The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January.
Ibrahimovic linked with shock Milan return
It’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic time again, with the Mirror saying the LA Galaxy star “could be set for a sensational move back to AC Milan” — but only if they offer him a permanent deal.
Last month, ESPN FC reported that Ibrahimovic was linked with a loan return to Manchester United for the rest of the season.
Now the Mirror, citing Italian outlet Tuttosport, says Milan want the former Sweden captain on a six-month deal as they target Serie A’s Champions League places.
But it adds that Ibrahimovic “is happy with his MLS move and would only consider the switch if there was a 18-month deal on the table.”
Barca could use Malcom in new Willian bid…
With an unhappy Malcom reportedly considering a winter departure from Barcelona, the Mirror suggests he could be part of a deal to bring Chelsea’s Willian to the Camp Nou.
Citing reports in Spain, it says Barca have not abandoned hope of signing Willian despite trying and failing on three occasions.
After having reportedly held talks with Willian’s agents and seen a bid of more than £50 million turned down, they could be willing to let Malcom move in their latest effort to sign the 30-year-old in a player plus cash transfer.
Malcom joined Barca from Bordeaux for £36.5m but has made only one start, and the club “are willing to cut their losses on the 21-year-old and use him to leverage a deal.”
But the Mirror says that, with Willian having been a key player this season, “it is unlikely that Chelsea would entertain any offers from La Liga champions.”
…as Chelsea eye Watford’s Pereyra
Ongoing speculation about Eden Hazard‘s future has led Chelsea to consider potential replacements if the Belgium international ends up leaving for Real Madrid, according to the Mirror.
It says Watford’s Roberto Pereyra is one of the names on that list, with the Blues “taking no chances” as Hazard’s contract heads towards its final year.
Pereyra, 27, is “being monitored closely,” with the Mirror suggesting the powers that be will have been impressed by the former Juventus player’s performances for the Hornets.
It adds that Pereyra “was enticed to the Hertfordshire club on the basis that it would be an opportunity to put himself in the shop window for a further transfer to a bigger side.”
— Everton are considering swap deal that would see them sign Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka with attacker Ademola Lookman going the other way, according to the Mail.
The Merseysiders are reported to see Wan-Bissaka as a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and could try to get the transfer done in the winter despite Palace being reluctant to allow the 20-year-old to leave.
— Wolves, Southampton and Palace are interested in Leeds attacker Kemar Roofe, who has starred in their bright opening to the Championship season, the Birmingham Mail reports.
Although Roofe is under contract at Elland Road until 2020, the three clubs want to boost their goal-scoring capabilities and could move for the 25-year-old.