Premier League • England

Euro Paper Talk: Chelsea strike £71m forward deal and eye De Jong swap

Luis Suarez of Atletico Madrid and Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona during LaLiga match at Wanda Metropolitano

Chelsea are likely to make two huge signings in January, with two current stars set to depart, Leeds are favourites to sign a prolific new striker, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Newcastle are nearing an impressive Portuguese midfielder.


Chelsea have reportedly had a £71m deal ‘approved’ for Federico Chiesa by Thomas Tuchel.

Juventus are willing to sell their star winger in January to provide them with some financial relief. And having made the Italy forward a primary target, it seems the Blues are closing in on their man.

Reports in Italy claim Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has been in talks with Juve for weeks over the deal. And with his price set at €84m, Tuchel now has rubberstamped the prospective signing.

Italian journalist Enzo Bucchioni, via the Daily Mirror, claims a move for Chiesa looks to be on in January.

He said: “Chelsea have decided to take action and offer €84million for Federico Chiesa.

“Evidently seeing him play twice closely has removed the last doubts and Tuchel gave the OK and the operation has officially started through intermediaries.”

De Jong to follow Chiesa to Chelsea

His signing will also seemingly pave the way for Christian Pulisic’s departure.

Chelsea plotting £84 million move for Chiesa

Chelsea are planning a £84 million move for Federico Chiesa.

The American’s time at Stamford Bridge looks to be over after failing to convince Tuchel.

The Blues reportedly want £42.5m (€50m) for the winger – with Barcelona leading the chase.

That’s a fee that’s beyond their financial means. However, El Nacional reports that Granovskaia is working on an incredible swap deal that will see Frenkie De Jong heading to Stamford Bridge.

The Dutchman’s arrival, in turn, will lead to Saul Niguez’s loan move coming to a premature end.


Arthur Cabral, FC Basel striker

Leeds are emerging as the favourites to sign Arthur Cabral with a £16.9m (€20m) January deal in the offing. The Brazilian striker already has 25 goals to his name this season. (Sport)

Alexandre Lacazette has reached a verbal agreement on a January move from Arsenal to Barcelona. (Todo Fijaches)

Brighton are preparing themselves for an approach from Barcelona to sign talented Belgian forward Leandro Trossard. (Fijaches)

Crystal Palace are preparing a £7.5m offer for Borja Mayoral, who is currently on loan at Roma from Real Madrid. (La Nazione)

Manchester United are willing to pay the £33m (€39m) exit clause in the contract of Amadou Haidara. (Todo Fijaches)

Newcastle are in contact with Jorge Mendes and are willing to pay the €35m fee needed to sign Lille’s Renato Sanches. (Calciomercato)


Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand is emerging as a genuine contender to replace Rafa Benitez as Everton manager. (Calciomercato)

Premier League clubs are on high alert to sign Isco with Real Madrid willing to let him leave in the January transfer window. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona are exploring the possibility of swapping Frenkie de Jong for Man City attacker Ferran Torres in January. (Sport)

AC Milan are planning to tie Theo Hernandez down to a new deal amid links to Manchester City and PSG. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Luka Modric has no plans to sign for either Newcastle or Tottenham, though does find a move to Manchester City ‘tempting‘. (Super Deporte)

Marcelo Brozovic is on the verge of agreeing a new four-year deal to cement his future to Inter Milan. (Tuttosport)


Sergi Roberto’s future at Barcelona remains uncertain despite assurances from Xavi Hernandez that he wants him to stay. (Mundo Deportivo)

Liverpool are reportedly heading a host of Premier League sides in showing an interest in Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo. (ESPN)

Championship promotion hopefuls Fulham are reportedly planning a January swoop for Angers playmaker Angelo Fulgini. (Telefoot)

Bayern Munich and Barcelona are reportedly preparing to go head-to-head for the signature of Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara. (Foot Mercato)

Carlo Ancelotti claims Vinicius Junior is on his way to becoming one of the best in the world at Real Madrid. (Marca)

Real Madrid will reportedly end their interest in Paul Pogba due to one major concern over the World Cup winner. (ESPN)