Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to make progress on recruiting signings during the January transfer window. The Gunners know they must strengthen their title-chasing squad as they look to win a first Premier League crown in two decades. Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk continues to be their priority target, and the club continue to hope a compromise can be found on the asking price. Should a deal not be reached, the Gunners are exploring a shock loan move for Eden Hazard.
Chelsea have made three January signings already, though all three are younger talent with an eye on the future, and are closing in on a fourth addition as Joao Felix flies in for a medical this afternoon to complete his move. Chelsea may also turn to World Cup finalist Marcus Thuram in an effort to strengthen their attack, while new arrival David Datro Fofana could be sent out on loan this month.
Tottenham have joined Chelsea in the race for Brighton’s Leandro Trossard, while Sporting right-back Pedro Porro remains a target and Jordan Pickford and David Raya are potential options to succeed captain Hugo Lloris, who has confirmed his retirement from international duty. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours below!
Nkunku woe before Chelsea move
Chelsea’s incoming striker is struggling with a knee injury.
The Sun report on Christopher Nkunku suffering from a setback which could keep him out until the spring, with February’s Champions League tie against Manchester City tentatively eyed.
A £53m deal to bring Nkunku to Chelsea in the summer is all-but complete.
Hazard lined up as Mudryk alternative
Should the Mykhaylo Mudryk deal collapse, Eden Hazard has entered Arsenal’s radar.
A surprise swoop for the Real Madrid winger has been reported by Mediafoot.
They claim early enquiries have been made for the veteran winger.
Arsenal have until Friday to seal Mykhaylo Mudryk’s signing if he is to play against Tottenham.
All the paperwork, the medical and other details will have to be sorted before this weekend’s cut-off for Premier League games.
The key detail being finalised now is the transfer fee but the player is currently off to Turkey for Shakhtar Donetsk’s training camp.
Chelsea target still hoping to force through transfer
Chelsea target Arsen Zakharyan has admitted his confusion at the ongoing talks to sign for the club, which collapsed in the summer after his native Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
He told Sport Express: “We are already solving this problem with the club and the agents.
“What and how it will be I cannot say. I don’t know, I don’t have a plane in two hours. I’m at Dynamo Moscow, I’m preparing for the season.”
Spurs man still chased for loan switch
Serie A side Salernitana are not giving up hope of signing Pape Matar Sarr on loan.
Tottenham have gone on the record with their intention of keeping the young midfielder in north London this month.
But TuttoSalernitana claim the Italians remain determined to do a deal.
Chelsea rival Spurs for Porro
That right-back Chelsea are after could become Tottenham target Pedro Porro.
The Sporting CP wing-back has a release clause in the region of £40m and talks have taken place with Spurs this month.
Transfer journalist Ben Jacobs claims Chelsea are pondering a bid.
Man United snap up Weghorst
According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal to take Wout Weghorst to Manchester United is done.
Besiktas will bank around £2.5m for accepting the early end of the Burnley striker’s loan.
Weghorst will then move to Old Trafford once a replacement is found by the Turkish club.
Chelsea want to sign a right-back and midfielder this month, Standard Sport understand.
Joao Felix is flying in tonight with Noni Madueke also targeted.
But the Blues will not stop there and particularly want a back-up to Reece James in before the January deadline.
Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full story!
Arsenal told to try and snatch Joao Felix
Sol Campbell hopes Arsenal can still pull off a swoop for Joao Felix.
Record quote the ex-Gunners defender as saying: “Well, João Felix looks like he’s going somewhere else… These deals have to be done quickly.
“He would be a great player on loan, but it looks like he won’t go to Arsenal. I hope something happens to reverse the situation and take Joao Felix to Arsenal.
“Players are needed who make a difference in the last 10, 15 games. These signings cannot be missed.”
Arsenal on verge of Mudryk breakthrough
Arsenal are on the verge of finalising their transfer fee to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk.
French outlet Foot Mercato report on the up-front payment now being sorted with only the add-ons now being thrashed out.
Chelsea appear to have been beaten with this saga’s end now in sight.
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