The summer transfer window is closed for the top leagues in Europe! After a summer full of international football, countless clubs waited until the last minute to pull off their transfers. See all the major deals here and check out how we graded the biggest signings. But just because the window is shut until January, that doesn’t mean the rumours won’t keep coming.
TOP STORY: Madrid, Chelsea eye Juve’s De Ligt
Los Blancos are therefore prioritising a move for a top-level centre-back at the next possible opportunity, but any deal is unlikely to be cheap with the Serie A star signing for Juventus from Ajax back in 2019 for a €75 million fee.
09.00 BST: Former Brazil centre-back David Luiz has joined Rio de Janeiro side Flamengo, the club announced on Saturday.
Luiz, who was capped 57 times by Brazil, was without a club after leaving Arsenal in July. The 34-year-old has signed a deal until December 2022.
“The people demanded it, the heart shook and now he will be wearing the red and black,” Flamengo wrote in a tweet.
Nascido em Diadema, ele rodou o mundo e ficou acostumado a vencer, vencer e vencer, assim como diz o nosso hino. O povo clamou, o coração balançou e agora ele vestirá rubro-negro. Maior Torcida do Mundo, @DavidLuiz_4 é o novo jogador do Mengão! Seja bem-vindo! #DavidLuizNoMengo pic.twitter.com/KwwWT1ljE3
— Flamengo (@Flamengo) September 11, 2021
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– The Daily Star reports that Manchester City will challenge Liverpool for Jude Bellingham. Pep Guardiola’s side see the Borussia Dortmund star as a long term replacement for Fernandinho, with the 36-year-old’s contract set to expire at the end of the season. The Premier League champions are the latest club to join the race for Bellingham, with Liverpool reportedly making the 18-year-old a priority signing.
– Atletico Madrid are targeting moves for Franck Kessie and Robin Gosens, reports Calciomercato. The Spanish club have reportedly identified the two players as potential upgrades in January. Contract talks reportedly stalling over a new deal between Ivory Coast international Kessie and AC Milan, while Atalanta man Gosens raised his profile with a stellar Euro 2020 campaign with Germany.
– Paulo Dybala talks will commence over the next weeks as Juventus look to tie down one of their key stars to new terms. Fabrizio Romano says that the club are looking to fix the situation as soon as possible and will meet the player’s representatives to look to find a conclusion to the contract talks that have gone on throughout the summer. The 27-year-old has contributed to two goals in two games so far this season.
– Dusan Vlahovic contract talks are underway with Fiorentina looking to fend off interest in their star frontman, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Serbia international’s impressive goal return in Serie A has seen top European clubs circling for the signature of the striker, with the Viola reported to have rejected a €60m bid from Atletico Madrid in the summer.