Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea boss Tuchel hauls Lukaku in for showdown talks, Mbappe LATEST, Haaland to Real Madrid

Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea boss Tuchel hauls Lukaku in for showdown talks, Mbappe LATEST, Haaland to Real Madrid

January 1, 2022

THE January transfer window is OPEN!

And Thomas Tuchel will have showdown talks with Romelu Lukaku after the striker sensationally revealed he was 'not happy' at Chelsea.

The Belgian striker also admitted in a bombshell interview he would be open for a return to Inter Milan one day, with the Chelsea boss branding his words 'not helpful'.

Meanwhile, the Blues are reportedly eyeing a move for AC Milan full-back Theo Hernandez.

And Erling Haaland is a summer target for Real Madrid, who are confident they can land both him and Kylian Mbappe.

We've also the very latest on Newcastle's potential bumper January, with Sven Botman the latest star to be linked.

When does the January transfer window open and close?

The transfer window opened on January 1, and closes on the 31st at 11pm.

Clubs will be able to sign and sell players during that time, with the Premier League's winter break due to take place while the final week of the window is going on.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Covid causes Champions League chaos

    Liverpool and Chelsea's last-16 away games in the Champions League could be moved to neutral grounds.

    The Reds and the Blues are scheduled to face Inter Milan and Lille respectively after successfully making it out of the group stage.

    According to the Mail, Uefa are reluctant to endorse the compulsory vaccination rules that are expected to be introduced by the French and Italian governments.

    Thus, the two Premier League clubs may have to travel elsewhere for their away trips.

    According to new regulations, which will come into force later this month, all professional and amateur athletes in France and Italy must have a Covid passport to enter a venue.

    Cancelo starts for City

    Man City star Joao Cancelo has been named in the starting line-up against Arsenal just days after his horrific robbery ordeal.

    Cancelo revealed on Thursday that he and his family were the subjects of a brutal burglary, which left him with a big gash above his right eyebrow.

    The left-back shared details of the terrifying incident with his 2 million Instagram followers and said he attempted to fight off FOUR thugs who broke into his home.

    But that wasn't enough to keep Cancelo sidelined as City manager Pep Guardiola decided to start him.

    Newcastle ‘launch official Trippier bid'

    Newcastle have submitted an official bid for England international Kieran Trippier, according to reports.

    According to Sky Sports, they have now lodged a formal bid with Atletico Madrid.

    It comes after The Athletic reported that Newcastle were growing confident that they could sign Trippier.

    The 31-year-old would join on a permanent basis, but should Newcastle drop into the second tier, 'both sides are looking to protect themselves'.

    However, the Magpies will be hoping Trippier agrees terms with them soon as Chelsea are said to also have eyes on the defender.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Haaland wants switch to Spain

      Erling Haaland reportedly told fans 'I will play here in Spain' whilst away on holiday in Marbella.

      The reports will come as a blow to both Manchester City and Manchester United, who have been tracking the 22-year-old for some time.

      Haaland is believed to have a £64million release clause, but appears to have his sights set on a move to Spain when he decides to leave Borussia Dortmund.

      According to AS, whilst away on holiday in Marbella, Haaland told starstruck fans 'I will play here in Spain'.

      The Norwegian forward already has a house in Spain, as revealed by his agent Mino Raiola.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Everton sign Kiev defender Mykolenko

      Everton have started their January transfer window with a bang by signing Dynamo Kiev defender Vitaliy Mykolenko.

      The Toffees unveiled the left-back today and revealed he signed a four-year contract – keeping him at Goodison Park until 2026.

      It's not yet been disclosed how much Rafa Benitez paid Kiev for the 22-year-old.

      But what is clear is how excited the Mykolenko is to hit the ground running on Merseyside.

      He raved on the club's website: "I am excited about the opportunity of playing in front of our supporters at Everton. I have seen the last few games at Goodison Park and they were unbelievable."

      Credit: Getty

    • Justin Lawrence

      Trippier wanted by Chelsea

      Chelsea could sensationally hijack Newcastle's bid to sign Kieran Trippier, it's been claimed.

      The Blues are in desperate need of reinforcements at full-back with first-choice options Ben Chilwell and Reece James sidelined with serious injuries.

      The Guardian report that Thomas Tuchel is eyeing a possible swoop for Atletico Madrid man Trippier to resolve the issue.

      The England right-back – who can also play on the left as he has often done for the national team – has been rumoured with a return to the Premier League for some time.

      Newcastle have been the club most persistently linked with securing a deal.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Toon urged to sign Martial

      Newcastle have been urged to snap up want-away Man United ace Anthony Martial.

      Martial has stated his desire to leave United in the pursuit of regular first-team football.

      And if the Magpies can prise the French winger away from Old Trafford this month, it will be a "massive coup" for the mega-rich side.

      That's according to ex-Leeds United legend turned pundit Paddy Kenny who reckons a move to the Tyneside will suit both parties.

      He said: "If they [Newcastle] could get Martial that would be a massive coup and maybe that’s what he needs.

      “A run of games as an out and out striker could be what he needs to get his career back on track.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Gerrard won't panic buy

      Steven Gerrard won't be rushed into panic buying in the transfer window although he admits his Aston Villa side are in desperate need of reinforcements.

      The transfer window is now open but Gerrard is prepared to bide his time and find the right players instead of making a rushed purchase.

      He said: “If it means being patient for the right target, I am not going to go for a Plan B or a compromise in this window, I will say that.

      "But I think when you take a job like I did during the season and you have analysed the squad, there are some glaring areas we need some support in.

      “If we can get that done in January we will, as you get that player for a longer period – a quicker fix, if you like, in terms of the area you want to improve.

      “If the player is right and the deal is right we will try and execute but we won’t be silly or gung ho.

      "I won’t be forceful or spoiled in terms of what I demand. It has to be right in terms of Aston Villa, first and foremost.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Newcastle offer Dembele mega deal

      Newcastle have reportedly started the New Year by approaching Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele with an eye-watering proposal.

      The winger's contract at the Nou Camp is up next summer when he will be allowed to leave for free – meaning interested parties can agree a pre-contract with the 24-year-old.

      And The Magpies plan to lure Dembele with a whopping salary offer, according to journalist Rudy Galetti.

      The French ace won't come cheap as Marca claim his agent wants £485,000-a-week from Barca if he was to remain at the club.

      The La Liga outfit will also have to splash out £12.5m on agent fees and provide a £25 signing bonus.

    • Justin Lawrence

      City fans show Cancelo support

      Fans have flooded Man City star João Cancelo with support after four burglars attacked him.

      One wrote: “Absolutely disgusting! Irrespective of what team you support, this is wrong and pray that you and your family are OK.

      Another said: “I’m absolutely disgusted. This is happening way too often nowadays.

      "Something has to change.”

      The defender, 27, suffered bruises and a gash above his eye on Thursday as he fought off the raiders in Manchester.

      His fiancee and young daughter were inside the luxury property in Manchester at the time.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Newcastle close in on Kieran Trippier transfer

      Newcastle are closing in on signing England international Kieran Trippier, according to reports.

      According to The Athletic, Newcastle are growing confident that they could sign Trippier.

      The 31-year-old would join on a permanent basis, but should Newcastle drop into the second tier, ‘both sides are looking to protect themselves’.

      Trippier – who played in the Prem previously for Burnley and Tottenham – may not be willing to play Championship football should the Magpies fail to stay up and a relegation release clause could be inserted into his contract.

      Newcastle could, however, face stiff competition from Manchester United.

    • Alex Terrell

      Good morning football fans

      Chelsea are edging closer to a deal to sign Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

      Thomas Tuchel wants to bolster his squad, with the midfield area a particular priority.

      According to The Telegraph's Matt Law, the Frenchman would be a cheaper alternative to fellow target Declan Rice.

      Tchouameni also shares an agent with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde – another target for the Blues.

      Meanwhile, Liverpool have launched a 'very interesting' offer for AC Milan star Franck Kessie, according to reports.

      The Ivorian's contract at San Siro is set to expire at the end of the season.

      Kessie, 25, looks set to move on – with a host of club's interested.

      And according to Italian outlet Ansa, Jurgen Klopp's side want to jump to the front of the queue.

      Finally, Newcastle have reportedly intensified their pursuit of Lille defender Sven Botman.

      The Magpies have ramped up negotiations with Lille regarding a £30million move, according to the Mail.

      The 21-year-old Dutchman is understood to be 'keen' on a move to Newcastle, despite the club's perilous league position.

      Howe considers defensive signings as a priority, and has bookmarked Botman as one of his top targets.

    • Alex Terrell

      Red alert for Covid hit Kop

      Jurgen Klopp is staring at a nightmare start to the new year after his Liverpool squad were hit by three new Covid cases.

      The Kop boss was awaiting confirmation the unnamed trio will miss tomorrow's Premier League trip to Chelsea.

      And with his side's title bid hanging in the balance and Thursday's Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal coming up, he is facing mounting problems.

      After the Stamford Bridge clash Klopp will lose 22-goal top scorer Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita to the Africa Cup of Nations.

      He also does not know how long injured pair Thiago Alcantara and Takumi Minamino will be out, while left-back Andy Robertson is suspended.

      And should the tests come back positive, the three Covid cases will also miss the Gunners match.

    • Alex Terrell

      Let's get ready to Romble

      Romelu Lukaku faces disciplinary action at Chelsea after admitting he never wanted to leave Inter Milan.

      Blues boss Thomas Tuchel vowed to read the riot act to his £97.5million striker for claiming he was unhappy at the Blues.

      And the German's mood will not have improved after the second part of Lukaku's interview with Sky Italia emerged, suggesting he was PUSHED towards Stamford Bridge in the summer.

      Lukaku, 28, said: "If there had been the offer of a new contract from Inter last summer as I wanted, we would not be doing this interview now here from but quietly from Milan.

      “In that case I would have stayed at Inter 100 per cent last summer. No need to discuss that.

      "I'm always thinking about Milano, Milano, Milano.”

    • Anthony Chapman

      Barca want Azpi and Christensen

      Barcelona are planning a meeting with Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen's agents, reports suggest.

      Mundo Deportivo claims talks will kick off next month with both players entering the final six months of their contracts.

      Barcelona are eager to snap up the centre-backs, who have already been offered new deals by Chelsea.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Arsenal in talks for Arthur

      Arsenal are reportedly in talks to sign Juventus star Arthur on loan.

      Corriere dello Sport claims the Brazilian could be heading to the Emirates after discussions began this week.

      Arsenal are also hoping to include a £25million permanent deal clause in the agreement.

      But Juve are holding out for closer to £34m.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Real give up on Pogba

      Real Madrid have ended their pursuit of Manchester United star Paul Pogba and turned their attention on Ajax ace Ryan Gravenberch, reports suggest.

      Calciomercato claim Carlo Ancelotti is behind the decision as he believes Gravenberch fits Real’s profile better.

      However, Los Blancos will still have to deal with super agent Mino Raiola, who represents both midfielders.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Juventus want Cavani replacing Morata

      Juventus star Alvaro Morata has agreed to join Barcelona ahead of the January transfer window, reports suggest.

      However, Juve would only agree to let Morata go if they manage to find a replacement, such as Manchester United ace Edinson Cavani who has been linked.

      That is according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that Barca have agreed personal terms with the striker and are waiting on the Serie A giants.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Potential Arsenal XI vs Man City

      Mikel Arteta won't be on the touchline when Arsenal take on Man City after testing positive for Covid.

      But is this how the Gunners boss will line his side up against Pep Guardiola's champs?

    • Anthony Chapman

      Ramsey bids farewell to Juventus

      Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is reportedly set to say his goodbyes to his Juventus team-mates ahead of a potential move back to the Premier League.

      Gazzetta claims the Welshman will leave Turin next month for a return to England.

      Newcastle are lining up a deal and there is additional interest from other Prem sides. 

    • Anthony Chapman

      Toon step up Botman bid

      Newcastle have reportedly intensified their pursuit of Lille defender Sven Botman.

      The Magpies have ramped up negotiations with Lille regarding a £30million move, according to the Mail.

      The 21-year-old Dutchman is understood to be 'keen' on a move to Newcastle, despite the club's perilous league position.

      Howe considers defensive signings as a priority, and has bookmarked Botman as one of his top targets.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Liverpool move for Milan’s Kessie

      Liverpool have launched a 'very interesting' offer for AC Milan star Franck Kessie, according to reports.

      The Ivorian's contract at San Siro is set to expire at the end of the season.

      Kessie, 25, looks set to move on – with a host of club's interested.

      And according to Italian outlet Ansa, Jurgen Klopp's side want to jump to the front of the queue.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Chelsea want Tchouameni over Rice

      Chelsea are edging closer to a deal to sign Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

      Thomas Tuchel wants to bolster his squad, with the midfield area a particular priority.

      According to The Telegraph's Matt Law, the Frenchman would be a cheaper alternative to fellow target Declan Rice.

      Tchouameni also shares an agent with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde – another target for the Blues.

    • Anthony Chapman

      Cavani 'waves goodbye' to United

      Man Utd fans fear Edinson Cavani ‘waved goodbye’ to the club following yesterday’s 3-1 win over Burnley.

      Video footage shows the Uruguayan veteran applauding, waving and blowing kisses to home fans in the Theatre of Dreams.

      Cavani is out of contact next summer and has been tipped to leave following interest from Barcelona, Juventus and Corinthians.

      One fan said: “Today was different. The matador gesture, the goodbye kisses, the lock sign (together always) and the teary face. I hope he does stay but that felt like goodbye.”

      Another added: “I hope it’s not true, would be gutted if he left in January.”

      Man Utd fans fear Edinson Cavani ‘waved goodbye’ in win over Burnley and will leave in January transfer

    • Anthony Chapman

      Cancelo set to face Arsenal

      Joao Cancelo will be part of Manchester City's squad for their trip to Arsenal – despite being ROBBED earlier this week.

      The Portuguese defender revealed on social media this week that he and his family were the subjects of a brutal robbery.

      It was thought Cancelo – who was left with a big gash above his right eyebrow – would opt to remain with his family following the horrific ordeal.

      But SunSport understands the full-back has decided to travel to London for City's New Year's Day clash with the Gunners.

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