The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January.
TOP STORY: Liverpool summer signing Fabinho seeking loan to PSG?
There was much optimism around Anfield when Liverpool signalled their intent and — somewhat surprisingly — signed central midfielder Fabinho back at the end of May for over £44 million from Monaco. Five months on and things have changed a bit, as Fabinho has struggled to earn a place in Jurgen Klopp’s preferred XI and according to a report from French publication Le Parisien, the Brazilian is suddenly “bored” with life on Merseyside. Enter PSG.
Many expected Fabinho to slot right in central midfield for the Reds from Day 1 but the play of Georginio Wijnaldum and a lack of trust from Jurgen Klopp have limited his playing time to this point. In fact, Fabinho didn’t make his club debut until mid-September (a one minute cameo in the Champions League) and his Premier League debut until Oct. 20 against Huddersfield.
The versatile Brazilian has started Liverpool’s last two games but according to the report from Le Parisien, the player is not happy with his current role and could be keen for a loan move in January, with PSG the preferred destination.
With PSG a bit strapped for cash in terms of permanent purchases, a loan move for Fabinho would make all the sense in the world for the Champions League contenders. Fabinho was linked heavily with the defending French champions before signing with Liverpool and is experienced and proven in Ligue 1 from his days at Monaco.
21.35 BST: Man United’s continued pursuit of Leicester City’s Harry Maguire is no secret but could Man United move on to another defender?
After Man United beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday, Red Devil fans were clamouring for United to sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake. The ex-Chelsea man impressed on Saturday and has previously been linked with Man City and Arsenal among others.
A classy and versatile defender, the 23-year-old Dutchman would be a welcome sight at Old Trafford. Bournemouth remain steadfast that they are not looking to sell Ake but at some point one would figure an offer will come around that Bournemouth can’t refuse.
Man United need some new defensive recruits and Ake would seem a shrewd signing for Jose Mourinho and Co.
20.21 BST: Rumours have been swirling that West Ham are looking to add a true centre-forward in January. The latest name linked with the Irons is Marseille and Greece forward Kostas Mitroglou.
The physical forward is now 30 and is largely remembered for his disappointing spell with Fulham in 2014-15. Since then the Greek has revived his career, though, first at Olympiakos and then Benfica. Mitroglou bagged 52 goals in two seasons in Portugal and scored 13 in all competitions last season at Marseille.
With Andy Carroll injured, West Ham only have Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez as natural striker options while Marko Arnautovic and Andriy Yarmolenko also have been deployed out of position there.
19.15 BST: A report in Mundo Deportivo suggests Barcelona are concerned with Malcom’s mental state; and the Brazilian was again left out of the travelling part for the trip to Rayo Vallecano.
18.05 BST: A report in The Sun claims Manchester United could be willing to let Ander Herrera join a Premier League rival in January with Jose Mourinho willing accept a lower offer.
The Spaniard’s contract at the club expires at the end of the season and he is free to begin talks with clubs outside of England from January.
17.12 BST: Swedish side Ostersunds have enquired over the availability of former Manchester United forward, Ravel Morrison, according to the BBC.
Morrison, 25, is a Lazio player, but spent last season on loan at Mexican side Atlas.
15.55 BST: Also in The Telegraph, Manchester City are planning a £40 million raid for Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho.
14.39 BST: Chelsea want to take advantage of the uncertainty at Real Madrid by trying to reopen contract talks with Eden Hazard, it is being reported in The Telegraph.
13.50 BST: Real Madrid will make a move for Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz, when his contract expires in June, according to Marca.
13.05 BST: Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Zlatan Ibrahimovic is looking for a move to AC Milan in January.
The Swede has been “flirting” with club delegates over a return to the San Siro and wants to help the club qualify for the Champions League.
12.20 BST: Usain Bolt hopes he will still get a chance to play professional football after expressing sadness things didn’t work out with A-League club Central Coast Mariners. Bolt rejected a Central Coast offer on Friday when commercial sponsors couldn’t be found to boost his wage, effectively ending his two-month trial.
“For sure,” said the 32-year-old Jamaican, who also turned down a contract with a Maltese club while at the Mariners. “We’ll see what happens. I think people are still contacting my agent now about opportunities, so we’ll see in which direction it goes.”
11.05 BST: DONE DEAL! Iran forward Karim Ansarifard, who scored for his country in the dramatic 1-1 draw with Portugal at this year’s World Cup, has signed for Championship club Nottingham Forest.
The 28-year-old had been a free agent after his contract at Greek club Olympiakos — who share an owner, Evangelos Marinakis, with Forest — had expired at the end of last season.
10.10 BST: Chelsea hope that the upheaval at Real Madrid will persuade Eden Hazard to reopen contract talks with them, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Hazard has stalled on signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge and has hinted at a long-held desire to move to the Bernabeu. But, with the uncertainty over who will take over as interim coach Santiago Solari’s on a permanent basis at the European champions, Chelsea will try to convince Hazard that he’s better of where he is. The Telegraph adds that coach Maurizio Sarri may even offer him the captaincy next season if he stays.
09.15 BST: A move from the Premier League champions to the reigning Champions League could be in the offing for Brahim Diaz, with Marca reporting that Real Madrid want to sign the midfielder from Manchester City.
The Spain U21 international has so far refused to extend his City contract, which expires next summer, meaning the 19-year-old could agree a summer move to the Bernabeu in January.
PAPER TALK: Man United identify potential De Gea replacement
With David De Gea‘s long-term contract situation still not resolved, Man United are starting to prepare a contingency plan in case the Spain international decides to leave Old Trafford.
De Gea is under contract with the Red Devils through next season but the Sun claim that United have already identified Brighton and Australia shot-stopper Mat Ryan as a potential successor in goal.
The 26-year-old Ryan has backstopped Brighton to two wins in three tries against Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League over the last two seasons, most notably keeping a clean sheet last season in a 1-0 win over the Red Devils. Ryan currently ranks third in the Premier League with 43 saves and his 77.6 percent save percentage ranks behind just Liverpool’s Alisson and Man City’s Ederson among goalkeepers who have played at least seven games.
Barcelona looking at several Suarez replacements
With Luis Suarez admitting that it is justifiable for Barcelona to look for his replacement, one name from Italy has emerged to replace the Uruguay international.
The Catalan giants are eyeing several replacements, with Marca outlining a list that is headlined by Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.
Piatek, a Poland international, has scored 13 goals in 11 official matches in his first Serie A season.
Marca states another option would be to bring back Paco Alcacer from Borussia Dortmund, where he is currently on loan. Nonetheless, the Bundesliga club are keen on keeping Alcacer.
Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez are other players that Barcelona are looking at bringing to Camp Nou.
– Manchester City are considering a £40 million move for Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, according to the Telegraph. City boss Pep Guardiola wants competition for Fernandinho in the short-term.