Switch Speak – Newcastle pursue Chelsea trio

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  • Nick Juddtransfer writer

With the January transfer window now open across Europe, there are plenty of rumors about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest in rumours, rumours, comings, goings and of course deals done!

TOP STORY: Newcastle plan crackdown on Chelsea trio

Newcastle United consider treble swoop for Chelsea stars Conor Gallagher, Judge Ziech and Ruben Loftus Cheekaccording to the telegraph.

Newcastle are keen to bolster their midfield options this January, even more so after starman Bruno Guimaraes picked up an injury that could rule him out for the next few weeks.

Gallagher, 22, is believed to be the Magpies’ main target.

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All three Blues players have struggled to get regular playing minutes under Graham Potter this season and that situation seems little changing after recent additions to the west London club.

Chelsea has added so far Mikhail Mudryk, Andrei Santos, David Fofana and Joao Felix (Loans) on their attack options this month.

Of the three players on Newcastle’s most wanted list, Chelsea appear most willing to part ways with Ziyech, 29, likely because they will lose two non-native players from their Champions League squad. However, they have concerns about letting Gallagher and Loftus-Cheek, 26, go to other midfielders at the club with so many injuries.

Newcastle are also reportedly considering a move for the Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay and lynchpin of Wolverhampton Wanderers Ruben Neve.

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Conor Gallagher is believed to be the Magpies’ primary target. Robin Jones/Getty Images


Memphis DepayAccording to Fabrizio Romano, his lawyer has responded to rumors that there have been negotiations between the Dutchman and Internazionale. Depay representative Sebastien Ledure denied that there were any talks between Barca and the Italians and that ‘it’s not a possibility that we’re discussing’. Instead, Atletico Madrid remain the favorites to sign the 28-year-old in January.

Pablo Sarabia is set to be revealed as a Wolves player this week, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Spaniard was loaned from Paris Saint-Germain to Sporting CP last season, where he scored 21 goals in 45 games. That form has been rewarded with more playing time in the French capital and he has made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Parisians. Wolves are expected to pay €5m upfront for the 30-year-old on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

– Newcastle United are looking to beat Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus to sign a right-back Malo wants, according to Footmercato. The 19-year-old defender was sensational for Lyon last season and is considered one of the most promising right wingers in Europe. Newcastle are said to be ready to offer both the club and the player an end-of-season move proposal. Lyon are unlikely to land a deal for Gusto in January but with his current contract from the summer having just one year left, it’s likely a €30m bid would be enough for the French side with their rising star.

Ivan FresnedaAccording to Sky Sports, the representatives have been in England and have spoken to both Newcastle and Arsenal. Real Valladolid are reluctant to part with their promising right-back but are willing to let him go if either club makes the right offer. Newcastle have been eyeing the 17-year-old this season, while Arsenal have expressed an interest in Fresneda, who will become the youngest player to feature in LaLiga in 2022-23. His pace has been a valuable asset and his performances have seen his progress watched by a growing number of clubs.

– After missing Mudryk to Chelsea, Arsenal now focus on the Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Mussa Diaby, said Manuel Veth from Transfermarkt. The 23-year-old has scored six times and added three assists for Leverkusen this season and the former PSG star has also been linked with Newcastle. He is under contract with the German side until 2025, who are believed to value him at around £100million. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is still keen to bolster his attacking options despite missing long-term target Mudryk and Diaby could fill the bill.

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