“Chelsea” is empty


Paris (AFP) – Chelsea, who invested more than 200 million euros in January, multiplied to strengthen themselves and scare their rivals… Until the last hours of the transfer window on Tuesday, the blues tried to attract the world champion Enzo Fernandes, while the market in Italy was closed.

England: Chelsea hates competition, Ronaldo leaves

With tens of millions of pounds, Chelsea have been the most active team in Europe so far in the winter window.

The most striking example is the fact that the “blues” “stolen” the Ukrainian Mykhailo Mudryk right under Arsenal’s nose, agreeing to pay the 100 million euros demanded by Shakhtar Donetsk without hesitation.

Benoit Badiashile, Joao Felix (on loan), Noni Madueke and Malo Gusto (on loan to Lyon until June) have been added to Todd Boehly’s transfer fee list, with the club paying up to €200 million. On Tuesday, the Blues looked set to make their latest €100 million move for Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez (Benfica), but failed to materialize in the middle of the evening.

Premier League leader “Arsenal” has expanded its squad with Polish defender Jakub Kiwior, Belgian winger Leandro Trossard and Italian European champion Jorginho, who was snatched from “Chelsea” by a gong.

Elsewhere in England, Manchester City passed, Liverpool swooped for Dutch striker Cody Gakpo for €60m (bonus included), Newcastle lost €45m to Everton’s Anthony Gordon promise and Manchester United signed Dutch striker Wout Weghorst to fill a huge void: Cristiano What’s left of Ronaldo.

Liverpool’s young striker Cody Gakpo at Wolverhampton on 17 January 2023 © Oli SCARFF / AFP/Archive

The Portuguese superstar (37), who was released by the “Red Devils” after the last blood draw, was finally recruited by Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr club at a high price on December 30.

Spain: Atlético active, Real and Barça restrained

In Spain, paradoxically, the two behemoths Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have remained rather restrained.

The biggest blow is the case of Atletico Madrid: the Colchoneros signed Dutch striker Memphis Depay, who is out of contract with Barca at the end of June, for just 3 million euros.

Memphis Depay with Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, January 26, 2023
Memphis Depay with Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, January 26, 2023 © Thomas COEX / AFP/Archive

– Italy: Skriniar and Inter are deadlocked?

At 20:00 on Tuesday, the Italian market was closed to arrivals … And Inter Milan has yet to announce a recruitment for the defender position, which could pave the way for a move from Milan Skriniar to Paris SG.

Inter Milan’s stalwart Slovakian defender, who is out of contract in June, was expected to be in Paris in the winter, but the Nerazzurri are keen to keep him and prevent him from leaving for France until the end of the season. the fault was found in time to be replaced.

“He made a choice (to be released in June), it is his right and we are obliged to respect it,” Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta emphasized on the microphone of Mediaset.

Udinese, for their part, formalized the arrival of 30-year-old Florian Thauvin on Tuesday, whose contract with Mexican club Monterrey Tigers was terminated.

Germany: “Bavaria” replaces the injury

Debilitated by injuries, Bayern had to deal with the transfer market to compensate for the absence of captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (broken right leg) and defender Lucas Hernandez (torn right anterior cruciate ligament). at least until the end of the season.

In the goal, “Bayern” added the goalkeeper of “Borussia Mönchengladbach” Yann Sommer for 8 million euros, in addition to one and a half million euros.

Bayern’s new goalkeeper Yann Sommer against Eintracht Frankfurt on January 28, 2023 in Munich © CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP/Archive

In defence, Dutchman Daley Blind (32), a free agent, has signed until the end of the season and the Bavarians have also been loaned out on Tuesday against Manchester City’s Portuguese side Joao Cancelo with a shock purchase option. Paris SG in the playoffs of the Champions League (February 14 and March 8).


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