LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona to force Ousmane Dembele exit in January window

The coronavirus pandemic made the transfer market unlike any before it, but there was still plenty of action on Deadline Day. With the window closed across the major leagues in Europe, you can check out the latest major completed transfers across the globe.

TOP STORY: Barca planning Dembele exit in January

Barcelona still need to ease the pressure on their wage bill, which is why Sport is reporting that Ousmane Dembele will leave the club in January.

The departure of the France international is seen as the key to the Catalan club's rebuilding plans this winter. Dembele was close to signing for Manchester United in the summer, but the two clubs ran out of time to get the deal over the line. Now, Barca are looking for the next best solution.

Dembele is not in boss Ronald Koeman's plans and with only a year and a half left on the player's contract, the club are keen to recoup as much as they can on the whopping €105 million (plus €40m in add-ons) they paid out three years ago. Barca bosses are believed to be willing to accept €50 million for his services.

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17.17 BST: Remember Victor Moses? The Chelsea player is set to move out on loan, with Spartak Moscow his likely destination. The Russian transfer window remains open for longer than the rest of Europe, allowing the 29-year-old the chance to find first-team football having not played for the Blues since 2018.

Moses spent the last 18 months on loan with Fenerbahce and Internazionale.

16.29 BST: Jerome Boateng has told kicker that he is happy at Bayern Munich and is ready to start talks over a contract extension -- but would like to play in another country, perhaps Major League Soccer, before his career is over.

"I can imagine [a contract extension]," he told kicker. "My children feel comfortable here. With Hansi Flick as coach and this team, it's a lot of fun."

On what comes next, he added: "Another culture. I like to get to know new things and don't always have to be in the same place. USA, Asia or even another European country, you will see. But it doesn't have to be."

Berlin-born Boateng has also been linked with a move to Hertha when his Bayern journey is over.

15.40 BST: Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed he plans to return to former club Anderlecht before he hangs up his boots.

"I always follow Anderlecht. I will definitely return," Lukaku told VTM. "The attraction for a player that was there as a youngster is too big. Ask guys like Leander Dendoncker, Youri Tielemans. They are still involved with the club too because we had so many good moments there."

14.59 BST: Could Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero be preparing to leave the Premier League? Calciomercato reports that Inter Milan could be lining up a move for the player, whose contract expires at the end of the season. The report states that City are already considering options to replace the Argentina international, should he opt against extending his deal at the Etihad. After all, Lionel Messi could be available.

A two-year contract, with the option of a third, could be on the table for a player who will celebrate his 33rd birthday next summer.

14.11 BST: Deadline-day Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri has spoken of his delight at joining one of the world's biggest clubs. The 18-year-old made a £10m move from Uruguayan club Penarol on a five-year contract.

"It's incredible that I only made my debut with the first team a little more than a year ago," Pellistri told Telemundo. "It was unimaginable already to play in the first team with Penarol and now to do it with Manchester United, I would never have dreamed of it and it is something very emotional for me and my family."

The winger revealed that he was first tracked by Lyon before United came calling.

"There was a lot of talk about the two offers and luckily they tried to leave me out of it as much as possible so as not to go crazy," Pellistri added. "First came Lyon and then Manchester and I am very happy with the opportunity."

13.30 BST: Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has revealed that sporting director Juninho was key to him staying at Lyon this summer. Aouar was widely expected to join the Gunners but the clubs could not agree a fee for the player.

"It is true that at the end it was basically that [Arsenal or stay at Lyon]," he told TF1. "So, ultimately I had to make a decision and I am happy to stay here.

"I spoke an enormous amount with Juninho, everyday he shows his faith in me. It is a real pleasure for me to work with him and stay here for at least another season is a major source of pride."

12.44 BST: Manchester United seem to be on a never-ending search for a new centre-back, and Raphael Varane is back in the news. The Daily Star reckons that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing up a move for the Read Madrid defender. Though surely the Red Devils will need Champions League football to land the France international.

12.00 BST: Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has played down suggestions that he could be about to sign a contract extension. The 29-year-old still has plenty of time on his current deal, which expires in the summer of 2023. But reports have suggested the Belgium international will be rewarded with a new five-year agreement.

"I am very happy at the club, I can say now I have not spoken once to City, so I don't know why people are saying I have already agreed to something," De Bruyne said while on international duty.

"I always told everybody I am really happy and I feel comfortable, so if the people at the club want to talk to me I am open to that and we will see what happens. But, at the moment, nothing has happened, so I just get on with the way it goes."

11.10 BST: talkSPORT radio is reporting that West Ham United have had an offer of £13m for Bournemouth striker Joshua King rejected, with the Cherries far from happy that the player has agreed personal terms before the two clubs have managed to thrash out a fee. Looks like the Hammers will now have to pay a premium.

10.22 BST: Another player who might make a move from the Championship to the Premier League before the end of the week is Ismaila Sarr of Watford. The forward has been linked with both Liverpool and Manchester United through the summer, but the Sun on Sunday says that Crystal Palace are ready to make club-record £30m offer. That might not be enough to land their man, so Brentford's Said Benrahma remains the backup option.

09.30 BST: The chase for Swansea City defender Joe Rodon is set to hot up ahead of Friday's transfer deadline between the EFL and the Premier League. The Star on Sunday says that Tottenham Hotspur hope that Gareth Bale will persuade his Wales teammate to chose them, while the Sun on Sunday says that Leicester City are also interested but might not want to do a deal until January.


Juventus plotting Alaba move

The summer transfer market recently came to a close, but Juventus are already plotting their next moves in January, and key to their plans is Bayern Munich stalwart David Alaba.

That's according to Calciomercato, which reports the Bianconeri are ready to move for Alaba, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Bayern have not yet offered the Austrian a new deal, so Juve will hope to land Alaba in January with minimal upfront fees.

Juve know they'd be getting a hugely experienced player in Alaba, 28, who can play in multiple positions. He could provide an alternative to Alex Sandro, play in the centre of defence or as a full-back. Alaba would cost the Italian club around €8m in wages per year.

Depay hoping for Barca move in January

Memphis Depay could yet seal his dream move to Barcelona, according to an interview with the Lyon playmaker in Dutch newspaper AD.

Depay's move to Camp Nou failed to materialise this summer, but with his contract running out at the end of the season, he believes he'll be in demand for a cut-price fee when the winter window opens.

Depay admitted that he's focusing on Lyon in the short term, but that he'll be considering his future in the new year. The 26-year-old could be the perfect fit for Barcelona, but he is sure to attract other interest too.


- Liverpool could be weighing up a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland to strengthen the backup to Alisson, reports The Mirror. Adrian has been shaky at best in his deputy role at Anfield and with the domestic window open in England until Oct. 16, Butland could be on board with Liverpool by the time the international break finishes.

- West Ham United are in advanced talks to sign Brentford winger and Algeria international Said Benrahma, according to Sky Sports. The clubs are in advanced talks over a deal worth around £30m, though Crystal Palace are also said to be interested. Benrahma was part of Brentford's push towards the Premier League in 2019-20, and became a target for several top-flight clubs as a result.

- With the departure of defender Dayot Upamecano looking increasingly likely, RB Leipzig are already looking to add to their squad, according to Bild. RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai looks to be at the top of their list in a deal that could top €25m. Szoboszlai is being targeted by a number of top European clubs, but Bild believes Leipzig's talent for nurturing young players could prove crucial. Leipzig are also believed to be casting their eye over 18-year-old defender Josko Gvardiol from Zagreb.