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January transfer news LIVE: Man Utd target Joao Felix as Chelsea see Enzo Fernandez bid rejected


Saints eye Villarreal midfielder to boost relegation battle

Southampton look to spend this month to boost Nathan Jones and his quest to avoid relegation.

The Saints are in talks to sign Villarreal midfielder Nicolas Jackson.

The Athletic report the 21-year-old Senegal international could join on loan with an option to buy in the summer.

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.

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.

Chelsea ready to beat Arsenal to Shakhtar’s £88m Mudryk

The winger is the most in-demand player in the early weeks of the January transfer window

Real Madrid confident of securing Jude Bellingham signature

Real Madrid are pitching the club to Jude Bellingham as the “best place for young talent in Europe”, with the European champions increasingly confident they can win the signature of the 19-year-old in one of 2023’s biggest moves.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is expected to be the latest revelation to leave the Bundesliga this summer, with virtually every top club in Europe attempting to sign him. Liverpool have long been seen as the best-placed Premier League club, but Madrid are following the strategy that has been persuasive in building one of the best young squads in world football.

Their hierarchy are pointing to the signings of Vinicius Junior, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Eder Militao and most recently Endrick as to how they represent the future of the game, and the best possible place for Bellingham’s talent.

Real Madrid confident of securing Jude Bellingham transfer

Borussia Dortmund’s asking price for the England midfielder is £130m, with Liverpool among the interested Premier League clubs

Chelsea see Enzo Fernandez bid knocked back by Benfica

Chelsea have seen their first offer for Benfica star Enzo Fernandez rejected.

The Mail report the Blues prefer to pay £112m across three years, while the Portuguese club are insisting on the 21-year-old’s £106m release clause paid in full.

Fernandez’s form at the World Cup has seen his valuation rocket with Chelsea in the market for a new midfielder to boost their new era under Graham Potter.

Man Utd and Atletico Madrid apart on Joao Felix loan valuation

Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are significantly apart on their loan valuation of Joao Felix.

The Red Devils would be willing to pay €4m euros (£3.5m) for the 23-year-old until the end of the current campaign.

But Relevo report that the Spanish club want €12-13m euros (£10.6m-£11.4m) to sanction a deal for Felix to depart temporarily in January.

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