Transfer Talk: Liverpool exploring offer for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele
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.
TOP STORY: Liverpool fancy Dembele deal
Liverpool are exploring the possibility of offering Ousmane Dembele an escape route from his Barcelona limbo in January.
The Sun claim that Jurgen Klopp is monitoring the 21-year-old, who has apparently been told he is free to find himself a new club when the transfer market re-opens.
It's been a little over a year since Dembele joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund for an initial fee close to £100 million, but the young France striker has struggled to settle, been reprimanded for his punctuality several times and found first-team action hard to come by.
Barca are now prepared to cut their losses and allow Dembele to move on, with Klopp ready to launch another approach for a player he first attempted to sign last summer.
21.00 BST: That will do it for today's edition of our Live Transfer Talk blog. Hope you enjoyed it and remember to check back in tomorrow for the latest reports, rumours and rumblings from around the football world. Take care!
19.33 BST: Italian website Tuttomercatoweb are claiming that West Ham have made an ambitious offer to sign midfield destroyer Franck Kessie from AC Milan.
The source claims that West Ham have submitted an offer of €35 million for the Ivorian, which the report goes on to say is lower than a previous bid from Chinese side Beijing Guoan.
Kessie joined Milan from Atalanta prior to last season and has been one of the bright signings from a transfer window that went horribly wrong for the Rossoneri.
Kessie was previously linked with a move to Wolves over the summer but 13th-place West Ham surely could use his services to solidify the middle of the park.
17.52 BST: Former Manchester United wonder boy Ravel Morrison could be on the move again.
Sky Sports News understands that Swedish minnows Ostersunds FK want to sign the one-time phenom, who is in the final year of his contract at Lazio.
Now 25, Morrison's career has floundered over the past few seasons and the Manchester-born midfielder was last seen playing on loan with Atlas in Mexico Morrison hasn't played a game for Lazio since 2015-16 and the Rome club seem more than ready to offload him come January if the opportunity arises.
Ostersunds has made some noise in Sweden the past few seasons, earning multiple promotions and even showing well last season in the Europa League.
16.35 BST: Earlier, we ran El Mundo's report on Manchester City's offer for Lionel Messi in 2017.
However, Pep Guardiola has denied that City approached Barcelona or Messi,
"I said many, many times since I came here," he said. "When I left Barcelona, Bayern and now City that never have I asked Lionel Messi to join Bayern Munich or here."
15.35 BST: Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa has put in some eye-catching performances for La Viola this year, and they have not gone unnoticed.
The Daily Mirror write that Manchester United have joined Chelsea and Juventus in the race to sign the Italy international.
15.05 BST: A recent run of good form has put Ruben Loftus-Cheek back in favour at Chelsea, and Maurizio Sarri has said that the midfielder will not leave on loan in the January window.
Loftus-Cheek has been linked with a return to Crystal Palace after spending last season on loan at Selhurst Park.
13.45 BST: Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said that many clubs contacted him regarding a potential transfer last summer, including former side Parma.
Speaking to Sky Sports in Italy, Buffon added that Genoa, the club he supported as a child, also contacted him, but he chose to join the French champions.
13.10 BST: El Mundo claim that Lionel Messi was offered a salary of €250 million over five years by Manchester City in 2017.
They add that, amid political tension in Catalonia last year, Messi had a clause written into his Barcelona contract allowing him to leave if independence was gained from Spain but left the club outside Europe's top five leagues.
12.10 BST: While Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is reluctant to see star midfielder Tanguy Ndombele join Paris Saint-Germain, L'Equipe write that interest remains high in the France international.
They report that Manchester City and Tottenham had verbal approaches for Ndombele turned down in the summer.
11.40 BST: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has said it is normal that the club are actively searching for his replacement.
Suarez turns 32 in January and that he accepts that Barca will be looking towards the future.
The Uruguay forward recently scored a hat trick in Barca's 5-1 win over Real Madrid.
10.40 BST: The contract of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot expires at the end of this season, and can agree a free transfer away from the French champions once the January transfer window opens.
Mundo Deportivo write that, despite interest from Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and AC Milan, Barcelona have held talks with the player.
They add that Rabiot is close to deciding on his future.
10.00 BST: Italian media linked Milan midfielder Suso with a move to Chelsea this week, and now Calciomercato write that Real Madrid are interested in signing him as well.
The former Liverpool man has been a key figure at the San Siro in the last few seasons, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Reds uninterested in Ramsey
On the other hand, Liverpool have precisely zero interest in signing Aaron Ramsey despite being heavily linked to the Arsenal midfielder over the past couple of months.
Ramsey is set to leave the Emirates on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer, with several big clubs in the Premier League and beyond ready to battle for his services.
However, according to Sky Sports, the Reds will not be in the queue as they feel their midfield is already adequately stocked, having spent a combined £96m on Naby Keita and Fabinho in the last window.
Chelsea also out of Ramsey race?
It's also claimed that Chelsea may reassess their plans to bid for Ramsey come the end of the season due directly to the recent form of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley.
The Blues had been among the favourites to land Ramsey as and when his Arsenal deal runs out, but that once-fervent interest has now cooled thanks to a string of impressive performances from both Loftus-Cheek and Barkley.
Indeed, the Daily Star report that the feeling within the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge is that the club may not need any further reinforcements in central midfield should their two young English stars maintain their progress.
- Chelsea may be prepared to let out-of-favour right-back Davide Zappacosta return to Torino on a permanent deal just one year on from his £23m arrival at Stamford Bridge, according to the Express.
- As per The Sun, Premier League rivals West Ham, Crystal Palace and Everton are ready to compete for the signing of Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa, who is currently on loan at Santos from Inter Milan.
- The Evening Standard speculate that Manchester United may lodge another bid for Harry Maguire in January despite the defender signing a new long-term contract extension with Leicester City just a few short months ago.