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 Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai is still said to be a target – and Tottenham fans are optimistic that Gareth Bale will become a key player as Spurs target silverware and potentially Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik in January.
Manchester United are struggling after failing to sign top targets like Jadon Sancho – but the Red Devils have been linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund and England forward again, 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…
Arsenal agree Rekik deal
Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Hertha Berlin centre-back Omar Rekik, according to football.london.
The report claims that the Gunners came close to signing the 18-year-old on deadline day but ran out of time. Instead, the deal will be completed in January, though Rekik may be loaned back to the Bundesliga club for the remainder of the season.
Kepa may take pay-cut to keep Euros dream alive
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is facing the prospect of having to take a pay cut to reignite his career.
The Spain international is desperate to be part of next summer’s European Championships but runs the risk of missing out after being ousted as Chelsea’s No1 by Edouard Mendy.
Frank Lampard has made it clear that summer signing Mendy is now his first choice – leaving Kepa a £71million back-up.
It means a January move is likely to be his best chance of challenging David de Gea in the Spain squad.
That could have to be a loan deal in light of the depressed transfer market post coronavirus – as well as cut in his wages, which are reputed to be in the region of £150,000-a-week.
Balotelli in talks with… Barnsley?
Now this would be a turn up. Sky Sports say that Mario Balotelli is in talks over a possible return to English football – with Championship side Barnsley.
The report claims there have been talks between representatives of the Italian – who is a free agent after leaving Brescia – and Barnsley co-chairmen Chien Lee and Paul Conway.
City to make January Messi move
The Sun claim Manchester City will revive their interest in Barcelona star Lionel Messi in January as they look to secure a cut-price deal for the Argentinian.
City were heavily linked with Messi in the summer as the Barca legend went through a public spat with the club hierarchy.
He eventually agreed to stay at the Nou Camp, but with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, January would be Barca’s last chance to command a fee for their star man.
Chelsea eye Bellingham
Eurosport claim that Chelsea are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham.
The 17-year-old became the third-youngest player ever to play for England when he made his Three Lions debut last week and is reportedly seen as a cheaper alternative to Frank Lampard’s no.1 midfield target Declan Rice.
Bellingham only joined Dortmund from Birmingham City this summer but it sounds as though the Blues could be planning another raid on the Bundesliga, after they signed Kai Havertz and Timo Werner earlier this year.
Tottenham and Everton still want Milik
Tottenham and Everton are both still interested in signing Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik.
That is according to The Sun, who claim that Carlo Ancelotti is hoping that a cut-price offer of around £10m will be enough to land the Polish international – out of contract at the Stadio San Paolo next summer – in the January window.
However, Spurs – who provided competition and support for Harry Kane by loaning Carlos Vinicius from Benfica before the extended summer market closed – are still said to be eyeing Milik, along with Inter Milan.
Inter could offer Eriksen/Xhaka swap
Now for a rumour that has predictably sparked considerable debate on social media this afternoon.
According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Inter Milan would be willing to offer Arsenal a swap deal for Granit Xhaka that would see former Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen head in the opposite direction.
Eriksen is said to be looking to leave Milan after struggling to nail down a regular role under Antonio Conte, while Xhaka would be an alternative to Inter’s main midfield target, N’Golo Kante.
Arsenal target Szoboszlai ‘closer’ to leaving Salzburg
There could be good news for Arsenal on the Szoboszlai front, with the player’s main legal representative admitting that his client is edging closer to leaving Austria and Red Bull Salzburg.
“We’re seeing that every time he has a good game, which fortunately is happening quite often, the rumours are getting stronger,” Esterhazy Matyas told Digisport, per Goal.
“However, our strategy isn’t going to change because of one or two games. We have belief in our own plans and the vision we had originally is only getting stronger because all of the comments we are reading only prove that we are on the right path.
“Whether it’s in January or next summer, the most important thing is that he goes to a club where he will have a good chance of playing regularly and continuing the learning curve he started in Salzburg – that’s the most important thing for us.
“Obviously, it’s no secret that Dominik is closer now to leaving the Austrian league.”
Arsenal in battle for Szoboszlai
Arsenal are among a number of clubs chasing the signature of Dominik Szoboszlai.
The Hungarian midfielder, 20, has been making quite the impact playing in Austria’s Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg.
Now The Mirror report that Arsenal are tracking Szoboszlai – favourably compared to Chelsea’s summer signing Kai Havertz – along with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Man United eye Sancho deal before Euros
The Jadon Sancho transfer saga rolls on unabated.
According to the latest reports from 90min.com, Manchester United remain very keen on the Borussia Dortmund and England star after failing to succeed with protracted negotiations over the summer.
It is claimed that United could try to strike a deal for Sancho in January, with the player then arriving at Old Trafford over the summer.