There are less than three days to go until the transfer window closes but Chelsea could still be poised to do more business despite already making five additions
Chelsea are by far the busiest Premier League club in the transfer window, having completed five January signings.
Benoit Badiashile, David Fofana, Andrey Santos, Joao Felix and Mykhaylo Mudryk have moved to Stamford Bridge so far, with the latter joining in a deal set to be worth £87m. But Todd Boehly doesn’t want to stop there and is eyeing a few more transfers before the window closes.
The Blues have been heavily linked with a move for Malo Gusto and that move is expected to be finalized – although he won’t arrive until the end of the season. Meanwhile, Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez continue to be tipped for moves to Chelsea as Graham Potter looks to strengthen his midfield. There could be some exits too, with Hakim Ziyech among those who could leave the club.
Here are the rumors that have come out of Stamford Bridge.
Brighton issued Caicedo’s statement
Brighton have issued a stay at home warning for midfielder Moises Caicedo as he tries to make a transfer before Tuesday’s deadline.
The midfielder from Ecuador has become the center of a furor with a number of clubs pursuing his services. Chelsea were noted to have an interest, while Arsenal also reportedly had a big money offer which the Seagulls rejected.
Caicedo is seeking to take matters into his own hands alongside his new representative after issuing a statement asking Brighton to let him leave. The 21-year-old took to social media on Friday night with just a matter of days until the window closes.
Brighton has now made a decision about his future following the statement. According to reports, the Seagulls have told Caicedo to stay away from their training ground until the end of the January transfer window.
The Blues agreed to Gusto’s deal
Chelsea have agreed a £26m deal to sign Lyon full-back Malo Gusto – but he won’t arrive until the end of the season.
The Blues have shelled out more than £200 million in transfers this month and have made the 19-year-old their No.1 alternative to Reece James, who is currently out injured. Initially, the Blues were reluctant to accept Gusto – who has only 18 months remaining on his Lyon contract – only in the summer.
But with the talented youngster also being watched by the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent months, they have opted to meet Lyon’s £26m (€30m) asking price.
Chelsea set Ziyech’s price tag
Chelsea reportedly wanted just €20m (£17.6m) for Hakim Ziyech in January – and they may even accept a lower offer.
It has been claimed the Blues are willing to let the Morocco international, 29, leave the club only on a permanent deal. It’s believed they had already mentioned their price but were willing to drop it during negotiations.
There is a line of clubs lining up to sign Ziyech, according to reports. Jose Mourinho’s Roma, who were willing to let Bournemouth target Nicolo Zaniolo leave the club in January, and Serie A champions AC Milan both want an experienced campaigner.
Meanwhile, Everton are also reportedly preparing a move for Ziyech with Anthony Gordon set to join Newcastle.