Despite the transfer window for England’s top two divisions being closed for almost three weeks, clubs across Europe have until Monday to add to their squads.
We take a look at the latest news and gossip from across the continent with just under a week of the window remaining.
Barca continue Neymar pursuit
Barcelona are making a last-ditch attempt to land Brazilian playmaker Neymar, who departed the Camp Nou two years ago for Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.
The forward’s world-record transfer to the French champions in 2017 has gone far from to plan, and Neymar refused to report for pre-season training back in July. He remains to train alone in Paris, although this is thought to be as a result of a specific training plan, rather than the speculation over his future.
Representatives of the Catalan club have flown to Paris for talks with the French champions over a possible loan move for the 27-year-old, a deal which would include an obligatory £155m permanent transfer next summer.
AS have reported that Barcelona are willing to sell out-of-favour midfielder Ivan Rakitic before Monday’s deadline, and PSG is the most likely destination for the Croatian international, so it remains to be seen whether Rakitic could be used as part of the Neymar deal.
Real Madrid are still interested in signing the Brazilian, but AS are also reporting that PSG would demand Vinicius Junior as part of any deal.
Inter confident over Sanchez loan
Inter Milan remain in talks with Manchester United over a loan move for Alexis Sanchez, according to Sky in Italy.
It is understood the season-long loan for the Chilean forward would cost the Serie A outfit up to £11m.
Sanchez has been subject to a move away from Old Trafford all summer having been less than impressive since his move from Arsenal 19 months ago, scoring just three league goals in 32 appearances.
The 30-year-old is yet to appear for United this season, however a recent injury to Anthony Martial, sustained in their 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, could tempt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to pull the plug on Sanchez’s late move away.
But Inter are confident that Martial’s injury won’t be a stumbling block and are hopeful of completing a deal in the coming days.
Eriksen set to remain in North London
Christian Eriksen looks set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur with the European transfer deadline less than a week away, despite suggesting earlier in the summer that he wanted to leave the club.
Speaking to Danish news outlet Ekstra Bladet back in June following Spurs’ Champions League final loss to Liverpool, Eriksen stated his intention to move on, saying that he was eager to ‘try something new’.
It is thought that Eriksen was hopeful of a move to Spain, with interest reported from both Real Madrid and Barcelona, but a deal has failed to materialise for the midfielder.
The Danish playmaker has less than a year remaining on his current contract at Spurs and, according to the Daily Mail, is set to snub a bumper new £200k-per-week contract.
Eriksen has started just one of Tottenham’s opening three Premier League fixtures amid his uncertain future, and he will be available to open pre-contract talk with another club in January if a new contract is unable to be agreed.
Spurs full-back Serge Aurier could also be on the move before Monday’s deadline, with reports in France suggesting AC Milan are interested in the Ivorian. However, it is unlikely the Italian club will match Spurs’ £25m asking price.
United target ‘offered’ to Real Madrid
Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes is being linked with a late move to Real Madrid after his club have offered his services for just £64m, according to The Sun.
Both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur passed up the opportunity to sign the sought-after attacking midfielder earlier in the summer with his valuation not being met by either club.
But Los Blancos are considering a late move for Fernandes if they are unable to land either Paul Pogba or Neymar.
The Portugal international netted an impressive 32 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions for Sporting during the 2018/19 season.