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: Navas to follow Ronaldo to Juventus?
With Thibaut Courtois signed to replace him, three-time Champions League winning goalkeeper Keylor Navas could choose to leave the Bernabeu in January, according to reports.
Calciomercato suggests that Navas is upset with losing his starting place and is already searching for a home in Turin. Cristiano Ronaldo famously traded the Bernabeu for the J Stadium this summer, and if reports are to be believed, Navas could be next.
The 31-year-old Costa Rica international has never seemed to receive the proper respect at Madrid and would likely be viewed as an upgrade on Wojciech Szczesny, who is under fire again after Juve’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Wednesday. Navas has been a serial winner at Madrid, adding a La Liga crown, a Supercopa title and UEFA Super Cup title to his trophy case.
Navas is no doubt a top goalkeeper, but with Courtois now at Madrid, maybe this is the moment for the Costa Rican to take up a new challenge and reunite with Ronaldo in Turin.
16.25 GMT: France Football claimed that Juan Mata was looking for a return to Valencia at the end of the season, but the Manchester United midfielder isn’t keen to leave England just yet.
“I am very happy in England, my contract is up in the summer, and I’m in talks with Manchester United in order to see what happens,” he told El Transistor.
15.55 GMT: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says no.
15.05 GMT: We’re positively bursting with West Ham news today as Sport Mediaset claim the Hammers have made an offer for Gabigol.
No, that’s not a footwear brand, it’s Gabriel Barbosa, who is on loan at Santos from Inter Milan. The 22-year-old needs to kickstart his career in Europe again after it stalled in Italy, so where better than London?
14.36 GMT: Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia doesn’t look like he’ll be getting a new deal at San Siro, say Tuttomercatoweb. That means Watford may be keen to seal a deal before he becomes a free agent in the summer.
14.24 GMT: Remember Samir Nasri? He used to play for Arsenal and Man City before he was banned for 18 months after receiving an intravenous drip in 2016. And now, the Mirror say, he could be on his way to West Ham to join up with Jack Wilshere and former boss Manuel Pellegrini.
13.02 GMT: Club Brugge forward Cyril Ngonge has been attracting the interest of Arsenal and Liverpool, says the Mirror. The 18-year-old “is seen as one of Belgium’s brightest young talents and the two Premier League giants have been watching his progress” apparently.
12.13 GMT: Sevilla are monitoring the situation of Alberto Moreno as the Liverpool left-back’s contract runs down, sources have told ESPN FC.
11.58 GMT: Liverpool are chasing a 6-foot-3 striker who is “lethal in front of goal” and “ideal for the Premier League” according to Sport.
That player is Mallorca centre-forward Victor de Baunbag. Oh, he’s only 18 and will never get a game at Anfield. Moving on…
11.06 GMT: Manchester United midfielder Fred could have been playing on the other side of the city, but told FourFourTwo his decision to snub a £52m move to Pep Guardiola’s side last summer was down to Jose Mourinho.
“I received an offer from them [City] and even talked to my Brazilian teammates who play for our neighbours,” he said. “They were trying to convince me to join them, but in the end it didn’t happen. Then it was the summer and, as I said, there were other offers, including from United. I quickly decided that was the right move for me.
“Mourinho is a top, top professional and every player likes to work with such a winner. I’m learning things from him, that’s for sure. He can be quite strict, but that’s part of his job. He’s also friendly and funny off the pitch, and jokes with us in the dressing room. Jose was crucial in my decision to join Manchester United and I’m grateful for his interest in my football.”
10.22 GMT: Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas has said that Real Madrid were keen to sign him last summer before choosing to re-sign Mariano.
Maybe their scoring woes under Julen Lopetegui would have been a lot different if they had…
09.54 GMT: Ajax are negotiations to sign Lisandro Magallan from Boca Juniors to replace Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt, report Mundo Deportivo.
09.20 GMT: Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is under pressure with the club bottom of the league, and may be replaced by coach Scott Parker in what would be his first managerial job, according to the Daily Telegraph.
08.42 GMT: Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has expressed his desire to play for David Beckham’s MLS expansion club on multiple occasions during the past few months, and Beckham has told ESPN he is open to bringing the World Cup winner to South Florida.
08.15 GMT: Talks between Inter Milan and Milan Skriniar over a contract extension are progressing with both sides confident an agreement will soon be reached, sources close to the Serie A club and player have told ESPN FC.
Skriniar, 23, is contracted to the Nerazzurri until 2022, but negotiations are underway over an extension to that agreement. The Slovakia defender has been a mainstay of the Inter defence since joining from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017. He did not miss a minute of their 38 Serie A games last season, in which he scored four goals, and has played nine of their 11 league fixtures so far this season.
Strugglers Fulham want Chelsea flop Bakayoko
After a brilliant promotion campaign, new-look Fulham have struggled to adapt to the step up in competition of the Premier League. The Cottagers currently sit bottom of the Premier League and it looks as if major changes could be on the way.
The latest reports from Calciomercato indicate that Shad Khan’s club have enquired about a loan move for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is currently on loan at AC Milan.
Recent reports suggest that Milan are ready to move on from Bakayoko and Fulham could offer a lifeline to a player who has undergone a massive fall from grace in the last 18 months. The ex-Monaco man struggled during his time at Stamford Bridge but maybe a quieter locale in London, away from the pressure, would do the France international good.
Bakayoko was much improved in his last outing for Milan against Udinese, so maybe the clock hasn’t struck midnight just yet for Bakayoko with the Rossoneri.
Arsenal to bid for Ramires
Arsenal are considering a January bid for Ramires, though not the Ramires you’re probably picturing right now.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners have sent scouts to watch the Bahia midfielder on six occasions recently and may lodge a bid for the 18-year-old Brazilian sooner rather than later in an attempt to beat Atletico Madrid to the punch.
For the record, Ramires’ full name is Eric dos Santos Rodrigues and he apparently acquired his nickname due to the physical similarities he shares with the former Chelsea player of the same name.
– Leeds United remain steadfast that they will hold on to striker Kemar Roofe. The Sunday Mirror claimed earlier this week that Wolves were monitoring the in-form striker but Leeds supporters want none of it.
Roofe has scored six times this season for Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites who currently top the Championship on 30 points.
– Unai Emery is considering bringing a premature end to Reiss Nelson’s season-long loan at Hoffenheim after the teenage forward scored his fifth goal in six games for the German side at the weekend, as reported by the Evening Standard.
The 18-year-old has come along quicker than expected in Germany and could be a valuable asset to an Arsenal side competing on four different fronts.