The summer transfer window is closed for the major leagues in Europe. However, with an eye on January, there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz about rumours, comings, goings and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Barcelona target January signing of Man City Bernardo Silva
Barcelona are set to return to their pursuit of the Manchester City star Bernardo SilvaAccording to sports.
The LaLiga side have been linked with the 28-year-old over the summer and are reportedly now confident they have the resources to get a deal over the line. The Blaugrana Looking to make a number of signings in January, it is reported that manager Xavi Hernandez sees Silva as an important part of his long-term project at the Camp Nou.
The Portugal international has remained an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s squad this season, making 19 appearances in all competitions for Man City. This could create difficulties in the negotiations as Barcelona try to convince the Citizens to part with a key player in the middle of a Premier League title race.
But after the retirement of Gerard PeakThe Catalan club now believe they have the resources to get a deal over the line when the winter transfer market opens, and are also looking to address options at centre-back and on the right-wing.
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10.16 GMT: Barcelona are in advanced negotiations to extend Marcos Alonso‘s contract with two more seasons with its terms due to expire next summer, sources told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
Alonso, 31, joined as a free agent from Chelsea at the start of September after his contract with the Premier League side was mutually terminated. The Spain left-back has only signed an initial one-year deal at Camp Nou, but Barca have already expressed a desire to extend his stay by a further two seasons.
Alonso scored his first goal for Barca in the midweek win over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League and has made 10 appearances in all competitions since signing. Some of those appearances have come as a centre-back in recent weeks as Barca deal with an injury crisis in defence.
09.32 GMT: Wolverhampton Wanderers have appointed Julen Lopetegui As their new head coach, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.
Former Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla coach Lopetegui replaces caretaker manager Steve Davies, who was put in charge of the team following the dismissal of Bruno Lage last month.
The 56-year-old was Wolves’ first choice to replace Lage, but he initially withdrew from the running for the job for personal reasons. However, several weeks of talks have resumed and he will take up the role after the club’s league fixture against Arsenal on November 12.
Wolves, 19th in the league with 10 points from 13 games, host Brighton and Hove Albion later on Saturday.
A new chapter.
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09.00 GMT: Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag said Danny van de Beek Must improve when given the opportunity to prove his worth at the club, but still not give up on the midfielder.
In his third season at United, Van de Beek is no closer to holding down a regular first-team place, having played just 19 minutes of Premier League football this term after spending the latter half of last season on loan at Everton.
The 25-year-old was handed his first start of the season in the Europa League against Real Sociedad on Thursday night but was ineffective as United stumbled to a 1-0 victory.
“He had a good preseason and then got injured, now he’s back,” Ten Hag told a press conference ahead of United’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.
“I think it was a decent performance [against Sociedad] But he knows better. I know him very well [from Ajax].
“He delivered what I expected in terms of positioning, pressing and in transition. I can only talk about him [at United] From my time here and I think he can do more. “
Paper Gossip (by Adam Brown)
– Chelsea are preparing to complete Dennis Zakarias loan deal in January, Calciomercato understands. Despite impressing in his performance against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday night, it is reported that the Blues are still struggling to find room for him as a regular starter in Graham Potter’s side, and have no intentions of activating the permanent option. Item worth €28m.
– AC Milan keep close tabs James Caviar, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Serie A champions have been watching the 22-year-old Spezia centre-back closely in recent weeks, and the Rossoneri could be preparing a move for his signature in January. The Poland international has made 12 Serie A appearances this season.
– Arsenal and Aston Villa are interested in the Villarreal star Alex BaenaWrite Ekram Kanur. The 21-year-old winger has been a standout player for the Yellow Submarine this season, and it looks like that has caught the attention of sides in the Premier League. He scored four goals in 11 total appearances.
– New York City FC looking to stop Santiago RodriguezReports Cesar Luis Merlo. The 22-year-old Uruguay international attacking midfielder was a key player for the Pigeons during the regular season, contributing to 18 goals in 35 matches. It is understood that they are assessing the possibility of acquiring him on a new loan deal ahead of next season.
– Fiorentina midfielder Simon Zurkowski is attracting interest from Bologna and Torino, Tuttosport understands. It has been reported that the 25-year-old midfielder does not want to renew his contract in Florence, and this could force the Viola to part with him in January to avoid losing him as a free agent in the summer. He is yet to start in Serie A in the 2022-23 campaign.