There is just over one week remaining of the January transfer window.
As clubs try to save their seasons, shift deadweight from the wage bill, and agents trying to get their clients improved contracts rumours are flying everywhere.
Here is the latest news from across the Premier League.
The only thing that seems to be standing in the way of Gonzalo Higuain joining the Blues is AC Milan finding a replacement.
Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek has reportedly agreed to move to the San Siro so Higuain’s arrival at Stamford Bridge is very much a matter of when, not if at this stage.
In the merry-go-round that is this window, Higuain’s transfer to the Blues should trigger Alvaro Morata’s departure. The Spaniard is expected to join Atletico Madrid on loan for the rest of the season.
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s future remains the subject of feverish speculation. The 18-year-old winger is wanted by Bayern Munich but Chelsea have offered him a new contract in an attempt to ward off the Bundesliga giants.
United are said to be one of several clubs tracking highly rated Benfica youngster Joao Felix.
Portuguese outlet Record says scouts from United, Liverpool and Manchester City have all watched the 19-year-old recently.
Felix has established himself as a first-team regular following Bruno Lage’s appointment as head coach, replacing Rui Vitoria. The attacking midfielder flourished under Lage for Benfica’s U19 side.
Elsewhere, Paul Pogba is said to be keen on signing a new contract at United. The Frenchman has found a new lease of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and continued his fine form by scoring a penalty in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brighton.
Pogba is United’s second highest paid player behind Alexis Sanchez and his current deal expires in 2021. Anthony Martial is also said to be close to signing a new contract.
One player almost certain to leave Old Trafford, however, is Matteo Darmian, who is closing in on a transfer to Juventus.
Rest of the top six
One of the window’s more peculiar transfer rumours surrounds Tottenham, who have been linked with West Ham’s Andy Carroll.
Mauricio Pochettino is desperately short of firepower up top, with Harry Kane injured and Son Heung-min on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup. Carroll, who has had his fair share of injury woes, is available for just £2million and may be a decent stop-gap option as Pochettino’s squad looks more threadbare with each passing week.
Arsenal, still chasing Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, are keeping close tabs on Atletico Madrid winger Gelson Martins. The 23-year-old has struggled to make an impact in the Spanish capital following his move from Sporting Lisbon last summer.
Manchester City are plotting a double swoop for Lyon pair Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar, both of whom impressed in the Champions League games between the sides earlier in the season.
Rest of the league
Despite waving goodbye to the West Ham fans after last week’s win over Arsenal, it looks as though Marko Arnautovic may end up staying at the Hammers beyond the current window.
The Austrian looked set to leave after being omitted from the matchday squad by Manuel Pellegrini for Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth.
However, Guangzhou Evergrande have withdrawn their offer for the 29-year-old, who will stay at the London Stadium until the summer, at which point he will be free to find a new club.
West Ham are seemingly wasting no time finding Arnautovic’s replacement, though, as the club continue negotiations with Celta Vigo over striker Maxi Gomez. The Uruguayan has struck nine times in La Liga this season after bagging 17 in the 2017/18 campaign. The Hammes have also been linked with Torino forward Andrea Belotti.
Watford could be another busy club before next Thursday’s deadline. The Hornets are interested in Lyon forward Maxwel Cornet and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors defender Kim Min-Jae.
Everton are ready to hijack Monaco’s move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi. The Belgium international had his loan at Valencia cut short after failing to make an impression in Spain and is looking for a new club with the 25-year-old not figuring in Maurizio Sarri’s plans at Stamford Bridge. The Toffees would have to come up with a bid of £40million to secure his services on a permanent basis though.
One of the biggest deals of the window has seen Nantes forward Emiliano Sala move to struggling Cardiff City for a club record £12million. The Argentine joins the Bluebirds on a three-and-a-half year deal.
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