Transfer Talk: Manchester City have a buy-back edge in Jadon Sancho race
The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January.
City possess Sancho buy-back clause
Manchester City might not have lost Jadon Sancho and his outstanding potential for good, as they have a buy-back clause for the Borussia Dortmund winger.
Sancho's stunning start to the season, including nine assists, has caught the eye of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea. But the Manchester Evening News claims that City hold the advantage, should the England international decide to return to England.
After receiving £8 million from Dortmund for the 18-year-old, City would have to pay considerably more to bring him back to the Etihad. Dortmund are thought to want £100 million for Sancho.
Barca line up De Ligt and receive Koulibaly price tag
Barcelona have identified Matthijs De Ligt for next summer to upgrade their defence.
The Ajax starlet is shining for Erik ten Hag this season, and with Gerard Pique's erratic form, the Blaugrana are monitoring the 19-year-old's progress. Indeed, De Ligt would appear to be a perfect fit for Barca, and he is now seen as more of a priority than fellow wunderkind Frenkie De Jong, says TV3.
With more than two years remaining on his contract, Barcelona face paying a huge fee for the centre-back. But having already impressed in the Champions League and with more than a decade left at the top in his career, the price could be worthwhile.
De Ligt's value could appear more attractive when compared to that of Kalidou Koulibaly, who has distinguished himself as one of the most complete players for his position in European football. The Senegalese will require a hefty fee -- at least €130 million, Sport reports -- to convince Napoli to sell, though, with Sport reporting that Barcelona have heard back from the Italians after making an enquiry.
Spurs join Ndombele race
Tottenham have joined the race to sign Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele and plan to rival Manchester City in January, reports the Mirror.
After seeing a £40 million bid rejected in the summer, Spurs will return with an improved offer after failing to land a signing of any kind in the previous window.
The 21-year-old is set to cost in the region of £55 million, having broken into the France national team after a series of impressive displays for Lyon, including a dominant showing at the Etihad in their Champions League win over City.
-- Jack Butland has split from his agent, a move that suggests the Stoke goalkeeper might be planning a move back to the Premier League, says the Telegraph. The 25-year-old has kept his place in the England squad despite playing in the Championship.