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.
As for Liverpool, serious injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez leave them short at the back – and Dayot Upamecano is a potential January option, with David Alaba also linked.
Keep up to date with all the latest news, deals and rumours below…
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…
Will Ronaldo make Manchester return?
In what would be one of the most extraordinary transfers in recent years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a sensational return to Manchester United.
Reports out of Italy suggest Juventus have been contemplating Ronaldo given their huge wage bill and the financial impact of Covid-19.
Ronaldo is 36 in February, but he clearly keeps himself in peak condition and could still have a few years left at the top.
However, MEN reports that recent reports suggesting United have tabled a formal offer to Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes have been laughed off by the club, with no deal currently being discussed.
Man United linked with Carmo
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United defence is still very much a work in progress, and ESPN reports that the Red Devils have a new left-sided centre-back in their sights: David Carmo.
The 21-year-old is said to have impressed for Portuguese club Braga, and Solskjaer is in need of a centre-back who is comfortable on the left-hand side. However, any move for Carmo would likely depend on Solskjaer shifting on at least one defender, with Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo still on the books at Old Trafford.
Eriksen looking to leave Inter
Christian Eriksen has admitted his move to Inter Milan hasn’t worked out “as I dreamed” as he looks ahead to the January transfer window.
“This isn’t what I dreamed of,” Eriksen told TV2. “All players want to play as much as possible, but the coach decides who gets to go on the pitch.
“It is a strange situation, as the fans want to see me playing more and so would I, but the coach has different ideas and as a player I have to respect that.”
He added: “I am concentrating on my football, then when the transfer window opens we will see if something will happen or not.”
Upamecano top of Liverpool wish list
Liverpool have placed RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano top of their wish list, report The Athletic.
The 22-year-old is one of Europe’s hottest properties, particularly in defence, and is expected to be available for around £40million at the end of the season
However, with injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Jurgen Klopp may be forced into the market in January.
Other targets include Brighton’s Ben White, Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and Torino’s Bremer.
Arsenal get Szoboszlai boost
Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai will not renew his tenancy in Salzburg, paving the way for a January move, report Salzburg 24.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for one of Europe’s hottest properties, though RB Leipzig have also been linekd to a €20m deal.
The player’s agent recently told Index: “Dominik Szoboszlai has no agreement with Leipzig or any other club, except, of course, his current association, Red Bull Salzburg.”