Raheem Sterling, Ruben Neves and Leandro Trossard are in the news
The transfer rumour mill continues apace with only two weeks to go until the deadline, as Arsenal chase a forward to boost their chances of winning the Premier League. The Gunners were beaten to the signing of Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk by London rivals Chelsea, who paraded the 22-year-old at Stamford Bridge yesterday, and it leaves Mikel Arteta still looking for one more signing to boost his options.
Arsenal have made contact with Barcelona over the possibility of signing Brazilian winger Raphinha and Spanish forward Ferran Torres, according to 90min, while they have been offered the chance to sign Leandro Trossard from Brighton after his recent fallout with manager Roberto De Zerbi.
Meanwhile Chelsea have decided they are willing to let Raheem Sterling leave the club, writes Football Insider, having splurged on Mudryk among a whole host of new signings at the club. Liverpool are considering moving for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves now, rather than in the summer, in a bid to solve their disastrous form, writes the Mirror.
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Barcelona explore re-signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
In a sign that they might not be the most well-run club these days, Barcelona want to re-sign Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang from Chelsea.
Barca bought Aubameyang less than 12 months ago from Arsenal, before deciding he was surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp and selling him to Chelsea in the summer to clear the Gabonese striker off their wage books.
Aubameyang signed a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge but the manager who wooed him, Thomas Tuchel, was sacked by the Chelsea board days later and replaced by Graham Potter. The striker has scored only one Premier League goal so far for the Blues.
Now Barca want him back, says the Telegraph, but fear they may face a legal challenge to re-sign a player in this way.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is struggling at Chelsea
Liverpool consider move for Wolves’ Ruben Neves
Liverpool are considering moving for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves now, rather than in the summer, in a bid to solve their disastrous form, writes the Mirror.
The Reds endured a humbling at Brighton on the weekend, losing 3-0 and being played off the pitch by their slick opponents. Jurgen Klopp has had to contend with plenty of injuries this season, particularly in forward positions, but it is in midfield which many observers have identified as major problem.
Mainstays like Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are in their 30s now while Fabinho is struggling for consistent fitness, and younger players like Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott are still learning on the job.
That means Liverpool are looking to bring in an all-action midfielder in his prime, and Wolves’ Ruben Neves has been identified as a serious option.
Ruben Neves has become a crucial part of Wolves’ midfield
Chelsea willing to let Raheem Sterling leave
Meanwhile Chelsea have decided they are willing to let Raheem Sterling leave the club, writes Football Insider, having splurged on Mykhailo Mudryk among a whole host of new signings at the club.
The 22-year-old Mudryk, who was announced by the Stamford Bridge club during their Premier League game with Crystal Palace on Sunday, had seemed set for Arsenal as late as Thursday but it was always Chelsea’s intention to go in big for the player, and they followed that through with offers that were simply too good to turn down.
Chelsea have already added striker David Datro Fofana from Molde and centre-back Benoit Badiashile from Monaco in the January window, as Todd Boehly looks to give new boss Graham Potter the tools to turn around the team’s performance. Brazilian youngster Andrey Santos was also added from Vasco da Gama, while Joao Felix joined on loan from Atletico Madrid – only to be sent-off on his debut in the defeat to Fulham.
Now they need to offload at least one of many their forwards, and Sterling, who only joined this summer, could be on the chopping block. Finding a suitor for the 28-year-old and his vast wages could be a challenge, however.
Raheem Sterling could be on his way out of the club
Arsenal offered Leandro Trossard from Brighton
And, as The Independent has reported, Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Leandro Trossard from Brighton after the Belgian’s recent fallout with manager Roberto De Zerbi.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal believe Trossard, 28, is the right fit.
Leandro Trossard, right, wants to leave Brighton
Arsenal search for forwards after missing out on Mudryk
Arsenal are on the hunt for a new forward after missing out on Ukrainian 22-year-old Mykhailo Mudryk.
Chelsea’s last-minute hijacking of the deal has left the Gunners searching for another option, and have they made contact with Barcelona over the possibility of signing Brazilian winger Raphinha and Spanish forward Ferran Torres, according to 90min.
Spanish outlet Sport reports Barcelona want £100m for Raphinha in order to sell.
Raphinha joined Barcelona from Leeds in the summer
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