Chelsea eye Josko Gvardiol as Graham Potter’s first signing

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: Chelsea try again for RB Leipzig’s Joško Gvardiol

After the RB Leipzig defender failed to secure a deal Josko Gvardiol This summer, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Chelsea will make another attempt for the 20-year-old in the winter transfer window, as shared by Christian Falk from picture.

The Blues reportedly offered up to €90m for the Croatia international, who instead signed a one-year extension to stay in Germany. However, Gvardiol is set to be the first signing of Graham Potter, who replaced Thomas Tuchel at the helm on Thursday.

Chelsea has already acquired the services of Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana this summer in central defence. Still, the west London side will approach the centre-back again in January and ask him to reconsider a move to the Premier League. The young defender, who made 29 Bundesliga appearances last season, could have a long-term future at Stamford Bridge Thiago Silva turns 38 this month.

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PAPER GOSSIP

– Manchester United and Chelsea are in contention for Wolves’ recruitment chief Matthew Hobbs, writes Football Insider. The Head of Scouting and Recruitment has been with Molineux since 2015 but has only been in his current role for eight months. Still, the two sides who have had the Premier League’s biggest spending this summer transfer window will reportedly be looking to convince Hobbs of the West Midlands outfit within the next few weeks

Raul de Tomas is still looking for a departure from Espanyol and the 27-year-old has started negotiations with Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, revealed by Relation. The forward has been linked with several European sides this summer as he looks for an exit from the RCDE Stadium ahead of the January transfer window. The Spain international would join Miralem Pjanic swapping LaLiga for the UAE Pro League this week.

– The Roma will renew their interest in Sassuolo David Fratesi in January, after Calciomercato. That Giallorossis General manager Tiago Pinto has named the 22-year-old midfielder as his favorite Serie A player as he plans a reunion with the former Roma Primavera star. The Italian club still have a 30 per cent sell-out clause on the future sale of the Italy Under-21 international but have still been unable to negotiate an agreement with the Neroverdi this summer.

– Australia international Tom Rogic could be set for a move to West Bromwich Albion, according to the Telegraph John Percy. The 29-year-old is a free agent after deciding to leave Celtic this summer after nine years, and the midfielder scored 16 goals in 50 games for the Scottish Premiership Champions in his last season. Rogic is reportedly close to joining Steve Bruce’s side in the Championship as he seeks to secure a place in the Socceroos’ squad for the World Cup.

– Free agent Santiago arias is ready to join Manchester United after leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, the Mirror reports. The 30-year-old full-back could be a welcome addition at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag reportedly reluctant to use him Aaron Wan-Bissakabetter start Diogo Dalot right behind. The England international didn’t come off the bench in the Real Sociedad defeat Victor Lindelf used instead. The veteran Colombia international could prove an ideal substitute in the position despite struggling with a number of injury problems.

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