LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona target Dutch prodigy Melayro Bogarde

The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer market unlike any before it, but there were still plenty of deals done, and you can check out the major ones here. The window might be closed across the top leagues in Europe, but here are the best rumours from around the globe.

TOP STORY: Barca monitor Hoffenheim's Bogarde

Barcelona's defensive options are currently slim, which is why they've reportedly enquired about Hoffenheim centre-back Melayro Bogarde.

Sky Italia journalist Gianluca di Marzio reports that with the 18-year-old's contract set to end at the end of the season, he represents excellent value for the cash-strapped Catalans.

Hoffenheim will be loath to lose their rising star for nothing next summer and so could be open to the deal, and Di Marzio says that Barca officials have made contact with the German club over a move in January.

AC Milan are also said to be interested. Bogarde has made just two appearances this season, but the Netherlands under-18 international has clearly shown enough potential to be at the centre of a tug of war between two of Europe's biggest giants.

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21.34 GMT: Bryan Reynolds only began playing in the FC Dallas first team after United States international Reggie Cannon departed for Boavista in September, but the 19-year-old right-back has excelled in that short span, so much so that Dallas independent outlet 3rd Degree writes that Juventus are expected to lodge a $7m bid for the U.S. youth international this week.

20.17 GMT: Corriere dello Sport writes that the chances of AC Milan playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu remaining at the San Siro are growing smaller and smaller, with the player seeking to double his €2.5m annual wages and the Rossoneri unwilling to meet his demands, and the 26-year-old is now considering moving to Juventus or Atletico Madrid as a free agent this summer.

19.00 GMT: Having fallen behind Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the Tottenham Hotspur midfield, Harry Winks could be looking for a new home in January, with the Mirror reporting that Leicester City, Leeds United and West Ham United are all interested in the 24-year-old England international.

17.43 GMT: Georginio Wijnaldum's contract at Liverpool expires on June 30, and according to Corriere dello Sport, he's told the club hierarchy that he doesn't intend to sign a new deal at Anfield, and will now prioritise a switch to Barcelona to work under compatriot Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou.

16.26 GMT: Juventus have been missing a dedicated playmaker since Miralem Pjanic left for Barcelona in the summer. Will coach Andrea Pirlo try to sign one in the January transfer window?

15.49 GMT: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has rejected suggestions that Nicolas Pepe could be the next player to be frozen out due to their indiscipline.

Pepe was sent off during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Leeds, meaning he will miss his side's next three Premier League games including the Dec. 5 trip to local rivals Tottenham.

The Ivory Coast international has struggled for consistent form ever since arriving from Lille in August 2019 for a club-record fee of £72m, but Arteta said he is not planning to sideline the forward as he has done with players such as Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi.

"Absolutely not, it's not about that and I don't like that type of statement," Arteta told reporters ahead of Arsenal's Europa League trip to Molde. "I will give Nico my full support all the time. He knows the things he has to improve but again we all know his qualities.

"He has some responsibility, and I have a lot of responsibility, to get the best out of him. I cannot fault his effort at all. There are certain aspects he can do better because he has the ability. But to say there is a threat to finish his career here, it's not at all like that.

"With his ability I am going to be very demanding because I know what he can do and he needs to deal with that. It's in his hands, honestly. I know what he can give us and it's completely down to him."

14.57 GMT: West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has stated the importance he places on winning trophies during his career amid long-standing interest from Chelsea.

Sources told ESPN's James Olley in July that Chelsea have made Rice one of their top targets, but West Ham managed to keep hold of the 21-year-old.

England international Rice has already made more than 100 Premier League appearances for the Hammers, but has made no secret of his ambitions to claim major honours.

"As a footballer you only get one career and it goes by very quick," Rice told Sky Sports. "You want to be successful for club and country. I think it's an important thing to win trophies.

"There's talk of Harry Kane at Spurs and what he should be doing, obviously he can do whatever he wants. He's going to win trophies we all know that. I think that's something I want to aim for as well. I'm only 21 but to get those highs of your career you need to win stuff and that's what I want to do."

14:14 GMT: What is the reason behind Christian Eriksen's struggles at Inter Milan, which could lead to him leaving the club after just one year there?

13.36 GMT: Bundesliga club Schalke plunged into further chaos on Tuesday after they sacked their technical director, suspended two players from the first team and parted ways with a third player who joined before the start of the season.

Germany's third-biggest club are without a win in 24 league games and sit at the bottom of the Bundesliga table with three points after eight matches.

Schalke announced that Nabil Bentaleb and Amine Harit were suspended from the first team while Vedad Ibisevic, who joined on a free transfer in September, would leave the club at the end of the year.

Ibisevic, who said he intended to play at the club for free, clashed with assistant coach Naldo during a training session for the reserves following the 2-0 defeat to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. Schalke said the termination of his contract had nothing to do with the incident.

Meanwhile, the club announced that former Tottenham midfielder Bentaleb will leave the club "by summer 2021 at the latest" on the same day of the player's 26th birthday.

12.47 GMT: Former USMNT forward Aron Johannsson plans to leave Swedish giants Hammarby in January and is interested in a return to the Bundesliga or a move to MLS, he told ESPN.

"After the season now with Hammarby, it looks like I will be parting ways with Hammarby to go somewhere else," Johannsson said in an exclusive interview with Sebastian Salazar. "I'm not sure exactly now where I will go, but as things stand now I will leave in January."

Johannsson has been injury free in his year and a half at Hammarby, and after a difficult campaign adjusting to the league in 2019, he's rebounded to register 12 goals in 22 league appearances -- fourth most in the league. It's the sort of form that led to former national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann recruiting the dual-national to join the U.S. in 2013, and puts him in position to potentially parlay that into a return to the Bundesliga or a move to MLS.

"I've felt since I left Germany ... like kind of a need to go there again to show to myself and to everybody else that I'm good enough to play there," said Johannsson, who called his string of injuries at Bremen "unlucky" and added that he was an impactful player capable of changing games when healthy and playing regularly.

He also repeatedly expressed his excitement over the possibility of embarking on a new adventure in MLS, and noted that he's held discussions with clubs in the North American league "a few times," but was never able to finalize a return to the country of his birth.

"I've always said it's a goal of mine to play in MLS," he said. "I'm very interested in MLS, and [playing there] is something I've dreamt about for a very long time."


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11.51 GMT: Sergio Ramos would fit in well at Manchester United if he were leave Real Madrid, according to former Old Trafford striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Sources have told ESPN's Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez that Ramos, 34, is in talks with the club over a new contract, with his current deal due to expire next summer. As things stand, the Spain captain is able to talk to clubs outside of Spain from Jan. 1 about joining them as a free agent when his contract expires.

Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with interest in the veteran defender, and Berbatov believes the Premier League is also a viable destination.

"There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Sergio Ramos, according to reports both the player and club are yet to come to an agreement on a new contract," Berbatov told Betfair. "With Ramos 34 years old, they are probably fighting over a one year or two year contract.

"Thiago Silva, who is even older at 36 years old has proven that it is never too late to move to the Premier League and so far it is working out well for the Brazilian. I'm sure if Ramos wanted to move to a club like United then it would work out well for him too. He's in great shape, he's still a world class defender and in my opinion there's still a lot of football left in him.

"I see him as a Real Madrid player, however, and I think player and club will find a solution and he will stay. I'll be surprised if he leaves, but if things don't work out then I'm sure a lot of clubs will be interested in him."

11.04 GMT: Liverpool are monitoring Rennes's young forward Jeremy Doku, according to Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws.

Doku, 18, signed for the French club from Anderlecht in his homeland in October, but is yet to score for his new team in nine appearances.

Het Laatste Nieuws reports that Liverpool's scouts and analysts are following the young Belgium international's progression as they look for versatile forward with pace to potentially sign in the future.

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10.25 GMT: Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has said it would be a "dream" to return for a second spell at the club, although he is not banking on it happening.

Wilshere, 28, came through the youth ranks at Arsenal and made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old. However, his promising career was regularly hampered by injuries, and he left the club to join West Ham as a free agent in 2018.

His fitness woes continued there, and he made just 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers before they released himin the summer.

Speaking to the "ITV Football Football Show," Wilshere said: "Listen, you never know. I'm an Arsenal man. I've not spoken to anyone or anything but that would be the dream.

"I'm not stupid to know that there's probably no chance of it happening but I'm an Arsenal man, I love the club and want to see the club do well."

09.29 GMT: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is sure that the club will offer Lucas Vazquez a new deal.

Vazquez is free from Jan. 1 to speak to clubs outside of Spain about a free transfer in the summer, when his contract is due to expire.

The 29-year-old was one of Madrid's best performers in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Inter Milan, and he set up his team's second goal for substitute Rodrygo

"Lucas is an important player for us," Zidane said after the game. "He always gives everything on the pitch. I've always valued his work. We're happy that he had the chance to play and show what he can do. He's an academy player, he has that in his heart, and he gives everything every time he's on the pitch."

When asked if he would be annoyed if Vazquez did not get a new deal, Zidane said: "I don't think that will happen. We'll see. He's here, we'll see what will happen. I don't know how long Lucas has been here, there are a lot of players like that, like Nacho, they deserve to stay here."

08.46 GMT: Socceroos striker Tomi Juric is returning to the A-League with Adelaide United. Juric, who had A-League stints with the Reds and Western Sydney from 2013-15, has spent the past five years in Europe.

"I'm delighted to be coming back home ... Adelaide United has a good project in place, I'm excited to be a part of it," Juric said in a statement on Thursday.

The 29-year-old with 41 Socceroos caps returns after playing in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and most recently in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia.

Juric's signing follows Adelaide recruiting experienced Spaniard Javi Lopez for the A-League season starting in late December.

Lopez, 34, has spent the past 11 year in La Liga with RCD Espanyol, serving as captain for the past five years.

08.00 GMT: Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Christian Eriksen in a deal worth less than the €20m Inter Milan paid Tottenham only 10 months ago, sources have told ESPN's James Olley.

The 28-year-old has started 11 Serie A matches since leaving Spurs in January, after he turned down the chance to sign a new contract to seek a move away from north London.

Eriksen signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Inter but has quickly fallen out of favour under manager Antonio Conte with the club's chief executive Giuseppe Marotta revealing they will "evaluate the situation" and "do not have to force a player to stay when he asks to leave."

Sources have told ESPN that Eriksen's availability has been widely circulated. Spurs have privately ruled out any possibility of re-signing Eriksen, with a number of Premier League clubs contacted to gauge their interest.

One of those is Arsenal, who have been informed that Eriksen would consider joining them despite spending seven years playing for their bitterest rivals.

Sources have claimed Eriksen could be available for as little as £12m and that bargain price will appeal to Arsenal given they will have a modest transfer budget after activating Thomas Partey's £45m release clause in the summer, and have made a series of cuts off the field including making 55 non-playing staff redundant.

PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Khedira eyes Premier League move

Despite his return to training at Juventus, Sami Khedira remains out in the cold in Italy and instead he has become a potential target for Carlo Ancelotti at Everton.

That's according to Calciomercato, who believe that while Khedira is said to be monitoring every opportunity available to him, he favours a move to England and the Premier League.

And with Everton chasing a Champions League spot this season, Khedira could add vital experience in a key position for the Merseysiders. The 33-year-old has entrusted his brother Danny to see if he can make a move to England a reality.

Khedira's last two seasons have been plagued by injury, which is why Juve are prepared to let the Germany international leave the club. The Italians have been attempting to terminate Khedira's contract, but he has been reluctant to leave until now.

Inter double down on Giroud interest

Olivier Giroud is a wanted man. While Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is tempted to keep the French World Cup winner in January, the striker himself craves more minutes, and so a move to Inter Milan edges ever closer.

Calciomercato believes that Inter boss Antonio Conte has Giroud at the top of his wish list. The former Blues manager is desperate for another physical centre-forward and he knows Giroud's best qualities after having worked with him at Stamford Bridge.

Inter have been heavily linked with Giroud in the last two transfer windows and it feels as though they're getting closer to luring him away from west London with Chelsea prepared to sell under the right conditions.

Lampard, though recognising Giroud's consistency when called upon, has plenty of options ahead of the Frenchman. Inter, meanwhile, feel he's the perfect fit at a good price.


-- William Saliba has found opportunities at Arsenal hard to come by since his arrival from Saint Etienne, and he's willing to give up his £90k-a-month salary in order to gain more first-team football, says Foot Sur 7. Left out of Mikel Arteta's 25-man squad this season, Saliba is itching to leave the Gunners in January and he's prepared to take a huge pay cut in order to return to his former club.

-- Everton are monitoring the situation of Tottenham trio Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Paulo Gazzaniga, reports Football Insider. The Merseysiders are expected to be active in January but they're looking at outcasts and loans, and all three players have fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho at Spurs this season. Alli and Winks could both be available on loan while Gazzaniga, 28, could be available on a permanent deal after the summer arrival of Joe Hart has seen him demoted to the role of third-choice keeper.