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After Jose Mourinho compared Man United’s ambitions to Everton’s, the ESPN FC crew give their views on what appears to be a recurring theme.

The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January.

TOP STORY: Will De Gea stay or will he go?

David De Gea has said his focus is on winning games with Manchester United and not on signing a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho admitted to Sky Sports that he is unsure whether De Gea will sign a new deal, and the Spain international said he would rather focus on winning games than signing on at Old Trafford.

“You have to be focused on what’s important,” he told Sky Sports. “What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football.

“You don’t have time to think about things that aren’t as important as football and the points that are at stake in the games that we have to win and do well in.”

It would be a further blow for the club to lose a player whose heroics as the last line of defence have kept them in the running in recent seasons.


21.45 BST: That’s going to bring Saturday’s live edition of Transfer Talk to a close. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest gossip pulled from Sunday’s back pages.

19.30 BST: Jose Mourinho’s bid to bring Milan Skriniar to Manchester United has been knocked back by Inter Milan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia.

United’s woes this season have been underpinned by their defensive weaknesses, and Skriniar — who put in a colossal performance against Barcelona on Wednesday — has been earmarked as the man to help solve these issues,

However, a €75 million offer has reportedly been turned down by Inter.

18.50 BST: Marca write that Real Madrid are set to battle it out with Tottenham for Colombia midfielder Wilmar Barrios.

Spurs were reportedly close to signing him in the summer, but a move from Boca Juniors never materialised.

Julen Lopetegui is apparently losing confidence in his midfield options, leading to this duel for Barrios.

18.10 BST: Another managerial done deal, as Rudi Garcia has signed a two-year extension with Marseille ahead of their clash with Paris Saint-Germain…

17.50 BST: It has been a busy day of players being linked from Manchester United to Juventus!

Now David De Gea is reportedly in Juve’s sights, as Tuttosport say that they are eyeing him too on a free deal in the summer.

However, his wage demands could prove a stumbling block, reportedly wanting to become the second-most paid player at the club after Cristiano Ronaldo.

14.05 BST: The Italian press just cannot get enough of linking Manchester United players with a move to Juventus today.

Tuttosport write that Juventus are planning an audacious loan bid for Paul Pogba in January with an obligation to buy clause.

They will reportedly have to bid at least €70 million for United to consider letting the France midfielder leave.

13.05 BST: Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Chelsea ever since Antonio Conte was in charge.

With Maurizio Sarri now at the helm at Stamford Bridge, Koulibaly has been speaking glowingly of his former manager to Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia.

“Rafa Benitez and [Carlo] Ancelotti have a pretty similar style of football. I was also fortunate enough to play with Sarri and his football was truly wonderful,” he said. “He allowed me to see football and games in a different way. His philosophy was concentrated on tactics, it was all predicted and planned with him.

“Today, when I watch a game involving any other team, I don’t see it the same way as I did four or five years ago. I owe that to Sarri.”

12.30 BST: Juventus took all three points from Old Trafford in their 1-0 win over Manchester United on Tuesday, and they could be back to take a player with them in the transfer market.

Calciomercato report that the Italian champions are having reservations over Emre Can and Sami Khedira in midfield, and are keeping a keen eye on Ander Herrera, whose contract at United expires in 2019 and can talk to clubs outside the Premier League in January.

They are also reportedly looking at Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey — both of whom are also out of contract in the summer.

11.50 BST: A done deal, of sorts. The Philippines have appointed former England, Mexico and Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson as head coach of the national team ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and January’s Asian Cup.

This will be Eriksson’s 17th management job and his first international role since 2010 when he left Ivory Coast.

10.35 BST: D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney isn’t interested in a return to Europe on loan this winter, saying he’s committed to his new team and that playing for another side would only serve as a distraction from his latest project.

Rooney told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview: “No. I think I committed myself to D.C. And that’s why I’m going to give everything to D.C. In the offseason I’ll stay here for a lot of that time with my children in school. I’ll go back during Christmas to see some family and friends.

09.50 BST: Holding out hope of seeing Eden Hazard line up alongside his brother Thorgan anytime soon? You might be waiting a while… here’s why.

09.10 BST: Saturday’s Transfer Talk live blog kicks off with reports that Anthony Martial has rejected Manchester United’s latest new contract offer.

Sources told ESPN FC earlier in the week that Martial was set to reject advances from Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain to remain at Old Trafford and that the 13-time Premier League champions were confident of a deal being struck.

PSG looking to Hammer out deal for Diop

French champions Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a £50 million offer for West Ham United centre-back Issa Diop, according to the Daily Mail

The defender joined the London club from Toulouse last summer for £22m, but PSG could be looking to more than double that fee to bring him back to Ligue 1.

The 21-year-old Diop has looked promising since arriving on English shores just four months ago, and has started all but the first two games of the season for new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini.

PSG are renowned for splashing the cash, but have tended to focus on attacking areas of their squad in recent windows. This could be a move to shore up their defence with a homegrown talent who has recently committed to France, having also been eligible to represent Morocco and Senegal.


Willian has considered a return to Corinthians, the Brazilian club where he emerged as a young pro, but told Fox Sports he still has plenty to give in Europe before that happens. His contract with Chelsea expires in 2020, and he will look to sign one further deal at a top European side. 

– Internazionale sent scouts to watch Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz at their Europa League tie against FC Zurich last week. The 19-year-old has previously been targeted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Liverpool. The Italian club’s interest was revealed by Calciomercato

– Manchester City have added their name to the list of European sides interested in Boca Juniors midfielder Agustin Almendra. Barcelona have been keeping an eye on the teenager for some time, but are now joined by the Premier League club as well as Roma, according to Sport Mediaset.

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