Chelsea news and transfers recap: Caicedo bid rejected, Madueke confirmed, Ziyech sale, £35m fee – Football.London

Chelsea transfer news: The latest Blues gossip and headlines as it happens with updates on Bellingham talks, Inter Milan bid and Raya swoop
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Graham Potter will be looking to build upon the Blues' first win of the year on Saturday afternoon when he locks horns with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. Both sides head into the clash sitting on 28 points, with only an eight-goal difference separating Liverpool and Chelsea from ninth and 10th in the table, respectively.
The west Londoners will be armed with Mykhailo Mudryk against the Reds but, after just one training session at Cobham, a start looks unlikely though not entirely off the cards. With regard to business off the field, Todd Boehly remains engulfed in January transfer window shenanigans with several players continuing to be linked with moves.
Moises Caicedo has reemerged as a candidate to bolster Chelsea's midfield with Jorginho and N'Golo Kante set to leave in the summer. Meanwhile, Boehly is said to have submitted a bid for Inter Milan star Denzel Dumfries as the Blues look to finally supply Potter with cover for Reece James.
So, with that being said, stay with us as football.london brings you all the latest news, transfer gossip and updates LIVE from Stamford Bridge…
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Todd Boehly has learned whether Chelsea have been successful or not in their mission to sign Moises Caicedo. The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Blues following the appointment of his former boss Graham Potter at Stamford Bridge.
Caicedo, who sees his deal at the Amex Stadium expire in 2025, has featured 20 times for the Seagulls this season, directly contributing towards two goals. His impressive displays have attracted the attention of several top sides, including the west Londoners.
Chelsea are said to be in the market for a midfielder this month amid the increasingly uncertain futures of N'Golo Kante and Jorginho, who both see their contracts expire in the summer. The former has endured an injury-ridden campaign while the latter has struggled for form, so Caicedo has been identified as a potential solution to Chelsea's problem.
Read the full story, here.
Noni Madueke could soon be choosing what shirt number he wants at Chelsea as Todd Boehly closes in on a deal for the PSV Eindhoven star. The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this month, with Graham Potter keen to further bolster the Blues' frontline.
The west Londoners are in advanced talks with the Dutch giants over a deal for Madueke worth around £35million, football.london understands. The England youth international, who left Tottenham in 2018 to sign for PSV, has featured nine times for Ruud van Nistelrooy's side this season, directly contributing towards two goals.
Despite an injury-ridden campaign, his impressive displays have courted the attention of Europe's biggest clubs with his stock continuing to rise. Chelsea opened talks to sign Madueke last week and PSV were adamant that they would not want to sell their star-man after having already sold Cody Gakpo to Liverpool.
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Timo Werner has given his backing for Chelsea transfer target Josko Gvardiol. The 20-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer but a move collapsed after he penned a new five-year deal with RB Leipzig.
football.london understands that the Blues still hold an interest in the Croatia international, though the German giants do not want to sell the defender. But after impressing for his country at the World Cup in Qatar, interest has grown, so retaining Gvardiol's services could prove to be a difficult task with a number of top European clubs eyeing a move.
One of whom is believed to be Real Madrid. According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, the Spanish giants have held two meetings with Leipzig and are ready to pay €120million (£106million) including bonuses for the Croatian's signature.
Read the full story, here.
Chelsea supporters will be desperate to get a glimpse of Noni Madueke against Liverpool if Todd Boehly can wrap up a deal before the deadline. Jurgen Klopp's side are set to welcome the Blues to Anfield on Saturday afternoon, January 21, as Graham Potter looks to build-upon the win against Crystal Palace.
The west Londoners are already heading into the clash armed with new signing Mykhailo Mudryk so the potential addition of the PSV Eindhoven star will serve as a huge boost. football.london understands that Chelsea are in advanced talks with the Dutch giants in a deal worth around £35million.
The England youth international, who left Tottenham in 2018 to sign for PSV, has featured nine times for Ruud van Nistelrooy's side this season, directly contributing towards two goals. Despite an injury-ridden campaign, Madueke's impressive displays have courted the attention of Europe's biggest clubs.
Read the full story, here.
Noni Madueke's injury record does not appear to be a deterrent for Chelsea as Todd Boehly closes in on a £35million deal for the PSV star. The 20-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this month despite having suffered a huge knock at the start of the season.
In the summer, he picked up an ankle injury following a collision in training. Madueke, who left Tottenham in 2018, was set to be out until November but he returned to action a month ahead of schedule.
Despite a speedy recovery, the England youth international still missed 18 games for the Dutch giants. Madueke has since featured just nine times for Ruud van Nistelrooy's side this term, directly contributing towards two goals.
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The challenge for Chelsea's ownership group is clear following the release of the 2023 Deloitte Football Money League. The club sits eighth in the table for the second successive year – but notably behind Premier League rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
Chelsea generated £481million in revenue for the 2021/22 season in which fans returned to stadiums as COVID-19 restrictions were eased. Yet it was no ordinary campaign for the club, which in March 2022 was forced to operate under strict regulations after sanctions were imposed on former owner Roman Abramovich.
That resulted in the closure of the club's megastore at Stamford Bridge and other retail outlets. Their shirt sponsorship with Three was suspended for three months. And Chelsea were unable to sell any new tickets, which resulted in several home games being played at 77% capacity.
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SempreMilan are reporting that Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could be about to finally get the move he needs.
Bakayoko is midway through the second season of a two year loan which has seen him rotting on the bench (and often not even make the squad) at AC Milan. He has not made a competitive appearance at all this season. The Italian side are desperate to cancel the loan, but Chelsea don’t want him back on their books until they’ve got somewhere to send him.
It looks like Turkey might be that place.
Adana Demirspor have sent a delegation to Italy to try and agree a deal with Milan. Chelsea, one would imagine, would rather have him playing than not playing, so they won’t stand in his way.
Read the full story, here.
Chelsea are set for a bit of a clear out of players come the summer, with some players expecting to prove more difficult to offload than others.
There are three players though, that if Chelsea wanted to offload them, can easily do so, and that is because as of now, their contracts run out at the end of June and they become free agents.
I am of course talking about Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, and Thiago Silva. There’s no confirmation yet whether any of them will be signing new contracts to stay on.
With Jorginho though, Football London’s Adam Newson, speaking to the London is Blue Podcast this week, says that unless some drastic changes, the Italian international will be leaving Chelsea this summer, as you can see below.
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Journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed that Chelsea have made a £65m bid to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton.
The Blues have enjoyed a busy winter transfer window after what has been an underwhelming start to the season. They currently sit 10th after a dismal first half of the campaign under both Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter.
Their big-name additions have been centred around the attack. The Blues have recently brought in Mykhailo Mudryk in a stunning deal, after he looked set for a move to Arsenal.
Read the full story, here.
Chelsea have seen an offer for Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo rejected.
The Stamford Bridge club made a bid in writing this week worth £55million, but Brighton value the 21-year-old considerably higher and the stance at the Amex Stadium is that he is not for sale. The proposal was far below what Brighton would even consider, let alone accept, and they have no interest in letting him go anywhere in this window.
Chelsea are keen to recruit Caicedo, who is among a number of options they are studying to bolster their midfield in January or the summer.
Read the full story, here.
Bayern Munich and Manchester City are both reportedly interested in signing Chelsea’s highly-rated youngster Levi Colwill.
Colwill looks like the next huge talent to come off the production line at Cobham, hoping to follow in the footsteps of players such as Reece James and Mason Mount.
The 19-year-old defender is still waiting to make his first-team debut for Chelsea, but he’s enhancing his reputation away from Stamford Bridge out on loan.
His latest loan success is this season with Premier League rivals Brighton.
Read the full story, here.
Chelsea have spent more than any other Premier League club on transfers this season. Todd Boehly broke the £400million mark with the £88million capture of Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk last week.
Graham Potter has seen five new players join his squad in the January transfer window with David Datro Fofana, Andrey Santos, Benoit Badiashile and Joao Felix all joining Mudryk at Stamford Bridge. The Blues boss is taking advantage of his first opportunity to tailor the squad to fit his playing style and tactics as the west London outfit look to reclaim a top four spot.
Further signings are expected at Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes as Chelsea now target a new central midfielder and right wing-back. A new goalkeeper is on the agenda for the summer with Brentford's David Raya emerging as a potential target, though the Blues are set to face competition from London rivals Tottenham.
Read the full story, here.
Felix will return from suspension on Saturday, February 11.
The 23-year-old will likely be back in the Chelsea squad for their game with West Ham at the London Stadium.
This means he will miss the Blues’ huge meeting with Liverpool before sitting out against Fulham as they head to Stamford Bridge.
Felix’s absence is costing Chelsea around £3million with the Portuguese international earning £250,000 a week.
The club will have to pay him £1m while he sits out, alongside the fees they paid Atletico for the loan to be completed.
Graham Potter’s side will be keen for their new man to return as they continue to languish in mid-table in the Premier League.
After an impressive first viewing, up until his red card at least, Felix looks like he could provide some positivity to a struggling Blues side.
Read the full story, here.
Fabrizio Romano has another update on the winger, tweeting: Understand Noni Madueke will land in London later tonight in order to undergo the medical tests as new Chelsea player — he’s now flying to England
Contract will be signed on Friday as Madueke and PSV have accepted all the conditions of the deal.
Chelsea will step up their bid to sign a new midfielder, but have received no encouragement from Tottenham Hotspur after inquiring about Yves Bissouma.
Tottenham do not want to sell Bissouma this month and have so far shown no interest in a deal that would see Hakim Ziyech move in the opposite direction.
Chelsea are closing in on the signing of winger Noni Madueke after having an offer worth £35 million accepted by PSV Eindhoven that will place more doubt over Ziyech’s future.
Chelsea look set to miss out on the signing of Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko. The 18-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from the Bundesliga outfit as he enters the final six-months of his deal.
According to the Evening Standard, Newcastle United made a 'substantial verbal approach' for the striker, leapfrogging the Blues in their pursuit. The report states that Moukoko is thought to have discussed a deal worth over £150,000 a week to join Eddie Howe's side on a free transfer once his deal at the Signal Iduna Park expires in the summer.
However, the German side look to be in luck. According to Sky Sports Germany, a compromise has now been made between the two parties and Moukoko now looks poised to commit his future to Dortmund. His U-turn decision to stay put in the Bundesliga comes just days after Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke commented on the lack of 'gratitude' in football.
Read the full story, here.
Bayern Munich and Manchester City look set to apply pressure on Chelsea amid the increasingly uncertain future of Levi Colwill. The 19-year-old defender has been heavily linked with a number of clubs lately as he continues to impress on-loan at Brighton this season.
Colwill, who sees his contract at Stamford Bridge expire in 2025, has featured 12 times for the Seagulls in the Premier League, keeping three clean sheets. His impressive displays under Roberto De Zerbi have helped guide Brighton to seventh in the table, courting the interest of Europe's biggest clubs.
According to Simon Phillips, the England youth international has attracted the attention of City and Bayern while the Blues look to tie the wonderkid down to a new deal. The report states that the west Londoners want to extend Colwill's tenure until 2029, but negotiations – as it stands – have been informal.
Read the full story, here.
The coach of Sporting de Portugal, Rúben Amorim , said Thursday that "it does not seem" that the Spanish Pedro Porro is going to leave the team this January and warned that whoever wants to sign him will have to pay his termination clause.
At a press conference prior to Friday's game against Vizela, Amorim commented that the Extremaduran winger should continue at the club this season, although he cannot "guarantee anything."
Read the full story, here.
Chelsea will once again compete in the January transfer market with Arsenal for the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham United
Arsenal have been told to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United, who has been on Chelsea’s radar for a long time. The Gunners would be eager to avenge the Blues after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea.
Joao Felix also piqued Arsenal’s attention, but their rivals Chelsea were able to sign the winger on a loan. But the Mudryk affair has caused the Gunners extra pain, and Rice’s signing would be a terrific act of retaliation.
Read the full story, here.
Manchester United are interested in signing David Raya from Brentford, according to reports, but face competition from Chelsea for the Spanish goalkeeper. Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested in signing Raya this summer.
The Red Devils are searching to sign a new goalkeeper to act as competition for David de Gea, and potentially be the goalkeeper's long-term successor.
De Gea's current deal with Man United will expire in the summer and the Spanish international is in talks over a new deal. The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper earns a reported €400,000 a week on his current contract but is expected to sign a new deal on reduced terms.
Read the full story, here.
Chelsea are about to finalise the signing of a new midfielder TODAY, according to reports.
The Blues have been on the hunt for a new midfielder to come in this window to bolster the ranks in that area of the park, having seen an early attempt to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica fail.
But they have continued to be linked with other options, and there is a huge claim today made by Footy Insider.
As you can see from their tweet below, they say that Chelsea are set to finalise a midfielder signing today, and that deal is expected to be an initial loan move. Chelsea are confident that a full agreement is soon to be reached after a breakthrough in talks today.
Read the full story, here.
The Telegraph write: Hakim Ziyech is believed to be available for transfer this month, while Chelsea will also listen to offers for Christian Pulisic, although his injury has most likely ruled out a January move.
More from Rik Elfrink:
PSV will definitely sell Noni Madueke to Chelsea for tens of millions. The price can rise to around 40 million euros.
Chelsea pays #PSV up to 40 million euros for Madueke. #CFC
Still nearly two weeks left of this window remarkably and Chelsea aren't done yet despite having five players through the door with Madueke seemingly on the way in too.
Tweet from Romano confirms the deal:
Noni Madueke to Chelsea, here we go! Verbal agreement in place with PSV on permanent deal around €35m packageMadueke will sign long term deal in few days, strongly wanted by Chelsea board. Contracts being prepared.
Boarding completed – London
Fabrizio Romano has more on this deal:
Chelsea, closing in on Noni Madueke deal as decision is to proceed with the signing even if Mudryk joined from Shakhtar.
Talks with agent never stopped and so Chelsea are working on final details — done deal soon, as called by @RikElfrink. Personal terms agreed.
Chelsea are in advanced talks with PSV over a deal for Noni Madueke worth around £35million, football.london understands.
The Blues opened talks for the signing of the 20-year-old last week, but PSV were adamant they were not going to sell Madueke. However, there has been a breakthrough and Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal with a package worth around €40million (£35million) for the former Tottenham youngster's signature.
A source has told football.london that talks intensified on Thursday afternoon and now a deal is close to being struck for the winger. Madueke is set to become Chelsea's sixth signing of the January transfer window following the announcement of Mykhailo Mudryk at the weekend.
Read the full story, here.
Noni Madueke leaves PSV and is sold to the British top club Chelsea. The team from the Premier League has again reported to PSV this week with the request to take over the 20-year-old attacker immediately and PSV has accepted.
The young attacker would like to make the move to London and PSV grants that wish in exchange for an amount of between 35 and 40 million euros. If all goes well, PSV can even save 40 million euros.
PSV has not yet officially confirmed the report, but sources around the player indicate that he was given the green light to leave the club this afternoon. Madueke will report to Chelsea shortly for a medical examination.
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