Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are working hard to wrap up late deals as the January transfer window nears its deadline. Despite leading the Premier League, the Gunners have already snapped up two players in the form of Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior and still want Ivan Fresneda and Chelsea target Moises Caicedo.
The Brighton midfielder has already been the subject of a £55m offer from Chelsea, who have again failed in a fresh push to sign Argentina star Enzo Fernandez amid reports of an £87m offer from Stamford Bridge. The Blues are also ready to launch another bid for Anthony Gordon after failing to sign him in the summer.
Over at Tottenham, Arnaut Danjuma is set to join on loan after hijacking Everton’s agreed deal and a fresh round of talks over the potential signing of top target Pedro Porro are planned for this week amid interest from Chelsea, while links with Nicolo Zaniolo continue to bubble along. Follow all of the latest transfer news, gossip and rumors below!
Tottenham to pay Porro release clause
Tottenham have agreed to pay Pedro Porro’s £39m release clause, according to Record.
Sporting have held out all transfer window for the fee to be paid in full, with Spurs hoping to agree a smaller fee and even offered players in exchange.
But, with less than a week to go until the window closes, Spurs are ready to cough up.
Porro has already agreed personal terms, so the transfer is now expected to be a formality.
Gusto desperate to join Chelsea
Chelsea’s second bid for Malo Gusto will be between £30-35 million and is likely to be accepted by Lyon, reports L’Equipe.
The player, who was also of interest to Manchester United, “absolutely wants to join Chelsea” before the window closes next week and has already agreed terms on a six-and-a-half-year deal.
Discussions with Lyon are ongoing, with the Ligue 1 club hoping to keep the player on loan for the rest of the season.
Chelsea unwilling to let Ziyech join Newcastle
Chelsea are reluctant to allow Hakim Ziyech to join Newcastle on loan.
The Morocco international is open to leaving Stamford Bridge this month and Newcastle have looked at the possibility of signing him to boost their Champions League bid.
But Chelsea are increasingly seeing Newcastle as a rival following their resurgence since they were taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have personal friendships with members of the Newcastle board and their position on Ziyech has been relayed.
Read more here: Chelsea reluctant to strengthen rivals Newcastle amid Ziyech interest
Fulham weigh up Willian extension
Fulham are open to renewing Willian’s contract to keep him at Craven Cottage beyond this season, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 34-year-old Brazilian has less than six months left on his deal but increasingly regards west London as home and wants to extend his deal by an extra year.
Willian joined Fulham on a free transfer last summer and has been a key player in their brilliant start to the season under Marco Silva. He has three goals and two assists in 14 Premier League appearances.
Fulham have indicated that they are willing to give Willian a contract extension, but talks will not start until the transfer window has closed, as the club prioritizes new signings to strengthen their squad.
Read more here: Fulham weigh up new Willian contract after impressive Premier League return
Liverpool lead race for Amrabat
Liverpool have been tipped to make a move for Sofyan Amrabat in the summer.
Calcio Mercato reports that the Reds are keen to sign the Morocco midfielder, but Fiorentina are refusing to entertain a sale during January.
Amrabat would command a fee of around £35 million, which Liverpool would be unwilling to part with this month but would be front of the queue come the end of the season.
No bids yet for Fresneda
Real Valladolid are yet to receive a bid for Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund target Ivan Fresneda, the club have confirmed.
Reports in Spain claim BVB are closing in on the deal, but the situation now appears wide open.
“(Fresneda) has aroused the interest of many teams, but we have not received an official offer,” Real Valladolid sporting director Fran Sanchez told Diario AS.
“It is true that several clubs have contacted us and that the interest of many clubs is real, but there is no official offer.
“We are not desperately trying to sell the player.”
West Ham weigh up Tete bid
Hijacking transfers in the theme of this window as West Ham are now monitoring Leicester’s interest in Tete.
The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Lyon from Shakhtar, and has six goals in 17 appearances this season.
Shakhtar are ready to cash in on the player, with Lyon able to turn their agreement into a permanent deal for £17.5m.
Lyon would have to be persuaded to let go of their loanee this month in order for him to join another club.
Spurs to make fresh Porro bid today
Tottenham will again push to sign Pedro Porro with fresh talks today, and could offer Sporting players in exchange, according to Fabrizio Romano.
“Tottenham will push again for Pedro Porro – they are ready to offer players to Sporting Lisbon, but they only want money,” he told CaughtOffside.
“A swap deal won’t be easy, but Spurs remain optimistic and will push again for this deal in the next 24 hours.”
Porro was a late substitute as Sporting beat Arouca last night.
Chelsea want FOUR more
Chelsea have already spent close to £200 million this month, but still want four more deals through the door before next week’s deadline.
Including the aforementioned Anthony Gordon, the Blues are also actively pursuing top targets Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo and Tottenham target Pedro Porro according to various reports.
It’s been a bumper window already and looks likely to get even busier at Stamford Bridge and Cobham. Just under seven days to go!
Leeds winning McKennie race
Leeds are confident of winning the race to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Italian transfer guru claims McKennie, who has been linked with both Tottenham and Arsenal, has agreed personal terms with Leeds and now the club will look to settle on a fee.
McKennie could join permanently in January or on loan with an obligation to join permanently in the summer.