Chelsea January transfer news LIVE: Dortmund eye Batshuayi as Aubameyang replacement

BVB want Batshuayi as Aubameyang replacement

Borussia Dortmund have targeted Michy Batshuayi as the man to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should he move to Arsenal in January, Bild reports.

Although the German side had intended to hold onto Aubameyang until the end of the season, the Gunners are pushing to sign him this month, forcing Dortmund to look at potential successors. With Chelsea willing to let Batshuayi go, Dortmund could be able land the Belgium international to lead their attack.

Chelsea stall on Batshuayi loan amid Carroll talks

Michy Batshuayi Chelsea 2017

Chelsea are stalling on Sevilla’s loan approach for Michy Batshuayi until they can complete a deal for Andy Carroll.

The Blues are wary of further undermining their depth up front, even though the Belgian favours a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge. 

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Barkley’s Chelsea debut faces delay

Ross Barkley, Everton

Ross Barkley will have to wait a while longer to make his Chelsea debut as he is ineligible for the FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City.

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Moyes: No contact over Carroll

Andy Carroll West Ham

West Ham manager David Moyes dismissed reports that Premier League champions Chelsea have made contact in their pursuit of striker Andy Carroll.

“They have not made contact with me, so if they have made contact with someone else I don’t know about it,” Moyes said following Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

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Conte won’t ‘waste words’ on Alexis

Alexis Sanchez Antonio Conte Arsenal Chelsea

Antonio Conte is refusing to comment on reports that Chelsea could swoop in for Alexis Sanchez in the current transfer window.

“I like to [only] talk about a situation that could be real. You understand?” Conte said to reporters at Cobham Training Ground.

“Now, this is not important to talk about Sanchez. Not important. Because he’s not our problem, so why do I have to waste words on nothing.”

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Sturridge is Sevilla’s Plan B

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is being lined up as an alternative option by Sevilla, if they fail to sign Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, reports AS.

Sevilla are keen to sign Batshuayi on loan for the rest of the season, but Chelsea are reluctant to sanction a deal until a replacement has been brought in.

That has led Sevilla to consider other targets and Sturridge, who is reportedly interested in a January move in search of regular first-team football, is the back-up option.

Newcastle explore other loan options

Kenedy Chelsea

Newcastle United are exploring other loan options as they wait for Chelsea to make a decision on the future of Kenedy, according to the Shields Gazette.

Rafa Benitez wants to bring Kenedy to St. James’ Park, but Chelsea are reluctant to let the Brazilian leave until they have signed another left-sided player as a replacement.

With Benitez desperate to improve his squad during the January transfer window, Newcastle are now considering a loan move for Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare.

Chelsea in for Alexis as Man City withdraw interest

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 2017

Manchester United’s main rivals to sign Alexis Sanchez’ now appear to be Chelsea after Manchester City dropped out of the race, reports the Manchester Evening News.

City had appeared close to signing the Arsenal star, but have now withdrawn from contention frustrated at the pace of negotiations.

But United have not landed their man yet, with Chelsea also in the running and with the £35 million fee potentially being pushed up even further.

Mou confident over Alexis despite Chelsea reports

Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Jose Mourinho is “relaxed” in the face of reports that Chelsea are planning to hijack Manchester United’s approach for Alexis Sanchez. 

“Other big clubs are probably interested – who knows?” he told reporters after Monday’s 3-0 win against Stoke City.

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