Transfer news: Haaland to Chelsea, Vinicius to Arsenal
The transfer news continues to swirl ahead of the January window opening as Erling Haaland to Chelsea and Vinicius to Arsenal are some of the latest reports.
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Let's examine these rumors.
Erling Haaland on Chelsea is a fascinating report from our partners at Sky Sports in Italy who claim the Blues are ready to unload up to seven current first-team players to take on Borussia Dortmund striker and West Ham's Declan Rice this summer pick up.
We know Frank Lampard's love for Rice, but Chelsea's interest in Haaland is new as Manchester City and Manchester United appeared to be the frontrunners for the prolific Norwegian striker.
20-year-old Haaland reportedly has a release clause in his contract for the end of the 2020-21 season, which means he can be bought for $ 90 million.
Would Haaland work at Chelsea?
Given the goals he almost guarantees and the fact that Chelsea are likely to step down from Olivier Giroud and that Tammy Abraham is a substitute option at this point, Lampard looks likely to have a new target for his fortune, attacking midfielders and wingers to keep up with feed.
Timo Werner is better when he plays against a central striker instead of leading the line, while Kai Havertz has not settled in well in the Premier League. Haaland has ties to Manchester City through his father Alfe Inge, he played for them in the Premier League and with Sergio Aguero towards the end of his career City would certainly be the favorite to sign him.
Nonetheless, Chelsea have joined the race, and it could be argued that all of their young, exciting attacking talents could make a move to Stamford Bridge more attractive for Haaland. Chelsea would certainly be ahead of Manchester United as they are reluctant to do business with Haaland's agent Mino Raiola due to the ongoing situation around Paul Pogba.
The seven players Chelsea would like to fund for Haaland and Rice are: Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses. Apart from Jorginho, there aren't any surprises there, are there?
Vinicius to Arsenal a good idea?
A Brazilian player linked with a move to Arsenal? Hmm I wonder who might be involved in this ... Arsenal Sporting Director Edu, we're looking at you.
Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Jr is a loan target for Arsenal in January, according to Daily Star.
The 20-year-old forward has been struggling for minutes under Zinedine Zidane this season and is believed to be available in January. Arsenal had previously attempted to sign Vinicius and are said to have close ties with his agency, which also represents their young Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli.
The report says Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and William Saliba will be allowed to leave Arsenal in January. The first two on a permanent basis and Saliba on another loan as Arteta tries to upgrade his squad and he reportedly has the support of the Arsenal board.
Vinicius would give them an extra offensive option but they already have a number of talented attackers who can't score enough goals or can't create enough chances. Is it all due to the individual or to the style of play Arteta demands? Probably a bit of both.
There is no doubt that Vinicius is a good player and a loan move for Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos initially worked out well. With Arsenal in 15th place in the Premier League table, they certainly need something different for the second half of the season.
Broadcast News: Haaland to Chelsea, Vinicius to Arsenal originally appeared on NBCSports.com
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