Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is weighing up a last-minute move for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.
Cavani, 32, had been set for a move to Atletico Madrid but the deal has collapsed. Atletico bosses were apparently unwilling to pay more than £15 million for a player who is out of contract in the summer. In addition, they would have had to have sold a big earned to accommodate Cavani’s wages – said to be more than 300,000 per week – and that didn’t materialise.
This means that Chelsea could come in and bid for the player. The Blues are light up front with Tammy Abraham injures and Lampard not appearing to rate either Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi. Cavani would fit the bill and would be relatively cheap in terms of fee, and the club could afford his wages.
It is known that Cavani wants out of PSG, preferably before this transfer window shuts, and a move to London could appeal to the Uruguayan.
However, whether it comes off is another matter. PSG and Cavani could decide to sit tight until the summer – he could have a part to play in the Champions League knockout stages.
There are four matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today, with interest at both ends of the table.
As always in the UK, none of the matches are live on TV but you can follow the action on local and national radio, as well as various TV results services.
Here are the factz you need to know:
Burnley v Newcastle United
* Newcastle did the double over the Clarets last season.
* Burnley’s easily season form seems to have evaporated: they’ve lost 6 of their last 8 matches.
* Meanwhile Newcastle have won 4 of their last 6 PL matches, losing once.
* Sean Dyche has called on just 19 players in the league this season.
* Newcastle are the only Premier League side yet to be awarded a penalty this season. Not getting penalties was a traditional gripe for Dyche.
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth
* Chelsea won this fixture 2-0 last season. However, the Cherries won the return match 4-0.
* After a good run, Chelsea have lost 3 of their last 4 matches.
* But Bournemouth are on an even worse run – they’ve lost 5 consecutive Premier League matches.
* Chelsea have yet to gain a point after going behind this season.
* Set pieces are Bournemouth’s strength – they’ve scored 9 so far this season from deadball situations.
Leicester City v Norwich City
* Leicester are in amazing form – they’ve won their last 8 PL matches, scoring at least twice in each game.
* Jamie Vardy has also scored in every one of those matches. He once scored in 11 straight matches back in 2015.
* Meanwhile Norwich are on a run of 1 win in 11 with 8 defeats in that sequence.
* The Canaries have also conceded at least twice in 13 of their 16 matches this season.
* Leicester have conceded just 10 goals this season – the best record in the division.
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
* When the sides met last season in the Championship both were goal fests: in this fixture, United ran out 4-1 winners. In the return, the Blades were 0-3 up with 10 minutes to go, but Villa staged an amazing comeback to draw 3-3.
* United have lost just one of their last 9 PL matches, although they have drawn 5 in that run.
* Villa have lost 5 of their last 7 matches, but in that run they have played all of the current top 6.
* Only Leicester and Liverpool have a better defensive record than Sheffield United in the PL this season.
* Getting a lead isn’t Villa’s problem – it’s keeping it. They’ve lost 13 points from winning positions so far this season.
A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.
Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.
German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.
Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.
It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.
It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.
However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.
Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.