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The transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues are closed, but it’s never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.
TOP STORY: Chelsea target Sancho, but not for £100m price
Frank Lampard has made Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho his No. 1 target for the upcoming January transfer window, after Chelsea’s transfer ban was reduced on Friday morning.
The Express has reported that Sancho is also the subject of interest from Manchester United and Liverpool, with Chelsea understandably not willing to meeting Dortmund’s pricetag.
Lampard immediately pledged he is ready to spend the £150 million the club has in its transfer funds. However, he is not willing to splash £100m of that fund on Sancho — the fee Dortmund want for the highly-rated teenager.
Other players on Lampard’s radar are said to be Wilfried Zaha, Ben Chilwell, Nathan Ake, Timo Werner, Fedor Chaley, Moussa Dembele and Hakim Ziyech. We’ll have to see if Chelsea let the money go to their heads.
08.45 GMT: Former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini could be back in the Premier League soon.
Borinim 28, is playing for AC Milan but the Evening Standard reports that Crystal Palace have contacted the London club about doing a loan deal.
PAPER TALK (by Shaun Reynolds)
Spurs make ‘futile’ bid for Van de Beek
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made a “futile” bid for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.
De Telegraaf has reported that Jose Mourinho has failed to lure the 22-year-old to north London, with the Dutchman understood to be more interested in a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
It’s reported that Marc Overmars — Ajax’s director of football — has put a price tag between £50m-£60m on Van de Beek, a figure that hasn’t put off Madrid who declared their interest in the midfielder during the summer.
It is also said that Van de Beek’s potential move to the Bernabeu could hinge on Madrid securing the services of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
A possible move for Van de Beek would soften the blow for Spurs should out-of-contract star Christian Eriksen move on, who has also been tied to Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Juventus still keen on Rakitic
Rakitic has made little secret of his desire to find a new challenge after being placed out of favour by Barcelona chief Ernesto Valverde.
It is reported a move to Italy has been possible, with AC Milan and Inter Milan interested in the World Cup finalist.
It’s possible the 31-year-old could be on the move by as early as January, with the report adding that Barcelona may be forced into lowering their transfer demands.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly pulled out of contract renewal talks at Arsenal. The Mirror has said last season’s Premier League golden boot winner is ready to quit the club next summer. Arsenal, who sit only five points clear of the relegation frame with almost half of the season complete, now face the dilemma of choosing whether to keep the 30-year-old at the risk of losing him to a free transfer or selling one of their most proven players.
– Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa has expressed his desire to link up with countryman Roberto Firmino at Liverpool. In an interview with The Sun, the 23-year-old known as “Gabigol” expressed his love for the Premier League amid his successful loan stint with Flamengo from parent club Inter Milan. Barbosa was targeted by Jurgen Klopp in 2017 — a year after Inter Milan signed him for £26m from Santos.