This summer’s transfer window was unlike anything else; see all the big deals and see how we rated the biggest contracts. And just because the window is closed until January, does not mean the rumors do not keep coming. Here is the latest gossip and speculation.
TOP STORY: Ter Stegen, Sterling for switching clubs?
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is interested in a transfer woop for the Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with Raheem Sterling potentially switching to the Spanish club in return, reports El Nacional.
The LaLiga team has been heavily linked with Sterling, 26, and Guardiola is said to be keen to switch midfielders. Frenkie de Jong go to Etihad, but that offer was rejected.
City have instead responded with a switch to Ter Stegen, which is seen as a possible backup for No. 1 goalkeeper Ederson.
Both Barca coach Xavi and President Joan Laporta are said to be against any move for the German national team player, even in exchange for Sterling. The 29-year-old goalkeeper has been a key player for the Catalan club for the past few years, and despite his decline in form since suffering a knee injury, he is still considered an important leader.
Sterling, on the other hand, is a player that Barcelona have followed with a view to a loan transfer to January, where the club hopes to strengthen their firepower in the absence of Sergio Aguero, who is injured in the foreseeable future with a health fear regarding his heart.
However, it is said to be another stumbling block in every possible move, where Sterling’s significant salary is difficult to reach for the poor Blaugrana.
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12.21 GMT: Sky Sports reports the attacker Eddie Nketiah will Arsenal when his contract expires this summer.
Nketiah, 22, has not appeared in the Premier League this season as he has played twice in the EFL Cup and he wants to play more first team football.
Crystal Palace and Leeds have shown interest, while he has also been linked with clubs in Germany.
11.35 GMT: Real Madrid are already considering extending Luka Modriccontract for another year, reports Marca, which means that the Croatian national team player will remain in the club until 2023.
Modric – who signed an extension in May last year – is still a key player for Madrid at 36, with seven starts already in LaLiga this season.
According to Marca, Madrid are eager to keep Modric after the World Cup in 2022 to play at the completed new Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Madrid have been linked with a move for Manchester United Paul pogba and Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni next summer, but the newspaper says they still want Modric to sign a new one-year deal until June 2023.
11.07 GMT: Atletico Madrid’s short- and medium-term transfer business will depend on the future of Saul niguez and Alvaro Morata, according to Diario AS.
Chelsea have an option for 40 million euros to keep Saul in the summer, having already paid a loan fee of 5 million euros, the newspaper says – while Juventus have paid 10 million euros for each of Morata’s seasons in Turin during this period and would have to pay another 35 million euros to hang on to him permanently.
That would give Atletico a potential € 75 million to spend, but as it is now, it is “unlikely” that both clubs will take advantage of this opportunity, says AS.
Saul’s role has so far been extremely limited at Chelsea, while Juventus would like to sign a lower price deal for Morata and also keep an eye on Fiorentinas. Dusan Vlahovic.
10.41 GMT: Tottenham striker Harry Kane could earn himself a possible switch to Man City with his goals for England.
Alejandro Moreno discusses whether Harry Kane will rediscover his goal-scoring form in the Premier League.
10.13 GMT: FC Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi is of interest to Barcelona, says Sport1.
The Catalan club are eager to make an offer in the coming days, as the new manager Xavi is a big fan of the 19-year-old and is willing to pay 40 million euros to get a deal in place.
It is uncertain where Barca would get these 40 million euros from, given their financial situation, which could open the door for Borussia Dortmund, who are also eager but are only able to pay 35 million euros to pick up the German national team player.
09.42 GMT: Barcelona are monitoring the defender César Azpilicueta‘s contract situation as he enters the final six months of his deal with Chelsea, sources have told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
Barca signed Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia on free transfers last summer, and sources have said the club will continue to target out-of-contract players due to the financial situation.
Azpilicueta, 32, has played 12 games for Chelsea this season and remains a solid man under coach Thomas Tuchel after leading the team to Champions League success last season.
But with his deal out next summer, the Spanish national team player has not yet committed to new terms at Stamford Bridge, which has warned Barca, who have also previously shown interest in the defender.
Sources have told ESPN that Chelsea remain in talks with Azpilicueta and hope he will extend, but there is no agreement yet for him to extend his stay in London.
08.47 GMT: Villarreal’s shapely midfielder Jeremi Pino, who has been linked with interest from Real Madrid, has signed a three-year contract extension, which will tie him to the club until June 2027.
Yeremi, 19, helped Villarreal win the Europa League last season in its debut campaign with the first team. He has scored two goals in 15 appearances in all tournaments for Villarreal this promotion and achieved a place on the Spanish national team.
“I was very young when I came to Villarreal’s academy full of enthusiasm and dreams,” Yeremi said. “Here I have had the chance to make my dreams come true, to play in the first division, play in Europe, win a title and get to the national team. It is very clear to me that this is where I want to stay. Because it is the best place for me to keep growing. “
As part of the new agreement, Yeremi’s release clause has increased to € 80 million.
08.00 GMT: Frustration in the Manchester United squad has grown due to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s reluctance to rotate, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson, where some squad players feel they have been misled about their prospects of playing this season.
Under-shooting United boss Solskjær accepted during meetings over the summer that he had “overplayed” key players during the previous campaign, said sources, and promised members of the squad, among others. Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata | and Alex Such, that they would become more involved in the future.
In some cases, Solskjær’s assurances were enough for the players to put their plans to leave Old Trafford on ice, only to be left on the sidelines when the season started.
Sources have told ESPN that there is particular frustration among some winger players over the fact that they have still not been able to break into the team despite the poor results.
United have lost six of their last 12 matches, with eight of the same players starting each of the demoralizing defeats to Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)
– Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are looking for a switch to the AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports journalist Ekrem Konir. The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, which means he will be free to leave the summer and can negotiate terms with clubs abroad in January.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe hopes to add Manchester City defender Nathan Ake to its side in January, says Calciomercato. The 26-year-old has been used as a backup at Etihad, but he could be a first-team option for Howe, who he played under during his time at Bournemouth.
– Real Madrid and Barcelona could fight for the Napoli midfielder Eljif Diamond, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. The 22-year-old has been in and out of the first team, with his potential abilities interesting for both Spanish clubs.
Marseille are hoping to sign a defender William Saliba on a permanent deal from Arsenal, according to the journalist Ekrem Konir. The report claims that the two clubs are ready to start negotiations on a potential move, with the 20-year-old having impressed for the Ligue 1 team so far this season.
– Manchester City, Liverpool, Juventus and Roma have all been linked with a switch to Denis Zakaria in January. Calciomercato says all four sides are interested in Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder, who is out of contract with the player dreaming of a move to Barcelona instead.