Barca eye Man City’s Bernardo Silva

The summer transfer window is closed for major leagues in Europe. However, with one eye on January, there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: Barcelona target January signing of Bernardo Silva from Man City

Barcelona are set to resume their quest for the Manchester City star Bernardo Silvaaccording to Sports.

The LaLiga side have been linked with the 28-year-old throughout the summer, and they are now believed to be confident they have the resources to secure a deal. The Blaugrana are looking to make a number of signings in January, and it is reported that manager Xavi Hernandez sees Silva as an important part of his long-term project at Camp Nou.

The Portugal international has remained an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s squad this season, making 19 appearances in all competitions for Man City. This could create difficulties in negotiations as Barcelona try to persuade the Citizens to part ways with a key player amid a Premier League title race.

But following the retirement of Gerard pricksthe Catalan club now believe they have the resources to complete a deal when the winter transfer market opens, while also looking to address options at centre-back and on the right.

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12:28 GMT: Barcelona will turn to the transfer market again in January, partly over fears they will be forced to work again under tighter financial restrictions next summer, sources have told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.

Barca sold club assets worth more than €700m this summer to fund a spending spree of over €150m and to raise the spending cap imposed by La Liga, which includes their salary expenditure each season, to more than 600 million euros.

However, without the sale of more assets on the books for the 2023-24 seasons, La Liga president Javier Tebas has already warned them that their spending limit will likely be reduced next summer. Therefore, given the risk that they will only be able to spend again at a 1:4 ratio next season, allowing them to spend €1 forever €4 saved in wages or transfer fees, they will be looking to do business in the January window while their ratio is still at 1:1.

Barca’s main targets are a right-back and a deep midfielder to eventually replace Sergio Busquets, sources have told ESPN, with the club captain set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

11:41 a.m. GMT: Leeds United have lost their appeal against the payment of a transfer fee for a player who only played 48 minutes in total.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed an appeal by Leeds against a FIFA decision which ordered the English club to pay RB Leipzig €6.7m for the French striker Jean-Kevin Augustin. CAS said the money was due as the first installment of a €21million deal to sign Augustin which was activated after an initial loan move because Leeds were promoted to the Premier League in 2020.

This promotion was obtained after the coronavirus pandemic ended the 2019-20 season and forced the season to end several weeks later than expected. Leeds argued the delay nullified the loan deal. Leeds were in the Championship in January 2020 when they signed the former France Under-21 striker on loan from Leipzig. The deal required Leeds to sign Augustin on July 1, 2020, on a permanent deal if promotion to the Premier League is won. However, English football came to a halt in early March as the COVID-19 outbreak spread and Leeds finished first in the league later in July despite Augustin barely playing.

European football contracts usually expire on June 30 and FIFA, which oversees transfer rules, gave emergency advice in the pandemic that “contracts should be extended until the season actually ends”.

Leipzig took the matter to FIFA when Leeds argued their obligation to sign Augustin lapsed because the loan expired before promotion was clinched. CAS said that “the purchase obligation was triggered at the end of the 2019-20 season, even though the season ended later than expected due to the disruption caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19”.

Augustin left Leeds and joined French club Nantes on a free transfer. The 25-year-old has opted for another free transfer this season to join current club Basel in Switzerland.

11:03 GMT: Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira says speculation around Wilfried Zahathe future of doesn’t become a distraction.

Zaha, who is out of contract this summer, has made no secret of his desire to play for a club participating in the Champions League in the past and has been linked with several of the Premier League’s biggest teams over the past few years. recent seasons.

‘It’s not [a distraction] for him and it’s not for the football club either,” Vieira said ahead of Sunday’s game against West Ham. “We know how important it is for us and, again, he knows to how much the fans, the club love him and let us know how much he loves the football club too.

“So the decision has to be his decision, and we will do everything on our side to keep him because he is an important player for the football club, but then we will see. At the moment he is playing well, he is performing well. well, and that’s all that matters for now.”

Zaha, who turns 30 next week, has scored five goals and registered one assist in 11 league appearances so far.

Vieira added: “If you take a Premier League player and mention those names to those players, of course it will have an impact.

“And when great teams like that were mentioned, of course for all Premier League players, it creates excitement.

“It will be his decision. Me as a manager and us [as a club] will do everything in our power to convince him to stay with us and to make him understand.

“The next two years can be really exciting for the football club, and of course we want him to be part of it. It’s about where we want to go next.”

10:16 GMT: Barcelona are ahead of negotiations to extend Marcos Alonsotwo more seasons, with his terms set to expire next summer, sources told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.

Alonso, 31, joined Chelsea as a free agent in early September following the mutual termination of his contract with the Premier League side. The Spanish left-back has only signed an initial one-year contract at Camp Nou but Barca have already expressed a desire to extend his stay for two more seasons.

Alonso scored his first goal for Barca in the midweek win over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League and has made 10 appearances in all competitions since signing. Several of those appearances have come as a centre-back in recent weeks as Barca struggle with an injury crisis in defence.

09:32 GMT: Wolverhampton Wanderers have named Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.

Former Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla manager Lopetegui replaces caretaker coach Steve Davis, who was named manager of the team after Bruno Lage was sacked last month.

The 56-year-old was Wolves’ first choice to replace Lage but initially pulled out of the job race for personal reasons. However, a few weeks later talks resumed and he will take over after the club’s league game against Arsenal on November 12.

Wolves, 19th in the league with 10 points from 13 games, host Brighton & Hove Albion later on Saturday.

09:00 GMT: Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said Donny van de Beek needs to improve when given the chance to prove his worth at the club, but aren’t giving up on midfield just yet.

In his third season at United, Van de Beek is no closer to retaining a regular place in the first team, having played just 19 minutes of Premier League football this term after spending the second half of last season on loan at Everton.

The 25-year-old got his first Europa League start of the season against Real Sociedad on Thursday night but was ineffective as United stuttered to a 1-0 win.

“He had a good pre-season then got injured, now he’s back,” Ten Hag told a press conference ahead of United’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.

“I think it was a decent performance [against Sociedad] but he can do better. I know him very well [from Ajax].

“He delivered what I expected in terms of positioning, pressing and transition. I can only speak for him [at United] of my time here and I think he can do more.”

PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

– Chelsea are preparing to end Denis Zakarialoan deal in January, includes Calciomercato. Although impressive in his performance against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday night, it is reported that the Blues are still struggling to find him a regular starter alongside Graham Potter, and have no intention of changing. enable the permanent option. clause in the amount of 28 million euros.

– AC Milan are watching closely Jakub Kiwior, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. The Serie A champions have been watching the 22-year-old Spezia centre-back closely in recent weeks and the Rossoneri could be preparing a move for his January signing. The Poland international has made 12 Serie A appearances this season.

– Arsenal and Aston Villa are interested in the Villarreal star Alex Baenawriting Ekrem Konour. The 21-year-old winger has been a standout player for the Yellow Submarine this season, and it looks like it’s caught the attention of Premier League sides. He has scored four goals in 11 total appearances.

– New York City FC is looking to retain Santiago Rodriguezreports Caesar Luis Merlo. The 22-year-old Uruguayan international attacking midfielder has been a key player for the Pigeons during the regular season, contributing 18 goals in 35 appearances. It is understood that they are assessing the possibility of acquiring him on a new loan deal before next season.

– Fiorentina midfielder Szymon Zurkowski is attracting interest from Bologna and Turin, understands Tuttosport. The 25-year-old midfielder is reportedly unwilling to renew his contract at Florence, and this could force La Viola to part ways with him in January to avoid losing him as a free agent this summer. He is yet to make his Serie A debut in the 2022-23 campaign.

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