Chelsea transfer window latest: Isco deal OFF, Tammy Abraham to cancel Aston Villa loan, Mats Hummels heading to Bridge?

1 Jan

The transfer window is now open and there is plenty of speculation regarding Chelsea.

The Blues head into the new year sitting fourth in the Premier League table, 11 points off leaders Liverpool.

Chelsea have made a decent start to life under manager Maurizio Sarri

They look well set to return to the Champions League but with Arsenal and Manchester United hot on their heels, a couple of mid-season additions could make a big difference for Maurizio Sarri.

Here’s the latest transfer news involving the Blues…


ISCO DEAL OFF THE TABLE

Chelsea are poised to pull the plug on a potential deal to bring Isco to Stamford Bridge.

The Real Madrid playmaker has long been on the Premier League club’s radar, and is edging towards the exit at the Bernabeu having started just five games this season.

Isco has long been linked with Chelsea

According to The Sun, Chelsea were willing to pay £75million to secure the Spain international’s signature and put together a salary package worth more than £250,000-a-week.

But the midfielder’s representatives are said to have asked for even more money after receving an approach from Paris Saint-Germain and that has angered Blues chiefs, who are now set to end their interest in the 26-year-old as they are not convinced he wants to play for the club.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Sarri is said to be ‘disappointed’ by the stance as he wanted to pair Isco with Hazard.


PULISIC DEAL CLOSE

While Isco doesn’t look like arriving at Chelsea any time soon, Christian Pulisic is set to seal his switch to Stamford Bridge imminently.

A £45million fee has reportedly been agreed between Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund for the 20-year-old, and he will move to London in the summer.

Christian Pulisic is set to join Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been tracking Pulisic in recent years.

But it seems Chelsea have won the race, with the deal apparently already ‘confirmed’ by a former US international on social media.


HIGUAIN OFFER YET TO BE MADE

Chelsea continue to be linked with a move for Gonzalo Higuain in January – but have yet to make a formal approach.

Sarri is keen to boost his forward options, with Alvaro Morata still yet to fully convince and Olivier Giroud picking up an injury at the weekend.

Chelsea have been linked with Gonzalo Higuain

Higuain was wanted by Sarri in the summer but opted to join AC Milan on loan from Juventus.

However, he has scored just five Serie A goals this season and there has been speculation he could cut short the deal and move to Chelsea on loan for the second half of the campaign.

AC Milan, however, say they have heard nothing from Chelsea and the Argentinian has not asked to leave.


HUMMELS HEADING TO BRIDGE?

Chelsea are reportedly also interested in World Cup winning Germany defender Mats Hummels.

The centre-back is no longer an automatic pick with the Bundesliga giants and Chelsea are claimed to be eyeing a January move.

Centre-back: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) – 90 rating (+2 from his base card)
Mats Hummels could be on the move this month

According to The Sun, Chelsea have been told they can sign the 30-year-old – if they cough up £30million by January 14.

Bayern have set that deadline so they have time to get a replacement before the end of the transfer window.


TAMMY TO RETURN

Tammy Abraham may cut short his loan spell at Aston Villa.

The England international has scored 14 goals in all competitions for Villa this season but is eager to return to the Premier League and may join another top-flight club on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Wolves, Huddersfield, Burnley and Crystal Palace are all interested in landing Abraham, claim the Daily Mail.

Abraham has been a hit for Aston Villa

Deontay Wilder insists he should have won Tyson Fury fight, posts ‘video proof’ Brit did not beat ten count

5 Dec

Deontay Wilder has posted a video which he claims proves Tyson Fury did not beat the count in the 12th round of their epic fight.

The unbeaten pair’s WBC heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles on Saturday night ended in a controversial draw.

Fury was sent crashing to the canvas by an almighty two-punch combination
Fury was sent to the canvas twice by Wilder but still believed he won the fight

Fury was floored twice and looked finished in the the final round when Wilder sent him crashing to the canvas, but his camp – and the majority of boxing fans – were insistent he should have won having boxed brilliantly throughout.

Wilder, however, maintains that he should have won by knockout, claiming referee Jack Reiss gave him too long to get up.

“I saw his eyes roll slowly in the back of his head,” said Wilder.

“Many people felt that should have been waved off. Nine out of 10 refs would have waved that off.”

And to ‘prove’ that he should have won, Wilder posted a video on his Instagram page which he says shows Fury not beating the ten second count.

Instagram Photo

Fury went on to end the round on top and thought he’d done enough for victory, but some controversial judging meant it was ruled a split decision drawrematch has already begun.

Talk of a rematch has already begun, with both men open to another meeting in 2019.

Wilder said: “You think the first fight was something? Oh, my god. Can’t wait for the second one.

“It might be a trilogy if we go as good as the first. But you’ll get the best of Deontay Wilder. You ain’t ever seen me in a boring fight.

“Me and Fury did it like true champions. We came together, we conversated amongst each other and we got this fight done because we are the best in the division and we wanted to prove to each other who is the best.

“We came together and did that, and it was amazing. And I’m ready to do it again.”

However, the rematch could be scuppered by Anthony Joshua, who is keen to face Wilder early next year.

Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion, has Wembley booked for April 13 and Barry Hearn told talkSPORT on Wednesday: “AJ’s first choice is Wilder because when you’re collecting belts, which he is, he wants to be the unified champ.

“He’d love to fight Fury as well, but for now I think Wilder is the one he wants.”