Will Manchester City land Lionel Messi?

City were reportedly close to luring Messi to the Premier League during the previous transfer window.

Messi remains at Barcelona, but City are believed to be planning another move.

 

TOP STORY – CITY CONTEMPLATING MESSI MOVE

Manchester City are considering an offer to prise Lionel Messi from Barcelona in January, according to the Daily Star.

Messi handed in a transfer request at the start of the season and the Barca captain was tipped to join City before opting to remain at Camp Nou.

Pep Guardiola's City, however, have not given up on Messi as they eye a £15million (€16m) bid for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner – who was also linked to Juventus, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain previously.

 

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- The Mirror claims Barca are eyeing January moves for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and City defender Eric Garcia. Lyon captain Memphis Depay has also been linked.

Liverpool and Tottenham are set to battle it out for the signing of Leeds United's £50million midfielder Kalvin Phillips, reports the Mirror.

- The Sun says Manchester United are circling for Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde. United believe a swap deal involving Paul Pogba could be possible due to Valverde's £640m (€705m) release clause.

N'Golo Kante has no intention of leaving Chelsea, according to Le10 Sport. The France international has been linked to Inter and Madrid.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Barcelona were interested in signing Georginio Wijnaldum in the transfer window and is hopeful a deal for Memphis Depay can still be agreed.

Barcelona failed with a deadline-day move for Lyon attacker Depay earlier this month and Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum was also strongly touted as a target for the Catalan giants.

Wijnaldum, who like Depay played under Koeman with the Netherlands national side, is due to be out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season and remains a target for Barca.

"In a general sense, I think our selection could use some depth, especially without the ball," Koeman told AD. 

"Gini has a great sense of space, he can get to the goal fantastically well from midfield and could really add something to the team. 

"But the financial situation was known to the club, and his position ultimately had less priority than, for example, the right-back or the striker position."

A deal for Depay appeared to be far closer for Barca in the closing stages of the window but they were ultimately unable to raise the funds required to sign the 26-year-old.

He has been directly involved in 79 goals since arriving at Lyon from Manchester United in January 2017 - a tally bettered by only Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in Ligue 1 in that time.

Koeman understands why a transfer failed to materialise before the October 5 deadline and is happy to bide his time to bring his compatriot to the club.

"It's up to the club. For me it is therefore just a matter of waiting," he said. 

"We wanted Memphis because he is a great player and because he has qualities that we lacked in my opinion: especially depth in the attacking game.

"Most attackers at Barcelona want the ball at their feet. Memphis can be used as a starting point. He is strong, dynamic and can play through the middle as well as from the left. 

"Of course I spoke to him about my ideas beforehand. In principle everything was ready, but due to the rules of LaLiga we knew that we had to sell a player first. 

"In the end it did not happen. Too bad, but Memphis also knew what the situation was."

Asked if Barca will revive their interest when the transfer window reopens, Koeman said: "That is certainly a possibility, yes. 

"I will try, because I like to have him there. But I cannot estimate now what the financial situation of the club is like in January. We will have to wait."

What does the future hold for Kylian Mbappe?

The Paris Saint-Germain and France forward is not short of options as Europe's elite eye a blockbuster transfer.

But Real Madrid are believed to be Mbappe's preference.

 

TOP STORY – MBAPPE WANTS MADRID MOVE  

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is only thinking about joining Real Madrid amid interest from Barcelona and Liverpool, according to the front page of Friday's AS.

Mbappe is reportedly unwilling to extend his PSG contract, which expires in 2022.

Madrid are eyeing a 2021 swoop for Mbappe, and while LaLiga rivals Barca and Premier League champions Liverpool are also interested, the French forward wants to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

 

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- Sport claims Barcelona have already agreed to sign Lyon captain Memphis Depay in January. The report says Barca are now trying to reduce salaries at the club as they look to resolve the futures of Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite. Dembele was linked with a deadline-day move to Manchester United.

Juventus are set to reignite their interest in Lyon star Houssem Aouar, reports Calciomercato. Aouar was heavily linked to Arsenal before the transfer window closed, while PSG have also been credited with an interest.

Milan and Serie A rivals Juve will go head-to-head to sign Salzburg midfielder Luka Sucic, says Calciomercato. The 18-year-old has only made two league appearances for the Austrian champions.

West Ham are set to confirm the signing of Brentford star Said Benrahma, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano and widespread reports. Benrahma is reportedly going to cost the Hammers £30million.

- Bild reports Borussia Dortmund sensation Giovanni Reyna is set for a new lucrative contract in Germany. The American teenager has been linked with Liverpool and Madrid.

Kylian Mbappe has long been coveted by Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has also made no secret of his admiration for fellow Frenchman Zidane.

But Erling Haaland could be a cheaper option for Madrid amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID TURN TO HAALAND?

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is an alternative transfer target for Real Madrid if Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe does not move to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the front page of Tuesday's Marca.

Mbappe – also linked to Liverpool – has long been Madrid's number one transfer target and the LaLiga champions are preparing to make a move for the PSG star in 2021.

But if Mbappe does not make the switch from France to Spain, Haaland has emerged as another option for Zinedine Zidane.

 

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- Barcelona are targeting a triple transfer swoop in January, reports Tuesday's edition of Mundo Deportivo. After failing in the previous window, Barca are prepared to renew their attempts to sign Lyon captain Memphis Depay, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and Manchester City defender Eric Garcia.

Manchester United are very interested in Rennes and France sensation Eduardo Camavinga, says AS. The teenage midfielder has been heavily linked with Madrid and PSG.

- Calciomercato says Roma will return for Napoli outcast Arkadiusz Milik in January. Roma tried to sign the forward before the transfer window closed. It comes as Roma could offer Edin Dzeko a new contract after he was poised to join Juventus.

- Football London claims Chelsea are set to hand midfielder Jorginho a new contract after rejecting a move to rivals Arsenal.

Memphis Depay expects clubs to come calling in January after seeing a move to Barcelona scuppered in the last transfer window.

The Lyon striker appeared set to reunite with his former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman at the Blaugrana and personal terms had already been agreed.

However, a deal between the two teams could not be struck, with Depay admitting "certain rules" prevented him from joining Barcelona.

The 26-year-old's contract expires at the end of next season, though, and he believes that makes him an intriguing prospect for potential buyers once the window reopens.

"I’m 26 and my transfer will cost next to nothing," he told BN DeStem.

"So we can expect that clubs will show an interest.

"It'll be January soon. We'll have to see how things are going.

"Not that I will definitely be leaving, but the possibility of clubs showing up soon is probably greater."

It is possible that Barca will renew their interest given Koeman was unsuccessful in trying to bring in a striker to replace Luis Suarez following his departure for Atletico Madrid.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has previously suggested that Depay will do everything possible to try and force through a move to Barca in the new year.

Mauricio Pochettino could find himself back in management sooner rather than later.

Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham in November, having led Spurs to the 2018-19 Champions League final.

Now, Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly considering moves for Pochettino.

 

TOP STORY – POCH A MAN IN DEMAND IN MANCHESTER

Manchester United and neighbours Manchester City are both eyeing Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Mirror.

Pochettino has been out of work since his Tottenham sacking last year, and the former Spurs boss has emerged as the favourite to replace struggling United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly ready to sack Solskjaer if results do not improve, while City are considering Pochettino, with Pep Guardiola yet to sign a contract extension.

 

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- Sport claims Barcelona are already planning for the next transfer window. The LaLiga powerhouse are keen to sign two players, with City defender Eric Garcia and Lyon captain Memphis Depay at the top of the list. Barca are also looking to offload Ousmane Dembele who failed to join United on deadline day.

Liverpool are in talks to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, claims the Mirror. It comes after Adrian struggles to deputise in the absence of injured number one Alisson.

- Tuttosport reports Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Bayern Munich star David Alaba. The two clubs are eyeing Alaba on a free transfer, with the Austria international's contract expiring at season's end. Alaba has also been linked to the likes of City and Real Madrid.

West Ham are trying to sign Brentford star Said Benrahma in a £17million deal, according to the Telegraph.

Memphis Depay revealed "certain rules" stopped him from swapping Lyon for Barcelona in the previous transfer window.

Barca were heavily linked with a move for Depay following the arrival of new head coach Ronald Koeman, who allowed striker Luis Suarez to leave for Atletico Madrid.

The Netherlands international had agreed terms with the Catalan giants but a deal between the clubs could not be reached for the transfer deadline on Monday.

Depay's contract with Lyon is due to expire in June and he hopes by continuing to impress with the Ligue 1 side he can still secure a move to Barca.

Asked about the prospective move following Netherlands' 1-0 friendly loss to Mexico on Wednesday, Depay told NOS: "It was pretty close.

"We don't need to go into all the details, but there were certain rules that prevented it unfortunately.

"But I believe everything happens for a reason. I now focus on Lyon and want to be important there again.

"We'll see how things are going again afterwards. If I do my thing, the interest may still be there. I just have to switch that switch now."

Depay joined Lyon from Manchester United in January 2017 and has been involved in 79 goals (47 scored, 32 assisted) in 107 Ligue 1 games – Edinson Cavani (83) and Kylian Mbappe (89) are the only players to have had a hand in more since the weekend of the Dutchman's debut.

In addition, Depay has created 259 chances for team-mates in league matches with Lyon, with Dimitri Payet (338) the only player to have supplied more key passes.

Memphis Depay will do everything to force a move to Barcelona in January after being left disappointed this month, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

The Netherlands international was a key target for Barca coach Ronald Koeman as he looked to sign a player capable of playing as a number nine or in supplementary positions in attack, with Luis Suarez having been allowed to leave for Atletico Madrid.

Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed on Monday that Depay had agreed terms with the Catalans, but no deal was brokered between the clubs before the transfer deadline.

Aulas says Depay is frustrated at not being able to move but believes a January transfer will be possible.

"Ronald Koeman had given Memphis hope," he told reporters on Wednesday. "I spoke with the president's right-hand man twice; he told me he couldn't see how things could happen.

"Today, he [Depay] is disappointed, but not towards Lyon, more towards Barcelona.

"He is going to do everything he can to find himself in a position where he moves there in the January transfer window. It is not up to me to make that decision, it is Juninho."

Aulas said Lyon coach Rudi Garcia "fought with everything he had" to keep Depay at the club despite the forward having less than 12 months to go on his contract.

An extension to that deal has not been ruled out, but an agreement with the player appears unlikely.

"I have not abandoned the idea of extending his contract, but as he has always said no, it looks difficult to do," Aulas said.

Depay's 2019-20 season was hampered by a knee ligament injury sustained in December, but he still managed nine goals and two assists in 13 Ligue 1 matches.

The former Manchester United man also scored six times in eight Champions League games in Lyon's surprise run to the semi-finals, where they lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich.

Manchester United may have boosted their Premier League hopes by securing four transfer deadline-day signings but perhaps their biggest deal slipped away.

A season-long loan deal was agreed for Barcelona and France star Ousmane Dembele to join the likes of Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles at Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail.

But the transfer sensationally fell through when the 23-year-old winger refused to pen a contract extension with the Catalan club.

 

TOP STORY - BARCA 'FURIOUS' AT DEMBELE AFTER UNITED MOVE COLLAPSES

Reports claim the Spanish giants were targeting the signature of Lyon's ex-United ace Memphis Depay and needed Dembele off the books to complete the deal.

After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side missed out on signing Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, the Red Devils lined up a big money loan move for Dembele, agreeing to pay his wages and a substantial fee.

Before the deal went through, Barca wanted Dembele to ink a contract extension until 2023 to increase their leverage if the Frenchman raised his value with a stand-out Premier League campaign.

Dembele, who who has two years left on his contract, declined and both his Man United loan deal and Depay's move fell through, leaving Barcelona chiefs 'furious', according for Spanish media outlet AS.

Manchester United made a splash in the final hours of transfer deadline day, bringing in Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles and agreeing a deal with Atalanta for Amad Diallo, while Arsenal spent big on Thomas Partey.

The Premier League giants had been criticised for their lack of activity in the transfer market after only bringing in Donny van de Beek from Ajax ahead of the new season. 

A 6-1 humiliation to Tottenham on Sunday seemingly sparked the Old Trafford boardroom into action a day later, though, with the club sealing an eye-catching move for Cavani, who had been unattached after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season. 

The Uruguay international has signed a one-year deal with the option to extend for another 12 months and joined Telles in the North West after the Brazilian signed from Porto. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side also announced a reported £37million deal for Atalanta's 18-year-old Diallo, who is expected to join in January, and brought in teenage winger Facundo Pellistri from Uruguayan club Penarol for a reported £9million.

Chris Smalling left the Old Trafford club to sign a permanent deal with Roma after a successful loan spell in the Italian capital last season. 

A deal for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele did not materialise, though, which meant the LaLiga giants were unable to bring in Memphis Depay from Lyon. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal secured a £45million deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey after meeting the buyout clause in the Ghanaian's contract.

The 27-year-old made 188 appearances across six seasons for Diego Simeone's side and helped lead Atleti to the Champions League Final in 2016.

The move was confirmed minutes before the transfer deadline passed as Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira moved in the opposite the direction on a season-long loan.

RAPHINHA HEADS TO LEEDS

Leeds United have added another attacking weapon after signing Brazilian winger Raphinha for a reported £17million.

The 23-year-old starred as French club Rennes finished third in Ligue 1 last season and qualified for the Champions League for the first time.

Raphinha scored five goals in 22 league matches in 2019/20 and added another goal in six games this campaign as Julien Stephan’s side surged to the top of the Ligue 1 table.

The Whites, who have collected seven points from four games since returning to the Premier League, let Polish midfielder Mateusz Bogusz join Spanish second division club RD Logrones on loan.

It looks like being a manic Monday as clubs across Europe race against the clock to complete deals before the transfer window closes this evening.

A frenzy of activity is expected on deadline day, with clubs eager to strengthen or offload players while they can.

Edinson Cavani is on the verge of joining Manchester United, while Memphis Depay could be on his way to Barcelona.

We look at some of the standout deals that may or may not go through before the window shuts.

 

Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles to Manchester United

United have been unable to land number one target Jadon Sancho after failing to meet Borussia Dortmund's asking price.

Cavani is expected to arrive at Old Trafford a day after United were mauled 6-1 by Tottenham, the striker is reportedly going to sign a one-year deal with the possibility of a season after leaving Paris-Saint Germain.

Porto left-back Alex Telles is also poised to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side for an initial fee of €15 million (£13.5 million).

 

Memphis Depay to Barcelona


Lyon forward Depay has long since been linked with a move to Barcelona and could get his move on deadline day.

Juninho, Lyon's sporting director, suggested Depay could be reunited with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman but "nothing is certain".

Former Manchester United man Depay is in the final year of his contract.

 

Douglas Costa to Bayern Munich

European champions Bayern Munich look set to land Juventus winger Douglas Costa on loan.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was on Bayern's radar, but it appears he will stay at Chelsea after playing in a defeat of Crystal Palace at the weekend.

A return to the Allianz Arena for Costa appears to be in the offing, though, to give Hansi Flick another dangerous attacking threat.

 

Federico Chiesa to Juventus 

With Costa looking like being on the way out, Juventus want to bring in Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina.

Andrea Pirlo said Juve know what business they want to do and it is no secret Chiesa is a top target.

It was reported over the weekend that a deal is close, with Juve initially taking the 22-year-old on loan with an obligation to sign him for €60million if he achieves performance-related targets.

 

Houssem Aouar to Arsenal, Juventus or PSG

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar may not be on the move on Monday, but he is certainly in demand.

Arsenal have been unable to meet Lyon's valuation of the 22-year-old, who has also been linked with Juve and PSG.

It will surely not be long before Aouar is at one of Europe's elite clubs, although he may be staying put for now.

Ousmane Dembele out, Memphis Depay in?

Barcelona want to reunite former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman with Lyon captain Memphis Depay.

And Dembele is believed to hold the cards amid Manchester United links.

 

TOP STORY – DEMBELE TO UNLOCK DEPAY TRANSFER?

Ousmane Dembele's exit is the key to Barcelona signing Lyon star Memphis Depay, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Lyon captain Depay has an agreement with Barca, but the LaLiga giants must reportedly first sell forward Dembele before bringing in the Dutchman for a rumoured €25million fee.

Dembele is open to joining Manchester United, who are believed to be eyeing the Frenchman as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

United are poised to complete the signings of free agent Edinson Cavani and Porto full-back Alex Telles on Monday's deadline.

 

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- Goal confirmed Juventus are close to signing Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa. The Italy international is set to join Juve on an initial two-year loan deal, with an obligation to buy permanently for €40million if certain conditions are met.

Juve are free to bring in Chiesa as Douglas Costa prepares to move to Bayern Munich on loan, reports Goal. The 30-year-old previously played for Bayern between 2015 and 2018.

- Sky Sports says Milan and Chelsea are in talks over a loan deal for defender Antonio Rudiger. The Germany international is free to leave Chelsea, with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham also reportedly interested.

- Fabrizio Romano claims Roma are poised to sign Chris Smalling from United. Smalling spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Roma.

- Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi is nearing a loan switch to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to Goal.

Lyon sporting director Juninho said it is possible that star captain Memphis Depay will join Barcelona before the transfer window shuts.

Depay has been tipped to reunite with former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman at LaLiga giants Barca ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

The Lyon forward remains in Ligue 1, though Juninho conceded a departure from Groupama Stadium is still possible.

"He has 12 months left on his contract, so… He has got an agreement with Barcelona, we don't hide that," Juninho told Telefoot Chaine.

"It is possible that Memphis signs for Barcelona tomorrow [Monday], but it is not certain. He is the most likely to go. If he stays he will help us."

Depay has called Lyon home since 2017 after struggling at Premier League giants Manchester United.

The 26-year-old has scored four goals in six Ligue 1 games this term, having netted 15 across all competitions as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.

Asked about Depay prior to Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to rivals Marseille after the Netherlands international started on the bench, head coach Rudi Garcia said: "I chose [my XI] in terms of the form of the players and in terms of what could still happen tomorrow.

"I can have faith in those who are sure of being here, and that is the case for Houssem Aouar for example. I am happy to be able to count on him."

Lyon's Jeff Reine-Adelaide has also been linked with an exit but Juninho added: "Jeff and Depay, they're two different cases. Jeff, we never thought about parting with him. You have to ask him the question. He didn't agree with Hertha [Berlin].

"If he stays with us, I hope he has the personality to react on the pitch. If he agrees with them, he will leave, otherwise he stays."

Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes denied the LaLiga giants have held talks with Manchester United regarding Ousmane Dembele.

Dembele has emerged as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho United, who are desperate to bolster their squad before the transfer window shuts.

United have been linked with a loan deal, while Red Devils star Paul Pogba has reportedly tried to convince his France team-mate to move to Old Trafford.

However, Barca's Planes dismissed the transfer speculation on Friday.

"First of all, no negotiations with Man United at the moment, completely deny that," said Planes.

"He's a player we count on, we know his potential. We hope this year the team sees the best of him."

Dembele was an unused substitute in 10-man Barca's 3-0 LaLiga victory at Celta on Thursday.

While there is uncertainty over Dembele, Barca continue to be linked with Lyon star Memphis Depay as head coach Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen his attack following the departure of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid.

Barca have opened their 2020-21 LaLiga season with back-to-back wins but Planes added: "We have a good squad, who have competed very well.

"There are always teams to reinforce. We are working with the coach. Daily communication.

"On an attacking level there is great potential and, defensively, it is true that it is weaker.

"We will work until the last day to bring the best and, if someone comes, who can be good. We will not sign for the sake of signing someone. Soon there will be another market."

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly maintaining a firm stance over Jadon Sancho, while Barcelona still want Memphis Depay.

The Sancho transfer saga continues to dominate talk as Manchester United chase the Dortmund star.

But the Bundesliga club are seemingly unmoved.

 

TOP STORY – DORTMUND ADAMANT SANCHO WILL STAY

Dortmund are adamant Sancho will not be sold this transfer window, according to Sky Sports.

United have continued to be linked with the England international, who scored 17 goals and provided 16 assists in 32 Bundesliga games last season.

However, Dortmund's asking price of £108million (€120m) has reportedly proven to be a stumbling block.

 

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- Late in the transfer window, there may still be movement at Barcelona. Sport reports Ronald Koeman still wants Lyon star Depay. It also says Ajax full-back Sergino Dest is close to signing, while Porto are trying to loan midfielder Riqui Puig. Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo says Barca will make a new offer for Eric Garcia after Manchester City signed Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

- Amid uncertainty over Luka Jovic's future at Real Madrid, AS reports LaLiga's champions want the forward to make a loan move. Jovic struggled in his first season at Madrid in 2019-20.

- There could be more movement at Chelsea. Fabrizio Romano says the Premier League club are still looking at West Ham midfielder Declan Rice as their main target, but will first try to sell players.

- Antonio Rudiger could be among the exits at Chelsea. Sky Sports reports Tottenham are interested in signing the defender.

- Talk about Rhian Brewster's Liverpool future continues. The Sun says Sheffield United are offering £17m for the forward and are prepared to agree to a buy-back clause of around £40m. The Blades have failed to score in their first three Premier League games and are second bottom.

- Lyon are reportedly chasing Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta. L'Equipe claims the Ligue 1 club offered to take the 23-year-old on a one-year loan with an €18m purchase option, a deal which was rejected. However, it reports Lyon will return with an improved offer.

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