Chelsea have signed Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid, in what is the biggest deal so far in the January transfer window so far. A loan fee of around €11m has been agreed, with Chelsea fending off Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the 23-year-old forward’s signature.
Felix cost Atletico a club record £111m when they signed him from Benfica in 2019 and manager Graham Potter will hope the Portuguese can spark life into their attack following their recent struggles. The Blues were prepared to cover Felix’s salary in full, which will see the club pay over £250,000 a week over the second half of the season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal continue to push for Mykhailo Mudryk but the Gunners are starting to consider alternatives, according to reports. Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been linked with a Premier League return following his unsuccessful spell at Real Madrid, and Arsenal could make a move for the 32-year-old if their pursuit of Mudryk falls through.
Elsewhere, Manchester United are closing in on Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst, while Harry Kane has been linked with a sensational move to Real Madrid. Kane is out of contract in 2024 and would reportedly cost the European champions around €100m. Follow all the latest January transfer rumours and confirmed news below:
Transfer news and rumours
Chelsea announce Joao Felix signing on €11m loan move
Man United close in on Wout Weghorst as Besiktas chase replacement
Real Madrid eye up sensational move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane
Arsenal ‘consider’ Eden Hazard move as Mykhailo Mudryk alternative
BREAKING: Chelsea sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid
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Here he is!
Cristiano Ronaldo has no Saudi Arabia World Cup clause with Al Nassr, club insists
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Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr have denied reports that Cristiano Ronaldo has a clause in his contract where the Portugal forward is to serve as an ambassador for the Gulf country’s 2030 World Cup bid.
Ronaldo moved to Al Nassr last month after signing a 2-1/2 year contract estimated by media to be worth more than 200 million euros ($210m, £173m).
Media reports suggested Ronaldo, 37, would be paid another 200 million euros to support Saudi Arabia’s World Cup bid.
“Al Nassr FC would like to clarify that contrary to news reports, Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassr does not entail commitments to any World Cup bids,” the club said in a statement in the early hours of Wednesday.
“His main focus is on Al Nassr and to work with his teammates to help the club achieve success.”
Joao Felix signing won’t impact Chelsea transfer plans
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Chelsea’s signing of Joao Felix will not impact plans to sign Christopher Nkunku in the summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Felix is set to arrive on a six-month loan, with an agreement already in place with RB Leipzig for the €60m transfer of the France international.
Matteo Guendouzi attracting Premier League interest
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Former Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is attracting interest from the Premier League, according to L’Equipe.
Currently with Marseille, Guendouzi recently signed a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 club after officially leaving Arsenal on a permanent basis.
However, L’Equipe say a number of Premier League teams are monitoring Guendouzi ahead of a potential approach next summer.
Leicester leading race to sign World Cup star Harry Souttar
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Leicester are leading the race to sign centre-back Harry Souttar from Stoke City, according to reports.
The Mail say that Leicester, West Ham and Wolves are interested the signing the 24-year-old defender, who impressed playing for Australia at the World Cup.
Leicester want to sign defensive cover this month and Souttar, who looks set to move to the Premier League this month, is at the top of their list.
Atalanta’s Teun Koopmeiners reacts to Liverpool links
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Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners has admitted links to Liverpool are “nice to see”.
Liverpool are looking to strengthen their midfield options this month and Netherlands international Koopmeiners is said to be among several targets.
“I saw the links and stories about Liverpool,” Koopmeiners said. “Nice to see, that but I’m 100 per cent focused on Atalanta, I’m so happy to play here.”
Wolves interested in West Ham defender Craig Dawson
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Wolves are interested in signing the West Ham defender Craig Dawson, according to reports.
Wolves were tried to sign Dawson last summer and the 32-year-old is out of contract next summer.
The Express and Star report that West Ham would need to sign a replacement first before they agree to a move this month.
Aston Villa agree fee for Alex Moreno
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Aston Villa are set to sign the Spanish left back Alex Moreno after agreeing a £12.5m fee with Real Betis.
According to Sky Sports, Moreno will complete his medical with Aston Villa today and is set to become Unai Emery’s first signing at Villa Park.
They add the 29-year-old has not travelled with Real Betis to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup.
Enzo Fernandez sends Chelsea message with Benfica celebration
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Is this a message from Enzo Fernandez suggesting he will stay at Benfica this month?
The World Cup-winning midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, but the Premier League club look hesitant to meet his release clause.
Fernandez scored for Benfica last night and celebrated by thumping the club crest and pointing down to the pitch.
Newcastle monitoring Youssoufa Moukoko contract situation
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Newcastle have made an approach for Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
The 18-year-old is demanding wages of up to £150,000, according to the Evening Standard, which has stalled any contract negotiations with Dortmund.
Newcastle are monitoring the situation, with Chelsea also keen.
Memphis Depay linked with Atletico Madrid move after Joao Felix departure
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Atletico Madrid have also been linked with a move for Memphis Depay as they look to replace Joao Felix.
Depay has not been a hit at Barcelona and was also tipped with a potenital return to Manchester United this month.
The Netherlands striker, 28, could therefore bolster their attacking numbers, with Felix set to join Chelsea today.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang linked with Chelsea loan exit
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from Chelsea.
The 33-year-old striker returned to the Premier League when he signed for Chelsea just last January, but has not made a start for Graham Potter’s side since November.
The signing of Joao Felix is set to reduce his game time even further, and now Atletico Madrid are one of a number of Spanish sides linked with a loan move, according to the Mail.
Everton and Nottingham Forest leading chase of Arnaut Danjuma
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Everton and Nottingham Forest are leading the chase of Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma.
Everton have entered negotiations on a loan deal with an option to buy, according to Sky Sports News and the Liverpool Echo.
The 25-year-old was impressive in Villarreal’s run to the Champions League finals last season, and Nottingham Forest have also been linked with a move.
Chelsea set to rival Tottenham for Pedro Porro
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Chelsea are set to rival Tottenham for the signing of Sporting Lisbon right back Pedro Porro.
According to 90 Min, Chelsea are keen to add right back cover this month following Reece James’ injury problems.
And the Stamford Bridge club have identified the impressive 23-year-old, who has also caught the eye of Antonio Conte’s Spurs, as a potential option.
Arsenal ‘consider’ Eden Hazard move
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Eden Hazard has been linked with a return to the Premier League after an underwhelming stay with Real Madrid.
The Belgium playmaker has failed in Spain to recreate the form that saw him score 110 times for Chelsea between 2012 and 2019, with just seven goals in his last three-and-a-half years with Los Blancos.
Media Foot Mercato as reporting Arsenal will look to sign the 32-year-old if they fail to pick up Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk – who is himself being courted by the Blues – while Newcastle are also understood to be interested in Hazard.
Harry Kane: Real Madrid eye up sensational move for Tottenham striker
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Harry Kane has been linked with a €100m move to Real Madrid.
According to Todofichajes, the Spanish and European champions are set to turn to the England and Tottenham striker following their failed pursuits of Erling Haaland and, so far, Kylian Mbappe.
Kane’s Tottenham contract runs until 2024 and he previously stayed put at Spurs when linked with a £200m move to Manchester City in the summer of 2021.
Man United close in on Wout Weghorst as Besiktas chase replacement
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Manchester United are moving closer to signing Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley with the deal likely to go ahead if Besiktas can sign a replacement.
The Turkish club are in talks with Vincent Aboubakar, the Cameroon captain who left Al Nassr after they signed Cristiano Ronaldo. Aboubakar’s wage demands could be a stumbling block but if he agrees to join Besiktas, Weghorst’s season-loan loan in Istanbul will be curtailed.
United and Burnley have agreed a deal in principle for the Netherlands striker to move to Old Trafford while Besiktas had said they wanted compensating as part of the agreement.
United manager Erik ten Hag had targeted another striker in the January transfer window after Ronaldo’s contract at Old Trafford was cancelled by mutual agreement.
Chelsea set to sign Joao Felix today ahead of €11m loan move
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It comes with manager Graham Potter in the grip of an injury crisis, with 10 first-team players unavailable for last Sunday’s meek 4-0 surrender against Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Felix became the fifth most expensive player in the world when Atletico paid £113m to bring him from Benfica as a 19-year-old in 2019, but his performances for the LaLiga side have not consistently justified the fee and it is hoped he can re-find his form in the Premier League.