The winter transfer window does not open until January 1, but clubs across Europe are busy planning and contacting the players they hope to sign.
Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the European newspapers and websites to bring you the latest transfer gossip and news from the continent.
Emre Can has emerged as a Borussia Dortmund transfer target. The Liverpool midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus, but the Germany international may favour a return to the Bundesliga. Can’s contract at Anfield expires in the summer and, although the Reds are keen to renew, there has been no movement in recent weeks. Manchester City are also monitoring his situation. (Sport BILD)
Real Madrid have put Gareth Bale up for sale. The La Liga side have grown increasingly frustrated with the frequency of the winger’s injuries and are willing to listen to offers for the Manchester United transfer target. Real had concerns over Bale’s fitness last season but rebuffed United’s approach for him. Bale has had 24 injuries since joining the club in June 2013 for a then-world record fee. This summer, they will be willing to offload the former Tottenham favourite to fund the arrival of the next Galactico. (AS)
Meanwhile, Real defender Dani Carvajal has received a medical green light and is free to return to football. The Spain international has been out of action since September with pericarditis but is in the final stages of his recovery and could be fit to face Atletico Madrid this weekend. (Marca)
Patrice Evra has had contact from ‘several clubs’ after being sacked by Marseille for kicking a fan, according to his agent. The former Manchester United and Juventus left-back has been linked with Napoli since having his contract at the Stade Velodrome terminated. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus, Napoli and Roma have all expressed an interest in Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian. The 27-year-old is out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and may be open to a move in January in order to boost his chances of playing in the World Cup, should Italy qualify. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Andrea Pirlo has confirmed he will take coaching classes and may become a manager in the future. The 38-year-old midfielder announced his retirement from football last week following a career which saw him win the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and two Champions League titles. (Tuttosport)
Tottenham have joined the race to sign Juventus transfer target Mikel Oyarzabal. The Real Sociedad winger, 20, has attracted attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after scoring six times in eight La Liga games this season. (Calciomercato)
Napoli are interested in Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez and may launch a bid to sign him in January. (Corriere dello Sport)
Italy may sack head coach Gian Piero Ventura even if they qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia. The 69-year-old has a contract until 2020 but there are growing concerns over the Azzurri’s performances and the Italian Football Federation may look to bring in a replacement. Carlo Ancelotti is widely tipped to be the man to assume charge of first-team duties. The former Chelsea boss is out of work after leaving Bayern Munich earlier this season. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain must raise €75m (£66m) by June 30 or face a hefty fine from UEFA over Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The club need to balance their books after their heavy spending in the summer, which saw Neymar arrive for £200m and Kylian Mbappe join on loan, with his deal to be made permanent next summer for €145m (£129m). PSG are keen to sell player in January, with Hatem Ben Arfa, Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura and Angel Di Maria all rumoured for a departure from the Parc des Princes.
PSG are interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl. Last summer, the Ligue 1 side tried to bolster their midfield by signing one of Fabinho from Monaco, Danilo Pereira of Porto and Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri. However, they may be too expensive now the Parisians are struggling to stay within the parameters of FFP. With that in mind, they have identified Weigl, 22, as a possible target and are also monitoring the situation of Real Sociedad’s Asier Illarramendi. (L’Equipe)
West Ham midfielder Marko Arnautovic has rejected speculation that he could be sold in January. The Austrian international was signed by the Hammers for £25m, but has struggled to make an impact, with his performances drawing jeers from his own supporters in recent weeks. However, the 28-year-old has confirmed that he will stay and help the club stave off relegation from the Premier League under new boss David Moyes. (Kurier)