elcome back to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of all the latest transfer news as clubs look ahead to the January window.
The domestic summer market finally closed for Premier League clubs in its entirety on Friday, 16 October, with the international window having already closed on October 5.
Arsenal arrivals such as Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes are also looking good – though Houssem Aouar is still said to be a target – and Tottenham fans are optimistic that Gareth Bale will become a key player as Spurs target silverware.
Manchester United are struggling after failing to sign top targets like Jadon Sancho – but the Red Devils have been linked with a move for Braga defender David Carmo, while talk of a sensational Cristiano Ronaldo return seems far-fetched but intriguing nonetheless.
Keep up to date with all the latest news, deals and rumours below…
Rio Ferdinand talks up Gabriel Martinelli
With a lack of Premier League action, one of the many, many debates on social media this weekend has been between Manchester United and Arsenal fans on whether Mason Greenwood or Gabriel Martinelli has more potential.
Asked about the Arsenal forward during an Instagram live Q&A, United legend Rio Ferdinand said: “To be 18 years old, doing what he’s doing; the goal against Chelsea alone, he runs from the edge of his box – a set-piece against his team – he takes it to the other end.
“Normally, your legs are gone by then, you’ve got no energy and no juice in your legs, but he has the composure to slot it. Great player, but the awareness of the way he plays, the way he moves on the pitch, the intelligence to receive the ball, the positions he takes up.
“He comes inside at the right time to allow Saka to have space on the outside and ask the opposing full-backs the questions; ‘Are you gonna come inside with me, or are you gonna stay with Saka?’
“It’s mad. He’s a mature player for such a young kid.”
Deschamps on Pogba’s United situation
World champions France fell to a surprise 2-0 home defeat to Finland on Wednesday, wit Paul Pogba starting despite his struggles for minutes at Manchester United.
Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps said after the loss: “How should I answer? [Paul Pogba] is not at his best, I knew that before. The match against Finland was supposed to give him rhythm, the same with Olivier Giroud.
“I had talked to them, they knew they would play for an hour at most. When you see the result, it’s hard to remember the positives.
“I had talked to them, they knew they would play for an hour at most.When you see the result, it’s hard to remember the positives. Like all players who have a complicated situation at their club, they are impacted mentally, not just physically.”
Guendouzi’s Arsenal career ‘over’
Matteo Guendouzi’s Arsenal career is over, according to former striker Kevin Campbell, with Mikel Arteta putting the youngster in “detention”.
“I do not think he will play for Arsenal again,” Campbell told Football Insider. “He doesn’t have a future at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta put him in detention after the Brighton game last season, that is what it was – detention.
“A manager like Arteta wants to see that you can toe the line, take your punishment, keep your trap shut and get working. Guendouzi could not do it.
“He was given a clean slate at the start of the season, like Mezut Ozil, but they did not toe the line.
“Arteta is strong enough to exclude players he cannot trust. When a manager cannot trust you he is not going to back you.
“The good thing is they got him out on loan because you cannot afford to havie ill-disciplined players like that in and around the club. The right thing was to get him out on loan.”
Liverpool are weighing up a move for Olympiacos defender Ruben Semedo in the January transfer window, claim Sic Noticias.
Jurgen Klopp is now expected to sign a centre-back at the earliest opportunity after Joe Gomez joined Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the treatment table.
Liverpool have been linked with the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly but Portuguese channel Sic Noticias claims it is Semedo on Klopp’s wishlist.
Boateng surprised by Spurs interest
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is “surprised” by speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham.
“Nobody approached me, nobody spoke to me, I didn’t know anything about it, I was surprised,” he said.
Boateng has asked by The Guardian if he is open to a move back to England, replying back in August: “I would not say no,” adding: “I am definitely down for it, but I don’t know for the future.
“You never know. But it’s not that I would say: ‘I never want to play there.’ It’s one of my favourite leagues for sure.”
Raul Jimenez: Man Utd, Juventus wanted me
Raul Jimenez remained at Wolves this summer, though the Mexican striker has confirmed that Juventus and Manchester United both tried to sign him.
Jimenez told TUDN: “One day I woke up and uventus wanted me, another Manchester United and what I know is that there were approaches made.
“But an agreement was never reached and nothing was close. I’m very happy at Wolves.”
Why Arsenal was the only choice for Gabriel
Gabriel Magalhaes says that when Arsenal came calling, he didn’t have to think twice about a move to north London.
“I was trying not to hear too much about transfer speculation because you always end up thinking about everything that’s going on,” he told Arsenal Player.
“After Arsenal came into the equation, he told me about other clubs that were interested, but I chose Arsenal because it was a dream for me. It’s a club that I really like and always watched on TV, with fantastic history.
“Arsenal is a huge club, one of the biggest in the world, and I told my agent from the start that if Arsenal came in for me, I wanted to wear the shirt, play at the stadium and feel the fans’ support because it’s a club I’ve always watched.”
“I’m now very pleased to be here today alongside top players. It’s a childhood dream of mine.”
Sancho on impact of Man United interest
Jadon Sancho was a wanted man this summer, but a move to Manchester United failed to materialise.
Sancho has not been in sparkling form for Dortmund this term, but scored a fine goal for England against Ireland – and believes he is on the road back to his best.
Asked if speculation in the summer had had an impact on his form, Sancho told ITV: “No, I don’t think so.”
He added: “I feel like every player has a little dip in their career and I’m going through that at the moment.
“It is just how I am bouncing back and I’m just happy to have managers who have faith in me and keep starting me.”
Arsenal not giving up on Aouar
Arsenal ended up signing Thomas Partey on transfer deadline day after a long pursuit of Houssem Aouar fell through – but don’t write off a move just yet.
The Athletic reports that Mikel Arteta is not giving up on signing the Lyon captain – and given Arsenal’s struggles for goals and creativity this season, it seems like they still need him.
The 22-year-old midfielder has said all the right things about staying at Lyon, but the club were very public in stating that Aouar had a price which Arsenal did not meet. Should the Gunners return with an acceptable offer, you’d think Aouar will be on his way – but that could well depend on whether Arsenal finish high enough up the table this season to unlock the funds needed.
Alaba next for Liverpool?
Liverpool signed one Bayern legend in the summer transfer window as Thiago Silva swapped Munich for Merseyside, and Jurgen Klopp may be back for another next summer.
Rumours are growing that David Alaba is looking at the next stage of his career, and is set to move on when his contract expires next summer.
That wouldn’t solve Liverpool’s immediate defensive crisis, but Alaba is a world-class player who would slot into any team in the world.
Chelsea are also being linked with Alaba, but the two Premier League rivals could have the edge over the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid due to the Spanish clubs’ financial difficulties – so watch this space…