Chelsea confident in landing top target Werner from RB Leipzig

Chelsea confident in landing top target Werner from RB Leipzig

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TOP STORY: Werner tops Chelsea’s January spending

Chelsea are like kids in a sweet shop with the January transfer window approaching and Timo Werner is at the top of their wanted list, reports the Telegraph.

The Blues are expected to look into whether or not the Red Bull Leipzig forward has a release clause that could be triggered when the window opens on Jan. 1.

Leipzig will no doubt have other ideas. The team are currently top of the Bundesliga and are preparing to face Tottenham in the round of 16 in the Champions League, which means they’re desperate to keep their man.

Werner has scored 23 goals in 24 games and as well as a central striking position, he can also play out wide, which would suit the way Chelsea have been set up under manager Frank Lampard this season.

The Telegraph adds that Chelsea are also reportedly looking into Moussa Dembele, Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha, Leon Bailey and Samuel Chukwueze. OK, basically everyone!

Arteta to toughen up Arsenal with Upamecano

Staying in Saxony, the Mirror is reporting that new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta aims to strengthen his back line with the capture of Werner’s Leipzig teammate Dayot Upamecano.

The Gunners’ defence has been a weak spot this season and Arteta is expected to be given funds to reinforce it and the 21-year-old centre-back is central to the plans. Arteta is believed to be keeping tabs on Upamecano, who could be allowed to leave next month as a result of his contract coming to an end in 2021.

Upamecano is attracting interest from a host of other clubs, but Arteta will be more desperate than most. With his defence already struggling, he also lost Calum Chambers to injury during the 2-1 loss against Chelsea on Sunday and already has Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney on the treatment table. That leaves Arteta with David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi, neither of whom have been in form.

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Stewart Robson explains how he’d approach the January transfer window if he was a decision maker at Arsenal.

Klopp expecting Lallana exit

Jurgen Klopp is hoping to tempt Adam Lallana into signing a one-year extension to his contract, reports the Telegraph. However, the Liverpool boss admits his midfielder is targeting first-team action.

Lallana’s contract expires in the summer and he is able to discuss and agree terms with other clubs from Jan. 1, with a view to moving in six months’ time. The England international impressed against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend and his growing importance to the squad has not been lost on Klopp.

Lallana’s situation vis a vis playing time won’t be helped by the arrival of Japan international Takumi Minamino, which means there’s an interesting month ahead for the Liverpool hierarchy.

Manchester United to lose out on Kulusevski?

Manchester United could be set to lose out on another January transfer target if today’s Gazzetta dello Sport is to be believed. The Italian title is suggesting that Juventus are not only ready to hijack their signing of Atalanta star Dejan Kulusevski, but that personal terms have already been agreed with a view to the transfer going ahead when the window opens.

Kulusevski has been on loan at Parma this season and has scored four goals and contributed seven assists in 17 Serie A appearances, starring in their recent win against Napoli with a goal and late assist.

The fee is believed to be around £30 million, with the 19-year-old allowed to stay at Parma for the remainder of the season.

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Tap-ins

– Manchester United are lining up their summer business early, with Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin believed to be one of their main transfer targets, reports the Sun. United have already missed out on prime target Erling Haaland, who joined Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, and while Jadon Sancho remains on the Red Devils’ wanted list, Calvert-Lewin could be seen as a bargain at just £50 million.

– Aston Villa are looking to sign Danny Drinkwater on loan from his current loan deal at Burnley from Chelsea, reports the Mail. Drinkwater has made just two appearances for the Clarets this season, but the club are keen to extend the agreement. Villa, though, are keen to add new faces to a squad that has endured a dramatic loss of form in recent weeks.

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