The summer transfer window is closed for major leagues in Europe. However, with one eye on January, there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Inter Milan looking to sign Lukaku in summer transfer window
Internazionale looking for ways to sign Romelu Lukaku in summer, according to Calciomercato. The striker is currently on loan at Serie A giants Chelsea, having had a difficult season with the Blues last season. He hasn’t totally had things his way this campaign either, as the Belgium international has struggled with injury issues and has only played the first three games of the Serie A season.
That said, the 29-year-old offered a gentle reminder of what he can do by scoring a goal and providing an assist in these three matches. Late Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel had a bad relationship with Lukaku, who played on the Belgian’s temporary leave, but even after the German’s departure from Stamford Bridge, Inter are hoping to extend the stay of the attacker.
That’s why, while waiting for Lukaku to return to the pitch, Inter are looking ahead and how to make sure he sticks around. Chelsea and Inter share a positive relationship, so there will be further contacts made at the end of the season with the aim of finding a solution that works for everyone.
In the meantime, Simone Inzaghi hopes to get Lukaku back on the pitch as soon as possible.
09:52 BST: Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has dismissed bullying accusations after reports say Joao Felix wanted to leave the club.
Felix has made just seven starts for Atletico this season and the Portugal international was an unused substitute in his side’s final Champions League game against Club Brugge on Wednesday.
This led to suggestions in Portugal that Simeone was treating Felix harshly, but the Atletico manager told a press conference on Friday that he would select the striker when he starts playing better.
“The team is really good and the reality is something else, the playing field. And in the reality of the playing field there is a manager who chooses the best players based on what he sees,” said Simone. “Do you think I don’t play Joao to lose? No manager does that.
“When he starts playing well again in training, he works, he gets his goalscoring touch back, which we need, he will play. But as long as I’m here, it’s about performance, that’s why his other teammates are playing. It’s clear that whenever he was good, he was playing.”
09:00 BST: Phil Foden has signed a new long-term contract at Manchester City, it was announced on Friday.
The 22-year-old striker has signed a deal which should keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2027. It represents a five-year contract and a three-year extension of his existing contract, which was due to last until 2024.
Foden is already closing in on 200 appearances for City and has won 11 major trophies with them, including four Premier League titles.
He has started this season in blistering form with seven goals in 13 games and is set to feature in England’s squad at the World Cup in Qatar.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
— As Jose Felix Diaz told MarcaReal Madrid eyes Bayern Munich left-back closely Alphonse Davies. Los Blancos also wants the Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellinghambut their current priority is to settle contract renewals, with Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos being examples of players they want to keep longer than their current offers.
— xavier simons told ESPN NL that there is a clause in his contract with PSV Eindhoven which will allow him to join Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season if he wishes. “It’s true that I have a clause. This clause is between me and PSV, not with PSG,” Simons said. “It’s a clause that if I wanted to go to PSG, I could leave for a certain amount at the end of the season. To be honest, it’s not in my head to move. I just moved here and I feel good here. I think that is also reflected on the pitch. It’s not in my head to change now.”
— In three separate reports, Calciomercato said that Internazionale are looking to sign the Club Brugge striker Antonio NusaEverton centre-back Yerry Mina and the right-back of Salernitana Pasquale Mazzocchi. Inter have sent scouts to monitor 17-year-old Nusa but will face competition to sign him, see Mina as replacement for Milan Skriniar if the captain leaves rather than renewing his contract, while Mazzocchi is seen as a viable option to be signed in winter or summer shop windows.
– Valencia’s Gennaro Gattuso insisted that Nicholas González will see his one-year loan from Barcelona despite a lack of playing time, as reported by Mundo Deportivo. “It’s the first time I’ve heard of it,” said the Italian when asked about the possibility of interrupting him earlier. “No player has spoken to me. He is working very well. He has a one-year contract with us. The player has not come to speak to me.”