With just five days remaining of the January transfer window, the Premier League’s rumour mill has gone into overdrive – spinning faster than a nuclear-powered dreidel on a boozy Hannukkah evening.
The rumours are flying into Football Fancast Towers with such incredible velocity that we’re struggling to keep track of them all. In fact, a few of our yellow-bellied interns have already been sent home with motion sickness.
You’re probably struggling too, so we’ve decided to compile the latest rumours involving the Premier League’s top clubs into one place, divvied up into an easily digestible three in, three out format.
This article takes a look at Chelsea, who have already offloaded Ramires to the Chinese Super League in a shock £25million deal this month and are on the verge of officially announcing Brazilian striker Pato as their first January arrival on a six-month loan.
But could we see more incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge before the winter window slams shut on February 1st? Here’s what the papers are saying…
According to Mirror Football, Chelsea are still keen on striking up a last-minute deal for Jamie Vardy after being linked to the Leicester City frontman earlier in the transfer window.
And why wouldn’t they be? The England international has set the top flight alight this season, rising to the top of the division’s scoring charts with 16 goals and setting a new record of netting in eleven consecutive Premier League fixtures along the way.
In addition to his potent tally, it’s the 29-year-old’s speed and industriousness that particularly stands out, offering Chelsea a refreshed sense of dynamism in the final third. Perhaps most importantly of all, he’s not cup tied in the Champions League – a competition the Blues are determined to do well in this season.
But Leicester City have no intention of cashing in on the England international this month, so Chelsea are reportedly looking to sweeten the deal with a part exchange. Which brings us rather nicely onto…
Per Mirror Football once again, Chelsea are allegedly prepared to offer Loic Remy in a part-exchange for Jamie Vardy.
The France international has managed just one Premier League start this season and is desperate to secure more regular game time ahead of next summer’s European Championship on his home soil – so even if the Leicester deal doesn’t happen, he’s likely to leave Stamford Bridge anyway.
A well-established goalscorer at Premier League level from prior spells with Newcastle United and QPR, a host of clubs have been linked with the 29-year-old over the last few months, not least including St. Etinne, the Magpies, Crystal Palace and Swansea City.
A loan move remains the most plausible scenario but the French media reported earlier this week that the Foxes have launched an £8million bid to sign Remy permanently.
The Daily Mail revealed yesterday evening that Chelsea are the mystery club set to sign MLS sensation Matt Miazga.
The New York Red Bulls star is just 20 years of age but already regarded as the best defender in the MLS by quite some distance, with some even comparing him to legendary former Manchester United centre-back Jaap Stam.
He measures in at 6 foot 4 and was recently issued a first senior cap for Team USA after helping their U20s side qualify for last year’s World Cup in New Zealand.
The deal is reportedly worth £3.5million and should be completed well before the January transfer window slams shut. Conveniently, Miazga doesn’t require a work permit as he holds a Polish passport.
It is unknown whether Miazga will go into Chelsea’s first team squad or join their ever-expanding loan army, but rumours of his arrival intriguingly coincide with reports that Gary Cahill is hoping to leave Stamford Bridge before the end of the transfer window.
The 30-year-old has won everything there is to win with the west Londoners and registered 117 appearances across all competitions since signing from Bolton for a mere £7million in January 2012.
But he’s managed just eleven Premier League starts this term and just one since Guus Hiddink’s appointment last month, with the Blues boss electing John Terry and Kurt Zouma as his first-choice centre-back partnership.
The England international is resultantly concerned his place at Euro 2016 could be under threat due to a lack of game-time but according to The Guardian, Chelsea are unlikely to sanction a move at such short notice.
It’s Liverpool who now appear to be at the front of the queue to sign long-term Chelsea target Alex Teixeira, but I wouldn’t bet on the west Londoners missing out just yet.
The attacking midfielder has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting talents outside of Europe’s five leading top flights, bagging 26 goals in as many appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk this season – including three strikes in the Champions League’s group stages.
Liverpool saw a £23million bid for the Brazilian rejected last week and are widely expected to return with an improved offer before the transfer window slams shut.
But Chelsea’s interest stems all the way back to October and whilst the Reds probably lack the financial muscle to meet the Ukrainian outfit’s alleged £35million valuation, the Blues have the funds to get a deal over the line – especially after picking up £25million for Ramires earlier this week.
Admittedly, however, reports of a west London switch have drastically waned during the course of the transfer window.
We’ve not heard much on the Pedro exit front during the last few weeks but earlier in the transfer window he was linked with a shock return to La Liga – just six months after signing for the west Londoners.
Admittedly, it has not been a particularly enjoyable debut campaign for the former Barcelona star, finding just two goals and two assists in 18 Premier League appearances – three of which came in his first Blues outing all the way back in September.
Curiously, the Spain international was left out of the matchday squad that faced Arsenal last Sunday and he’s since been spotted in Barcelona hanging out with former team-mate Jordi Alba.
So could the 28-year-old be mixing business with pleasure, jetting off to Spain to see if he can secure employment at another club? Well, Atletico Madrid were linked on December and Diego Simeone’s side need to bring in fresh blood before their twelve-month transfer ban comes into effect.