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Wednesday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea make club-record €130m offer for breakout World Cup star

Enzo Fernandez
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Chelsea make club-record €130m offer for breakout World Cup star

The Blues have offered a club-record transfer fee of €130 million to sign Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

The 21-year-old is one of the game’s most sought-after young midfielders. Aside from impressing at Benfica, he also played a key role in Argentina’s World Cup success. His performances in Qatar earned him the Best Young Player award in the FIFA tournament.

Fernandez, who returned to Portugal on Tuesday, has attracted interest from several clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool. [Record – in Portuguese]

Premier League clubs on red alert for Pickford

Several Premier League clubs are watching Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford closely. These include Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham.

This turn of events comes as contract talks between Pickford and Everton appear to have stalled. The 28-year-old England international has accepted terms for a new five-year extension. However, Everton are yet to sign off on the deal, stirring up transfer interest in rival teams. [Daily Mail]

Andrey Santos is set to complete Chelsea move

Shakhtar reject Arsenal’s first bid for Mudryk

Shakhtar Donetsk have rejected Arsenal’s opening offer of £55 million (€62m) for winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.

That said, Arsenal remain in talks with Shakhtar and are expected to make a second offer. Signing a wide forward is a priority for the Gunners in the January transfer window. Mudryk is their preferred target, but Shakhtar have publically valued the 21-year-old at around €100 million (£88m). [Evening Standard]

Busquets changes his mind on Barcelona renewal

Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets is now reconsidering his decision to leave the club in 2023.

The 35-year-old midfielder appeared set to pull the curtain on a career-long stay at Camp Nou. Various reports linked Busquets with a summer transfer to the MLS. However, with Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez determined to keep him, he is slowly his mind. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

Norwich City sack Dean Smith

Man Utd plan to sign a new striker on loan

Manchester United will focus on loan signings to strengthen their attack in the January transfer market.

The Red Devils’ decision came after going over their transfer budget in the summer. The club forked out more than £200 million. Therefore, short-term deals are their preference for the second half of the campaign. [Telegraph – subscription required]