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The summer transfer window is closed for the top leagues in Europe! After a summer full of international football, countless clubs waited until the last minute to pull off their transfers. See all the major deals here and check out how we graded the biggest signings. But just because the window is shut until January, that doesn't mean the rumours won't keep coming.

TOP STORY: Man Utd have inside track for Bellingham

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham, according to The Sun.

The report states that the Red Devils' attempts to impress the midfielder began before his move from Birmingham City to the Bundesliga side in 2020, laying the foundation for a future move to Old Trafford.

Bellingham, 18, was given plenty of special treatment back in April 2020, as Sir Alex Ferguson took the player and his family on a tour of United's training ground, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also spent time with him in an effort to persuade him to join United. He eventually chose Dortmund for immediate first-team football, but was still impressed by United's efforts.

Bellingham has since impressed in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League, and was part of the England squad which finished runners-up to Italy at Euro 2020.

Those performances also mean Man United aren't the only club monitoring Bellingham, as Chelsea and Manchester City are also being linked.

It has previously been reported that any club who wants to bring him in would need to pay at least €100m. If United are willing to pay that, their previous conduct regarding Bellingham could work in their favour.

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LIVE BLOG

21.12 BST: Manchester United rallied for a 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, but the play of Hammers' midfielder Declan Rice may have caught the eye of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the Express.

Rice was a transfer target for United in the summer, but spending on players like Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, combined with a sizable fee attached to Rice, saw the Old Trafford club pull out of a possible move.

The report suggests that Rice's play may have reminded Solskjaer that the England international provides more than what Man United currently have in central midfield and adds that a return for the 22-year-old is likely next summer.

20.20. BST: Jurgen Klopp batted away questions about Mohamed Salah's future at Liverpool on Friday, and on Saturday the Egypt forward scored his 101st goal for the club in the 3-0 Premier League win against Crystal Palace.

Following that game, Salah posted a message on social media that has been interpreted by some as a cryptic message about his future at Liverpool.

He said: "You, the fans, keep me going. You give me more strength than I think you'll ever know."

Salah's contract runs until the summer of 2023, and Klopp confirmed last month that the club had begun discussions with him over an extension.

19.33 BST: Former Barcelona and Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has left Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli by mutual consent due to emergency circumstances, the club said on Saturday, less than two months after the 33-year-old signed.

Paulinho joined Al Ahli as a free agent on a three-year deal in July after his contract with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou FC was cancelled by mutual consent. He scored two goals in four matches for Al Ahli in the Saudi Pro League this season.

Paulinho led Guangzhou to the Asian Champions League title in 2015 after joining the club from Spurs and initially spent two seasons in China, winning consecutive Chinese Super League titles.

He moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2017 before returning to Guangzhou the following year and winning a third Chinese Super League title in 2019.

18.45 BST: Mikel Arteta is seemingly so confident in his status at Arsenal that he is making long-term plans, including transfer targets for next summer.

The Arsenal boss is reportedly keen on Club Brugge winger Noa Lang, according to Fichajes, who impressed during the Champions League draw against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. In fact, the 22-year-old played so well against Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe that he beat them to the UEFA Player of the Match award.

18.00 BST: Staying with Juventus, they are tipped to make a loan move for Luka Jovic in January.

The striker is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid after returning from a loan spell with Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. Jovic, a Serbia international, would likely be a short-term option for Juve as they look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, but it is reported Madrid would rather a permanent transfer or the option of such a deal as part of any negotiations.

17.15 BST: Tuttosport reports that Paulo Dybala is close to signing a new five-year contract with Juventus.

Dybala, 27, is into the final year of his contract with the Serie A club, but they are determined to keep him.

The report says that his agent, Jorge Antun, is still trying to negotiate final terms over his wages but an agreement might not be too far away. That said, Juve have offered €7.5m-a-year deal plus €2m bonus payments but Dybala's representative is holding out for €10m plus €2m in incentives

16.05 BST: Tottenham Hotspur are ready to offer Oliver Skipp a bumper new contract, reports The Sun.

Skipp, 21, has earned a place in the Spurs first team after returning from a season-long loan at Norwich City, where he helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League.

He only signed a new four-year contract last summer prior to heading to Carrow Road, and now he is set to be rewarded once again.

The England Under-21 international will reportedly have his deal extended by a further year to 2025, while his wage will increase from £25,000-a-week to between £35,000 and £40,000. He started the first four of the club's Premier League games this season before being named on the bench against Chelsea today.

14.50 BST: The Sun reports that Manchester United are planning to move on unwanted players in January with as many as seven set for an exit.

The report says that Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are available for transfer. Anthony Martial, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles could also go if acceptable transfer fees can be agreed.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to build up a transfer kitty ahead of next season, and feels the club will be best placed to act fast if outgoing business is done in the winter window.

14.04 BST: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has revealed he hopes to return to play for Brazilian side Internacional before he hangs up his gloves.

The 28-year-old plans to be at Anfield for many years yet, however, having recently signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2027.

"I am the kind of person who has a long term perspective and long term plans," Alisson told Sky Sports. "I am really happy about it [the new contract] because me and my family are really settled. We are good settling in the club and this country. It's a different country and culture for us but we are really happy here and our kids are really happy here. I have no problem to play all of my career here.

"Obviously I have a desire to play again for my former club in Brazil. Always when I speak of that, I give the supporters a little bit of hope. This is something I want to do but I am really happy here and really happy about this deal."

Alisson came through the youth ranks at Internacional but only made 44 first-team appearances before moving the AS Roma in 2016.

13.11 BST: Wolves boss Bruno Lage has warned Arsenal off a January move for midfielder Ruben Neves but said the club must show ambition to keep their best players.

Neves, 24, was linked a move to the Emirates Stadium over the summer, but the Gunners prioritised a permanent deal for Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard. However, the Portugal international remains on boss Mikel Arteta's wanted list.

"This is life after the big teams come for this player," Lage said. "I live with the rumour he can leave but he stayed with us. In this way he took the best decision.

"Don't go, stay and continue to improve with us and help us to be better. Let's see what happens."

"The project is to take Wolves to the next step. From the club's side we need to conquer our players to stay with us. Not just with a contract and salary but more ambition to be better."

12.20 BST: Tuttomercatoweb is reporting that Juventus and Chelsea are preparing to go head to head to sign Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco.

Tchouameni, 21, joined Monaco from Bordeaux in a £16m deal in January 2020, and the Ligue 1 club will expect to make a profit when he moves on.

The midfielder has won three senior caps for France, and was named the Young Player of the Year in France last season.

11.33 BST: Barcelona will target Dani Olmo, Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba next year, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Barca spent the summer cutting their wage bill, with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann among the players to leave, but hope to be in a stronger position in 2022.

The report says RB Leipzig's Olmo is Barca's primary target. They failed with a move for the Spain forward -- who came through the club's youth system -- in August but are likely to move for him again.

Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland is said to be president Joan Laporta's "dream" signing, while Pogba is seen as an "opportunity" because his contract is due to expire with Manchester United in 2022.

Haaland and Pogba are both represented by Mino Raiola, who supposedly has a good relationship with Laporta. The two met, along with Haaland's father, earlier this year in Barcelona.

10.44 BST: Sources have told ESPN Brasil that Edinson Cavani does not feel marginalised at Manchester United by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, and intends to stay at the club.

Cavani, 34, opted to sign a new one-year deal with the United in the summer rather than return to South America to finish his career. However, the arrival of Ronaldo has added a new dimension to the club's attacking options and could limit the Uruguay international's first-team opportunities.

But sources says Cavani does not feel intimidated by Ronaldo returning to the Red Devils, having played alongside greats like Luis Suarez, Kylian Mbappe, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar.

10.00 BST: Declan Rice is reported to be one of Manchester United's key transfer targets for next season, but West Ham United first-team coach Kevin Nolan says he would not part with the midfielder if the transfer fee hits nine figures.

"When you watch him play, he just seems in control of everything," Nolan told the BBC's Football Daily podcast. "For me, he's going to get better. Putting a transfer value on him, I wouldn't sell him for £100m."

PAPER GOSSIP

- Inter Milan are looking into a January move for Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek, reports Calciomercato. They are hoping to negotiate a loan deal with the option to make the move permanent. The Dutchman has struggled to get game time since his move from Ajax to Old Trafford, and the Scudetto winners were even thinking of making enquiries last winter. There will be no chance of a deal if he starts getting into the team, but that seems unlikely.

- Crystal Palace are showing interest in signing Orlando City SC striker Daryl Dike but are put off by the transfer value of £18m, according to The Sun. The United States international impressed during a loan spell at Barnsley in the second half of last season, and has scored three goals and an assist in eight games since returning to Major League Soccer in the summer. However, Palace are looking for somebody who can grow into the team rather than starting straight away, and feel Orlando's demands are too much.

- After Juventus beat AC Milan to the signing of Kaio Jorge, Tuttosport reports that the two Italian giants could face another battle for Fiorentina frontman Dusan Vlahovic. La Viola are demanding a transfer fee of at least €40m for the Serbian, which was too much for either side during the summer, but they could both be in a position to pay that by next year. That price, however, could rise further if he impresses again this season - which is what Fiorentina have gambled on.

- Southampton are targeting Hull City's Keane Lewis-Potter, with their top scout having checked on him last week and intending to monitor him for the rest of the year, according to The Sun. The Saints are in the market for domestic bargains and it is suggested that the Tigers might need to offload him for the funds in January or the summer.

- Ferencvaros have announced that they have signed 32-year-old attacking midfielder and winger Marko Marin. The former Germany international has represented the likes of Chelsea, Sevilla FC , Werder Bremen and Anderlecht during his career.