Arsenal and chelsea remain two of the most active clubs during the January transfer window so far. The Gunners are looking for alternatives to Mykhailo Mudryk after the Blues hijacked their move and could now turn to £88m-rated France forward Moussa Diaby after a five-man shortlist was drawn up. Initial contact has reportedly been made with Nicolo Zaniolo, while Declan Rice is thought to be a major summer target.
Contact has already reportedly been made over a potential £88.5million deal for Bayer Leverkusen star Diaby, while Arsenal also want Kaoru Mitoma and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. Over at Stamford Bridge, meanwhile, Chelsea boss Graham Potter is keen for yet more additions and could return to Brighton to sign midfielder Moises Caicedo.
For Tottenham, Leandro Trossard and Weston McKennie are both being linked, with some suggestions that Spurs could even beat Arsenal and Chelsea to the former. Still, there are growing doubts about Harry Kane’s long-term future as Manchester United reportedly line up a move, while West Ham could be plotting a shock loan swoop for Harry Maguire. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumors below!
Mudryk gives Chelsea guaranteed threat
Mykhailo Mudryk guarantees Chelsea will pose a real threat in forward areas, according to Shaun Wright-Phillips.
The 22-year-old is in contention to make his debut this weekend against Liverpool at Anfield, after his was unveiled as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Despite being Arsenal’s top target for the January window, and being keen on the move to the Emirates himself, Chelsea acted swiftly to seal an £89m agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk and bring Mudryk to west London.
“I’ve seen him in the Champions League,” Wright-Phillips told Best of Bets. “I think he’s something that Chelsea have needed.
“If you go back to the days of [Arjen] Robbin, [Damien] Duff, partly myself, Joe Cole – Chelsea could play direct with those wingers. They would get the ball down and take people on.
“There’s a guarantee that Mudryk will do that, he will get at defenders and get to the byline and put a ball in, or get shots off.”
Liverpool interest in Neves dismissed
Wolves have told Liverpool they will not engage in negotiations for Ruben Neves.
The Reds continue to be linked with a number of midfielders as they look to strengthen in the middle of the park, with Jude Bellingham and Matheus Nunes both appearing to be targets.
O Jogo report that Wolves have made it clear to Liverpool they will not sell Neves, even though he is entering the final 18 months of his contract.
Chelsea in for another hijack?
Chelsea are monitoring Leandro Trossard’s situation as they consider a January swoop.
Both Tottenham and Arsenal are interested in the Belgian, who is pushing for a move away from Brighton after falling out with Roberto De Zerbi.
The Mirror report that the Blues could rival the north London clubs though, with Trossard expected to be available for £25m.
Pressure on for Moyes
Some managerial news, and it’s not great for David Moyes.
The Telegraph report that he is likely to be sacked if West Ham lose to Everton this weekend, with Rafael Benitez and Sean Dyche among those being considered as replacements.
Should Moyes lose his job, he would then become a front runner to replace Frank Lampard at Everton should the Toffees also opt for a change of manager.
Potter urged to move on from Jorginho
Graham Potter has been urged to ensure Jorginho is not part of his long-term Chelsea plans.
No midfielders have yet been brought in this month by the Blues, despite that being an area that appears to need attention.
Both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are out of contract in the summer, with the Italian expected to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf hopes that is the case, believing the 31-year-old is no longer good enough for the club.
“Jorginho has served the club very well but he’s nowhere near it anymore,” Leboeuf told Chelsea News.
“I had my time at Chelsea and people made it clear that John Terry was coming and I had to make way for him, and that’s understandable. That’s life.”
Mbabu to Man United?
Manchester United are reportedly closing in on the shock signing Fulham full-back Kevin Mbabu.
The Swiss defender has made just one Premier League start since his summer move, and could already be on his way out of Craven Cottage.
TuttoMercatoWeb claim that Man United are in advanced negotiations with Fulham, as Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his right-back options. It would put Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future in doubt.
Rice going nowhere in January
Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs eyeing a big-money move for Declan Rice, but it’s unlikely to come this month.
David Moyes has previously made it clear West Ham will not sell their captain mid-season, with Arsenal’s move for the midfielder expected to come in the summer.
Fabrizio Romano echoes that, reporting that Rice will not leave in January with the Hammers in such a difficult position after a frustrating season so far.
Arsenal against Diaby competition
Newcastle are reportedly still interested in Moussa Diaby.
The Bayer Leverkusen winger has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent days, though a bid in the region of £88m is likely to be needed to get the Frenchman.
Newcastle were in for Diaby in the summer and the Daily Mail claim that the Magpies remain keen on bringing the winger to St James’ Park.
Hammers interest in Maguire dismissed
West Ham have been told they have no chance of signing Harry Maguire this month.
It’s been reported that the Hammers are interested in taking the centre-back on loan for the rest of the season, with Maguire struggling for minutes under Erik ten Hag.
However, Sky Sports claim that the Englishman has no interest in joining West Ham, and intends to stay at Manchester United.
Decisions to be made over Kane’s future
As Tottenham’s form flooders, Harry Kane’s future is increasingly becoming the club’s elephant in the room, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Kane’s contract is up at the end of next season and, as things stands, it would be a surprise if he was rushing to agree a new deal.
The England captain has consistently made it clear that he is happy to stay at Spurs, provided the club is progressing and in a position to challenge for the major trophies he craves.
The stark reality, though, is that Spurs have gone backwards since finishing fourth last season. Kane is, in short, back where he started when he broke into the first team nine years ago: part of an imbalanced squad at the start of a new cycle, but now on the cusp of turning 30 and faced with an even more competitive Premier League landscape.
If Kane does not sign a new contract before the end of the campaign, Spurs will be faced with the unenviable position of either risking him entering the final year of his deal and potentially walking away for nothing in summer 2024 or selling their greatest modern player.