Ten Hag wants United to be “more clinical” despite cup win against Charlton
Manchester United and Chelsea are both considering a move for Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters. The 25-year-old right-back has refused to sign a new deal at the Premier League’s basement club and, according to TalkSport, he is being talked about at Old Trafford as a possible replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who could be allowed to leave during the January window. Chelsea also need cover in the position after Reece James’ latest injury.
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:
Manchester City youngster Liam Delap headed on loan to Preston
Preston will sign young Manchester City striker Liam Delap on loan for the rest of the season, according to John Percy of The Telegraph.
Delap, who is the son of former long-throw merchant Rory Delap, has spent the first half of the season on loan at Stoke – one of his dad’s former clubs -but has failed to shine in the Potteries with just three goals in 23 appearances.
Luke Baker12 January 2023 09:31
Joao Felix brings buzz to Chelsea but underlines haphazard nature of ownership
The lure of Joao Felix proved too much for Todd Boehly. One last splash to prove his worth before seemingly handing the keys at Chelsea to one of the most extensive and deep recruitment teams ever assembled in European football, writes Jack Rathborn
The Portuguese forward has rarely displayed the consistency to justify Atletico Madrid’s staggering €126m (£112.9m) outlay from 2019, yet that is precisely why such a precocious talent is even available.
The allure of Felix was clear weeks ago, as Manchester United and Arsenal, a neater fit for his intrinsic control and movement, pondered their own loan offers.
Yet both clubs baulked at the mere suggestion of a fee north of €10m for the privilege of just six months of service.
As Mikel Arteta has the Gunners sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, now glowing after a painful rebuild, and Erik ten Hag continues to bolster his authority at Old Trafford ever more, Chelsea’s desperation ended the prospect of a bidding war.
Read Jack’s full take on the signing below:
Luke Baker12 January 2023 09:22
Carlos Alcaraz joins Southampton
Southampton have confirmed transfer of midfielder Carlos Alcaraz from Racing Club.
20-year-old Alcaraz signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at St Mary’s, becoming the second signing this month, following on the arrival of Croatia international winger Mislav Orsic last week.
He made his debut for Racing Club at the age of 17, in January 2020, quickly establishing himself as a regular and going on to make a total of 83 appearances for the side.
Luke Baker12 January 2023 09:13
Joao Felix transfer: Ranking the 12 Chelsea signings of Todd Boehly era
The Atletico Madrid forward has joined on loan with the Blues, with Graham Potter hoping for a spark so far missing from recruitments under Clearlake Capital.
If the new signings since the takeover are yet to fully deliver on the club’s investment, it is not for the lack of investment.
Luke Baker12 January 2023 09:04
Eden Hazard a potential alternative for the Gunners
If Arsenal are ultimately unsuccessful in their pursuit of Mudryk, then a surprise name has emerged as a possible alternative.
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.
The Express cites Media Foot Mercato as reporting Arsenal will look to sign the 32-year-old if they fail to pick up Mudryk – who is himself being courted by the Blues – while Newcastle are also understood to be interested in Hazard.
Luke Baker12 January 2023 08:55
Arsenal edging closer towards Mykhailo Mudryk deal
As our Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney reported, “One reason it has been dragging is because Shakhtar have been in little mood to budge on fee due to how much they lost in potential sales after the Fifa ruling that foreign players could leave for free with the invasion. This one of their top assets.
“Player’s choice is Arsenal, though, and he obviously wants to go as soon as possible.”
Luke Baker12 January 2023 08:45
Kyle Walker-Peters being eyed by big clubs
Wan-Bissaka could be allowed to leave during the January window, while Chelsea also need cover in the position after Reece James’ latest injury.
Luke Baker12 January 2023 08:41
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Lawrence Ostlere12 January 2023 08:27