The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — and you can find out when the windows open and close here — but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.
TOP STORY: Griezmann future has major Premier League clubs ‘on red alert’
Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are among the clubs monitoring the situation when it comes to the future of Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Lionel Messi’s dramatic U-turn on Friday ended his bid to leave the club this summer, leaving Barca looking for alternative ways to fund the major overhaul of their squad that is required following their first season without a trophy in 12 years.
Griezmann was one of the handful of players that Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said would not be available for a transfer this summer, but Messi’s decision to stay could change that situation for the 29-year-old.
In 2017, sources told ESPN’s Rob Dawson that Griezmann was United’s top transfer target, when the France international was still at Atletico Madrid but, despite the player himself appearing open to a move, he remained in the Spanish capital.
The Mail report adds that Barcelona will have to take a significant loss on the €120 million fee they invested when Griezmann signed with them a year ago if they want to get him off the wage bill.
19.02 BST: Wolves have made their second signing of the weekend after securing the signature of defender Marcal from Lyon.
The 31-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Premier League side for a reported fee of €2m.
Wolves paid a club record fee to land Fabio Silva from Porto on Saturday (see 09.00 BST)
— Wolves (@Wolves) September 6, 2020
17.38 BST: Don’t forget to take a look at ESPN’s Insider Notebook. Here are the top transfer lines:
– Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to value dressing room harmony over transfer business as the club continue to deal with the fall-out from Alexis Sanchez‘s disastrous move, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
– Real Madrid are considering a second round of temporary wage cuts for players as the club assesses the long-term financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, sources have told ESPN’s Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez.
– Atletico Madrid are yet to receive an offer for Arsenal target Thomas Partey, sources told ESPN, with PSG now in the running to land the midfielder.
16.46 BST: Christian Eriksen could be on his way out of Inter Milan after joining them in January, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims that the midfielder has been placed on the club’s transfer list and Inter would be willing to listen to offers around £35m.
The former Spurs man has struggled for minutes with club coach Antonio Conte preferring to stick to his favoured 3-5-2 formation which doesn’t suit Eriksen.
15.59 BST: Lyon boss Rudi Garcia has said he would be willing to let his best players leave the club this summer if it meant they would have a chance of winning the Champions League.
Club captain Memphis Depay has been linked with a move to Barcelona and sources have told ESPN that Premier League clubs are monitoring midfielder Aouar.
“Memphis is a top player, he is a fantastic player who is returning following an ACL operation,” Garcia told TF1. “If he can do the season with us, we will be stronger for it.
“Aside from that, for a lot of my great players, if they have the option to join a club that is built to win the Champions League, and we came up against a few of them in the Champions League this year, I will personally take them there in my car.”
15.07 BST: New Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek has revealed that Netherlands teammate Steven Bergwijn tried to convince him to join Tottenham this summer.
“Steven Bergwijn texted me to see whether I would play for Spurs,” he told Algemeen Dagblad. “But I chose United. I felt ready for the next step.
“This was the time to go. That is why I was on the phone with my agent last weekend. In the end, there was an agreement.”
Jan Joost Van Gangelen believes Solskjaer will play Donny van de Beek alongside both Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
14.11 BST: PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has urged the club to make some signings this summer in order to compete for the Champions League.
The Ligue 1 champions progressed to their first ever Champions League final where they fell to Bayern Munich.
“We have to manage it,” he told Telefoot. “It is sad, it is tough, but it’s our reality. It is an incredible disappointment, but this is the job: you can’t have feelings.
“Of course PSG has grown up with this final. Before, we had this blockage at the quarterfinal stage, but now we have blown through that. Lots of teams have lost a final and won the year after. We need to make good signings, we need to buy players. I hope that we will have good recruits.”
13.21 BST: Paris Saint-Germain has turned down Celtic’s bid to take left-back Mitchel Bakker on loan from the Champions League finalists for the season, Sky Sports reports.
The 20-year-old Netherlands youth international, who joined PSG last year after graduating through Ajax’s youth system, made three appearances for the French club last season.
However, two of those came in the run-up to PSG’s Champions League mini-tournament campaign, when he started in both the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue final victories in July.
The Sky Sports report adds that PSG have not completely ruled out the possibility of Bakker joining Celtic for the 2020-21 season.
12.35 BST: Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has played down talk of him leaving the European champions this summer to join Liverpool.
Thiago, 29, has one year left on his contract at the reigning Bundesliga and Champions League winners. The Spain international has had consistently linked with Premier League champions Liverpool in recent weeks, and Bayern coach Hansi Flick hinted the player had played his last game for the club following their…
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