The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs closed on Thursday. Click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys, but Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.
TOP STORY: Bayern will be back for Hudson-Odoi
That’s according to their CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who has commented that he is convinced the Chelsea teenager is the right fit for the club.
Maurizio Sarri managed to keep the winger at Stamford Bridge despite rumours of a transfer request, and the 18-year-old winger has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season.
“I guess [Bayern sporting director] Hasan [Salihamidzic] is a bit like [club president] Uli [Hoeness],” Rummenigge said.
“We also had transfers in the past that didn’t work at the first attempt but at the second. And that’s what we will work on now.
“To lay down a marker costs money. We want the best quality players here at Bayern and Hasan is absolutely convinced of that player.”
22.52 GMT: That’s going to bring Saturday’s live edition of Transfer Talk to a close. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest gossip pulled from Sunday’s back pages.
21.30 GMT: Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that Marek Hamsik is on the verge of joining Chinese Super League side Dalian in a deal worth €15m.
20.00 GMT: Nashville are backing out of a deal to take American defender Andrew Gutman on a season-long loan from Scottish club Celtic.
18.30 GMT – DONE DEAL: Former Cardiff defender Ben Turner has joined Mansfield Town after leaving Burton Albion.
17.45 GMT: Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has said he is pleased with the club’s new signings, Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca, telling Sky Sports after the defeat at Tottenham: “As I said before, to bring new faces, and the characteristics of these players, will be something that I think will be positive for the future. We needed that, and hopefully we see what happens next.”
17.00 GMT: Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has said the club should persuade midfielder Ander Herrera to a new deal. Herrera is in the last six months of his contract and has been linked with Athletic Bilbao.
16.00 GMT: Barcelona legend Xavi could be making a return to the club as sporting director, and be given the difficult task of preparing for life after Lionel Messi.
Victor Font, who is planning for a run at the club presidency, is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying: ”I’m in tune with Xavi, in relation to the project, and personally I love talking to him about football.
“I hope he can lead our footballing project. We have a lot of challenges for the next five or 10 years. A key one, and one of the first, is the management of the end of Lionel Messi.”
14.45 GMT: Newcastle’s club-record signing of Miguel Almiron proved to manager Rafa Benitez that the club “means business,” Magpies legend Alan Shearer has said.
13.15 GMT: Juventus want to re-sign Paul Pogba to play in midfielder with Aaron Ramsey next season, the Mirror, citing reports in Italy, says — but it adds that coach Massimiliano Allegri has said it is “very difficult to see him at Juventus again.”
12.15 GMT: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is delighted to have signed Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan, but revealed that the Eagles cut it fine. “”Doug [Freedman, the Palace sporting director] kept me informed up to 11 p.m.,” Hodgson said
“I knew about as much as everyone else, because it was that close. It was that dramatic — our form and application was one of the last ones in.”
11.15 GMT: Wayne Rooney has backed his DC United teammate Luciano Acosta to recover from the disappointment of a proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain falling through before the January transfer deadline.
Manchester City were also linked with a move for the 24-year-old attacking midfielder, but he remains in MLS.
“He needs to keep motivated,” Rooney told the Washington Post. “He’s a professional player; I’m sure he will.
“He now knows what kind of teams are interested in him. If he continues performing up to his ability, he will get there. He’s young and he’s talented — one of the best I’ve played with.”
10.20 GMT: Tottenham may still be without Harry Kane for the next few weeks, but that hasn’t stopped them letting another forward leave the club.
Melbourne City have signed Spurs youngster Shayon Harrison on a one-year loan deal at the A-League club.
The England youth international made one senior appearance for Spurs, against Liverpool in a League Cup match at Anfield in 2016, and has made 50 appearances for Tottenham’s Premier League 2 side as well as stints on loan with Yeovil Town and Southend United. The 21-year-old also trained with the England squad before Euro 2016.
09.30 GMT: Chelsea midfielder Willian is not willing to accept the new one-year contract the club are offering, according to UOL.
The Brazilian outlet claims that Willian, 30, wants a three-year deal, which goes against the Blues’ policy of only offering 12-month contracts to players who are over 30.
Willian had been linked with a move to Barcelona during the January transfer window, but the Spanish champions ended up signing Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Sassuolo.
PAPER TALK (Danny Lee, Football Whispers): West Ham had Medel interest
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that the club wanted to sign Gary Medel this month.
The 31-year-old Chilean was targeted by his compatriot as a player who could play a number of different positions and add to the depth of the squad, but there were complications when it came to dealing with his current side, Besiktas.
Pellegrini was initially told that Medel would be available on a free transfer, but when this turned out not to be the case, the club would have had to sell a player in order to bring him in, and this was not an option.
“The only player we had interest in was Gary Medel,” said Pellegrini.
“They told us it was free and we were interested because he can play in two or three positions. But then it turned out the player was not free.”
Bakayoko keen on staying in Italy
AC Milan Sporting director has indicated that Chelsea’s on-loan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko would like to stay on a permanent deal after the end of this season according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Serie A side will have to fork out £30 million to make the move permanent. Bakayoko has been a regular in the Milan lineup in recent weeks, and has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season.
The Frenchman has since commented on the possibility of remaining in Italy, saying: “I have a contract with Chelsea. Right now I just want to finish the season in the top four. After that we’ll think about it.”
Football Whispers’ transfer algorithm gives the likelihood of rumours happening a score out of five.
Jadon Sancho to Manchester United — 1.5
Dortmund now value the former Manchester City youth at £90m, but according to the Metro that won’t deter Manchester United who want to bring him back to England and annoy their neighbours.
Gary Cahill to Fulham — 3.6
The Chelsea defender rejected a number of offers this month, with a number of clubs interested including Monaco, Juventus and Fulham. However, he’ll have to look for another club in the summer when his contract expires, and Fulham are currently the favourites.
Ivan Rakitic to Chelsea — 1.0
The Barcelona midfielder was linked with a move to Chelsea this month, and would have been a good fit in Sarri’s system, but he has since indicated his desire to sign a new deal at La Liga champions.
Steven Bergwijn to Manchester United — 2.4
This was always going to be one for the summer, rather than January, and Sky Sports believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will follow up their interest in the PSV winger when the transfer window next opens.
Luciano Acosta to Paris Saint-Germain — 3.6
This one almost happened, but according to the Athletic the clubs couldn’t agree a fee within the deadline and the Argentine remains at D.C. United. This also suggests it could be revived in the summer when negotiations can continue.