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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 any of the following deals happen?

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MADRID WANT GRIEZMANN AS BALE REPLACEMENT

Don Balon are reporting that Real Madrid are looking at Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann as a replacement if they choose to sell Gareth Bale next summer.

Bale’s injury struggles could force Real Madrid to offload him, with Manchester United the prime candidates, and considering Griezmann’s status as one of La Liga‘s best players and his experience in Spain, the Frenchman is a ready-made replacement for the Welshman.

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Griezmann reportedly has a €100million release clause, which in the current market represents incredible value, and clearly Madrid aren’t going to have any issues paying that fee. However, they will definitely face competition.

United nearly signed Griezmann this summer and their long-standing interest in him may give them an advantage. He’s also been linked with Barcelona and Manchester City. That should be quite a fight – and may render the release clause irrelevant, if any of the clubs decide the best way to land Griezmann is to up their offer to Atletico.

Madrid are used to getting the players they want, but given their rivalry with Atletico and the other clubs in the hunt, this one could take quite a struggle.

Antoine Griezmann could cross the Madrid divide.

Antoine Griezmann could cross the Madrid divide.

CITY JOIN RACE FOR GORETZKA

Manchester City have joined the race for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to the Sunday MirrorThe 22-year-old has been linked with a move for quite a while, with the Premier League his supposed preferred destination. City will have to beat out interest from domestic rivals Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as the likes of Barcelona, in order to land the German.

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When it comes to transfers, the only thing as exciting as a long-running transfer saga is the potential for a tussle between multiple clubs for one player. Goretza has caught the eye of Europe’s leading clubs, and it was only a matter of time before Manchester City joined the hunt.

The question, as it always is with City, is what Goretzka gets by joining them. A chance to win trophies, earn a lot of money, and play with some of the Premier League’s best players – but, in all likelihood, limited playing time. There is a midfield logjam at the Etihad Stadium and no one could blame Goretzka for thinking he’d be better suited going elsewhere, in order to maximise his minutes on the pitch.

Leon Goretzka could be the subject of a transfer tussle next summer.

Leon Goretzka could be the subject of a transfer tussle next summer.

MOURINHO LOOKING FOR WILLIAN REUNION

The Sunday Express says Jose Mourinho wants his former Chelsea player Willian to join him at Manchester United. Willian has dropped down the pecking order under Antonio Conte, no longer a guaranteed starter, and speculation regarding a move away from Stamford Bridge has been growing.

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Willian has been linked with a Mourinho reunion off and on since the Portuguese took over at Old Trafford, so it’s no surprise for those rumours to emerge again when the chances of a move away from Chelsea are increasing. The Brazilian is still an important member of Conte’s squad, but he’s now more of a rotation player than the larger role he had at Chelsea under Mourinho, as Pedro has become Conte’s preferred option on the wing.

Meanwhile, it’s no secret that Mourinho wanted a winger last summer, and there are few better options than a player he can already trust to follow his instructions and fit well in his system. Whether Chelsea would sell to United, so soon after seeing Nemanja Matic thrive under Mourinho after making the exact same move while Chelsea’s midfield has suffered, is a different question.

Willian and Mourinho - en route to a reunion?

Willian and Mourinho – en route to a reunion?

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Man Utd bound? Gareth Bale.

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 any of the following deals happen?

Let us know your thoughts.

Get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

GARETH BALE

Manchester United are set to make a third run at Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, according to the Mirror.

Madrid have reportedly grown frustrated at Bale’s injury problems, while Jose Mourinho believes the Red Devils could manage the Wales star better.

Bale, who signed for Los Blancos from Tottenham back in 2013, has won three Champions League titles with the Whites – but has been under fire after inconsistent showings and recurring injuries.

Indeed, Florentino Perez is reportedly willing to part with the player if he can recoup the majority of cash they splashed out on him four years ago.

RATING: 7/10

VERDICT

The 28-year-old is contracted to the Spanish capital club until 2022 but it looks unlikely he will see out those terms.

Expect Spurs and other clubs to up their interest in January, with a view to signing Bale at the end of the season.

The form of both Marco Asensio and Isco has also given Real increased attacking presence, diminishing Bale’s contributions.

DANNY ROSE

Jose Mourinho will try to bring Tottenham left-back Danny Rose to Manchester United in January, according to The Sun.

The Englishman has been linked with a move to the north-west since the summer after voicing his displeasure at Spurs’ transfer strategy and claiming he was worth more than he was currently earning.

The 27-year-old has recently returned from a long-term injury lay off and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has said he will not sell his players to any Premier League rivals.

RATING: 6/10

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Mourinho has certainly had his doubts over Luke Shaw this season and has always seemed like more of a stop-gap than a long-term option.

Spurs have an able replacement for Rose in Ben Davies but apart from a rise in wages, it’s hard to see why the full-back would want to move to Old Trafford from a professional standpoint.

MESUT OZIL

Barcelona are lining up a move for Arsenal star Mesut Ozil as a back-up signing to Philippe Coutinho, according to Mundo Deportivo .

The Catalan giants are expected to target Coutinho again in the January transfer window – after three failed bids during the summer.

If the Reds stand firm on their prized asset once more, Barcelona are then set to launch a bid for Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

RATING: 6/10

VERDICT

The German international is reportedly refusing to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium unless his staggering wage demands are met.

But Barca are set to test the Gunners resolve with a bid of around £55 million in January – significantly cheaper than what they would pay for Coutinho.

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