The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer market unlike any before it, but there were still plenty of deals done, and you can check out the major ones here. The window is closed across the top leagues in Europe, but here are the best rumours from around the globe.
TOP STORY: Juve looking to MLS in January
McKennie, who was named U.S. Soccer’s Male Player of the Year last week, is spending the season on loan from Schalke at the Serie A giants and has dovetailed beautifully so far with the rest of Andrea Pirlo’s midfield.
His two goals and two assists in 14 appearances have alerted Juve’s scouting team to the potential of more talent based in the U.S.
FC Dallas duo Bryan Reynolds and Ricardo Pepi, New York Red Bulls midfielder Caden Clark and LA Galaxy right-back Julian Araujo are four of the main names on Juve’s wishlist as the January transfer window approaches.
08.00 GMT: Lionel Messi has said he is motivated and excited to help Barcelona fight for titles this season after turning the page on a difficult summer, raising hope that he could stay beyond this season.
Messi, 33, told Barca he wanted to leave in August, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both keen on signing him, but the Catalan club refused to sanction an exit. The Argentina forward, who levelled Pele’s one-club scoring record at the weekend with his 643rd Barca goal, has revealed his failure to force a move away from Camp Nou affected his form at the start of the season. However, with five goals in his last seven league games, he says he’s moved on from that disappointment and is ready to help Barca compete on all fronts this season.
“Honestly, I am fine now,” Messi told La Sexta in an interview that will air in Spain on Sunday. “It’s true I had a bad time in the summer. It came from everything that happened before the summer, how the season ended, the burofax, all of that. I carried that into the start of the season a little bit.
“Right now, I feel good, motivated to seriously fight for everything we have ahead of us. I feel excited.
“I know the club is going through a complicated moment — both the club and the team — and that makes everything surrounding Barcelona difficult, but I am motivated.”
Messi’s contract expires at the end of the season and his future remains unknown beyond then. He is free to talk to other clubs and negotiate a pre-contract agreement from Jan. 1.
PAPER TALK (by Danny Lewis)
PSG interested in Oblak
The former Chelsea target’s proposed move to Stamford Bridge fell through, as Atletico refused to drop his £109 million buyout clause.
Now, however, despite the fact that Atleti is flying high in La Liga, Oblak wants to leave in search of winning consistent trophies.
Diallo set to finalise Man United switch
The transfer for the 18-year-old was agreed in principle back in October, but the teenager was still waiting to discover whether he would receive an Italian passport, which would have allowed him to gain a work permit.
That has now happened, and Diallo will fly to England in early January to complete his €25 million switch.
Premier League trio in for Fernandes
With Vitoria conceding just two goals this season in games in which Fernandes has featured in, the centre-back is clearly a commanding force in defence.
— Arsenal are in talks with defender Rob Holding over a new contract with the club, Football Insider reports. The 25-year-old already has a deal that will run through until the end of the 2022-23 season, but after overcoming the injuries that have held back his Gunners career thus far, Arsenal are hoping to reward him by cementing his long-term future at the Emirates.
— Atalanta are on the verge of securing a deal for Genk defender Joakim Maehle, Gianluca Di Marzio reports. The expectation is that the right-back will be sold for a fee of around €10m and is likely to play his final game for the club on Dec. 27 before making the switch to the high-flying Italian side.