Chelsea make offer for Fernandes
The offer in question is believed to be a loan deal for 18 months, with the obligation to buy in the future for a fee of around £55 million.
The Blues will need to battle it out with a series of clubs in order to try and get the deal over the finish line, with the most notable being West Ham — who Fernandes was said to be favouring not so long ago.
The Hammers’ latest offer was also for an 18-month loan but with an obligation to buy for £33m.
Manchester United eye Serie A defender
A recent injury setback for £80 million defender Harry Maguire has opened the door for a potential deal for the Red Devils.
That would open the door for Albania international Kumbulla, who could come with a £13m pricetag. Other Serie A sides interested in Kumbull are Atalanta, Inter Milan and Napoli.
With other alternatives also being on the shelf or out of form, desperate times call for desperate measures as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to get their season back on track.
Ahead of the game against Norwich City, there’s a very real chance that Victor Lindelof could be the only fit natural centre-back.
Dembele agrees personal terms with Chelsea
The Blues aren’t wasting any time in the January transfer window as they attempt to take advantage of the fact that they’re able to purchase players once again.
Frank Lampard has clearly been interested in Dembele for a while, and now, he’s looking to act on it. Celtic will receive a transfer windfall if the deal does indeed go through, with a sell-on fee of around 10%.
PSG’s Mbappe, Icardi defer contract talks
Mbappe has been tied to a move with Real Madrid but the World Cup winner said on Wednesday that he doesn’t want to distract Les Parisiens, who are vying for four trophies this term.
“I am ready to play football at present. It is January and it is the start of the sprint finish with the title in play. I do not think it is the moment to make waves. The club is calm and serene, with everybody pulling in the same direction. Talking about things away from the pitch is not very realistic and not very beneficial for the team,” Mbappe said after PSG’s 6-1 thrashing of Saint-Etienne in French Cup action.
Meanwhile, on-loan Icardi is hoping for a permament move to the French capital from Inter Milan. But his stellar PSG form — 17 goals in 19 games — could see the Serie A leaders call the Argentine back to San Siro at season’s end.
“We will sit down at the end of the season, but I would be happy to stay here — if that is ultimately the case,” Icardi said.
– The Telegraph is reporting that Chelsea face a battle to keep youngster Tariq Lamptey on their hands. The teenage sensation is in the last year of his contract with the club, and while the Blues want him to sign a new contract, French club Nice are willing to make a cash offer in order to bring him over to Ligue 1.
– Manchester United will not pursue the signing of James Maddison in January but remain confident of their ability to get a deal done in the summer, Manchester Evening News reports. The popular Leicester star has been turning heads since the start of the campaign, and United have been keeping tabs along the way as they look ahead to the summer transfer window.