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The summer transfer window was unlike any other; see all the major deals and check out how we graded the biggest signings. And just because the window is shut until January, that doesn't mean the rumours won't keep coming. Here is the latest gossip and speculation.

TOP STORY: Real Madrid to offer Hazard plus money to sign Salah

Real Madrid could look to tempt Mohamed Salah away from Liverpool with a player-plus-cash deal involving Eden Hazard, according to journalist Ekrem Konur.

Hazard, 30, has endured a difficult time since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, with a number of injuries affecting the Belgium international's rhythm and, as he is yet to register a goal this season, Carlo Ancelotti looks to be considering ways to move the former Chelsea forward on.

The LaLiga side have long been admirers of Salah, who has seen his contract situation unresolved since talks began at the start of the Premier League campaign. And while the Reds were reported to be preparing a £350,000-per-week deal for the Egypt international earlier this week, they might be forced to look for other options if Salah does not agree to sign a new deal.

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21.00 BST: Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri addressed rumours on Weston McKennie and Aaron Ramsey potentially leaving as club looks to shake up the midfield.

Regarding U.S. star McKennie, Allegri said he has "great confidence" in the player, adding "he can't play in the middle in front of the defence. He has goals in his legs."

Former Schalke product McKennie has been linked with a move to the Premier League, in addition to reportedly being targeted by AS Monaco.

Ex-Arsenal man Ramsey could also been on the outs, with the Wales playmaker on Newcastle United's radar. Allegri, however, said there wasn't the case for the moment.

"There was nothing to clarify. He is a player I count on a lot, he had an injury and was a little off, now he has played two matches for the national team," Allegri said.

20.24 BST: What does the future hold for Lille and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches? According to a report in Fichajes, Liverpool, Barcelona and Juventus are all keeping tabs on the 24-year-old given his progress at the Ligue 1 side.

19.21 BST: Up next, a look at Arsenal as they try to figure out what they will look like over the long-term. Well, Football.London reckons they're considering Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins in the event that Alexandre Lacazette -- who turns 31 next year -- opts not to extend his stay in north London.

Both Calvert-Lewin and Watkins would profile well in a new-look Arsenal attack, but neither would be easy to sign given their long-term contracts at their respective clubs and their value. Watch this space...

18.17 BST: It's not a transfer rumor involving a player up next, but a manager? With reports intensifying that Newcastle United will be replacing Steve Bruce after his 1,000th game as a manager -- the Toon host Tottenham on Sunday -- so many names have been linked with the soon-to-be-vacant coaching chair.

One name not on that list -- not according to him, at least -- is Rangers boss and former Liverpool midfielder, Steven Gerrard.

Prior to Rangers' home game vs. Hearts, Gerrard put himself on the record when asked about any interest in the role. "I don't really react or get involved in any kind of speculation, especially when there is someone who I have the utmost respect for sitting in that job.

For me, I am in a very big job here that I am fully focused on and we have a top-of-the-table clash at the weekend, and it is a game I am very much looking forward to. But I certainly have one eye on Newcastle in terms of Brucie getting his 1000th game, a great character of the game, someone whom I have a personal relationship with and the utmost respect for."

Time will tell how true the above rings.

17.00 BST: If Man City let Raheem Sterling move abroad, where might the England winger end up?

16.13 BST: Aberdeen wonderkid Calvin Ramsay is of interest to a host of Premier League clubs, says the Sun.

Ramsay, 18, has attracted plenty of attention with his recent performances and now has Manchester United, Norwich and Leicester on his trail.

15.50 BST: While we're talking about Juventus, Tuttosport says that the club want to sign Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch.

Juve are reportedly prioritising the signing of midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco, but if they can't land the 21-year-old then they'll turn to 19-year-old Gravenberch.

The Netherlands international's contract expires in 2023 and he'll be looking to make the step up in the coming year.

14.51 BST: Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt's could leave the club as they look to reduce their wage bill, reports Calciomercato.

De Ligt, 22, only joined Juve from Ajax for €75m in 2019 but the Netherlands international is in high demand.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona have all been linked and he has a €150m release clause.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli could join as a free agent to replace him.

13.30 BST: Barcelona's players play better when not playing for Barcelona.

13.05 BST: Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has been talking ahead of the weekend game against Valencia.

On his future: "I always try to stay calm, but it's not easy because of a lot of things ... It's important to put energy into things you can control, influence -- the day to day, training, improving things -- as I said before, preparing for games and winning games, because that's what counts. I am used to talking about my future. No need for me to worry, it's always the case at big clubs like Barca. It's not the first time, and it's not just the last few weeks, last season there were also moments talking about coach. The president defended and supported me and explained things how they are. Despite that, any coach has to win games if they want to stay, no doubt about that."

On new signing Sergio Aguero making his debut: "He's improved a lot recently. He played 25 minutes on Wednesday. He did well, but still lacks the rhythm of games, but that comes by playing games. Chance he's in the squad tomorrow. Not a question of quality, he's a great player in the box who can give a lot to this team. But it's important he's physically right."

12.47 BST: Could financially-stricken Barcelona be about to offer Dani Alves a return to the club?

Alves, 38, terminated his contract with Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo recently and says he would consider a return to the club where he won 23 of his 43 honours over an eight-year spell.

"It would sound very opportunistic to say that Barca need me now," the Brazil right-back told Sport. "I always said that I left because I saw things were not the way I thought they should be. You never want to see everything that [has] ended up happening since I left. I've said that when Barca need me and want me, I would be at their disposal regardless of where I am.

"The affection, love and respect I have for this club is too much. If Barca think they need me, they just have to call me. I still think I can contribute anywhere, but more at Barca because of the number of young players that they have now."

12.03 BST: Aurelien Tchouameni is the name on everyone's lips at the moment. Scouts from Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have all watched the Monaco midfielder in action this season as the race hots up to land one of Europe's top prospects.

Sources told ESPN a fee between €50m-€60m will be needed in order to bring Monaco to the negotiating table, with Tchouameni on United's radar if they fail to agree a new deal for Pogba.

Chelsea have also registered an interest in the 21-year-old in the past, and the Champions League winners are on good terms with the player's agent Jonathan Kebe, who also represents Sevilla's Jules Kounde.

11.21 BST: Speaking of Liverpool, El Nacional claims that the club want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.

Kroos, 31, has won 14 trophies in Madrid since arriving from Bayern Munich in 2014 and is considered one of the best midfielders in the world.

The Germany international could be available for €25m as Madrid freshen up their squad, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp a known admirer of Kroos' work.

11.00 BST: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has some thoughts on Newcastle's £305m takeover.

09.52 BST: Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski wants to join Real Madrid if he leaves the club, says AS.

Lewandowski, 33, has scored 307 goals in 339 appearances in all competitions and has won 18 trophies with for Bayern, while he is considered one of the best strikers in the world. The Poland international's contract expires in 2023 and has recently been linked with a move to Manchester City.

Even though Real are keen on signing PSG striker Kylian Mbappe, the report claims Lewandowski will prioritise a transfer to Madrid and wants agent Pini Zahavi to make it happen.

09.17 BST: Paulo Fonseca is emerging as a serious candidate to take over at Newcastle United, sources have told ESPN's James Olley.

The club confirmed on Friday that Steve Bruce will remain in charge for Sunday's Premier League home game against Tottenham, his 1,000th match in management.

Newcastle part-owners Amanda Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi are deliberating over their next move having completed a Saudi-backed £305m takeover last week.

Sources have indicated that a shortlist has been drawn up and the club are expected to replace Bruce within the next week -- he will be due around £8m in compensation -- although they are yet to identify a first-choice candidate.

It is understood that one of the names under consideration is Fonseca, who was on the brink of joining Spurs earlier in the year before Spurs had a last-minute change of heart.

09.00 BST: Barcelona are the latest club to have been offered Manchester United's Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer, sources told ESPN.

Pogba, 28, is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season and his agent, Mino Raiola, is sounding out some of Europe's heavyweights with a view to finding a new club for the midfielder. Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and several Premier League clubs have also been approached regarding Pogba, who can begin negotiations from Jan. 1.

Pogba has made no decision on his future and has not ruled out extending his stay at United, although he is also going to explore what other options he has available to him. Barca would consider signing the France international on a free transfer as they look to rebuild their squad under new president Joan Laporta.

However, while there would technically be no fee involved, the Catalan club are unsure whether, in their financial position, they would be able to afford the commission Raiola would demand. Barcelona's gross debt stands at €1.4 billion. There are also doubts about whether Pogba would fit into the club's new wage structure at a time when some of the team's biggest earners are being asked to take pay cuts.


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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

- Football London reports that Arsenal technical director Edu has identified Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the long-term solution up front for Arsenal. The Premier League side are preparing to lose both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at the end of the season, and it is the Everton star who has been identified as an early candidate to replace them in the summer. The 24-year-old has scored three goals in as many games for the Toffees so far this season.

- A number of Premier League sides are reported to be monitoring the situation of U.S. men's national team star Ricardo Pepi. A CBS report reveals that the FC Dallas striker, who has been linked with moves to Europe throughout the summer, could leave for a fee in the region of $12m-$15m. The highly rated 18-year-old has scored 13 goals this season in 22 starts.

- AC Milan have met with the representatives of Noa Lang, according to Calciomercato. It is reported that Milan director Paolo Maldini is keen on the Club Brugge forward, and hopes to get a deal over the line in January. The 22-year-old has been a standout performer this season, having contributed to eight goals in 10 starts for the Belgian Pro League side.

- Fabrizio Romano writes that Alexis Saelemaekers has signed a new deal at the San Siro. The Serie A star's new terms will see him extend his stay at AC Milan until 2026 with a new salary to reflect his recent performances for the Rossoneri. The 22-year-old has contributed to four goals so far this season and adds versatility on the right-hand side on both ends of the pitch.