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Friday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea close to completing THIRD signing of 2023

Benoit Badiashile
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Chelsea close to completing THIRD signing of 2023

The Blues are close to completing a third transfer for 2023 after agreeing to deals for David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos.

The third signing is AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile. Talks are progressing fast. The 21-year-old Frenchman has accepted personal terms with Chelsea, who value his qualities on the ball, aggressive style of play, and aerial ability. [Ben Jacobs – CBS Sports]

Al-Nassr want to reunite Cristiano Ronaldo with former Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Pro League leaders hope to wrap up a deal for Ronaldo in the new year. However, while Al-Nassr wait for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, they continue to plot another ambitious transfer: Sergio Ramos.

The 36-year-old defender’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain runs out at the end of the season. [Marca – in Spanish]

Chelsea & Benfica in direct talks for Enzo Fernandez

Moura tipped to leave Tottenham

Tottenham forward Lucas Moura could rejoin Brazilian club Sao Paulo in the summer transfer window.

The 30-year-old winger hasn’t started a single Premier League game this season. He has come off the bench eight times instead, missing around two months of action with a calf injury. A January exit is unlikely. [Daily Mail]

Shakhtar tell Arsenal their price for Mudryk

 Shakhtar Donetsk have rejected Arsenal’s opening bid for winger Mykhaylo Mudryk. The offer was reportedly worth €65 million –  €40 million up front and a further €25 million in add-ons.

 Shakhtar executive Carlo Nicolini has urged the Gunners to offer a sum closer to the €113.2 million Manchester City paid for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish in 2021.

Read the full story on Ace Football here.

Barcelona receive €15m Spurs offer for Kessie

Tottenham have made an offer near €15 million for Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie.

The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international joined Barcelona on a free transfer from AC Milan last summer. He has struggled for regular game time, starting just five times in all competitions this season.

That said, Kessie prefers to stay in Barcelona and fight for a spot in Xavi Hernandez’s team. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Man Utd reject bids for Amad Diallo

Chelsea make ‘positive progress’ in Kante contract talks

N’Golo Kante and Chelsea have made ‘positive progress’ in talks for a contract extension.

As things stand, Kante will be available for a free transfer when his Chelsea deal expires in the summer. He can sign a pre-contract agreement with non-Premier League clubs from January 1.

However, while the contract length is an issue, Chelsea are more confident now that Kante will commit to the club. [The Athletic]