Thibaut Courtois keen on move to Real Madrid, AC Milan target loan signing of Barcelona star Gerard Deulofeu

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Set to return to Spanish capital? Courtois.

The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Saturday.

Could Courtois become a Real player in the future?

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MADRID EYE MOVE FOR CHELSEA KEEPER COURTOIS

Real Madrid are monitoring Thibaut Courtois after it has emerged the Chelsea shot-stopper has still not penned new contractual terms at Stamford Bridge.

Los Blancos could potentially be in the market for a new goalkeeper next summer, with doubts over the long-term Bernabeu plight of Keylor Navas.

Courtois, who previously played for city rivals Atletico, would certainly fit the bill for the Whites and Real could make a move in January.

The Belgian is contracted to the west London giants until June 2019 but so far the two parties have yet to agree an extension.

It has been reported by Marca that the 25-year-old is keen to return to the Spanish capital and Real feel he is a more attainable target than Manchester United’s David de Gea.

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VERDICT: Whilst Courtois is a key part of Antonio Conte’s side at the Bridge, the man between the sticks is likely to find a switch to Real hard to turn down in the future – especially if there is no concrete update on his contractual renewal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea and Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea celebrate victory together after the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Chelsea FC and Qarabag FK at Stamford Bridge on September 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Strong bond: Courtois and Conte.

MILAN WANT TO RENEW ACQUAINTANCES WITH DEULOFEU

Italian giants AC Milan want to re-sign Gerard Deulofeu on loan in January, according to Sport.

The Spanish winger, who returned ‘home’ to boyhood club Barcelona in the summer on a permanent deal from Everton, spent a successful second-half to last season on loan at the San Siro.

However, the 23-year-old has struggled to nail down a first-team spot with Ernesto Valverde’s side and that has prompted speculation he may be sent out on loan.

It remains to be seen whether Barca will allow the talent to obtain more minutes elsewhere after working hard to re-sign their own academy product just a couple of months ago.

The long-term injury to Ousmane Dembele has also left Blaugrana short of genuine attacking options.

RATING: 7/10

VERDICT: It has been a dream year or so for Deulofeu in the sense he managed to secure a move back to Barcelona and win full international recognition with Spain, but by returning to Catalonia he always ran the risk of not playing regularly. As a result, there’s a good chance he could be sent out on a short-term basis.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 20: Gerard Deulofeu of FC Barcelona gestures during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis Balompie at Camp Nou stadium on August 20, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Deulofeu has been in and out of the Barca team this term.

RED DEVILS TRACK HIGHLY-RATED TEEN MIDFIELDER

Manchester United are tracking the progress of promising Senegalese midfielder Krepin Diatta.

The Red Devils are closely following the 18-year-old talent, who is currently plying his trade with Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08.

Indeed, United scouts watched the central midfield man in action last week, according to ESPN.

RATING: 8/10

VERDICT: Yet another indication United are building for the future, with the Senegal under-20 star being touted as a rising star of the game. It could well be a good ploy by Jose Mourinho’s men to tie-up a deal early for Diatta, given he is attracting attention from a host of clubs.

Wanted man: Diatta (L).

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Paris Saint-Germain apparently need to liquidate some assets after blowing £200million on NEYMAR, with the French side reportedly planning on selling EDINSON CAVANI and replacing him with Arsenal forward ALEXIS SANCHEZ – who will be available on a free transfer next summer.

According to the Daily Mirror PSG and Manchester City, both owned by Gulf investors, tried to sign the Chile international over the summer and the Parisians have not given up the chase.

However, after a going on a record-breaking spending spree and agreeing a deal for on-loan Monaco forward KYLIAN MBAPPE, the club will reportedly need to balance the books to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

Southampton are prepared to bring THEO WALCOTT’S unhappy spell at Arsenal with a homecoming deal in January, the Daily Express reports. The 28-year-old has started every Premier League game of the season so far on the bench and there are no plans to extend his contract when it expires in 18 months, the newspaper says.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino is looking for ways to reverse a dearth of goals, however he may have to fend off interest from Italian giants Inter Milan and deflect admiring glances from Everton and West Ham.

ADRIEN SILVA has trained with Leicester City for the first time after his move to the club was scuppered due to a registration issue, the Leicester Mercury reports. The Portuguese midfielder is ineligible to play for the club until January after a deadline for registration was missed by 14 seconds.

Former Chelsea star OSCAR has said he “would go back” to the club, the London Evening Standard reports. The 26-year-old left the Blues for Shanghai SIPG in a mega deal last year. But the midfielder thinks he is still young enough to return to England and continue his career at his former club, telling PL Brasil he would be happy to play in the Premier League again.

Turkish side Fenerbahce are planning a January bid for Manchester United defender DALEY BLIND, the Daily Mirror reports. Rumours in the Turkish media suggest they are considering buying the Holland international who has had a lacklustre start to the season. The 27-year-old has slipped below MATTEO DARMIAN and ASHLEY YOUNG in Mourinho’s line-up, prompting speculation he may be on the way out.

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KAI HAVERTZ – Liverpool scouts attended Germany’s Under-19s match against Belarus and were focused on the 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder as he scored four times and bagged an assist, the Liverpool Echo reports.

ABDULKADIR OMUR – The Trabzonspor midfielder, 18, is an Arsenal target but has also attracted interest from Atletico Madrid, the Daily Mirror reports.

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Barkley has not featured this season due to a groin injury.

The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Saturday.

Will Barkley move on in January?

Let us know your thoughts.

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Chelsea and Tottenham are set to fight over ROSS BARKLEY in January, the Daily Mirror reports. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has faith in the Everton midfielder and needs an insurance policy while MOUSA DEMBELE struggles with a foot injury. Chelsea reportedly made a £35million bid for Barkley, 23, in the summer, although he was held back by a pre-season hamstring injury. With his Toffees contract entering its final year in January his value could be slashed, offering the London clubs the chance to bag a bargain.

BEN WOODBURN and ROBERTO FIRMINO are to be furnished with new contracts at Liverpool after impressing bosses, the Liverpool Echo reports. As well as being hailed as a stand-in for injured Wales star GARETH BALE on international duty, rising star Woodburn, 17, has 10 senior appearances for the Reds under his belt since his breakthrough last November. Liverpool are also keen to maintain the services of their £29million Brazilian forward who has scored 27 goals in 101 matches since transferring from Hoffenheim in July 2015. Firmino, 26, is central to boss Jurgen Klopp’s future plans and the club are prepared to fork out to fight off bids from elsewhere, the newspaper reports.

Set for a new deal? Firmino.

England Under-21s recruit JACK HARRISON had a fraught journey back from the US to make it in time for the Euro 2019 qualifiers but the inconvenience may have been worthwhile. According to The Sun both Manchester United and Manchester City are keeping an eye on the 20-year-old after his star performance in MLS for New York City.

The midfielder, originally from Stoke, passed through United’s academy system, however it may be City that get first refusal due to a tie-up with the Big Apple club. The interest may eventually make up for the fact he had to pay £1,200 for his own flight after missing his original trip back from America.

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Jack Harrison of England looks on during a England U21 Training Session at St Georges Park on October 4, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Harrison is being targeted by Manchester’s top clubs.

Gunners mainstay THEO WALCOTT may be heading for the exit partly pushed, partly of his own volition, according to a report in The Sun. After 11 years of service Arsenal are considering cashing in on the forward before his contract expires in 2019, avoiding a repeat of the scenario currently playing out with MESUT OZIL and ALEXIS SANCHEZ.

The pair are out of contract next year and at risk of walking away without the club recouping any of the millions they spent on them. The newspaper says Walcott, 28, has played only 47 minutes of Premier League football so far this season and could be open to a move.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on as Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott of Arsenal prepare to come on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

What lies in store for Walcott?

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

LEX ALLAN The 18-year-old defender for Bostik League South team Sittingbourne has piqued the interest of London clubs Fulham and Crystal Palace, Kent Online reports.

LORENZO PELLEGRINI Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in the £22m, 21-year-old Roma star, according to reports in Italy.

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 01: Lorenzo Pellegrini of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 1, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Roma star Pellegrini.

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