Transfer news LIVE! Watkins to Arsenal; Tottenham eye Adama Traore; Douglas Luiz latest; Chelsea rumours today

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Transfer news LIVE! Watkins to Arsenal; Tottenham eye Adama Traore; Douglas Luiz latest; Chelsea rumours today
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  • Adama Traoré
  • Kieran Trippier
    Kieran Trippier
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • Ollie Watkins
    English association football player
  • Philippe Coutinho Correia
    Philippe Coutinho Correia
  • Lucas Digne
    Lucas Digne

Transfer news LIVE!

The transfer window has officially re-opened for business as clubs in the Premier League and beyond scramble to complete deals to bolster their squads and ambitions for the second half of a chaotic season.

Teams across Europe have until 11pm GMT on Monday, January 31 to get business done otherwise face waiting until the summer to make any necessary improvements.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future will be one of the key storylines of this window, with fresh reports suggesting that Newcastle - on the verge of sealing Kieran Trippier’s arrival - want to loan the Arsenal striker with a view to completing a £20million summer deal.

In terms of potential incomings at the Emirates, Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is seemingly on Mikel Arteta’s list of targets along with team-mate Ollie Watkins.

Chelsea playmaker Conor Gallagher - currently starring on loan at Crystal Palace - has been linked with a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain, while the Blues have been offered a boost in pursuit of Lucas Digne after Everton signed Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv.

Hakim Ziyech, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley could all depart Stamford Bridge this month, meanwhile.

Manchester United seem to have fresh hope in their quest to sign West Ham star Declan Rice, while they may also battle Liverpool for Leeds defender Charlie Cresswell with Axel Tuanzebe on his way to Napoli.

However, Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland has supposedly made it clear that he wants to play in Spain next in a major boost to top suitors Real Madrid.

Tottenham are eyeing Franck Kessie, Wolves star Adama Traore and perhaps even Philippe Coutinho, while West Ham are pondering a swoop for Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi.

Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Newcastle contact Arsenal over Aubameyang

  • Toon optimistic over Trippier deal

  • Arsenal eye Villa’s Watkins as replacement

  • Tottenham back in for Adama Traore

  • PSG target £50m Gallagher swoop

  • Man United given new Rice hope

  • Chelsea offered boost in Digne chase

Darwin Nunez won’t be cheap...

21:32 , Matt Verri

Newcastle seem to have been linked with half of Europe in recent weeks, as they plan a January transfer window that will be pivotal in their Premier League survival hopes.

Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is one of those the Magpies are believed to be keen in, with the 22-year-old netting 18 goals in 22 matches so far this season.

But according to The i, Newcastle have been told Nunez will cost them at least £50m. With Callum Wilson facing a spell on the sidelines, Eddie Howe’s side may be forced to spend big in the coming weeks.

Pochettino: We want Mbappe to stay

21:11 , Matt Verri

Rumours continue to swirl over Kylian Mbappe’s future.

The Frenchman’s contract at PSG runs out at the end of the season, and there is no sign of him agreeing a new deal at the club. A move to Real Madrid still looks the most likely outcome.

Mbappe has said recently he will not leave PSG in January, but did not rule out leaving on a free transfer in the summer. His manager Mauricio Pochettino made it clear what the club wants.

“The club knows his situation, our wish is that he stays at the club for several years,” Pochettino said.

“We hope that Kylian continues to be just as efficient and that it’s a favourable outcome for everyone.”

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Everton close to second signing

20:54 , Matt Verri

The Toffees have already signed Vitaliy Mykolenko this window, and now they look set to add another full-back to their ranks.

The Times report that Everton are close to completing a deal for Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson for a fee in the region of £16m, including add-ons. The move for the 20-year-old is expected to be completed imminently.

Lucas Digne is expected to leave Goodison Park this month, after falling out with Rafa Benitez.

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Liverpool to make Gavi move?

20:21 , Matt Verri

It’s no surprise to hear there is interest around Europe for Barcelona’s 17-year-old midfielder Gavi.

Aside from him being a huge talent, he also has a release clause of just €50m, and El Nacional report that Liverpool are ready to activate that.

It remains to be seen whether Gavi will sign a new contract at Barcelona, that would surely increase that release clause significantly, but for now Europe’s biggest clubs are monitoring the situation.

Gerrard: Villa should ‘always’ be active in transfer window

19:48 , Matt Verri

Steven Gerrard has revealed Aston Villa will be active in the January window, but they won’t just make signings for the sake of it.

Villa have been linked with Dwight McNeil among other players in recent weeks, and their manager had this to say about what the club will look to do in the coming weeks.

“A club like Aston Villa has always got to aim to be active in the transfer market,” Gerrard said.

“It’s a difficult window, but if opportunities come to strengthen, I’m sure we’ll get the support to do that.

“But at the same time, it’s not going to be wholesale, we’re not going to demand this, that and the other. But if there are opportunities to strengthen, I think any manager would say the same thing.”

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Tuchel: ‘Always a way back’ for Lukaku

19:34 , Matt Verri

Romelu Lukaku’s future has looked increasingly uncertain at Chelsea, after he gave an explosive interview voicing his unhappiness.

The Belgian striker said he wants to one day return to Inter, and was dropped for the Blues’ 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

But Thomas Tuchel said after the match that the door is not closed on Lukaku despite his comments.

He said: “He is our player, there is always a way back, we will clear this behind closed doors and once we have made a decision and Romelu knows, you will maybe know also. It is not to be discussed now.”

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Newcastle optimistic over Trippier deal

18:41 , Malik Ouzia

And on that Trippier situation, The i are reporting that Newcastle are hopeful of having the right-back signed in time to face Watford in their next Premier League game.

The Magpies face Cambridge United in the FA Cup next weekend and then face a crucial game with fellow strugglers Watford at St. James’ Park on January 15.

Trippier’s farewell?

18:00 , Malik Ouzia

Kieran Trippier was in action for Atletico Madrid this afternoon as Diego Simeone’s side beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0 in LaLiga.

The England full-back has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle, who tabled a formal bid last week.

Trippier played 90 minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano and was seen applauding the home fans at full-time after what could prove his final appearance should things accelerate this week.

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Laird set for loan switch

17:27 , Malik Ouzia

Manchester United youngster Ethan Laird is reportedly set to be recalled from his loan at Swansea - in order to join Bournemouth instead.

The 20-year-old has spent the first half of the campaign in Wales but according to Manchester Evening News, United are keen for him to be playing in a team pushing for promotion.

Mourinho to pursue Ndombele reunion?

16:47 , Malik Ouzia

That report is not the only one linking Tanguy Ndombele with a move to Italy.

Calciomercato are reporting that the Tottenham midfielder could be set for a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Roma.

The suggestion is that the Serie A side would not be able to afford a permanent deal in January and so would be looking for an initial loan with an option-to-buy.

Spurs eyeing Kulusevski swap?

16:07 , Malik Ouzia

Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport say that Tottenham remain interested in Juventus midfielder Dejan Kulusevski and could attempt to agree a swap deal with the Turin club this month.

The report names Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele as two players who could be offered up as part of the any transfer, with Juve having set a value of around £30m for the out-of-favour Swede.

Tottenham back in for Adama Traore

15:11 , George Flood

Tottenham are seemingly back on the trail of a familiar target in Adama Traore.

According to The Telegraph, selling the Spain winger could be Wolves’ best hope for adding up to three new players to Bruno Lage’s squad in January.

Spurs are said to be tracking Traore’s situation again, with the potential for a much cheaper deal than was available during the summer.

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Arsenal target Watkins as Aubameyang replacement

15:05 , George Flood

Ollie Watkins is on Arsenal’s list of potential targets to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

That is according to ESPN, who say that the former Brentford man joins Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad on Mikel Arteta’s radar.

Watkins is absent from the Aston Villa squad to face the Bees in the Premier League today.

Steven Gerrard did not confirm why he missed out, but did say that Villa are struggling with injury and Covid issues.

He should be back for the FA Cup clash with Manchester United next Monday.

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Tuanzebe off to Naples

14:28 , Malik Ouzia

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is set to join Napoli on loan until the end of the season, according to The Guardian.

The report says that Tuanzebe’s loan spell at Aston Villa will be cut short in order for him to head to Serie A, with the 24-year-old having featured only six times this season.

Napoli will pay a £500,000 loan fee but the deal does not include an option-to-buy.

Rangnick: Cavani going nowhere

13:52 , Malik Ouzia

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick says he has no intention of allowing Edinson Cavani to leave the club this month.

Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Uruguayan forward but Rangnick insists he wants to keep him at Old Trafford for the remainder of his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

“We had quite a few conversations in the last couple of weeks - probably the player with whom I have spoken most,” the United boss said ahead of Monday’s clash with Wolves.

“I told him from the very first day that, for me, he is a highly important player.

“He is probably the only one who can play as a striker back to goal and face to goal.

“His professionalism, his work ethic is just amazing and I told him that I desperately want him to stay until the end of the season. He knows that.”

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Icardi set for Italy return

13:10 , Malik Ouzia

PSG striker Mauro Icardi is reportedly on the verge of returning to Serie A to join Juventus.

Transfer expert Pedro Almeida reports that the Argentine will move on an initial six-month loan deal which includes an option-to-buy at around €35m.

Icardi was one of Serie A’s most lethal forwards during his time at Inter Milan but he has fallen out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino in Paris.

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Leverkusen eye Nketiah bargain

12:40 , Malik Ouzia

The Sun say that Bayer Leverkusen are keen on signing Arsenal strike Eddie Nketiah on a free transfer this summer.

Nketiah is due to be out of contract at the end of the season as has rejected a new deal at the Emirates.

He is free to negotiate with foreign clubs over a potential pre-contract agreement that would see him leave north London at the end of the campaign.


West Ham plot shock El Ghazi move

12:01 , George Flood

West Ham are in the market for new arrivals this month, with defensive cover to compensate for the injuries suffered by Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma plus long overdue striking support/competition for Michail Antonio top of the agenda.

How about a new winger instead?

Football Insider report that West Ham are plotting a surprise move for Aston Villa wideman Anwar El Ghazi.

The Dutch international has slipped down the pecking order at Villa Park and could be sold this month, with David Moyes apparently believing he can play a variety of roles - including spearheading his attack centrally.

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Done deal! Middlesbrough sign Connolly

11:23 , George Flood

A done deal from the Championship, where Middlesbrough have completed the loan signing of Brighton forward Aaron Connolly.

The Republic of Ireland international will spend the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign on Teeside and bolsters improving ‘Boro’s attack under Chris Wilder.

And as Standard Sport’s Simon Collings notes, it will be interesting to see the impact this has on the club’s pursuit of Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun.

Wilder has been keen to take Balogun to the Riverside Stadium, having also coveted his signature at Sheffield United.

Breaking: Tuchel drops Lukaku entirely for Liverpool clash

10:29 , George Flood

Speaking of Chelsea, it appears that Thomas Tuchel won’t take Romelu Lukaku’s recent outburst lightly.

The Blues’ record signing created huge waves earlier this week by expressing his frustration with life at Stamford Bridge in an explosive interview with Sky Sport in Italy.

And according to The Athletic, Lukaku has been dropped completely from Chelsea’s match day squad for the mammoth showdown with title rivals Liverpool that takes place later today.

A massive call from Tuchel.

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Chelsea clear to sign Digne?

10:04 , George Flood

Chelsea appear to have been offered fresh hope in their quest to sign Lucas Digne.

The Blues have targeted the Everton and France left-back after losing Ben Chilwell for the rest of the season following knee surgery.

Newcastle have also been linked with Digne, who multiple outlets report will now be allowed to depart Goodison Park following the £17m arrival of Ukraine defender Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv.

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Arsenal target ‘underrated’ Douglas Luiz

10:01 , George Flood

Arsenal are said to be keeping an eye on Douglas Luiz as Mikel Arteta ponders new recruits in January.

A new holding midfielder is on the transfer wishlist at the Emirates and the Brazilian appears to be a target after impressing since his move from Manchester City to Aston Villa in 2019, per The Sun.

And a bid would have the backing of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who said: “Someone like Douglas Luiz, he is ready to be one of the best midfield players in the Premier League.

“He is so underrated.”


Tottenham and Everton battle for £16m Coutinho

09:56 , George Flood

Is Philippe Coutinho set for a high-profile return to the Premier League this month?

The former Liverpool playmaker has flattered to deceive since his massive £147m switch to Barcelona in 2018 and needs to move on in order to kickstart his career.

Tottenham and Everton look set to battle it out for the Brazilian’s signature, with El Nacional reporting that Spurs have now joined the race.

Barcelona - whose financial strife has been well-documented - want Coutinho’s £370,000-a-week wages off the books and are reportedly willing to let him go for just £16m.

Arsenal have also been linked in the past.

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PSG eye shock £50m Gallagher swoop

09:51 , George Flood

One of today’s most surprising transfer rumours concerns Conor Gallagher.

The Chelsea playmaker is currently shining during a season-long loan stint at Crystal Palace, with his form attracting admiring glances from overseas.

The Sun suggest that Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer of Gallagher, with the French giants willing to spend £50m on his signature.

However, a January deal is not on the cards with Chelsea unable to recall the 21-year-old from Selhurst Park given that he has played in more than 50 per cent of Palace’s matches so far this term.

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Manchester United offered fresh Rice hope

09:45 , George Flood

Yesterday, Declan Rice returned from suspension and became the youngest West Ham player ever to reach 150 Premier League appearances as David Moyes’ side hung on to beat Crystal Palace in a five-goal London derby.

West Ham have bounced back from a dispiriting December to record back-to-back wins to reignite their top-four chase, though The Sun now claim that damaging run has given Manchester United new hope in their bid to sign Rice.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick is said to have given the green light as to a detailed assessment of the England midfielder ahead of a likely big bid in the summer that will surely have to clock in at over £100m to stand a chance.

Rice is under contract at West Ham until 2024 and Moyes recently insisted there was no panic over his future.

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Aubameyang to... Newcastle?!

09:36 , George Flood

Let’s start with today’s biggest rumour... and it concerns the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon striker has been stripped of the captaincy and frozen out of the first-team picture at Arsenal following a disciplinary breach and could surely leave the Emirates this month.

According to The Mirror, now-minted Newcastle have contacted the Gunners over an initial loan move for Aubameyang with a view to completing a permanent £20m deal in the summer.

Saudi-backed Newcastle are likely to spend big in this window in a bid to avoid a disastrous relegation, with fresh links emerging seemingly every hour of the day.

They are reportedly on the verge of bringing England full-back Kieran Trippier back to the Premier League from Atlético Madrid, while there are new rumours concerning Benfica frontman Darwin Nunez and Lille defender Sven Botman.

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Antonio Conte offers Hugo Lloris update

Saturday 1 January 2022 21:48 , Jonathan Gorrie

After beating Watford on New Year’s Day, Tottenham manager offered another update on Hugo Lloris’ future at the club.

“For us, he’s very important and I’m sure that in a short time they can find a solution with the club [over his contract], because he loves Tottenham and Tottenham loves him.”

Chelsea could be set for fire sale

Saturday 1 January 2022 19:56 , Jonathan Gorrie

In an effort to refresh his team, claim Thomas Tuchel is looking to sell THREE Chelsea midfielders in January.

Indeed, Hakim Ziyech, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could all be axed as the Blues boss looks to stop the rot this season.


Carlo Ancelotti on Kylian Mbappe

Saturday 1 January 2022 19:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

“Mbappé? It’s too early to think about June 30th”.


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Man United agree loan exit

Saturday 1 January 2022 19:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Manchester United have agreed a loan deal to send Axel Tuanzebe to Napoli for the rest of the season.

The defender was on loan at Aston Villa but has rarely featured there and seems set to move to Italy.

Erling Haaland tells fans he’s moving to Spain

Saturday 1 January 2022 19:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to reports, Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has told fans he met while on holiday in Marbella that he WILL move to Spain.

The forward has been linked with pretty much every top team in the world but it seems one of Real Madrid or Barcelona is poised to welcome him in the near future.

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Napoli seal Tuanzebe loan

Saturday 1 January 2022 13:17 , George Flood

Axel Tuanzebe is leaving Manchester United for another loan stint.

According to transfer specialist Gianluca Di Marzio, the versatile defender is joining Serie A side Napoli on loan until June.

Napoli are reportedly paying €500k for the deal, which does not include an option to buy the former Aston Villa loanee in the summer.

Newcastle submit Trippier bid

Saturday 1 January 2022 11:57 , Matt Verri

The English right-back has been linked with what feels like half the Premier League in recent weeks, but it is Newcastle that look set to sign Kieran Trippier.

Sky Sports report that an official bid has now been made, and talks are underway between Newcastle and Atletico Madrid.

Eddie Howe worked with Trippier when the pair were at Burnley and it looks likely they will be reunited very soon.

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Morata to Barcelona?

Saturday 1 January 2022 11:05 , Matt Verri

They’ve already signed Ferran Torres this winter, but it doesn’t sound like Barcelona are done with their transfer business.

Alvaro Morata is on loan at Juventus from Atletico, but the Italian club have decided they will not be making the move a permanent one.

That has left the door open for Barcelona, and Fabrizio Romano reports that Xavi is very keen on the striker. Juventus won’t sell unless they can find a replacement, but if they can Morata could be on his way to the Nou Camp.

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Maitland-Niles to Roma not a done deal...

Saturday 1 January 2022 10:47 , Matt Verri

It’s looked likely for some time that Maitland-Niles would be leaving Arsenal in January, with a loan move to Roma seeming to be the most likely outcome.

But Calciomercato report that the move has been slowed down by a disagreement over a future fee.

The Gunners want an obligation to buy at the end of the loan deal in the region of £13m, with Roma only willing to pay around £8m. Time will tell whether an agreement can be reached...

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Mykolenko on Everton move

Saturday 1 January 2022 10:23 , Matt Verri

The left-back has given his thoughts on joining the Toffees, and his excitement at getting the chance to play in the Premier League.

“Moving to Everton is a big and important step in my life,” Mykolenko told evertontv.

“I have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League. English football is where the game was born and I think that it will suit my game very well.

“I am 22 but I don’t feel like a youngster. I have experience of playing at European level and hope I will continue to improve as a player.

“I am excited about the opportunity of playing in front of our supporters at Everton. I have seen the last few games at Goodison Park and they were unbelievable. They are incredible fans to whom I feel great responsibility.”

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Everton announce Vitaliy Mykolenko

Saturday 1 January 2022 10:08 , Matt Verri

The Toffees have wasted no time in getting their January transfer business up and running!

Vitaliy Mykolenko arrives at Goodison Park, with the 22-year-old left-back joining from Dynamo Kyiv. Lucas Digne is believed to have fallen out with Rafa Benitez in recent weeks... could this mean a move away is likely for the Frenchman in the coming weeks?

We shall see, but for now the focus is on Everton’s new arrival.

Ralf Rangnick to make first United signing?

Saturday 1 January 2022 09:42 , Matt Verri

With Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani both linked with moves away from Old Trafford this month, it’s not surprise to see rumours of attacking arrivals at Man United.

River Plate’s Argentina striker Julian Alvarez is attracting a lot of attention around Europe, but Sport report that it is United who have edged ahead in the race to sign the 21-year-old.

It’s believed they are willing to pay his £16.8m release clause in January, to fend off interest from the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

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Antoine Griezmann to Spurs?

Saturday 1 January 2022 09:17 , Matt Verri

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid... Tottenham?

Antoine Griezmann is back at Atletico on loan this season, another Barcelona signing that has not had an enjoyable time of things at the Nou Camp.

Fichajes report that the Frenchman could be open to a move to Tottenham in January, with Antonio Conte and the impressive start he has made at the club an appealing factor.

Barcelona are believed to want about £40m for Griezmann, who is on extremely high wages and that could prove to be a potential stumbling block.


Barcelona pushing for Philippe Coutinho exit

Saturday 1 January 2022 09:01 , Matt Verri

Philippe Coutinho’s big-money move to Barcelona in 2018 has certainly not worked out, and the Spanish club appear very keen to get the Brazilian’s wages off their books.

Tottenham are one Premier League club interested in signing Coutinho, according to El Nacional, but would want to do so on a free transfer. Barcelona want a fee in the region of £17m.

The Catalans believe both Arsenal and Everton are also keen on the player and will hope that one of them makes a bid in the next few weeks.

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Antonio Rudiger wants big pay-day

Saturday 1 January 2022 08:49 , Matt Verri

It’s been a story that has run for many weeks now - Antonio Rudiger’s contract at Chelsea is up in the summer, and he looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge.

A move to Real Madrid looks almost inevitable, but ABC report that the centre-back wants the Spanish side to pay him a signing-on fee of more than £16m if he is to run down his Chelsea contract and join them.

The Spanish publication suggest Real are not too impressed with the demands.... could Rudiger end up signing a new deal at Chelsea?

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Good morning!

Saturday 1 January 2022 08:43 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE updates as the January transfer window opens!

Let’s get straight into all the latest news and gossip that’s out there...

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