Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea 'could sell THREE midfielders', Tuchel hauls Lukaku showdown talks, Mbappe LATEST

Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea 'could sell THREE midfielders', Tuchel hauls Lukaku showdown talks, Mbappe LATEST

January 2, 2022

THE January transfer window is officially OPEN!

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea have been hampered by injuries and Covid cases, but could still be about to offload several faces in the window with reports suggesting THREE midfielders – including Hakim Ziyech – are available to buy to raise funds.

Meanwhile boss 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'.

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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  • Joshua Mbu

    Overnight round-up  

    Manchester United hope to lure Declan Rice for £100million and Conor Gallagher is a shock £50m target for PSG.

    Transfer talk is revving up fast now that the January window is open.

    And United are now rated favourites above Chelsea for England midfielder Rice.

    West Ham's hopes of keeping their versatile star have faded as they face an increasingly tough fight to finish in a Champions League place.

    Meanwhile, Gallagher's superb all-round form on loan for Crystal Palace from

    Chelsea has sparked interest from European giants.

    And with PSG chief Mauricio Pochettino a big fan of the 21-year-old, it's even possible a deal could be discussed this month.

    Liverpool and Man Utd are keen on Leeds centre-back Charlie Cresswell, 19.

    And Red Devils' midfielder Donny van de Beek reportedly hopes to join Bayern Munich ahead of Barcelona.

    Elsewhere, Burnley want £40m for Everton, Palace and Aston Villa target Dwight McNeil.

    On the pitch, Manchester City went 11 points clear in the Premier League with a controversial last-gasp victory at 10-man Arsenal

    Davinson Sanchez put Spurs sixth with a 96th minute winner at Watford.

    And West Ham defied Palace's late double to triumph 3-2 at Selhurst Palace and move a point behind the fourth-placed Gunners.

    As for today, Liverpool can leapfrog Chelsea into second spot if they win the pick of this afternoon's four Prem games at Stamford Bridge.

    Before that 4.30pm clash, it's Brentford vs Aston Villa,Everton vs Brighton and Leeds vs Burnley, all at 2pm.

    Leverkusen want Nketiah

    EXCLUSIVE: German giants Bayer Leverkusen are keen to sign Arsenal hot shot Eddie Nketiah on a pre-contract.

    The Bundesliga outfit are famed for bringing through young talent and they have their sights on the young Gunner who is a free agent in the summer.

    Leverkusen would like Nketiah to commit now and may push him to sign this week to head off interest from rivals, led by Crystal Palace.

    Nketiah and his advisers will pick a lucrative pay day in Germany and those figures – on top of a transfer fee – make it hard for the Eagles to compete.

    However, Palace could offer the 22-year-old first-team football and that might entice him south of the river.

    West Ham and Brighton were also linked with a move for the striker prior to the transfer window opening.

    And should Nketiah leave this month Arsenal might be able to sign a replacement.

    Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic has been heavily linked to The Emirates.

    Utd confident of landing Rice for £100m

    EXCLUSIVE: West Ham’s disappointing December has given Manchester United a major boost in their hopes of signing Declan Rice.

    United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick agreed to the club pushing on with their detailed assessment of Rice as one of their top summer transfer targets.

    They know they will need £100million to convince West Ham to sell their England midfielder.

    But until now there were genuine fears the Irons could scupper any chance of a deal by qualifying for the Champions League.

    Top-level European football would give them huge power to reject any advances for Rice, 22, who still has two more years left on his deal.

    But it will be difficult to match the player’s ambitions if they fail to secure a top-four finish.

    And taking just eight points from 18 last month has dealt a major blow to those hopes.

    Though West Ham got back to winning ways after beating Crystal Palace 3-2 on Saturday to move back into fifth spot.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Dwight price is £40m

      Burnley want £40million for winger Dwight McNeil — targeted by Everton, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

      The Toffees would have to raise funds, Palace sell Wilfried Zaha and Villa shift some of their squad for a bid to happen.

      If the trio come in, they would have 22-year-old McNeil in the £20m class, but that may not be enough.

      The Clarets are open to business but only if the price is right for their England Under-21 star.

      Sean Dyche’s Burnley know they will have to trade McNeil at some point as they are determined to keep James Tarkowski and Ben Mee away from Newcastle.

    • Ian Tuckey

      PSG in for £50m Conor

      Conor Gallagher is a shock £50million target for Paris Saint-Germain.

      Gallagher has been outstanding on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea.

      Sources say PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the dynamic midfielder, who has six goals and three assists in 17 Prem games this term.

      And the French giants believe Chelsea would be willing to sell Gallagher.

      A January swoop is made more complicated by Palace’s season-long deal with the 21-year-old. It is understood the Blues cannot recall Gallagher because he has played more than the agreed percentage of Palace’s matches.

      But depending on other terms of the loan deal, Chelsea might still be able to cash in on the England international in the winter window.

      If PSG cannot make it happen this month, they will continue to monitor Gallagher and are prepared to wait until the summer to make their move.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Secret Walker down the aisle

      EXCLUSIVE: Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has secretly wed his childhood sweetheart despite cheating on her.

      The England star, 31, tied the knot with Annie Kilner — who has forgiven him for three betrayals including his fathering a love child.

      The couple, who have three children, were said to have had a small ceremony to avoid publicity and because of Covid.

      After Instagram influencer Lauryn Goodman gave birth to his son, Annie said in 2020: “What he has done to me and our children is obscene.”

      However, our source said: “It’s fair to say they’ve had more than their fair share of ups and downs over the years but they’ve survived each one.

      "God knows how, but they have.

      “They didn’t want any fanfare. They just wanted to be married.”

      The pair met in home city Sheffield when she was 15 and he 17.

      But the full-back has been hit by scandals since his £50million move to City from Spurs in 2017.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Michail's Raiden high

      Michail Antonio produced his own Mortal Kombat move to help send Palace spinning and West Ham up to fifth.

      Antonio opened the scoring and then unveiled his torpedo dive in tribute to the computer game’s legendary character Raiden.

      It set the Hammers on the path to three goals before the break and they just held on to the points despite a valiant fightback from Palace who scored two goals in the last ten minutes.

      Antonio said: “I was playing Mortal Kombat and I was Raiden and I said I'll do it.

      "I am going to do a celebration and that was when he flies across and pushes someone out the way."

      Antonio is no stranger to a unique celebration and channelled his inner Neo from the Matrix after scoring against Tottenham this season.

      The striker leaned backwards in slow-motion – referencing the iconic movie scene where Neo dodges bullets.

      In August Antonio went even wilder after becoming West Ham's top Premier League goalscorer of all time.

      He picked up a cardboard cutout of himself and held it aloft, soaking up the adoration of the West Ham crowd.

    • Ian Tuckey

      JT wants Beckham, Rooney and Co honoured

      Chelsea legend John Terry can't believe Manchester United legends David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes haven't been honoured – as well as ex-Arsenal defenders Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell.

      JT claimed 'we are talking the BEST of the Best ever'- and interestingly included Nicky Butt, Jamie Carragher and the Neville brothers on his nine-man list.

      But Gary Neville scoffed at the idea of him being either worthy enough OR willing to receive something from a Government he is no admirer of.

      He responded to Terry's post by saying: "I don’t think I’m anywhere near but I’d rather have a most improved player award for a sunday team than an award off this lot."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Barca still hope to keep Man Utd target Dembele

      Barcelona manager Xavi is hoping Ousmane Dembele will put pen to paper on a new contract at the Nou Camp.

      And the boss is set to speak to the player’s agent to reach an agreement after Dembele rejected the club’s first proposal.

      It is claimed Dembele’s agent is demanding £485,000-A-WEEK for his client to sign a new deal at Barcelona.

      Negotiations have continued despite hitting a hurdle, and Xavi is waiting for Dembele to accept Barcelona’s offer.

      Xavi said of the situation: “It’s a negotiation, is normal – we’ll speak again with his agent. I am not disappointed with Ousmane. Let’s see what happens.

      “Sometimes advisors and agents can be difficult. But Barca’s position is clear and the process is ongoing.

      “I am optimistic and I hope that Ousmane will make an effort [to renew]. He has a fantastic offer. There’s always a back and forth.”

      And the longer Dembele goes without extending the greater Barcelona will worry that he could be heading off.

      Foreign clubs are now allowed to speak to the Frenchman and offer him a deal, with Manchester United one of several clubs interested.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Lineker's deja poo

      Gary Lineker had fans laughing over his own misfortune after Charlton's unfortunate Twitter typo.

      Lineker, 61, reminisced over the moment he infamously POOED on the pitch during an England game.

      Charlton were defeated by Wycombe in a League One clash – during which their Twitter admin made an error.

      The Addicks were 1-0 down when Garath McCleary almost doubled the visitors' lead at The Valley.

      Charlton's Twitter wrote of the Wycombe attack: "49' McCleary sees a sh*t deflect wide from the edge of the box."

      And the errant 'I' instead of 'O' in shot had Lineker reminding fans of when he pooed on the pitch.

      The Match of the Day host joked: "Brings back memories".

      The incident took place in a group game against Ireland in the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Lukaku tipped to start vs Liverpool

      Romelu Lukaku is set to start for Chelsea against Liverpool despite his bombshell interview.

      The Belgian ace stunned Thomas Tuchel by declaring his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge.

      Lukaku also admitted he would not have rejoined Chelsea in a club-record £97.5million deal had Inter Milan offered him a new contract.

      But after scoring in his last two games, Lukaku looks set to lead the line against Jurgen Klopp’s Covid-hit Reds.

      Edouard Mendy will start in goal, with Marcos Alonso at left wing-back and Cesar Azpilicueta likely on the right following an injury blow for Reece James.

      Andreas Christensen is also out, meaning Thiago Silva is set to return alongside Trevoh Chalobah and Antonio Rudiger.

      In midfield, N’Golo Kante is set to start and could be joined by Jorginho.

      Meanwhile, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi are likely to keep their places up top alongside Lukaku.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Crystal Palace 2 West Ham 3

      Palace's late double after hitting the woodwork twice failed to stop West Ham moving fifth with victory.

      Michail Antonio tucked in Said Benrahma's brilliant cross andManuel Lanzini finished in style three minutes later as the Hammers went 2-0 up midway through the first half.

      Lanzini then tucked home a 45th minute penalty given after a VAR review for Luka Milivojevic's handball.

      But Edouard stabbed home sub Michael Olise's centre on 83 minutes and Olise himself curled home a free-kick – only for the Hammers to hold on for the three points that took them above Tottenham.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Donny ‘prefers Bayern ahead of Barca move’

      Manchester United misfit Donny van de Beek wants to join Bayern Munich ahead of Barcelona, reports suggest.

      The ex-Ajax superstar is tipped to leave Old Trafford either this month or in the summer.

      And El Nacional claim the Holland ace fancies joining Bayern despite reputed interest from Spain, Newcastle and Everton.

      Credit: Getty
    • Ian Tuckey

      Raphinha Leeds the way in romance

      Leeds winger Raphinha has announced his engagement to girlfriend Taia Rodrigues after an incredibly romantic proposal.

      The 25-year-old Brazilian created a candle-lit path through the house for Taia to walk down.

      There was also a big light-up sign with their initials and a heart in front of the windows.

      And then when Taia stepped out into the garden a huge sign read 'MARRY ME'.

      It also appeared to be her birthday as upon entrance to the house there was a sign which read 'Happy Birthday'.

      Speaking on Instagram, Taia said: "Matthew 19:6 – 'They are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has united, let no one separate'.

      "Entering 2022 with my greatest happiness being on your side.

      "Thanks for so much, I didn't even know there was someone like you, how lucky for me, I love you. My yes forever."

      Raphinha also shared the post to his own Instagram as the couple celebrated becoming engaged.

      The Leeds man has been superb since arriving in England, netting 14 goals and providing 10 assists in 47 games.

      And he has been Marcelo Bielsa's standout performer so far this season despite the team struggling for victories.

      Romantic Leeds ace Raphinha gets engaged to girlfriend Taia after making candle-lit path through home to ‘marry me’ sign

    • Ian Tuckey

      McQueen forced to quite aged 26

      Southampton defender Sam McQueen has been forced to retire at 26, writes Tom Barclay

      The academy graduate first joined Saints aged eight and spent his entire career at the club, barring loans to Southend and Middlesbrough.

      Left-back McQueen had a career blighted by injury, making just 29 appearances for Southampton.

      He had not played since suffering a serious knee problem while on loan at Boro in October 2018.

      Saints were trying to get him back to full fitness but knew it was always going to be an uphill battle, with boss Ralph Hasenhuttl claiming in April it would be a miracle if ever played again.

      A Southampton statement read:  “Everyone at Southampton Football Club would like to issue their heartfelt thanks to Sam for his incredible commitment and efforts as a Saints player, as well as for the way he has conducted himself off the pitch.

      “He will continue to have our support and will be a shining example for all young players coming through the club’s Academy.

      “We wish him the very best for the future and have no doubt he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Lukaku tipped to start vs Reds

      Romelu Lukaku is set to start for Chelsea against Liverpool despite his bombshell interview.

      The Belgian ace stunned Thomas Tuchel by declaring his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge.

      Lukaku also admitted he would not have rejoined Chelsea in a club-record £97.5million deal had Inter Milan offered him a new contract.

      But after scoring in his last two games, Lukaku looks set to lead the line against Jurgen Klopp’s Covid-hit Reds.

      Edouard Mendy will start in goal, with Marcos Alonso at left wing-back and Cesar Azpilicueta likely on the right following an injury blow for Reece James.

      Andreas Christensen is also out, meaning Thiago Silva is set to return alongside Trevoh Chalobah and Antonio Rudiger.

      In midfield, N’Golo Kante is set to start and could be joined by Jorginho.

      Meanwhile, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi are likely to keep their places up top alongside Lukaku.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Tore Andre Go

      Ex-striker Tore Andre Flo is leaving Chelsea after ten years as part of the club's coaching staff.

      Flo, 48, has accepted a job as head coach at second-tier Norwegian side, Sogndal.

      Flo is returning to Sogndal, where he began and ended his playing career.

      It will be the former Norway international's first role in senior football.

      Flo spent three years playing for Chelsea from 1997 to 2000.

      He played 163 games for the West London club, scoring 50 goals in total.

      During his spell at the club, Flo won the FA Cup, League Cup, Super Cup and Cup Winners Cup.

      But it was in the Champions League, where Chelsea fans hold the greatest memories of him.

      He scored eight goals during the 1999-00 iteration of Europe's elite competition.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Conte: We suffered to win

      Antonio Conte says 'everything can improve' after Davinson Sanchez scrambled a stoppage-time winner at lowly Watford.

      Boss Conte said: "It is important to get three points. We know we have to suffer to get points.

      “We are building a team to try to be competitive in the future but we know we have to be competitive in this season too.

      “It is important to be humble, to fight and to suffer. I think everything can improve."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Watford 0 Tottenham 1

      Davinson Sanchez's 96th-minute winner put Spurs sixth.

      The defender headed home Son Heung-min's cross as Antonio Conte stayed unbeaten as boss.

      Earlier Hugo Lloris had brilliantly foiled Josh King before Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann thwarted Son Heung-min close-in.

      Joao Pedro then had penalty appeals rejected after a challenge from Lloris – moments before Sanchez pounced.

      Credit: Reuters
    • Ian Tuckey

      Jose vs Man Utd for Kamara

      Manchester United are facing competition from ex-boss Jose Mourinho for the signature of Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, it’s claimed.

      Roma and manager Mourinho, 58, are said to have swooped in to open talks with Kamara and his agent.

      La Repubblica have reported that Roma are hoping to reach a deal with Marseille for the defensive midfielder.

      The Marseille-born youngster has made 142 appearances for the club since making his first team debut as a 17-year-old.

      He entered the club’s academy when he was just FIVE years old and has supported the club ever since.

      Kamara has scored four goals and assisted five in total for the Ligue 1 club.

      United had been tipped as favourites to land the Frenchman and Kamara, 22, has attracted interest from all over Europe.

      Sources claim that Ralf Rangnick is ‘convinced’ that Kamara is the right signing for his new team.

      He is an elite ball-winner, who is very competent when pressing which will allow him to fit nicely in Rangnick’s system at Man Utd.

      And negotiations between the Manchester cub and Marseille were said to be at an ‘advanced stage’.

      As reported, Kamara is more interested in the money on offer at Old Trafford than a move to Roma.

      Man Utd, who sit in sixth place in the Premier League, face eight-placed Wolves on Monday night.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Fab tells defenders how to deal with KDB

      Cesc Fabregas has revealed a practical way of dealing with Kevin De Bruyne after watching the Manchester City star inspire his side to victory over Arsenal.

      De Bruyne pulled the strings as City recorded a thrilling 2-1 win at the Emirates on Saturday.

      But the match was shrouded in controversy after Arsenal, who took the lead, were undone by two huge VAR calls for penalties in both boxes.

      Key defender Gabriel was then sent off after quick-fire yellow cards.

      And City midfielder Rodri sneaked in a last-gasp winner before being pelted by bottles for celebrating in front of home supporters.

      It was De Bruyne’s ball which sparked the penalty area scramble resulting in Rodri’s winner.

      And former Gunner Fabregas has now revealed how Arsenal defenders could have prevented De Bruyne from creating City’s golden chance.

      Fabregas tweeted: “When De Bruyne has an open ball in the final third, as a defender you need to start dropping off immediately.

      “City are very good at running in behind the last line.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Dont' make a U-Tuan

      Steven Gerrard has revealed that he wants Axel Tuanzebe to remain at Aston Villa amid claims Man United have agreed to loan him to Napoli.

      United and Napoli have reportedly agreed for the defender to head to Italy in this transfer window, but Gerrard hopes he turns down the Serie A sides advances.

      If Gerrard has his way, Tuanzebe will see out his loan with the Midlands side this season and then hopefully stay at Villa Park for the long-term.

      He said: “It’s very much in Ax’s hands and Manchester United’s hands. We want him here, we would be delighted to keep him. We don’t just see it as a loan until the end of the season.

      “It’s something we want to explore further than that. We just hope we’ve got that opportunity.

      “He’s a player we like very much and we’d like him to stay until the end of the season at least. Axel is his own man and will want to make his own decision.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Watford vs Spurs game stopped

      Watford's clash with Tottenham had to be halted after a fan collapsed in the stands.

      The incident occurred late in the second half with the score still 0-0.

      Physios from both clubs rushed over to provide medical assistance to the home supporter in the Graham Taylor stand, reports Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

      The fan was then escorted away and they received a round of applause from Vicarage Road.

      The stoppage in play resulted in eight minutes being added on at the end of the 90 minutes.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Spence to stay at Forest

      Nottingham Forest have reached an agreement with Middlesbrough to keep Djed Spence in their ranks until the end of the season.

      Spence joined Forest from Boro on loan in September and quickly established himself as a starter following a series of impressive performances that won over the crowd at the City Ground.

      However, the wing-back's parent club's manager Chris Wilder spoke this week about recalling him during the January transfer window due to a raft of coronavirus cases at the Riverside Stadium.

      However, sources have told SunSport that Forest have agreed with Middlesbrough that the talented Londoner will stay on loan until the summer.

      Spence had a recall clause in his contract but Forest's owner has negotiated a new loan deal until June.

      That is a positive development for the Forest faithful as well as the versatile defender who "loves it" at the City Ground.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Traore's on Spurs' wishlist

      Tottenham have reportedly identified Wolves ace Adama Traore as a possible option in the January transfer window.

      Spurs boss Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his side this month as he looks to assemble a squad capable of finishing in the top four.

      The North London outfit were keen to secure Traore's services in the summer, but refused to meet Wolves' £40million demands.

      And the club are claimed to have maintained their interest in the Spain international ahead of a potential swoop.

      Speaking on Chris Cowlin’s YouTube channel, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano declared that Conte and managing director Fabio Paratici are huge admirers of the 25-year-old.

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