Transfer Talk: Barcelona's Wijnaldum hopes boosted by Coutinho clause

Bonetti: Vidal makes Eriksen irrelevant at Inter (1:30)

Matteo Bonetti feels Arturo Vidal's style of play means Inter do not need a No. 10 like Christian Eriksen. (1:30)

The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer market unlike any before it, but there were still plenty of deals done, and you can check out the major ones here. The window might be closed across the top leagues in Europe, but here are the best rumours from around the globe.

TOP STORY: Coutinho clause opens way for Wijnaldum

Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho could play an unlikely role in his club signing his former Liverpool teammate, Georginio Wijnaldum, in January.

Coutinho moved to Camp Nou in January 2018, and The Times reported later that year that Liverpool had inserted a clause in the €160 million transfer stipulating that Barca would have to pay a €100m premium on top of any transfer fee if they tried to sign another player from Anfield.

According to The Times report, the clause covered the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the next two full seasons, expiring at the end of the summer window in 2020. That means Barca will be able to sign a Liverpool player without paying the premium from when the transfer window opens again in January.

Wijnaldum, 30, became a target for Barca during the extended summer window after Ronald Koeman, his former coach at international level with Netherlands, took over at Camp Nou.

The midfielder's contract at Anfield is due to expire next summer, but the expiration of this reported clause could persuade Barca to move sooner in order to kickstart their faltering season rather than wait for him to become a free agent at the end of the season.

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23.42 GMT: That's it for Transfer Talk today. Tune in soon for Thursday's edition, which features Barcelona's interest in Dutch Under-17 European Championship winner Melayro Bogarde.

21.28 GMT: Milan loanee Diego Laxalt has been one of the few bright spots at Celtic Park in recent weeks, and Calciomercato suggests Celtic could look to negotiate the Uruguayan's permanent transfer to Galsgow.

The 27-year-old has reinvigorated his career with the Hoops, establishing himself as one of the first names on Neil Lennon's team sheet and scoring at the weekend against Hibernian. Negotiations could also involve centre-back Kristoffer Ajer, who was heavily linked with Milan last summer, according to the report.

20.36 GMT: Adelaide United have signed long-time La Liga player Javi Lopez to a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old, who can play as a full-back or in midfield, had spent the last 11 seasons with Espanyol. The Spaniard brings both versatility and a wealth of experience to the A-League side, having made over 250 appearances for La Real.

19.42 GMT: Where will French wonder boy Eduardo Camavinga be playing his football this time next year?

This is one of the biggest questions in the sport at the moment, with the game's biggest clubs already queuing up to sign the Rennes midfielder. The latest twist in the tale is that young Camavinga, 17, has fired his agent Moussa Sissoko amidst contract negotiations with Rennes. That move has super agents like Jorge Mendes, Pini Zahavi and others jockeying for his signature.

Whichever agent lands Camavinga could go a long way in helping answer the aforementioned question of where Camavinga will play next season...

18.59 GMT: Leeds had a well-publicised move for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul fail in the summer and now could face increased competition for his signature in January.

Calciomercato claims that Juventus have identified De Paul as a target and could move as soon as January for the 26-year-old. De Paul, who has valued between €30-40 million, has spent the last four-and-a-half seasons in Italy and could relish the chance to join the nine-time reigning Serie A champions.

Leeds are expected to make a second push for De Paul once the window re-opens in January, with Argentine boss Marcelo Bielsa keen on adding his fellow countryman to his ranks.

18.09 GMT: VfB Stuttgart have announced they have handed star striker Nico Gonzalez a contract extension that will keep the Argentine at the club through 2023.

The 22-year-old, who scored 14 goals last season to help Stuttgart to promotion to the Bundesliga, has hit the ground running in the top flight with three goals in five games for the impressive new boys. The Argentina international has scored in five straight games for club and country, including two goals during the international break for Argentina.

17.21 GMT: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has played down talk of the club making a move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge.

Norwegian outlet VG reported earlier this week that Arsenal were looking to rekindle their interest in the 22-year-old. The Gunners were one of several clubs interested in the Berge, who eventually joined Sheffield United in January.

Artet'as assistant manager at Arsenal, Albert Stuivenberg, coached Berge when he was in charge at Belgian club Genk in 2017.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Arsenal's Europa League clash trip to Molde, Arteta said: "Albert knows him very well. It is a player that he likes. But we have not showed any interest for the player. He is a Sheffield United player. We have not done anything at all."

16.28 GMT: Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho has said he experienced a "hard" spell at the club after being linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer.

Sancho has been far from impressive in some matches this season, leading to speculation that the United transfer saga, which dragged on until October, led to a drop in form.

The 20-year-old has failed to score in the Bundesliga so far this season in six appearances, and only contributed two assists, compared to last campaign when he scored 17 goals and assisted 16.

After scoring his second Champions League goal of the season in Dortmund's 3-0 victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday, Sancho said the club's backing gave him confidence after experiencing a difficult spell in recent weeks.

"I am just happy that I am playing," Sancho told DAZN in a rare postmatch interview. "I have coaches and teammates that believe in me. Recently, it's been a hard situation for me.

"But it's all about how I come back and have performances like this. They will hopefully get me back to the top, how I was playing before."

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15.40 GMT: Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta is set to announce his candidature for January's elections, RAC1 reports.

Laporta was first elected president of the club in 2003, when he made it his election pledge to bring at least one of Thierry Henry, David Beckham and Ronaldinho to Catalonia. Barca signed the latter, and the Brazil star would go on to win the Ballon d'Or in 2005 and lead the club to the Champions League the following year.

Laporta was also the man who appointed Pep Guardiola as coach in 2008, leading to another two Champions League triumphs during the club's most successful period.

According to RAC1, Laporta will formally announce he is running on Thursday and make his official presentation on Monday as the club seeks a replacement for Josep Maria Bartomeu. All eyes will be on the 58-year-old to see if he makes a similar pledge for a star signing this time.

14.56 GMT: Former USMNT forward Aron Johannsson plans to leave Swedish giants Hammarby in January and is interested in a return to the Bundesliga or a move to MLS, he told ESPN.

"After the season now with Hammarby, it looks like I will be parting ways with Hammarby to go somewhere else," Johannsson said in an exclusive interview with Sebastian Salazar. "I'm not sure exactly now where I will go, but as things stand now I will leave in January."

He also repeatedly expressed his excitement over the possibility of embarking on a new adventure in MLS, and noted that he's held discussions with clubs in the North American league "a few times," but was never able to finalize a return to the country of his birth.

"I've always said it's a goal of mine to play in MLS," he said. "I'm very interested in MLS, and [playing there] is something I've dreamt about for a very long time."

14.13 GMT: Burnley duo Matej Vydra and Jay Rodriguez have signed contract extentions at Turf Moor, the club announced on Wednesday.

Both attackers have committed their futures to the club until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Rodriguez, 31, told the club's official website: "I'm proud to have my hometown club in the Premier League and competing against the best. It's where you want to be. We know it's going to be hard work each year. "It was a good win on Monday [2-1 vs. Crystal Palace], but we can't rest on that and we have to keep improving.

13.34 GMT: Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Christian Eriksen in a deal worth less than the £16.9m Inter Milan paid Tottenham only 10 months ago, sources have told ESPN's James Olley.

The 28-year-old has started 11 Serie A matches since leaving Spurs in January, after he turned down the chance to sign a new contract to seek a move away from north London.

Eriksen signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Inter but has quickly fallen out of favour under manager Antonio Conte with the club's chief executive Giuseppe Marotta revealing they will "evaluate the situation" and "do not have to force a player to stay when he asks to leave."

Sources have told ESPN that Eriksen's availability has been widely circulated. Spurs have privately ruled out any possibility of re-signing Eriksen, with a number of Premier League clubs contacted to gauge their interest. One of those is Arsenal, who have been informed that Eriksen would consider joining them despite spending seven years playing for their bitterest rivals.

Sources have claimed Eriksen could be available for as little as £12m and that bargain price will appeal to Arsenal given they will have a modest transfer budget after activating Thomas Partey's £45m release clause in the summer, and have made a series of cuts off the field including making 55 non-playing staff redundant.

12.55 GMT: Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said he wants Olivier Giroud to remain at the club amid the striker admitting he is concerned by his lack of playing time.

Giroud, who scored the winning goal in Tuesday's 2-1 win at Rennes in the Champions League, has expressed hiw worries that he will miss out on a place in the France team at this summer's European Championship if he does not play much for Chelsea, and admitted a January move could be an option.

"Everybody kind of feels from the outside what a great professional he is, how highly regarded he is by his teammates and myself," Lampard told reporters after the match.

"He's so professional in how he trains and looks after himself that age isn't even a factor for him. He's getting better with age. if anything, in terms of how he look after himself.

"He offers a lot for us and I keep saying it but the big schedule coming up and the way we play means I will rely on players.

"Thankfully for me he's a player that always keeps the right attitude if he's not playing regularly and I know when I call upon him that he comes in as he did today."

12.16 GMT: Sevilla president Pepe Castro has denied that the club are planning to move for Real Madrid's Isco in January.

The midfielder's agent and father has admitted that he'd like to leave the Spanish champions to get more playing time, although is preference would be a move abroad.

"[Coach Julen] Lopetegui hasn't asked me to sign Isco," Castro told COPE. "I don't know if we'll sign in the winter window... (Sporting director) Monchi is always working and we'll see."

Sevilla scored a 95th-minute winner to beat Krasnodar 2-1 on Tuesday night to ensure their qualification from Champions League group E.

11.32 GMT: With his brace on Tuesday's 3-0 win over Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has scored 16 goals in 12 Champions League games. He's the fastest to 15 in the UCL era.

The Norway international was already one of the most coveted young talents int he world when he joined Dortmund in January. If he keeps going like this, how much longer can they keep hold of him?

10.55 GMT: Inter Milan are hopeful that the matter a new contract for striker Lautaro Martinez can be settled next month, according to FCInterNews.

Martinez made a big impact last season, scoring 24 goals as he struck up a productive strike partnership with Romelu Lukaku, and was a major transfer target for Barcelona.

The Argentina international has brought that form into the 2020-21 campaign. He has scored six goals in 11 appearances so far, most recently in Sunday's 4-2 win over Torino (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.).

Martinez, 23, and his representatives will reportedly sit down with Inter in Milan next month in order to finalise the terms of a deal that will commit him to the club until 2025.

10.18 GMT: Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena said he felt like a footballer again after earning his first start for Barcelona this season on Tuesday, and is not looking to leave the club.

Alena, 22, played 90 minutes against Dynamo Kiev in what was his second appearance for Barca this campaign.

"I've returned to feel like a footballer, playing 90 minutes," he said. "I think I've made the most of the opportunity given to me. With the work I do and what I do in training, little by little, I'm starting to feel again like a footballer. You can't stop working because this is Barca, the best team in the world. The demand here is the highest because the best in the world are here."

Alena, who has been linked with a permanent move to Real Betis after a spell on loan there earlier this year, says he is not considered leaving the Camp Nou, in the winter transfer window.

"My idea is to remain here," he said. "I feel physically well. I want to stay, if it was down to me, I would stay here all my life. The only path is to work and push hard in training. I gradually feel better."

09.41 GMT: Sergio Ramos is yet to receive any offers to leave Real Madrid and wants to hear what the club have to say before considering a move away, COPE radio reports.

The club captain, 34, will be free to talk to rival clubs in January when he enters the final six months of his contract at the Bernabeu.

According to COPE's Manolo Lama, Ramos' "priority is to stay at Madrid" but the club are yet to open formal negotiations over an extension.

09.08 GMT: Former Premier League striker Rudy Gestede has joined Melbourne Victory in a significant boost to the club's bid to return to the A-League's upper echelon.

Gestede, 32, enjoyed a long career in the Premier League and English Championship at Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

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Victory's third new international signing after English duo Callum McManaman and Jacob Butterfield, Gestede represented France at under-19 level before playing for Benin at senior level.

"After speaking with the club, in particular Grant Brebner, I was very impressed with the vision they outlined around the brand of football they want to play and the role they want me to play," Gestede said. "The club has been very successful in the past, they have great facilities and I can't wait to meet up with my new teammates and start putting in the hard work."

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08.30 GMT: Norwich City right-back Max Aarons has spoken about being let go by Tottenham as a young player, after recently being linked with a move back to Spurs.

Aarons, 20, was in Tottenham youth setup as a teenager, but was released when he was 14 years old. After eventually turning pro at Norwich, the defender made 36 appearances for the Canaries in the Premier League last season.

Tottenham were reportedly interested in signing the England U21 international during the summer transfer window, but instead brought in Matt Doherty from Wolves.

"I went when I was 14, Norwich wanted to sign me then, but it was quite far from where I lived so I said, 'No, I'm going to wait and go on trial at a few different teams...,'" Aarons told the adidas X podcast. "Chelsea, Tottenham, there was a few different teams, but I ended up going on trial at Spurs. And I was there for a while, training and playing games with them. Nothing ever came from it, one day they said 'We don't think it's right for right now.' But that had gone on for a quite a while and I was going on 15. After that I was training with my local team in my area which was MK Dons, when Norwich came in again.

"It was tough to be fair, because I was 14. You know when you have your heart set on something and you really believe it's going to happen. For nothing to come from it, and it was perfect at the time... it felt like the perfect fit. For nothing to come from it, it was tough, but for me it was straight on to the next thing. Which was Norwich, which was the best thing for my career."

PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle): Silva set for extension already

Blues in talks over Silva extension

Chelsea have already entered into talks to try to extend defender Thiago Silva's contract, Tuttomercatoweb reports.

Silva, who signed only a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge, is starting to prove why he's still such a valued commodity after producing a string of strong performances for the Blues.

Chelsea are in negotiations with his representatives, with the hope being that he will extend until 2022, cementing his status as one of the most important Chelsea signings in recent memory.

Modric wants to retire at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid sensation Luka Modric has confirmed that he wants to end his career at the Bernabeu.

The 35-year-old veteran has enjoyed a successful spell with the European giants, and while there have been some rumours linking him with a move elsewhere in the past few transfer windows, Modric himself couldn't be any clearer about what he wants.

"I feel that I can help the team. If you ask me what I want, of course I want to stay," he said during a news conference on Tuesday.

"I want to end my career here, but it depends on many things. But no one will be happier than me if I can finish my career here."


- RB Leipzig are hoping to edge to the front of the line in the race to sign Dominik Szoboszlai, Football Insider reports. Arsenal have made a handful of attempts to sign the Hungary international in the past, but Leipzig believe they can gain an advantage by signing him and subsequently loaning him back to RB Salzburg.

- Calciomercato is reporting that Tottenham, alongside Napoli, are once again interested in trying to sign Jean-Philippe Mateta. Jose Mourinho has his eyes set on a new striker, and even though he already has a parade of strong attacking stars at his disposal, it's always nice to have some more competition.