Barcelona target Marco Reus; Man United plan defensive shake-up
The transfer window might be closed, but the rumours keep ticking. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals right here.
TOP STORY: Reus tops Barca's wanted list
With Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta currently injured, Barcelona's squad is showing signs of strain, which means their return to the transfer market in January, following a FIFA ban, cannot come soon enough.
Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan will be available for the Spanish champions then and, according to Mundo Deportivo, Marco Reus is on the list of "most wanted" for the summer of 2016.
26-year-old Reus has been with Borussia Dortmund since 2012 and last season signed a new contract with the club. However, despite that it seems that Barca believe they can sign the German international, with the presence of his international teammate Marc-Andre ter Stegen at Camp Nou seen as a potential pull for Reus.
Defensive shake-up at Old Trafford?
Manchester United could be set to bring in Dutch international Bruno Martins Indi and sell Argentinean Marcos Rojo, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Martins Indi is well-known to United manager Louis van Gaal, who selected the defender in six of The Netherlands' seven games at the 2014 World Cup. The 23-year-old currently plays for Porto, having started his career at Feyenoord.
Meanwhile, Rojo's future at United is in doubt after a start to the season which saw him miss a preseason tour having lost his passport and then suffer an injury in just his second appearance.
With Luke Shaw set to miss the res of the season as he recovers from a broken leg, Martins Indi's defensive versatility -- he can play centrally and at left-back -- seems to appeal to Van Gaal.
Chelsea back in for Stones, plus Marquinhos
Everton fans can expect another transfer window of worry, if The Mirror's report that Chelsea are still keen to sign John Stones turns out to be true.
The defending Premier League champions pursued the young England defender throughout the summer but were thwarted as Everton stood firm in the face of mounting financial offers. However, if Jose Mourinho reestablishes his interest, can the Goodison Park side hold off more bids?
Meanwhile, the same report states that Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos was also a Chelsea target in the last window and could be again. The Brazilian international has started just twice in Ligue 1 this season.
Montoya happy at Inter
He only signed on loan from Barcelona in the summer but Martin Montoya is already being linked with an exit from Inter, where he has yet to make his debut.
However, the defender's agent insists that the 24-year-old is not seeking a January return to Camp Nou, according to Football Italia.
"They're all lies, a real fairytale. Martin is definitely staying at Inter, he's happy in Milan and his family is fine. He's been charmed by the city," said Juan De Dios Carrasco.
That's that, then.
THE BEST OF ESPN FC
- Bell: Liverpool fans make themselves heard
- Cox: Leicester improving | Why Poch should stay
- Okwonga: Man United's market | City's title hopes
- Laurens: PSG's pre-UCL issues | Hertha's curse
- Highlights (U.S. only): Stuttgart 1-3 BVB
- FC TV: Champions League W2W4 | LVG wrong
- News | Transfer | Toe Poke | Fantasy | FC TV | Podcast | MLS
- After his howler vs. Olympiakos, David Ospina could be set to leave Arsenal, reports The Sun.
- Fabio Coentrao has refused to rule out a return to Real Madrid from Monaco, where he is currently on loan, reports Marca.
- Man of the moment Jurgen Klopp says he won't be afraid to take a hard line with his new players, reports The Mirror.