The January transfer season is drawing to a close, and clubs throughout Europe are frantically seeking to add new faces to their books, while others are also negotiating to extend the contracts of their present players, and we want to provide some transfer market updates today.
The following are some of the most important transfer updates and football news stories from today.
1. Thomas Tuchel speaks on Ousmane Dembele's situation.
Ousmane Dembele's predicament with Barcelona has been trending online for some days now, and he was sacked from the Barcelona team yesterday after being forced to leave immediately after failing to extend his contract with the club. And several rumours have connected him with a transfer to Chelsea this month, and Tuchel has addressed the subject today, admitting that he is unaware of Dembele's status with Barcelona, but having worked with the Frenchman in the Bundesliga, Tuchel said that he is an excellent player at his best. However, he made no mention of any transfer negotiations between Chelsea and the player.
2. Ahmed Musa donates $1,500 to a Central Mosque in Garoua.
According to a well-known Nigerian journalist, Tobi Samuel, who is currently in Cameroon for the ongoing AFCON competition, the Super Eagles players and officials have been working there, and the leaders of the Central Mosque have expressed their appreciation for his good deed in supporting the building project.
3. Tuchel gives updates on Rudiger's contract.
Antonio Rudiger's contract with Chelsea will expire in the summer, but the defender has yet to sign a new deal with the club, and ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Tottenham, Tuchel was asked to provide an update on the defender's contract situation. He revealed that there is no update on the defender's contract situation, but that contract talks with the club are still ongoing.
4. Tottenham still pushing for Adama Traore's signing this month.
Conte is currently looking to bolster his Tottenham squad in order to continue their push for a top-four finish this season after taking over the club last year, and Adama Traore has been his top target for weeks now, and according to recent reports, Tottenham are still pressing for his signature and are in talks with Wolverhampton for him, but the Wolves boss has stated that he is happy with Adama but that the club will decide his future after their upcoming match.
5. Reece James and Chalobah returns but will not play against Tottenham.
Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah have been absent from the Chelsea team for many weeks due to injury, but have returned to training ahead of this weekend's match against Tottenham, Tuchel stated during today's press conference.
'Reece James has returned to the field, which is encouraging, but he is still in individual training and is unlikely to be included in the squad for Sunday.
'Trevoh Chalobah has returned to team training, but it is much too early to play on Sunday at this level. Thus, nobody returns; it is the same team.'
Source: Chelsea website.
6. Oscar linked with a return to Europe.
Oscar, a former Chelsea star midfielder, has been linked with a January return to Europe, and he has allegedly informed TNT Brazil that his transfer discussions with Barcelona are still underway, but Barcelona will need to trade some players before signing him.
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