Chelsea have plenty of ground to make up just to make the top four in the Premier League and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, and management is not wasting any opportunity to give their new manager the best chance at turning things around.
That’s seven new arrivals, adding to a list of some of the most coveted up-and-comers like Benoit Badiashile and Portuguese creator Joao Felix, whose red card on his debut cost him a three-match suspension.
With less than a week remaining in the transfer window, there’s no reason to believe that Chelsea are done with the wheeling and dealing. Chelsea have questions regarding the current midfield makeup, there are some aging players likely moving on at season’s end, and the club desperately needs an injection of creativity and goals in the attack.
Updated Chelsea transfers
|Jan. 1, 2023||Gabriel Slonina||Chicago Fire (USA)||End of loan|
|Jan. 1, 2023||David Fofana||Molde (Norway)||€12m (£10.6m)|
|Jan. 5, 2023||Benoit Badiashile||AS Monaco (France)||€38m (£33.5m)|
|Jan. 6, 2023||Andrey Santos||Vasco da Gama||€12.5m (£11m)|
|Jan. 11, 2023||Joao Felix||Atletico Madrid (Spain)||Six-month loan (€11m / £9.69m)|
|Jan. 15, 2023||Mykhailo Mudryk||Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)||7.5-year deal (€70m / £62m)|
|Jan. 20, 2023||Noni Madueke||PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)||7.5-year deal (€35m / £30m)|
Chelsea had already spent more in this window than FOUR of Europe’s top five leagues combined (€143.5M).
They’ve just announced Noni Madueke for €35M 😳💰 pic.twitter.com/yPq3g8oURM
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) January 20, 2023
Latest Chelsea transfer news, rumors
The Sporting News brings you a full roundup of all the latest Chelsea transfer news.
New technical director Christopher Vivell has taken charge of the club’s player recruitment for the first time this winter. The Blues are reportedly attempting to operate “in stealth mode” this winter according to one report. But in addition to the big names below, there are notable rumors floating on the following players:
- Everton midfielder Amadou Onana has rejected a move to Chelsea (Sacha Tavolieri)
- Chelsea will sign France international Christopher Nkunku in the summer transfer window, RB Leipzig director Max Eberl has confirmed.
- N’Golo Kante is in talks with Chelsea about extending his contract (Fabrizio Romano).
Chelsea ready to go all in on Enzo Fernandez
Chelsea’s ambitions to sign Argentina World Cup star Enzo Fernandez collapsed earlier on the in the transfer window, but Graham Potter’s primary midfield target could apparently still make the move to Stamford Bridge.
Widespread reports in England on January 30 indicated the Blues have readied a new delegation to hold further talks in Lisbon for the player. With personal terms already agreed, it’s now down to the clubs, and Chelsea are said to be prepared to match the value of Fernandez’s £106 million/$131 million release clause, with payments structured in installments.
Benfica coach Roger Schmidt previously insisted the midfielder would not be going anywhere in January, but Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth said to Give Me Sport: “The people I’m speaking to in Portugal who’ve got close links to Benfica, are telling me this one doesn’t feel over, simply because his head was turned so much earlier in the window.”
However, on January 30, transfer journalist Graeme Bailey claimed Chelsea have now agreed a £115m British record fee for Fernandez.
Despite his release clause being set at £105m, they have agreed to pay more in instalments to Benfica in order to secure his signature now.
Chelsea could hijack Liverpool’s Nunes plan
Chelsea could hijack Liverpool’s bid for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes, according to the Daily Mail.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have earmarked Nunes as a transfer target to address their midfield concerns but look most likely to make the funds available to sign him in the summer.
However, they face tough competition from Chelsea, who already hijacked a late move for Arsenal-bound Mykhailo Mudryk this winter, and could contemplate doing the same with Nunes.
Chelsea sign PSV’s Noni Madueke
Chelsea have signed yet another attacking player.
As reported by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Blues agreed a deal with PSV for 20-year-old Noni Madueke. The fee is reportedly in the region of €35 million (£30m/$37.9m). He was officially announced on Friday, January 20 after arriving in London the day before to undergo a medical.
Madueke, a left-footed forward who plays on the right, was born in Barnet and was previously part of the youth teams at Crystal Palace and Tottenham. The England youth international has played 51 times for PSV in the Eredivisie, scoring 11 goals.
Noni Madueke will become the 🔟𝘁𝗵 forward in Chelsea’s squad 😳 pic.twitter.com/HRbaAkVM7B
— LiveScore (@livescore) January 20, 2023
Blues exploring Moises Caicedo deal
A litany of Brighton Hove & Albion players are in the rumour mill this summer, and Chelsea are right in the thick of the links. It’s no surprise, as boss Graham Potter came over from Brighton and surely still has a good relationship with those at the club.
Having signed Mudryk, CBS journalist Ben Jacobs claims Chelsea are ‘actively exploring’ trying to sign Moises Caicedo. However, Brighton are playing hardball and would demand in excess of £75m to even consider selling him in January. Jacobs claims Chelsea are currently prepared to pay around the £65m mark.
“I hope he finishes the season with us, but it’s always difficult to be certain” Brighton boss De Zerbi said on January 20. “The best solution is that he finishes the season with us and for him, in the summer, it’s better then if he changes teams.”
Chelsea beat Arsenal to Mykhailo Mudryk
The Chelsea spending spree knows no limits with their latest addition of talented Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk on a contract through 2030 (seven and a half seasons with an option for another season).
For weeks Mudryk was reportedly all but certain to sign for Arsenal, but Chelsea inserted themselves into the picture late and got the deal done by guaranteeing Shakhtar the €100 million fee (including add-ons) that the Ukrainian side wanted. It was a few million more than Arsenal had offered.
One point that has emerged about the deal is that the length of the contract and the installment set-up agreed with Shakhtar allows for the fee and related costs to be amortised, helping with Financial Fair Play rules.
€70m (£62m), with a further €30m (£26.5m) in add-ons
He’s our guy! 🔵 pic.twitter.com/lkqLcHn3oX
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2023
Watch Chelsea in Premier League: TV channels, live streams
|Hong Kong||—||Now TV|
|India||Star Sports||Disney+, Hotstar, JioTV|
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport||Astro Go|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||Sky Sport Now, Sky Go|
|UK||Sky Sports, BT Sport||NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime|
|USA||USA Network, Telemundo, Universo||fuboTV, Peacock|
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).