Transfer news LIVE! £52m Arsenal boost, Bamba update; Chelsea latest
As January deadline day approaches, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among the clubs still looking to cut some big deals in the transfer market. Ibrahima Bamba is the latest player to be linked with Arsenal while they continue to lead Barcelona in the race for Martin Zubimendi.
Over at Chelsea, the name Enzo Fernandez refuses to go away from their shortlist although a deal for Lyon’s Malo Gusto has hit a key stumbling block. Both the Blues and Arsenal are looking for a breakthrough in their pursuits of Moises Caicedo, amid Brighton’s staunch defence of their midfielder.
Tottenham are focused on pulling off a £39million deal for Pedro Porro yet are also finding significant resistance, in this case from Sporting CP despite a deal having seemed close. Nicolo Zaniolo is also a target. Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news, rumours and signings via Standard Sport’s live blog!
Arsenal lead Zubimendi race
Arsenal are in pole position to sign Martin Zubimendi in the summer.
After an approach was rejected earlier this month by the player, Sport report on his intention to leave Real Sociedad in the summer.
The midfielder has a £52m release clause and Barcelona are also interested, in their efforts to replace Sergio Busquets.
But it is now said that the LaLiga giants cannot afford such a fee [- with Zubimendi preferring the Premier League anyway.
Latest on Bamba deal
Arsenal have been tipped to sign Ibrahima Bamba this month.
The Vitoria Guimaraes midfielder, 20, fits the mould of Mikel Arteta’s public wishes to sign a replacement for the injured Mohamed Elneny.
According to Jornal de Noticias, Arsenal are pushing hard to sign Bamba with his agent spotted in London.
The Italian has a £26m release clause.
Chelsea CAN sign Fernandez
A late, deadline day deal for Enzo Fernandez could yet work for Chelsea.
The Blues have been tipped by transfer journalist Ben Jacobs to pull off the signing if they can make a fresh ‘take it or leave it’ bid for the Benfica star.
It is claimed that Fernandez’s £106m release clause would still not be achieved should the player leave in the summer, pushing his club towards finally wilting and accepting Chelsea’s approach.
Pedro Porro latest
Tottenham are happy to meet Sporting CP’s demands for Podro Porro.
A £39million deal is near being agreed but Sky Sports report on the Lisbon club’s hesitancy to accept the right-back’s January exit.
They will have no choice if Spurs pay Porro’s release clause of the same amount in a single, up-front payment.
But that is not what was previously on the table, with a plan including instalments set out.
Sporting are chasing Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey on loan as a replacement.
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The January transfer deadline is fast approaching with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham among the clubs looking to complete some major signings.
Ibrahima Bamba is the latest name of the Gunners’ radar amid pursuits of Martin Zubimendi, Ivan Fresneda and Moises Caicedo.
Over in west London, Chelsea are still being linked with Enzo Fernandez having received a blow for Malo Gusto.
And the big name at Tottenham is Pedro Porro as the club remain locked in talks with Sporting CP.