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: Barca give Dembele deadline to decide future
The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is asking for a rise in his salary from €12 million to €20m.
The report claims that the France international could decide on a move away from the club, with the Premier League cited as a probable option. Dembele has previously been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool once his deal expires.
Barca's decision comes just a day after they relieved manager Ronald Koeman of his duties. The club sit in ninth, with sources telling ESPN that Camp Nou legend Xavi Hernandez is the favourite to take over the vacancy.
Dembele moved to the Catalan club from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €105m in 2017. However, he has struggled since with a string of injuries, including a hamstring that has limited his season.
Since the switch from the Bundesliga, Dembele has only managed 81 league appearances with 18 goals and 14 assists. He has won trophies in that time though: two LaLiga titles, two Copa del Rey medals and a Spanish Super Cup. He also managed to break into the France national team, winning the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
The clock is now ticking for the winger, with Barcelona set to potentially lose another highly rated player on a free transfer in the summer.
21.57 BST: A number of Premier League clubs are eyeing a move for Shakhtar Donetsk's versatile forward Manor Solomon. According to TeamTalk, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Everton, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton are all monitoring the progress of the 22-year-old Israel international with a potential switch to England on the horizon.
21.24 BST: Manchester United duo Donny van de Beek and Eric Bailly are seeking assurances over their future at the club, according to the Sun. The pair have had to settle for making the substitutes' bench this season, struggling to break into the team despite the Red Devils' turbulent form in recent weeks.
20.51 BST: Manchester United will not look to move on midfielder Paul Pogba in January if the player rejects a new contract. According to the Telegraph, the Red Devils could put themselves into a difficult situation with the possibility of the France international leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer, however they want to keep hold of him for the whole season.
20.18 BST: Juventus and Internazionale are interested in a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso. According to Calciomercato, the two Serie A sides are eyeing a potential free transfer for the 27-year-old in the summer, while it also reports that Real Madrid have pulled out of a deal for him in January due to interest in Paul Pogba.
"I always tell my parents, always tell my agent that my dream has always been playing for Real Madrid," the 18-year-old FC Dallas striker quoted as saying. "Before I even retire I want to play a couple of years. I want to play at least three, four years in Real. It's top of the world."
19.12 BST: Bayern Munich are interested in Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to Calciomercato. The report states that the Bundesliga champions are looking for another forward player, however the Serie A club will not listen to any offers with a transfer fee below €100m for the 22-year-old.
The report suggests that the Blues are set to lose Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers in the summer -- with Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva also out of contract -- and in an effort to rebuild their backline, they are going to go for the two centre-backs they were linked with last summer.
According to Calciomercato, the 21-year-old has impressed many clubs with his strike rate in the Argentine Primera Division. He earned a first Argentina call-up in June, and while his contract runs until 2025, he has a €25m release clause that may tempt some clubs to make a move.
17.33 BST: Chelsea are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion youngster Leonardo Cardoso, according to Football Insider. The 16-year-old midfielder is said to be highly rated at the club, while the Blues eye up a deal before the Baggies can offer him a first professional contract.
17.00 BST: Newcastle United are interested in a move for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr in January, according to the Mail. The report suggests that the Hornets are unlikely to let the 23-year-old leave this window, believing he can hit the heights of Jack Grealish, who left Aston Villa for Manchester City in the summer for £100m.
16.00 BST: Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic is going to be the subject of a bid from Man City in January, says Gazzetta dello Sport.
Vlahovic, 21, is one of the hottest young players in Europe at the moment and has netted seven goals in 11 games this term for La Viola.
Arsenal and Juventus are also interested, but Fiorentina's €60m asking price would need to be matched if a club wants to land the Serbia international, though his contract expires in 2023 and he won't sign new terms.
15.19 BST: Will United States full-back Sergino Dest stay at Barcelona?
14.50 BST: Carlo Ancelotti was asked about possible January departures from Real Madrid after ESPN reported that Premier League clubs had been sounded out about a move for Eden Hazard.
Hazard, 30, has lost his place in the Madrid team after two injury-hit seasons at the Bernabeu, with Ancelotti admitting earlier this week that he "prefers another player" right now.
On Thursday, ESPN reported that Chelsea and Newcastle United were among a number of clubs contacted to gauge their interest in the forward.
"We have to take into account the thoughts of each player, in general," Ancelotti said in a news conference on Friday ahead of Real Madrid's LaLiga match at Elche. "I've never in my career as coach forced a player who wants to leave to stay. If a player wants to leave he has to leave, in my opinion there's no doubt about that."
14.38 BST: Xavi is set to become the new Barcelona manager and SPORT claims he wants to bring in Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman.
Coman, 25, is ready to leave Bayern as talks have stalled over extending his contract beyond 2023 and is rated at €55m.
The France international has only started one game so far this season and is keen to move on, with Xavi looking to sign him on loan in January.
14.16 BST: AS has an interesting take on Erling Haaland's future at Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland, 21, can leave for a €75m release clause in 2022 and has all of Europe's top clubs on his trail.
The report claims that Barcelona are out of the running and "it looks like being a fierce battle between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for Haaland's signature. The Borussia Dortmund striker prefers Madrid, and has made this plain to Raiola. PSG will go all out for Haaland if, as seems likely, Kylian Mbappe goes to the Bernabéu, while Manchester City would be third choice."
13.38 BST: Arena Napoli carries quotes from Italian journalist Valter De Maggi that Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly would only leave the club for three teams: Barcelona, Real Madrid or Man City.
Koulibaly, 30, has been linked with a €100m move to some of the best teams in Europe but has yet to move on. Perhaps that's because he hasn't yet had an offer from the three clubs he would leave Napoli for and De Maggi claims the Senegal international told him so.
"Koulibaly answered me like this [when asked about his future]: 'Me at Juventus? Are you crazy?! I would never go and play for another Italian club. If I decided to leave Napoli, I would only do it for two, maximum three clubs in the world. I'm talking about Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona at the most. But believe me: I would never go to Juventus: I could not betray the Napoli fans.'"
13.00 BST: Voetbal24 says both AC Milan and Arsenal want to sign Club Brugge winger Noa Lang.
Lang, 22, has four goals and five assists in 17 matches and the Belgian side want to get €40m from any interested clubs.
Both Milan and Arsenal are considering making an offer in January, though Brugge want to keep him until the end of the season.
12.07 BST: Christian Eriksen is not permitted to play in Italy this season as a result of the cardiac arrest he suffered at Euro 2020, his club Inter Milan said in a statement, with the Serie A champions open to letting the Denmark midfielder leave.
Eriksen suffered the on-field cardiac arrest during his country's opening game of the tournament in June against Finland and received life-saving treatment on the pitch. He later had a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device implanted, a type of pacemaker which can prevent fatal cardiac arrests by discharging a jolt to restore a regular heart rhythm.
Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian Football Federation's technical scientific committee, said in August that Eriksen will not be allowed to play in Italy unless the ICD device is removed.
"With reference to the registration rights of the player Eriksen, it should be noted that following a serious injury which occurred during the European Championship in June 2021, the player has been temporarily inhibited by the Italian medical authority from sporting activity in the current season," Inter Milan wrote in a statement on Thursday.
"Although the current conditions of the player don't meet the requirements of achieving sporting fitness in Italy, the same could instead be achieved in other countries where the player could resume competitive activity."
It is unclear as to whether other countries would allow Eriksen to participate in their respective leagues with the ICD device fitted.
11.25 BST: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed senior figures at the club were in Marseille to watch on loan defender William Saliba excel against Paris Saint-Germain last weekend and hinted "there is room" for him with the Gunners next season.
Saliba is yet to make an appearance for Arsenal despite signing from Saint-Etienne for €30m in the summer of 2019.
The 20-year-old has had loan spells back at Saint-Etienne, Nice and now Marseille, where he has enjoyed a fine start to the season which continued with a clean sheet against the might of Neymar, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.
Arteta revealed that technical director Edu and loan manager Ben Knapper were in the stands to watch Saliba in the flesh and suggested there is a chance he could finally be integrated into the first-team set-up at Emirates Stadium next term.
"As a club we are always in touch," he said on Friday morning. "They went to see that game. Edu and Ben were there to watch him and keep a close eye on him and the progress he is making.
"Obviously he is our player and we do with all the loan players that we have. At the moment he is there and he played a different game that week and he continues to do what he needs to do, which is play a lot of games and play well.
"I think there is room [for him at Arsenal]. Again, it will depend on what happens with other players and that's not a conversation to have now. That is a decision we will make in the summer. Obviously he is our player and naturally that will happen. We will have to sit down and decide what the next step is next."
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10.44 BST: Arsenal are keen to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria on a free transfer next summer, says The Sun.
Zakaria, 24, is in the final year of his contract and the Switzerland international has yet to agree new terms.
The Gunners need fresh midfield options next season with the futures of Granit Xhaka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohammed Elneny up in the air.
10.03 BST: Chelsea signed Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku for €115m in the summer but they had competition from Man City a year earlier, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Lukaku's representative Federico Pastorello told the paper: "I think I can say without disappointing anybody that Manchester City came in the year before. During the pandemic, it was very complicated because of trying to fly to places to meet people. It started very concrete and very serious, but eventually they changed their idea or they were not ready to make it happen."
He added: "Chelsea were 100% sure that he was the one, I never had doubts, but I think they needed to think twice before doing it. There were more offers before they got to the level Inter accepted. There were four offers and the fifth was the one that closed the talks. Looking back, I think everyone got a really good deal."
09.29 BST: Barcelona president Joan Laporta opened talks with Xavi Hernandez on Thursday over the managerial vacancy at Camp Nou following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman, sources have confirmed to ESPN's Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
Koeman was fired after Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.), which left Barca ninth in LaLiga following three losses in their last four league games.
Al Sadd coach Xavi, who made 767 appearances for Barca as a player, has quickly emerged as the first option to replace the Dutchman, with Laporta keen to know what his demands would be.
Sources told ESPN that talks will focus on what Xavi wants in terms of his coaching staff and transfers moving forward, with personal terms not expected to be a problem.
In the meantime, Barca have appointed Sergi Barjuan as interim coach for Saturday's game against Alaves. Thursday's training session has been moved from the morning to the afternoon to give the club some time to make a decision over their next permanent coach.
08.52 BST: Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, sources told ESPN's Mark Ogden, with the club prepared to recruit a new manager from within the Premier League if the former Molde and Cardiff City coach is unable to inspire an immediate upturn in results.
Solskjaer will take charge of United against Tottenham on Saturday, and almost certainly Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday, after the Old Trafford hierarchy resisted pressure to dismiss the 48-year-old in the wake of last Sunday's 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool. Although he remains in his job, sources told ESPN that United are assessing alternative options in the event of the Norwegian being unable to halt a disastrous run of form. The club have suffered five defeats in the last nine games in all competitions, including just one point from their last 12 in the Premier League.
The determination within United to retain the approach of promoting youth and playing with an attractive style has led to a focus on possible domestic targets, and ESPN has been told that Leicester manager Rodgers has impressed senior figures at Old Trafford with his work at the King Power Stadium, where he won the FA Cup last season, as well his success at Celtic and previously at Liverpool, where he transformed the team and almost won the Premier League title in 2014.
Rodgers, 48, signed a long-term contract in December 2019 committing him to Leicester until 2025, raising the prospect of a costly compensation bill should United attempt to negotiate his release from the Foxes. The club have appointed a succession of foreign coaches -- Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer -- since sacking David Moyes less than a year into his six-year contract in 2014, but sources said that the failure of that appointment has not deterred the club from hiring a British coach again.
08.00 BST: Several Premier League clubs have been sounded out over their interest in signing Real Madrid's Eden Hazard in January, sources have told ESPN's James Olley.
Chelsea and Newcastle United are among a number of clubs to have been alerted to the possibility, although it is unclear at this stage what level of interest there is in Hazard, 30, or if the player himself is ready to call time on his career at the Bernabeu.
Hazard was left on the bench for last weekend's 2-1 victory over Barcelona in El Clasico (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.), after which manager Carlo Ancelotti said "the problem [Hazard] has right now is he has a coach who prefers another player." Although he went on to praise Hazard's work ethic, it was a damning assessment of a player signed from Chelsea in 2019 for a deal worth an initial €100 million with a series of performance-based add-ons.
Hazard has started just 25 games in LaLiga and has five goals from 52 appearances across all competitions after suffering with a various injury problems since arriving in Spain.
Madrid are looking to raise funds to pursue Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland next summer in addition to Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, who will potentially be available on a free transfer once his contract expires but is still likely to command a huge signing-on fee and wage package.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)
- Real Madrid and Liverpool are considering a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to journalist Ekrem Konur. The report claims that Los Blancos want to start contract negotiations with the France international in January, eyeing a free transfer at the end of his deal.
- Barcelona are looking end striker Luuk de Jong's time at the club just months after he joined on loan from Sevilla. According to Sport, the club will let the 31-year-old depart in the January market as he is unlikely to get more minutes.
- Intern Milan are looking to offer a new deal to left-back Federico Dimarco, according to Calciomercato. The 23-year-old will get an upgraded contract that is expected to run until 2026, with a pay rise that would reach €1.5m-a-year.
- Newcastle United are interested in Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse, according to Football Insider. The 26-year-old midfielder signed a new contract with the Saints, but that has reportedly not stopped the Magpies' new ownership group from pursuing the player with a transfer valuation of £40m.
- Tottenham Hotspur are willing to move on midfielder Dele Alli, according to The Athletic. The England international is said not to be in Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo's plans, with Newcastle a realistic option. Paris Saint-Germain were interested in 2020 but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wasn't willing to sanction a move at the time. That stance appears to have changed now.