The summer transfer window is closed for the major leagues in Europe. However, with an eye on January, 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: Real want Haaland
The 22-year-old forward has been in exceptional form for Manchester City this season, but the report indicates that the LaLiga champions will wait before making their move for him, aiming to utilise a €200 million release clause that will become active in 2024. City manager Pep Guardiola, however, denies that such a clause in Haaland's contract exists.
Benzema has enjoyed a bright start to the 2022-23 campaign and, after signing new terms at the Santiago Bernabeu last season, talks are ongoing for the France international to extend his stay in Spain's top flight for another year.
Until then, it looks as though Carlo Ancelotti's side will be keeping a close eye on the Norway international unless any other clear targets emerge, with interest in a move for Kylian Mbappe seemingly to have cooled since he signed an extension with Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
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21.30 BST: AC Milan will join Manchester United in the race to sign Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi, according to Calciomercato. It is reported that the Neroverdi could command a transfer fee of €35m to sanction the departure of the 23-year-old Italy international.
20.57 BST: Chelsea manager Graham Potter is keen to keep Thiago Silva at Stamford Bridge beyond next summer, reports the Evening Standard. The 38-year-old is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, but he reportedly intends to continue playing at the top level. While the Blues manager wants to keep the Brazilian in west London, he won't be intervening with his decision, and is focused on helping him enjoy his football.
20.24 BST: Barcelona are intending to part ways with Samuel Umtiti on a permanent basis next summer, writes Sport. The 28-year-old centre-back played his first match while on loan at Lecce on Sunday as the Salentini suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Roma, and Xavi Hernandez's side are hopeful that teams could begin to show an interest in his signature as he features more in Serie A. Umtiti remains contracted at the Camp Nou until the summer of 2026, having signed a new deal in January.
19.51 BST: Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is on the radar of Juventus ahead of a potential move in January, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. The 27-year-old Serbia international has been one of the standout players in Serie A this season, contributing to 10 goals in nine games, but nearing the final 18 months of his contract, Milinkovic-Savic is being closely monitored by rival clubs.
19.18 BST: There have been plenty of reports surrounding a potential release clause in the contract of Manchester City striker Erling Haaland that comes into effect in 2024, but only clubs outside of the Premier League will have access to it, according to the Athletic. Pep Guardiola has dismissed claims of the clause's existence, as speculation continues to link Real Madrid with a move for the 22-year-old Norway international signature, but the latest indicates that they could sign him for €200m in little more than 18 months' time.
18.45 BST: Multiple Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on Rangers defender Leon King, reports Fabrizio Romano. Manchester United, Newcastle United and Leeds United are all reported to have been scouting the 18-year-old Scotland U21 international who is contracted at Ibrox Stadium for another 18 months.
18.12 BST: Left-back Jose Gaya has reached an agreement with Valencia to extend his contract at the Mestalla until 2028, writes Mundo Deportivo. Recent reports have indicated that he has been on the radar of Barcelona, who are looking for a long-term successor for Jordi Alba, but it looks as though the 27-year-old intends to continue his career with Los Che.
17.39 BST: Why does Kylian Mbappe feel betrayed by Paris Saint-Germain to such a degree that he now wants to leave the French capital club in January? And where could he potentially go next? ESPN's Julien Laurens breaks down the latest developments in the France World Cup winner's ongoing drama with PSG.
17.06 BST: Mason Mount is set to become one of the top earners at Chelsea as talks over a new contract begin, according to the Evening Standard. It is reported that the 23-year-old midfielder has already shown his desire to sign new terms at Stamford Bridge, and he is ready to dismiss interest from other clubs. The Blues academy graduate will enter the final 18 months of his deal in January.
16.33 BST: Amid reports last week that Major League Soccer was set to introduce a fourth Designated Player slot for all clubs - a mechanism that would all its teams to add another player whose wages would only fractionally count against the salary cap - to their roster, MLSsoccer.com's Tom Bogert reports that multiple sources around the league have heard nothing about such a change to the league's spending structure.
16.00 BST: Kylian Mbappe is pushing to leave Paris Saint-Germain in January as his relationship with the club has broken down, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
The news comes just five months after Mbappe signed a new contract with PSG, with sources saying the 23-year-old feels at odds with the club's direction on and off the pitch.
Sources said Mbappe thinks promises made by sporting director Luis Campos, president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and manager Christophe Galtier have not been kept.
One of the promises was that Mbappe would play with a No. 9 next to him in attack who could play as a pivot, but this has not happened. The World Cup winner with France was also told that PSG would recruit another centre-back, which did not happen in the summer, while Mbappe's relationship with Neymar has deteriorated.
Sources told ESPN the Ligue 1 champions were open to offers for Neymar in the summer but they could not find a club for him.
14.42 BST: Tottenham are watching Brentford striker Ivan Toney, says Football Insider.
Toney, 26, has scored six goals this season and has played every minute of Brentford's Premier League campaign so far.
The England international is behind Man City's Erling Haaland (15) and Tottenham's Harry Kane (8) in the goal-scoring charts this season, while Spurs have been looking for a backup for Kane for some time.
13.51 BST: Marca reports that Kylian Mbappe could quit PSG in the coming months,
The report claims that Mbappe, 23, showed his frustration with coach Christophe Galtier's tactics in a deleted Instagram post following PSG's 0-0 draw against Reims last weekend, amid reports of tension between him and teammate Neymar too. The France international reportedly feels betrayed by PSG after no new No. 9 striker arrived in the transfer window, too.
Mbappe signed a new three-year deal over the summer. He had been set to join Real Madrid on a free transfer before his U-turn, with Los Blancos looking for a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.
Marca claims that the relationship between Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and his PSG counterpart Nasser Al Khelaifi would hinder any future move, however, so Liverpool are the ones linked.
Former Arsenal and France midfielder Emmanuel Petit told RMC Sport: "He [Mbappe] annoys everyone today. He makes it personal all the time. He even puts himself above the institution. Has everything that has happened in recent months gone to his head?
"You were on the right side when you arrived at PSG, then you were on the left. Now you are in the centre. But it's never fixed on the pitch. The players up front spend their time moving around and switching in their respective area.
"The club is more important than any one player. Today, Mbappe's statements are irrelevant and show a lack of respect for the institution, but also for his partners. Because by saying that, he is targeting his coach but also certain players. I find that regrettable."
13.36 BST: Juventus want to sign Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot, with the player keen to move on, according to Calciomercato.
Dalot, 23, has started every Premier League game this season but is out of contract at the end of the season -- though the club have an option to extend his deal for another year.
The Portugal international has usurped Aaron Wan-Bissaka to become first choice at right-back but is reportedly eyeing a move to Italy, with Juve ready to let Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro leave next summer to make room.
12.34 BST: New York City FC forward Talles Magno says he dreams of a move to Europe in the future.
Magno, 20, moved to MLS from Vasco de Gama for around €7m in May and has seven goals and eight assists in 34 games so far.
The Brazilian forward is keen to test himself at the highest level, which could include a transfer to City Football Group's marquee side: Manchester City.
"For sure, all of us who have plans and dreams to be achieved, when we lie on our pillows, we dream of it," he told Super Vasco. "I'm focused on my team, wanting to grow, focused, to win titles, but I have my dream of playing in Europe. It certainly crosses my mind, yes."
12.00 BST: Christian Pulisic seems a bit happier at Chelsea now he's scoring.
Steve Nicol praises Harry Kane but wonders if the striker sometimes wishes he played for a more openly attacking team.
10.37 BST: PSG aren't afraid to spend big on star talent and could be set to do the same for AC Milan forward Rafael Leao.
Media Foot claims that PSG are ready to offer the Portugal international's release clause of €150m to land him.
Leao, 23, has four goals and seven assists so far this season, while he has been tracked by Chelsea.
10.08 BST: Real Betis would be open to placing midfielder Guido Rodriguez on the transfer list, amid reports from La Razon that Liverpool want to sign the Argentine in January.
Liverpool are keen to strengthen their midfield after a host of injuries in the centre this season. Rodriguez, 28, is under contract with Betis until June 2024, has made 10 appearances in all competitions for Betis and has attracted the attention of several clubs.
Betis are reportedly prepared to negotiate with Liverpool but the offer has to be in the range of €25m as Rodriguez's former club CF America would get a percentage of any transfer fee.
09.35 BST: Former Roma great Daniele De Rossi is in line to replace Roberto Venturato at the helm of Serie B club SPAL following his sacking, according to Sky Italia.
SPAL dismissed Venturato after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Frosinone and De Rossi has agreed a contract with the Ferrara-based club until June 2024.
It will be De Rossi's first coaching experience. The former Italy international retired from football in January 2020 after a stint at Boca Juniors.
De Rossi, 39, will inherit a team that are 14th in Italy's second tier with two wins and three losses from eight games.
08.57 BST: On-loan Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo is currently out of action for three months, after suffering an injury in training, and CBS claims the club won't sign him permanently at the end of the season.
The Brazilian has appeared for just 13 minutes for Liverpool since joining on a season-long loan from Juventus on transfer deadline day. He has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League, with his sole outing coming as a substitute in a 4-1 Champions League defeat to Napoli to last month.
Liverpool are paying a loan fee of €4.5 and have the option to make the transfer permanent for a fee of €37.5m, but CBS insists he'll be sent back to Turin at the end of the loan.
08.24 BST: Thiago Silva hinted he could manage AC Milan one day, but said his more immediate concern is seeking clarity over his Chelsea future.
The 38-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season and it is unclear whether Silva will be offered the chance to extend his stay after moving to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020.
Silva previously spent three years at Milan between 2009 and 2012, where he won one Serie A title and an Italian Super Cup.
Speaking on Monday ahead of Chelsea's Champions League clash against the Rossoneri, the centre-back was asked about a possible return to San Siro and said: "I can tell you that I already made my history here at AC Milan, so I believe this is not the case at the moment.
"If it could happen at any case, it would have been before me joining Chelsea. But I don't know about the future. Who knows what will happen in the future, we'll have to see. But I am very happy now to be at Chelsea, a very big club, great professionals. In the future, we will see. Maybe the coach? Who knows?"
08.00 BST: Antoine Griezmann has rejoined Atletico Madrid on a permanent basis after Barcelona agreed to reduce the transfer fee from €40m to €20m, Atletico have confirmed.
Barca president Joan Laporta revealed on Sunday that Atletico could also have to pay an additional €4m in "easily attainable add-ons," with Griezmann agreeing a contract until 2026 at the Metropolitano.
Barca and Atletico had been in dispute over a clause in the contract that saw Griezmann return to Atletico on loan at the start of the 2021-22 campaign.
Griezmann, 31, joined Atletico on a two-year loan deal with an obligatory purchase option of €40m in the event he played over 45 minutes in 50% of the games for which he was available. But Atletico started to use Griezmann sparingly this season, bringing him on after the 60th minute in a string of games in an attempt to reduce the percentage of games he met the threshold for.
The France international had signed for Barca from Atletico in 2019 when the Catalan club paid his €120m release clause, one year after he turned down a move to Camp Nou at the end of a documentary he had recorded called The Decision.
Steve Nicol feels Christian Pulisic and the Chelsea squad have a skip in their step under new manager Graham Potter.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
- Manchester United are set to make a decision over whether they move for Frenkie de Jong or Jude Bellingham, reveals the Independent. The Red Devils are still in contact with Barcelona over a deal for the 25-year-old midfielder, who decided to stay at Camp Nou this summer, but the report indicates that they could end their pursuit in favour of joining the race for Bellingham. The England international, 19, has been a key player for Borussia Dortmund this season and he is also on the radar of Liverpool.
- Liverpool's Naby Keita has emerged as a potential target for Barcelona, according to Sport. The Blaugrana are reported to be monitoring the 27-year-old midfielder ahead of a potential pre-contract agreement, with Keita set to enter the final six months of his deal in January. Xavi Hernandez's side are believed to be assessing a number of players they can acquire on a free transfer next summer, with Leicester City's Youri Tielemans and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan among them.
- Ivan Toney is set to be offered a new contract by Brentford, reveals the Mirror. It is reported that the Bees will offer the 26-year-old striker a deal that sees him earn over £100,000 per week, while also including a significant release clause. Toney has been one of Thomas Frank's standout players since gaining promotion to the Premier League, and he has contributed nine goals in 10 games across all competitions this season.
- Inter Milan have identified Ramy Bensebaini as a potential replacement for Robin Gosens, writes Tuttosport. The 27-year-old wing-back has been in impressive form for Borussia Monchengladbach this season, scoring four goals in eight Bundesliga starts. The Serie A club are hopeful of landing him on a free transfer, with his deal set to expire next summer.
- Arsenal will have to treble Gabriel Martinelli's wages if they are to reach an agreement over a new contract with him, reports the Daily Mail. The Gunners have been looking to secure the 21-year-old winger at the Emirates Stadium after his star performances this season, but the report indicates that they aren't close to reaching an agreement in the region of £200,000 a week.