The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January.
TOP STORY: Liverpool summer signing Fabinho seeking loan to PSG?
There was much optimism around Anfield when Liverpool signalled their intent and — somewhat surprisingly — signed central midfielder Fabinho back at the end of May for over £44 million from Monaco. Five months on and things have changed a bit, as Fabinho has struggled to earn a place in Jurgen Klopp’s preferred XI and according to a report from French publication Le Parisien, the Brazilian is suddenly “bored” with life on Merseyside. Enter PSG.
Many expected Fabinho to slot right in central midfield for the Reds from Day 1 but the play of Georginio Wijnaldum and a lack of trust from Jurgen Klopp have limited his playing time to this point. In fact, Fabinho didn’t make his club debut until mid-September (a one minute cameo in the Champions League) and his Premier League debut until Oct. 20 against Huddersfield.
The versatile Brazilian has started Liverpool’s last two games but according to the report from Le Parisien, the player is not happy with his current role and could be keen for a loan move in January, with PSG the preferred destination.
With PSG a bit strapped for cash in terms of permanent purchases, a loan move for Fabinho would make all the sense in the world for the Champions League contenders. Fabinho was linked heavily with the defending French champions before signing with Liverpool and is experienced and proven in Ligue 1 from his days at Monaco.
12.20 BST: Usain Bolt hopes he will still get a chance to play professional football after expressing sadness things didn’t work out with A-League club Central Coast Mariners. Bolt rejected a Central Coast offer on Friday when commercial sponsors couldn’t be found to boost his wage, effectively ending his two-month trial.
“For sure,” said the 32-year-old Jamaican, who also turned down a contract with a Maltese club while at the Mariners. “We’ll see what happens. I think people are still contacting my agent now about opportunities, so we’ll see in which direction it goes.”
11.05 BST: DONE DEAL! Iran forward Karim Ansarifard, who scored for his country in the dramatic 1-1 draw with Portugal at this year’s World Cup, has signed for Championship club Nottingham Forest.
The 28-year-old had been a free agent after his contract at Greek club Olympiakos — who share an owner, Evangelos Marinakis, with Forest — had expired at the end of last season.
10.10 BST: Chelsea hope that the upheaval at Real Madrid will persuade Eden Hazard to reopen contract talks with them, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Hazard has stalled on signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge and has hinted at a long-held desire to move to the Bernabeu. But, with the uncertainty over who will take over as interim coach Santiago Solari’s on a permanent basis at the European champions, Chelsea will try to convince Hazard that he’s better of where he is. The Telegraph adds that coach Maurizio Sarri may even offer him the captaincy next season if he stays.
09.15 BST: A move from the Premier League champions to the reigning Champions League could be in the offing for Brahim Diaz, with Marca reporting that Real Madrid want to sign the midfielder from Manchester City.
The Spain U21 international has so far refused to extend his City contract, which expires next summer, meaning the 19-year-old could agree a summer move to the Bernabeu in January.
PAPER TALK: Man United identify potential De Gea replacement
With David De Gea‘s long-term contract situation still not resolved, Man United are starting to prepare a contingency plan in case the Spain international decides to leave Old Trafford.
De Gea is under contract with the Red Devils through next season but the Sun claim that United have already identified Brighton and Australia shot-stopper Mat Ryan as a potential successor in goal.
The 26-year-old Ryan has backstopped Brighton to two wins in three tries against Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League over the last two seasons, most notably keeping a clean sheet last season in a 1-0 win over the Red Devils. Ryan currently ranks third in the Premier League with 43 saves and his 77.6 percent save percentage ranks behind just Liverpool’s Alisson and Man City’s Ederson among goalkeepers who have played at least seven games.
Barcelona looking at several Suarez replacements
With Luis Suarez admitting that it is justifiable for Barcelona to look for his replacement, one name from Italy has emerged to replace the Uruguay international.
The Catalan giants are eyeing several replacements, with Marca outlining a list that is headlined by Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.
Piatek, a Poland international, has scored 13 goals in 11 official matches in his first Serie A season.
Marca states another option would be to bring back Paco Alcacer from Borussia Dortmund, where he is currently on loan. Nonetheless, the Bundesliga club are keen on keeping Alcacer.
Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez are other players that Barcelona are looking at bringing to Camp Nou.
– Manchester City are considering a £40 million move for Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, according to the Telegraph. City boss Pep Guardiola wants competition for Fernandinho in the short-term.