Ronaldo may seek new challenge away from Real, Neymar recruits Coutinho
The transfer window might be closed, but the rumours keep ticking. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals right here.
TOP STORY: Ronaldo seeking new challenge?
Let's just settle in and enjoy the Ronaldo roller coaster for the next eight months until the 2016 summer window opens. It's clearly going to be a non-stop topic for debate and speculation in transfer pages to see if the Portuguese star will leave Real Madrid and just where he might end up going.
According to the Mirror, the top two possible destinations are Paris Saint-Germain [as seen in yesterday's Transfer Talk], or a return to Manchester United. The outlet reports that Ronaldo is looking for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu and claims Real might let him get away for a record fee of £90 million.
Fasten the seatbelts folks, this one's not going away.
Turan may get early Barca return
An unfortunate injury and surgery for Barcelona revelation Rafinha could open the door for an earlier-than-expected first chance for Arda Turan. The Turkish international signed with Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in July for €34 million plus add-ons, but so far has only been able to train alongside his new teammates.
Because of the transfer ban imposed on Luis Enrique's side by FIFA, Turan was not expected to be able to start playing with the club until 2016. But with Rafinha set to undergo ACL surgery, the Catalans could benefit from a loophole in the FIFA rules that allows teams to add players outside of the transfer window if a registered player will miss more than five months of action.
If Turan does get a jumpstart on his Barcelona career, he would not be allowed to play with the club in their Champions League group stage matches.
Neymar recruiting countrymen to Barca
Barcelona's No. 11 had some interesting things to say about fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho's possible future home:
Origi set for another loan?
Some Liverpool fans spent portions of last season pining for an early return from Lille for on-loan striker Divock Origi. That never materialized and the Belgian striker had to wait until the 2015-16 campaign to make his way back to Anfield.
Now it seems the 20-year-old, who's only come on as a substitute in one Premier League match so far this season, could be set for another loan spell. Het Laatste Nieuws are reporting that Brendan Rodgers may let the Belgian gain experience elsewhere when the January window opens, as the return of Daniel Sturridge and the presence of Christian Benteke and Danny Ings have made for a crowded front line at Liverpool.
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