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Declan Rice West Ham 2021-22

Rudiger poised for big-money deal


Antonio Rudiger is ready to quit Chelsea and sign a mega-money deal with Bayern Munich or Juventus, according to the Mirror.

The German defender is out of contract at the of the season so can open talks with foreign clubs over a free transfer move from January.

The 28-year-old has been offered a new deal by Chelsea but it is considerably less than what he hopes to earn by moving on, where he could sign a deal worth around £400,000 a week.

Bruce not thinking of ASM sale


Steve Bruce says he has no intention of allowin Allan Saint-Maximin to leave Newcastle in January.

Interest in the French winger has grown after a fine start to the season and speculation of a winter move is on the rise.

Owner Mike Ashley has been known to allow big-name players to leave in January if the price is right, but Bruce says Saint-Maximin is going nowhere.

"I haven't even had that conversation and I don't want that conversation as you can imagine. Look we don't want to lose our best players," he told the Chronicle.

Boavista miss transfer payments


Koeman has three games to save his job


Barcelona's next three matches could decide Ronald Koeman's future as head coach, reports Marca.

Club president Joan Laporta has decided against making a change for now after he held talks with the Dutchman following the midweek goalless draw against Cadiz.

However, next three games against Levante, Benfica and Atletico Madrid will decide his fate, with the Blaugrana in need of wins in both La Liga and the Champions League.

Werner cancelled Bayern move in 2019


Timo Werner signed a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich in 2019 before he insisted the deal be cancelled after learning he wasn't wanted by senior Bayern figures, Goal and SPOX can confirm.

Werner, then with RB Leipzig, was on a contract that expired in 2020, and was eyeing a move away as a free agent.

But the forward learned that then-Bayern manager Niko Kovac and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic were not keen on his services, causing him to tell his agent Karl-Heinz Forster to cancel the deal.

Read the full story on Goal!

Everton set to spend in January


Everton boss Rafael Benitez says the club will be able to bring in new players in January following the departure of James Rodriguez.

The Colombian, who was the Toffees' highest earner, left for Qatari club Al Rayyan on Thursday and Benitez says he now has the green light to spend following talks with owner Farhad Moshiri.

“I had that conversation yesterday with Mr Moshiri. It's just to be sure we do things the right way, they are very keen to spend the money and improve the team," said the Spaniard.

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Donnarumma disappointed at PSG


Gianluigi Donnarumma is already feeling frustrated at Paris Saint-Germain following his summer move, reports Corriere della Serra, with the Italian goalkeeper stuggling for game time.

Long-time suitors Juventus are said to be monitoring a Euro 2020 winner once again, with there the potential for an exit door to swing open at Parc des Princes.

Donnarumma PSG

Liverpool like the look of Asensio


Liverpool are once again being linked with Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, with Fichajes reporting that the Reds could make a move in 2022.

The Spain international has enjoyed a positie start to the current and, having been linked with Tottenham over the summer, is back on Premier League recruitment radars.

New contract for Celtic skipper


City form part of clamour for Antony


Manchester City are, according to El Nacional, one of the sides looking at Ajax starlet Antony.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with the 21-year-old Brazilian, but City, helsea, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also in the hunt.

Spurs linked with Coutinho loan


Tottenham may be tempted to make a move for Philippe Coutinho if Barcelona make the Brazilian available for loan, claims El Nacional.

La Liga giants remain keen on getting another big earner off their books, with there the potential for a former Liverpool star to head back to England in January.

Philippe Coutinho Barcelona 2020-21

West Ham want Lacazette


West Ham have joined the hunt for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, reports 90min.

The France international is also seeing a return to Lyon speculated on as he runs down the final year of his contract at Emirates Stadium.

Keita to snub new contract


Bild reports that Naby Keita is ready to snub any offer of a new contract at Liverpool.

The Reds midfielder is already tied to terms through to 2023, but he is not a guaranteed starter and is reluctant to commit his long-term future to Premier League giants as a result.

James has PSG clause in contract


James Rodriguez has a clause in his contract at Al-Rayyan that would allow him to leave for Paris Saint-Germain, claims AS.

The Colombian playmaker has just left Everton for a new adventure in Qatar, but he could return to Europe at some stage.

Atletico want Arsenal star Saka (La Razon)


Liga champions could move for England international next summer

Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka, according to Spanish outlet La Razon.

The Liga champions would been keen on Saka if Saul Niguez's loan move to Chelsea is made permanent, with a £30 million clause reportedly included in that deal.

It would free up money to sign Saka, who has emerged as a key player for his club in recent seasons. 

Bukayo Saka Arsenal 2021

Right time to leave Man Utd on loan, says Williams


Brandon Williams says it was the right time to leave Manchester United in search of first team football after joining Norwich on loan this summer.

Left-back Williams told Sky Sports: "It's been really good to learn a new playing style, he [Norwich boss Daniel Farke] has been making me stay on the training ground to learn things.

"We thought it was the right time for me to come here, to work on me, and play each and every game. At Man Utd I have a long contract, so hopefully I can play well this season and go back there."

Arsenal must sign Bissouma - Parlour


Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged the club to sign Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

He told talkSPORT: "I've said for a long time that Bissouma is a top-class player. I would love to see him at Arsenal, I said that in the transfer window: the one player I would like to see is Bissouma.

"I think he's got everything. He's efficient on the ball, he can put his foot in as well, he can pass. He probably could score a few more goals I should imagine, but he's not in the position to score goals. He's the one that is going to keep everything ticking."

Vinicius among Madrid's lowest paid players


Vinicius Junior is one of the five lowest-paid players at Real Madrid, Goal has learned, and talks over a new contract for the Brazilian forward are yet to be opened.

The youngster has become a key man for Carlo Ancelotti in 2021-22, but he currently earns €3.2m per season, which rises to €4m when bonuses are taken into account, and that places him alongside Dani Ceballos, Jesus Vallejo and Andriy Lunin on the Real wage charts.

The Madrid board now accept that his current terms are outdated and that fresh ones are required and deserved, although these have not started yet.

Barcelona make contact with Martinez


The Belgium manager could move to Camp Nou as soon as next month

Barcelona have spoken to Roberto Martinez about him becoming their new manager, Goal can reveal.

The Belgium manager is Barca's No 1 choice after they decided to dispense with Ronald Koeman at the first opportunity. They are so keen on Martinez, they are willing to wait until after he leads the Red Devils to the UEFA Nations League finals in October.

Martinez likewise wants to move to Barcelona, and has informed the Belgian FA about his intentions.

Roberto Martinez Ronald Koeman

Fruchtl and Tillman sign new Bayern contracts


Bayern Munich has extended the contracts of Christian Fruchtl to 2023 and Malik Tillman until 2024.

Goalkeeper Fruchtl, 21, and 19-year-old striker Tillman are both yet to make their senior debuts for the club but are regarded as promising prospects for the future.

"We are very satisfied with the development of Christian Fruchtl and Malik Tillman. Both came to us as young talents and are excellent examples of our work with young talent. They have all the prerequisites to make their way," said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Napoli 'want permanent Anguissa deal'


Napoli want to sign midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa on a permanent transfer from Fulham after being impressed by the start to his loan deal.

Anguissa joined the Naples side on loan from the Championship club this summer, and has made a major impact in the centre of midfielder during his first five games for the Serie A team.

There is a reported clause for Napoli to make the deal permanent for £15 million, and their intention seems to be to activate it as soon as possible.

Everton 'seek Longstaff deal after James exit'


Everton will pursue Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff after the departure of James Rodriguez, according to the Liverpool Echo.

James' departure lifts a huge weight off the Everton wage bill, while Longstaff is admired by manager Rafa Benitez who coached him on Tyneside.

The Toffees reportedly tried to sign him in the summer with Tom Davies offered in a swap deal, but the transfer did not come to pass.

Man Utd seek Rice alternatives (ESPN)


The West Ham midfielder is no longer a priority at Old Trafford

Manchester United will seek alternative options for defensive midfielders after failing to sign Declan Rice this summer, ESPN reports.

Rice was a priority target for Man Utd in the recent window but the two clubs differed greatly in their valuations.

The Man Utd recruitment staff also doubt whether Rice has the pace the team needs in the centre, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being a big fan of the player, so alternatives are being saught.

Man City in the hunt for Oyarzabal (Fichajes)


Blues to battle PSG and Dortmund for Spain star

Manchester City are ready to battle Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund for Real Sociedad star Mikel Oyarzabal, claims Fichajes.

The Spain international is set to cost any of his many suitors around £63 million ($86m) when a bidding war is sparked.

Mikel Oyarzabal Spain Euro 2020

No Barca approach for Pirlo


Barcelona are, according to Fabrizio Romano, yet to make any contact with Andrea Pirlo regarding a possible coaching role at Camp Nou.

The Liga giants are preparing to part with Ronald Koeman, but an ex-Juventus boss is not being lined up as the Dutchman's replacement.

Real want Pellegrini on a Bosman


Real Madrid are exploring the option of landing Lorenzo Pellegrini as a free agent in the summer of 2022, reports Fichajes.

The 25-year-old Italy international midfielder is into the final year of his contract at Serie A side Roma and is yet to commit to an extension.

Spurs readying Vlahovic swoop


Calciomercato reports that Tottenham are readying an approach for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The Serbia international has also been linked with Manchester City, with the 21-year-old viewed by many as a productive option for the present and future.

Will Rudiger end up at Bayern?


Liverpool still want Bowen


Liverpool remain interested in West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen, a player they've targetted in the past, according to the Liverpool Echo.

His pressing ability is said to be a key trait that has caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp and could lead to a bid.

Bentaleb to train with Angers


Former Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb will train with Angers as he continues to look for a new club, announced the Ligue 1 side.

"Angers SCO is very happy to open its doors to Nabil Bentaleb, currently without a club," wrote the organisation in a statement. "The Algerian comes to rediscover his form and offer himself the possibility of perfecting his physical condition to find a sporting challenge."

Wilshere reveals his wife will make retirement call


Jack Wilshere remains without a club following his release by Bournemouth and the former Arsenal and England midfielder is ready to let his wife, Andriani Michael, decide when it is time for him to give up.

A man with 34 international caps and 141 Premier League appearances to his name is finding it difficult to drum up interest in his services after dropping into the free agent pool.

Read the full story on Goal!

Andriani Michael Jack Wilshere

Grealish needs to justify £100m transfer during difficult week


These are the weeks why Jack Grealish joined Manchester City.

A daunting triple-header of away trips to Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool await City over the course of eight days, their Premier League and Champions League credentials both set to be thoroughly tested.

It is therefore a week when Grealish will find himself under increased scrutiny, expected to justify his British record £100 million ($139m) price tag in such headline-grabbing encounters.

Read the full feature from correspondent Jonathan Smith here.

West Ham ownership bid rejected


Barcelona eye Xavi as new manager (Marca)


The Al Sadd manager could replace Ronald Koeman if stipulations are met

Xavi could replace Ronald Koeman as the head coach of Barcelona, claims Marca, though several obstacles stand in the way.

The legendary figure is said to be worried about disrespecting Koeman and does not want to actively pursue the job with the fellow Camp Nou legend still in charge. He would also need convincing to leave Qatar where his family has settled.

Koeman's sacking is reportedly close as the club continues to struggle early in the 2021-22 campaign.