De Jong eyes Barcelona exit in January

The summer time move window is closed for the most important leagues in Europe. However, with an eye fixed on January, there may be a variety of gossip swirling about who is shifting the place. Transfer Talk brings you all of the newest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, in fact, carried out offers!

TOP STORY: De Jong eyes Barcelona exit in January

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is rising annoyed with a loss of alternatives on the membership, says Sport.

De Jong, 25, was once connected with a transfer away all summer time and Barca agreed an €85 million deal for him to transport to Manchester United, despite the fact that it fell via amid a war over his deferred wages.

The Netherlands global has no longer began a lot of Barca’s necessary video games thus far this season, with supervisor Xavi choosing Sergio Busquets, Gavi and Pedri in midfield. And, with El Clasico towards Real Madrid arriving this weekend, De Jong’s long term might be in the highlight once more if he does not play a big function.

Sources have informed ESPN that Man United supervisor Erik ten Hag — who controlled De Jong whilst in price at Ajax — may not rule out the potential for making any other bid subsequent summer time and there may be nonetheless a sense at Old Trafford that the midfielder may well be satisfied to transport to Manchester.


22.22 BST: Real Betis’ Guido Rodriguez is without doubt one of the gamers Jose Mourinho is taking a look at as he targets to make stronger his midfield, in accordance to Calciomercato.

Not best did the Argentine display his goalscoring skill in the 2 facets’ first Europa League assembly this season, there could also be the potential for a inexpensive deal because of his contract finishing in 2024.

21.52 BST: Talented attacker Joao Felix needs to depart Atletico de Madrid in January or on the finish of the season if that’s not imaginable, experiences AS, because the Portuguese ahead’s dating with Diego Simeone has damaged down because the Argentine mentioned that he’s the fifth-choice striker.

Felix has already made 3 earlier makes an attempt to depart Atleti, however was once persuaded to stick in the final window. The 22-year-old has performed simply 588 mins (11 appearances) thus far this season in all competitions, registering simply 3 assists.

For his phase, Simeone has denied the rift: “When he starts to play well again in training, he works, he recovers his goalscoring touch, which we need, he will play. But while I’m here, it’s about performance, that’s why his other teammates are playing.

“It’s transparent that every time he was once excellent, he performed.”

21.18 BST: AC Milan are set to face competition as they try to bring in Midjtylland winger Gustav Isaksen, according to Calciomercato. That is because Fiorentina, Brentford and now Borussia Dortmund are also looking at the 21-year-old, who has six goals in 20 appearances (all competitions) so far this season.

20.45 BST: Real Sociedad have confirmed that Martin Zubimendi has extended his contract to stay with the club until 2027.

The midfielder, who is also a Spain international, had reportedly previously been a player of interest for Barcelona, but will now be staying put.

19.55 BST: – Sport Bild’s Christian Falk has suggested that Bayern Munich are looking at Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram as they search for a striker, with the Frenchman’s current contract ending in the summer.

There have also been links with Internazionale duo Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez, whilst a transfer for Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane would likely have to include a lower transfer fee than the widely reported €100m due to his contract ending in 2024.

19.04 BST: Manchester City have announced that Phil Foden has signed a three-year extension on his current contract to stay with the club until 2027.

The 22-year-old England international has recorded seven goals and three assists in 13 matches across all competitions this season. Read our story here.

18.34 BST: Juventus are looking at Atalanta’s Caleb Okoli as they aim to bring in a defender, according to Calciomercato.

The 21-year-old his enjoying a breakthrough season with La Dea after spending last campaign on loan at Cremonese, having played in eight of the club’s nine Serie A matches this term.

17.52 BST: Barcelona are hoping to offload Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Frenkie de Jong in January, basically for monetary causes, reports Diario Sport, although it is anticipated that moving them on at that time could be difficult.

For one, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto could also be playing out their last season at Camp Nou due to their respective contracts ending in the summer. If financial issues continue, the club will need to retain some players in order to have enough depth in order to compete on multiple fronts. There is also the difficulty in finding a new club for De Jong given the summer saga involving Manchester United and repeated efforts by Barcelona president Joan Laporta to get the Dutch midfielder to accept a reduction in salary.

17.18 BST: Wolverhampton Wanderers have held talks with Nuno Espiritio Santo about a return to Molineux, as reported by The Athletic.

The Portuguese manager left 17 months ago, but is believed to have told Wolves that he’d like to return, with the Premier League outfit seriously exploring the possibility of making the reunion happen.

16.30 BST: Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has told ESPN there “is not any room for grievance” of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with both coming under scrutiny for their performances this season.

Herrera, who now plays for Athletic Bilbao, joined United in 2014 before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in 2019, where he played in the same team as Messi following the Argentine’s move to the club in 2021.

Herrera told ESPN he “loves” United, and defended striker Ronaldo after the criticism he has received following a slow start to the 2022-23 season, scoring one Premier League goal and starting one league match for Erik ten Hag’s side.

“When you may have a participant who rankings 24/25 objectives final season, how are you able to say this participant isn’t for the workforce?” Herrera told ESPN in an exclusive interview. “Top scorer of the workforce, probably the most most sensible scorers in Europe. Probably no longer going to attain 50 objectives each and every season, in fact, however he is nonetheless combating, scoring, taking good care of himself each day, each and every unmarried coaching [session], so admire.

“Now, probably, you have to control the charge of him in terms of training and games, you can’t make him play every single game of the season, in the big moments he will be there.

“There is something you can’t lie [about], the stats. And Ronaldo … all the time striking the face to struggle, to attain, to run, to take the accountability of the workforce — for me there is not any house for grievance with Cristiano or with Leo.”

15.20 BST: Manchester United are leading the race for FC Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa, says Diario de Noticias.

Costa, 23, is highly rated, with Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas recently quoted as saying he would become a star, and could be David de Gea‘s long-term replacement.

United are reportedly at the head of the queue to sign the Portugal international, although he will cost €60m to sign in January as that’s the value of his release clause.

14.53 BST: Aston Villa have announced that midfielder Douglas Luiz has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Luiz, 24, joined Villa in the summer of 2019 and was the subject of three bids from Arsenal at the end of the summer transfer window

The Brazil international, who won gold at the 2020 Olympics, has reportedly penned terms at Villa until 2026.

14.30 BST: Surely Xavi‘s job at Barcelona isn’t in danger, is it?



Mauricio Pedroza and Rodrigo Faez discuss Xavi’s position as Barcelona manager ahead of El Clasico on Sunday.

13.49 BST: Real Madrid will be watching Xabi Alonso‘s performance as Bayer Leverkusen manager with interest, sources told ESPN, viewing the former Liverpool, Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder as a potential candidate to take charge at the Bernabeu.

Alonso, 40, was appointed by Leverkusen on Oct. 5 as the Bundesliga club look to turn around a dreadful start to the season in which they took just five points from their first eight league games. Madrid will be monitoring Alonso’s progress closely, sources said, as the LaLiga giants believe that he fits the profile of a possible future Real Madrid manager.

13.16 BST: Manchester City have made a central midfielder their priority ahead of next summer’s transfer window, sources have told ESPN.

The club are looking at options to strengthen their midfield including Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham. City spent an initial £42m to sign England midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United last summer and they are set to invest again at the end of the season.

There remain doubts over the futures of both Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

Gundogan has entered the final year of his contract and could leave for free at the end of the season. Bernardo, meanwhile, is still a target for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

12.55 BST: Chelsea have entered the race to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer, according to BILD.

Laimer, 25, has a contract which expires in 2023 and had been expected to move to Bayern Munich for free at the end of the season.

The Austria international had agreed terms with Bayern over the summer, but Leipzig wanted a transfer fee and rejected the offers on the table.

Now Chelsea are keen to make a move when Laimer becomes a free agent.

12.14 BST: Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin has caught the eye of Paris Saint-Germain, according to Marca.

Marin, 20, has yet to make the breakthrough into the Madrid first team and has played exclusively in the Castilla side. The centre-back is also a Spain U18 international.

However, he reportedly has a release clause of €30m in his contract, which PSG are hoping to take advantage of.

11.30 BST: Arsenal are like a different team this season.



Janusz Michallik is full of praise for Arsenal after they overcame a potentially tricky encounter with Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League.

11.08 BST: Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has been speaking about midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

Guimaraes, 24, has impressed this season and has been linked with Real Madrid, though Fabrizio Romano reports that Newcastle will offer the Brazilian a new contract to stave off that interest.

“We desperately need him to feel free right here and spot a long-term imaginative and prescient right here, however time will inform on that,” Howe told a news conference. “We need to construct definitely. As lengthy as a participant sees an ambition in the membership, expectantly we will fulfil the wishes of everybody right here. We are in the early phases of that so we do not need to disturb that.

“He has done unbelievably well, the thing that has pleasantly surprised me is the relationship between me and him, and the squad. He has fitted in so well. He has epitomised the team spirit and the drive we need to be successful and the fans have seen that and really taken to him.

“I’m new right here so I’m conscious about he Newcastle legends of the previous and I would like my gamers to aspire to be the following one and if that is a part of his motivations then I’m eager about it. He has the facility to be a type of gamers, however he has a protracted technique to get there.

“If given the choice, would we do the deal? I think the answer would be yes, without a moment’s hesitation. Only time will tell on all transfers about whether it’s a good deal or a bad deal, but at the moment it looks like a fantastic bit of business.”

10.25 BST: Manchester United will turn on an extension in Diogo Dalot‘s contract to push back hobby from Barcelona, resources informed ESPN.

Dalot is into the general 12 months of the deal he signed after becoming a member of from Porto in 2018 however United have an solution to lengthen his keep till 2024.

Barcelona are one among quite a few golf equipment tracking his state of affairs, however the 23-year-old is probably not to be had on a loose move subsequent summer time.

Dalot has established himself on the first-choice right-back since Erik ten Hag’s arrival as supervisor, taking part in 11 video games in all competitions thus far this season. The Portugal global is into his 5th season at Old Trafford and coming near 100 appearances for the membership. He spent the 2020-21 marketing campaign on mortgage at Milan however has since develop into a key a part of the squad at United.

09.47 BST: Barcelona are in negotiations with Alejandro Balde‘s agent, Jorge Mendes, to increase the left-back’s contract past 2024, consistent with Mundo Deportivo.

Balde, 18, has made 9 appearances for Barca this season and the Spain Under-21 global has inspired trainer Xavi sufficient for the membership to provide him a brand new contract, regardless of signing a three-year deal in 2021.

Barca president Joan Laporta and wearing director Mateu Alemany met with Mendes on Thursday to speak about phrases.

09.15 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has hinted he would possibly retire by way of 2024.

Kroos, 32, turns into a loose agent subsequent summer time and has reportedly been introduced a one-year contract extension by way of Real Madrid. The Germany global is in his 9th season at Real Madrid, the membership he joined in 2014 from Bayern Munich.

Asked by way of German Olympic seaside volley champion Laura Ludwig all through an interview if he would play for Germany on the Olympics in Paris in 2024, Kroos stated: “I discard it. I don’t even know if in 2024 I will continue to play football!… What I can assure you if that I will play the Paris Olympic Games on TV.”

08.50 BST: Real Madrid don’t seem to be bearing in mind but any other transfer for long-time most sensible goal Kylian Mbappe, resources informed ESPN, when they had been scorned by way of his last-minute U-turn that noticed the famous person ahead snub them to stick at Paris Saint-Germain final May.

ESPN reported on Tuesday that Mbappe, 23, is pushing to depart PSG — simply 5 months after signing a brand new contract — after his dating with membership executives broke down over what he perspectives as damaged guarantees relating to workforce ways and recruitment. PSG wearing director Luis Campos has denied the experiences, announcing Mbappe has expressed no need to depart in the January move window.

Sources stated Madrid aren’t making plans on reigniting their longstanding hobby in Mbappe, and whilst a transfer can’t be totally dominated out must he develop into to be had, the LaLiga membership are actually that specialize in different goals.

08.24 BST: Santos ahead Marcos Leonardo is attracting hobby from Arsenal and Manchester United, consistent with Calciomercato.

Leonardo, 19, has scored 19 objectives in 50 video games since making the step as much as the primary workforce in 2020.

The Brazilian has won rave opinions for his performances in fresh months and has his eyes set at the subsequent level of his occupation.

“First of all, I want to make history with the Santos shirt,” he informed the Mirror. “Winning titles, putting my name in the club’s top players gallery. To be the top scorer in the competitions I play.

“Then I need to arrange to get to the Brazilian nationwide workforce. I’m doing smartly in the formative years classes, however my focal point is on having the risk to constitute my nation in a World Cup, dressed in the No. 9 blouse. I consider those are my two largest objectives this present day. I need to play in Europe, however I see that I’ve to finish phases ahead of any more or less alternative to do this.”

08.00 BST: Brazil forward Neymar will stand trial next week on fraud and corruption charges over his transfer to Barcelona from Santos in 2013 and the complainant, Brazilian investment firm DIS, said on Thursday it was demanding a five-year jail term.

Along with Neymar, the defendants in the trial being brought by Spanish prosecutors, which begins in Barcelona on Monday, are his parents, the two clubs, former Barca presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, and former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues.

The case stems from a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian company that owned 40% of the rights to Neymar when he was at Santos. It argues it lost out on its rightful cut from the transfer because the true value of the deal was understated.



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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

Jorginho wants to remain at Chelsea beyond this season despite interest from Barcelona, reports the Evening Standard. The 30-year-old will enter the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge in January, and the Blaugrana have been keeping tabs on him and N’Golo Kante ahead of potential free transfers next summer. It is reported that Jorginho is prioritising his future with Graham Potter’s side over any switch away from the club.

– Newcastle are set to block any attempts from Real Madrid to tempt Bruno Guimaraes to the Santiago Bernabeu, reveals Friday’s edition of the Daily Star. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been monitoring the 24-year-old midfielder as he continues to impress for the Magpies since joining from Lyon last season, and it looks like he will remain at St. James’ Park despite an expected approach in January.

– Interest in goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos has triggered Benfica to step up talks over a new contract, according to Ekrem Konur. The 28-year-old has been reported to be on the radar of Manchester United in recent weeks as they look for a long-term future replacement for David de Gea, but the latest indicates that the Portuguese side are keen to keep hold of him. His current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2024.

– New contract talks between Arsenal and Granit Xhaka are set to take place after the World Cup, says Football Insider. Having made progress playing in more advanced midfield areas this season, manager Mikel Arteta is keen to keep the 30-year-old Switzerland international at the Emirates Stadium. He has made nine appearances for the Gunners in the Premier League this season, contributing to five goals.

– River Plate are interested in former Argentina international Martin Demichelis as a possible successor for Marcelo Gallardo, writes Cesar Luis Merlo. Los Millonarios introduced they had been set to phase techniques with their supervisor after 8 years on Thursday, and it seems as despite the fact that the 41-year-old head trainer, who’s these days in price of Bayern Munich II, is without doubt one of the first applicants to take over on the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti.

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