FINALLY: Chelsea SMASH British Transfer Record as Enzo Fernandez Seals Move from Benfica

Chelsea Football Club have acquired Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Benfica for a British record sum.

The Blues have managed to come to an agreement with Benfica over payment terms, and will stump out the release clause of around €120m Euros.

The fee is a new British record transfer sum a club has ever paid for a player, eclipsing the €100m Euros Manchester City paid Aston Villa for the services of Jack Grealish.

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Nottingham Forest Snap Keylor Navas from PSG on Loan

Premier League campaigners Nottingham Forest have finalized the signing of Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas on a six-month loan deal from French side Paris Saint Germain.

The three-time UEFA Champions League winner has not played a single minute in Ligue 1 this season, but will be bringing his wealth of experience to the City Ground as they battle to survive the drop and maintain their Premier League status.

Manchester United Reach Agreement with Bayern Munich for the Loan Signing of Marcel Sabitzer

English Premier League giants Manchester United have made a breakthrough in the January transfer window, as they have reached an agreement with German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer.

Following the injury sustained by Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen during the Red Devils victory over Reading in the FA Cup last time out and his unavailability until late April, Erik ten Hag has made a move by snapping up Sabitzer as a replacement.

The deal would see Sabitzer arrive at Old Trafford on loan until the end of the current campaign.

Milan Skriniar to Join PSG from Inter Milan in the Summer on a Free Transfer

Heartbreak for fans of Inter Milan as defender Milan Skriniar will leave the capital outfit for French Ligue 1 champions PSG on a free transfer in the summer.

The Nerazzurri had the opportunity to get a huge fee for the Slovakia international last summer, but after failing to tie center-back to a new deal, Skriniar will now depart San Siro on a free.

Tottenham Hotspurs Complete Pedro Porro Transfer

Finally, Tottenham Hotspurs have sealed the signing of full-back Pedro Porro from Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Sporting CP Lisbon.

Porro has penned a five-and-a-half year contract, which will see him remain at North London until the summer of 2028.

Hector Bellerin Swaps Barcelona for Sporting CP Lisbon

Following Pedro Porro’s move to Tottenham Hotspurs, the domino effect has seen Spaniard Hector Bellerin join Sporting CP Lisbon on a permanent deal.

Thorgan Hazard Joins PSV Eindhoven on Loan

Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven have announced the loan signing of Belgium international Thorgan Hazard (the younger brother of Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard) from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season.

Arsenal agree deal to sign Jorginho from Chelsea for £12m

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is on his way to North London after Arsenal and their local rivals reached an agreement for a £12m deal. The Italian midfield maestro had only 6 months left in his Chelsea contract and a move to Arsenal would see him stay in England until 2024.

The Gunners moved for Jorginho after it was made clear to them that they could not sign Moisés Caicedo from Brighton this January.

Lokonga expected to join Palace on loan

 Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is expected to complete his loan move to Crystal Palace before the deadline, reports The Daily Mail. The loan includes will reportedly include an option to buy. 

Man United make Sabitzer progress

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer. According to Sky Germany, the Bayern Munich player is at the airport in Germany and ready to fly to Manchester, with the Premier League side in pole position to land the Austrian.

With Christian Eriksen expected to be out for three months, United have acted quickly to try and land a midfielder.

Chelsea prepare Fernandez medical

Chelsea appear to be making progress in their pursuit of Enzo Fernandez, and are preparing for the midfielder to have his medical in Portugal.

It’s believed discussions between the Blues and Benfica are ongoing, but Sky Sports report that plans are now being made for a medical to take place in the coming hours.

The British record deal is very much on!

Lyon in Bakayoko talks, yes that Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s proposed loan move to Cremonense has been held up as a result of disagreements over the finances involved.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Lyon have now opened talks to sign the midfielder, in news that will be very welcome to Chelsea fans.

With Bakayoko not playing for AC Milan – another appearance would force them to pay £12m for him – a permament move elsewhere would seemingly be the best outcome for all parties.

Chelsea not interested in Sabitzer… yet

Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich, with Chelsea not yet expressing an interest.

Chelsea could take an interest in signing the 28-year-old but remained focused on securing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

The Blues are keen to make the 22-year-old midfielder their club-record signing for £115million and have a make-or-break meeting later on deadline day.

Porro undergoing Spurs medical

Pedro Porro is currently in the final stages of his Tottenham medical ahead of joining the club on a five-and-a-half year deal, albeit initially on loan, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Matt Doherty’s impending departure to Atletico Madrid has freed up the No.2 shirt, although Porro wore No.24 at Sporting Lisbon – which has also just become available with Djed Spence set to join French club Rennes until the summer.

Porro and Arnaut Danjuma will be added to Spurs’ Champions League squad as non-homegrown players, taking the spots previously filled by Doherty and Bryan Gil, and ensuring Spurs will not have to omit anyone for the knockouts.

Done deal! Spurs sign Chelsea striker

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Jude Soonsup-Bell from Chelsea.

The teenage striker has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will join the academy, becoming just the fourth player to move directly from Chelsea to Tottenham in the Premier League era.

Newcastle sign Ashby

Newcastle have completed the signing of West Ham full-back Harrison Ashby in a deal worth an initial £2million, reports Malik Ouzia.

Ashby had been keen to join Newcastle last summer, with the Toon club looking for back-up to England right-back Kieran Trippier. The 21-year-old was then into the final year of his West Ham deal but the club held firm in the hope that he could be convinced to sign a new contract this season.

That has not been the case, however, and with less than six months left on his contract, the two clubs have now come to an agreement. Ashby would have been a free agent at the end of his contract in the summer but West Ham would have still been entitled to a compensation settlement from Newcastle, with the exact amount to be decided by tribunal.

The fee could rise further with add-ons, while West Ham also have a sell-on clause inserted as part of the deal, which would see them entitled to a percentage of any future transfer fee.

Matt Doherty on loan to Atletico Madrid from Spurs

Tottenham right-back Matt Doherty is set to join Atletico Madrid on loan. It will be an straight loan with no obligation to buy.

Arsenal plan Jorginho medical

Chelsea’s Jorginho is expected at London Colney today to complete a £12m move to Arsenal.

He will sign a one-and-a-half-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

Caicedo not for sale as Brighton target European football

“A lot has happened over the last few days, but one thing has remained the same – Brighton’s stance when it has come to Moisés Caicedo. The player is not for sale regardless of any bids that come in, and we understand that that stance is not going to chance on deadline day.

“That’s after rejecting two bids from Arsenal, the last one of Sunday for £70m.Caicedo’s been told to stay away from the training ground until the deadline passes. 

“We expect him to be back here with the first team, they’re enjoying a couple of days off after that victory over Liverpool, so he’s expected to be back tomorrow.

“Brighton are currently sixth in the table and owner Tony Bloom really thinks they could sustain this challenge and compete for European places, something that Brighton have never done in their history – competed in European competition. “

Arsenal close in on Jorginho

Arsenal have accepted that Brighton’s position on Caicedo is not a bluff – the player is not for sale. Arsenal now actively working towards agreeing a deal for Jorginho. Arteta a key voice in decision.

Marquinhos loan exit confirmed

Marquinhos loan to Norwich has been confirmed by Arsenal. The forward joins on a straight loan deal with no buy option. Loan manager Ben Knapper is now understood to be looking at some other temporary deals for academy players before the window shuts.

Spurs close in on Soonsup-Bell signing

Talking of Spurs and Chelsea, the former are this morning waiting for the final paperwork from the latter before announcing the capture of Jude Soonsup-Bell from their London rivals.

The teenager, who had entered the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, has joined Spurs on a free transfer, although Chelsea will retain a sell-on fee for the striker, who joined their academy from Swindon aged nine.

Soonsup-Bell has signed a deal with Spurs until 2025, completing a medical yesterday, and will bolster their struggling Under-21 side for the remainder of the season before likely being sent out on loan in the summer.

Once considered one of the most exciting prospects in Europe, the 19-year-old made his first-team debut under Thomas Tuchel in the EFL Cup quarter-final against Brentford a little over a year ago but has struggled for minutes for the Blues’ U-21 side this term.

Why is Enzo so expensive?

One key factor in the Enzo Fernandez transfer fee that Benfica are demanding is former club River Plate’s sell-on clause. The Argentine outfit will pocket 25 per cent of his deal, which could total £28million should Chelsea cough up £115million.

Not bad considering they sold him for about £8m in total last summer. No wonder Benfica are holding out for as much as possible.


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