Hakim Ziyech undergoes Paris Saint-Germain medical ahead move

January 31st, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Hakim Ziyech is having a medical in France to complete a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain – after snubbing two Premier League clubs.

Chelsea were determined to ship out the Moroccan winger to free up space in their squad following their January splurge.

Ziyech, 29, has dropped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge with the arrivals of Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix and Noni Madueke.

Now Foot Mercato report talks are nearing completion regarding a loan deal for Ziyech to head to PSG for the remainder of the season as he undergoes his health checks.

Newcastle and Everton both tried to land the World Cup star while Roma have also shown interest.

But Ziyech rejected the English advances and is keen on a switch to the Parc des Princes instead where he will play alongside Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

The former Ajax man has reportedly even been speaking to PSG stars about his imminent arrival.

Ziyech will be able to team up with close pal and international team-mate Achraf Hakimi in Paris.

PSG were keen to bring in a new winger during the January transfer window to bolster their front line after Pablo Sarabia left for Wolves.

Swoops for Rayan Cherki, Malcom and Johan Bakayoko all failed as the club were restricted financially so opted to try and secure a loan move.

The Ziyech deal is not expected to include an option to make the switch permanent in the summer.

Reports add he has already travelled to the French capital to complete negotiations and a medical to get it over the line before the window shuts.

Revealed: How Joao Cancelo’s bust-up with Pep Guardiola led to shock Bayern Munich move

January 31st, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Joao Cancelo has joined Bayern Munich on loan following a reported training ground bust-up with Pep Guardiola.

The full-back is said to have reacted angrily after he learned that he would not be in the starting XI for City’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal on Friday night.

Cancelo has been vocal in recent weeks at a lack of game time and has become disruptive to the squad while his relationship with Guardiola progressively deteriorated after the World Cup.

The 28-year-old Portugal international threatened to leave the club, and such was the severity of the situation, City gave Cancelo the green light to depart once he brought a loan offer from Bayern to the table with the relationship between player and manager beyond repair.

The German champions have the option to sign him for £61million at the end of the season.

His relationship with Guardiola has been strained but reached breaking point ahead of the clash with the Gunners, which City won 1-0.

City are now seeking a replacement, and losing a key squad member as the window closes is not ideal, but club insiders have disclosed they were left with little option.

Brighton respond to Arsenal’s £60m bid for Moises Caicedo

January 27th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal have seen their £60m bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo rejected.

Mikel Arteta is hoping to bolster his midfielder department and they’ve made their move to sign the 21-year-old.

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Gunners have seen their opening offer knocked back for the 21-year-old with the Seagulls stating that he’s not for sale.

And their position is unlikely to change.

Chelsea have already seen an offer rejected for the Ecuador international and the Gunners have now swooped in and entered the race.

Marcelo Bielsa rejects Everton job despite posite talks amid Carlo Ancelotti’s son interest

January 27th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Marcelo Bielsa is set to down the chance to manage Everton despite holding positive talks with the club, Sportsmail understands.

The former Leeds United boss jetted into London on Thursday for discussions with the club’s hierarchy.

Everton had already feared that Bielsa would reject the role over fears about the squad’s lack of pace amid their battle against relegation – with the team slipping to 19th place in their turbulent season under Lampard.

And now the Argentinian is expected to tell the Everton board – led by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright – that he does not want the role at this time and would prefer to take charge in July.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti’s son Davide could be set to follow in his father’s footsteps.

That’s after emerging as a possible frontrunner for the Everton job.

The Mail claims Davide, 33, is one of the top options to replace Frank Lampard at Goodison Park.

He served as dad Ancelotti’s assistant between December 2019 and June 2021.

And Davide is now the icon’s No2 with European champs Real Madrid.

But the Toffees could be set to hand him his first-ever managerial gig as they look to beat the drop.

Club chiefs were impressed by Davide during his brief time on Merseyside.

Chalobah on verge of signing for West Brom after positive talks

January 27th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

There are reports that Fulham midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is the verge of signing for West Brom.

The former Chelsea academy star arrived in West London in the summer of 2021, but his opportunities have been few and far between this term.

Chalobah has played less than 20 minutes in the Premier League and was sent off on his only league start against Newcastle.

As a result, he could be moved on before the window closes.

“Trossard is coming in to take someone’s place”, says Arsenal keeper Ramsdale

January 27th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale has warned his table-topping team-mates that new boy Leandro Trossard has come to replace one of their front three.

Brighton winger Trossard made a lively cameo debut in Sunday’s 3-2 Prem home win over Manchester United.

But Ramsdale likens the Belgian’s arrival to his own switch from Sheffield United two years ago.

The stopper went on to oust Germany stopper Bernd Leno perhaps quicker than expected.

Now Leno is with Prem rivals Fulham.

Ramsdale told the The Fellas podcast: “Trossard is coming in to take someone’s place, in his head.

“It might look like he is coming to be part of the squad, deep down like I was with Leno.

“Like, I’ve come to take Leno’s pace, he’s coming to take one of the front three players’ place.

“So if you start saying ‘oh, by the way we’ve signed Trossard’ before it happens, one of them front three might go ‘hang on a minute’.”

Pep Guardiola attacks Mikel Arteta’s critics

January 27th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Pep Guardiola has jumped to the defence of Mikel Arteta’s touchline antics and reckons they’re jealous of his Arsenal side.

The Gunners boss has been criticised for his behaviour on the side of the pitch, notably in the draw with Newcastle and last weekend’s victory over Manchester United.

Guardiola said: “When you are top of the league they have to undermine you for another reason.

“They are doing that right now. I know quite well this situation.”

Asked whether it could be down from jealousy due to his side’s incredible season up to now, Guardiola said: “Absolutely.”

Lyon target former Chelsea academy star as replacement for Chelsea-bound Malo Gusto

January 26th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Lyon are reportedly looking to replace Chelsea-bound Malo Gusto with Brighton’s ex-Blue Tariq Lamptey.

Gusto, 19, is one of Chelsea’s top targets ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

And Todd Boehly is hopeful of finally securing a deal for the right-back after having an initial bid rejected.

A move is starting to look inevitable after Gusto agreed personal terms on a six-and-a-half year contract.

Yet Lyon continue to resist as they hold out for around £30million.

Even so, Fabrizio Romano claims the French side are already scouring the market for a replacement.

And their top target to replace Gusto is Lamptey.

The 22-year-old joined Brighton from Chelsea three years ago, having been rated as one of England’s top young defenders.

Lamptey is equally wanted by Sporting Lisbon on loan.The Athletic reports that the Portuguese side are seeking a replacement for Pedro Porro, who’s closing in on a move to Tottenham.

Arsenal fight back as battle with Borussia Dortmund over sensational La Liga youngster hots up

January 25th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal have matched Borussia Dortmund’s £13million offer for Real Valladolid ace Ivan Fresneda.

Fresneda, 18, is expected to make his decision over the next hours and will be loaned back for the season.

It has been claimed that the Gunners had matched Dortmund’s £13million bid but it seems as if Fresneda will be playing his football in Germany.

However, Dortmund believe they hold an edge with the career pathway they can promise the right-back.

The Bundesliga giants have turned other youngsters into superstars, like Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham,

Arsenal plot sensational hijack of Moises Caicedo, join Chelsea in bidding war despite Brighton’s £100 million valuation

January 25th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal have joined rivals Chelsea in the bidding war for Brighton star Moises Caicedo.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are plotting a swoop on the Seagulls again.

However, the North Londoners face stiff competition from the Blues as well as Liverpool for the midfielder, who has recently hired a new agent.

Romano tweeted: “Official. Moises Caicedo has picked Futbol Division as new agents — it’s now confirmed by agency statement.

“One to watch in the final days of Jan [January] window — Brighton want to keep him but Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are well informed on Moises situation.”

In fact, Arsenal could hijack Caicedo and West Ham star Declan Rice, both of whom are Chelsea targets ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Blues poached Mykhailo Mudryk from under the Gunners’ noses in January but could be set to taste their own medicine.

Arsenal are interested in signing Caicedo and Rice this summer, according to the Evening Standard.

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