Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
BARCELONA LAUNCH ‘OPERATION GRIEZMANN’
Barcelona are ready to move for Antoine Griezmann next summer and are willing to pay €100 million to land the Atletico Madrid star, reports Mundo Deportivo .
The France international is apparently encouraged by the interest from the Catalans, who have already expressed their interest in sealing a deal for the 26-year-old, which the newspaper has dubbed as their ‘Operation Griezmann’.
BARCA TO RETURN FOR COUTINHO IN JANUARY
Barcelona will make a €150 million move for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in January, €50m less than what the Reds supposedly asked for the Brazil international in the summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The 25-year-old requested to leave Anfield in favour of Camp Nou prior to the 2017-18 season, though Liverpool were not interested in selling the playmaker at the time.
Barca will move again for Coutinho in the winter transfer market in hope Jurgen Klopp and his team will be tempted into letting the attacker leave.
RONALDO WANTS GUEDES TO REPLACE BALE
Cristiano Ronaldo is ready for Gareth Bale to depart Real Madrid and wants Portugal up-and-comer Gonçalo Guedes as his replacement, according to Don Balon .
Ronaldo has grown tired of Bale’s consistent injury troubles, and has reportedly told Madrid president Florentino Perez that he must sell Bale and look for replacements.
And one of Ronaldo’s top choices to take Bale’s place is Guedes, a 20-year-old Portuguese international currently on loan at Valencia from Paris Saint-Germain.
Guedes and Ronaldo share the same agent: the ultra-powerful Jorge Mendes, who brokered the sale of Guedes from Benfica to PSG for €30 million in January 2017.
LIVERPOOL OWNERS TURNED DOWN £1.5B SALE
Fenway Sports Group turned down a £1.5 billion offer to sell Liverpool FC last month, according to The National .
The Reds’ American-based ownership group received the massive offer from a group led by Dubai financier Amanda Staveley. FSG reportedly turned down the offer because they believe the Premier League is trending up financially, which will allow them to sell the team for more in the future.
REAL MADRID HOLD LEWANDOWSKI TALKS
Real Madrid have held talks with Bayern Munich over the possibility of signing striker Robert Lewandowski in the summer, according to AS .
The Polish striker expressed his disappointment at Bayern’s transfer policy and their reluctance to spend large sums on players compared to the likes of PSG, and is eager to move to a club capable of winning the Champions League.
SPURS CHASE AJAX DUO
Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring the progress of Ajax duo Justin Kluivert and Donny van de Beek, according to Sky Sports .
Winger Kluivert is the son of former Netherlands international Patrick Kluivert, while 20-year-old van de Beek is a highly regarded midfielder at the Amsterdam Arena. Spurs have sent scouts to watch the pair in action, and could make a move during the January transfer window.
CHELSEA MAKE OFFER TO NAPOLI’S SARRI
Chelsea are set to turn to Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri as the heir to Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, according to 7Gold ( via Football Italia ).
While Conte lifted the Premier League in his first season with Chelsea, he has found the second term a much more difficult prospect, and reports have linked him with AC Milan in recent weeks.
That has led the Blues to offer Sarri an annual salary of €12 million in a bid to tempt him away from the Serie A leaders.
ANCELOTTI TO TAKE EVERGRANDE JOB
Carlo Ancelotti will be replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, according to the Nanfang Daily .
Scolari steered his side to their seventh-successive title with two games to spare although the Brazilian will apparently leave the club after their final game of the season on November 4.
Former Bayern boss will reportedly be in place by the middle of November and has seemingly already signed a contract, with Scolari having been informed of the decision.
NEVILLE WANTS EVERTON JOB
Former Manchester United, Everton and England defender Phil Neville is interested in the Everton job, according to the BBC .
Ronald Koeman was sacked on Monday and the 40-year-old has put his name forward to take over in the dugout at Goodison Park.
He has previously coached at Valencia, with brother Gary, and at Old Trafford under previous management.
REUS MONITORED BY ARSENAL & MAN UTD
Manchester United and Arsenal are monitoring Marco Reus’s recovery from injury as they remain interested in the Borussia Dortmund star, Sport Bild claims.
The 28-year-old has not featured for Dortmund this season and will not return until 2018.
The Germany international, contracted to the Bundesliga club until June 2019, has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and Arsenal and United will keep an eye on him.
MAN UTD EYE CASEMIRO
Manchester United have enquired after the signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid, according to Don Balon .
Jose Mourinho’s side are willing to pay the Brazilian midfielder a similar salary to that of record signing Paul Pogba, though Casemiro appears set to stay at the Bernabeu, having already rejected a bid from PSG.
MAN UTD LINE UP GRIMALDO MOVE
Jose Mourinho is keen for Manchester United to sign Alex Grimaldo from Benfica, according to Metro , via Record.
The left-back is highly-rated in Portugal and Mourinho, who is set to offload Luke Shaw, has now given the green light to the club to pursue a deal.
YAYA TOURE CONSIDERS NEW YORK MOVE
Yaya Toure could be set to join Manchester City’s sister club New York City FC at the end of the season, according to the Daily Star .
The Ivorian midfielder is seen as a potential replacement for Andrea Pirlo in the United States, and could subsequently call time on his seven-year association with City this summer.
BENITEZ SET FOR HUGE NEWCASTLE WAR CHEST
Rafael Benitez could be handed £500 million to spend over the next two transfer windows if businesswoman Amanda Stavely completes a takeover of Newcastle United, according to the Daily Express .
Benitez has been critical of current owner Mike Ashley’s penny-pinching in the past but Stavely, who is considering a £300m bid for the club, could fund a major recruitment drive in an attempt to turn Newcastle into title contenders.
BILIC HAS TWO GAMES TO SAVE JOB
Slaven Bilic has two games to save his West Ham job following their 3-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday, the Daily Mail report.
The Croatian and the Hammers have endured a tough start to the Premier League season and sit 16th, having won just two of their opening nine games.
MAN UTD PREPARING £30M SOLER BID
Manchester United are preparing a £30 million move for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, according to the Daily Mail .
United are keen to complete a deal for the 20-year-old Spain Under-21 international ahead of next season, and are confident the Liga side won’t hold out for the £75m buyout clause in his contract due to financial issues at the club.
MAN UTD TO FIGHT JUVE FOR GIMENEZ
Manchester United are ready to fight Juventus for the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, according to a report from the Express .
The Uruguay international has a £60 million release clause inserted into his current deal, which runs until 2021, but the 22-year-old remains high on Jose Mourinho’s list of priority targets.
EURO GIANTS WANT EVERTON STRIKER
Everton-owned Henry Onyekuru is being chased by Atletico Madrid and Juventus, report the Mirror .
The 20-year-old, currently on loan with Anderlecht, was snapped up for £7m in the summer, but was immediately sent out on loan due to work permit issues.
And Onyekuru has hit the ground running back in Belgium, scoring six goals in nine games since arriving in the Pro League, sparking interest from the European duo.
Onyekuru’s form, of course, has no doubt left Everton feeling sheepish as they continue to struggle for goals under Ronald Koeman.
WEST HAM LINING UP BILIC REPLACEMENTS
With Slaven Bilic’s job on the brink at West Ham, the club have been linked with a number of candidates to replace the Croatian boss.
The Mirror claims ex-Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, currently with Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, is the Irons’ top choice to replace Bilic, while Express claims Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner is number one on their list, with Manuel Pellegrini also in the frame if the Hammers don’t get their man.
LIVERPOOL OPEN TO INGS LOAN
Liverpool striker Danny Ings, now fully fit after nearly two full seasons through injury, could be in line for a loan move as the 25-year-old makes a late push to be included in England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup, the Mirror reports.
Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the former Burnley man, but the length of time he has spent on the sidelines means it will be difficult for him to make an instant return to the first team at Anfield.
Championship sides have shown an interest in the frontman, but he is unlikely to step down a league with a spot in Russia at stake. The report suggests Newcastle, Southampton, Watford and Crystal Palace would all be interested in taking Ings on board.
JUVE & LIVERPOOL WANT SOLOMON
Liverpool are set to battle it out with Serie A side Juventus for the signature of young Israeli star Manor Solomon, Tuttosport reports.
The 18-year-old forward, who stands at 5ft 5in, has been a revelation for Maccabi Petah Tikva, prompting Jurgen Klopp’s side to have already fronted a bid of €5 million for his services.
ANCELOTTI FAVOURITE TO REPLACE CONTE
Having recently been sacked by Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti is the favourite to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Express reports.
The outlet notes that the Champions League-winner coach has the best odds to replace the former Italy boss, while Everton, West Ham and Leicester are also credited with an interest.
REAL MADRID MONITOR ENGLAND U17 STAR
Real Madrid are keeping tabs on England Under-17 star Jadon Sancho, according to the Mirror .
Sancho, who moved to Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City for £8 million on transfer dealine day, has been impressive at the U17 World Cup, scoring three goals and bagging two assists in the group stage.
The report suggests Madrid have sent scouts to watch the young winger, who was immediately handed the number 7 shirt – formerly Ousmane Dembele’s – upon his arrival at Signal Iduna Park.
MADRID EYE POCHETTINO
Real Madrid see Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane, The Sun claims.
The Argentine has enhanced his managerial stature at Spurs after bright spells at Espanyol and Southampton and has attracted attention from the European champions. Madrid have no plans to get rid of Zidane after he delivered a second consecutive Champions League crown, but they are looking at other options to be safe.
TOTTENHAM LOOKING TO SIGN CELTIC’S TIERNEY
Mauricio Pochettino is continuing to monitor Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, according to the Daily Record .
The north London club have long-standing interest in the 20-year-old Scotland international and were once again on hand to watch him during Celtic’s 3-0 Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich last week.
EVERTON CONSIDER MOYES RETURN
David Moyes is being considered by Everton as a potential manager should they opt to sack Ronald Koeman, according to The Mirror .
With the Toffees struggling in the Premier League and Europa League, Koeman is reportedly close to being fired and the board are on the look for other options, with the Scotsman seen as a candidate. Moyes spent 11 years in charge of Everton before moving to Manchester United to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, but he is out of work since overseeing Sunderland’s relegation last season and is said to still have a good relationship with chairman Bill Kenwright.
BARCELONA TO SWOOP FOR HERRERA
Barcelona are preparing to make a January move for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, according to Don Balon via Daily Express .
The Catalan club have apparently identified the Spaniard as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, and could take advantage of the 28-year-old’s contract situation at Old Trafford.
BARCA AND ARSENAL WANT ANDRE SILVA
Barcelona and Arsenal are both interested in Milan forward Andre Silva after his strong start with the Italian side in European play, CalcioMercato reports.
While the former Porto star has not found life easy in Serie A his form in continental competition – having scored six times in seven Europa League matches – has caught the eye of the Spanish and English sides.
Both clubs view him as an good option to add depth to their squads who would not need to be a full-time starter.
BARCELONA WATCH MARTIAL
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez watched Anthony Martial during Manchester United’s Champions League victory over Benfica, reports Mundo Deportivo .
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Fernandez travelled to Lisbon for the game and saw Martial produce a lively 15-minute cameo off the substitutes’ bench after the France forward replaced Marcus Rashford.
Speculation has recently claimed United would be willing to offer Martial in exchange for Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic, while Arsenal are also reported to be admirers of the former Monaco youngster.
However, Madrid are hoping to negotiate a lower fee to bring Alan to Spain in the summer of 2018 and pitch him into their Castilla side.