The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January.
TOP STORY: PSG keep tabs on De Gea situation at United
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea “is in no hurry” to sign a new contract and Paris Saint-Germain are “ready to swoop,” according to the Mail.
Reports at the weekend said United were ready to trigger a one-year option to extend the Spain international’s contract, and the Mail says that although PSG are monitoring the situation he “is of a mind to renew.” However, it adds that “De Gea’s camp will see how things pan out amid uncertainty at Old Trafford,” with the future of manager Jose Mourinho the subject of speculation.
Teammates Juan Mata and Ander Herrera “are also considering their options ahead of the expiry of their deals.”
09.05 BST: What on earth has happened to Tiemoue Bakayoko since he left Monaco? First he’s failed to impress Chelsea after making a £40m move in 2017 and now he’s failing to impress AC Milan too. Corriere dello Sport are claiming the Serie A side want to cut short his loan deal as he’s been that bad…
08.34 BST: The big question on everyone’s lips: Should Usain Bolt be given a contract at Central Coast Mariners?
08.00 BST: Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he is open to a move to Italy in the future. The Belgian is into his second season at Old Trafford following his £75 million move from Everton in 201 but the 25-year-old has admitted he would like to test himself in Serie A. “Why not? I hope so,” Lukaku told La Gazzetta dello Sport, when asked if he would like to play in Italy.
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Valencia on his way out?
Meanwhile, United’s Antonio Valencia could leave on a free if the club do not trigger a 12-month contract extension option by March 1, the Sun reports.
It says the Ecuador defender has a clause in his deal that means he could sign a pre-contract deal with another club at the start of that month.
Valencia, who has been at United for nine years, is interesting clubs from Germany and Turkey.
The Sun says the 33-year-old “is happy to stay despite a couple of issues with Mourinho,” but there is doubt over his future.
Trio in race for Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek
Crystal Palace, Everton and Arsenal are in the frame to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who will “demand a move to save his England career,” according to the Sun.
Midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who excelled on loan at Palace, has been on the fringes of the Blues squad since returning to Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old had wanted to fight for a place in Maurizio Sarri’s team, but the Sun says he fears for his England chances after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest squad.
Palace “would love to take him back to Selhurst Park,” but Everton have been interested since manager Marco Silva took over and Arsenal “may also be keen.”
Gunners could yet cash in on Ramsey
With Aaron Ramsey set to leave Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are said to lead the race — but their hopes of signing him on a free could be dashed, according to the London Evening Standard.
Ramsey is out of contract at the end of the season, when he would be available as a free agent.
But the Standard says Arsenal “are yet to decide whether to try to cash in on him in January,” with Italian champions Juventus strongly linked.
It adds that “although Ramsey has insisted he will not force through a transfer during January, a move appears likely.”
– Fulham’s defensive struggles since returning to the Premier League could lead to a move for AC Milan’s Mateo Musacchio in January, according to the Mirror.
Manager Slavisa Jokanovic wants a new centre-half and could target Musacchio, 28, who is on the club’s transfer list in their big-spending summer.
– Everton’s Ademola Lookman says he has regained his focus after being unsettled by transfer speculation, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Lookman spent a successful loan spell at RB Leipzig last season, but talk of a permanent move to the Bundesliga club came to nothing.