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: Inter ready to step up Martial interest
Inter Milan want Manchester United forward Anthony Martial as his contract standoff continues, the Mirror reports.
Martial is out of contract in the summer, with United having the option to increase his deal by 12 months, and although the Old Trafford club are keen to keep him Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio “is a long-term admirer.”
Reports in September had said Inter could try to broker a loan deal for France international Martial that would see Ivan Perisic go the other way.
Martial, who had indicated he would be reluctant to sign new terms after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho, has now scored five goals in five Premier League games.
21.07 BST: From one Japan international to another. Calciomercato claims that Everton and West Ham are eying a swoop for former Man United and current Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa.
The Japanese international is still just 29 years old but has found playing time scarce at the Bundesliga club. Kagawa has made just four first-team appearances this term for the Westphalians, playing a combined 204 minutes over those contests.
Last season Kagawa had a bit of a resurgence with Dortmund, scoring six goals and providing five assists in 27 games over all competitions.
Kagawa played 38 times in the Premier League between 2012-14 for United and could look to repair his image in England with a return to a mid-tier Premier League club.
19.28 BST: Southampton look as if they will have a battle on their hands to stave off relegation this season and thus, figure to be active in the winter transfer window.
According to Record, the Saints are readying a £15 million bid for Japan international Shoya Nakajima.
The 24-year-old attacker is off to a scintillating start to the season in Portugal’s top flight, bagging four goals and three assists in his first eight league appearances with Portimonense.
The diminutive midfielder has goals in his game and Southampton could definitely use some of those; the Saints having scored just seven goals (second worst in the Premier League) through 11 games this season.
International teammate Maya Yoshida has been with Southampton since 2012.
18.17 BST: It is no secret that Jose Mourinho and Man United pushed hard to sign a central defender this summer with Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld and Yerry Mina some of the headline targets.
With the January window approaching, Man United have reportedly added a new name to their list: Joachim Andersen.
La Repubblica, per Calcio Mercato claims that the 22-year-old Sampdoria defender has caught the eye of Mourinho, with the Portuguese boss sending four scouts to see Andersen play last weekend against Torino.
The report goes on to say Sampdoria chairman Massimo Ferrero will not listen to anything less than €30 million for the Dane but that Mourinho is “convinced” that Andersen will one day play at Old Trafford.
United failed to sign their centre-back in the summer, could Andersen finally be the solution to Mourinho’s ongoing problem?
16.52 BST: Respected Brazilian journalist Paulo Vinícius Coelho reports that Bahia midfielder Ramires could be on his way to Arsenal. The UOL report says the Gunners and Atletico Madrid are keen, while the 18-year-old defensive midfielder may move in January.
16.00 BST: Lille striker Nicolas Pepe has said speculation from other clubs is “nice.”
Reports had emerged linking the striker to Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Pepe said he was unaware of these rumors but was flattered.
Pepe has had a hand in 13 Lille goals this year. It was this form that made Lille owner Gerard Lopez say in September that Pepe has become an “intransferable player.” In spite of this, he accepted the club were not immune to offers in the January transfer window.
15.26 BST: Hirving Lozano told ESPN FC he would like to play in the Premier League after his side’s 2-1 Champions League defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.
After the loss he said, “I hope that God, some day, gives me a shot at playing in the Premier League, I like it very much.”
14.20 BST: Bayern Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey ruled out a move away from the club this summer because he did not want to rush his development.
Bailey told Four Four Two that Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United were all interested. The 21-year-old however said “the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly.”
14.00 BST: Shinji Kagawa could return to England in January’s transfer window.
The Japanese international is struggling for game time at Borussia Dortmund this season. Talk Sport reports that Everton and West Ham are battling to sign Kagawa.
13.45 BST: Brazil international Dede will honour his contract with Cruzeiro after turning down offers to play in Europe this year.
The 30-year-old central defender, tied to Cruzeiro until June 2021, told Lance: “Cruzeiro are not going to lose me. It’s impossible they can lose me. My intention is to complete my contract.”
Dede has been rewarded for his strong season at Cruzeiro by being included in Brazil’s squad for their game against Uruguay at the Emirates stadium in London on Nov. 16 and the clash with Cameroon at Millwall’s MK Stadium four days later.
12.45 BST: Barcelona have ruled out making a move to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz.
Barcelona have reportedly been considering signing a central defender amid concerns over the severity of Samuel Umtiti’s knee injury. It seems David Luiz is not their answer not least because Luiz is now firmly back in the first team at Chelsea.
12.30 BST: Luciano Spalletti says Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar is worth more than €100 million after his outstanding performance in Tuesday’s Champions League draw at home to Barcelona.
The Slovakian international is reportedly a target for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Speaking in a news conference, coach Spalletti said “If it’s Barcelona, they will have to pay €100m and if I am them I would pay a €20m tip on top.” He added “And if I’m Real Madrid, the [€100m] with a €40m tip — that is how highly I rate Skriniar.”
11.25 BST: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has played down reports which quoted Medhi Benatia as saying he was not getting enough playing time this season.
“It would certainly be just a case of him letting off steam,” Allegri told reporters. “Being in a big club also means being able to be left out. I think Benatia has played about half our 14 games this season in a part of the team where there are important players.
“Players like him are hard to find and the same goes for [Andrea] Barzagli, [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Daniele] Rugani. Occasionally, there is an outburst.”
The defender was quoted by La Stampa on Tuesday as saying that “you get tired of only playing once in a while.”
10.45 BST: Tottenham forward, Fernando Llorente, has expressed his desire to return to La Liga in the future.
Speaking to Spanish media he said “I’ve been away from home for many years, I’d love to go back to the Spanish league.”
Llorente’s contract with Tottenham expires next summer meaning he could leave the club for free. Llorente did not rule out a return to his former club, Athletic Bilbao.
10.00 BST: Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports linking him with AC Milan as “fake news.”
France Football reported that Wenger has been in talks with Milan about replacing Gennaro Gattuso as coach, but Wenger denied that during his role as a pundit on beIN Sports.
“The only thing I can say is, it’s fake news,” Wenger said. “If I would sign somewhere I would tell you. It’s wrong news.”
09.10 BST: Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Argentina midfielder Exequiel Palacios from River Plate, according to TeleMadrid.
Palacios has helped River reach this season’s Copa Libertadores final against bitter Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors. The 20-year-old has started seven games in that campaign, including both legs of the semifinal win over Brazilian club Gremio.
TeleMadrid reports that Palacios will move to the Bernabeu next summer for a fee of €20m.
08.00 BST: Bayer Leverkusen boss Jonas Boldt says that Leon Bailey will not leave the club this winter, amid interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool.
“We had good talks,” Boldt said after Bailey’s agent arrived in Leverkusen on Tuesday. “We all know that Leon will leave us one day. But we made it clear that a winter transfer is out of the question.”
The Jamaican attacker himself said earlier this week that he was not in any hurry to join a Premier League giant, saying: “A lot of clubs were interested. But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly. Because once you get there, where do you go next?”
PAPER TALK (by Chris Borg)
Palace mull move for Arsenal’s Welbeck
Crystal Palace could make a January move for Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck as they look to ease their struggles in front of goal, according to the Sun.
It reports that the Eagles are prepared to table a £10 million offer for Welbeck, who has struggled for first-team time this season. His Arsenal contract runs out in the summer, with no new terms having yet been offered, and that has alerted Palace boss Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson’s Gunners counterpart Unai Emery “is happy for Welbeck to remain part of his Arsenal squad for the rest of the season,” but Arsenal will listen to offers “because they are reluctant to allow him to leave for nothing in the summer.”
Meanwhile, Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has emerged as a potential future signing for Manchester City, the Mirror reports.
The 20-year-old has impressed City, “who have underlined their interest with a number of discreet enquiries,” and is “in contention when they next look to strengthen in that area.”
Chelsea run rule over Bournemouth’s Wilson
Chelsea continue to be linked with strikers amid speculation about the future of Alvaro Morata, with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson the latest, says the Mirror.
Wilson has scored seven times this season and “fired himself onto Chelsea’s radar.”
The Londoners “are having him watched on a regular basis between now and the end of the year, and could firm up their interest as early as January.”
Reports of Chelsea’s interest come after they were linked with Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi and Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek last month.
Meanwhile, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri “has slammed the door on a West Ham move to take Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan.”
— Zlatan Ibrahimovic is under contract with the LA Galaxy for next season, but a few things have to happen if he is to return.
“I have some wishes and demands which [are] simple things,” Ibrahimovic said, according to the Associated Press. “There is interest in Europe, but my priority is Galaxy. They have wishes, I have wishes, but I’m optimistic and I’m positive.”
— Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm might be off to pastures new after becoming frustrated with life on the bench, the Evening Standard reports.
Former Swansea keeper Vorm, out of contract at the end of the season, is in a battle with Paulo Gazzaniga for the role of backup to Hugo Lloris and has said he will “see how it goes.”
— Watford are preparing a summer move for Akhmat Grozny’s Iran left-back Milad Mohammadi, according to the Sun.
Mohammadi, whose contract with the Russian side expires at the end of the season, is also interesting both Celtic and Fenerbahce, and the latter “could test Grozny with a January bid.”