The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — you can find out when the windows open and close here — but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond. Plus, check out all the latest major completed transfers across Europe.
TOP STORY: Wolves attempt to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain
No sooner had the two clubs completed the buying and selling of Diogo Jota to Liverpool and Ki-Jana Hoever to Wolverhampton Wanderers that the two sets of officials were back at the negotiating table, according to the Mirror.
This time, they were discussing the future of England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The 27-year-old midfielder will no doubt have slipped down the pecking order at Anfield following the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, and Wolves are looking to complete an audacious move for the former Southampton and Arsenal man.
Oxlade-Chamberlain made 30 appearances for Liverpool last season but struggled to hold down a place in the first team, which is why he could be tempted by a move.
Wolves will feel they’re striking at the right time, after the two clubs recently came together to do business.
Liverpool would be looking to recoup the £25 million they paid Arsenal for his services in 2017.
12.29 BST: Luke Shaw has called on Manchester United to bring in more new signings after Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.
“We have a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,” Shaw said. “It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”
11.47 BST: AS Roma’s attempts to sign Arkadiusz Milik from Napoli continue to drag on. And it means Juventus have to wait to sign Edin Dzeko from Roma as part of a transfer domino effect.
Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli has told DAZN that the two clubs have yet to agree on a fee for Milik.
“We have negotiations with Roma, which have not yet been successful, so we’ll see,” Giuntoli said.
11.10 BST: Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United, sources have told ESPN.
Jose Mourinho is keen on a reunion with Lingard, who became a key player during his spell in charge at Old Trafford, and has asked chairman Daniel Levy to explore the possibility of bringing him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
10.32 BST: Atletico Madrid are yet to receive an offer for Diego Costa, according to Diario AS — and the La Liga club need to move the striker on before considering a bid for targets Luis Suarez or Edinson Cavani.
Costa, 31, has scored just 10 league goals in two-and-a-half seasons since returning from Chelsea, and has a year left on his contract. AS reports that despite talk of interest from AC Milan and Fenerbahce, Atletico are yet to receive a formal approach for the forward.
The newspaper claims that while the club are prepared to wait for a late burst of activity before the transfer window closes next month, they’re aware it would suit Costa to wait until 2021 to leave on a free.
09.51 BST: Hopefully you are all out of bed early because we have our first DONE DEAL of the day! Leicester City have announced the loan signing of Turkey international Cengiz Under from AS Roma for the season.
Under said: “I can’t wait to go to Leicester and start training. I’ve always wanted to play in England and this is a great opportunity to play in the Premier League.
“I will try to help my teammates on the pitch and off the pitch and I believe that I can improve my performance every day. I think I am fast and can create lots of chances for my colleagues.
“I feel very good because my best friend plays for Leicester City. I am very happy to be able to play with Çaglar [Soyuncu] and I always watched Leicester’s games because of him.”
— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 20, 2020
09.30 BST: The Daily Star reckons that Leeds United are ready to make a move for Manchester United midfielder Daniel James. The Wales international started United’s 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Saturday but was subbed off after an ineffectual performance. If United do strengthen before the transfer window closes on Oct. 5, then James could head out on loan for the season. Leeds were on the brink of signing James from Swansea City before United stepped in.
Valencia keen to make Romero their No. 1
Valencia are hoping to sign Sergio Romero from Manchester United, reports the Mirror.
The Spanish side have made contact with United officials and are seemingly willing to pay a fee of £6 million for the 33-year-old Argentina custodian.
Romero has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the return of Dean Henderson from Sheffield United, and he is now keen to get more first-team football under his belt elsewhere.
Romero has played understudy to David De Gea for five years since his move to Manchester from Sampdoria in 2015, and now, with Henderson pushing for a first-team spot, he has been pushed back to third in line for the keeper’s position. After having played just seven league games in that time, Romero is looking for the chance to be a No. 1.
Patient Vidal to secure Milan move
Arturo Vidal is returning to Serie A, with the Chile international undergoing a medical at Internazionale, reports Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio.
Vidal has been waiting patiently to be able to travel to Italy, and now that a deal has been agreed between Barcelona and Inter, with Inter seemingly having sold Diego Godin to Cagliari to free some budget for Vidal’s wages, the player will undergo a medical ahead of his move to the San Siro.
Di Marzio suggests that a verbal agreement has been reached and that Vidal could be announced as early as Sunday or Monday.
The two-year deal is believed to be for €1m in advance, plus bonuses.
Antonio Conte is a huge fan of Vidal’s, and now, a year after trying to sign him, he finally lands his man. Vidal will bring huge experience to the Inter midfield, including four Serie A title wins with Juventus.
— Lyon are trying to sign one of either Hamari Traore and Brandon Soppy from Rennes, reports L’Equipe. The French side are in the market for a new right-back following the departures of Rafael, Pierre Kalulu and Kenny Tete, so Traore or Soppy could provide excellent competition with Leo Dubois in that area. Traore, 28, is the preferred option.
— The Mirror says Barcelona are still keen to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool, but it appears that their plans have been blocked by La Liga. Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum is Ronald Koeman’s top priority, but the club’s worrying financial situation means they might have to shelve any aspirations they have of capturing the 29-year-old. Barcelona’s wage bill is believed to be a staggering £510m per year, so they will have to sell before they can lodge a bid for the Dutchman.