The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — the window closes for Europe’s top leagues on Oct. 5 — but here are the rumours floating around. Plus, check out the latest major completed transfers across Europe.
TOP STORY: PSG to return with Alli loan offer
PSG have already tried once and failed with a loan move for Alli, but the Daily Telegraph reports that the French champions will try again before Monday’s transfer deadline closes.
The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour under manager Jose Mourinho, making just one Premier League appearance so far — which saw him taken off at half-time in the opening weekend defeat to Everton.
PSG need to strengthen their midfield but have little cash to spend, so a loan move would suit them perfectly. RMC reports that PSG are also closing on a move for Everton forward Moise Kean to join them on loan as well.
– Sources: Manchester United close on two-year Cavani deal
– Sources: Arsenal turn to Jorginho after Aouar deal collapses
– Sources: Bayern bid for Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi rejected
– Sources: Bayern agree €15m fee to sign Espanyol’s Roca
14.48 BST: Fulham still in talks with Barcelona over centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, says Sky Sports.
Todibo, 20, is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and a bid of around €20m is reported to be enough to land him. The France U20 international spent time on loan at Schalke last season and has been linked with a host of clubs as financially-stricken Barcelona try to raise funds.
14.26 BST: Justin Kluivert looks set to leave AS Roma on loan and Gianluca DiMarzio reports that Stephan El Shaarawy is on the verge of rejoining the club from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua to replace him.
14.08 BST: He was a flop at Real Madrid, but Everton’s signing of James Rodriguez has really worked out.
Steve Nicol lauds James Rodriguez for being the key figure to Everton’s success so far this season.
14.00 BST: RMC reports that Marseille have accepted a €10m offer from Bayern Munich to sign Bouna Sarr.
Sarr, 28, is in talks over a four-year deal, with a chance that midfielder Michael Cuisance could head the other way after his move to Leeds collapsed.
13.40 BST: AC Milan are keen on signing Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, reports Sky Italia.
Milan have made a €15m offer, plus add-ons, but Schalke are holding out for around €25m. Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger is reportedly being considered as a backup if Milan can’t land the Turkey international.
13.07 BST: Arsenal have left Sead Kolasinac out of the squad to face Sheffield United.
The defender has been linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen and this could be evidence negotiations are ongoing.
12.46 BST: Manchester United have seen an offer of £15.4m rejected for FC Porto defender Alex Telles, says Sky Sports.
Telles, 27, is in the final year of his contract but the two clubs are apart on valuation of the Brazilian left-back as Porto want £22m.
12.29 BST: Manchester United’s all-time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney has given his thoughts on the club’s £108m chase for Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho.
“Why consider paying close to £100m for someone similar to talent you’ve got already?” Rooney wrote in the Sunday Times. “United have Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and where would Sancho’s arrival leave Mason Greenwood, who plays in the same position and is of similar age?
“I’d rather put that £100m towards trying to get Harry Kane. Yes, getting Kane out of Tottenham would be difficult, maybe impossible, but United are a club who should always make an effort to sign the very best players and Kane is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs, as is Erling Haaland, who United missed out on last year – a genuine No. 9.
“There are not many who fit that profile and are of elite standard in football right now — yet the chances of United developing into a title-challenging team would be greater if they had such a player.”
12.10 BST: Kicker reports that Bayern are still chasing a right-back and that Brighton have rejected a bid of around €20m for Tariq Lamptey.
Brighton want more money, while Norwich’s Max Aarons and Marseille’s Bouna Sarr are also on Bayern’s radar.
12.00 BST: Do Manchester City need to find a new left-back?
Frank Leboeuf doesn’t mince words when criticising Benjamin Mendy’s defensive abilities.
11.42 BST: Fabrizio Romano reports that RB Leipzig are in advanced talks to sign Justin Kluivert from AS Roma on loan.
Kluivert, 21, had been linked with Arsenal amid talk of Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal earlier this summer but will instead head to the Bundesliga.
11.38 BST: PSG are clearly just starting to realise they need new players before the window closes tomorrow.
11.25 BST: Fabrizio Romano reports that Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to complete his move to Napoli.
The Frenchman has struggled in London since making a £40m move from Monaco in 2017 — spending time on loan with Milan and back at Monaco — and he will head to Italy on loan until June 2021, with no option to sign him permanently included in the deal.
11.06 BST: ICYMI – Barcelona want to avoid another Lionel Messi situation with teenage star Ansu Fati by offering him another new deal, sources told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
Ansu, 17, is under contract until 2022, but Barca have already paid him a lump sum that enables them to extend his terms until 2024 whenever they deem fit.
The Spain international has been targeted by a number of clubs, including Manchester United, since breaking onto the scene last season, and speculation about his future has increased since Jorge Mendes became his agent in August.
10.45 BST: Werder Bremen beat Arminia Bielefeld last night and Werder’s sporting director Frank Baumann was asked about the future of 24-year-old attacker Milot Rashica.
He said: “Milot leaving us is still the most likely case.”
The Kosovo international had been linked with Liverpool, while Aston Villa and AC Milan have both been tracking him too. But time is running out.
10.26 BST: Rennes are getting things done!
Ouest-France reports that they are set to sign Anderlecht attacker Jeremy Doku for €26m, plus add-ons and a sell-on percentage included in his five-year contract.
Liverpool had previously been linked with the talented 18-year-old, who has impressed in the Belgian league.
10.14 BST: Two updates from Sky Sports this morning about Wolves.
– Angers full-back Rayan Ait-Nouri is having his medical ahead of £20m move.
– As a result, Wolves full-back Ruben Vinagre set to finalise a loan move (with an option to buy for around £22.5m) to Olympiakos.
10.03 BST: There’s trouble brewing over transfers in Paris.
Frank Leboeuf reacts to the latest in a public feud between PSG manager Thomas Tuchel and director Leonardo.
09.46 BST: PSG striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is reportedly in advanced talks with Bayern Munich.
Telefoot says that the German champions are keen to sign a backup striker to Robert Lewandowski and the Cameroon international is top of the list as he is available on a free transfer after leaving PSG this summer.
Bayern could send Joshua Zirkzee out on loan as a result.
Rennes have won 13 of a possible 15 points from their opening five games to sit top of the table so far this season and now have Juventus‘ Rugani and Inter Milan’s Dalbert to help their title charge.
who arrive at Roazhon Park on loan from Juventus and Inter Milan respectively.
Foyth, 22, has struggled for game time this year but will join Unai Emery’s side in La Liga.
09.00 BST: Manchester United are close to beating Lyon to 18-year-old Penarol winger Facundo Pellistri, sources have told ESPN’s Julien Laurens.
Cavani, a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, has been offered to every major club in Europe but United are now actively working on an agreement that could see the striker travel to England on Sunday for a medical.
Frank Leboeuf and Steve Nicol both agree Edinson Cavani will be a positive signing for Man United.
PAPER TALK (by Danny Lewis)
Solskjaer pleads with Man United board over Telles bid
The Portuguese outfit are holding out for £18m, but the Red Devils are refusing to pay anything more than £12m. Rather than up their offer, the hierarchy at Old Trafford is instead threatening to merely sign Telles on a free transfer next summer once his contract has expired.
However, having sanctioned Diogo Dalot‘s season-long loan at AC Milan, Solskjaer is now facing the prospect of managing a short-handed squad. Desperate for depth in all areas of the pitch, he’s now urging his board to pay what Porto are demanding in order to complete the deal before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Chelsea to subsidise Loftus-Cheek’s wages to secure loan
With competition in midfield fierce and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in desperate need of playing time as he works his way back from a devastating Achilles injury, Chelsea are willing to pay a portion of his wages in order to secure him a loan move away from Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.
Southampton are reported to be considering bringing Loftus-Cheek to the south coast on loan, but they’re weighing up the costs associated with such a deal vs. a move for Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien. In order to further tempt Saints, or any other interested clubs, Chelsea reportedly will pay as much as £100,000-a-week of Loftus-Cheek’s £173,000-a-week wages.
Will it be enough to ensure that the towering Chelsea academy product sees regular Premier League action this season? We’ll find out come Monday night.
Augustin to leave Leipzig limbo for Istanbul?
Jean-Kevin Augustin had a torrid time in 2019-20, first on loan at AS Monaco and then on another short-term stint with Leeds United. Making matters worse, parent club RB Leipzig have threatened legal action against Leeds, who allegedly were obligated to make Augustin’s loan permanent following their promotion to the Premier League.
But we digress. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Foot Mercato reports he is set to be given a fresh start in the Turkish Super Lig, as Istanbul Basaksehir are interested in signing the 23-year-old striker. Bottom of the table having scored no goals through four matchdays, despite having qualified for the Champions League group stages, they are desperate for firepower.
– Leeds United are tabling an offer for Stade Rennes forward Raphinha, Goal reports. Patrick Bamford has had a great start to the season, but Marcelo Bielsa & Co. are aware that more depth is needed within the squad, and the Brazilian could add competition for the former Chelsea man while adding further firepower alongside Rodrigo.
– Foot Mercato writes that Lyon are looking to send Tino Kadewere to Dijon on loan for the season, and then sign Islam Slimani following his successful loan at Ligue 1 rivals AS Monaco from Leicester City last season.