The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain -- the window closes for Europe's top leagues on Oct. 5 -- but here are the rumours floating around. Plus, check out the latest major completed transfers across Europe.
TOP STORY: Barca to return for Garcia in January
Manchester City have been resolute in their quest to keep Eric Garcia out of Barcelona's clutches this summer, but according to Marca, the Catalan club likely will return in January to try to tempt the centre-back back to Camp Nou.
The report suggests that while City have so far rebuffed the Blaugrana's bid of €8 million plus €2m in bonuses, Barca have hinted that they're willing to increase their offer. City are not willing to lower their demands, and only a figure of €30m would be enough to part with Garcia. However, Barcelona are unwilling -- and possibly unable -- to pay such a sum at this time.
It's for that reason that a move before the deadline on Monday is reportedly unlikely, and why they'll double their efforts before the January window, perhaps after they've managed to free up some more funds.
But even City boss Pep Guardiola is in the dark about whether Garcia will stay.
"Today he's our player and on Monday finishes the transfer window so I don't know, I don't know exactly what is going to happen," Guardiola told a news conference on Friday. "I know he wants to live there, I know Barcelona wants him but I think there's no deal between the clubs. This is what I know right now, so what is going to happen I don't know."
22.26 BST: Davy Klaassen is expected to leave Werder Bremen before the transfer window shuts on Monday, according to Bild, with Werder Bremen and Ajax Amsterdam in negotiations to send the 27-year-old back to his former club. The Dutch outfit reportedly has offered €12m including bonuses, while Bremen are seeking to recoup the amount they paid Everton for the player in 2018, between €13m and €15m.
21.49 BST: On Friday it emerged that Napoli had joined AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain as clubs keen to bring Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on board on a season-long loan, and now Gazzetta dello Sport writes that the Partenopei have already agreed a deal with the west London club and are now negotiating personal terms with the 26-year-old.
21.12 BST: While Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with several central midfielders throughout this transfer window, including Marcelo Brozovic, the 27-year-old Internazionale man will not be moving to the French capital, according to Le Parisien.
20.53 BST: We have another update on Edinson Cavani's potential move to Manchester United! The Red Devils are close to agreeing a two-year deal to sign the 33-year-old, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson and Moises Llorens. Talks accelerated quickly on Saturday and final discussions are scheduled for Sunday morning.
20.35 BST: Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports that in addition to Ryan Sessegnon's loan move to TSG Hoffenheim, which we touched on earlier in the day, Tottenham Hotspur are also closing in on an agreement that would send 22-year-old centre-back Juan Foyth to Villarreal on loan with an option to make the move permanent for €15m.
20.16 BST: Chelsea have rejected a bid from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi, sources have told ESPN's Tom Hamilton and James Olley. Bayern tabled a loan offer for the England winger, with the option to buy at £70m, but sources added that the west London club are keen to avoid any option to buy in a potential deal.
19.39 BST: Arsenal have turned their attention to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho after talks broke down with Lyon in an attempt to sign Houssem Aouar, sources have told ESPN's Julien Laurens. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is desperate to secure a loan deal for Jorginho before the transfer window closes on Monday, and while the Blues would be reluctant to allow him to depart without signing another defensive midfielder, Frank Lampard recognises the need to reduce the size of a bloated squad.
19.21 BST: Everton and Juventus are in negotiations for 20-year-old striker Moise Kean to return to the Bianconeri just a year after leaving the club for Merseyside, Corriere dello Sport writes. Juve are said to want the Italy international on loan with an option, while the Toffees would prefer to recoup the €30m they doled out for the player last summer, but reportedly are increasingly open to the idea of a short-term arrangement.
18.44 BST: While AC Milan, Internazionale, AS Roma and Barcelona reportedly have registered their interest in Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, the 27-year-old Germany international's preference is to move across London to join Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Athletic.
The striker, a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, has been offered to every major club in Europe but United are now actively working on an agreement. Cavani is keen to move to Old Trafford but sources told ESPN the 33-year-old is likely to have to drop his wage demands before a deal is possible.
18.07 BST: The Telegraph reports that just days after having their £3m bid to take Dele Alli on loan rejected, Paris Saint-Germain are expected to return to Tottenham Hotspur with an improved offer for the 24-year-old England playmaker.
17.30 BST: Manchester City are handing £63m-man Ruben Dias his first start for the club against Leeds. Here's why they signed him.
17.01 BST: Manchester United might be about to sign a defender...
RMC says that they are keen on 16-year-old Sochaux academy player Willy Kambwala Ndengushi.
United are prepared to pay around €4m for the teenager apparently.
16.30 BST: Talks are indeed hotting up for Edinson Cavani.
Cavani is keen to move to Old Trafford but sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson that the 33-year-old is likely to have to drop his wage demands before a deal is possible. The Uruguayan scored 200 goals in 301 games for PSG following his move from Napoli in 2013.
Man United are in discussions with Edinson Cavani about a move to Old Trafford. Free agent after leaving PSG. Has been offered to every major club in Europe but United now actively working on an agreement. Will probably need to lower wage demands.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) October 3, 2020
16.27 BST: Juventus want to sign Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa before the end of the deadline, according to Calciomercato.
Chiesa, 22, has one goal in his first three appearances for Fiorentina this season and is valued at €60m.
Juve boss Andrea Pirlo said in a news conference earlier: "If someone arrives, we will only see him on Monday evening. [sporting director] Fabio Paratici is working on it."
15.59 BST: Does that mean Man United are going to come back in for free agent Edinson Cavani? Talks are reportedly hotting up.
15.25 BST: And, as they've said all along, Borussia Dortmund won't let Jadon Sancho go.
The club's sporting director Michael Zorc said: "We had clear agreements with him that he could make a transfer under certain circumstances, up to a certain point in time. And then the door is closed."
The circumstances were evidently 'if a bid of €120m arrived,' which Manchester United did not do.
The time could well have been Aug. 10 -- Dortmund's self-imposed deadline - so this one looks dead.
Still, United have not given up hope. Sources told ESPN that Dortmund have never relayed that message directly to United, leading them to believe the door is still open for a move.
15.16 BST: RMC also has news that Tottenham winger/left-back Ryan Sessegnon is off to Hoffenheim on loan.
The 20-year-old has failed to break into the first team and will evidently move to the Bundesliga for more game time.
15.05 BST: Lyon have reportedly told RMC Sport that neither Houssem Aouar or Memphis Depay will be leaving the club this summer.
That means disappointment for Arsenal and Barcelona, who had been hoping to sign them.
Lyon had set a deadline of Saturday afternoon for both transfers to be completed, says the report, with president Jean-Michel Aulas now insisting that the players will be staying. Though this is the transfer window, so nothing is certain until the deadline is done on Oct. 5.
15.00 BST: Mexico striker Raul Jimenez had been linked with a move to Juventus and Manchester United but he has signed a new four-year contract at Wolves.
14.47 BST: Bayern Munich are closing on a midfielder (see 11.33) but they also want a backup striker.
Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric has been linked, but SPORT1 says that the club are demanding at least €40m for the Croatian, while Bayern will only go as high as €30m.
14.38 BST: Looks like Arsenal's Lucas Torreira has passed his medical at Atletico Madrid.
But Atletico need to move on Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera before they can sign him.
14.06 BST: Ex-Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa has had his contract terminated at Real Zaragoza.
"Real Zaragoza has ended the contractual relationship it had with footballer Shinji Kagawa," a statement read. "The Club wishes to thank the professionalism shown by the player during the time that he has worn the Zaragoza clothing, while wishing him future professional success."
Expect plenty of speculation that the winger has been left out because he wants to seal a €120m move to Manchester United...
13.30 BST: Tottenham Hotspur completed a loan move for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius on Friday. Sources have told ESPN's James Olley that there is an option to make the deal permanent for around £36m. But will he help?
12.55 BST: Everton winger Theo Walcott is reportedly available, with West Ham and Crystal Palace vying for his signature, says TEAMtalk.
Former Arsenal star Walcott, 31, has also been linked with Southampton, Fulham and Newcastle as Everton are happy to let him depart.
12.47 BST: Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has confirmed the club's interest in signing Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
"He is one of the greatest talents in his position," Flick told a news conference. "Therefore it is legitimate that we at Bayern Munich deal with him."
12.40 BST: Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane has also been speaking and it really seems like he can't wait for Oct. 6.
Zidane asked about Aouar "I have no doubts he's a great player, maybe one day he could play for Real Madrid, but right now we have this squad and my focus is on the players I have now."— Alex Kirkland (@alexkirkland) October 3, 2020
12.27 BST: Barcelona's new manager has suggested where they need to strengthen before the end of the window.
Koeman asked about Memphis Depay: There are two positions in the team where a signing would do us good. A centre-back & a No.9. We have competition in attack but going to have many games... these are two positions it would help us to have one more— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) October 3, 2020
12.16 BST: New £22m man Edouard Mendy starts for Chelsea against Crystal Palace, while Callum Hudson-Odoi also gets a chance to shine.
The winger has been linked with a loan move to Bayern Munich, so perhaps this is his last chance to prove himself? Follow live.
11.56 BST: Calling Agent Pogba ...
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11.33 BST: Bayern Munich and Espanyol have reached an agreement over the transfer of Marc Roca, sources have told ESPN's David Cartlidge.
The German side have had an offer of €15m, plus a further €5m in variables, accepted. Espanyol have given the midfielder permission to miss training on Saturday and he will now fly to Munich to complete a medical. The deal is expected to be completed on Monday and will be a four-year deal with an option of a fifth year.
Roca has been the subject of past interest from Bayern, who had a bid rejected last summer. However, with Espanyol's relegation from La Liga, circumstances have changed and the Spanish club needed to relieve strain on their wage bill.
Atletico Madrid also held talks with Espanyol this summer, but sources told ESPN they never came close to an agreement given their financial issues. Atleti viewed Roca as a potential replacement for Thomas Partey, should the Ghanaian leave the club.
11.15 BST: Edinson Cavani is willing to lower his wage demands to help clinch a move to Atletico Madrid, Diario AS reports.
The striker was close to joining Atletico from Paris Saint-Germain in January before talks broke down and discussions have also taken place this summer, now that the Uruguay international is available as a free agent.
According to AS, Cavani's representatives have contacted Atletico again in recent days to make clear that they are his priority -- ahead of other rumoured potential destinations such as Real Madrid or Manchester United -- and he would accept a pay cut to get a deal done.
Atletico would have to negotiate a departure for Diego Costa first, though, which may prove difficult before the transfer window closes on Monday.
10.54 BST: Manchester United should stop their search for a new striker, according to Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku left United for Inter Milan in an €80m deal in 2019 and he has scored 37 goals in 53 games since. United have struggled to replace him and have been linked with moves for former PSG star Edinson Cavani and Real Madrid's Luka Jovic.
But Lukaku doesn't think that's required given they have Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood at their disposal.
"If you buy another striker, what are you going to do with Anthony?" he told The Times. "He's not being the No. 9 at a great club.
"Give him the full season to confirm what he did last year instead of bringing in someone big to disrupt the chemistry in the dressing room. Then you have Mason's transition that is going to happen any time soon from right-wing to No. 9, and Mason is a killer. I've seen him first hand. He's got something."
10.20 BST: Are things about to get messy at PSG?
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09.53 BST: Manchester United have been looking to offload a few players and full-back Diogo Dalot is one.
Dalot, 21, has failed to cement his place in the first-team and The Sun reports he is in talks with AC Milan. However, Roma are also interested in the Portugal U21 international and could try to get him added to their deal for United centre-back Chris Smalling.
09.34 BST: He only arrived for £27m from Saint Etienne this summer but Arsenal are ready to send William Saliba out on loan, reports The Guardian.
Saliba, 19, was signed last year but loaned back to the Ligue 1 club for the 2019-20 season. Now he's in contention for a first-team place, the Frenchman has yet to make a competitive start for his new side and Arsenal could let him depart on a short-team deal, with Rennes keen.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was quoted as saying: "[Due to] the difficult year that the player had the plan that we had for him, for the transition year, we could not achieve. We are looking at different options to try to have the best possible development for the player and to protect our intentions with William for the future."
09.19 BST: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to sell winger Daniel James to fund a late move for Sancho, sources have told ESPN's Mark Ogden, but is yet to convince the club's hierarchy to sanction a potential £25m sale of the Wales international.
09.00 BST: Manchester United's pursuit of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund has taken another twist as the club are now progressing with Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele as a Plan B, sources told ESPN, and talks between the two clubs are "going well."
Dembele is not the only name in the frame, though, if United cannot seal a deal for Sancho. Sources told ESPN that Sevilla forward Lucas Ocampos has emerged as another option as the clock ticks down to the window closing.
Representatives from United have made extensive checks as to Ocampos' skill set, temperament and situation with Sevilla, whom he joined in July 2019 from Ligue 1 side Marseille. Sources told ESPN Sevilla are willing to part with Ocampos, who scored 17 goals in all competitions for the Europa League winners last season, for around €40m.
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Real Madrid enter race for Aouar
The race to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar took another twist on Friday, as L'Equipe reported that Real Madrid have joined the chasing pack of clubs keen to secure the services of the sought-after 22-year-old.
On Thursday it had emerged that Paris Saint-Germain were attempting to hijack Arsenal's move for the midfielder, with the Gunners seemingly having been in pole position all summer. Mikel Arteta had made some headway to freeing up some valuable funds in an effort to increase their bid for the France U21 international.
The north London club have already seen two bids rejected, and their task was made harder when financial heavyweights PSG joined the hunt. But now Zinedine Zidane reportedly has made contact with Aouar, and the Blancos boss is said to be a big fan of his compatriot's work.
Man United likely to wait for Telles
Manchester United's pursuit of FC Porto left-back Alex Telles looks likely to end in defeat, but the Telegraph writes that a deal could be agreed for the 27-year-old to join the Red Devils next summer.
Porto had set United a Saturday deadline to complete the deal, but the Premier League club are said to have offered just half of Porto's €20m-plus valuation.
With time running out it and Telles' contract expiring in less than 12 months, it looks increasingly likely that the once-capped Brazil international will sign a pre-contract agreement in January that will see him move to Old Trafford after the 2020-21 season.
- Tottenham Hotspur have rejected a second bid from Paris Saint-Germain for Dele Alli, according to the Telegraph, with the figure said to be in the region of £4m for a season-long loan move. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reportedly wants the attacking midfielder to stay and fight for his place, although he has only played 45 minutes of league football this season.
- West Ham United have made a shock move to sign Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car, according to the Sun. The Hammers are said to have offered the French club £25m, which Marseille have reportedly accepted, and the Croatia international a salary of £150,000 a week in an effort to tempt the defender to east London to strengthen the club's back line.
- Football Insider reports that Leeds United have made an offer of £25m for Manchester United wide man Daniel James. The 22-year-old came close to signing for the Whites from Swansea in January 2019 before moving to Old Trafford the following summer, and although United are unwilling to let James go on a short-term deal, he was left out of the squad that beat Brighton earlier in the week.