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Deadline Day Live: Enzo Fernandez set to sign after Chelsea agree deal but three deals COLLAPSE



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The 2023 January transfer window is coming to an end and Chelsea are set for a huge day with at least one arrival and several outgoings hoped.

Chelsea have completed seven signings so far this month, bringing in David Datro Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Nuno Madueke and Malo Gusto.

Graham Potter has backed a move for Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez, but it remains unclear if president Rui Costa was accept the alternative offer from Chelsea, with the Blues reluctant to trigger the €120 million release clause.

Jorginho, Conor Gallagher and Hakim Ziyech have been linked with move away on the final day of the down, with Tuesday lined up to be a frantic day for the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership.

Follow Deadline Day here with Absolute Chelsea with live updates below – refresh for updates:

00:25 | Benfica confirm Enzo Fernandez agreement

00:05 | Another deal has collapsed – Xavier Simons’ loan move being made permanent at Hull City

23:52 | Omari Hutchinson is not joining West Brom

23:51 | Enzo Fernandez signs the contracts

23:35 | Hakim Ziyech to PSG in jeopardy

Hakim Ziyech’s loan deal to PSG could be dead due to Chelsea not sending the documents in time, reports L’Equipe. PSG are looking for a solution. They sent the wrong documents three times.

Ben Jacobs adds PSG are fuming over the Ziyech deal. He is stranded in the PSG club offices. There is ‘low confidence’ of any appeal or solution after Chelsea didn’t submit paperwork on time. Ziyech even offered to help financially to push move through.

23:00 | The 2023 January transfer window is closed

Now we await for official confirmation of Enzo Fernandez’s transfer to Chelsea, as well as Hakim Ziyech’s loan departure to PSG for the remainder of the season.

22:43 | David Datro Fofana stays at Chelsea despite loan interest

Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea details

Reports from Matt Law

Chelsea have everything in place for Enzo Fernandez in terms of the paperwork, deal sheet, medical and private jet. There shouldn’t be an issue completing the transfer even if there is no announcement before or at 11pm.

Benfica originally demanded Chelsea pay the full £105 million buy-out clause in Fernandez’s contract in one payment, but they later expressed a willingness to take the fee in three payments spread across two years.

Behdad Eghbali led negotiations with Benfica for Fernandez from London on transfer deadline day and refused to take no for an answer during more than 12 hours of negotiations.

Fabrizio Romano

Fernandez will sign an eight-and-a-half-year contract at Chelsea until the summer of 2031.


21:50 | PSG agree Ziyech loan with Chelsea

David Ornstein reports PSG have agreed a deal to sign Hakim Ziyech on loan from Chelsea. They will pay a loan fee, but no obligation to buy included.

21:21 | Time is running out but there is progress

As per Jacob Steinberg, there is not long left but it sounds like Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea is moving in the right direction.

21:10 | Tiemoue Bakayoko deal back on

Gianluca Di Marzio reports Tiemoue Bakayoko to Adana Demirspor is now ‘back on track’ and the parties are close to reaching an agreement.

20:22 | Chelsea agree deal to sell Xavier Simons to Hull City

Hull City have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea’s Xavier Simons on a permanent deal, reports Nizaar Kinsella. It’s now a race against time to complete the paperwork.

20:02 | Chelsea confirm permanent departure of Jorginho to Arsenal

19:45 | Omari Hutchinson is set to join West Brom on loan until the end of the season

19:40 | Tiemoue Bakayoko’s agent confirms transfer complications

Federico Pastorello: told Sky Italia: “Bakayoko couldn’t join Cremonese due to a few issues. I don’t think (he’ll join Lyon). There are some problems between Lyon, Milan and Chelsea.”

19:17 | Tiemoue Bakayoko latest: Why Lyon move is being held up

19:10 | Chelsea getting closer for Enzo Fernandez but no agreement yet

Matt Law reports Chelsea and Benfica have come closer regarding the structure of the agreement for Enzo Fernandez. They are still trying hard but no agreement yet. There remains hope a deal will be done in time before the January deadline.

A deal could be agreed for the summer for Fernandez if Chelsea can’t complete a January deal.

18:47 | Omari Hutchinson could be on his way to West Brom

As reported by Sami Mokbel, West Brom are hopeful of wrapping up a loan deal for Chelsea’s Omari Hutchinson.

18:37 | Fabrizio Romano shuts down medical rumours for Enzo Fernandez

As of now, nothing is done for Enzo Fernandez. The feeling in the afternoon was very optimistic. Chelsea are still waiting for the green light from Rui Costa.

Chelsea are prepared to let Fernandez to undergo a medical in Portugal if they find an agreement with Benfica, but he is not doing any medical tests right now.

18:33 | Hakim Ziyech waiting on Chelsea

Foot Mercato claim Hakim Ziyech and his entourage are now waiting, in a famous Parisian hotel, for PSG and Chelsea to find a full agreement for a loan deal after undergoing his medical tests.

17:49 | Hakim Ziyech is pushing for a move to PSG

After undergoing his medical on Tuesday in Paris, Hakim Ziyech is not yet a PSG player, report L’Equipe. He is making it known to Chelsea, who are being ‘greedy’ in negotiations, that he wants to leave. Negotiations around the details of the loan deal are ongoing.

16:47 | Enzo Fernandez given permission by Benfica to undergo Chelsea medical

David Ornstein reports Enzo Fernandez has been given permission to undergo a medical in Portugal due to there now being heightened optimism that an agreement will be reached between Chelsea and Benfica.

As a result, Benfica have agreed to let Fernandez undergo a medical in Portugal for the event of a deal going through.

16:41 | Marc Cucurella reacts to Jorginho’s departure

16:01 | Chelsea preparing Enzo Fernandez deal in Portugal

As reported by Sky Sports, club officials are in Lisbon as they work to get this deal over the line.

Chelsea are making plans to medically assess the midfielder in the Portuguese capital.

With time running out to complete it on transfer deadline day, Chelsea are making plans to medically assess Fernandez in the Portuguese capital.

16:00 | Jorginho pictured in Arsenal shirt.

A move being announced is imminent.

15:22 | Conor Gallagher set to stay

15:11 | Tiemoue Bakayoko to make France return?

13:40 | Enzo Fernandez compromise needed to reach deal

As reported by Matt Law, talks are ongoing but it looks increasingly like Chelsea will have to either meet the release clause in one payment or bring down the number of staggered payments to find an agreement with Benfica for Enzo Fernandez.

13:18 | Decisive Enzo Fernandez meeting

13:13 | An alternative target for Chelsea

13:07 | Enzo Fernandez update – back-up options eyed as deal becomes unlikely

Jacob Steinberg reports Chelsea remain in negotiations with Benfica for Enzo Fernandez, who are continuing to insist that Chelsea pay the full clause in one lump sum. A deal is looking unlikely at the moment, but there is time for that to change.

While Fabrizio Romano claims the Blues have back-up options in case the deal collapses.

12:45 | A blow in the pursuit of Enzo Fernandez

As things stand, Enzo Fernandez will continue to play for Benfica, with Chelsea ‘very unlikely’ to trigger the release clause.

A source assures Fernandez will stay at Benfica, according to RTP in Portugal.

12:44 | Tiemoue Bakayoko’s proposed loan move hits a snag

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s loan move from AC Milan to U.S. Cremonese has hit a snag over fees and wages, reports Nizaar Kinsella.

12:39 | Conor Gallagher won’t be joining Newcastle United or Manchester United on loan

12:30 | PSG confirm talks in progress to sign Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea

Speaking in a press conference, boss Christophe Galtier said on Tuesday: “The club are working on Hakim Ziyech, but as I speak to you, he is a Chelsea player!”

12:20 | Omari Hutchinson attracting loan interest

Omari Hutchinson is the subject of loan interest from clubs in the Championship and in Europe, reports Simon Johnson.

He held a meeting with loan technical coach Carlo Cudicini yesterday. He could still remain at Chelsea, but loan is being considered.

11:40 | Jorginho transfer goes down well in Arsenal camp

As reported by David Ornstein, transfer from #Chelsea to Arsenal has ‘gone down very well’ among Arsenal staff and squad. Deal is £11 million plus add-ons, including winning Premier League and Champions League qualification.

11:37 | Hakim Ziyech hitch

According to Sami Mokbel, Hakim Ziyech is trying to revive his move to PSG after the deal hit a snag. He still wants the transfer but there is doubt now. However, a deal is still possible.

11:21 | David Datro Fofana attracting loan interest

As reported by Foot Mercato, OGC Nice are interested in signing David Datro Fofana on loan. Chelsea are open to letting him leave temporarily, with Bayer Leverkusen also among clubs interested.

11:01 | Jude Soonsup-Bell completes Spurs move

10:50 | Enzo Fernandez and Jorginho latest

David Ornstein reports Jorginho’s switch to Arsenal is independent of any deal for Enzo Fernandez to join Chelsea.

Meanwhile, no breakthrough has still yet been made in their move for Fernandez. They are not willing to go above the €120 million clause, with the structure and terms of the deal key.

10:25 | Enzo Fernandez ‘getting closer and closer’ to Benfica stay, missing game against Arouca

As reported by Record Portugal, Enzo Fernandez will miss Benfica’s game tonight against Arouca. Benfica are ‘trying everything’ to keep him, with still no agreement yet in place with Chelsea. Fernandez is ‘getting closer and closer’ to staying at Benfica.

10:22 | Chelsea still ‘working hard’ on deal for Enzo Fernandez

Matt Law reports that there is still no breakthrough over a deal to sign Enzo Fernandez. Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali is in London working hard on it.

10:00 | Jorginho deal agreed and contract length confirmed

As per multiple reports, Jorginho’s deal to Arsenal has been agreed. He will sign a one-and-a-half-year deal, plus the option of a further year.

09:47 | Jorginho fee revealed

As reported by Miguel Delaney, Arsenal have provisionally agreed a deal of around £13 million for Jorginho.

09:27 | Permission granted for Jorginho

Jorginho is on his way to Arsenal ahead of a proposed move.

09:11 | Arsenal advancing towards a Jorginho deal

As reported by David Ornstein, Arsenal are advancing towards an agreement for Jorginho and that is now their most likely recruit, with an acceptance that Brighton’s resistance to selling Moises Caicedo means that deal will not materialise.

08:53 | A busy day means Graham Potter has given the squad the day off

08:40 | Hakim Ziyech undergoing PSG medical

Hakim Ziyech is currently undergoing his medical in Paris while PSG and Chelsea reach an agreement, report Foot Mercato.

08:35 | A move to Newcastle is looking unlikely for Conor Gallagher

As reported by Luke Edwards of the Daily Telegraph, Newcastle will make a final enquiry over the availability of Gallagher.

Chelsea are unwilling to loan him to Newcastle due to seeing them as a direct rival for European qualification, with the Blues’ valuation well in excess of £50 million.

08:23 | Crucial hours ahead for Enzo Fernandez

08:06 | Hakim Ziyech in Paris

The Chelsea winger arrived in Paris on Monday evening ahead of a potential loan move to PSG, according to Le Parisien.

08:00 | Chelsea’s plans for the final day

It’s going to be a busy day in the capital. The main business is Chelsea wanting to complete a deal for Enzo Fernandez.

Click here to delve deeper into Chelsea’s plans on Tuesday.

07:45 | All the details of when the January transfer window closes

The 2023 January transfer window closes at 11pm in England. Click here for all the details on Deadline Day.