The summer transfer window is closed for the top leagues in Europe! After a summer full of international football, countless clubs waited until the last minute to pull off their transfers. See all the major deals here and check out how we graded the biggest signings. But just because the window is shut until January, that doesn’t mean the rumours won’t keep coming.
TOP STORY: Donnarumma seeks PSG exit to Juve?
Gianluigi Donnarumma is looking to leave Paris Saint-Germain despite only joining in the summer from AC Milan on a free transfer, according to Tuttosport.
The Italy international goalkeeper is reportedly unhappy in Paris, with agent Mino Raiola eyeing a potential move for his client to Juventus in January. Donnarumma started in his side’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Tuesday in the Champions League, but the report suggests that he isn’t pleased with having to battle incumbent keeper Keylor Navas for the No. 1 spot.
A move to Juventus would see the 22-year-old return to the Serie A, where he spent his career before the move to France. Juventus have been linked with goalkeeper in recent weeks due to a difficult start to the season for Wojciech Szczesny, who was replaced by Mattia Perin for the 3-2 win over Sampdoria.
Donnarumma has seen his stock rise over the past few years, culminating in a Euro 2020 title this summer. He became a key player for Italy between the posts, making 36 appearances for them with 20 clean sheets. He also became a key part of AC Milan’s rebuild that saw them regain a place in the Champions League this season, making 251 appearances with 88 clean sheets before leaving for Paris on a free.
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22.00 BST: Talks over a new deal for Bryan Cristante have begun with AS Roma keen to extend the midfielder’s contract by an extra year to 2025, according to Nicolo Schira.
The 26-year-old is enjoying a rich vein of form that has seen him play more regularly for the Giallorossi, where he has become a key figurehead for Jose Mourinho’s side. The Serie A star also featured in Italy’s recent World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Lithuania.
21.27 BST: Former Atlanta United and Netherlands head coach Frank de Boer is the latest name linked to fill the manager’s vacancy at Al-Nassr, according to Pedro Almeida.
The nine-time Saudi Pro League winners revealed on Tuesday that they would a new coach by the end of the week, having dismissed former Brazil boss Mano Menezes last week, giving the new manager time to prepare for the upcoming AFC Champions League quarterfinal clash against Al Wahda in October.
20.54 BST: Inter Milan could face late competition for the signing of Andre Onana, with Ekrem Konur reporting that Atletico Madrid have added the goalkeeper to their shortlist. The Ajax No. 1 looks like he won’t be agreeing to new terms with the Amsterdam club, and will now have interest from Spain to consider when he becomes a free agent next summer.
20.21 BST: Calciomercato writes that AC Milan and Juventus are both keen on Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou.
The 22-year-old has impressed for BVB, with the club rumoured to be considering a new contract offer for the centre-back. It is reported that sporting strategy and development director Paolo Maldini has personally begun monitoring the player, and aims to beat the Turin club to the signature if a fee can be agreed with the Bundesliga outfit.
19.48 BST: United States centre-back Chris Richards was blocked from leaving Bayern Munich by manager Julian Nagelsmann in the summer, writes CBS Sports.
The FC Dallas academy graduate is on loan at TSG Hoffenheim, but it is reported that the Bundesliga champions received offers of up to $20m for his transfer. The 21-year-old has started the Bundesliga season brightly and registered an assist in his last outing against VfL Wolfsburg.
19.15 BST: Bayern Munich could be prepared to offer a mega salary to land the signature of Antonio Rudiger, according to Sport Bild.
The Chelsea centre-back will be able to discuss pre-contract terms in January and has seen talks of a new deal with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy stall. The Germany international has started the Premier League season in fine form that continues to attract the attention of Europe’s top clubs over a potential free transfer in the summer.
18.42 BST: Fiorentina are beginning to lose patience with Dusan Vlahovic as confidence starts to slip over the forward’s future.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Viola president Rocco Commisso told TMW: “I don’t know if Vlahovic will sign a new deal. We offered him €40m gross salary in five years, the biggest contract in Fiorentina history, more than Batistuta and Rui Costa. I’m getting nervous.”
The 21-year-old’s goal-scoring record has seen a number of clubs interested in his signature, and more could now join the queue with the Florence side uncertain over the striker’s commitment to the club.
18.09 BST: Brentford’s bright start to the season has put Thomas Frank in line for a new contract, according to TeamTalk. The Bees’ manager has guided his club to ninth place in the Premier League after six games, and enjoyed successful results against both Arsenal and Liverpool. The 47-year-old was one of the names recently linked with the job at the Emirates before Mikel Arteta helped his side to three straight league wins.
17.36 BST: Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that Manchester City were interested in bringing him to the Etihad Stadium after he held talks with Pep Guardiola.
“I spoke to Pep again, he wanted me but Juventus is my home, I’m happy here,” Bonucci told the Athletic. The 34-year-old defender has since remained a key feature in Massimiliano Allegri’s plans, playing every minute for the Turin club so far this season.
17.03 BST: The Mirror reveals that Liverpool scouts will attend Manchester United’s clash with Villarreal on Wednesday to keep a keen eye on Arnaut Danjuma.
The 24-year-old featured for Bournemouth last season but has quickly adapted to life since making the switch to LaLiga, scoring three times in the past five matches. It is reported that the Reds see the winger as a potential future replacement for Sadio Mane.
16.30 BST: Marca says that Erling Haaland‘s €75m release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract comes into effect on Sept. 1, 2022.
Haaland, 21, has 68 goals in 67 games for Dortmund so far but is likely to depart with PSG, Man United, Man City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern all keen to sign him.
Nice forwards Amine Gouiri and Kasper Dolberg are reportedly being lined up as replacements, says Sport1, while €30m PSV forward Donyell Malen took over from Jadon Sancho when he left for Manchester United.
Manchester United’s Anthony Martial has also been touted as a possible signing for Dortmund if they spend €50m.
15.52 BST: Villarreal defender Pau Torres turned down Tottenham this summer, with a €60m move mooted.
Torres, 24, was also linked with Manchester United and a host of other top clubs but revealed in El Confidencial why he stayed.
“Because in the end, I was more interested in playing in the Champions League with my local team,” he said. “In a year when the national team has important challenges and, when you make changes, you don’t know how it will go.
“It was clear to me that it was a year to enjoy the Champions League with Villarreal, close to my family. It’s the fourth time Villarreal have played in the Champions League, and that’s what I was most looking forward to.
“From minute one, they [Villarreal] told me they would respect whatever I decided. I am very happy at home. I have a contract until 2024 and whatever is best for everyone, we’ll see.”
15.00 BST: Napoli have a real star on their hands.
Gab and Juls discuss Victor Osimhen’s standout performance in Napoli’s 2-0 win over Cagliari in Serie A.
13.57 BST: Barcelona’s financial crisis has been laid bare after LaLiga cut another €300 million from their spending limit, with six clubs in the Spanish top-flight now permitted to spend more than them.
The bar for operating costs for Barca for the 2021-22 season has been reduced to €97m, which is almost €650m less than rivals Real Madrid, whose limit has been fixed at €739m.
Barca’s limit for last season was €382m, while the season before that, in 2019-20 prior to the pandemic, it was as high as €600m.
LaLiga’s corporate director Jose Guerra explained that the Catalan club’s limit, which is less than clubs such as Villarreal and Real Sociedad, is down to losses of nearly €500m for the previous campaign.
13.33 BST: The Daily Mail says that Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is attracting interest from Inter Milan.
Leno, 29, has fallen behind summer signing Aaron Ramsdale in the No. 1 race and is looking to move on.
But Fabrizio Romano reports that Inter are only interested in signing Ajax keeper Andre Onana on a free transfer in June 2022. So where that leaves Leno is anyone’s guess.
12.25 BST: Tottenham have struggled a bit in recent games but have set their sights on signing West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, according to Football Insider.
Johnstone, 28, was linked with a £15m summer move but no club matched that price and he stayed.
Tottenham are in need of a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris as the France international is 34 and has yet to sign a new contract before it expires in 2022.
11.39 BST: Barcelona have appointed an Olympic taekwondo champion to head up their player care department as president Joan Laporta continues to make changes behind the scenes.
Joel Gonzalez, who won a gold medal at London 2012 and a bronze in Rio de Janeiro four years later, replaces Pepe Costa, who has moved to Paris Saint-Germain with Lionel Messi.
Costa’s contract expired on June 30 and Barca never offered him a new deal, making it easy for him to follow Messi to France. He was known around the club as Messi’s shadow.
Gonzalez, 31, has a job which will include building relationships with the players at the club and supporting them with any problems they may have away from the pitch.
11.08 BST: Barcelona have big plans for Ansu Fati.
Julien Laurens speaks after Ansu Fati scored on his Barcelona return against Levante in LaLiga.
10.32 BST: No Premier League club spent more than Arsenal this summer with over £150m splashed on Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares.
But the Gunners aren’t done yet, says Football.London.
The report claims: “The next positions Arsenal are expected to target are midfield and defence. A back-up goalkeeper for Aaron Ramsdale once Bernd Leno leaves is likely too.”
09.50 BST: Liverpool beat FC Porto 5-1 on Tuesday night but the club are keen to sign two of their players.
Porto winger Luis Diaz and midfielder Fabio Vieira are the pair in question, says the Independent, and both have seen plenty of interest from top clubs in recent weeks.
Colombia star Diaz, 24, finished tied for the Golden Boot with Lionel Messi at this summer’s Copa America, while the 20-year-old Vieira won the Player of the Tournament award for Portugal in this summer’s European Under-21 Championships.
09.18 BST: Sevilla defender Jules Kounde has spoken about a summer in which he nearly moved to Chelsea.
Sources told ESPN that Chelsea were keen to strike a €50m deal for the Frenchman but Sevilla wanted closer to €80m to let him go.
“We all know that the summer was troubled,” Kounde told a news conference ahead of Sevilla’s Champions League trip to Wolfsburg. “I wouldn’t call it complicated. But it’s in the past now.
“I am concentrated on the team. The most important showing is the one on the pitch. The team needs me and and I also need the team to give my very best which is what I try to do. Up until this point, I’m happy with the team’s results and my own personal performances, even if I can improve a little bit still and do better than last season.”
08.53 BST: Manchester City have joined the race for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz, according to Bild.
Wirtz, 18, has had a fine season and recently broke Lukas Podolski‘s record to become the youngest player to score 10 goals in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all reportedly interested in Wirtz, but Bayern Munich are leading the queue for his signature in 2023.
08.30 BST: Lionel Messi said that Paris Saint-Germain and his partnership with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will improve as they play more alongside each other.
Messi expressed the sentiment after he scored his maiden goal for PSG in Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League victory against Manchester City after the Argentine’s stuttering start to the season.
Messi had been unconvincing in his first three appearances since joining on a two-year contract after leaving Barcelona, but on Tuesday, he reminded everyone of his talent. After a quiet first half, the diminutive forward linked up with Mbappe and found the top corner to effectively wrap up the win in the 74th minute.
“I am very happy to have scored,” said Messi, back on the pitch after sitting out two games with a bruised knee. “I haven’t played much recently. Only one game [at the Parc des Princes], this is the second one here. I am gradually adapting to my new team, to my teammates.
“The more we play together [with Neymar and Mbappe], the better it will be. We must all grow together, increase our level of play. We played well. We have to give our best and continue to do so.”
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)
– Leicester City boss Brendan Rogers believes there is “no drama” in trying to keep hold of midfielder Youri Tielemans, but the club are looking at potential successors, according to The Athletic. The report claims that several clubs are interested in the Belgium international, whose contract runs out in 2023, but no concrete offers have been made for his services. Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona are four of the clubs that have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old.
– Paulo Dybala and Juventus have set a deadline of the end of October to reach an agreement over a new contract, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer and while both parties are optimistic over a renewal, which would see an increase of €1m in salary, they also want to get the saga closed.
– Tottenham Hotspur are planning to move on from midfielder Dele Alli in the summer, according to Football Insider. The 25-year-old was reportedly free to leave the club in the summer window but were unable to reach an agreement in valuation for the player. Spurs are unlikely to let him go in January, as they hope his value improves over the season.
– Real Betis are set to offer World Cup winner Nabil Fekir a new long-term contract, according to Marca. The 28-year-old’s deal expires in 2023 and the LaLiga club are hoping to keep the playmaker as part of the project under Manuel Pellegrini. Fekir joined Betis from Lyon after a move to Liverpool fell through in the final days of the 2019 window.
– Lorenzo Pellegrini has put pen to paper on a new contract with AS Roma, according to Calciomercato. The Roma captain will stay with the club until 2024 with a salary of roughly €4m-a-year and, importantly for his club, it will remove a €30m release clause that is in his current deal.
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