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: Man United to return for Dembele
United still want Sancho but Dortmund won't budge from their €120 million valuation and the Premier League side are interested in a move for Dembele, despite agreeing a deal for 18-year-old Atalanta winger Amad Diallo Traore to arrive in January for a fee worth €21m, plus another €20m in add-ons.
17.00 GMT: AC Milan's decision to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic has worked out and even the future best footballer in the world, Erling Haaland, is impressed.
15.58 GMT: Monaco defender Jemerson has left the club after almost five years in Ligue 1 to join Corinthians.
Jemerson, 28, signed a contract until the end of the season in his homeland with Monaco receiving compensation of €700,000. The club reportedly have a 20% resale option if he remains with the Brazilian first division club beyond the summer.
15.30 GMT: Serie A leaders Milan are one of Europe's hottest soccer teams. Bill Connelly asks if their form is sustainable?
Like college football's USC Trojans, Milan are glamorous and dominant when piloted by just the right leader, finicky and mediocre in a less capable set of hands. They have won more Champions League/European Cup titles than anyone besides Real Madrid, but it has been 13 years since they last made even a semifinal. Hell, it has been more than six years since they played a Champions League match at all. Since finishing third in Serie A in 2013, their average league finish has been 6.9. Fishy signings, faulty ownership, poor managerial hires and Financial Fair Play violations conspired to hold them back.
Milan have enjoyed a fantastic run of quality signings, however, and damned if their results haven't actually been encouraging for once. Since the summer's coronavirus restart, the Rossoneri have yet to lose in league play -- they've won 14 league matches with four draws and a 49-17 scoring margin. They are first in Serie A through six matches, and their core stats say this isn't a lucky start.
14.33 GMT: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed the impact new signing Diogo Jota has made at the club and has said the Portugal forward can help the Premier League champions "reach the next level" as they prepare to face Manchester City on Sunday.
Jota, 23, was signed for £40m from Wolves in mid-September and has made an immediate impact at Liverpool, scoring seven goals in eight Premier League and Champions League matches, including a hat trick against Atalanta on Tuesday.
He adds a different option to Liverpool's traditional first-choice front-three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and while Klopp was keen to highlight the impact others have had in the squad like Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Xherdan Shaqiri, he said he has been pleasantly surprised by the ease Jota has slotted in at life at his new club.
"I expect the new boys to take the time for their individual needs," Klopp said at a news conference on Friday. "That sometimes takes time, and sometimes doesn't take that long. There's not one way for all the players. We thought we can help him [Jota] reach the level, like he can help us reach the next level because of his quality."
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13.17 GMT: Dani Alves has said the best piece of advice he could offer new Barcelona signing Sergino Dest is simply to give the ball to Lionel Messi.
Dest, 20, joined Barca from Ajax last month in a deal worth up to €26m. The USMNT international has been compared to Alves and said the Brazilian right-back was one of his idols growing up.
Alves, now playing for Sao Paulo back in his homeland, said he doesn't like to compare players, but he did have one recommendation for Dest.
"Dest has a lot of quality and could be a great player for Barcelona but I don't like to make comparisons," Alves told RAC1. "The same happened to me with Cafu. It doesn't make sense. "But if I had to give Dest some advice, it would be very simple: pass the ball to Messi!"
12.03 GMT: Barcelona have made five players available for transfer in January as they look to fund moves for Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Martin Braithwaite, Carles Alena, Ousmane Dembele (see above), Junior Firpo and Samuel Umtiti will all be allowed to leave if Barca can find buyers.
Dembele is the only one of the five to have started a game under new coach Ronald Koeman this season; Alena and Firpo have been restricted to just one substitute appearance each, while Umtiti is yet to appear due to a knee injury.
Barca coach Koeman will sanction the sales if it means the club can sign Manchester City defender Garcia and Lyon forward Depay. Both players are out of contract in the summer and the Catalans hope they will be able to sign them at a reduced cost this winter.
11.11 GMT: Barcelona are among the clubs tracking Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram, according to Bild.
Thuram, 23, scored twice in Gladbach's recent Champions League draw against Real Madrid and is also drawing interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.
According to the report, Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus and various Premier League sides are also monitoring the France international. Barca are in the market for a striker and coach Ronald Koeman made it clear again this week he would like a No. 9 in January, finances permitting.
The Catalan club have been priced out of a move for Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez for now, with Koeman keen on Lyon's Memphis Depay as an alternative. ESPN revealed earlier this week that Benfica's Darwin Nunez is also a target.
Thuram's father, the France World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, spent two years at Barca between 2006 and 2008, making 58 appearances before retiring.
10.30 GMT: Could Erling Haaland be on Bayern Munich's radar to replace Robert Lewandowski in the future?
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10.12 GMT: Dani Carvajal is close to agreeing a new two-year contract extension with Real Madrid that would keep him at the Bernabeu until 2024, according to Marca.
Carvajal, 28, is currently out with a knee injury but his status as the undisputed first choice at right-back saw Madrid let Achraf Hakimi join Inter this summer. A Madrid youth product who joined the club at the age of 10, the report says Carvajal's agent has already agreed terms on a renewal.
Also, Madrid are willing to offer Sergio Ramos a new two-year deal, without a pay rise, Cadena SER claims.
ESPN reported earlier this week that conversations have begun between the club and their captain, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
The radio station reports that Madrid are not willing to offer Ramos improved terms as they negotiate a fresh round of pay cuts with the squad and while they want him to stay, there's an acceptance that the 34-year-old defender has earned the right to decide his future.
Earlier in the summer, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp decided against entering the market despite the £10.9m sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg, but the club is expected to strengthen in January given the length of Van Dijk's probable absence and relative lack of cover.
Among their list of centre-back targets is Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar, who almost moved to Spurs in October.
Tottenham held lengthy negotiations -- as ESPN reported on Sept. 24 -- but failed to find an agreement, with Inter refusing to budge from their €60m asking price and instead opting to sign Joe Rodon from Swansea.
Sources have told ESPN's James Olley that Jose Mourinho retains an interest in Skriniar and would be open to moving for the 25-year-old either in January or, more likely, next summer. But Liverpool's presence in the market could complicate the picture given the urgency with which they need to find reinforcements.
09.20 GMT: Manchester United are adamant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's position as manager is not yet under threat despite back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir. But even if the Norwegian coach cannot turn things around, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson that Mauricio Pochettino would not be the only option to replace him.
Pochettino, who has been out of work since leaving Tottenham a year ago, is the obvious choice should United decide to make a change, but sources have told ESPN that RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann would also come under consideration alongside the Argentinian coach.
Despite competition from Manchester United and even Bayern Munich, the newspaper says that the presence of Martin Odegaard and the relationship between Florentino Perez and Dortmund CEO Hans Joaquim Watzke means "the Germans will make it easier for Madrid than any other club."
AS reports that while there is no €75m release clause in Haaland's contract, there's a "gentleman's agreement" between Dortmund and agent Mino Raiola that the forward will be allowed to leave in two years' time.
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Juventus, Inter Milan push hard for Rovella
The 18-year-old has grabbed the attention of the Old Lady but Genoa are desperate to lock the midfielder down to a new deal.
Inter Milan have also been working on a move to secure the services of Rovella but Juve may well move to the front of the queue -- although Inter are willing to fight given how long they've been in this race.
Milan open talks with Donnarumma and Calhanoglu
Both players have been heavily linked with transfers away from the San Siro in recent weeks, but technical director Paolo Maldini confirmed to Sky Sports at half-time of Milan's 3-0 Europa League loss to Lille that the plan is to keep both men on the books.
"We're negotiating the contract extension with Hakan Calhanoglu and Gigio Donnarumma. Every week could be the right one to find the agreement," Maldini said.
Both contracts expire on June 2021, and despite Thursday's setback to the Ligue 1 outfit (their first loss in 24 matches), both players are deemed essential to the Serie A leaders.
Marseille want Cuisance permanently
Cuisance, 21, is on loan from German champions Bayern Munich but Villas-Boas has already seen enough to make him believe that Cuisance has a real future in France.
"I'm very happy with him," said Villas-Boas to reporters on Thursday. "His performance is excellent. I hope that we can activate the purchase option."
Prior to his fairly uneventful stint in Munich, Cuisance spent two years with their Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.
- Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is training with a fourth-tier club, Corriere della Sera reports. The Italian is still holding out hope on an offer, despite reported interest from Genoa, but at the moment is training with Franciacorta -- seemingly in order to stay fit as the European football season continues.
- Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal are set to discuss a contract extension with midfielder Mohamed Elneny. The Egypt international seemed destined to leave the Emirates during the summer transfer window but after a strong start to the new Premier League campaign, it appears as if he has earned himself an extended stay in North London.