time at Burnley.

    “You can only say if he had such a tough time at Burnley what can we really expect if he comes to Manchester United?”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd ‘AGREE £3m Weghorst loan’

    Manchester United have reportedly agreed to sign striker Wout Weghorst on loan.

    It appears they have found their man after agreeing on a deal with his parent club, Burnley and Besiktas, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    It appears they have found their man after agreeing on a deal with his parent club, Burnley and Besiktas, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    However, he did suggest that a deal would only be completed once the Turkish club have found a replacement.

    The reporter tweeted: “Manchester United have reached full, verbal agreement to sign Wout Weghorst.

    “Understand deal will cost around €3m (£2.65m) to Besiktas — Weghorst will join on loan from Burnley.

    “Final step needed, Besiktas will only approve the deal if they find the right replacement.”

    However, it appears Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr has aided United and created a domino effect.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘Toon interest could spark Arsenal bid for Youri’

    Arsenal might have to bid for Youri Tielemans this month – to fend off Newcastle.

    CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs believes the Toon’s interest means the Gunners can no longer bide their time over a possible free transfer move for the Leicester midfielder in the summer.

    Jacobs said: “It’s very interesting because we know that Arsenal’s interest in Tielemans hasn’t gone away.

    The price just hasn’t been right for them historically.

    “But if a club like Newcastle choose to come calling, it changes the dynamic and it forces Arsenal to make a decision.

    Are they prepared to pay a fee for Tielemans? If not, they would have to wait and see whether or not he would go elsewhere mid-season or wait for them to come calling when he’s available on a free transfer.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Felix deal ‘absolute madness’

    Chelsea paying £10million to borrow Joao Felix for the rest of the season is “absolute madness”.

    That’s the verdict of Ally McCoist after the Blues seemingly beat off Arsenal and Manchester United to the Atletico Madrid wideman.

    Ex-Scotland striker McCoist “can’t believe” Chelsea are paying such a sum – plus the Portugal star’s wages.

    The Gunners baulked at Atletico’s demands as they are more keen on Shakhtar Donetsk’ss Mykhailo Mudryk.

    And McCoist told talkSPORT: “I’ve got to say I can’t believe we’re paying £10m for a loan now – absolute madness.

    “I like Joao Felix [but] I don’t think he’s the answer to Chelsea’s problems.

    “They need a centre-forward. Plus, I don’t think he’s consistent enough.

    “I watched him closely at the World Cup and I thought he did some brilliant things. I thought he had one or two good games.

    “But he’s one of those players, for me, he just leaves you wanting a little bit more.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils could miss out on Felix AND Depay

    Manchester United could suffer a double blow with Joao Felix’s proposed loan to Chelsea leading to Atletico Madrid targeting Memphis Depay.

    The Red Devils are in scintillating form after continuing their perfect post-World Cup form by beating Everton on Friday.

    But Erik ten Hag is still hoping to bolster his squad with attacking reinforcements before the end of the month.

    United have already missed out on Cody Gakpo after he joined Liverpool.

    And the Old Trafford club are set to also lose out to Chelsea in the race for Felix.

    The Atletico Madrid ace has been linked with United, but he’s now on the verge of securing a loan switch to Stamford Bridge.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘City eye new KDB’

    Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing Bilal El Khannouss from Genk.

    The midfielder has been likened to Citizens star Kevin De Bruyne and even been nicknamed as the “new” version.

    The Moroccan has emerged as a transfer target for City, according to Belgian regional outlet Het Laatste Nieuws.

    He is considered as Genk’s “golden boy” and is believed to have been watched by some of Europe’s top clubs.

    It could be tough for City to seal a deal for the 18-year-old as he recently signed a new contract with the Belgian outfit.

    As per the report, Genk are believed to be demanding a fee of £28million for the midfielder.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘Dangerous to sign Wout’

    Erik ten Hag has been warned against the signing of Wout Weghorst, because having “too many Dutch people” is “dangerous”.

    Manchester United are keen on signing Weghorst on loan for the remainder of the season.

    However, Marco van Basten has warned United and Ten Hag that adding to their Dutch core may be detrimental.

    Speaking to Ziggo Sport, Van Basten said: “It can become dangerous if you have too many Dutch people and things are not going well. 

    “You also saw that at Barcelona, when they had five Dutch people. Then it will work against you. Ten Hag has to be careful with that.”

    As well as Ten Hag, summer signing Tyrell Malacia and Donny van de Beek represent the current Dutch contingent at Old Trafford, though that could have been added to in the summer had Frenkie de Jong agreed personal terms.

    Weghorst’s prospective transfer hinges on whether Besiktas will allow him to terminate his loan from Burnley with them early to then move back on loan to United.

    But the legendary forward voiced his “doubts” over whether he was the right fit for the club, and earmarked PSV star Luuk de Jong instead.

    He added: “I have my doubts. Take a look at Luuk de Jong. That is really a striker that you can play through the air.

    “I don’t think Weghorst is very strong in that regard. He can score a header, but he is more of a boy who can do something with his enthusiasm and force.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘Dangerous to sign Wout’

    Erik ten Hag has been warned against the signing of Wout Weghorst, because having “too many Dutch people” is “dangerous”.

    Manchester United are keen on signing Weghorst on loan for the remainder of the season.

    However, Marco van Basten has warned United and Ten Hag that adding to their Dutch core may be detrimental.

    Speaking to Ziggo Sport, Van Basten said: “It can become dangerous if you have too many Dutch people and things are not going well. 

    “You also saw that at Barcelona, when they had five Dutch people. Then it will work against you. Ten Hag has to be careful with that.”

    As well as Ten Hag, summer signing Tyrell Malacia and Donny van de Beek represent the current Dutch contingent at Old Trafford, though that could have been added to in the summer had Frenkie de Jong agreed personal terms.

    Weghorst’s prospective transfer hinges on whether Besiktas will allow him to terminate his loan from Burnley with them early to then move back on loan to United.

    But the legendary forward voiced his “doubts” over whether he was the right fit for the club, and earmarked PSV star Luuk de Jong instead.

    He added: “I have my doubts. Take a look at Luuk de Jong. That is really a striker that you can play through the air.

    “I don’t think Weghorst is very strong in that regard. He can score a header, but he is more of a boy who can do something with his enthusiasm and force.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners and Toon linked to Diaby

    Newcastle are tipped to rival Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby.

    The Gunners’ main wing target is still Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhailo Mudryk.

    But pacy France star Diaby, 23, is rated a cheaper alternative.

    And the Magpies are among the other clubs linked with the former PSG wideman.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rice urged to snub Utd and Chelsea for Arsenal

    Emmanuel Petit has urged Manchester United and Chelsea target Declan Rice to join Arsenal.

    England midfielder Rice, 23, is heavily tipped to leave West Ham in the summer

    And ex-Gunners and Chelsea stylish Petit believes only one of his two former London clubs is heading the right way.

    The former France star told Compare.bet: “I know that Chelsea wants him, but if I were Declan Rice, I wouldn’t go to Chelsea, I would go to Arsenal.

    The two clubs are going in different directions and the way Arsenal is playing.”

    “He would be the perfect option for Arsenal.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners ditched Felix bid to focus on Mudryk

    Arsenal ducked out of a loan bidding war for Joao Felix to focus on Mykhailo Mudryk.

    That’s the claim of transfer expert Fabrizio Romano as Chelsea close on a deal for Atletico Madrid winger Felix.

    Romano insists the Gunners’ January transfer priority has always been Shakhtar Donetsk wideman Mudryk.

    That helped Chelsea fend off Arsenal and Manchester United for Felix as Atletico wanted a large loan fee plus his wages paid in full.

    Romano told his YouTube channel: “They (Arsenal) had conversations with Joao Felix.

    “But they don’t want to spend around €15-16m plus taxes for the Joao Felix loan deal, so the focus is on Mykhailo Mudryk.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Eintracht fight to keep Randal

    Eintracht Frankfurt insist rumoured Manchester United and Arsenal target Randal Kolo Muani is NOT for sale this month.

    The fourth-placed Bundesliga side are determined to keep the French World Cup striker, 24, as long as possible.

    Eintracht also believe the former Nantes star can best develop his career with them.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Real keen to keep Asensio

    Real Madrid have a number of top stars whose contracts expire in the summer.

    Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and potentially Toni Kroos are expected to renew.

    While Dani Ceballos and Mariano Diaz could depart as free agents.

    But according to The Athletic, Marco Asensio could join Modric, Benzema and Kroos in staying at Real.

    The Spanish and European champions are willing to negotiate a new contract for the forward, with manager Carlo Ancelotti informing the player that he will be counting on him.

    Asensio has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League, with both Man Utd and Arsenal interested.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Varane crucial to Casemiro move

    Raphael Varane was key to Manchester United signing his ex-Real Madrid team-mate Casemiro.

    The Athletic say Old Trafford chiefs were keen to hear the France centre-back’s verdict on Brazil midfielder Casemiro – to ensure he wasn’t just moving for the money.

    Varane praised the 30-year-old’s character and leadership skills, also insisting the 69-cap star would never look for an “easy pay day”.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Alcaraz heading for Saints

    Southampton have signed 20-year-old ace Carlos Alcaraz from Racing Club, according to the Argentine side.

    A tweet from Racing read: “Carlos Alcaraz was transferred to Southampton, of the English Premier League, for 13,650,000 euros plus a 15% capital gain in the event of a future sale.

    “Good luck, dear Charly, in this new stage!”

    And the midfielder was seen arriving at Heathrow Airport to complete the deal.

    Alcaraz was a star performer in a season that saw Racing narrowly miss out on the title to Boca Juniors.

    But he got his revenge on Boca by scoring a last minute winner in extra time to secure the Champions Trophy for his club.

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