Chelsea securing the transfer of Lyon right-back Malo Gusto appeared a simple process after their initial enquiry, but this January deal has become quite the winter transfer saga.

Chelsea’s January transfer window has been extremely busy, with Todd Boehly adding six players to Graham Potter’s first-team squad. Still, the Blues don’t seem to be finished there as they continue to work on a number of deals ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.

Lyon defender Malo Gusto continues to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge whilst midfielders Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez are also of inetrest to the west London club. On the pitch, Reece James is continuing his rehabilitation with a plan seemingly in place for the England international’s return from injury.

Left-back Ben Chilwell and forward Raheem Sterling also are keen to get back to action as soon as possible, with Chelsea not playing until February, when they take on Fulham in the Premier League.

So, with that being said, follow all the latest team news and transfer chatter from the Blues in’s live blog right here…

Chelsea may be tempted to return for a move for Everton’s Anthony Gordon, according to reports.

The youngster looks set for an exit, with the Merseyside club setting a lowered price of £40million to let him leave this month.

Chelsea have cooled their interest in Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, according to the Evening Standard.

The Blues were eyeing a potential switch, but the Seagulls are said to be eyeing over £75million for his services.

Chelsea securing the transfer of Lyon right-back Malo Gusto appeared a simple process after their initial enquiry, but this January deal has become quite the winter transfer saga.

The Blues sent in an official bid for the 19-year-old last week that was rejected, with Manchester United also interested in his services.

Arsenal and Tottenham have now emerged as being involved to some regard in a possible exit for Gusto, with Djed Spence viewed as a possible replacement, along with Gunners transfer target Ivan Fresneda.

Chelsea have decided they will not loan out Gabriel Slonina this January transfer window.

The youngster is back at the club months after first signing.

With Chelsea in the market for a midfielder, the Blues were said to be contemplating ‘whether or not to try and take advantage’ of the ensuing crisis at Goodison Park by landing Amadou Onana.

But, it’s transpired that the Gunners are just as keen to secure the Belgium international’s signature this month as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his side ahead of a Premier League title charge.

Chelsea are showing interest in Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge in the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Blues are keen on a switch for their central ranks, with the Championship star seen as an option.

Chelsea have been handed a boost in their injury crisis as Raheem Sterling has return to first-team training.

The forward has been missing from action lately, but should ease concerns for Graham Potter, who has had as many as ten players injured.

Anthony Gordon has told Everton that he will not return to his boyhood club as he looks to push for a move away from Goodison Park.

Chelsea had attempted to sign the 21-year-old last summer and could reignite their interest before Deadline Day, with Newcastle also pushing to sign the Toffees star.

Chelsea have added Wolves star Matheus Nunes to their list of potential midfield acquisitions with Premier League rivals Liverpool also eyeing up a move.

The Portugal international joined Wolves in the summer from Sporting Lisbon and he has already racked up significant interest through impressive midfield displays.

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Chelsea are said to have set a price tag of over £50million to let Kai Havertz leave in the transfer market.

The Germany international has been linked with a switch to Bayern Munich this January amid a difficult run of form for the Blues.

Everton forward Anthony Gordon missed training yet again today as a transfer exit looks on the cards.

The Blues have been linked with a swoop for the youngster, but it seems as though Newcastle have the upper hand in the market.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have ‘made contact’ with Brentford goalkeeper David Raya over a deal, according to reports.

Raya has been a standout performer for Brentford this season, who are enjoying a fantastic 2022-23 campaign and are currently eighth in the Premier League table – above Chelsea and Liverpool – with the Bees pushing for European qualification.

The 27-year-old Spain international has made a total of 143 appearances since he arrived at Brentford in 2019 from Blackburn and helped Thomas Frank’s side clinch promotion to the top-flight after winning the 2021 Championship play-offs.

However, Raya’s current deal expires in 2024 and he has reportedly turned down several contract extensions – the latest of which he rejected last week.

Chelsea could turn their transfer attention to solving their goalkeeping problems in the summer window with both Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga struggling to nail down the No. 1 spot. Currently the gloves are in the possession of the latter as Mendy is out injured with a broken finger, although consistent performances from Kepa have been a rarity.

It should be said the Spaniard must be given credit for his last two displays, with the Blues earning back-to-back Premier League clean sheets against Liverpool and Crystal Palace. Surprisingly, it was the latter fixture where the Spaniard was required more as he made several world class saves to stop the Eagles from finding the back of the net before Kai Havertz scored the winner.

However, some of his displays have come into question with the defeats to Fulham and Manchester City in January somewhat decided by his poor decision-making. Since the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel, Mendy has struggled to reclaim the spot he held under the German, with Potter preferring Kepa when both are available, although that has rarely happened since he became Chelsea boss in September.

Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp spoke on the Football People podcast about a number of different topics, one being Liverpool’s rebuilding stage.

Via TalkSport, quotes have been published from the podcast episode around what Klopp said about Chelsea’s spending under Todd Boehly.

Klopp said: “Chelsea with new ownership, nobody knows exactly how they can spend that much money… nobody likes me talking about that. But transition needs time if you don’t have endless money, otherwise you can change overnight pretty much and bring in ten players.”

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Gregg Evans, Aston Villa’s reporter from The Athletic has revealed that Chelsea forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been name checked as a potential option for Aston Villa this summer.

The report details how Unai Emery, Aston Villa’s current boss, is known to be fond of Aubameyang having worked together at Arsenal and that the move may be explored in summer 2023.

Chelsea can’t current let Aubameyang leave unless it was to Barcelona as rules state you cannot play for more than two teams in a singular season. This means that Chelsea are likely to wait until the summer to see if any bids arrive for the 33 year old who was signed for 12 million pounds last summer.

Club president Aulas has said: Since I am actively participating with Vincent Bruno Laurent in this great winter movement, I have the pleasure of confirming the team on KTE but also of specifying that Malo 1, a great hope for OL, will continue to play with OL in less until 06/30/23

After missing out on a permanent midfield acquistion in the summer, Chelsea are at risk of the same occuring once again.

Denis Zakaria was brought in loan instead and the Blues could go down the same path in January with the latest player who could potentially be available on a temporaray basis for the next six months.

CBS reporter Ben Jacobs writes:

Chelsea still trying for Malo Gusto and have full player buy in. Lyon’s position has always been to keep him until end of the season. They want around €40m to change that. New American owner John Textor is a factor in all this. He isn’t keen on young talent leaving mid-season.

Textor was still completing Lyon takeover over summer, and watched from afar as Lucas Paqueta joined West Ham. It could well have been a different story if he was in by then. Textor maintains Lyon can challenge PSG over time, but only if they hang on to young talent and stars.

Chelsea remain optimistic, but don’t rule out the Textor factor in all this. He’s not handling the negotiation, but is firmly relaying his position to the club. If #CFC succeed they’ll have near-doubled their opening offer. Direct talks continue.

According to several English media, Chelsea have put talented Everton midfielder Amadou Onana at the top of the priority pile in this position.

According to our information, there has been much more than interest in the 21-year-old, who has played two World Cup matches with Belgium, since the Blues have made an offer to Amadou Onana and talks have even taken place. place but the player preferred to decline the proposal. The Belgian international (4 caps), arrived last summer from LOSC against a check for €36 million, is one of the English club’s rare satisfactions of the season (18 matches – 2 goals), stuck in the Premier League bottoms .

This one looks like it might be on the backburner until the summer for now. Brighton are in no position to be forced into a sale and Chelsea have already spent vast amount of money.

It will also give them even more time to re-evaluate when Joe Shields and Laurence Stewart join the recruitment team.

Everyone at Chelsea will be delighted with this! The Brazilian is already 38 and this deal would have him playing until at least 39.

Having only signed on a one-year deal at the time he has already extended twice.

Chelsea have added Wolves star Matheus Nunes to their list of potential midfield acquisitions with Premier League rivals Liverpool also eyeing up a move.

The Portugal international joined Wolves in the summer from Sporting Lisbon and he has already racked up significant interest through impressive midfield displays. The West Midlands club acquired his services for a club-record £42.2million and they will likely demand more if they sanction a departure in 2023.

Blues’ pursuit of a central midfielder in January remains without a successful result following reluctance from Benfica and Brighton to let Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo leave their respective clubs mid-season.

With that being said, has rounded up everything we know regarding Chelsea’s interest in the 24-year-old.

Chelsea are confident of renewing the contracts of both Charlie Webster and Malik Mothersille as they look to stave off fears of a youth exodus amid high spending in the first-team squad.

The two Under-21 stars in Mark Robinson’s table-topping Premier League 2 team had been fielding offers away from west London ahead of their current deals expiring in the summer.

Webster, 18, had significant interest from European clubs including Borussia Dortmund and PSV Eindhoven but is now set to remain at Chelsea.

The Blues made good financial packages available to the two youngsters but both needed convincing after the men’s team spent a world record £450million on senior players.

Everton star Anthony Gordon has been linked with a January departure from Goodison Park with Newcastle and Chelsea, who were both interested in the summer, making fresh enquiries.

The Toffees have just sacked manager Frank Lampard and seen the proposed arrival of Arnaut Danjuma at hijacked at the last minute by Tottenham. Amadou Onana has also been linked with a move away just six months on from signing and things do not appear to be getting better soon with Gordon seemingly very intent on securing a winter exit judging by the latest news.

With both sides stung by injuries, they fought out an underwhelming 0-0 draw at Anfield on Saturday. In truth, a solitary point was no good to either outfit with them down in ninth and tenth in the Premier League table and facing the biggest of uphill battles to qualify for next season’s Champions League as they look to claw back a 10-point deficit on the top four.

Leeds United are currently in pole position to sign Juventus midfielder Weston Mckennie.

Chelsea and Tottenham have both previously been interested in the USMNT star but are currently not in talks for a January transfer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

However, the Blues were considered outside favourites to sign Mykhailo Mudryk and yet the Ukrainian international made his Chelsea debut last Sunday.

Graham Potter is in desperate need of a new midfielder and with main targets Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez looking likely to stay at their respective clubs, Chelsea could hitch a Mudryk-esque hijack on Leeds for Mckennie.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Lyon right-back Malo Gusto and after seeing their opening bid turned down, a new offer looks ready to be submitted.

Chelsea have been on a spending spree since the London club was taken over by their new American owners last year but the Blues need to sell some of their stars to balance the books.

The West London side spent a massive £270m during the summer window – the second-highest summer spend by any club in the world after Real Madrid (£292m) in 2019 – and are following that up with a busy January window.

Graham Potter has already seen six stars join his squad this month and the Blues have gone over the £150m mark again, which means outgoings will need to happen over the rest of this window and the summer.

As the January transfer window inches ever closer to its conclusion, those who work in the recruitment team at Chelsea remain intent on reshaping and improving Graham Potter’s first-team squad.

There are several deals to be done; some more lavish than others. Chelsea continue to search for a new central midfielder with their pursuit of Benfica star Enzo Fernandez yet to bear fruit. Talks were reignited last week over a deal for the Argentine, but the Portuguese giants have stood firm on their stance: Fernandez’s £105million buyout clause must be paid. understands interest remains and another proposal may be pitched before the window closes. Yet it is a difficult transfer to complete, as is prising Moises Caicedo away from Brighton. The Seagulls have reportedly placed a £100million price tag on the Ecuador international, who they signed for £4.5m two years ago.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes former Gunners target Mykhaylo Mudryk joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk “for money”.

Mikel Arteta made the Ukrainian international his top target and had lodged three bids to sign the player.

However, Chelsea swooped in and offered favourable terms to Shakhtar, landing Mudryk ahead of their London rivals.

There is a new midfielder on the radar of Chelsea during these late stages of the window as they look to still add another body in that area of the pitch before the window closes.

The Blues have been trying to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica, and/or Moises Caicedo from Brighton. Up until now, they have not managed to get either deal done. Obviously there is still time left for both deals.

But According to The Times, Chelsea are also now stepping up their interest in Everton midfielder Amadou Onana as a possible alternatives to the players mentioned above.

Benfica and Brighton are both refusing to budge in their valuations which has forced Chelsea to consider alternatives, and the Belgium international Onana is high on the list, although Everton do not want to sell him.

Issue 406 of the CIES Football Observatory’s Weekly Post presents the 50 clubs that spent the most on the player market during the current and last summer’s transfer windows. Chelsea crushes the competition with €555 million invested (including add-ons) to acquire 15 footballers. This is more than double the amount spent by the second biggest spender: Manchester United (€272 million for 7 players).

West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers complete an all-English top five. All twenty Premier League teams but Leicester City (51st), feature in the top 50, reflecting the increasingly obvious economic dominance of the English top flight. Barcelona is ahead of Paris St-Germain among non-Premier League teams, AFC Ajax tops the table for clubs outside of the big-5, while Flamengo is the only non-European team in the top 50.

After hearing of Chelsea’s interest, Enzo Fernandez was set on a January switch to Stamford Bridge, however with Benfica standing firm on their stance he would only depart if the release clause was paid, the Blues moved on.

Because of how things played out, Fernandez will now receive €2million (£1.76m) from Benfica as compensation for his aborted transfer to Chelsea, according to Record.

It sounds like Chelsea may be ready to accept defeat in our attempts to sign a new midfielder — or at least cushion the eventual knockout blow of the window slamming shut on Tuesday without proper reinforcements at the position — with the Telegraph giving us a rundown of transfer targets for “when [Chelsea] step up their pursuit of midfielders in the summer”. Not if but when, but when meaning summer not when meaning right now.

Those targets include all the familiar names, such as Enzo Fernández, Moisés Caicedo, Jude Bellingham, and Declan Rice, and one new-ish name as well in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Nunes (who was briefly linked in the summer before joining Wolves from Sporting CP). Nunes is the name that leads this report in fact, apparently also being targeted by Liverpool. Not that any of the other names are exclusive to Chelsea’s shortlist.

Portuguese outlet Record are reporting that Enzo Fernández will receive €2M (£1.76m) from Benfica as compensation for his aborted transfer to Chelsea.

The Blues were close to getting the player earlier this month but refused to yield to the asking price of his mammoth £106m release clause.

Talks have since reopened but Benfica’s stance has not changed.

Chelsea transfer target Moises Caicedo is ‘extremely keen’ to join the club in January, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.

The Blues have been repeatedly linked with a move for the Ecuador international who has shone under Roberto De Zerbi at Brighton this season.

Reports have suggested that Chelsea have been readying another bid for Caicedo as they seek to bolster Graham Potter’s midfield options this winter.

Chelsea are interested in signing Everton midfielder Amadou Onana, according to recent reports.

As per the Evening Standard, Arsenal are also considering whether to try and hijack any deal for either Onana or Brighton man Moises Caicedo.

Chelsea have been one of the busiest teams in the Premier League during the first three-and-a-half weeks of the January transfer window.

The west London outfit have signed five players on a permanent basis in the form of Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana whilst Joao Felix has joined on loan until the end of the current campaign. However, Todd Boehly and co. aren’t finished yet and understands that the Blues are keen to bring in at least two more players before the window slams shut next week.

Chelsea have added Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes to their list of transfer targets, and could now battle Liverpool for his signature.

Liverpool have made Nunes one of their top targets for the summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his side’s midfield, but any potential move for the Portuguese star could now be hijacked by the Blues.

Chelsea are no strangers to jumping ahead of their Premier League rivals in the transfer market at the last minute, having managed to pip Arsenal to the signing of Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk earlier this month.

Chelsea have been extremely active during the January transfer window, bringing in six players to Graham Potter’s squad in the form of Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana.

However, understands that their business is far from over, with Todd Boehly still keen to bring in at least two more players before next week’s deadline. The likes of Malo Gusto, Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez have all been linked with moves to the Blues, who currently sit tenth in the Premier League table.

Graham Potter’s first few months as Chelsea manager have been extremely unlucky when it comes to injuries.

The former Brighton boss has led his team to tenth in the current Premier League standings, although it can be argued that some of the Blues’ struggles come down to the large number of injury woes they have suffered in recent months, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Reece James and Ben Chilwell all missing large stretches through fitness problems.

Chelsea are prepared to compete with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes, according to The Telegraph.

The Portuguese international has admirers in west London and it is claimed that the Blues are set to be in the race for his signature this summer if he comes on the market.

Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in their nine-year mission to sign Lionel Messi. The 35-year-old forward faces an increasingly uncertain future at Paris Saint-Germain with his contract at Les Parc des Princes set to expire at the end of the season.

Messi was expected to sign a one-year extension with the Parisians but, after winning the World Cup with Argentina in December, it’s said that he’s had a change of heart. According to Spanish outlet Marca, the Argentine is no longer motivated to win more titles in France or the Champions League again after achieving his ‘ultimate dream’.

Messi’s dramatic 180 has put several clubs on red alert; one whom is believed to be Inter Miami, the MLS outfit owned by David Beckham. Marca adds that PSG want to keep the forward in the French capital but, as it stands, he’s set to be available on a free transfer – for Chelsea, among others too – in the summer.

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