LIVE Transfer Talk: Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong a target for Man City, Barcelona
The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January.
TOP STORY: Man City look to beat Barca to De Jong
Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong is one of Europe's most wanted, and Premier League champions Manchester City are one of the clubs determined to sign him next summer according to the Daily Mail.
The Netherlands international fits the Pep Guardiola mould, so much so that he may see another club shaped by the City manager, Barcelona, as his ideal destination. But the Catalan boss will be hoping to lure him to the Etihad Stadium, and the prospect of working under such a highly respected manager could be appealing for the youngster.
Guardiola missed out on a player in this position last summer after Brazil-born Italian midfielder Jorginho chose to be reunited with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, so he will be in the market and ready to pounce should the opportunity arise.
De Jong is an accomplished central midfielder at just 21 and can also operate as a ball-playing centre back. This tactical versatility will suit a manager such as Guardiola, who is not afraid to change his formation from week to week.
23.30 BST: It is not often that a Bournemouth player is linked with Man City but that is the case with defender Nathan Ake.
The 23-year-old Dutch defender was Bournemouth's record signing last season and according to The Mirror, is drawing interest from Pep Guardiola and Co. Ake is the prototypical Guardiola defender who is good at playing out of the back, confident on the ball and is versatile enough to play in multiple positions.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists the player isn't going anywhere just yet: "That doesn't mean we are about to lose him -- he is a massive part of what we are doing."
Bournemouth currently sit sixth in the Premier League and Ake is just one of their young players who is drawing interest from bigger and wealthier clubs. We'll see if Bournemouth can keep them at bay.
22.45 BST: Tottenham along with Roma were the two clubs mostly linked with winger Malcom in the summer. In the end Malcom surprisingly chose Barcelona, but with playing time tough to come by so far in Catalonia, could Spurs circle back for the Brazilian?
Sport report that Tottenham are monitoring Malcom's situation closely and could prepare a €50 million bid for the ex-Bordeaux winger in January. Malcom joined Barcelona for a reported €41 million in the summer but has played just 25 minutes this season and none in nearly a month for the Blaugrana.
If Malcom is to do a do-over Tottenham figures to be in play. Spurs are have made no secret that they looking to spend big in January and the young winger could very well be on Mauricio Pochettino's shopping list.
Sport also lists Inter Milan and Arsenal as two other clubs who have expressed interest in the 21-year-old. Malcom might wish he had honoured his Roma commitment right about now!
21.38 BST: Alex Sandro to the Premier League?
Italian outlet Il Corriere dello Sport indicate the Juventus full-back is yet to sign a contract extension with the Old Lady due to the two sides being far apart regarding wages. The outlet claims that Juve have offered Sandro €3 million per year but the player wants something in the €5 million per year range.
Man United have been linked with the Brazilian in the past, as have Chelsea and both would likely have interest if Juve can't get anything done with the player to extend him past 2020.
20.49 BST: Could one of the world's brightest young talents be on the move?
Spanish outlet Marca claims that Real Madrid would be willing to let Marco Asensio leave if someone ponies up £100 million for the Spanish star.
The 22-year-old has had a rough start under Julen Lopetegui but is still widely regarded as one of the most talented young players in world football.
The Mirror suggsts that Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United all have interest in adding the dynamic winger.
19.45 BST: And that Ben Chilwell deal HAS been signed. Rest easy now Leicester fans...
18.55 BST: Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham need to sign players and are aiming to do so in January, despite the club making their best ever start to a Premier League season without any new faces.
"We couldn't sign for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign," he said. "I think it's maybe a coincidence, or we worked a lot, or because we're clever, but to be honest always you try to sign. Now January will come and we're going to try to sign. I think it's not only us -- all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad."
18.31 BST: Juventus chief Pavel Nedved told Sky Sport before Juventus vs. Genoa that he would be keeping a close eye on striker Krzysztof Piatek: "We are very careful in the market. It was a big surprise for everyone. I am very curious to see him against us, against the strongest defenders in the world, it will be a good trial for him and for all of us."
16.51 BST: Unable to get a look-in behind Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona, Malcom may fancy trying his luck at Arsenal instead...
Sport say that Tottenham and Inter Milan are keen to sign the 21-year-old winger on loan, but that Arsenal are heading the queue.
16.00 BST: English left-back set to sign new five-year contract... Oh wait, Luke Shaw has already done that. Sky Sports must be talking about Leicester defender Ben Chilwell then.
13.26 BST: Barcelona have confirmed that Borussia Dortmund have already informed them that they want to exercise their option to sign Paco Alcacer.
Alcacer, 25, joined the German club on an initial loan for €2m in August after failing to break into Barca's first team during two years at Camp Nou. As part of the deal, Dortmund also have an option to sign the former Valencia player permanently for €23m, with another €5m then due in potential add-ons.
12.46 BST: Neymar has described claims that he could leave Paris Saint-Germain and return to either his former club Barcelona or join Real Madrid as "fake news."
11.50 BST: The future of Anthony Martial at Manchester United has been more of a talking point than his football in recent months, and the Daily Mirror reports that the French forward remains intent on leaving Old Trafford next summer when his contract expires.
10.30 BST: Maurizio Sarri has now had two months to have a good look at Alvaro Morata, and the Chelsea boss has decided he's seen enough.
According to The Sun, the Italian coach wants Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi to replace the misfiring Spain striker, despite him scoring in each of his last two appearances for the Blues.
09.30 BST: Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has told ESPN FC he was flattered to be a summer transfer target for Jose Mourinho, but insists he is more than happy at the Nerazzurri in a resurgent Serie A.
The Slovakia international, under contract until 2022, was one of two Italy-based players -- along with Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly -- Mourinho had targeted to strengthen his defence at Manchester United last summer.
"When some coach like Jose says that he is looking for a player like me or somebody else, it's always nice, but I don't know why these rumours continue," he told ESPN FC. "I've not said anything to anybody, just what you can see on the web.
"Even if Jose is one of the most famous, best, greatest coaches in the world, it's not something I think of because I'm playing for Inter and am happy here at Inter.
"I'm happy in Milan, it's a great city, even when my parents or friends come here, we have a look around and I'm happy here and relaxed here. When the results are going well too, it's all even better."
Arsenal target Under offer
Arsenal are in pole position to sign Roma's Turkish star Cengiz Under according to reports in Italy. Corriere dello Sport offshoot ForzaRoma are reporting that the Premier League side are leading a race with Bayern Munich for the player's signature.
The winger has impressed in flashes for Roma since joining from Istanbul-based side Basaksehir, with the Turkish club also due 20 percent of any transfer fee.
The Altinordu youth academy, Under's first senior club, will also be due a cut, and the Turkish clubs are said to be encouraging a move in anticipation of their payoff.
The report states that a deal could be done in January, and that there is a real desire back in Turkey for their countryman to move to one of Europe's top clubs.
Ancelotti wants Liverpool and Arsenal target Barella
Carlo Ancelotti has heaped praise on Cagliari and Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella, who is attracting interest from across Europe, including several Premier League clubs.
The Napoli boss is quoted as saying that the 21-year-old is "ideal for us, he's better than I was," on the front of the latest edition of Corriere dello Sport.
Barella recently won his first senior caps for Italy, which further increased his profile and reputation on the continent.
Arsenal and Liverpool appear to be the favourites to land the player, but Ancelotti has turned on the charm in an attempt to bring him to the San Paolo.
- Tottenham Hotspur have agreed terms with Boca Juniors defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios, and he could move as soon as January according to journalist Luis Fregossi of Argentinian outlet Mundo Boca. The north London club will make an offer in the region of £20m for the 25-year-old who was part of Colombia's World Cup squad.
- It could be one in one out at Spurs, as Juan Foyth eyes a move away on a temporary deal in search of first-team football. Fellow Argentine Marcelo Bielsa is interested in bringing him on loan to Leeds United, according to AS Argentina.
- Jose Mourinho would "love" to sign Eden Hazard for Manchester United, but admits it is unlikely Chelsea would ever allow the Belgian to move to Old Trafford.