Deadline day has come and gone, and all the latest deals and potential deals can be found here, but there’s plenty brewing in the market as clubs begin to look toward January.
United aim to snatch Alexis Sanchez from City
Manchester United are aiming to hijack Manchester City’s move for Alexis Sanchez by offering the Chilean a £25 million signing-on fee, the Sun reported.
The Arsenal star was close to joining up again with Pep Guardiola this summer in a £60 million deal, but the Gunners held firm after failing to grab a replacement.
Once 2018 starts, the Red Devils can negotiate a pre-contract with the 28-year-old, whose deal at the Emirates is set to expire at the end of the season.
Reports had suggested that City would be prepared to make a lesser offer in January in order to tempt Arsenal into a sale so the Gunners avoid losing their talisman for nothing six months later.
City and United keen on Lazio star
Another battle between City and United could break out over Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after his string of fine performances for Lazio, though the player’s agent and former Chelsea star Mateja Kezman tells Radio CRC that he is happy in Rome.
The Serbian star is at the heart of Simone Inzaghi’s side’s storming start to the season, as they sit fourth in the table in addition to winning the Super Coppa over Juventus.
The 22-year-old is also drawing interest from AC Milan, as well as “those in Madrid,” Kezman claims.
The Biancocelesti wisely coughed up €9 million this summer to remove Genk’s 50 percent sell-on clause after their 2015 deal, guaranteeing a huge profit, should interest be firmed up once the January transfer window opens.
City ready to hand Gabriel Jesus new deal as Real circle
Manchester City have taken the proactive approach to begin negotiations with Gabriel Jesus over a new contract, the Star reports.
The Brazilian sensation has shone for Guardiola since his January arrival, scoring 12 goals already and forming one of the most deadly strike partnerships in European football with Sergio Aguero.
The 20-year-old only pockets £70,000 per week — relatively little compared to his teammates — which has prompted Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus to monitor the Brazil international.
Despite having just under four years to run on his current deal, City feel obliged to give Gabriel around double his current wages to bring him in line with some of the higher earners at the club.
Barcelona made Antoine Griezmann offer
Barcelona endured a frustrating summer after failing to land Philippe Coutinho to replace Neymar, but Onda Cero reports that they also swung and missed on Atletico superstar Antoine Griezmann.
The Blaugrana tabled an offer worth around £124 million, but given the Madrid-based side’s transfer ban and the France international’s loyalty, a sale was completely ruled out.
Manchester United were also strongly linked to Griezmann earlier in the summer before switching focus to a pure No. 9 in Romelu Lukaku.
— Bayern Munich star Rafinha has revealed to German publication Bild that he was yet another player who knocked back Chelsea this summer.
The Brazilian has found himself still outside the starting lineup, despite Philipp Lahm’s retirement, with Joshua Kimmich’s emergence. The newspaper insists his situation needs to change, otherwise he will re-evaluate his future after the Blues’ offer as well as other offers.
— There could be more transfer woes for Chelsea in the near future too, as the Mail reports that FIFA are investigating a breach concerning youth players.
Atletico Madrid are serving a suspension after being found guilty of breaking rules concerning signing minors, though the report insists that the Blues’ case is not as serious.
But it is the third investigation inside eight years from FIFA on the Blues, with the transfers of Gael Kakuta and Bertrand Traore leading to enquiries.