LIVE Transfer Talk Manchester City to block Real Madrid’s Haaland plan

The summer transfer window is closed for major leagues in Europe. However, with one eye on January, there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: Man City to stop Madrid’s run for Haaland

Real Madrid want to sign Erling Haaland Manchester City using a release clause which will become active in 2024, but the Premier League champions will aim to thwart the plan.

According to El Chiringuito TV, the 22-year-old striker can be signed for €200m in 2024 due to a clause that was negotiated in his contract when he joined City from Borussia Dortmund.

However, Mundo Deportivo reveal that Pep Guardiola’s side are already working on a decision to hand Haaland a new deal which would void the future clause. Considering he earns around £375,000 a week, the Citizens may have to make the Norwegian star their highest earner if they are to persuade him to stay.

Haaland scored a hat-trick against Manchester United on Sunday for a total of 14 goals in just eight games so far, just six short of matching last year’s Golden Boot tally.

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08:43 BST: Bayer Leverkusen consider sacking manager Gerardo Seoane and consider appointing him Xabi Alonso as his replacement, sources told ESPN’s Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez.

Seoane will be responsible for Leverkusen’s Champions League Group B game with FC Porto on Tuesday, but his future is in doubt after a poor start to the Bundesliga season with the club sitting 17th after picking up five points from eight games.

Alonso has been out of work since leaving Real Sociedad B in May after three successful years in charge. Sources have told ESPN he would be happy to take on the challenge of turning Leverkusen’s season around.

Seoane steered Leverkusen to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga in their debut campaign last year, qualifying for the Champions League, but they have struggled so far this season.

Sources have told ESPN that Alonso has emerged as one of the main candidates to replace Seoane over the past week.

German Sport1 have reported that Leverkusen contacted Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by Chelsea last month, but the former Borussia Dortmund manager refused the approach.

LIVE Transfer Talk Manchester City to block Real Madrid's Haaland plan08:00 BST: Manchester United are ready for Cristiano Ronaldo to try again to leave the club in January if the striker cannot win back his place in Erik ten Hag’s squad, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Ronaldo, 37, was an unused substitute for the 6-3 loss at Manchester City and hasn’t started a Premier League game since the 4-0 loss to Brentford in August.

He was keen to leave Old Trafford this summer, and United are aware he could consider a move in January in a bid to find regular first-team football.

UEFA rules would allow Ronaldo to sign for a Champions League side in January and play in the knockout stages in the new year despite making two appearances for United in the Europa League this season.

Sources have told ESPN that Ronaldo’s attitude towards training and games has been exemplary since it became clear he would have to stay past the transfer deadline, but he is desperate to fire the best of his last years at the top.

He’s scored one goal in eight games this season and trailed Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the pecking order.


– Discussions regarding a possible swap deal between AC Milan and Chelsea for Raphael Leao could take place, according to Calciomercato. The Rossoneri are interested in both Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi, but it is reported that they would also like a €90m fee included as part of a deal to send Leao to Stamford Bridge. Leao, 23, has contributed to eight goals in seven Serie A appearances this season and was on the Premier League side’s radar towards the end of the summer transfer window.

– AS Roma are confident of signing Nicolas Zaniolo to a new long-term agreement, reveals Gazzetta dello Sport. Interest in the 23-year-old attacking midfielder has seen Jose Mourinho’s side move quickly to secure Zaniolo’s future. It is understood they are now close to reaching a full agreement on a new five-year deal which will see the player earn €4m per season until 2027.

– The race intensifies for the Ajax Amsterdam star Mohammad Kudusaccording to Picture. Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are all linked with interest in the 22-year-old striker, who has been in impressive form this season. Kudus has scored seven goals in five Eredivisie and Champions League starts, and he could be available for a transfer fee of around €10m.

Gael Kakuta is about to switch to Amiens, includes Radio France. The Lens winger, 31, has struggled to consistently rack up first-team minutes this season, having made just three appearances in all competitions. Kakuta is said to have already agreed a deal with the Ligue 2 club, where he previously enjoyed a successful spell in the 2019-20 Ligue 1 campaign.

Victor Wanyama will leave CF Montreal of Major League Soccer at the end of the season, reports’s Tom Bogert. The former Tottenham midfielder has been a key contributor to the Canadian squad since joining in 2019.

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