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.
Chelsea spent over £200million in the summer window, and signings like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Edouard Mendy are settling in well at Stamford Bridge with Barcelona youngster Alejandro Balde potentially next on the wishlist.
Arsenal arrivals such as Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes are also looking good – though Sao Paulo forward Brenner 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 AC Milan playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu, 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…
Giroud situation ‘cannot continue’ – Deschamps
France manager Didier Deschamps has hinted that Olivier Giroud needs to consider leaving Chelsea.
The French World Cup winner has found himself at the bottom of the pecking order in west London once more after the arrival of Timo Werner and departure of Michy Batshuayi.
Giroud, who forced his way back into Frank Lampard’s side and extended his deal at Chelsea last season, has started just one game all season so far, against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
With next summer’s European Championships fast approaching, Deschamps has told Giroud he must find a solution to his lack of game time at Stamford Bridge before the next international break.
“He knows it, what he is going through now cannot continue,” Deschamps told RTL. “For March, he will have to find a solution that is different to the one he is in now.”
The former Arsenal striker is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season, but could look for a move away come January in order to ensure he remains part of the squad for next summer’s tournament with France.
Traore talks with Wolves stall
Wolves and Adama Traore appear to have reached an impasse during negotiations over a new contract.
According to the Express and Star, discussions over an improved deal for the Spanish winger have stalled.
That could offer hope to rumoured transfer suitors such as Liverpool, though it is worth noting that Traore is currently under contract at Molineux until 2023, so there isn’t any real rush on Wolves’ part as things stand.
But certainly something to monitor…
Man City eye Lautaro and Haaland
Manchester City have their eye on several potential high-profile replacements for Sergio Aguero.
Aguero, 32, is out of contract at the Etihad next summer and it remains to be seen if the Argentine will pen fresh terms.
City are determined not to be caught out by the possible loss of their record scorer, with 90min.com suggesting they are tracking the likes of Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
Liverpool not planning January recruitment
An interesting Liverpool update from The Athletic’s David Ornstein that is sure to spark some debate.
Despite all the centre-back rumours doing the rounds over recent weeks and an ever-escalating injury crisis, he claims the Reds will NOT look to recruit during the January transfer window as things stand.
If that is indeed the case, Jurgen Klopp will have to hope he gets some players back fit sharpish, with Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all dealing with issues at present.
Man United ‘offered Calhanoglu’
Manchester United are one of several clubs interested in signing Hakan Calhanoglu.
That is according to Italian outlet Tuttosport, who claim that the AC Milan playmaker has been offered to United by agent Gordon Stipic.
Calhanoglu has also been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool over recent weeks.
Chelsea and Liverpool in Balde battle
Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly engaged in a transfer fight over Barcelona wonderkid Alejandro Balde.
According to Catalan newspaper Sport, both Premier League clubs have already approached the player’s agents as they look to secure the latest big talent from the famed La Masia academy.
Balde, 17, operates primarily as a left-back and has been tipped for a big future at Camp Nou.
Arsenal get Brenner boost
Arsenal have been handed a sizable boost in their pursuit of Brazilian striker Brenner.
According to reports cited by The Sun, the Sao Paulo forward does not require a work permit due to owning an Italian passport.
Brenner has a £45m release clause in his current contract as the goal-shy Gunners look to improve their offensive output.
De Bruyne in Man City contract talks
Kevin De Bruyne has confirmed initial discussions with Manchester City over a new deal.
The Belgian is currently under contract at Etihad Stadium until 2023 and there had been previous doubts over his future due to City’s two-year European ban – since overturned – and a disappointing 2019/20 campaign.
However, he has now declared himself happy to stay at the club as he handles the early stages of contract talks himself.
“I’m happy in Manchester,” the influential De Bruyne told Flemish television network VTM Nieuws ahead of Belgium’s 2-0 Nations League win over England in Leuven on Sunday.
“We are a bit in talks, not advanced. At the moment I am doing the talks myself.
“I would like to stay with the club, so it’s easy. If I didn’t want to stay, it would take someone to mediate.
“But when you want to stay, it’s not so difficult.”
Being with France ‘a breath of fresh air’, says Pogba
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba appears to have had a little dig at the atmosphere at the club while lauding the togetherness of the French national side.
“This is a period I’ve never experienced in my career,” Pogba told RTL. “The French national team is a breath of fresh air… we are very happy to come here. It’s not the same as with the club. We all group together, it is magical.”
Grealish told to join Arsenal
Arsenal have been told to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
“Grealish, amazing. It seems like he could be a player that Arsenal missed,” Gilberto Silva told The Invisible Wall podcast.
“With his ability, he was one of the guys in the middle who can play beautiful football. He controls the ball, assists and can score goals.
“He is slightly different from Dennis Bergkamp, but he could be somebody for the future at Arsenal.”