London clubs linked with New Year reshuffles in as the January transfer window open

Both Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with significant squad moves in the January transfer window, with some big names reportedly set to leave England’s capital for moves to European giants elsewhere on the continent.

Higuain in, Morata out at Stamford Bridge?

Chelsea are reportedly keen on drafting in seasoned Argentinian hitman Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan, and are prepared to send Spanish striker Alvaro Morata to the San Siro to help make the deal happen.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has described Higuain as “a wonderful player” and is thought to be particularly keen to bring the 31-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

It’s unsure whether the Higuain links mean interest has cooled on Napoli striker and former Sarri charge Dries Mertens, who has also been linked with a move to the London club. But with Chelsea clearly prioritising their strike-force heading into the second half of the season, the January arrival of either Higuain or Mertens – or both – would give the Blues a major boost heading down the stretch.

Fabregas heading for the exit door?

Elsewhere in the Chelsea squad, wantaway midfielder Cesc Fabregas is reportedly attracting interest from both AC Milan and AS Monaco.

Fabregas would be a natural fit for the Milanese outfit, but the lure of a former teammate could tempt the ex-Gunners playmaker to head for the principality instead.

That’s because Thierry Henry is running the show over at Monaco, and would be able to give the Spanish star the playing time he feels he’s missing out on at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Fabregas laid out his frustration at his situation at Chelsea, and will be out of contract in the summer.

Fabregas explained how he understood his position at the club, saying “unfortunately, this is not what I want.”

It means if Chelsea are to cash in on a player who has been largely surplus to first-team requirements, a January sale is essential.

With a number of clubs interested, Fabregas may find himself in the rare position of being able to choose his next club, but for now he’s keeping his powder dry, telling the media that he has “a clear idea” of what he wants to happen next but opting not to elaborate further.

Ozil and out?

Arsenal’s German midfield playmaker Mesut Ozil may soon be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium, if recent reports are to be believed.

The 30-year-old is reportedly being made available for transfer, with Real Madrid thought to have offered 26-year-old midfielder Isco in part-exchange for the German international.

The Gunners are 6/4 shots with William Hill to finish in the top 4 this season, and Arsenal legend Ian Wright says it’s imperative the club clarifies the situation with their mercurial midfielder so the team can focus on the job at hand.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Wright said it’s important to “find out what’s going on” with the enigmatic German star.

“Is he ill? What’s wrong?” asked Wright, who demanded answers from the club on whether Ozil would stay at the club beyond the January transfer window.

With much doubt over Ozil’s position at the club, it remains to be seen whether his continued presence at the Emirates will serve as a distraction, or whether the club will cash in on the German international in a bid to make a clean break and continue a new era under boss Unai Emery.

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