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: Barca could use Malcom in new Willian bid
With an unhappy Malcom reportedly considering a winter departure from Barcelona, La Sexta suggests he could be part of a deal to bring Chelsea’s Willian to the Camp Nou.
Citing reports in Spain, it says Barca have not abandoned hope of signing Willian despite trying and failing on three occasions. After having reportedly held talks with Willian’s agents and seen a bid of more than £50 million turned down, they could be willing to let Malcom move in their latest effort to sign the 30-year-old in a player plus cash transfer.
Malcom joined Barca from Bordeaux for £36.5m but has made only one start, and the club “are willing to cut their losses on the 21-year-old and use him to leverage a deal.” But the Mirror does say that “it is unlikely that Chelsea would entertain any offers from La Liga champions” for Willian.
10.55 BST: Amiens’ Ganso, a childhood friend of Neymar‘s and former teammate at Santos, tells Canal+: “He says that he is happy in Paris.”
So, all that talk about a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid is over then. Oh wait…
“I think it’s hard to see him join Real Madrid now. However, it can happen in the future. If Real Madrid call, I am sure Neymar will think about it.” Start up that rumour mill again…
10.28 BST: Former U.S. boss Jurgen Klinsmann has been linked with a role at Stuttgart — where he played between 1986-89. Bild report he could be the club’s sporting director.
09.51 BST: Chelsea’s David Luiz and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny are attracting glances from Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Catalans want an experienced defender and, at 31 and 33 respectively, these two fit the bill.
09.00 BST: Remember Burnley’s interest in Jay Rodriguez last summer? The Clarets were willing to pay £16m for the West Brom striker but the club wanted £18m so he went nowhere. Sky Sports say that a deal could be back on the cards in January.
Chelsea eye Watford’s Pereyra
Ongoing speculation about Eden Hazard‘s future has led Chelsea to consider potential replacements if the Belgium international ends up leaving for Real Madrid, according to the Mirror.
It says Watford’s Roberto Pereyra is one of the names on that list, with the Blues “taking no chances” as Hazard’s contract heads towards its final year.
Pereyra, 27, is “being monitored closely,” with the Mirror suggesting the powers that be will have been impressed by the former Juventus player’s performances for the Hornets.
It adds that Pereyra “was enticed to the Hertfordshire club on the basis that it would be an opportunity to put himself in the shop window for a further transfer to a bigger side.”
Ibrahimovic linked with Milan return again
It’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic time again, with the Mirror saying the LA Galaxy star “could be set for a sensational move back to AC Milan” — but only if they offer him a permanent deal.
Last month, ESPN FC reported that Ibrahimovic was linked with a loan return to Manchester United for the rest of the season. And AC Milan have also been strongly linked with the striker for the past few weeks.
Now the Mirror, citing Italian outlet Tuttosport, says Milan want the former Sweden captain on a six-month deal as they target Serie A’s Champions League places.
But it adds that Ibrahimovic “is happy with his MLS move and would only consider the switch if there was a 18-month deal on the table.”
— Everton are considering swap deal that would see them sign Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka with attacker Ademola Lookman going the other way, according to the Mail.
The Merseysiders are reported to see Wan-Bissaka as a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and could try to get the transfer done in the winter despite Palace being reluctant to allow the 20-year-old to leave.
— Wolves, Southampton and Palace are interested in Leeds attacker Kemar Roofe, who has starred in their bright opening to the Championship season, the Birmingham Mail reports.
Although Roofe is under contract at Elland Road until 2020, the three clubs want to boost their goal-scoring capabilities and could move for the 25-year-old.