Simeone wants the best from his players, despite falling out with Felix
Manchester United could build on their current Premier League form by making a loan signing for Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix. While Chelsea appear ready to spend heavily in the Premier League’s transfer window this month as Todd Boehly looks to back Graham Potter in this new era at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have confirmed the signing of France international defender Benoit Badiashile from Monaco. The 22-year-old centre-back has signed a seven-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea and arrives on a reported €38m fee.
Badiashile becomes Chelsea’s second signing of the January transfer window, joining the 20-year-old striker David Datro Fofana, and Potter’s side could also move for Argentina’s World Cup-winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez, although Benfica are keen to hold onto their player, which could lead the Blues back to Brighton and Moises Caicedo.
They’ve also been linked with a late hijack for Arsenal target and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhailo Mudryk. It promises to be a busy month, with Liverpool already completing a £35m deal for Cody Gakpo from PSV but Jurgen Klopp may now move for a midfielder after more troubling signs in the loss to Brentford.
Follow all the latest January transfer rumours and confirmed news below:
Unai Emery backs tearful Leon Bailey after open-goal miss costs Aston Villa
The forward missed an open goal in stoppage time as Villa grabbed a 1-1 derby draw with Wolves.
It denied Villa victory – however fortunate it may have been – after Danny Ings’ leveller snatched a point for the underperforming hosts.
Daniel Podence’s opener gave Wolves a deserved lead but they remain stuck in the Premier League drop zone.
Bailey has struggled for form and fitness since a £25million move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2021 but Emery still feels he is performing.
Michael Jones5 January 2023 16:50
Transfer window preview: What each Premier League club needs this January
Steve Cooper’s side broke a Premier League record with 22 signings in the summer, but there is still work to be done for Forest to avoid an immediate relegation back to the Championship. Forest have lacked goals and creativity this season – only Wolves have scored less and Jesse Lingard has struggled to make an impact. That said, the new signings also need time and there was some signs of improvement before the World Cup break.
Need: Forward, centre back
Linked with: Abdoulaye Doucoure
Nathan Jones faces his first transfer window as Southampton manager and the stakes couldn’t be higher with his side staring relegation in the face. The Saints had a clear recruitment strategy under their new owners in the summer, targeting youth and potential in players such as Romeo Lavia and Armel Bella-Kotchap, but Jones needs proven quality now if Southampton are to avoid the drop. The main area of concern is in attack, where Che Adams is their top scorer with only four goals this season. Cody Gakpo and Goncalo Ramos were targeted in the summer but both are now out of reach.
Linked with: Viktor Gyokeres
Spurs were one of the busier Premier League teams last summer after Antonio Conte’s side secured Champions League football, but there are still areas that need addressing. Right wing-back is an immediate concern with neither Matt Doherty or Emerson Royal impressing in Conte’s system, and Djed Spence not fancied by the Italian either. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur have been excellent this season but need support in midfield, while Conte may also look to improve his defensive options.
Need: Wing-back, central midfield, centre back
Linked with: Pedro Porro, Adrien Rabiot, Milan Skriniar, Alessandro Bastoni
After finishing sixth last season and reaching the Europa League semi-finals, a summer expenditure of £150m has not had the desired effect. Instead, West Ham are 16th and the likes of Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd have yet to make an impact. Meanwhile, Declan Rice continues to be linked with a move away and although he won’t leave this month, West Ham may have to start planning for the day the England international does depart. They have also linked with Morocco’s Azzedine Ounahi.
Need: Right back, central midfielder
Linked with: Azzedine Ounahi
The future of Declan Rice remains the big talking point for West Ham
New Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui reportedly wanted up to six January arrivals following his appointment, with a new goalscorer the priority. The club have already signed the forward Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid. Goncalo Ramos has also been linked, with Wolves desperately lacking goals following injury to Sasa Kalajdzic and the form of Raul Jimenez and Diego Costa. Wolves are also short in defence and have not adequately replaced Conor Coady or Willy Boly from the summer.
Need: Striker, centre back
Linked with: Goncalo Ramos, Viktor Gyokeres
Michael Jones5 January 2023 16:40
Nathan Jones ‘surprised’ by Southampton fans’ boos but vows to be thick-skinned
Southampton boss Nathan Jones insisted he will remain “thick-skinned” after his side were loudly booed off following a damaging 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest.
Disgruntled home fans vented their displeasure following Saints’ sixth successive Premier League defeat, with the full-time jeers followed by chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing”.
A precious three points for Forest lifted them out of the relegation zone, while Southampton remain bottom on the back of a fourth top-flight loss since the appointment of Jones.
Michael Jones5 January 2023 16:30
Man City and Chelsea collide playing catch-up in the Premier League
The common theme was a question of expectations. If Potter is trying to downplay them, as though preparing Chelsea for back-to-back defeats to City in two competitions over the space of four days – they meet again in the FA Cup on Sunday – Guardiola is railing against them. His side have raised the standards but, with characteristic exaggeration, he argued they are now charged with taking a 20-point lead by November.
City are natural frontrunners in title races: this time, however, Arsenal’s near immaculate form has meant the defending champions are playing catch-up. They have a proven ability to go on extended winning runs. Nevertheless, Guardiola feels the league leaders Arsenal are not subjected to as much pressure as his side.
Michael Jones5 January 2023 16:20
David Moyes endures storm as West Ham recruits threaten to erode foundation of progress
And so the club that spent £160m in the summer will begin its FA Cup campaign with as many wins against Danish opposition as against English clubs this season. Suffice to say this is not how West Ham planned the season to go. An evening spent veering in and out of the drop zone was a throwback to unhappier times.
For David Moyes, the only West Ham manager ever to secure back-to-back top-seven finishes in the top flight, the bottom three assumes a greater significance now. A frenetic draw at Leeds halted a run of five straight defeats. It also meant West Ham have only won five of their last 25 league games. The Hammers’ funds may be diminished after the biggest spending spree in their history, but Moyes thinks he should have credit in the bank with his employers. “There are a lot of things that have happened in the last two and a half years that probably give them the confidence to think they’ve got a manager they can trust and they can work with,” Moyes said.
West Ham are 17th, the position they were in when Moyes was reappointed three years ago. He has twice got them out of such a predicament before, but never after getting them into it. Were they to sack him now, they might want a manager like Moyes – at least for now, given their plight dictates that a more ambitious target, such as Mauricio Pochettino or Thomas Tuchel, would probably not hanker after a relegation battle.
Michael Jones5 January 2023 16:09
Benfica boss criticises Chelsea’s pursuit of Enzo Fernandez
Benfica manager Roger Schmidt has criticised Chelsea in their pursuit of Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez. Chelsea are in talks to bring the midfielder to Stamford Bridge but are negotiating for a lower price than the £106m release clause in Fernandez’s contract.
“What the club is doing who wants Enzo, it’s disrespectful against all of us, against Benfica and I cannot accept what they are doing,” said Schmidt.
“To make the player crazy, and then to pretend they can pay the clause and later they want negotiate I think is not what I understand about a good relationship between clubs who maybe want to discuss about the player.”
Schmidt added: “Enzo, we don’t want to sell him, nobody wants to sell him at this club. Everybody knows he has a clause in his contract and, of course, if the player wants to leave and somebody comes and pays the clause we cannot work against that and so then maybe we will lose the player.
“There’s a club who want our player, they know we don’t want to sell the player, they tried to get the player on their side and they know that they only can get this player when they pay the clause so it’s a very clear situation.”
Michael Jones5 January 2023 16:00
Jesse Marsch ‘very frustrated’ with Leeds’ lack of ‘fearlessness’ against West Ham
Rodrigo’s second-half strike rescued a point for Leeds after Lucas Paqueta’s penalty and Gianluca Scamacca’s effort had cancelled out Wilfried Gnonto’s opener.
Leeds remained 14th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, while West Ham edged out of the bottom three after this draw followed five straight league defeats and extended their winless run to six matches.
Michael Jones5 January 2023 15:50
Chelsea ready to beat Arsenal to £88m transfer of Mykhailo Mudryk
Chelsea have made it clear they will trump any Arsenal offer for Shakhtar Donetsk‘s Mykhailo Mudryk, as the Stamford Bridge club continue to try and hijack one of the first major deals of the January window.
While a number of connected sources maintain that the highly-rated 21-year-old prefers Arsenal, especially as Mikel Arteta has outlined the attacker’s role in a burgeoning team, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy continue to feel “bullish” about business.
The only real remaining issue for Arsenal with Mudryk is the fee, since Shakhtar want €100million (£88m) and there is currently around €20m (£17.6m) difference in valuation, but Chelsea believe this is where they can yet take advantage of the situation.
Michael Jones5 January 2023 15:40
Roberto Firmino poised to resist offers from Saudi Arabia to commit Liverpool future
Roberto Firmino has attracted interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia.
But the 31-year-old Brazilian forward looks set to extend his contract with Liverpool instead.
Sky Germany insist talks are ongoing between the player and the Reds, with the player’s contract expiring this summer.
Michael Jones5 January 2023 15:30
Jordan Nobbs signs for Aston Villa
England international Jordan Nobbs has signed for Aston Villa women. The deal is an 18-month contract with the option to extend.
Villa Women manager Carla Ward said: “This is a big signing for us and Jordan is one of the country’s most decorated footballers.”
“She’s a winner and will bring a wealth of experience that her new teammates will thrive off.”
“We’re delighted to secure her signature and we hope this move can help the football club as well as cement her place back in the international set-up.”
Michael Jones5 January 2023 15:20