elcome back to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of all the latest transfer news as clubs plan ahead for the January window.
The domestic summer market finally closed for Premier League clubs in its entirety on Friday, 16 October, with the international window having already closed on October 5.
Chelsea spent over £200million in the summer window, and signings like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Edouard Mendy are settling in well at Stamford Bridge, which could lead to the exits of overlooked players such as the MLS-linked Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal arrivals such as Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes are also looking good – though highly-rated Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is still said to be a priority target – and Tottenham fans are optimistic that Gareth Bale will become a key player again as Spurs aim for silverware and further additions to Jose Mourinho’s squad in January.
Manchester United are struggling after failing to sign top targets like Jadon Sancho – but the Red Devils have been linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund and England forward again, while there are now suggestions they also want former Spurs star Christian Eriksen. United’s neighbours Man City could also be on the hunt for Lionel Messi if the wantaway Barcelona star has not changed his mind by January, while reports claim Cristiano Ronaldo could sensationally head back to Real Madrid.
As for Liverpool, serious injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez leave them short at the back – and Dayot Upamecano is a potential January option, with David Alaba and Nelson Semedo also linked.
Keep up to date with all the latest news, deals and rumours below…
United missed out on Fati deal
Back to Manchester United for a moment, reports in Spain this weekend claim that the club looked to agree a huge £133m deal for Barcelona’s Ansu Fati after missing out on Jadon Sancho last summer.
However, according to Catalan publication Sport, Barcelona – already rocked by the Lionel Messi transfer saga, behind-the-scenes unrest and Luis Suarez’s exit – unsurprisingly rejected a proposal put together by United and agent Jorge Mendes.
Klopp plays down Germany links
Jurgen Klopp has once again sought to quieten suggestions that he could be tempted to take the managerial reins with his native Germany.
The future of long-serving current incumbent Joachim Low has been subject to plenty of speculation of late, with Die Mannschaft suffering a humiliating 6-0 defeat by Spain in the Nations League in midweek.
Liverpool’s Klopp has inevitably been linked with the post again, though insists that he has no interest as things stand.
However, he has evidently not ruled out potentially becoming Germany boss in the future.
“Wow, I thought that is one of the questions I answered most often in my life!” he said before Liverpool host Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday night.
“In the future, maybe. Now? No. I have no time, I have a job – a pretty intense job by the way!
“I’m not sure if anyone asked for me or whatever, but if they don’t know, I have a job at Liverpool. And even though the weather is bad again, I like it!
“I’m responsible for a lot of things here, so I will not go and search for another challenge. I have enough challenges after waking up in the morning!”
Beckham hoping to lure Chelsea’s Giroud to MLS
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is being lined up for a move to MLS… by David Beckham.
The Mirror report that Giroud is a transfer target for Beckham’s Inter Miami, who are looking to improve their fortunes after a tough start to life as an expansion franchise.
The Frenchman has played just 33 minutes of Premier League football so far this term behind the likes of summer signing Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham, with the report adding that Giroud will look for a new club in January if his playing time does not increase before then.
Like Henderson, the 34-year-old does not want to risk missing out on Euro 2020, having recently been urged to resolve his situation by Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.
Henderson wants January loan exit
Dean Henderson wants to leave Manchester United on loan once again.
That’s according to The Sun, who say that the former long-time Sheffield United loanee is eager to play more regularly to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.
Rivals Leeds and Brighton have both been linked with a potential loan swoop in January, while Championship promotion hopefuls Bournemouth are also said to be keen on a deal for Henderson.
Ronaldo eyeing Real Madrid return?
Intriguing suggestions this weekend that Cristiano Ronaldo could be eyeing a sensational return to Real Madrid.
Spanish outlet Marca claim that the Portuguese superstar – who scored a whopping 450 goals in 438 matches and won a plethora of major silverware during a nine-year stint at Madrid before leaving for Juventus in 2018 – is looking to rebuild bridges with the club after his controversial exit.
There have been reports in Italy that Juve could be open to selling Ronaldo in order to reduce their wage bill after the Covid-19 pandemic, but Marca say that Real aren’t considering a return for the 35-year-old at this stage.
Sterling set for new Man City deal
Fresh after inking manager Pep Guardiola to a new two-year deal earlier this week, Manchester City are now focused on reaching extension agreements with a number of key stars.
The Sunday Mirror report that England forward Raheem Sterling is in line for an extension to his £300,000-a-week contract that still has two years left to run, while City are also focused on tying down Kevin De Bruyne for the long-term.
Meanwhile, the Star on Sunday claim that striker Gabriel Jesus is also poised to be offered improved terms worth in the region of £150,000-per-week.
Man United join Eriksen race
Christian Eriksen looks intent on securing a move back to the Premier League.
Things have not worked out for the former Tottenham star since his switch to Inter Milan in January, with Antonio Conte seemingly reluctant to offer him regular first-team opportunities.
It was recently reported that Arsenal could sensationally be offered a swap deal that would see them take on Eriksen in exchange for Granit Xhaka – a move that would no doubt infuriate the Spurs faithful.
Now Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport report that Old Trafford is another potential landing spot for the Dane, with Manchester United perhaps having to use Brazilian midfielder Fred to get a deal done.
Bayern’s Sule ‘dreams of Man United’
Manchester United’s need for further defensive reinforcements has been made plainly clear during a difficult start to the 2020/21 campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Could their hopes soon be answered by a new arrival from the Bundesliga?
According to Bild’s Christian Falk, Bayern Munich and Germany centre-back Niklas Sule “dreams” of playing for United one day.
It might be wise for United to try and make that dream a reality in the not too distant future!
Arsenal exploring Szoboszlai deal
Arsenal appear firmly on the trail of Red Bull Salzburg’s creative midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.
The Mirror report that the Gunners are looking at ways to structure a deal for the Hungarian international, who has built quite a reputation for himself in the Austrian Bundesliga aged just 20.
It is said that Arsenal are looking to pay the player’s £23m release clause in installments over a three-year period, rather than giving it all up front in one payment.
Solskjaer responds to Deschamps’ Pogba comments
Didier Deschamps said during the international break that Paul Pogba cannot be happy with his playing time and positioning at Manchester United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brushed aside such talk today.
“Paul’s had a difficult season last season,” he said. “He’s had Covid now (earlier in the season). I think those three games he played for France helps both us and Paul, and it helped France. He gets a rhythm, he gets his fitness.
“I’ve spoken to Paul and he certainly felt towards the end of the Portugal game and definitely the end of Sweden game he felt stronger for it.
“He played well, they qualified. I think he’s only going to improve. Paul is, as I’ve said, a very important player and very important person for us.
“To have him in form and happy is going to be vital for the run that we can hopefully put together now.”
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