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Transfer Talk: Man City ready to swap Sterling for Ter Stegen

The summer transfer window was unlike any other; see all the major deals and check out how we graded the biggest signings. And just because the window is shut until January, that doesn’t mean the rumours won’t keep coming. Here’s the latest gossip and speculation.

TOP STORY: Ter Stegen, Sterling to swap clubs?

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is interested in a transfer swoop for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with Raheem Sterling potentially making the switch to the Spanish club in return, reports El Nacional.

The LaLiga side have been heavily linked with Sterling, 26, with Guardiola said to be keen on a switch with midfielder Frenkie de Jong going to the Etihad, however that offer was turned down.

City have instead responded with a move for Ter Stegen, seen as a possible backup to No. 1 goalkeeper Ederson.

Both Barca manager Xavi and president Joan Laporta are said to be against any move for the Germany international, even in exchange for Sterling. The 29-year-old keeper has been a key player for the Catalan club for the past few years and despite his dip in form since sustaining a knee injury, he is still viewed as an important leader.

Sterling, on the other hand, is a player that Barcelona have been tracking with a view to a loan switch for in January, with the club hoping to bolster their firepower in the absence of Sergio Aguero, who is injured for the foreseeable future with a health scare regarding his heart.

There is said to be another stumbling block in any possible move though, with Sterling’s significant wage difficult to reach for the cash-strapped Blaugrana.

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10.13 GMT: FC Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi is of interest to Barcelona, says Sport1.

The Catalan club are keen to make an offer in the coming days, as new manager Xavi is a big fan of the 19-year-old, and are willing to pay €40m to make a deal happen.

It’s uncertain where Barca would be getting this €40m from, given their financial situation, which could open the door for Borussia Dortmund who are also keen but only able to pay €35m to sign the Germany international.

09.42 GMT: Barcelona are monitoring defender Cesar Azpilicueta‘s contract situation as he moves into the final six months of his deal with Chelsea, sources have told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.

Barca signed Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia on free transfers last summer, and sources have said the club will continue to target out-of-contract players due to financial situation.

Azpilicueta, 32, has made 12 appearances for Chelsea this season and remains a regular under coach Thomas Tuchel after captaining the side to Champions League success last season.

However, with his deal up next summer, the Spain international is yet to commit to new terms at Stamford Bridge, which has alerted Barca, who have shown an interest in the defender in the past, too.

Sources have told ESPN that Chelsea remain in negotiations with Azpilicueta and are hopeful he will extend but there is not yet an agreement for him to prolong his stay in London.

08.47 GMT: Villarreal’s in-form midfielder Yeremi Pino, who has been linked with interest from Real Madrid, has signed a three-year contract extension which will commit him to the club until June 2027.

Yeremi, 19, helped Villarreal win the Europa League last season in his debut campaign with the first team. He has scored two goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for Villarreal this campaign and earned a spot in Spain’s national team.

“I was very young when I joined Villarreal’s academy full of enthusiasm and dreams,” Yeremi said. “Here I’ve had the chance to make my dreams come true, to play in the first division, play in Europe, win a title and arrive to the national team. It’s very clear to me that it is here where I want to stay because it’s the best place for me to continue to grow.”

As part of the new deal, Yeremi’s release clause has increased to €80m.

08.00 GMT: Frustration within the Manchester United squad has grown because of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reluctance to rotate, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson, with some squad players feeling they have been misled about their prospects of playing this season.

Under-fire United boss Solskjaer accepted during meetings over the summer that he had “overplayed” key players during the previous campaign, sources said, and promised members of the squad, including Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata and Alex Telles, that they would be more involved going forward.

In some cases, Solskjaer’s assurances were enough for players to put their plans to leave Old Trafford on ice, only to be left on the sideline once the season started.

Sources have told ESPN there is particular frustration among some fringe players that they have still not been able to break into the team despite the run of poor results.

United have lost six of their past 12 games with eight of the same players starting each of the demoralising defeats to Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports journalist Ekrem Konur. The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning he will be free to leave in the summer and could negotiate terms with clubs abroad in January.

  • New Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is hoping to add Manchester City defender Nathan Ake to his side in January, says Calciomercato. The 26-year-old has been used as a backup at the Etihad, however he could be a first-team option for Howe, whom he played under in his time at Bournemouth.

  • Real Madrid and Barcelona could do battle for Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. The 22-year-old has been in and out of the first team, with his potential ability interesting both Spanish clubs.

  • Marseille are hoping to sign defender William Saliba on a permanent deal from Arsenal, according to journalist Ekrem Konur. The report claims that the two clubs are set to kick off talks over a potential move, with the 20-year-old impressing for the Ligue 1 side so far this season.

– Manchester City, Liverpool, Juventus and Roma have all been linked with a move for Denis Zakaria in January. Calciomercato says that all four sides are interested in the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, who is out of contract, with the player dreaming of a move to Barcelona instead.

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