Transfer news LIVE: Messi POSITIVE for Covid-19, Chelsea 'may sell THREE midfielders', Lukaku LATEST, Mbappe UPDATE

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 a shock link between Chelsea loan star Conor Gallagher and PSG.

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

    ‘Stay away from Aubameyang’

    Kevin Philips has warned Newcastle to steer clear of Arsenal outcast Aubemayang and his ‘astronomical’ wage packet.

    Philips told Football Insider: “It’s gonna cost them an astronomical amount of money to get him and then there are his wages.

    “If you look at his age as well, he’s going to command a lot of money. I would worry if I was a Newcastle.

    “At the end of the day, he’s a top player. But would he really come with that attitude to put in a shift, a fight to try and help Newcastle stay in the league?

    “I’d be very, very careful. You don’t know which Aubameyang is going to turn up.

    “If you knew you were getting the Aubameyang we’ve seen in the past, go for it. I just think at this stage in his career, I’d be very cautious.”

    Rudiger's a wanted man

    Antonio Rudiger is in talks with four top European clubs over a free transfer, reports say.

    The German has just half a year left on his current deal and is yet to extend it, despite efforts from Chelsea.

    Having entered the last six months of his contract, Rudiger, 28, is now able to negotiate a free transfer abroad.

    And according to Sky Sports, Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all opened talks with his representatives.

    It would finalise a pre-contract agreement this month and secure a move away from Stamford Bridge for the centre-back.

    But, it is also claimed staying at Chelsea has not yet been ruled out by Rudiger.

    Lukaku 'surprised' at backlash

    Romelu Lukaku was advised not to do his recent bombshell interview but is still surprised at the backlash, according to reports.

    The Belgian, 28, caused a stir by revealing he would '100 per cent' still be an Inter Milan player if the Italian giants offered him a new deal last summer.

    Lukaku was advised against doing the interview with Sky Italia, according to football journalist Dean Jones.

    And he is said to have been 'surprised' by the 'brutal' fallout – especially as it was 'not his intention' to start pushing for a Stamford Bridge exit.

    Thomas Tuchel’s handling of the situation has reportedly been backed by the team.

    • Justin Lawrence

      'Spurs can clinch fourth spot'

      Ex-Spurs star Jamie O'Hara reckons his old club will clinch the fourth spot in the Prem with the help of new boss Antonio Conte.

      O'Hara thinks Conte has instilled a winning mentality since taking over at White Hart Lane.

      And if the Italian's given some cash by Spurs chief Levy in the transfer window this month, the former midfielder doesn't see why the North London club can't pip their rivals for the last Champions League spot.

      He told talkSPORT: "People are going to call me mad and say I’ve got my Spurs hat on but I genuinely think Spurs

      “We’ve now got the manager and he’s instilled this disbelief that we’re going to go and win games, even when we’re not playing that well.

      “It’s brilliant to see and I think if he gets backed in the transfer window and if Daniel Levy gives him some money and says, ‘Right, we’re not far off this, we’re nearly there, we’ve clawed our way back’, I think we can get in there.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Arsenal agree Clarke Hibs loan

      Arsenal star Harry Clarke is set to be shipped out on loan to Hibernian after he was recalled from his spell at Ross County.

      The 20-year-old impressed during his time at Victoria Park where he chipped in with three goals and two assists from his 17 matches.

      But the Gunners have activated his recall clause with the Staggies sitting 10th out of 12th in the Scottish Premiership.

      And SunSport understands that an agreement has been reached with Hibernian, who are currently in fifth spot in the Scottish top-flight.

      Hibs made a swoop to bring the defender to Easter Road on loan until the end of the campaign on Sunday night with new boss Shaun Maloney a huge admirer.

      Clarke, who featured against Hibernian in pre-season, will now join the Edinburgh outfit this week instead of reporting back at County.

    • Justin Lawrence

      'Wages of unvaccinated should be cut'

      Former England boss Fabio Capello wants 'selfish' unvaccinated players to receive lower wages.

      Capello claims footballers that don't want to be vaccinated are causing damage to society and their pockets should take a hit.

      He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I can imagine the footballers’ sources. Not getting the vaccine is an act of selfishness and if police officers are obliged to do so, I don’t see why footballers should be excluded.

      “Who doesn’t get the vaccine cause damage to society and should see his salary reduced.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Arteta’s Covid return against Liverpool

      Mikel Arteta is set to return to the Emirates technical area for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool.

      But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be forced to miss the game because he is still in isolation after testing positive for Covid.

      Arteta, 39, was unable to attend Saturday’s agonising 2-1 home defeat by Manchester City after catching coronavirus for the second time last week.

      He was forced to watch the game from home, relaying messages to coaching assistant Carlos Cuesta while assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg took charge of the team.

      But his mandatory seven-day isolation period expires on Tuesday evening

      And this means he could be free to return to the club’s London Colney training ground on Wednesday as long as he provides a negative PCR test.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Toon Botman bid rejected

      Newcastle face a battle with AC Milan to land Lille centre-back Sven Botman.

      The Ligue 1 club have rejected Toon’s opening bid of around £30million for the highly-rated Holland Under-21 star.

      Botman, 21, is a top target for Newcastle’s Saudi Arabian owners as they look to overhaul their leaky defence in the January transfer window.

      But if the Magpies go in with an improved offer, they are set to face stiff competition from Italian giants AC Milan.

      The Telegraph claim the French club have knocked back Newcastle’s approach and want to keep him until the summer.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Tammy Abraham in car crash

      Roma striker Tammy Abraham was reportedly involved in a car crash on his way to training on Monday after he smashed his Porsche into another vehivle.

      The 24-year-old, who joined the Serie A outfit from Chelsea last summer, is said to be OK following the collision.

      According to Italian news outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, the England international crashed his Porsche Cayenne into a small car.

      He instantly went to check on the driver, who thankfully was unhurt like the 2021 Champions League winner.

      It has also been stated that police intervention was unnecessary following the incident.

      The exchange between Abraham and the female driver is said to have ended amicably, with the pair then going about their day as usual.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Salah on track to break Henry's record

      Mo Salah is firmly on track to break Arsenal legend Thierry Henry's incredible Premier League goals and assists record.

      The Egyptian King's superb close range effort at Stamford Bridge last night took his tally for the season to an impressive 16 goals and nine assists in 20 games.

      The strike meant he has now been directly involved in 25+ goals for five consecutive seasons, a record matched only by Thierry Henry.

      The 44-year-old Frenchman contributed 25+ goal involvements for seven consecutive seasons between 1999-2000 and 2005-06.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Barca ready to recruit Haaland

      Joan Laporta reckons Barcelona are ready to go to battle with Europe’s biggest teams for the signature of Erling Haaland.

      On their rumoured interest in the Borussia Dortmund ace, Laporta, 59, reportedly said: “We’re working to build a top team. 

      "Everything is possible if we do things well and I’m sure we will.

      "Top players are open to joining Barca. We’re definitely recovering our status."

      Haaland, who has been on fire in attack this term, is also attracting from Real Madrid, Manchester City, Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Laporta says Barca are back

      Joan Laporta has warned the football world that Barcelona are back after they signed Ferran Torres from Man City.

      A deal – which includes an amazing ONE BILLION EURO (£842m) buyout clause – was agreed between the two clubs last week.

      And Laporta claims Barca's rival should see Torres' acquisition as a sign that the Spanish giants are still a force to be reckoned with.

      At Torres' presentation, Laporta roared: "We still have our status in the transfer market. Everyone can get ready because Barca are back; the arrival of Ferran shows that.

      "We're a reference. Barca's resurgence is a reality and the football world has realised that."

    • Justin Lawrence

      Webb wanted Ronaldo to miss penalty

      Howard Webb wanted to see Cristiano Ronaldo miss a penalty for Manchester United – after realising he'd made his biggest-ever mistake.

      In April 2009, a match between the Red Devils and Tottenham at Old Trafford turned in the home side's favour after a controversial penalty call.

      With United 2-0 down, Michael Carrick hit the deck after a challenge from Heurelho Gomes and the referee pointed to the spot, only for replays to show the goalkeeper clearly getting the ball.

      And Webb admitted wanting to see Ronaldo fluff his lines before the forward drilled the ball home to start a dramatic 5-2 comeback win for United.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Toon face Botman transfer battle

      Newcatle face a battle with AC Milan to land Lille centre-back Sven Botman.

      The Ligue 1 club have rejected Toon’s opening bid of around £30million for the highly-rated Holland Under-21 star.

      Botman, 21, is a top target for Newcastle’s Saudi Arabian owners as they look to overhaul their leaky defence in the January transfer window.

      But if the Magpies go in with an improved offer, they are set to face stiff competition from Italian giants AC Milan.

      The Rossoneri are desperate to land a replacement for the injured Simon Kjaer this month and are believed to be keen on a loan with an option to buy in the summer.

      Lille face Chelsea next month in the Champions League last-16 and are reluctant to lose one of their best players midway through the season.

      The Telegraph claim the French club have knocked back Newcastle’s approach and want to keep him until the summer.

      But Toon’s mega rich owners want Botman, who moved to France from Ajax in the summer of 2020, this month and have the financial clout to test Lille’s resolve.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Blues players back Tuchel over Lukaku

      Romelu Lukaku Blues team-mates are thought to be convinced the striker wants a Chelsea exit following his controversial Sky Italia interview.

      The Belgium star, 28, caused a stir by revealing that he would “100 per cent” still be an Inter Milan player if the Italian giants offered him a new deal last summer.

      And reports claim there is little backing for the striker’s remarks from his Blues colleagues who are due to face Tottenham in a League Cup semis duel.

      The Athletic reports a source informed them that none of the players were “sticking up for Lukaku” and were said to be surprised by his outburst.

      And it is thought Thomas Tuchel’s handling of the situation has been backed by the team.

      The Stamford Bridge gaffer is claimed to have talked with five or six members of his side before opting to drop Lukaku from the squad that drew 2-2 with Liverpool at home on Sunday.

      Blues Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Antonio Rudiger are rumoured to be among the group Tuchel conferred with.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Laird set for Bournemouth loan

      Bournemouth have reportedly agreed a deal with Manchester United to take Ethan Laird on loan for the remainder of the season.

      He has spent the first half of the current campaign on loan at Swansea.

      Laird made 21 appearances for the Welsh side.

      Now Sky Sports claim promotion-chasing Bournemouth have secured his services.

      The starlet is expected to complete his medical on the South Coast within the next 48 hours.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Ndombele wanted by Roma 

      Roma boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on a reunion with Tottenham outcast Tanguy Ndombele.

      Corriere Dello Sport are reporting that the former Spurs manager is seeking to end Ndombele's Tottenham nightmare by bringing him to the Italian capital.

      Ndombele featured 33 times in the Premier League last season, starting 28 games under Mourinho before he was sacked in April last year.

      But Ndombele has so far only made nine league appearances out of a possible 21 this season, starting just once under new boss Antonio Conte.

      The 25-year-old Frenchman became Spurs' record signing when he signed from Lyon for £53.8million back in July 2019.

      But he has since struggled to earn the trust of his managers and has played a bit-part role under the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Nuno Espirito Santo.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Aubemayang ‘could join Chelsea’

      Carlton Cole reckons Arsenal outcast Aubameyang could join Chelsea to replace Blues rebel Lukaku.

      Cole also reckons Tuchel and Aubameyang’s Borussia Dortmund connection could help any negotiations.

      Although he can’t see the Gunners wanting to sell to one of their main rivals.

      Cole said: “If you look at it, Chelsea is in need of a striker as well.

      “Imagine that, you never know, stranger things have happened. It’s still London, do you know what I mean?

      “I doubt that will happen, they’re not going to sell or loan to their rival club.”

      “Look at the history. Dortmund, Tuchel, Aubameyang, they know each other and he knows what he gets out of him.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      United and Birmingham hold Mengi talks

      Man United are reportedly considering letting youngster Teden Mengi join Birmingham City on loan.

      The two sides are already discussing the 19-year-old’s potential switch to the Midlands for the rest of the season, Manchester Evening News report.

      MEN claim negotiations are still premature but Lee Bowyer’s side are keen on recruiting Mengi after losing Dion Sanderson who returned to parent club Wolves.

      If Birmingham are successful in their pursuit of English defender, he’d become the second United youngster to have joined the Blues’ ranks – following in the footsteps of Tahith Chong.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Trippier Toon deal 'nearly complete'

      Kieran Trippier could make his Newcastle debut on Saturday.

      The Toon face Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round with a 3pm kick-off at St James' Park.

      And according to the i, the Magpies hope to have the transfer wrapped up by the end of the week and in time to register the full-back to play.

      Failing that, Trippier should be integrated into the squad by the time Watford visit the North-East on January 15.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Liverpool scouting Olympiakos midfielder Camara

      Liverpool are reportedly scouting Olympiakos's £4m-rated midfielder Aguibou Camara.

      The 20-year-old has shone for the Greek giants this term and has produced four goals and four assists in 14 league matches.

      That form has caught the eye of Europe’s big guns as he prepares to jet off to the Africa Cup of Nations.

      Now Calciomercato is claiming that Liverpool are closely following Camara as they plot a transfer swoop.

      And they also state that Jurgen Klopp’s side will face competition for his signature from Serie A club AC Milan.

      And Liverpool and Milan could even ‘possibly plan a move in the upcoming’ transfer window. 

    • Joshua Jones

      GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

      Kieran Trippier, Anthony Martial and Ousmane Dembele have edged closer to moves.

      Atletico Madrid chief Diego Simeone confirmed England full-back Trippier wants to go – with Newcastle expected to seal a deal this week.

      And there's speculation Barcelona will offer Dembele to Manchester United in exchange for striker Martial.

      Such talk spiralled after it was revealed Barca need to cut their wage bill to register new £55million winger Ferran Torres.

      United and Bayern Munich lead the race for Argentina striker Julian Alvarez.

      And Arsenal are favourites to sign Sweden frontman Alexander Isak after Real Sociedad reportedly refused to sell him to Barca.

      Meanwhile, the Gunners and Liverpool are said to be vying for SC Braga's Portugal winger Ricardo Horta.

      Manchester City remain ten points clear in the Prem after Chelsea's stirring Stamford Bridge fightback to draw 2-2 with Liverpool.

      Sadio Mane and Mo Salah struck for the Reds, but Mateo Kovacic's incredible volley and Christian Pulisic levelled it up just before the interval.

      Steven Gerrard fumed at his Aston Villa side after Brentford's 2-1 comeback win.

      Everton's slump continued as Alexis Mac Allister's double helped Brighton to a 3-2 victory at Goodison Park.

      And Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa hailed a 'necessary victory' in beating fellow strugglers Burnley 3-1.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Icardi set for Juve

      PSG star Mauro Icardi is set to join Juventus on loan, according to reports.

      The striker has made just eight starts under Mauricio Pochettino this season, scoring five goals.

      He acts as back-up to the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi but could resurrect his career at Juventus.

      The Serie A side will pay £2million to sign the Argentine on loan according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

      And should his spell in Turin be a successful one Juventus could make his move permanent for an additional £30m.

      Icardi was also linked with a move to the Old Lady last summer and was said to be "open" to the switch.

      Max Allegri's side have lacked a goalscorer since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.

      Paulo Dybala tops the goalscoring charts currently with eight goals, one ahead of Alvaro Morata.

    • Ian Tuckey

      5 clubs chase Taylor

      EXCLUSIVE: Neil Taylor is a January transfer target for FIVE Championship clubs.

      The Wales left-back, 32, joined Middlesbrough in November and is on a short-term deal until the middle of this month.

      After building his fitness up after leaving Aston Villa last summer, Taylor has impressed in his two Boro appearances – both wins over Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest.

      But Taylor’s return to first-team action and his vast experience at Premier League and international level has alerted Boro’s rivals West Brom, Blackburn, Coventry and Bristol City.

      The 43-cap Wales defender is in talks with boss Chris Wilder over an extension at the Riverside.

      Wilder wants to keep ex-Swansea star Taylor in his squad as the Teesiders aim to win promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 2017.

      But if a deal cannot be reached then Taylor, who would be available on a free, has several options on the table.

      Taylor revealed last month how Boro's ambitions of playing top-flight football convinced him to join the side.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Horta hunt

      Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly in a battle to sign SC Braga attacker Ricardo Horta.

      That’s according to Fichajes who claim that Liverpool are favourites in the race to sign the 27-year-old.

      However, Horta’s contract is up in 2026 meaning the Prem sides will have to spend to acquire the Portuguese midfielder.

      It’s reported that Braga will be willing to accept £16.8million for Horta, which is significantly lower than his release clause fee of £25.2m, according to Fichajes.

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