Transfer Talk: Chelsea look to Inter's Mauro Icardi for winter striker swoop
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.
Chelsea's January window will be all about a new striker, according to the Daily Mail, which says Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi and Genoa's Krzysztof Piatek are top of their list.
Maurizio Sarri, who has guided the Blues to third place after nine game thus far, wants to add more cutting edge up front with Icardi his favoured target.
But the Mail says the Argentina international "will be very expensive and difficult to prise away," with a £97.5 million release clause in his contract taking effect in the summer.
That could lead to Chelsea turning their focus to Piatek, who has scored nine Serie A goals and is the leading scorer in Europe's top 5 leagues, as "a more realistic midseason target."
The 23-year-old Poland forward is also reported to be interesting Napoli and would cost around £30 million, although Genoa do not want to sell.
Chelsea's search for a striker casts further doubt on the future of Alvaro Morata, with the Mail suggesting the Blues could consider offers for a player who cost them £65 million.
Meanwhile, the Sun reports that Chelsea scouts watched AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli in Sunday's 1-0 Milan derby defeat to Inter.
22.58 BST: That brings to a close Tuesday's live edition of Transfer Talk. 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 Wednesday's back pages.
21.34 BST: Marcos Alonso has signed a new contract at Chelsea that keeps him at Stamford Bridge until June 2023, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story.
17.14 BST: More from Chelsea, as Goal reports that Victor Moses is considering his future in West London, having made just four competitive appearances this season under Maurizio Sarri, three of which coming as a substitute.
16.00 BST: It seems like Chelsea are being linked with anyone that can score goals nowadays.
Calcio Mercato report that they and Tottenham have been looking at Frankfurt's on-loan striker Luka Jovic -- who scored five goals in a 7-1 win over Dusseldorf on Friday.
15.00 BST: There has been plenty of speculation linking Marcelo with a move to Juventus recently, and Portuguese outlet Record say that they could turn to Porto left-back Alex Telles should he leave for Serie A.
Telles could be part of a squad refreshing under Julen Lopetegui -- if he lasts until the winter window, anyway...
14.00 BST: With David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger continuing their partnership in Chelsea's defence under Maurizio Sarri, Andreas Christensen could leave in the winter window.
Foot Mercato say that Thierry Henry is interested in bringing the Denmark international to Monaco, as he looks to turn their season around.
13.00 BST: Calcio Mercato write that Manchester United's Champions League tie with Juventus will give scouts from Manchester City a prime oppurtunity to see how Alex Sandro fares against Premier League opposition.
City will reportedly monitor Alex Sandro's contract situation, with his current deal up in 2020, as speculation goes on surrounding Benjamin Mendy's long-term future at the Etihad Stadium.
12.00 BST: Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has been talking about a potential transfer to De Telegraaf ahead of Spurs' Champions League tie at PSV Eindhoven.
The Belgium international has said that he would love to return to Ajax one day, and hopefully in good physical condition.
11.00 BST: Goal report that Manchester City have toid Ajax they will pay €70 million plus €20m in bonuses to sign Frenkie De Jong.
Sources told ESPN FC yesterday that City are likely to move for a holding midfielder in the summer window and not the upcoming winter one, with De Jong and Wolves' Ruben Neves in their sights.
10.00 BST: Back in Barcelona, Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been talking to Mundo Deportivo about the reports linking Neymar with a move back to Camp Nou.
While he did not say whether the Paris Saint-Germain man will return, he admitted that he wants the best players to play for Barca.
Suspect this one will rumble on a little while longer...
09.00 BST: Sources have told ESPN that Usain Bolt is unlikely to be offered a professional contract with Central Coast Mariners.
Bolt has been on trial with the Australian A-League side since August, and turned down a two-year contract offer from Maltese club Valletta.
However, his footballing career could be coming to a premature end after the Mariners confirmed he was no longer training alongside the first team.
08.25 BST: Mino Raiola is looking to mastermind another big transfer, according to Sport's report from Calcio Mercato.
The Italian outlet write that he has been sounding out clubs for a move for Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, with Juventus and Barcelona reportedly top of his list.
Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Roma have also been touted as potential destinations, while Tottenham and Manchester City have both been linked with a move for De Ligt in the past.
Fulham to begin Sessegnon talks
Fulham, for whom defensive frailties are becoming a defining feature, are poised to open contract talks with Ryan Sessegon, the Mail reports.
Sessegnon, 18, is in line for "a lucrative new deal," with discussions set to begin imminently as they "look to protect the value of their talented youngster."
The Mail says Fulham had opted not to start negotiations until after the season started in order to avoid distractions for Sessegnon, who can play at left-back or left wing.
But with his terms having only 18 months to run, Fulham "are trying to conclude discussions positively as soon as possible."
Bayern eye Fekir move
After Nabil Fekir's switch to Liverpool fell through, Bayern Munich could move for him, the Mirror, citing reports in Germany, says.
It adds that Bayern watched Fekir when Lyon played Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League earlier this month.
The France international had been on the brink of a move to Anfield before the World Cup, but the transfer stalled and talks failed to resume.
Last month, reports suggested he could be a target for Real Madrid, with Chelsea also said to be keeping an eye on the situation.
But German publication kicker reports that Bayern "have been interested in Fekir for some time," with head scout Laurent Busser watching him.
- The San Jose Earthquakes have picked up the option on forward Chris Wondolowski for the 2019 season, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
-- Liverpool forward Divock Origi could be off to Turkey, with Besiktas interested in a loan deal with a view to a permanent move, TalkSport reports.
It says the Belgium international, who has not made a first-team appearance this season, "is again mulling his future" after having opted to stay and battle for a place in the summer.
-- Wolves could move for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Adam Reach in January, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Wolves have been watching Reach, who has scored five times this season, with scouts sending "positive feedback" to the club's management.