Chelsea look set for another busy transfer window, with Declan Rice linked again as West Ham have reportedly agreed the midfielder will soon leave the club. The Blues are also eyeing French defender Benoit Badiachel as a possible replacement for Josko Gvardiol, while deals are frequently done with David Datro Fofana, Andre Santos and Christopher Nkunku.
Arsenal are likely to be a top player when the January transfer window opens in just over a week. Long-running talks to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk continue with reports suggesting the Gunners have set an initial price of £50m. Joao Felix has also been offered on loan for just £8m, while Rafael Leao appears to be open to a potential move.
Elsewhere, Enzo Fernandes is another player beloved by Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and all the big clubs in Europe. Tottenham are said to be keen on Pedro Boro, while Lionel Messi is set to remain at Paris Saint-Germain after agreeing to sign a new contract with the Ligue 1 team, and Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have left for Saudi Arabia. Follow the latest news, rumors and gossip below!
ICYMI: Double deal with Chelsea
Chelsea are close to signing Brazilian star Andre Santos from Vasco da Gama.
The teenage midfielder must still complete a medical or sign a contract but there are extensive transfer fee agreements – an initial £13m plus a further £7m in add-ons – and there is now a five-year deal.
Chelsea are poised to beat Premier League rivals Newcastle in the race to sign Santos, one of Brazil’s most highly-rated young players.
It comes on the heels of the Blues already agreeing a deal in January for Ivorian striker David Datro Fofana, who completed a medical in the week after agreeing an £8.6m fee with Norwegian club Molde.
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Arsenal in advanced talks Felix
Arsenal are in “advanced” talks to sign Joao Felix.
And according to the Daily Record, Atletico made the striker available in January for permanent sale or loan.
Atleti are looking for an £8m loan fee, while an option to buy is not a necessity. Arsenal want a replacement for Gabriel Jesus and Felixis an option.
Talks between the two clubs are now said to be accelerating, while Manchester United are in the process of research.
Conte confirms his position on the transfer of Tottenham, amid Boro links
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that the club will be active in the January transfer window.
Tottenham, who resume their Premier League campaign against Brentford on Monday, entered the World Cup break for fourth place in the standings but Conte said earlier that there was still a gap between them and their rivals when it came to squad depth.
Athletic right-back Pedro Boro has been linked with a move to north London, as has Fiorentina midfielder Sofiane Amrabat, who was on the verge of a switch earlier this year.
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A message from a new signing with Chelsea
David Datro Fofana is widely expected to complete a move to Chelsea at the start of the January transfer window.
The Molde striker could then be loaned out, although there is a chance of an injury to Armando Bruja that could open up a first-team place.
Arsenal and Chelsea have reported they could sign World Cup winner McAllister
Graeme Souness has backed Brighton midfielder Alexis McAllister for a move to one of the Premier League’s leading teams amid wavering interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
The 24-year-old starred in Argentina’s famous World Cup victory, scoring against Poland and assisting Ángel Di Maria in the dramatic final victory over France.
Even before the tournament in Qatar, the midfielder was in excellent form for Brighton, scoring five goals in 14 Premier League matches before half-time.
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Arsenal is approaching new contracts
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Gabriel Martinelli, who is linked with Barcelona, is close to a new contract according to Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea could sign Borussia Dortmund striker Youssouf Moukoko this month.
The teenager has reportedly turned down the offer of a new deal with the German giants and could join the Blues as a result of Armando Bruja’s injury.
“Chelsea’s preference has always been to work on the player’s part to try and get him to agree to a summer transfer, so their hope is that he won’t sign a new deal and they’ll get him on a free transfer, which is cost-effective and they get a young talent,” said Ben Jacobs, the journalist. The CBS Athlete for GIVEMESPORT.
“But because of Armando Bruja’s injury, there is a chance that Chelsea will want to escalate the situation and bring in Mokoko early on. Those are ongoing talks.”
Atletico Madrid is approaching Caglar Soyuncu
Who saw that coming?
Atletico Madrid, according to Fabrizio Romano, are close to signing Leicester defender Çağlar Soyoncu.
The Turkey international has slipped down the pecking order despite a solid start and now looks set to make a move to the Spanish capital.
Suarez is preparing to join Gremio!
It’s been a rather miserable World Cup for Luis Suarez, but he is expected to get some cheer at Christmas in the form of a new club.
With his short-term contract at boyhood club Nacional expiring early in 2023, Suarez has been looking for a new home and looks set to be Brazilian club Gremio.
Suarez is said to become the club’s highest earner, signing a two-year contract.
Chelsea remain in pole position for Guardiol
Chelsea continue to lead the race for Josko Gvardiol.
This is according to journalist Nicolo Schirra, who claims that RB Leipzig’s centre-back remains the Blues’ primary target.
It seems unlikely that Chelsea could secure a deal in January, but if Guardiol moves in the summer, west London is likely to be the destination.
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