Coutinho opens door, Dacoure update, Higuain shocker, Hudson-Odoi to stay, Willian in Chelsea deadline day news and gossip
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Watford say there have been no inquiries for midfielder and Chelsea target Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Dacoure is one of the most highly-rated midfielders in the Premier League and is tipped to make a big move and join one of Europes biggest clubs, as many believe he should already be playing ay a bigger club than Watford.
And some reports in the media over the past few days have claimed Chelsea are interested in a deal for the 26-year-old, as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas left the club earlier in the January transfer window and Sarri is desperate to bolster his midfield, as he feels that he does not have the right amount of midfielders to cope with all the fixtures between now and the end of the season.
However, Watford insists they have had no inquiries for any of their players and maintain no one will be leaving the club on Deadline Day.
“It is new because it is another club but it is the same news as the last days and the last weeks. I don’t know anything new about that,” Watford head coach Gracia said on the Sky Sports website.
“In this moment I am concerned about Doucoure’s evolution because I want him to recover as soon as possible because he is an important player for us.”
Reports have claimed the agent of Willian is in France waiting for Chelsea to give the green light over a move to PSG.
Willian was convinced to stay at Stamford Bridge in the summer by boss Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian making the Brazilian feel that he would be a valuable member of the squad this season, and the former Napoli boss has kept to his word.
However, that has not stopped speculation about his future take most of the headines over the past few months, and now he looks all set to pack his bags and make the move to the French Champions, who are in desperate need of a replacement for the injured Neymar.
And reports on Brazilian outlet UOL claim Willian’s team is in Paris poised to spring into action if PSG come to an agreement with Chelsea, who are reluctant to seel so close to the end of the transfer window, but will if Willian wants out.
PSG believe an offer in the region of £35million might be enough to tempt Willian away from Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona star Phillipe Coutinho has opened up a future move to Chelsea, but admits he is focused on the Spanish giants right now.
Barcelona signed the Brazil international from Liverpool in a £142 million deal last January, and he seemingly adjusted to life at the Nou Camp with relative ease, becoming one of the most creative players at the club.
But this season has been a different story for the talented winger, and he has struggled to make an impact on the Barcelona side, with only ten starts in La Liga games for the Brazilian.
And according to recent reports, Chelsea have been monitoring Coutinho’s situation and have already approached the midfielder’s club about a possible £100 million deal, as Maurizio Sarri looks to add a bit more creativity to the side.
But despite Coutinho failing to rule out a future move away from Barcelona, he has admitted that he is just focusing on Barcelona right now.
He told BeIN Sports: ‘Nobody knows what will happen in the future. All I have in my head right now is to work hard.’
Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has told Chelsea they will not be signing Callum Hudson-Odoi this January window.
Regarded as one of the finest talents this country has to offer, Hudson-Odoi has been in the transfer headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months after reports emerged which suggested he wants to quit Stamford Bridge and make a move to the Bundesliga.
It is believed he has already rejected the Blues contract offer of £85,000-a-week to force through a £40 million switch, but Chelsea know he has 18 months to run on his contract still and are in no hurry to let him leave the club.
But despite reports Bayern may look to try and secure a move for Hudson-Odoi on deadline day, Kovac said there was “nothing more happening” on the transfers front.
Kovac said on the Sky Sports website: “”That other clubs don’t want their good players to leave is for sure.
“We have a big squad now, almost all of the players are fit again. Franck and Arjen have been training, so I have to leave one, two at home anyway. That’s why it does not make sense for us to get three or four more players.
“We’ve got a great team, great players and we will use those players until the end of the season.”
Maurizio Sarri has admitted Gonzalo Higuain is not in the best of shape since his move to Stamford Bridge.
After months of speculation and weeks of talks, Sarri finally convinced Chelsea to complete a deal for Higuain as he needed to land a world class striker to his squad in a bid to get back into a top four spot, and Champions League football.
However, Higuain has struggled with his opeing two games of his new life and he was unable to find the net during his debut against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup at the weekend, while in his first Premier League appearance, the 31-year-old was replaced after 65 minutes having failed to register a shot on target.
And Sarri has opened up on his new signing by admitting that the Argentine is suffering from a minor back injury and is not fully match fit.
‘He can improve a great deal,’ Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.
‘At this moment, he is not in good shape, probably because he has played very little recently between transfer market distractions and back pain.
‘He can grow a great deal over the next few weeks.’