The summer transfer window was unlike any other. See all the major deals and check out how we graded the biggest signings. And just because the window is shut until January, that doesn’t mean the rumours won’t keep coming. Here’s the latest gossip and speculation.
TOP STORY: Clubs circling Chelsea defender Christensen
The Denmark international’s contract runs out in the summer of 2022, and the fact that he has yet to sign an extension has attracted the attention of many clubs within England and abroad.
New manager Antonio Conte has identified strengthening Spurs’ spine as an absolute priority, and it seems the 25-year-old is the man he wants to do that — which will be helped by his status as a free agent if he can’t come to an agreement with Chelsea.
Manchester United and Manchester City are also both monitoring how things develop, particularly in January. When the new year comes, interested clubs abroad such as AC Milan and Barcelona will be able to negotiate with Christensen, possibly giving them an advantage.
However, it is far from a certainty that Christensen will leave Chelsea at all, with Thomas Tuchel continuing to see him as a key part of the Blues’ squad.
09.00 GMT: Forward Antoine Griezmann has told ESPN he struggled to adapt to life back at Atletico Madrid after rejoining the LaLiga champions from Barcelona last summer.
Griezmann, 30, spent five years at Atletico — becoming the fourth highest goal scorer in the club’s history — before a controversial move to Barcelona in 2019.
After two up-and-down seasons at Camp Nou he returned to the Wanda Metropolitano in August on a season-long loan, with Atletico having the obligation to make the deal permanent next summer.
The France international starred this week in Atletico’s dramatic 3-1 win away at FC Porto to secure qualification for the Champions League round of 16, but both he and the team have been inconsistent this season. Atletico go into Sunday’s derby with Real Madrid 10 points behind their city rivals in the LaLiga table.
“To be honest it was quite hard for me at first,” Griezmann told ESPN. “It was a rhythm I wasn’t used to, a new system for me. I had to take that and mix it with my own style of play. “Finally I’m getting better, and I’m feeling better on the pitch. To get to the next round of the Champions League was very important for me.”
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– AC Milan are keen to use their positive relationship with Real Madrid in order to sign striker Luka Jovic, as has been reported by Calciomercato, though they could look to make it happen next summer. There are other targets, such as River Plate‘s Julian Alvarez and Penarol‘s Agustin Alvarez, while Arsenal‘s Alexandre Lacazette is being considered with his contract ending in the summer, though the Frenchman’s high salary could stop any potential deal.
– Mauro Icardi‘s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, has met with Juventus ahead of a possible move from Paris Saint-Germain, as has been reported by Foot Mercato. While Juventus are keen on a loan deal in the transfer window, Nara is also holding discussions with other clubs — especially from Serie A — with a return to Italy seemingly being the main goal.
– Hugo Lloris has opened talks with Tottenham Hotspur regarding a contract extension and is keen to stay in North London, according to Football Insider. The France international’s current deal comes to an end in the summer of 2022, which has sparked some questions around the goalkeeper’s future, but he feels settled at Spurs.
– West Ham United are interested in Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips, but the Reds are only willing to let him depart on a permanent basis, reports the Sun. They won’t consider a loan deal at all, with it being suggested that any deal could reach around £10m. The Hammers are looking for reinforcements at the back following injuries to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, though somebody such as Burnley‘s James Tarkowski is deemed too expensive.
– Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe is hoping to be reunited with AFC Bournemouth centre-back Steve Cook, according to the Sun. The Magpies boss is hoping to bring in players who have Premier League experience, and he will know exactly what to expect from the Cherries captain.
– Rennes are hoping to sign AS Nancy midfielder Warren Bondo despite facing competition for his signature from across Europe, reports Le10 Sport. AC Milan are said to be very keen on signing the 18-year-old, while Bayern Munich are making an effort to bring him in. Outside of that, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Internazionale have all been monitoring him.