There are just a few days remaining in the January transfer window.
That means dealings are becoming increasingly frantic, as clubs attempt to make one last addition to their squads before the deadline.
Here’s the latest news from the Premier League.
Callum Hudson-Odoi looks set to leave Chelsea before the close of the transfer window, despite an impressive performance in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.
The 18-year-old, who scored against the Championship side, has handed in a transfer request amid reported interest from Bayern Munich. The German champions are set to up their offer to £40million.
The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain from Milan may have unsettled another Chelsea player, too. Olivier Giroud, in an interview with Canal+, has spoken of his limited opportunities, admitting that the Argentine’s signature will “darken” his future with the Blues.
The Frenchman has started just six games in the Premier League this season and has been linked with a return to Ligue 1.
In another move involving Chelsea strikers, Alvaro Morata has sealed an 18-month loan deal with Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard, who cost a club record £60million, scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League appearances.
The Gunners pursuit of Inter winger Ivan Perisic continues, with the Croatian reportedly handing in a transfer request.
Arsenal are hopeful of signing Perisic on loan until the end of the season with an option to make the deal permanent for £35million. Inter are reluctant to agree to such a deal unless Arsenal make the clause an obligation to buy.
But Inter boss Luciano Spalletti has confirmed Perisic’s desire to leave the club before the close of the transfer window.
Arsenal, should they fail to get Perisic, may look elsewhere. The Sun claim Barcelona winger Malcolm could be an option on a short-term loan.
The Gunners are still in the protracted process of negotiating Mesut Ozil’s potential exit. According to the Daily Star, Inter will only agree to a transfer if half of the German’s £350,000 per week salary is paid by Arsenal.
Rest of the top six
Manchester United, as per the Sunday Mirror, are believed to be monitoring PSV winger Steven Bergwijn, and could make a move for the 21-year-old before the end of the month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also confirmed that United do not intend to let Matteo Darmian and Andreas Pereira leave the club in the January window.
Liverpool could let youngster Bed Woodburn leave the club on loan in the next few days. The 19-year-old has just returned from Sheffield United, but could make an immediate return to the Championship with a loan move to Hull.
The Reds have been quiet in terms of incomings this month, although they have been linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The Frenchman, according to L’Equipe, is also interesting Tottenham and Barcelona, but would prefer to join Liverpool.
Manchester City, who have had a quiet window so far, are monitoring Hajduk Split midfielder Ante Palaversa. According to the Daily Mail, the 18-year-old is seen as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho.
Pep Guardiola is also said to be considering a move for Schalke midfielder Sebastian Rudy, formerly of Bayern Munich.
Rest of the league
Watford are determined to keep hold of midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, the Evening Standard have reported.
The Frenchman’s impressive form in the Premier League this season has alerted Paris Saint-Germain, but Watford have no intention of selling.
PSG’s interest in Premier League midfielders does not stop there, though. Everton have turned down a bid of £22million from the French champions for Idrissa Gueye.
Leicester, meanwhile, could look to negotiate a ‘loan swap’ with Monaco in order to bring 21-year-old midfielder Youri Tielemans to the King Power Stadium. The deal would see Adrien Silva, who has featured just twice in the Premier League this season, join Monaco until the end of the season.
The Foxes were originally linked with a potential £20million move for Tielemans but might struggle to complete a permanent transfer.
Southampton, who according to Sky Sports are willing to listen to offers for striker Charlie Austin, are reportedly interested in Birmingham forward Che Adams, who has scored 14 goals in the Championship this season.
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