Transfer Talk – Liverpool eye Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong

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: Liverpool’s view of De Jong

Liverpool are now interested in signing Barcelona Frenkie deJong in January he joined rivals Manchester United in the hunt for the Dutchman’s signature.

That’s according to Spanish outlet Sport, who believe the Merseysiders have entered the race for the coveted midfielder.

De Jong, who stayed at Barcelona over the summer despite strong interest from Manchester United and others, isn’t getting as many minutes as he would like under Xavi Hernandez and thus seems more open to leaving Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, Liverpool face the prospect of having four midfielders out of contract by the end of the season, none of whom have yet been renewed. Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Arthur Melo (on loan from Juventus) could all change at the end of the current season.

Liverpool’s original plan was to scour the market next summer, but Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to make winter moves, particularly given his side’s slow start to the Premier League season.

PAPER GOSSIP

– Liverpool scout Chelsea goal Christopher Nkunku, hoping the French striker’s move from RB Leipzig to London falls through. That’s according to the Sun, who believe Liverpool insiders are still monitoring the situation in case the deal hits any trouble. Newcastle United are also looking for Nkunu as they sent recruitment director Steve Nickson to watch the player in Leipzig’s 2-1 win over Celtic on Tuesday.

– Chelsea’s keeping an eye out Leandro Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion, according to the Mirror. The 27-year-old attacking player worked with Blues boss Graham Potter at Brighton and is without a contract for the summer. Chelsea aren’t the only club looking, however, as Atletico Madrid lead a number of other clubs exploring the prospect of signing Trossard on a free transfer.

– Chelsea also observed the situation in Napoli regarding Stanislav Lobotka, after Calciomercato. The report suggests the 27-year-old midfielder is getting closer to renewing his contract with the Italian club but Potter is hoping he can lure Lobotka to London to expand his midfield options. With Jorginho and N’Golo Kante Potter is nearing the final year of their contracts and looking to the future, and Lobotka has been a key part of Napoli’s sparkling start to the season.

– Manchester United are keeping an eye on the AC Milan striker Rafael Leao, according to the mirror. Reds boss Erik ten Hag is said to be a big fan of the 23-year-old Portuguese playmaker, who helped the Italian side to their first Serie A title in 11 years last season. Because of this, United sent club scouts to watch him in action throughout the game RossoneriThe last two Champions League games. Manchester City and Chelsea are also said to be monitoring the striker’s situation, with Milan believed to value Leao’s transfer at around £60m.

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Emma Bowman

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