The transfer window is closed until January but that doesn’t keep the rumour mill churning as clubs look to get a leg up on potential transfers.
Here are three big stories dominating the headlines on Thursday.
Will any of the following deals happen?
REAL PLAN SWOOP FOR INTER STAR ICARDI
Real Madrid are set to launch a bid for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi in the January transfer window, according to Marca.
Club president Florentino Perez has made no secret that significant funds will be made available to boss Zinedine Zidane to strengthen the Whites – and Icardi is at the top of the club’s shopping list.
The Nerazzurri ace has already plundered 15 goals in 14 appearances this term – and while he’s contracted to the San Siro club until 2023 – Real are confident they can force Inter’s hand with a bid in the region of €100m.
Icardi has been in talks with the Milan outfit to extend his current deal but so far, negotiations seemed to have stalled.
Los Blancos are ready to step in and test Inter’s mettle come January, given they believe the Argentine can help take some of the goalscoring workload off of club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
It remains to be seen whether Inter would want to offload their star man mid-season, but when Real come calling, they are difficult to turn down for club and player alike.
Icardi has been billed as a potential replacement for Karim Benzema and very much fits the mould of striker Madrid are looking for, given his potency in front of goal.
NAVAS HAS ‘NOTHING TO PROVE’ AS REAL CONSIDER OTHER KEEPING OPTIONS
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is unmoved by speculation linking the club with Athletic Bilbao stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, insisting he has nothing to prove.
Zidane’s men are reportedly ready to swoop for the highly-rated Spain international, casting further doubts over the Costa Rican’s future and indeed that of Kiko Casilla.
“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone,” Navas, who is currently on the sidelines due to injury, told FOX Sports.
“I must enjoy my career and being what Real Madrid is, you never know what may happen in the future.”
While the 30-year-old, ironically, could be back for this weekend’s trip to Bilbao – it is clear Real have made signing a new shot-stopper one of their big priorities.
Zidane has previously gone on record to publicly back Navas but now it seems the Whites will rev up their attempts to sign a replacement.
Arrizabalaga seems the man most likely to come in while the club have also been linked with Manchester United star David de Gea again in recent weeks.
WORK STILL TO BE DONE ON NEW SERGI ROBERTO CONTRACT
Barcelona have agreed the length of Sergi Roberto’s new contract extension, but have yet to finalise financial terms of the deal.
According to Sport, Blaugrana will extend the 25-year-old’s current contract by three years from 2019 to 2022, and have also negotiated a staggering release clause of €400m.
The one sticking point however is the full-back’s annual salary – although the homegrown La Masia graduate is expected to agree those terms sooner rather than later.
The right-back come right winger has been linked with the likes of the Red Devils, Chelsea and Manchester City – but after reinstalling himself as a key man at the Nou Camp club again – his future clearly lies at Barcelona.
Expect all parties to come to an agreement soon.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC is to start talks with Jose Mourinho over new deal to keep the Swede at Old Trafford into next season, The Sun reports. The 36-year-old forward, who returned from nearly seven months out through injury against Watford on Tuesday, was reportedly looking for a lucrative move to the United States. However, after such a long spell out of action, he has arranged talks with the manager in the new year to see about an extension to a 12-month deal signed in August.
Manchester United‘s DAVID DE GEA and Chelsea‘s THIBAUT COURTOIS are among potential target goalkeepers for Real Madrid, the Daily Mail reports. Both have 18 months left on their contracts, although Real boss Zinedine Zidane is said to be concerned over the strength of his side’s goal-stopping ability. Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalag, who will be available in January, is also reportedly a candidate.
Chelsea are poised to swoop on Juventus’ £60million left-back ALEX SANDRO in January, the Daily Express reports. The Blues reportedly attempted to bring Sandro to Stamford Bridge over the summer.
Should fellow Brazilian international DAVID LUIZ’s reported fall-out with boss Antonio Conte lead to the defender leaving for Real Madrid, it would create a vacancy for Sandro to fill.
Marco Silva is concerned Watford may struggle to keep hold of £11.5million forward RICHARLISON as the Brazilian continues to attract admiring glances from other Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the Sun reports. After digging their heels in to fend off multiple reported attempts by Everton to lure their respected boss away, the club may not be able to stop the 20-year-old moving on – despite only joining from Fluminense on a five-year deal in July. Clubs from the Chinese Super League are also said to be keeping watch.
One of new West Brom boss Alan Pardew’s first signings could be Liverpool striker DANNY INGS, the Birmingham Mail reports. The 25-year-old is said to be due to be available for loan in January and Pardew could bring him in while Albion plots bigger swoops – and sales. Team mate MARKO GRUJIC is also set to be available in the winter window and the Serbian would like to stay in the Premier League, the Mail reports.
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SIME VRSALJKO: The 25-year-old Atletico Madrid defender is reported to be keen to leave Madrid, while Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is out for a full-back.
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 Tuesday.
Will any of the following deals happen?
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Both club and player are eager to go their separate ways after the relationship between the player and management has soured since the summer when he called out Spurs’ wage structure.
It’s a well known fact that Rose is keen to move away from Spurs and land himself a hefty wage like Kyle Walker did this summer. With Ben Davies’ form this season, Mauricio Pochettino wouldn’t lose sleep over the England international’s departure either.
It’s also a well known fact that Jose Mourinho doesn’t rate Luke Shaw at the moment. He believes in the defender’s ability but is not convinced with his tactical understanding yet and has been linked with a loan move to Newcastle in January. The Portuguese would enjoy having a seasoned left-back to play week in and week out instead of relying on the likes of Ashley Young.
Mohamed Salah has taken the Premier League by storm at Liverpool and has impressed so much that his agent is already looking towards La Liga big guns Real Madrid and Barcelona for the Egyptian’s next move.
Metro report that the player’s agent Mamdouh Abbas has revealed plans to facilitate a move to Spain for his client as early as the summer, pointing out that his value could rise to €150 million if he scores over 20 goals this season.
Salah is certainly making waves and turning heads. It’s not a stretch at all to think the big two in Spain are already showing an interest, especially if he can maintain his current form over the course of the season. However, Liverpool are not going to let go of a fan favourite without a fight, especially considering the way they dealt with Barcelona’s advances for Philippe Coutinho.
With Rose angling for a way out of Spurs, the club are already eyeing Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon as a replacement, Sky Sports report.
If Rose does leave Tottenham, they will certainly swoop for a replacement and Sessegnon is a good, young option. The 17-year-old poses a significant attacking threat and would suit Spurs’ wing-back play.