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Transfer rumours: Fernandez to Chelsea, Ronaldo clause at Newcastle, and Liverpool “agreement”

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If Newcastle makes it into the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo might play in the Premier League again the following year, according to Marca.

The Portuguese international has agreed to a two-year contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr, making him the highest-paid player in the world. He might not, however, participate in the Saudi Pro League the following year.

According to rumours, Ronaldo’s contract includes a provision allowing him to join Newcastle on loan should they finish in the top four this year. The 37-year-old is desperate to compete in Europe’s top league and wanted to sign with a team that had previously played at that level, but no teams were interested, so he chose Al-Nassr instead.

Managers around the nation will have a clearer sense of what reinforcements they need to sign this month during the January transfer window after another exciting weekend of Premier League play. Despite relying on Marcus Rashford coming off the bench to score the game’s only goal for Manchester United against Wolves, Erik ten Hag is undoubtedly more persuaded than ever that he needs a new No. 9.

Felix Johnston reports that Chelsea and Benfica have finally achieved an agreement to bring in midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

The midfielder’s £106 million release clause was a point of contention for the Blues, but they negotiated an agreement that will see that amount paid in three instalments.

Chelsea will add further £8 million as a concession for delaying the payments. It is now thought that Fernandez’s medical is being organised by the Stamford Bridge team.

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