With just a few weeks remaining before the opening of the January transfer window, there's plenty of gossip swirling about who's moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Juve midfielder McKennie in demand
Weston McKennie could be set to leave Juventus in January, with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund all interested in his signature.
Gazzetta dello Sport says that the United States midfielder is one of a number of players at the Serie A club that will be offloaded when the January window opens, and it looks as though he will have no shortage of suitors.
McKennie, 24, played all four games at the World Cup for Gregg Berhalter's side, including an impressive display against England in the group stage. That match was against Jude Bellingham, who has been linked with a €150 million transfer move away from BVB, and that could indicate that the Bundesliga side have identified McKennie as a potential successor.
He has made 11 appearances in Serie A season for the Bianconeri, whom he joined from Schalke 04 on a permanent basis in 2020 after a positive loan spell.
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20.53 GMT: Juventus and right-back Danilo are getting close to reaching an agreement over a new contract extension, writes Calciomercato. The 31-year-old Brazil international is reported to be keen to remain in Turin, and talks are ongoing over a deal that would see his terms extended until the summer of 2025.
20.20 GMT: Arsenal right-back Cedric Soares is on Fulham's radar for a move in the January transfer window, reports Sky Sports. The Cottagers were interested in the 31-year-old Portugal international last summer, and are now expected to revive their recruitment drive in the new year, with Marco Silva's side also keen on adding a midfielder.
19.47 GMT: Aston Villa are interested in AS Roma striker Tammy Abraham, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The 25-year-old Chelsea academy graduate is under contract at the Stadio Olimpico until the summer of 2026, and while his hometown club have an €80m option to bring him back to Stamford Bridge next summer, Unai Emery's side could be willing to acquire him if a lower fee can be negotiated.
19.14 GMT: Atletico Madrid will enquire about Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister during the January transfer window, reports Ekrem Konur. The 23-year-old Argentina international has been in impressive form in the Premier League this, and that has translated to the World Cup, where he has made five starts for the Albiceleste on their journey to the final.
18.41 GMT: Sevilla are looking to part ways with attackers Adnan Januzaj and Isco, writes Marca. It is reported that the club have regrets over their signing of the 30-year-old former Real Madrid star, who recently stormed out of training; while 27-year-old Januzaj, who joined in the summer, has seen his prospects dwindle since manager Julen Lopetegui was replaced by Jorge Sampaoli in October.
18.08 GMT: Bayern Munich goalkeeper Alexander Nubel could now be set to return from his loan at AS Monaco, according to Sky Sport Deutschland's Florian Plettenberg. It had been suggested that the 26-year-old former Germany youth international was going to be moved on from the Allianz Arena, but in light of his impressive form in Ligue 1 and Bayern No. 1 Manuel Neuer suffering a leg fracture that will see him miss the remainder of the season, Nubel may now be set for a return to Bavaria.
17.35 GMT: FC Cincinnati have turned down an approach from Liga MX giants Chivas for striker Brandon Vazquez, according to MLSsoccer.com. The Guadalajara club proposed an offer including a transfer fee worth $7m for the 24-year-old Californian, but that was rejected by the Orange and Blue, who see the former United States youth international -- who scored 19 goals in 35 appearances last season -- as a key part of their project.
17.02 GMT: New York City FC playmaker Maxi Moralez is set to leave the 2021 MLS Cup champions, reports Cesar Luis Merlo, despite having a renewal clause in his contract that would have kept him in the Bronx in 2023. The 35-year-old once-capped Argentina international, who contributed to 11 goals in 32 MLS appearances last season, is said to be on the cusp of a return move to Racing Club, where he came through the academy and made his professional debut in 2005.
16.29 GMT: Chelsea want to spend €10m in January to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko, says Sport.
Moukoko, 18, is out of contract in the summer and in talks over a new deal. But the Blues want to beat competition by offering a fee to sign the teenage sensation next month.
The Germany international travelled to the World Cup in Qatar, playing one game, and has six goals and six assists from 23 games this season.
Barcelona are also reported to be monitoring his situation.
15.15 GMT: Corriere dello Sport reckons that Manchester United are closing on the signing of Inter Milan right-back Denzel Dumfries.
Dumfries, 26, has been "directly" requested by United boss Erik ten Hag as he seeks to find a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The Netherlands international could be available for around €50m, and would provide competition for Diogo Dalot.
14.38 GMT: Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, who impressed so much for Croatia at the World Cup, is on the radar of Leeds United, according to Media Foot.
Livakovic, 27, performed well in Qatar and saved a number of penalties in Croatia's run to the semifinals. Leeds see him as a possible replacement for 22-year-old Illan Meslier, who has been linked with a host of top clubs, while Zagreb reportedly want a transfer fee of around €10m.
13.55 GMT: AC Milan expect to get a €100m transfer fee from any club wishing to sign Rafael Leao, says The Manchester Evening News.
Leao, 23, has eight goals in 20 appearances for Milan this season, as well as two for Portugal at the World Cup after coming off the bench in all five games.
The forward is in talks over a new contract to extend his Milan deal beyond 2024, but could move on with a host of elite European clubs including Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man United all interested in his services.
13.23 GMT: Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi is the subject of interest from Leicester City, according to L'Equipe.
Ounahi, 22, has impressed at the World Cup as Morocco have stunned everyone with a run to the semifinals, and has also been linked with Barcelona.
His French club Angers could accept offers around €45m to sign Ounahi.
12.30 GMT: Palmeiras forward Endrick, 16, is set to move to Real Madrid for around €60m in 2024.
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11.20 GMT: Manchester United are set to make an enquiry about the availability of Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos ahead of the January window, although manager Erik ten Hag has been told it is not certain a striker will arrive next month, sources have told ESPN.
United are looking to add a forward in the January window following the free transfer departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal international Ramos, 21, is among a number of players being followed including PSV's Cody Gakpo, AC Milan's Rafael Leao and Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix, although there remains a view at Old Trafford that January is not the ideal time to bring in new players.
Sources have also told ESPN that there are significant budget constraints as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a higher than expected outlay on transfers last summer. Ten Hag, however, believes the squad is short of firepower following Ronaldo's exit and would like the club to explore whatever options are available.
Ramos came close to leaving Benfica last summer but stayed after the Portuguese side came through qualifying to book their place in the Champions League group stages. Benfica were considering transfer offers of around €20m before the start of the season but Ramos' stock has risen considerably after he scored a hat trick for Portugal in their World Cup round of 16 against Switzerland. He has scored 14 in 21 games for Benfica so far this season.
10.52 GMT: Benfica are determined to convince defender Nicolas Otamendi to sign a new deal, according to Record.
The Argentina international has been a regular starter for the Albiceleste at the World Cup and Benfica plan to offer him a new deal after the World Cup as requested by Benfica coach Roger Schimdt.
Otamendi, 34, becomes a free agent next summer and there are clubs, including Argentinian side River Plate, that have already shown an interest in his services.
He joined Benfica from Manchester City in September 2020 and has been a key player for the Portuguese outfit.
10.24 GMT: Atletico Madrid have made Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha, Felipe and Mario Hermoso available for transfer in the January market as the LaLiga club look to balance their books by moving on between three and five players, sources have told ESPN.
Atletico's finances were hit by their early elimination from the Champions League -- finishing bottom of group B behind FC Porto, Club Brugge and Bayer Leverkusen -- and missing out on a Europa League run which would have recouped some of that lost income.
They are currently fifth in LaLiga, level on points with Athletic Club and Real Betis in the race for the top four.
Sources said Atletico believed that their planned January business, coupled with qualification for next season's Champions League, would help get the club's finances back on track.
09.45 GMT: Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen has expressed his pride at playing for Napoli amid interest from top European clubs.
Osimhen, 23, is under contract with Napoli until June 2025. A reported target of Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Arsenal, Osimhen, has been impressive this season. He has scored 10 goals and set up three more in 14 appearances this season to help Napoli lead the Serie A standings and qualify for the knockout round of the Champions League.
"I'm playing in one of the top clubs in Europe and in one of the best leagues in Europe," he said. "I was voted the best youngster of the year and I'm reaching many personal goals. Now I'm at the top of my form, I have new aims. To arrive to where I am at, I have overcome a bunch of obstacles."
09.06 GMT: Brazil's Football Confederation (CBF) has denied local reports that it is in talks with several coaches to appoint Tite's successor.
Amid rumours that the CBF had already approached several managers, including Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti for the vacant post, the Brazil's FA said: "The CBF reiterates that its president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, has not authorized any person [inside or outside the confederation] to look for any coach or football professional to join the Brazilian Men's Football Team."
Tite stepped down as coach after Brazil's elimination from the World Cup after a defeat on penalties to Croatia. Earlier this year, Tite announced that he would leave after the tournament in Qatar.
"The announcement of the new coach and the technical commission will only be made in January 2023," said a CBF statement. "The CBF also reinforces that Ednaldo Rodrigues will deal with the entire selection process seriously, impartially and calmly, that is, without considering pressure. Everything will be conducted responsibly and clearly, following the guidelines of his management, with the ultimate goal of doing the best for Brazilian football in the coming years."
08.30 GMT: Portugal's Football Federation (FPF) appears to have ruled out the possibility that Roma coach Jose Mourinho will take over the national team.
The FPF has not made a decision whether or not Fernando Santos will remain in charge. According to Record, it would cost the FPF €7m to terminate the contract of Santos and his staff.
Portugal lost 1-0 to Morocco in the quarterfinals of the World Cup and Santos, who is under contract until June 2024, has faced criticism.
Recent reports stated that Mourinho could take over the national team if the Portuguese FA part company with Santos. However, Mourinho has a contract with Roma until June 2024 and that is a big hurdle.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
- Goncalo Ramos is on Manchester United's radar, according to the Manchester Evening News. The Red Devils are on the lookout for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, and it looks as though the 21-year-old Portugal international striker, who plays for Benfica, has caught the attention of United boss Erik ten Hag.
- Internazionale are keen to land striker Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis, and they are looking to use right-back Denzel Dumfries as part of the deal, reveals Gazzetta dello Sport. Lukaku, 29, is currently on loan at the Serie A club, but he is yet to find his previous level of form after recently dealing with an injury.
- Two LaLiga clubs are keen on signing Internacional midfielder Johnny Cardoso, reveals Marca. The 21-year-old, who has earned four caps for the USMNT, is understood to be on the radar of both Real Betis and Valencia. It is reported that he has previously turned down a move to Serie A side Spezia.
- Dusan Vlahovic could be moved on from Juventus in January, reports Ben Jacobs. A number of clubs are reported to be keeping close tabs on the striker, with Premier League side Chelsea identifying the Serbia international as a potential reinforcement after losing Armando Broja to a long-term injury. Vlahovic, 22, has scored six goals in 10 Serie A appearances for the Bianconeri this season.
- Napoli are interested in Hellas Verona midfielder Ivan Ilic, writes Calciomercato. The Serie A side believe the 21-year-old could be an ideal successor for Piotr Zielinski, who has been linked with a move away from the club at the end of the season. Ilic made one substitute appearance at the World Cup with Serbia.