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.
Antoine Griezmann was believed to be Manchester United’s top transfer target last summer, before the France international elected to stay with Atletico Madrid during their transfer ban. Now it seems United’s interest in Gareth Bale could see Griezmann targeted by Real Madrid, who will look to poach their cross-city rivals’ No.7 if the Premier League club land the Wales international at the end of the season. (Don Balon)
Griezmann was whistled by Atletico fans as he was substituted in the scoreless Madrid derby last night, and is currently enduring his worst goal drought since joining the club in 2014. But, speaking after the game, Atleti boss Diego Simeone offered support for the struggling star. “In my house they taught me that as long as you are family, you are loved until death,” Simeone said. “And Griezmann is family.” (Movistar+)
Real Madrid are also planning to bolster their frontline with a £53m move for Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero, but any deal could hinge on the Premier League leaders capturing Alexis Sanchez on a free from Arsenal at the end of the season. (Don Balon)
Cristiano Ronaldo turns 33 in February, but the winger has no desire to move to Major League Soccer in the United States because Barcelona rival Lionel Messi will not make such a move. (Don Balon)
Jose Mourinho was openly dissatisfied with Manchester United’s inability to secure the fourth summer signing he desired ahead of the 2017/18 season, with Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic believed to be the man he wanted. But, after raiding former club Chelsea for midfielder Nemanja Matic, he could be about sign another of his old charges, as the Blues will allow Willian to move to Old Trafford if they are able to sign Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain. (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan are eying Brazilian duo Ramires and Alex Teixeira, a former Liverpool transfer target, from Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning, who just happen to be owned by the same Chinese corporation as the Serie A side. (Calciomercato)
Juventus are keen on 16-year-old Monaco midfielder Khephren Thuram-Ulien, son of former Parma and Juve defender Lilian Thuram. The Italian champions could launch a move to prise him away from the Principality club similar to the one that brought them a teenage Paul Pogba from Manchester United in 2012. (Calciomercato)
Neymar is pushing PSG to rival former club Barcelona in pursuit of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho. (Le10Sport)