Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea to sign £10.5m David Datro Fofana and wonderkid Santos, Cristiano Ronaldo to Al-Nassr latest | The Sun

CHELSEA are on the verge of signing striker David Datro Fofana from Molde.

The Ivorian is having a medical today and will sign for the Blues for £10.5million.

And the news does not stop there for Todd Boehly's side, who are also set to complete the signing of Brazilian wonderkid Andrey Santos.

The midfielder has been identified by the new recruitment team and they have beaten the likes of Newcastle and Manchester City to the signing.

Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo could be on the move to Saudi Arabia as Al-Nassr believe that they can sign him.

He has been pictured landing in the Middle East and is reportedly set for talks with the club.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Cristiano Ronaldo future

    Al-Nassr expect Cristiano Ronaldo to sign for the Saudi Arabian giants by the end of the year.

    Ronaldo, 37, has been repeatedly linked to the Saudi side as he searches for a new home after his dramatic exit from Manchester United.

    According to Marca, Al-Nassr believe a deal is close with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

    If the star forward does move, the publication report he will sign a two-and-a-half year deal worth an eye-watering £174million

  • Kostas Lianos

    Messi new contract

    Paris Saint-Germain and Lionel Messi have agreed on a date to hold talks for a new contract.

    According to Sky Sports, the two parties will discuss a new deal for Messi after the New Year.

    The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner led Argentina to the 2022 World Cup – his first ever world title.

    The forward's future at the Parc des Princes is uncertain as his contract runs out in June

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    Chelsea close to Fofana

    Chelsea have kicked off their January transfer business with the £10.5million signing of Molde star David Datro Fofana.

    Fofana, 20, is set to undergo a medical in West London on Thursday.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirmed a deal has been reached between Chelsea and the striker.

    Romano tweeted: "David Datro Fofana to Chelsea, done deal and here we go! There’s full agreement between all parties, deal sealed.

    "Been told medical tests will take place today in London, on his birthday. Born in 2002, Ivorian striker will join Chelsea from Molde for €12m fee"

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  • Kealan Hughes

    Juventus target Man Utd defender

    Juventus are interested in signing Diogo Dalot, according to Calciomercato.

    The Italians had hoped to take advantage of the right-back's contract situation, but he renewed his deal that was set to expire in the summer.

    But Juventus are reportedly still working on a deal that could be finalised at the end of the season.

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    Arsenal eye World Cup finalist

    Arsenal are interested in signing France and Juventus star Adrien Rabiot, according to La Repubblica.

    Juve tried to sell him in the summer, but the agreement with Manchester United could not be completed because of personal terms.

    They know they will struggle to tie him to a new deal after he impressed at the WC, and Arsenal is looking to take advantage to land him.

    Instead of waiting until he becomes a free agent when other clubs will enter the race for his signature, Mikel Arteta’s men are now pushing to land him in January.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Tottenham eye another new right-back

    Spurs are interested in signing SPorting Lisbon full-back Pedro Porro, according to Spanish outlet AS.

    The North Londoners are already in talks with the defender and are said to be willing to pay up to £26million to land the Portuguese star.

    Sporting will try and hold out for £31m but Spurs appear to be leading the race for his signature.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Chelsea close to Santos deal

    Chelsea are close to finalising an agreement for the signing of Andrey Santos from Brazilian side Vasco da Gama, according to The Athletic.

    It is understood that a deal is in the process of being finalised between the two clubs for an undisclosed fee, with Chelsea stealing a march on their rivals for his signature.

    Newcastle United and Manchester City were also interested in Santos, but the 18-year-old has opted in favour of a move to the west London club.

    Personal terms are not expected to be an issue and if all goes according to plan, Santos will seal a move to Graham Potter’s side.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Chelsea interested in LaLiga star

    Chelsea are interested in Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi, according to Football Espana.

    Zubimendi has been a player of interest for clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United in recent months, and has now popped up on the radar of Chelsea.

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    Vlahovic consering Juventus January exit

    Dusan Vlahovic is open to leaving Juventus in January with Arsenal monitoring his situation in Turin.

    The futures of a number of Juventus stars coming under scrutiny with The Times reporting Vlahovic is among those considering an exit.

    The 28-year-old is said to be open to a move away from Turin either next month or in the summer with Arsenal keeping tabs.

    Recent reports in Italy have also suggested Manchester United have entered the race for Vlahovic, with Erik ten Hag eager to bring in a centre forward in January with Anthony Martial his only recognised option through the middle.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Brentford prepare for Toney absence

    Brentford are lining up potential striker options in the January transfer window in case Ivan Toney is hit with a significant ban.

    Brentford are doing due diligence on potential targets for next month but options are expected to be limited for director of football Phil Giles and his technical director Lee Dykes due to the specific set of requirements they need in these unique circumstances.

    The club needs someone with Premier League experience, who can potentially hit the ground running with the goals necessary to maintain Brentford's good form this season or at least secure their top-flight status.

    They do not yet know whether or for how long Toney could be banned, so convincing a player with these credentials to commit to them for a short period will be challenging.

  • Kealan Hughes

    United eye World Cup winner

    Manchester United have ‘concrete interest’ in Aston Villa star Emiliano Martinez, report Football Insider.

    The 30-year-old is contracted to The Villans until 2027, but he has been linked with the likes of Bayern Munich since his impressive performances at the World Cup.

    And his future at Villa Park is believed to be uncertain following the arrival of Unai Emery as manager, as the pair have a tricky relationship that dates back to their time together in North London.

    United are looking for a successor to current first choice ‘keeper David de Gea, who is set to be out of contract next summer.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Newcastle ponder Maddison January transfer

    Newcastle could sign Leicester star James Maddison in January, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.

    He said: “It’s a bit of chicken and egg at the moment.

    "If Newcastle want Maddison in January – and it isn’t a done deal, as I understand it, by any stretch of the imagination – they’re going to have to pay big. But there is an opportunity.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Poland manager set to leave

    Poland manager Czeslaw Michniewicz will leave his post as national team coach at the end of the year, it has been confirmed.

    The 52-year-old only took over his country in January following the departure of Paulo Sousa.

    Now Polish FA president Cezary Kulesza has revealed Michniewicz's contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of 2022, despite Michniewicz getting Poland to the last-16.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Chelsea to welcome back star

    Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana is expected to return to action next month after suffering a minor injury during a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford on Tuesday.

    Fofana, 22, has not featured in a competitive match for the Blues since he damaged his knee in October.

    He was re-introduced to the squad earlier this week and briefly featured in a friendly clash with Brentford before being prematurely forced off with what appeared to be another injury.

    However, the Frenchman has since confirmed that the issue is not serious.

    In response to a fan's Instagram post about his injury, Fofana wrote: "Nothing bad champions in not even one month we're back to break everything."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Tuchel planning for next job

    Thomas Tuchel has started to learn Spanish having been tipped to move to La Liga in the future.

    Tuchel has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea at the start of September following a lacklustre start to the season.

    It now looks as if Tuchel has been preparing for a different job anyway with it being reported by Bild that the manager has been working hard to improve his Spanish, with the German linked to jobs at La Liga's big-hitters.

    Doubts have crept in over Xavi's role at Barcelona following another Champions League group stage elimination, Diego Simeone has been struggling at Atletico Madrid this season while Carlo Ancelotti's long-term future at Real Madrid is currently unclear.

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    Carragher labels Ronaldo "a hassle"

    Jamie Carragher believes Cristiano Ronaldo is not 'worth the hassle' anymore as his performance levels no longer outweigh the stress that comes with managing him.

    The pundit said on The Diary Of A Ceo podcast: "Ronaldo hasn't changed, he's always been that sort of character, everyone's known that – but he was worth the hassle,' he said.

    "And that's like everything in football, when we talk about a manager making a decision, can you put up with that?

    "You don't cut off your nose to spite your face, but when it gets to that stage where you're thinking "this is becoming more of a problem"… when a manager looks at you as a player, every manager wants the same thing: high performance, low maintenance. That's it.

    "When it starts getting weighted to the high maintenance and the scales are more tilted towards high maintenance, it's time to go."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Chelsea close to first January signing

    Chelsea have reportedly kicked off their January transfer business with the £10.5million signing of Molde forward David Datro Fofana.

    The 20-year-old, who made his international debut for the Ivory Coast three years ago, is set to undergo a medical in London on Thursday.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirmed a deal has been reached between Chelsea and the player.

    He tweeted: "David Datro Fofana to Chelsea, done deal and here we go!

    "There’s full agreement between all parties, deal sealed.

    "Been told medical tests will take place today in London, on his birthday. Born in 2002, Ivorian striker will join Chelsea from Molde for €12m fee."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Gvardiol shocks with old banger

    Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol turned up to his local World Cup celebrations in an old Fiat Punto.

    Zlatko Dalic's side then finished their Qatar campaign with a 2-1 win over Morocco to clinch the bronze medal.

    Upon his return to Croatia, Gvardiol quickly headed to his father’s native village on the Dalmatian coast to celebrate their run to the last four.

    And fans were loving the fact that he rocked up in a tiny Fiat Punto.

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    Harry Redknapp shares title verdict

    Harry Redknapp is backing Manchester City to win the Prem but thinks Arsenal will run them close.

    He told BetVictor: "I see two runners now. I see Man City and Arsenal. I think they'll be there, very close, but I would still go with Man City.

    "But I've been really impressed with Arsenal. I've enjoyed watching Arsenal play. They’ve got two fantastic wingers, Saka and Martinelli. Jesus up front has been absolutely brilliant. What a great signing he was. They look a good all-round team. I love watching them. They're exciting to watch.

    I started the season thinking Tottenham would have every chance this year of being very close. The more I'm seeing them, I'm not so sure now. Then, Man United miles away still from pushing Man City.

    "Chelsea, nowhere near this season of pushing Man City and Liverpool the same. So, there's only two runners for me and Arsenal are the only challengers to Man City."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Pep wants Champions League title

    Pep Guardiola says that his reign at Manchester City will be “incomplete” if he does not win the Champions League while at the club.

    He told The Athletic: "It’s not the only one but I admit it’s the trophy we want and my period here will not be complete if we don’t win it.

    “But that’s not the only reason (I signed). I will do everything in the time we have together to win it but I’d say the same before (signing).

    “It’s the trophy we don’t have and we’ll try to do it. I have the feeling they (City) will get it sooner or later.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Petit praises Olivier Giroud mentality

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit insists Olivier Giroud has the "same mentality" as Cristiano Ronaldo as he slammed his Premier League critics.

    Speaking to Mega Casino, Petit said: "For Giroud, nothing has been given to him. Everything that he has achieved in his career is because of his work, his mental strength and his resilience.

    "Every time you try to show him the door, he will go to the window. If you show him the window, he will come back to the garage, he will always find a way to come back and to prove you wrong.

    "For me, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Lionel] Messi, Ronaldo, they are amazing players and a big example for everyone, but being a sportsman is not all about having extraordinary ability, being a sportsman is about showing different qualities as well, qualities Giroud has in abundance.

    "Humility, hard work, he doesn’t speak out or cause problems. He doesn’t harass people on the pitch. He keeps himself to himself and is very humble."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Johnson tells Chelsea to sign Ronaldo

    Glen Johnson has advised his former club Chelsea to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

    He told Midnite: "I would take Cristiano Ronaldo at Chelsea for six months, absolutely.

    "Ronaldo has been the second or third-best player we've seen in our generation. If Ronaldo wants to be back in the same rank as Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi or Neymar, he needs to improve."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Leboeuf speculates on Kante retirement

    Former Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf has advised N'Golo Kante to consider retiring due to his injury problems.

    Leboeuf told Safe Betting Sites: "I haven’t spoken to Kante directly about his fitness and how he feels but it could be that he’s nearing the end of it [his career]. Because the thing is we have to understand that we are talking about a human being.

    "Suddenly your body says okay, enough, leave me alone. The end of your career is also a part of your career, and you have to choose the right time to give up. Even if you don't want to and even if your football is great and you want to carry on.

    “You have to give envy to people and not pity. So you have to make a decision in your own mind [regarding retirement]. You have to talk to your family and say maybe okay, it's over. So I don't know his shape but if he feels that he can serve Chelsea well then he should stay.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Liverpool lose ground on Bellingham

    Liverpool sense they have fallen behind Real Madrid in the race to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund next summer, according to Bild.

    Reports previously suggested that Liverpool were frontrunners to sign him next summer, with ESPN claiming the Merseyside club were preparing the framework for a deal after forming a good relationship with his representatives.

    However, earlier this week it emerged that Madrid believe they are closest to getting their hands on Bellingham after edging ahead of the ever-growing pack of suitors.

    Jurgen Klopp and Anfield chiefs are said to rate their chances of prising him away from Dortmund as 'moderate', coming as another major boost to Madrid.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Liverpool eye Sofyan Amrabat deal

    Liverpool are serious in their attempts to sign Sofyan Amrabat, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

    It has been claimed an offer of £35million would not be turned down by Fiorentina for the midfielder.

    Liverpool are seriously thinking of adding Amrabat to their midfield options while Tottenham are also still said to be keen on the player.

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