The summer transfer window has closed for Europe’s major leagues. However, looking ahead to January, there is plenty of gossip about who will be moving where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest buzz on rumours, arrivals, departures and, of course, done deals!
Top story: Barcelona aim to sign Man City’s Bernardo Silva in January
Barcelona are set to pursue the Manchester City star again Bernardo SilvaAccording to the game.
The LaLiga side have been linked with the 28-year-old throughout the summer, and they now reportedly believe they have the resources to get a deal over the line. those Blaugrana With a number of signings expected to be made in January, manager Xavi Hernandez reportedly sees Silva as an important part of his long-term project at the Camp Nou.
The Portugal international has been an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s squad this season, making 19 appearances across all competitions for Man City. That could spell difficulty in negotiations as Barcelona try to persuade the Citizens to part ways with a key player in the midst of a Premier League title race.
But after retirement Gerard PiqueThe Catalan club now believe they have the resources to get a deal over the line when the winter transfer market opens, and are looking to address centre-back and right-back options.
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10.16 GMT: Barcelona are set to negotiate an extension Marcos Alonso’s contract with two additional seasons with his terms set to expire next summer, ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens told ESPN.
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 Spanish left-back has only signed an initial one-year contract at Camp Nou, but Barca have already expressed a desire to extend his stay by two additional seasons.
Alonso scored his first goal for Barca in the midweek win over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League and has made all 10 appearances since signing. Several of those appearances have come at the centre-back in recent weeks as Barca deal with a defensive injury crisis.
09.32 GMT: Wolverhampton Wanderers have been appointed Julen Lopetegui The Premier League club announced their new head coach on Saturday.
In Spain, former Real Madrid and Sevilla coach Lopetegui replaces caretaker manager Steve Davis, who was appointed after the sacking of Bruno Lage last month.
The 56-year-old was Wolves’ first choice to replace Lage, but he initially withdrew from the race for the job for personal reasons. However, talks resumed over the next few weeks and he will take up the role after the club’s league game against Arsenal on 12 November.
Wolves, 19th in the league with 10 points from 13 games, host Brighton & Hove Albion later on Saturday.
A new chapter.
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09.00 GMT: Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag said Donnie van de Beek That should improve when he gets a chance to prove his worth at the club, but the midfielder isn’t giving up just yet.
In his third season at United, Van de Beek has played just 19 minutes of Premier League football this season after spending the latter half of last season on loan at Everton, and is no closer to holding down a regular first-team place.
The 25-year-old made 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 pre-season and then got injured, now he’s back,” Ten Haag told a news conference ahead of United’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.
“I think it’s a good performance [against Sociedad] But he can do better. I know him well [from Ajax].
He delivered what I expected in terms of positioning, compression and transition. I can only talk about him. [at United] I think he can do a lot more since I’ve been here.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Chelsea are about to finish Dennis Zakaria‘s loan deal in January, Calciomercato understands. Despite impressing with his performance against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday night, the Blues are reportedly still struggling to find a place for him as a regular starter in Graham Potter’s side and have no intention of activating a permanent option. Clause worth 28 million euros.
– AC Milan are keeping close tabs Jakub Kiwior, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. The Serie A champions have been monitoring 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 featured in 12 Serie A matches this season.
– Arsenal and Aston Villa are interested in the Villarreal star Alex Baenawrites Ekrem Konur. The 21-year-old winger has been a standout performer for the Yellow Submarine this season, and seems to have caught the attention of Premier League sides. He has scored four goals in a total of 11 matches.
– New York City FC is looking to retain Santiago Rodriguezreports César Louis Merleau. The 22-year-old Uruguayan international attacking midfielder was a key player for the Pigeons during the regular season, contributing 18 goals in 35 appearances. They are understood to be assessing the possibility of signing him on a new loan deal ahead of next season.
– Fiorentina midfielder Szymon Zurkowski Attracting interest from Bologna and Torino, Tuttosport understands. It is reported that the 25-year-old midfielder does not want to renew his contract in Florence and 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 make a Serie A start in the 2022-23 campaign.