The summer transfer window is closed for major leagues in Europe. However, with one eye on January, there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Dortmund could lose Bellingham for a bargain fee
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham could leave for a transfer fee of just £83million next summer if paid up front, reports the Sun.
The England international is wanted by many of the biggest clubs in world football, a demand which has been reflected in the £130m transfer fee the Bundesliga club have reportedly demanded. Now, however, The Sun writes that any club looking to bring in the 19-year-old could do so for nearly £50m less than that figure, provided it’s all paid for upfront.
Manchester City are sure they can be the team to sign the talented teenager as they offer him the best chance of winning silverware and an opportunity to reunite with former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland, who has an incredible 14 goals in 10 games for City. The signing of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United initially ruled City out of the race for the former Birmingham City wonderkid, but Pep Guardiola still wants another top player in midfield, and the Spaniard believes in Bellingham so much that he thinks he could possibly fill Kevin De Bruyne’s boots.
Liverpool have long been interested in the player, and they also believed they were favorites to bring him in. Chelsea are also an admirer of the midfielder, while Manchester United are reportedly keen to sign him but are aware he will need to secure Champions League football to have any chance of doing so.
Bellingham still has three years left on his contract with Dortmund, which does not contain a release clause.
– The Mirror reports Arsenal had scouts watching Stade Rennais Lovro Majer when he scored in Croatia’s 2-1 win over Denmark in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday. The midfielder has also impressed for Rennes since joining them just over a year ago, leading the Ligue 1 outfit to demand a transfer fee of £44million, having spent just £10m to sign him.
– Napoli are close to agreeing a new contract for the starting keeper Alex MeretCalciomercato report, with the Italy international’s contract expiring in 2023. The move ensures they won’t attempt to sign the Paris Saint-Germain striker Clelor Navas in January.
– Torino couldn’t sign the Dnipro-1 striker Artem Dovbyk during the summer, but Tuttosport report that the Serie A outfit will make another attempt to sign him in January. The hope is that his contract ending in 2024 will help move talks of a move forward.
– Lazio take steps to renew the contract of Manuel Lazzariaccording to Corriere dello Sport, the wide man’s contract ends in the summer of 2024. The Serie A club are entering negotiations with the Italy international offering him a deal to stay with them until 2027.