AC Milan eye Lille’s Jonathan David amid Divock Origi struggles

The summer transfer window is closed for the big leagues in Europe. But looking ahead to January, there are a lot of rumors circulating about who is moving where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest in rumours, rumours, comings, goings and of course deals done!

TOP STORY: Lille’s Jonathan David on Milan’s radar

AC Milan are considering signing a backup striker Divock Origi‘s struggles with Lille’s JonathanDavid and at FC Salzburg Noah Okafor top of the list of Serie A champions according to Calciomercato.

Origi had a difficult start in life at AC Milan after signing from Liverpool in the summer to get more regular playing time. The Belgian has not started any of the games he has been involved in and has played just 81 minutes from the bench in four appearances. He also did not feature against Bologna and has missed two games due to two injuries.

As for potential candidates, David has scored four goals and provided two assists in seven Ligue 1 games for Lille and will lead Canada’s attack at the World Cup. Okafor has scored six goals and two assists in all competitions for Salzburg and is likely to be involved for Switzerland when it comes to Qatar.

For now, Milan have more attacking problems they have Oliver Giroud with just a year on his contract while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to be out injured until early 2023.

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09.40 CET: Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal made a €242m offer to sign a two-year deal Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, say Marca.

Ronaldo, 37, would have instantly become easily the highest-paid footballer in the world but decided to stay at Old Trafford this summer.

Saudi Arabia’s top flight has seen such players David Ospina, Luciano Vietto and Alvaro Gonzales came in recent years as it seeks to raise its global profile.

09.22 CET: Sevilla President Jose Castro has defended the coach Julen Lopetegui and says that everyone in the club is behind him.

Lopetegui has been heavily criticized after Sevilla’s tough start to the season. Sevilla have won one of their first five league games and lost three, losing 4-0 at home to Manchester City in their Champions League opener.

Ahead of tonight’s Champions League game in Copenhagen, Castro said: “When a team starts the season and things aren’t working out, it’s normal for there to be nervousness. I hope this game will be a turning point and it will also be another win of many.

“We’ve had a difficult calendar but I’m sure the team will recover. Of course we can’t be happy with our start to the season. Financially we have the fourth most important squad in Spain and so on.” to change. Julen Lopetegui is the coach of Sevilla. Sevilla need to be united and just focus on winning games.

“We’re all rowing in the same direction and the team is behind the coach.”

08.30 CET: Espanyol CEO Mao Ye not considering transfer Raul de Tomas a disastrous operation for Rayo Vallecano.

The Spanish striker, who had a €70m release clause and was the club’s highest-paid player, joined Rayo on Tuesday for €8m plus €3m in variables.

“The club is the first to want benefits,” Ye said in a press conference. “A player like Raul de Tomas has to do his best from a sporting point of view and if that’s not the case, go to the highest offer. We never put the player on the market but he wanted to go. He had to be the one with an offer too come and none officially arrived [until Rayo’s offer]. It was a solution.”

De Tomas, who is unable to play an official game with Rayo until January and has therefore ditched all hopes of playing for Spain at the World Cup, said in a statement he felt “cornered and undervalued” at Espanyol.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

– Bayern Munich monitors the Barcelona midfielder Pedri if the opportunity to sign the Spain international ever arises, so does Mundo Deportivo. Bayern were linked with the teenager before his move to Barcelona from lower division side Las Palmas in 2020 and then again when it looked like he could be loaned out. The German side took a close look at Pedri on Tuesday, who played the full 90 minutes in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League.

Federico Valverde is not interested in moving from Real Madrid to Liverpool, according to AS. According to the report, Real Madrid turned down Liverpool’s €100m offer to transfer the Uruguayan midfielder in the final days of the summer transfer window as the LaLiga champions see him as an important member of the squad.

– New Chelsea manager Graham Potter suggested he won’t be too involved in the Blues’ transfers following Thomas Tuchel’s takeover. “I’ve always thought I was a head coach. My job is to help the football club. I’ve always taken that approach,” Potter said ahead of the Blues’ Champions League game against FC Salzburg on Wednesday, per The Daily Express quoted . “Not to say I’m not trying to help the club with transfer decisions, but my main job is to help the lads here and help them improve, put a team on the pitch that our fans are looking forward to are proud.”

– Toronto FC have signed the 18-year-old Hugo Mbongue to his own contract, the club announced on Tuesday. The forward is the 31st player in club history to sign for the academy’s first-team. His contract runs until 2025 with an option to start in 2026.

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