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Chelsea’s fans will love the latest word surrounding Antonio Rudiger’s future

 

A fresh, and potentially significant update on the future of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has, on Thursday, been forthcoming online.

Blues’ backline concerns

The situation at the heart of the club’s backline has of course proven a major concern for Chelsea of late.

This comes with no fewer than three of the club’s defenders, as things stand, poised to depart Stamford Bridge upon the expiration of their respective contracts this summer.

The players in question? Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and the aforementioned Rudiger.

Losing one, or potentially several of this quartet would of course mark a hammer blow for Thomas Tuchel and co., who, just half a season ago, confirmed their tag as the continent’s finest courtesy of a triumph over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Champions League final.

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PORTO, PORTUGAL – MAY 29: Players of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy at the end of the UEFA Champions League final match against Manchester City at Dragao Stadium on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. Chelsea won the 2021 Champions League title after beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final on Saturday. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein – UEFA/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Rudiger to remain?

In turn, news of positive developments towards one of this trio – in the form of Rudiger – committing his future to Chelsea will no doubt be met with a collective nod of approval on the part of the Blues’ fanbase on Thursday.

After Thiago Silva put pen to paper on fresh terms in the English capital earlier in the month, defensive partner Rudiger now at least appears to be opening to doing the same himself.

As per a report from the reliable Matt Law of The Telegraph, the German is ‘ready’ to reopen discussions with the Chelsea board. This comes with ‘Rudi’ having not ruled out the possibility of committing the prime years of his career to the European champions.

It is added that though the stopper’s team view it as unlikely that their client will be offered up the sort of financial terms secured by Romelu Lukaku upon his return to the club, the Belgian’s deal has provided a necessary reference point for negotiations.

 

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1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
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Arsenal falling away from move for Juventus midfielder Arthur amid January frustrations

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Arsenal falling away from move for Juventus midfielder Arthur amid January frustrations

The January window continues to frustrate many in the Arsenal fanbase and, presumably, also the club hierarchy as a deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur could now be off.

As first reported by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, the situation between all parties had not changed.

Arsenal are only prepared to commit to a six-month loan according to Romano but La Vecchia Signora prefers an 18-month deal which will include 100% of the Brazilian’s salary guaranteed by the Gunners.

David Ornstein shed additional light on the situation soon after for The Athletic. According to his information, Arsenal technical director Edu eventually agreed to an 18-month loan deal which would include a buy option for a fee in the region of €40million; a structure that Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini was happy to agree to.

But that deal and its structure have since been vetoed by the Arsenal hierarchy, in other words, one of Richard Garlick, Josh Kroenke, and Stan Kroenke. If another more suitable agreement cannot be struck, the club could well fail in its attempt to provide Mikel Arteta with vital midfield reinforcements before the January window closes.

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STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILANO, ITALY – 2021/11/21: Luciano Spalletti, head coach of Ssc Napoli (L) , speaks with Victor Osimhen of Ssc Napoli (R) during the Serie A match between Fc Internazionale and Ssc Napoli. Fc Internazionale wins 3-2 over Ssc Napoli. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Now, the club could be set to turn to SSC Napoli striker Victor Osimhen after missing out on number-one target Dušan Vlahović who looks set to complete his expected move to Serie A giants Juventus.

Additionally, the club’s link with interest in Olympique Lyonnais midfield standout Bruno Guimarães also looks to be erased after reports suggest the Brazilian international is on course to make a shock move to cash-loaded Newcastle.

As such, Arsenal may well turn to Aston Villa holding midfielder Douglas Luiz in the wake of the Villains thus far not offering a contract extension at Villa Park.

While it may not be entirely evident what player is now the prime January target for the Gunners, players are certainly required if Arteta is to manufacture a proper run at the top four.


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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
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Watford complete first signing under new manager Roy Hodgson

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Watford have completed their fourth signing of the January transfer window, and their first under new manager Roy Hodgson, who was announced as taking over from Claudio Ranieri on Tuesday.

This comes in the shape of Bourdeaux winger Samuel Kalu, who has joined the Hornets on a deal until 2025 for an undisclosed fee.

The Nigerian winger follows Hassane Kamara in making the move from Ligue 1 to Watford this January, while the club have also added Samir and Eyo Kayembe to their ranks in a busy January window that has been overseen by those in the club hierarchy.

A Watford statement read:

‘Watford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Nigerian international winger Samuel Kalu on a deal until June 2025 from French club FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

The fourth new signing of the January window, Kalu joins full-back Hassane Kamara, central defender Samir and midfielder Edo Kayembe at Vicarage Road.

The 24-year-old signs for the Hornets following three-and-a-half successful years in France’s top tier, where he scored nine goals.

Capable of playing on either flank, Kalu is a versatile option in a competitive squad, typically operating on the right wing.

The quick-footed attacker first played for Slovakian side AS Trenčín after moving to Europe from his native Nigeria, and earned a switch to Belgian giants KAA Gent in 2017 following impressive performances. He then joined Bordeaux in August 2018, where he has since made 86 appearances for Les Girondins.’

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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
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Newcastle offer second bid of 20 million euros for full-back as Armando Broja bid mooted

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Newcastle continue to throw money around as they look to add late additions to their squad in an attempt to stave off the drop from the Premier League.

Now, according to reports coming out of France, they are looking to double down on the agreement reached with Bruno Guimaraes by offering 20 million euros for Bayer Leverkusen left-back Mitchell Bakker.

This comes courtesy of French outlet L’Equipe, who claim that a bid was sent on Monday, and that representatives are already in Newcastle trying to make a deal happen.

Should that deal and the move for Guimaraes take shape, it could take Newcastle’s spending to over the 80 million mark, across 4 additions.

It may not end there, however.

Bid for Armando Broja mooted

In their bid to balance experienced additions with “value for money”, more youthful options. One of those, according to reports in Italy, is Chelsea loanee Armando Broja. The Albanian forward has impressed during his stint at Southampton so far this season, scoring 5 times in 18 Premier League outings thus far.

And, according to Fabrizio Romano, Southampton are ready to launch a 25 million pound bid for his services.

However, as per TuttoMercato, they will be outbid by the newly-wealthy Newcastle United, with the Magpies ready to table a bid worth 40 million euros (33.3 million pounds) this window, in the hope of stealing a march on other potential suitors.

As of right now, however, Chelsea remain unsure as to whether he will be allowed to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer.

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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
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