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Chelsea could use their developing injury crisis to mount a “significant offensive” during the January transfer window – with Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko, 18, already identified as a potential replacement for Armando Broja according to the Evening Standard.

The same newspaper says Joao Felix may be Graham Potter’s biggest target when the window opens. However, the Blues face fierce competition with Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all monitoring the 23-year-old Atletico Madrid striker.

Jorge Mendes and Cristiano Ronaldo attending the world premiere of Ronaldo in November, 2015
Jorge Mendes and Cristiano Ronaldo attending the world premiere of Ronaldo in November 2015 (Ian West/PA Wire)

The Sun reports via AS that Cristiano Ronaldo’s relationship with his long-time agent Jorge Mendes is “falling apart” after the Portuguese superstar succeeded in having his Manchester United contract ripped up after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan. Clubs are now reportedly bypassing the 37-year-old’s agent and speaking to the player himself about his next move.

The same newspaper says the Indian billionaire – who is the world’s tenth richest man – Mukesh Ambani wants to buy a Premiere League club and “prefers Arsenal over Manchester United and Liverpool”. The 65-year-old has a net worth of around £73.2billion and is eager to become the latest big-money owner in English top flight football.

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Enzo Fernandez: The Spanish outlet Marca reports Liverpool are closing in on a move for Benfica’s 21-year-old Argentina midfielder.

Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez during the FIFA World Cup Semi-Final match at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar
Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez (Adam Davy/PA)

Pablo Mai: 90 min says West Ham are hoping to sign the 20-year-old Brazilian from Sao Paulo and have begun talks over a deal for the defensive midfielder.