Gary Cahill will not be allowed to leave Chelsea this month despite seeing his first-team place go to French defender Kurt Zouma, despite the player’s fear that his lack of football could cost him a place in Roy Hodgson’s England side at Euro 2016.
Reports have emerged that Cahill is considering his future at Stamford Bridge after falling out-of-favour under interim manager Guus Hiddink, and the 30-year-old was said to feel he was at a crossroad in his career as he weighed up his future.
However, the Guardian reports that Cahill will not be allowed to leave even if the Blues sign transfer target Matt Miazga, with the 20-year-old United States international looking to leave MLS side New York Red Bulls in order to move to Europe.
Chelsea are also expected to seal the loan signing of Brazil striker Alexandre Pato later today, after the 26-year-old arrived in London on Wednesday. The Corinthians forward will sign a loan deal until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal if the former AC Milan star impresses.
Arsenal are said to be leading the race for Celta Vigo striker Nolito after Barcelona abandoned their attempt to sign the 29-year-old, according to Spanish newspaper Sport. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Spain international, and reports that Barcelona have “admitted defeat” in their hope of signing him this month.
Should Arsene Wenger launch a move to sign the striker and strengthen his current attack of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott – plus Danny Welbeck once he has recovered from a long-term knee injury – the club will need to rush through a move with just a few days remaining in the January transfer window.
Big January transfers that may go through this week
Big January transfers that may go through this week
1/6 Loic Remy - Chelsea to Leicester City, £11.5m
The ex-QPR and Newcastle striker look set to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. The signing of Brazillian forward Alexandre Pato means that the French international is now considered surplus to requirements at the champions. Whilst Newcastle and Crystal Palace has been interested in the player he now looks set to be heading to high-flying Leicester City. An £11.5m bid from Claudio Ranieri is expected to mean that Remy will join Jamie Vardy and Riyah Mahrez at the King Power stadium.
2/6 Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar Donetsk to Liverpool, £30m
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is in the midst of an injury crisis at Anfield with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all out. January is a notoriously challenging time to do business of this magnitude so the Reds’ offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira should be commended. Scoring 15 goals in just 22 appearances for the Ukrainian outfit, Liverpool have already failed with two offers, worth £24.5m and £28m respectively, as the transfer window hurtles along. Expect Klopp to go in with a late bid before deadline day.
3/6 Mathieu Debuchy - Arsenal to Sunderland or Aston Villa, six-month loan
Sunderland have reportedly joined fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the race to sign Mathieu Debuchy. The Arsenal full-back has fallen out-of-favour at the Emirates this season and will be allowed to leave on loan if the Gunners receive a financial package which matches their valuation. Remi Garde, the Villa manager, has pursued Debuchy’s signature all month but has been frustrated with the lack of progress made.
4/6 Saido Berahino - West Brom to Newcastle or Tottenham, £23m
The unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker is stirring for a move away from the Hawthorns. Tottenham had two bids rejected for the forward in the Summer but are yet to move in for the former England Under 21s man. Whilst Spurs may move late on deadline day to secure a deal they could also face competition from Newcastle. Steve McClaren is thought to be interested in bringing Berahino to the club to form an English triumvirate with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend. However, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is thought to be unwilling to sell to a relegation rival.
5/6 Eder - Sampdoria to Leicester City, £10m
Leicester City have been linked with a £10m move for Sampdoria and Italy striker Éder as manager Claudio Ranieri looks for a new forward to spearhead their title challenge. The Foxes are three points clear atop of the Premier League table following the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City on Saturday, but recently offloaded Andrej Kramarić on loan to Hoffenheim for the rest of the season. Sky Sports Italia report Leicester are prepared to meet Sampdoria’s valuation for the 29-year-old, who has scored twice in eight appearances for the Azzurri.
6/6 Renato Sanches - Benfica to Manchester United, £30m
The name of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches has dominated most of Manchester United's transfer talk in the window's closing stages. The youngster has a £60million release clause but the Portuguese club may be willing to strike a deal for half that amount.
Arsenal are also being linked with Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Yarmolenko, with Ukrainian newspaper Sport reporting that a £23m offer has been accepted by the club. Yarmolenko has previously interested both Everton and Liverpool, although he would have to compete with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell should he complete a move to the Emirates.
Leicester are being linked with a £14m offer for CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa, although the Nigeria international is valued at closer to £19m. The Times claims that the Premier League leaders have already made a bid to bring the 23-year-old to the King Power Stadium in an attempt to offer support to lead striker Jamie Vardy.
Speaking of Vardy, the 29-year-old is again being linked with a move to Chelsea, although this time The Mirror claims that Leicester could be offered out-of-favour striker Loic Remy in a part-exchange deal. Vardy has been valued at over £30m by the Foxes, and with Remy struggling to oust Diego Costa from the Blues’ first team, it’s thought that the France international could be on the move sooner rather than later.
The Sun claims that Leicester are also eyeing a surprise bid for Southampton striker Graziano Pelle in a deal that could cost as little as £5m. Pelle’s future at St Mary’s is uncertain following the arrival of Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers, and he has already been linked with a move back to Italy. However, Leicester could launch a late attempt to keep him in the Premier League.
Finally, Stoke look unlikely to succeed in their pursuit of Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula after they were told to double their initial offer of £19m for the France Under-21 international. French news outlet LeSport10 claims that the Premier League side received a huge counter-offer from the Portuguese side as they look to hold on to the defensive midfielder, with the Potters unlikely to smash their current transfer record of £12m that was paid to Inter Milan to sign Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer.