Transfer news: Liverpool announce Gakpo, Chelsea done deal, Man Utd January setback – Express

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sides had the opportunity to plan for transfers during the break and it will soon be time to put them into action with the January transfer window just around the corner. have already made a statement move by agreeing to sign Cody Gakpo while and are also looking to lay crucial groundwork. 
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds snapping up Gakpo has left United scrambling for options in attack with Erik ten Hag set to try and compensate for Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit. The Dutchman may also have a decision to make on outgoings amid loan interest in one of his young stars. 
Chelsea raised eyebrows by splashing out in the summer and co-owner Todd Boehly could sanction more big-money deals in January, following through on his promise to pour investment into the club after taking over from Roman Abramovich. 
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Dietmar Hamann has warned Real Madrid and Liverpool about taking a “big risk” on paying in excess of £100million to sign Jude Bellingham this coming summer.
The England international is seen as one of the best young midfielders in world football at the moment and looks set to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.
But Hamann feels teams should wait to see Bellingham grow more before making their move.
“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,” he told talkSPORT.
“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.”
Cody Gakpo’s move to Liverpool is complete!
The Reds announced on Wednesday evening that they had completed the signing of Gakpo.
The Dutchman will wear the No 18 shirt and has signed a long-term contract with Liverpool.Cody Gakpo has now joined LiverpoolManchester United owners the Glazers are reportedly hoping for a ‘complete sale’ of the club in the first few months of 2023.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the club’s impending sale is also putting their January transfer hopes on hold.
The Glazers are said to not be willing to sanction big-money transfers and instead are looking to secure loan deals if possible.
Chelsea have reportedly discussed internally whether or not they plan to sign emergency cover for Reece James following his latest injury setback.
The England international was making his first appearance in nearly three months in Chelsea’s game against Bournemouth before being forced off with a knock to the knee and it’s since been announced he will be out for a month.
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are monitoring Josip Juranovic’s situation at Celtic and could look to make a move next month.
Manchester United are reportedly ‘not close to signing anyone’ while Liverpool have already beaten them to the punch for Cody Gakpo.
The Red Devils were caught napping when Liverpool swooped in to reach an agreement with PSV for Gakpo.
They’re desperate to bring in a striker following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, but Sky Sports claim United may not end up making a permanent move next month.
It’s suggested that United will dip into the loan market to bring in a striker.
Chelsea have announced the signing of David Datro Fofana.
The striker will join the Blues from Molde at the start of January, although reports have indicated that he will be loaned out.
The 20-year-old has made a name for himself in the Norwegian league, scoring an impressive 17 goals in 26 games.
Chelsea’s injury woes have continued with Reece James now being ruled out for a month.
The Blues have confirmed that James suffered a similar injury to the one that had ruled him out for several weeks earlier in the season.
Graham Potter will now have a decision to make on who to replace James with in the starting line-up.
They have also been linked with bolstering the right side of defence in the transfer window.Reece James is out for a monthChelsea have made the most daring move so far when it comes to the pursuit of Enzo Fernandez as reports from Portugal indicate that a bid of £115million is on its way to Benfica. 
Confusingly, that figure is above the midfielder’s £105m release clause but Chelsea supposedly want to stagger the payment, while Benfica would naturally prefer the cash up front. The inflated figure is therefore an attempt to sway the Portuguese side towards their terms. 
According to CBS Sports Liverpool, Man Utd and Real Madrid are all watching on intently and there is a feeling that at least one team will properly try their luck in January. 
Erik ten Hag has informed that Manchester United board that he is frustrated about missing out on Cody Gakpo, according to ESPN
The versatile forward, who Ten Hag knows well from his time coaching PSV’s youth teams, is poised to sign for Liverpool and has landed in England to complete his medical. 
United could not match the Reds’ offer of £37million up front and are believed to be scouting out a short-term fix to their striker shortage in the January transfer window. Cody GakpoFulham are keen on launching a transfer bid for Roma full-back Rick Karsdorp, according to Calciomercato
The 27-year-old is a full Netherlands international and his been in the Italian capital since 2017, but he recently fell out with Roma boss Jose Mourinho. 
The Cottagers could be in a strong bargaining position in January as a superb start to the season has left them in the top half of the Premier League table. 
Lucas Moura has been contacted by Sao Paulo to assure him that he would be welcome at the club once his stint at Tottenham ends, according to journalist Andre Hernan
The Brazilian was supposedly called on Christmas day by his former club, with whom he rose through the ranks before signing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. 
Moura is now entering the final 18 months of his Spurs contract and he has found himself way down the pecking order behind Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison. 
Cody Gakpo has landed in England as he prepares to undergo a medical at Liverpool, according to Sky Sports
The Dutchman was expected to sign for Manchester United in January but changed course at the last minute when Liverpool offered PSV Eindhoven £37million up front. 
Gakpo leads the Eredivisie for goals and assists this season and he made himself a household name by scoring in each of the Netherlands’ three group-stage matches at the Qatar World Cup. 
Borussia Dortmund are interested in Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, according to Sport Bild
The Argentina international shone at the World Cup as one of the standout performers in his country’s triumph over France. 
The Seagulls may find it tough to keep hold of the 24-year-old with Champions League calibre clubs showing serious interest. Brighton signed him from Argentinos Juniors in 2019. Alexis Mac AllisterBayern Munich are looking to open new contract talks with Jamal Musiala, Lucas Hernandez and Alphonso Davies in 2023, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano
Musiala is of particular interest to top sides after his superb performances at the World Cup, despite Germany crashing out in the group stages. 
The youngster’s deal extends to 2026 but Bayern are keen to lock down his future for even longer with big things expected of him in the years to come. 
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has been told that funds are available to sign three new players in January, according to The Times
Foxes fans felt hard done by during the summer when Wesley Fofana was sold for a huge fee and only a fraction was invested back into the squad. 
Rodgers is thought to prioritise a centre-back, a left-back and a right winger in the January transfer window. A number of Leicester players face uncertain futures with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans both linked to moves elsewhere. 
Sticking with Chelsea, advanced talks are underway to sign Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile, according to The Times
A £35million fee has reportedly been discussed between the two clubs as Graham Potter looks for cover amid ongoing injury struggles for summer signing Wesley Fofana. 
Badiashile, 21, is already capped for the France senior side and has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League. Benoit BadiashileChelsea are poised to complete the signing of Brazilian youngster Andrey Santos, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano
The Blues will shell out an initial £11million with add-ons taking the deal up to £17.6m if they are triggered. 
Santos, 18, is capped up to Brazil U20 level and he scored eight league goals for Vasco de Gama last season. 
Manchester United are weighing up whether to allow Anthony Elanga to leave on loan, according to The Daily Mail
Everton are interested in the 20-year-old winger, who has seen his place in the pecking order slip this campaign. 
A number of other clubs are also thought to be keeping tabs on Elanga after he was given just a handful of minutes against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. 
United letting him leave will supposedly depend on them getting a forward in during the January transfer window. 
Chelsea have submitted a mammoth £114million bid for Enzo Fernandez, according to Portuguese newspaper Record
Benfica have attempted to bat away interest by asking for his full release clause but Chelsea’s latest offer is poised to activate it. 
Manchester United and Liverpool are also in the mix for the Argentine, who was named Best Young Player at the 2022 World Cup. 
Fernandez only signed for Benfica from River Plate in the summer. 
Good morning and welcome to Express Sport’s live transfer blog. 
We’re kicking off the day with a trio of intriguing transfer stories and we’ll continue to keep you up to date throughout the day, with the January transfer window just around the corner. 
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