Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool ANNOUNCE Cody Gakpo, Chelsea CONFIRM Fofana signing & close in on Enzo Fernandez – latest | The Sun

Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool ANNOUNCE Cody Gakpo, Chelsea CONFIRM Fofana signing & close in on Enzo Fernandez – latest | The Sun

LIVERPOOL have ANNOUNCED the shock signing of Cody Gakpo.

PSV star Gakpo has completed his medical and now joins under the noses of rivals Manchester United.

Elsewhere Chelsea have confirmed the signing of David Datro Fofana – with the striker joining the club on January 1.

Fofana will join from Norway side FC Molde.

The Blues said in a statement: "The 20-year-old striker will join the Blues on 1 January 2023. We look forward to welcoming David to the club!"

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have upped the ante in their pursuit of England and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.

The midfield teen sensation is attracting interest from Europe's top clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

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  • Chisanga Malata

    Good morning, footy fans

    The transfer window may not yet be officially opened but some major moves are being made already by Premier League clubs. 

    Liverpool revealed last night that the deal for Cody Gakpo was done as they stole the Dutchman from under Manchester United's nose.

    The Reds will have the Dutchman in January after agreeing to pay £37m plus add-ons. Gakpo's contract will run to 2028 and he will join a star-studded attack as Liverpool look to launch an assault on the top 4.

    Chelsea are also making big moves and yesterday also confirmed a deal for a forward. Molde striker David Datro Fofano will move to Stamford Bridge in a £10.5m deal. 

    The 20-year-old is the latest signing of the new ownership who splashed big in the summer only to see the club go backwards. Fofana will join on January 1st when the window opens. 

    And the Blues seem far from done and now appear to be in pole position for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez. 

    January could see even more big deals with reports indicating that Manchester City are weighing up a sensational swap deal concerning Jack Grealish and Rafael Leao. 

    The England star hasn't quite hit his heights since his £100m move last season while Leao continues to impress at AC Milan.

    While their rivals make moves, Manchester United have still yet to really get going ahead of the window's opening. 

    But the club have been linked to several forward players, including Jonathan David, Alvaro Morata and a reunion with Memphis Depay. 

  • Kiro Evans

    'Huge potential'

    Jurgen Klopp has welcomed new signing Gakpo to Liverpool and hailed his new man as having big potential to be a star.

    The club released a video of their new Dutch striker being embraced in a hug by Klopp.

    And the Liverpool boss said: "Gakpo, great player but also a smart guy. We have managed to sign a player who we have known about for quite some time… and who we believe will have a really bright future with us.

    "Trust me, he has huge potential."

  • Kiro Evans

    Agent Van Dijk

    Cody Gakpo has revealed how the influential words of his fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk helped his move to Liverpool.

    The Reds revealed tonight that the deal is done and the striker will move to Anfield in the summer.

    And Gakpo said: "It was really hectic because it went really fast with Liverpool… and it was Christmas! Crazy! Everyone I know texted me.

    "Van Dijk told me that this is the right move for me to become a better player, that LFC is a really massive club but also a real family."

  • Kiro Evans

    Big Risk Bellingham

    Dietmar Hamann has warned major clubs that signing Jude Bellingham would be a "big risk".

    The English midfielder is being chased by virtually all of Europe's biggest clubs including the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United.

    But former Anfield midfielder Hamann has revealed his reservations about the superstar.

    He told Talksport: "I'd be careful with Bellingham right now. He's an exceptional talent, he showed that at the World Cup, but if Dortmund ask for £100m odd, £140-150m, it's a big risk as well.

    "I think with Bellingham he’s got to find a position. He models himself of Steven Gerrard but I don’t think he’s got the ability and pace going forward like Gerrard has.

    "I think you need to wait and see where he finds his spot in the midfield two or midfield three in the future, and to pay £150m for an 18 or 19-year-old, I think it's a big risk."

  • Kiro Evans

    Mor the One

    Manchester United have reportedly identified Alvaro Morata as a short-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new attacker after missing out on Cody Gakpo.

    But he remains hopeful a Ronaldo replacement can be found in January, according to ESPN.

    And former Chelsea ace Morata, 30, is one potential option.

    He netted three goals in four games for Spain at the World Cup and has hit five goals in 14 La Liga games. 

  • Kiro Evans

    Attack of Titans

    The announcement tonight that Cody Gakpo will join Liverpool in January means they have added another arrow to their terrifying attack.

    The Reds, who are looking to recover after a poor start to the season, can surely lay claim to having the world's most multi-faceted attack.

    Gakpo joins a forward line which already includes Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Fabio Carvalho.

  • Kiro Evans

    Gakpo on joining Liverpool

    Cody Gakpo has revealed his excitement at joining an "amazing" club after agreeing personal terms with Liverpool.

    The striker is set to go to Anfield once the transfer window opens at the start of January.

    He told their club website: "I feel really good, I'm really excited to be here. I'm looking forward to start training and start playing for this amazing club.

    "I think this is a great club for me to come in and try to show what I can [do] and try to help the team to achieve more beautiful moments that they already did in the past years.

    "I think for me personally it's also good to develop here and there's a lot of great players here [who] I can learn a lot of things from."

  • Kiro Evans

    Agreement officially reached for Gakpo

    Liverpool have struck a deal for Cody Gakpo, the club have announced this evening.

    The Dutchman will officially become a Liverpool player in January subject to a work permit.

    The 23-year-old striker has passed a medical and agreed personal terms for the club.

    The signing comes off the back off an exceptional World Cup where he scored three goals.

  • Kiro Evans

    Make Him Our Guy

    Napoli are keen to tie down Tottenham loanee Tanguy Ndombele to a permanent deal.

    The Frenchman has been on loan in Naples since the beginning of the season after being deemed surplus to requirements in London.

    Mercato report that the Serie A league leaders are now keen to keep him after his impressive start to the season.

    Spurs bought the 26-year-old in 2019 for £55m but, despite flashes of quality, he never quite managed to find his feet in the Premier League.

    Tanguy NDombèlé is enjoying a positive spell over in Italy
  • James Orr

    Breaking – Liverpool announce Cody Gakpo

    Liverpool have completed the signing of PSV forward Cody Gakpo.

    The Reds confirmed their first January signing on a five-year contract until 2028.

    Gakpo told "I feel really good, I'm really excited to be here. I'm looking forward to start training and start playing for this amazing club."

  • Kiro Evans

    Gift of the Gab

    Talks between Arsenal and Gabriel Martinelli about a new contract are in the "final stages", according to reports.

    The Brazilian's terms expire in the summer of 2024, although the Gunners do have an option to extend by 12 months.

    And the league leaders are hoping to reward the winger for his fine form.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, Martinelli is now "getting closer" to committing his long-term future to the Emirates club.

  • Kiro Evans

    The Race is Jon

    Manchester United and Chelsea have been handed a transfer boost after Lille boss Paulo Fonseca admitted it'll be tough to keep striker Jonathan David.

    The Prem duo are interested in signing the Canada international with the pair desperate to improve their respective frontlines.

    He told La Voix des Sports: "It will be difficult to keep Jonathan David at the club next season. There are not many strikers with his skills & numbers in Europe… he’s just 22.

    "I think top European clubs will try to sign Jonathan David."

  • Kiro Evans

    'It's Not Enough'

    Arsenal will need to raise their bid to land Mykhaylo Mudryk.

    The London club are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk to land the 21-year-old winger but their initial negotiations has been rebuffed.

    Shakhtar vice director Carlo Nicolini told Calciomercato: "€60m (£52m) is not enough to sign Mudryk. Our director said that we need a bid closer to [Jack] Grealish fee than Antony to sell Mudryk.

    "We're not even considering a bid with €40m (£35m) as fixed fee."

  • Kiro Evans

    Almost Done

    Cody Gakpo is in Merseyside for his medical this evening, according to reports. 

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says the forward will soon sign a deal until 2028 with Liverpool. 

    The Reds look set to complete an outrageous swoop for the Dutch World Cup star, who had long been linked with Manchester United. 

  • Kiro Evans

    Min the Race

    Manchester United are preparing a summer move for Napoli centre-back Kim Min-jae, according to reports.

    Erik ten Hag is actively looking to strengthen his defence ahead of next season and the South Korean star has emerged as a potential addition.

    Kim only arrived in Italy in July, but his form for Gli Azzurri has alerted the Red Devils.

    He's started all-but one game in Serie A and has helped Napoli make a blistering start to the campaign.

    He furthered his reputation by starring at the World Cup as South Korea reached the last-16.

  • Kiro Evans

    All Enz Here

    Chelsea have emerged as the bookies favourites to land Enzo Fernandez.

    Reports in the past 24 hours have suggested the Blues are ready to go all out for the World Cup winner.

    Sky Bet have Chelsea at 2/1 to recruit the star, ahead of rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.

    The 21-year-old has also been linked to Manchester United after a number of stunning performances in Qatar.

  • Kiro Evans

    Do Not Pay

    Manchester United fans are begging the club NOT to re-sign Memphis Depay.

    The Red Devils are hoping to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo in the upcoming January window following his recent exit.

    They've already missed out on Cody Gakpo, who's agreed a £37million deal with Liverpool – and have been linked with a return for Depay, who flopped at his previous spell at Old Trafford between 2015-17.

    Many fans have come out against the idea on social media after previous failures bringing stars back to clubs.

    One said: "No. We took other players back and look what happened. Pogba and Ronaldo."

    A second replied: "Because he’s been great at Old Trafford in the past? No. Let’s have no more returning players."

  • Kiro Evans

    Al Have Him

    Real Madrid are weighing up a move for Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies, according to reports.

    Davies has been at Bayern for the past three years and is regarded as among Europe's best full-backs.

    But Madrid are interest in a move, according to AS, but could wait until 2024 to try and land the 22-year-old.

    The first-choice left-back at the Bernabeu for the past few years has been Ferland Mendy.

  • Kiro Evans

    Pick of the Bunch

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are all reportedly circling around England no.1 Jordan Pickford.

    The goalkeeper has yet to sign his new five-year deal despite terms being on the table since before the World Cup, according to the Mail.

    The goalie, who signed for Everton in 2017, only has 18 months left on his current deal.

    It is not clear why new terms have not yet been agreed, but it has left some of the Premier League's biggest clubs watching the situation closely.

  • Kiro Evans

    Going Going Jon

    Jonjo Shelvey's Newcastle future is in doubt after the star was injured – and the club eye replacements.

    The 30-year-old will be sidelined until February with a calf strain.

    He has to play two more matches to trigger a one-year contract extension at St James' Park, according to the Mail.

    Meanwhile Newcastle have been linked to high-profile replacements such as Chelsea's Jorginho and Leicester's Youri Tielemans. Both of their contracts expire at the end of the season.

  • Alex Smith

    Gakpo in Liverpool

    According to reports, Cody Gakpo has landed in Merseyside ahead of his move to Liverpool being sealed.

    The player's transfer is all but finalised and he has arrived to do his medical.

    Gakpo's £44million deal will see him handed a contract until the summer of 2028.

  • Alex Smith

    BREAKING: Chelsea sign Fofana

    Chelsea have confirmed the signing of striker David Datro Fofana from Molde.

    The deal is worth £10.5million.

    The 20-year-old will join the club on January 1.

    It's good news for the Blues as they have been eager to strengthen their forward line, particularly after the devastating, season-ending injury suffered by Armando Broja.

    Fofana who represents the Ivory Coast, has netted four goals in the Conference League this season after playing in 10 games.

    Domestically, in Norway, he managed 17 in 29 matches last season.

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  • Alex Smith

    Foxes aim to sell FOUR players

    Leicester are hoping to get rid of four players in the approaching transfer window.

    The club's budget is tight and by selling they hope to raise funds.

    Caglar Soyuncu has featured just once this season and amid interest from Atletico Madrid, he could be sold.

    Ayoze Perez and Dennis Praet could also depart alongside Jannik Vestegaard.

    Leicester have become increasingly concerned about breaking financial fair play rules in recent years after spending heavily in previous windows.

    This comes despite pocketing £70million from Chelsea for Wesley Fofana.

    The club are hoping to sign players in January after an uneventful summer with a centre-back, left-back and right-sided winger wanted.

  • Alex Smith

    PSV had to sell Gakpo in January

    PSV were reportedly forced to sell star player Cody Gakpo in order to aid their financial situation.

    The Dutch club has agreed to a £44 million deal for Gakpo to move to Liverpool despite heavy interest from Manchester United.

    The Eredivise side’s financial position had left them with a “knife to their throats”, according to De Telegraaf.

    The club must bring in £35m per season in order to stay afloat after seeing their wage bill increase over the last few seasons.

    This meant that the opportunity to cash in on Gakpo was too much to turn down, as the report revealed.

  • Alex Smith

    Three signings possible

    Arsenal could make three signings in January, claim the Evening Standard.

    They report that Mykhaylo Mudryk is the club’s top target and despite a £52m bid being rejected, the Gunners will bid again.

    Also on their shortlist are attackers Joao Felix and Jonathan David. Both are versatile options that Mikel Arteta could be able to add to his front line.

    Orlando winger Facundo Torres is someone Arsenal have been tracking for some time and he is also mentioned in the report.

    It is well-known that Arteta has wanted to add depth to his central-midfield with Youri Tielemans a possibility.

    In defence, Eintracht Frankfurt star Evan Ndicka could come in. He plays predominately as a left sided centre-back.

    Ndicka has attracted attention from Chelsea and Spurs in the past.

    Both the Frenchman and Tielemans see their contracts run out at the end of the season and deals could reportedly be done in the summer.

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