Transfer gossip: Chelsea offer Spurs swap deal for Brighton old boy as Newcastle eye nine

Ian Watson
Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma shares a joke with Nice winger Nicolas Pepe.

Chelsea are keen to offer a winger in exchange for a Tottenham midfielder, while Newcastle ‘have their ducks in a row’ and are ready to move for any of nine Premier League stars…


Let’s begin by checking in with Chelsea’s efforts to buy a new team…

Having agreed a deal to sign another forward, Noni Madueke from PSV for around £30million, the Blues are now switching their focus to the centre of their midfield. They would like Moises Caicedo but they are going to have to try harder. Quite a lot harder.

According to The Athletic, Brighton have knocked back a £55million offer for the Ecuador star. It was reported earlier in the week that anyone who wants Caicedo this month would have to part with £75million just to tempt the Seagulls.

So the Blues are looking at alternatives, which apparently include Yves Bissouma. The Telegraph says Chelsea have been in touch with Tottenham to enquire about the ex-Brighton midfielder, but Spurs aren’t enthused over the prospect of a deal that could include Hakim Ziyech moving the other way.

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Newcastle have been quiet so far this month but that could all change in the last 11 days of the window.

The Telegraph has been told by a ‘well-placed source’ that the Magpies are ‘getting their ducks lined up’ and they have been doing checks on a nine-man transfer list.

We already know it includes Ziyech as one of three Chelsea players. Anthony Gordon remains a target despite a miserable season so far with Everton, while their list of midfielders features Youri Tielemans, Ruben Neves and Scott McTominay. James Maddison is also still on Toon’s radar but it seems the Leicester star isn’t quite as keen to move to the North East.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail says Newcastle have submitted a £13.5million offer for 18-year-old Flamengo forward Matheus Franca, while El Nacional claims they are one of two teams eyeing a move for Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric, with Inter Milan also keen on the Croatia star.

Tottenham knew they had to start succession planning around Hugo Lloris even before the France keeper started throwing them in this season. His recent form has only served to intensify their search for a new stopper.

The Evening Standard reckons Spurs are sweet on Brentford keeper David Raya. The 27-year-old has only 18 months remaining on his current contract and the Bees could look to cash in on the Spain international at the end of the season.

Chelsea are also known to be interested in Raya while they look for a new No.1, which means Spurs could choose to focus their attention on Jan Oblak, though they know the Atletico Madrid keeper would be considerably more expensive.