Man United prioritise Jude Bellingham

The summer transfer window is closed for Europe’s major leagues. However, considering January, there is plenty of gossip about who is moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours, arrivals, departures and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: Manchester United favor Dortmund’s Bellingham

Manchester United is ready to make Jude Bellingham their primary target for next summer, according to The Mirror.

Erik ten Hag wants to sign the 19-year-old midfielder, with Borussia Dortmund reportedly demanding more than £130 million for his transfer.

Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid are reported to be joining the race for his signature, but the Red Devils are aware they must secure a Champions League spot if they are to convince him to move to Old Trafford over other suitors.

After United failed to secure the transfer of the Barcelona star Frenkie de Jongit looks like Bellingham has escalated to the top of the shortlist.

The English representative scored 11 goals in 18 appearances for Edin Terzić’s team this season.

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09.27 GMT: The Champions League is a career-defining competition. A few good performances on the biggest club stage in Europe can boost a player’s reputation, win them a new contract or even attract a host of scouts from opposing teams.

Every new season in the Champions League brings new players who are able to raise the level of performance. Last year we looked at a number of stars including Lisandro Martinez, Antonio, Christopher Nkunku and Darwin Nunez before they really hit it big.

ESPN’s Tor-Kristian Karlsen takes us through 11 players who have stepped up to shine this season. Some of them are already well established at their respective clubs, but their contribution in Europe has taken them to another level.

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08.43 GMT: Atletico Madrid will make several of their players available for transfer in the January transfer window as a result of their departure from Europe, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Last week, rojiblancos were dramatically eliminated from the Champions League and Tuesday’s final round of group matches ended with them not even qualifying for the Europa League.

Club bosses estimate that relegation from Europe’s biggest club competition means a loss of up to 20 million euros, while reaching the Europa League final could be worth up to 10 million euros.

Atletico hoped to raise 40 million euros in the summer through the transfer of the striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder Saul Niguez, but none left the club. It is now even more imperative that Atletico shed players from their squad and consider leaving in the January window.

08.00 GMT: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta dismissed reports linking him with Barcelona, ​​praising the job Xavi has done in “raising” the Catalan club as manager.

Arteta has guided Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table this season, which has reportedly led to Barca tracking their former youth player as a potential long-term replacement for Xavi.

Xavi’s side crashed out of the Champions League group stage for the second consecutive year this season, but Arteta insisted Barcelona are on a “really good path” despite the disappointment.

“What I can say is that I am extremely happy and proud to be where I am,” Arteta said ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with FC Zurich.

“Barcelona is now on the right track. I think they have a phenomenal coach who is an absolute legend at the club and has lifted the whole place.

“You have to have a lot of respect for that.”

Arteta started his playing career in Barcelona’s academy but never made a senior league appearance for them.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

– Barcelona and Milan lead in the race for Jorginho, reports Sport. The 30-year-old Chelsea midfielder will enter the final six months of his contract in January, which will allow clubs outside the Premier League to discuss a pre-contract with him. It goes without saying that he would be in favor of a move to LaLiga.

Eden Hazard he could leave Real Madrid in January, according to Mundo Deportivo. Despite having a contract with the LaLiga club until the summer of 2024, just one start in the league this season has left the 31-year-old winger uncertain about his future in the Spanish capital. Juventus was linked with the Belgian national team player.

– Juventus are discussing a loan for Real Madrid Alvaro Odriozola, writes Calciomercato. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are reportedly ready to allow the 26-year-old right-back to leave the Santiago Bernabeu on a free loan in the January transfer window, having failed to feature this season. Odriozola enjoyed a successful spell in Serie A with Fiorentina last season.

– FC Salzburg Noah Okafor He’s attracting Arsenal’s interest, he understands Ekrem Konur. The Gunners are believed to have sent scouts to monitor the 22-year-old striker in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Mikel Arteta’s side joining AC Milan and Leeds United in the race for his signature. Okafor has scored nine goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for the Austrian side this season.

– AC Milan plans to open negotiations on a new contract with Olivier Giroudreveals Fabrizio Romano. The 36-year-old striker recorded two goals and two assists RossoneriThe Champions League beat Salzburg 4-0 on Wednesday. With his current terms set to expire next summer, the Serie A side seem keen to keep him at the San Siro.


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