Middlesbrough stand firm on Morgan Rogers bids as Chelsea join race. Report

The EFL Transfer Notebook for today shows that Middlesbrough has beaten Aston Villa three times. Chelsea and Morgan Rogers enter the competition for a young star in the Championship

This week marks the end of the January transfer window, and EFL clubs are still in a race against the clock to land those vital last-minute transfers. Teams have until 11 p.m. on February 1 to finalize their transfers; last-minute agreements could mean the difference between winning and losing this season.

In light of that, please find attached the most recent EFL transfer notes and analysis from the EFL72 team. Below, you can also register to receive our daily EFL newsletter.

Boro reject third Rogers bid

After a third bid was turned down, Aston Villa’s hopes of signing Middlesbrough winger Morgan Rogers were further dashed. Birmingham Live claims the deal was worth up to double that at roughly £15m. The Telegraph reports that Unai Emery’s side placed a bid in the area of £7.5m, having already been rejected on two prior times this month.

The 21-year-old, who only joined Boro this summer for a meager £1.5 million, has stated that he intends to move to the Premier League. According to reports, Villa is currently in a hurry to finalize a deal before Thursday’s deadline, and Michael Carrick’s squad is reportedly aiming for a price in the double digits for Rogers.

Rogers is one of Villa’s top targets this window, and they’re continuing to entice Middlesbrough into a deal, according to EFL72. But since Boro has already determined their valuation, they won’t want to forfeit a valuable asset thus late in the month in exchange for a small sum. Villa should keep pursuing this one, but in the end, time may tell and it may be postponed until the summer.

Chelsea enters the Wharton competition

According to The Sun, Adam Wharton, a midfielder for Blackburn Rovers, is now a target for Chelsea. This month, Crystal Palace, a Premier League rival, has been in talks to recruit the 19-year-old, but they have not yet offered Blackburn’s £25 million asking price.

Paul Winstanley, Chelsea’s sporting director, reportedly attended the midfielder’s debut last week at Ewood Park. The midfielder signed a new five-year contract there last month. It’s thought that Wharton could sign a contract that includes a loan clause, allowing him to stay with the team for the remainder of the year.

According to reports, Palace is hesitant to exceed their present offer of £18.5 million with add-ons as Blackburn holds out for a larger sum.

It is not surprising that Wharton is drawing interest from Premier League teams. It is only a matter of time until he moves to the top division, but will it be this month or in the summer, according to EFL72? Transferring to Chelsea may sound ideal on paper, but considering their current transfer woes, it might not be the greatest option in the long run.

No way to sell Clarke

Regarding top player Jack Clarke’s future, Sunderland has made it clear that the winger is not up for grabs this month. According to Fabrizio Romano, Lazio, an Italian team, expressed interest in the 23-year-old, but the Black Cats turned down an offer worth 16 million euros, or £13.6 million.

The club intends to keep the winger if they are promoted to the Premier League, despite the fact that a summer transfer for him is estimated to cost roughly 30 million Euros (£25.5 million).

EFL72 says: “Arguably the most-wanted asset in the Championship right now, Sunderland will no doubt be making it their top priority to make sure Clarke remains at the Stadium of Light until at least the summer. However, big bids are starting to come in and it may get to that point where an offer becomes too good to refuse for both the player and club.”

Sensi’s struggles in Leicester

Stefano Sensi’s story involving Leicester and Inter Milan has been the talk of the transfer window, however Sky Sports is reporting that the transaction may not close. Even though the Foxes are on the verge of making a transfer, Enzo Maresca’s team may run into financial difficulties.

The 28-year-old was allegedly being discussed for a loan move by the two teams, but it’s now thought that Inter would seek to include a condition allowing Leicester to purchase him permanently should they win the Premier League this year.

On Wednesday, Blackpool is offering

George Byers, a midfielder for Sheffield Wednesday, is reportedly in talks to join League One team Blackpool. Given that Byers’ contract with Hillsborough expires at the end of the current campaign, TeamTALK reports that the Owls may want to take advantage of a possible departure this month.

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