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Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue their push for major signings in the January transfer window. The Gunners in particular are eager to strengthen as they bid to win a first Premier League title in two decades and fans could be treated to two stellar additions. The first being Mykhaylo Mudryk who, despite interest from Stamford Bridge, is reportedly more keen on a move to the Emirates. Arsenal also keen on Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde.

Joao Felix, meanwhile, reportedly wants to join Chelsea, with the Blues willing to match Atletico Madrid’s demands. Chelsea may also turn to World Cup finalist Marcus Thuram in an effort to strengthen their attack, while David Datro Fofana could be sent out on loan.

Tottenham have joined Chelsea in the race for Brighton’s Leandro Trossard, while Pedro Porro remains a target and Jordan Pickford and David Raya are potential names to succeed captain Hugo Lloris. Wout Weghorst remains a target for Manchester United on loan, though Besiktas have hit back at “fake” reports. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours below!

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Gallas: Fernandez has not proved himself

Enzo Fernandez’s proposed move to Chelsea has pretty much collapsed, and William Gallas is relieved it has.

The Benfica midfielder looked increasingly likely to join the Blues after his stellar World Cup displays for Argentina, but he is now expected to stay in Portugal at least until the summer after Chelsea did not pay his €120m release clause.

“What he did in the World Cup for his age was brilliant, that’s why he was voted the best young player in the tournament,” Gallas told Genting Casino.

“Even if he’s a world champion, I don’t know if he is worth that value. I just have a problem with the price of the players who haven’t proved themselves.

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“Every player can have one great season. The most difficult thing is to have the second great season in a row, then the third and the fourth. It is only then that you can put the price on these players, but straight away after two games, to put a price like this?

“I know it’s the market but the club has to be careful. You can’t put a price of €120m on one player like this.”


Besiktas hit back at “fake” reports

Besiktas have slammed “fake” reports suggesting striker Wout Weghorst could leave the club due to a release clause amid interest from Manchester United.

Reports suggested the forward’s stint in Turkey could come to an end should a suitor pay a release clause of around £2.2m, thereby allowing the buyer to approach parent club Burnley.

Besiktas have slammed such talk in a fiery club statement.

It read: “The claim that there is an exit clause in our football player’s contract, stating that his contract can be terminated with a compensation of 2.5 million Euros in case of an offer from the Premier League, is fictitious.

“However, the news that the player in question will leave the team on Tuesday is completely untrue. The initiative regarding Wout Weghorst belongs entirely to Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club.”

Read the full statement here


Pickford wants to stay at Everton

Jordan Pickford has told Everton he wants to remain at the club, but issues remain as talks continue over a new contract.

The Sun report that the goalkeeper is happy at Everton but his wage demands are currently not being met, leading to Manchester United and Tottenham making it clear they would double his current salary.

It remains to be seen whether Everton and Pickford can strike a deal, or if England’s number one will be off in the summer.


West Ham maintain En-Nesyri interest

West Ham remain interested in Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri but believe reaching a deal during this month’s transfer window will be difficult, writes Malik Ouzia.

The Hammers pushed to sign En-Nesyri two summers ago after a prolific campaign but were unsuccessful in their pursuit, before the forward then struggled with injury in the early part of 2021/22 and finished the season with just five goals in all competitions.

West Ham spent around £170million on eight new signings last summer, including £30.5m on Italian centre-forward Gianluca Scamacca.

As a result, David Moyes will likely have to rely on loan signings for any improvements to his squad this month, though a proposed deal for En-Nesyri could include an obligation to buy at a later date.

Read the full story on that here


Zaha committed to Palace

Crystal Palace could look to strengthen their squad during this month’s transfer window and expect Wilfried Zaha to see out his contract, writes Nick Purewal.

Zaha is in the final six months of his deal and can now talk to overseas clubs about a free transfer in the summer.

But the 30-year-old, who has interest from Barcelona and Juventus, remains committed to staying at Palace for the remainder of the season.


Chelsea still in for Zakharyan

Chelsea remain interested in Dynamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan.

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who reports that the Blues are still following the 19-year-old, but their focus on other deals has slowed things down. However, it’s believed Zakharyan would be incredibly keen to join Chelsea.

The Blues were in negotiations for the midfielder in the summer, before talks ultimately broke down.


“For several days, there have been intense negotiations between Dynamo and Chelsea, in which our club took a constructive position,” a statement from the Russian club said at the time.

“However, it is not possible to transfer a player in this summer transfer window for a number of technical reasons beyond our control. Nevertheless, Dynamo remain open to offers that will suit the club and the football player.

“At the moment, the parties have decided that Arsen will continue playing for Dynamo.”


Arsenal make new signing... sort of

Arsenal have appointed Hussein Isa as attacking-phase coach.

The 34-year-old has represented England at futsal, having previously spent time with both QPR and Tottenham as a youngster and later played for non-league club Hashtag United.

Known online as the “Tekkers Guru”, Isa has built a big following on social media, frequently posting videos of his skills and free-kick ability.

Previously, he has stood in for stars the calibre of Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi during various commercial shoots.

The role, which is expected to start in the summer ahead of the 2023-24 season, will likely see Isa work alongside the Gunners’ first-team as well as their academy talents, focusing on various technical aspects of their game.


Besiktas reject Weghorst offer

Besiktas have turned down a proposal put forward by Manchester United for Wout Weghorst.

Negotiations continue to take place for the striker, who is a Burnley player but on loan at the Turkish club.

The Manchester Evening News report that United are likely to pay a fee to Burnley, which would be sent to Besiktas to terminate the loan, but the initial offer has been rejected.

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Kuol set for loan spell

Newcastle teenager Garang Kuol will join Hearts on loan for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old, who featured at the World Cup for Australia, officially joined the Magpies at the start of January after the club reached an agreememt with Central Coast Mariners last year.

Kuol was always expected to go straight out on loan and that will be the case, with Hearts beating other clubs including Reading in the race to secure the forward.


Colwill remains important for Chelsea

Chelsea still see Levi Colwill as an important part of their long-term plans.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Brighton and has become a regular for the Seagulls, who are in flying form under Roberto De Zerbi.

While Chelsea have now signed centre-back Benoit Badiashile, to go with summer arrivals Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly, the Athletic report that these moves have not impacted how the Blues see Colwill’s role in the future.

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What is the latest transfer news about Joao Felix? ›

Chelsea announced on Wednesday that Joao Felix, whose €126 million transfer to Atletico Madrid remains the fourth biggest in the history of the game, has joined them on loan for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.

Is Joao Felix going to Chelsea? ›

Chelsea's new star signing Joao Felix made a rough start to his time in the Premier League. Felix signed for the Blues from Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the season earlier this month and made his debut against Fulham.

Who is Chelsea complete signing? ›

Chelsea have completed the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk for around £88.5 million. The 22-year-old signed an eight-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea after the Blues hijacked the hot prospect's signing from Arsenal.

Where is Joao Felix going? ›

João Félix

What is the most expensive transfer in football? ›

The 222 million euro transfer of Brazilian player Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in August 2017 is the all-time highest fee for a soccer transfer. According to the source, the transfers of Kylian Mbappé to PSG and Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona come second and third in the list respectively.

Who is Joao Felix's idol? ›

Ronaldo is Diogo Jota's idol, he's Andre Silva's idol, he's Bernardo Silva's idol. And, yes, he's Joao Felix's idol. In 2009, when Ronaldo joined Real Madrid and began elevating himself to levels of supernatural ability, Felix was nine years old.

How many games will Felix miss? ›

Moreover, there comes a question of how many games will Joao Felix miss, he will now have to face a three-match suspension after being dismissed by referee David Coote for a reckless tackle.

Who is Chelsea new transfer in January 2023? ›

1) Enzo Fernandez: Benfica to Chelsea – £106.8m

A deadline-busting deal that was on and off for much of January and only at the very last definitively on. Chelsea ended up going over and above Fernandez's 120million euro release clause in exchange for a payment structure that suited their needs.

Who is Chelsea signing in January 2023? ›

Chelsea signed winger Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth £88.5m. Mudryk previously indicated Premier League leaders Arsenal were his preferred destination in a series of social media posts. The Gunners remained in talks but were prepared to walk away from the transfer if the deal was not right.

Is Joao a captain yet? ›

Below Deck Mediterranean's João Franco has already been a yacht captain for about four years, and everything's still smooth sailing these days.

Why did Joao go to the hospital? ›

But then all of a sudden, he came down with a debilitating illness, causing him to be rushed to the hospital. When João returned to the Sirocco, he revealed that he had come down with a virus, leaving Captain Sandy Yawn no choice but to have the bosun rest and be quarantined until he recuperated.

How much did Chelsea pay for Felix? ›

Joao Felix another €100M transfer who didn't live up to fee. What about Ronaldo, Mbappe, Neymar? Chelsea announced on Wednesday that Joao Felix, whose €126 million transfer to Atletico Madrid remains the fourth biggest in the history of the game, has joined them on loan for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.

Who is Arsenal new signing player? ›

Arsenal confirm Jorginho signing

In a surprise deadline day move, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has joined Arsenal on a deal believed to be worth £12m. The 31-year-old, who wear No. 20 at the Emirates, has signed an 18-month deal with an option for a further 12 months.

Which striker is Chelsea signing? ›

"Chelsea FC has reached a pre-agreement with Molde FK for the transfer of David Datro Fofana," the west London club said. "The 20-year-old striker will join the Blues on 1 January 2023. We look forward to welcoming David to the club!"

Is Chelsea signing any defender? ›

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Benoit Badiashile from AS Monaco. The Athletic revealed earlier this month that the club were looking to bring the defender to Stamford Bridge. Badiashile has signed a seven-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, tying him to the club until the summer of 2030.

Who was the 1st million pound footballer? ›

Trevor John Francis (born 19 April 1954) is an English former footballer who played as a forward for a number of clubs in England, the United States, Italy, Scotland and Australia. In 1979 he became Britain's first £1 million player following his transfer from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest.

Who was the first 100 million pound footballer? ›

Paul Pogba becomes the first £100m footballer... but who was the first £1m player?

Who is the most expensive player in the world right now? ›

#1 Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) — €180 million

With a market value of €180 million, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar Kylian Mbappe is the most valuable player in the world right now.

Who is Bukayo Saka's idol? ›

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka admits he idolised Cristiano Ronaldo as a child as the Portuguese star is linked with a move to the Gunners.

Who is Mbappe's idol? ›

"He is a Real Madrid fan and his idol is Cristiano Ronaldo," Mbappe's father, Wilfried, told France Football back in 2016. "He used to spend hours watching videos [of Ronaldo] on the internet."

Was Felix eliminated from JYP? ›

In the end, Felix is eliminated.

Is Joao Felix coming to Manchester United? ›

Manchester United are prepared to pay €4 million (£3.5m/$4.2m) to take Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid for the rest of the season.

How much did Atletico pay for Felix? ›

Felix, 23, moved to Atletico from Benfica for €126m in 2019, making him the fourth most expensive player in history at the time. However, he has struggled to shine under Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital, with Atletico hoping a loan move will allow Felix to flourish ahead of the summer transfer window.

How much did Joe Felix cost? ›

The 23-year-old joined Atletico from Benfica in a €126m (£111m) deal from Benfica in 2019.


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