Take a read through the latest Premier League transfer news for today with Football Whispers! All possible transfers are rated out of 5, based on their likelihood.
The Premier League summer transfer window has closed, but that hasn't stopped the rumours of future transfers from making the headlines.
Liverpool lost their star centre-back Virgil van Dijk to a long-term injury during the recent Merseyside derby, and talk of a January replacement has already begun.
Football Whispers explores the latest transfer rumours involving Premier League clubs.
Today's Premier League transfer news and rumours
Kalidou Koulibaly, Dayot Upamecano or Diego Carlos – to Liverpool – 4.8
As soon as the details of van Dijk's injury was revealed, links to replacement centre-backs began to spread. The Dutch international is expected to miss the rest of the season, and Liverpool will be looking to strengthen in defence once the January transfer window opens.
Man City failed with a £60m bid for Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer, and now Liverpool have been linked with the 29-year old centre back, according to the Mirror. The Senegal international has been linked with big-money moves to the Premier League after impressing during his 6-years in Serie A.
The 6'5″ defender would make an ideal replacement for van Dijk, but his age and the rumoured price might put Liverpool off. The Reds are thought to be after a centre-back that can replace van Dijk when he becomes too old, so moving for Koulibaly doesn't make the most sense.
Young French defender Dayot Upamecano and 27-year old Diego Carlos have also been linked with moves to Merseyside. Carlos has impressed in La Liga since making the move to Sevilla from Nantes. At 27 he has move to offer than Koulibaly in the long term but isn't rated as highly in world football. Despite this, TeamTalk suggests that Klopp rates the Brazilian and believe he would ‘no doubt' offset the van Dijk injury.
RB Leipzig centre-back, Upamecano is only 21-years of age but has already represented France on three occasions. The young, left-footed defender is 6'1″, has European experience, and pace to burn. Surely the RB Leipzig man makes the most sense for Liverpool in the long term. Former Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher, has encouraged Klopp to sign the young Frenchman, and the Red's boss has hit back at the ex-England international.
Mesut Ozil – to the MLS – 4.4
Mesut Ozil has apparently lost focus on football according to former teammate Per Mertesacker, so it wasn't a surprise to see the 32-year old playmaker left out of Arsenal's Premier League squad on Tuesday.
Ozil only featured 23 times in all competitions for Arsenal last season, scoring 1-goal. You have to go back to the 2016/17 season for the last time the German international featured over 30 times in a Premier League season for Arsenal. The 32-year old seems happy not playing football and simply earning a wage to train with the London club. The Daily Mail suggests that Ozil has already turned down big-money moves to the Middle East in favour of staying at the Emirates, even if that means not playing much football.
January moves to the MLS have surfaced, but the only way a move to America will surface is if he gets a similar contract to the one he is already on. Ozil will probably enjoy the lifestyle in America, but the question remains, does he even want to play football? Arsenal will be very keen to free up his £350k a week wages in January but the German might be happy to see out his contract.
Houssem Aouar – Lyon to Arsenal – 4.4
The Gunners reportedly tried to sign Aouar during the summer, and Arteta is keen for the club to try again in January. However, Juventus are also said to be very interested in bringing the 22-year old Lyon playmaker to Italy and may have the upper hand in this transfer battle.
The young attacking midfielder doesn't score a lot of goals, but his technical ability and the fact he can play across the midfield has made him a wanted man. With 141 games and 25 goals under his belt, Aouar is ready to step up and make the move to a ‘bigger' league but would still need to be nurtured. Arteta is building a team with the long term in mind at Arsenal and will be keen to bring in young, hungry players that he can mould.
Don Balon claims that a deal for the youngster fell through in the summer, which has left the door open for Juventus to possibly pinch the player from under the Gunner's noses.
Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United to Real Madrid or Barcelona – 4.2
Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes is still in his first year at Old Trafford, but his performances have already alerted Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to The Sun. Fernandes have scored 16 goals in 28 matches for Man Utd, and the midfielder has already established himself as one of the clubs key players.
The Premier League side took a gamble on Fernandes when they brought him in from Sporting Lisbon for around £67m but right from day one the midfielder has performed to the highest level. Talk of a transfer away from Old Trafford might seem premature to most but if the club isn't challenging for silverware by January, then the 26-year old might be tempted to move on.
Claims of a row between Fernandes and Solskjaer during the half-time break of their Premier League game against Spurs have fueled rumours of the midfielder's unrest at Old Trafford. Even if Fernades was to move in January, it would surely cost either of the Spanish giants a near world-record fee as the player is in his prime and is under a long-term contract.
Lionel Messi – Barcelona to Manchester City – 4.0
Pep Guardiola is considering a move for one of his former players in January, with Lionel Messi being linked with a move to Man City. The Daily Star reports that City are best placed to secure the signature of the 33-year old superstar.
Messi expressed his desire to leave the Catalonians during the summer, and with his contract running out at the end of the season, Barcelona may decide to cash in on their talisman. With 445 league goals in 489 appearances for the Barcelona first team, you can see why his club may decide to let his contract run out.
Things haven't started all that well under new boss Ronald Koeman, and it feels like the club are going through a transition period. City have been very open about their desire to bring Messi into the club, and it's difficult to see anyone else being able to temp and afford the Argentinian other than Pep and Man City.