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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: De Jong eyes Barcelona exit in January

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is growing frustrated with a lack of opportunities at the club, says Sport.

De Jong, 25, was linked with a move away all summer and Barca agreed an €85 million deal for him to move to Manchester United, though it fell through amid a conflict over his deferred wages.

The Netherlands international has not started many of Barca's important games so far this season, with manager Xavi opting for Sergio Busquets, Gavi and Pedri in midfield. And, with El Clasico against Real Madrid arriving this weekend, De Jong's future will be in the spotlight again if he doesn't play a major role.

Sources have told ESPN that Man United manager Erik ten Hag -- who managed De Jong while in charge at Ajax -- won't rule out the possibility of making another bid next summer and there is still a feeling at Old Trafford that the midfielder could be convinced to move to Manchester.


22.22 BST: Real Betis' Guido Rodriguez is among the players Jose Mourinho is looking at as he aims to strengthen his midfield, according to Calciomercato.

Not only did the Argentine show his goalscoring ability in the two sides' first Europa League meeting this season, there is also the possibility of a cheaper deal due to his contract ending in 2024.

21.52 BST: Talented attacker Joao Felix wants to leave Atletico de Madrid in January or at the end of the season if that isn't possible, reports AS, as the Portuguese forward's relationship with Diego Simeone has broken down since the Argentine stated that he is the fifth-choice striker.

Felix has already made three previous attempts to leave Atleti, but was persuaded to stay in the last window. The 22-year-old has played just 588 minutes (11 appearances) so far this season in all competitions, registering just three assists.

For his part, Simeone has denied the rift: "When he starts to play well again in training, he works, he recovers his goalscoring touch, which we need, he will play. But while I'm here, it's about performance, that's why his other teammates are playing.

"It's clear that each time he was good, he played."

21.18 BST: AC Milan are set to face competition as they try to bring in Midjtylland winger Gustav Isaksen, according to Calciomercato. That is because Fiorentina, Brentford and now Borussia Dortmund are also looking at the 21-year-old, who has six goals in 20 appearances (all competitions) so far this season.

20.45 BST: Real Sociedad have confirmed that Martin Zubimendi has extended his contract to stay with the club until 2027.

The midfielder, who is also a Spain international, had reportedly previously been a player of interest for Barcelona, but will now be staying put.

19.55 BST: - Sport Bild's Christian Falk has suggested that Bayern Munich are looking at Borussia Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram as they search for a striker, with the Frenchman's current contract ending in the summer.

There have also been links with Internazionale duo Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez, while a move for Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane would likely have to include a lower transfer fee than the widely reported €100m due to his contract ending in 2024.

19.04 BST: Manchester City have announced that Phil Foden has signed a three-year extension on his current contract to stay with the club until 2027.

The 22-year-old England international has recorded seven goals and three assists in 13 matches across all competitions this season. Read our story here.

18.34 BST: Juventus are looking at Atalanta's Caleb Okoli as they aim to bring in a defender, according to Calciomercato.

The 21-year-old his enjoying a breakthrough season with La Dea after spending last campaign on loan at Cremonese, having played in eight of the club's nine Serie A matches this term.

17.52 BST: Barcelona are hoping to offload Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Frenkie de Jong in January, mainly for financial reasons, reports Diario Sport, although it is anticipated that moving them on at that time could be difficult.

For one, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto could also be playing out their last season at Camp Nou due to their respective contracts ending in the summer. If financial issues continue, the club will need to retain some players in order to have enough depth in order to compete on multiple fronts. There is also the difficulty in finding a new club for De Jong given the summer saga involving Manchester United and repeated efforts by Barcelona president Joan Laporta to get the Dutch midfielder to accept a reduction in salary.

17.18 BST: Wolverhampton Wanderers have held talks with Nuno Espiritio Santo about a return to Molineux, as reported by The Athletic.

The Portuguese manager left 17 months ago, but is believed to have told Wolves that he'd like to return, with the Premier League outfit seriously exploring the possibility of making the reunion happen.

16.30 BST: Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has told ESPN there "is no room for criticism" of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with both coming under scrutiny for their performances this season.

Herrera, who now plays for Athletic Bilbao, joined United in 2014 before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in 2019, where he played in the same team as Messi following the Argentine's move to the club in 2021.

Herrera told ESPN he "loves" United, and defended striker Ronaldo after the criticism he has received following a slow start to the 2022-23 season, scoring one Premier League goal and starting one league match for Erik ten Hag's side.

"When you have a player who scores 24/25 goals last season, how can you say this player is not for the team?" Herrera told ESPN in an exclusive interview. "Top scorer of the team, one of the top scorers in Europe. Probably not going to score 50 goals every season, of course, but he's still fighting, scoring, taking care of himself every day, every single training [session], so respect.

"Now, probably, you have to control the charge of him in terms of training and games, you can't make him play every single game of the season, in the big moments he will be there.

"There is one thing you cannot lie [about], the stats. And Ronaldo ... always putting the face to fight, to score, to run, to take the responsibility of the team -- for me there is no space for criticism with Cristiano or with Leo."

15.20 BST: Manchester United are leading the race for FC Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa, says Diario de Noticias.

Costa, 23, is highly rated, with Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas recently quoted as saying he would become a star, and could be David de Gea's long-term replacement.

United are reportedly at the head of the queue to sign the Portugal international, although he will cost €60m to sign in January as that's the value of his release clause.

14.53 BST: Aston Villa have announced that midfielder Douglas Luiz has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Luiz, 24, joined Villa in the summer of 2019 and was the subject of three bids from Arsenal at the end of the summer transfer window

The Brazil international, who won gold at the 2020 Olympics, has reportedly penned terms at Villa until 2026.

14.30 BST: Surely Xavi's job at Barcelona isn't in danger, is it?

13.49 BST: Real Madrid will be watching Xabi Alonso's performance as Bayer Leverkusen manager with interest, sources told ESPN, viewing the former Liverpool, Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder as a potential candidate to take charge at the Bernabeu.

Alonso, 40, was appointed by Leverkusen on Oct. 5 as the Bundesliga club look to turn around a dreadful start to the season in which they took just five points from their first eight league games. Madrid will be monitoring Alonso's progress closely, sources said, as the LaLiga giants believe that he fits the profile of a possible future Real Madrid manager.

13.16 BST: Manchester City have made a central midfielder their priority ahead of next summer's transfer window, sources have told ESPN.

The club are looking at options to strengthen their midfield including Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham. City spent an initial £42m to sign England midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United last summer and they are set to invest again at the end of the season.

There remain doubts over the futures of both Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

Gundogan has entered the final year of his contract and could leave for free at the end of the season. Bernardo, meanwhile, is still a target for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

12.55 BST: Chelsea have entered the race to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer, according to BILD.

Laimer, 25, has a contract which expires in 2023 and had been expected to move to Bayern Munich for free at the end of the season.

The Austria international had agreed terms with Bayern over the summer, but Leipzig wanted a transfer fee and rejected the offers on the table.

Now Chelsea are keen to make a move when Laimer becomes a free agent.

12.14 BST: Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin has caught the eye of Paris Saint-Germain, according to Marca.

Marin, 20, has yet to make the breakthrough into the Madrid first team and has played exclusively in the Castilla side. The centre-back is also a Spain U18 international.

However, he reportedly has a release clause of €30m in his contract, which PSG are hoping to take advantage of.

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11.08 BST: Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has been speaking about midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

Guimaraes, 24, has impressed this season and has been linked with Real Madrid, though Fabrizio Romano reports that Newcastle will offer the Brazilian a new contract to stave off that interest.

"We desperately want him to be happy here and see a long-term vision here, but time will tell on that," Howe told a news conference. "We have to build positively. As long as a player sees an ambition in the club, hopefully we can fulfil the needs of everyone here. We are in the early stages of that so we don't want to disturb that.

"He has done unbelievably well, the thing that has pleasantly surprised me is the relationship between me and him, and the squad. He has fitted in so well. He has epitomised the team spirit and the drive we need to be successful and the fans have seen that and really taken to him.

"I am new here so I am aware of he Newcastle legends of the past and I want my players to aspire to be the next one and if that is part of his motivations then I am all for it. He has the ability to be one of those players, but he has a long way to get there.

"If given the choice, would we do the deal? I think the answer would be yes, without a moment's hesitation. Only time will tell on all transfers about whether it's a good deal or a bad deal, but at the moment it looks like a fantastic bit of business."

10.25 BST: Manchester United will activate an extension in Diogo Dalot's contract to ward off interest from Barcelona, sources told ESPN.

Dalot is into the final year of the deal he signed after joining from Porto in 2018 but United have an option to extend his stay until 2024.

Barcelona are one of a number of clubs monitoring his situation, but the 23-year-old will not be available on a free transfer next summer.

Dalot has established himself at the first-choice right-back since Erik ten Hag's arrival as manager, playing 11 games in all competitions so far this season. The Portugal international is into his fifth season at Old Trafford and approaching 100 appearances for the club. He spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Milan but has since become a key part of the squad at United.

09.47 BST: Barcelona are in negotiations with Alejandro Balde's agent, Jorge Mendes, to extend the left-back's contract beyond 2024, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Balde, 18, has made nine appearances for Barca this season and the Spain Under-21 international has impressed coach Xavi enough for the club to offer him a new contract, despite signing a three-year deal in 2021.

Barca president Joan Laporta and sporting director Mateu Alemany met with Mendes on Thursday to discuss terms.

09.15 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has hinted he may retire by 2024.

Kroos, 32, becomes a free agent next summer and has reportedly been offered a one-year contract extension by Real Madrid. The Germany international is in his ninth season at Real Madrid, the club he joined in 2014 from Bayern Munich.

Asked by German Olympic beach volley champion Laura Ludwig during an interview if he would play for Germany at the Olympics in Paris in 2024, Kroos said: "I discard it. I don't even know if in 2024 I will continue to play football!... What I can assure you if that I will play the Paris Olympic Games on TV."

08.50 BST: Real Madrid aren't considering yet another move for long-time top target Kylian Mbappe, sources told ESPN, after they were scorned by his last-minute U-turn that saw the star forward snub them to stay at Paris Saint-Germain last May.

ESPN reported on Tuesday that Mbappe, 23, is pushing to leave PSG -- just five months after signing a new contract -- after his relationship with club executives broke down over what he views as broken promises regarding team tactics and recruitment. PSG sporting director Luis Campos has denied the reports, saying Mbappe has expressed no desire to leave in the January transfer window.

Sources said Madrid are not planning on reigniting their longstanding interest in Mbappe, and while a move cannot be entirely ruled out should he become available, the LaLiga club are now focusing on other targets.

08.24 BST: Santos forward Marcos Leonardo is attracting interest from Arsenal and Manchester United, according to Calciomercato.

Leonardo, 19, has scored 19 goals in 50 games since making the step up to the first team in 2020.

The Brazilian has received rave reviews for his performances in recent months and has his eyes set on the next stage of his career.

"First of all, I want to make history with the Santos shirt," he told the Mirror. "Winning titles, putting my name in the club's top players gallery. To be the top scorer in the competitions I play.

"Then I want to manage to get to the Brazilian national team. I'm doing well in the youth categories, but my focus is on having the chance to represent my country in a World Cup, wearing the No. 9 shirt. I believe these are my two biggest goals at the moment. I want to play in Europe, but I see that I have to complete stages before any kind of opportunity to do that."

08.00 BST: Brazil forward Neymar will stand trial next week on fraud and corruption charges over his transfer to Barcelona from Santos in 2013 and the complainant, Brazilian investment firm DIS, said on Thursday it was demanding a five-year jail term.

Along with Neymar, the defendants in the trial being brought by Spanish prosecutors, which begins in Barcelona on Monday, are his parents, the two clubs, former Barca presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, and former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues.

The case stems from a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian company that owned 40% of the rights to Neymar when he was at Santos. It argues it lost out on its rightful cut from the transfer because the true value of the deal was understated.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

- Jorginho wants to remain at Chelsea beyond this season despite interest from Barcelona, reports the Evening Standard. The 30-year-old will enter the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge in January, and the Blaugrana have been keeping tabs on him and N'Golo Kante ahead of potential free transfers next summer. It is reported that Jorginho is prioritising his future with Graham Potter's side over any switch away from the club.

- Newcastle are set to block any attempts from Real Madrid to tempt Bruno Guimaraes to the Santiago Bernabeu, reveals Friday's edition of the Daily Star. Carlo Ancelotti's side have been monitoring the 24-year-old midfielder as he continues to impress for the Magpies since joining from Lyon last season, and it looks like he will remain at St. James' Park despite an expected approach in January.

- Interest in goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos has triggered Benfica to step up talks over a new contract, according to Ekrem Konur. The 28-year-old has been reported to be on the radar of Manchester United in recent weeks as they look for a long-term future replacement for David de Gea, but the latest indicates that the Portuguese side are keen to keep hold of him. His current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2024.

- New contract talks between Arsenal and Granit Xhaka are set to take place after the World Cup, says Football Insider. Having made progress playing in more advanced midfield areas this season, manager Mikel Arteta is keen to keep the 30-year-old Switzerland international at the Emirates Stadium. He has made nine appearances for the Gunners in the Premier League this season, contributing to five goals.

- River Plate are interested in former Argentina international Martin Demichelis as a potential successor for Marcelo Gallardo, writes Cesar Luis Merlo. Los Millonarios announced they were set to part ways with their manager after eight years on Thursday, and it looks as though the 41-year-old head coach, who is currently in charge of Bayern Munich II, is one of the first candidates to take over at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti.