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.
Transfer talk is hotting up as we head into November. Premier League teams have identified the areas they need to strengthen and from what we can see, it looks like it's going to be a busy winter window.
Today's Premier League transfer news and rumours
Dayot Upamecano – to Manchester United – 4.7
Man Utd have certainly had their issues in defence this season, so it is no surprise to see the most sort-after defender in European football being linked with a move to the Red Devils.
According to The Times, the 22-year old RB Leipzig centre back is apparently available for £38m which, in this day and age, seems cheap for such a highly rated player. Upamecano played the entire 90-minutes at Old Trafford as the Bundesliga leaders were crushed 5-0, perhaps United's performance did enough to convince the young defender of a move to the Premier League club.
Last week, Upamecano was being heavily linked with a move to Liverpool and since then Real Madrid have reportedly shown an interest in the RB Leipzig man. United are going to have to act fast if they want to secure Upamecano's signature as he is clearly a wanted man. Harry Maguire has struggled to find his form, possibly because the likes of Lindelof, Bailly and Jones are simply not up to his standard.
United legend, Paul Scholes, told BT Sports that his old club should do whatever it takes to sign the Frenchman, describing Upamecano as ‘… the type of defender I think United need, he's very different to Maguire and Lindelof.”
There is no doubt that Upamecano would strengthen the United defence, forming a strong core at the back with Harry Maguire. However, you have to consider whether or not United are as an attractive proposition as some of the other clubs linked with the 22-year old. The Red Devils haven't started the season in the best of form domestically and attaining Champions League football is going to be key to securing talented players like Upamecano in the future.
David Alaba – to Liverpool – 4.5
Austrian international defender, David Alaba has been at Bayern Munich for 12-seasons now and yet is still only 28-years old. The full-back turned defensive midfielder/centre-back is most known for his versatility and it is no surprise to see his name being linked with a move to Liverpool in the Echo.
The Merseysiders are having issues with injuries in defence, with Fabinho the latest player to fall foul. Klopp will know Alaba all too well from his time managing Borussia Dortmund and news of a contract dispute between the Austrian and his current employers have lead to transfer speculation.
With almost 400 appearances in all competitions and over 30-goals, Bayern will not want to lose Alaba, especially on a free transfer, while the defender is still in his prime. Contract talks are so often accompanied by transfer rumours, sometimes from the player's agent to help his client get the deal he wants.
Alaba would certainly improve Liverpool's defence and with Milner and Winaldum's time at the club seemingly coming to an end, Klopp will be on the lookout for a new versatile player to add to the squad. Juventus and Inter Milan are also said to be monitoring the Alaba situation, so Liverpool would face plenty of competition for his signature should he decide to leave the German giants when his contract ends.
Hakan Calhanoglu – to Manchester United – 4.3
Turkish international, Hakan Calhanoglu, is out of contract at AC Milan this summer and is being linked with a move to Manchester United according to the Daily Mail.
Apparently unhappy at his current contract off of £54,000-a-week from the Serie A side, the talented playmaker is now looking at the possibility of leaving AC Milan on a free transfer.
The 26-year old has been in Milan for four seasons, since making the move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017. The Turk has always had an eye for goal, netting 27 times in 137 appearances for the Italian side, but question marks around his attitude and ability to perform in the Premier League still remain.
However, a free transfer would represent far less of a risk for Manchester United if Calhanoglu were to decide to leave AC Milan in the summer, but we can't help feeling that this is simply a ploy to get himself a better contract from the Rossoneri.
John Lundstrum – to Burnley, Crystal Palace or Rangers – 4.8
Former Everton youth player, John Lundstrum has made a name for himself in the heart of Sheffield United's midfield. The penalty taker has played a key role in the Balde's return to the top-flight but now looks set to leave the club in the January transfer window.
Contract talks between the player and his current employers have apparently broken down, leading the 26-year old to be linked with possible moves to Premier League pair Burnley and Crystal Palace and even a move to Scottish Premiership table-toppers Rangers.
Lundstrum has netted 5-goals in the Premier League for Sheffield United and Chris Wilder would be very disappointed to lose the player. However, if Lundstrum won't sign a new contract then the Blade's only chance of receiving some money for the midfielder would be to sell him in January.
Isak Bergmann Johannesson – to Liverpool – 4.2
17-year old Johannesson is considered to be Iceland's next big thing and is already performing to a high standard in the Allsvenskan with Norrkoping.
Manchester United and Juventus are already said to have shown interest in the young Icelandic midfielder, but Liverpool are the latest club to be linked with a move according to Swedish outlet, Expressen.
Johannesson featured in a recent scouting report by the Guardian as one of the top 60 prospects in world football, so you can see why so many top European clubs are chasing his signature.
This is one signing for the future, right now Johannesson is doing the right thing by staying at Norrkoping and developing in their first team. It's hard to see the Icelandic prospect moving just yet, but money does talk.
Past Premier League transfer news
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.
Edinson Cavani – Free Transfer to Manchester United – DONE
Manchester United are likely to make, or attempt to make, a splash on transfer deadline day after Sunday’s humiliating 6-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils again got a goal from the penalty spot, a place that they have been living from this season. Now, Manchester United are desperate to add a new goalscorer and former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is their man.
Cavani left PSG in July after his contract was not renewed. Since the club added Neymar, PSG gradually pushed the striker out the door. He was one of the best strikers in Europe, but at 33-years old, Cavani may not have much left in the tank. Cavani will turn 34 before the end of the 2020-21 season.
The BBC claimed a deal for Cavani was complete ahead of the Manchester United’s loss on Sunday. However, confirmation of it from the club is still to come. Some Manchester United supporters may be excited about the signing, but it resembles another transfer signing Manchester United made in haste for a South American striker a few years ago.
Radamel Falcao was a highly rated striker and joined Manchester United in 2014 on loan. He scored just four goals in 26 league appearances. Will Cavani be the same bust at Old Trafford?
Arkadiusz Milik – Napoli to Everton – 4.8
Football Whispers previously reported on Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik joining Tottenham Hotspur. Pursuit for the striker ended, however, with Tottenham Hotspur telling Milik’s agent that they will wait until next summer to sign him. What was Spurs’ reason for the change of heart? Milik’s Napoli contract expires next July.
Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to hold off on Milik leaves the door open for Everton. The shock Premier League leaders need more quality players. Everton lack depth and competition for places in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI is low.
Milik scored 11 goals last season in 26 games for Napoli. Making a transfer to Everton on deadline day likely is that Milik played under Ancelotti in Italy. Napoli are up against a rock and a hard place with the transfer. They can cash-in now or let Milik walk away next summer for free.
Marko Grujic – Liverpool to West Ham – 4.6
Liverpool defensive midfielder Marko Grujic showed his quality in the Carabao Cup with two excellent performances versus Lincoln City and Arsenal. Unfortunately for the Serbian, it hasn’t been enough to convince Michael Edwards and Liverpool’s transfer committee.
The midfielder was manager Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool. However, much of Grujic’s time was spent in Germany playing for Hertha Berlin, where he was a major part of the first XI.
Grujic could join West Ham on transfer deadline day. The Hammers would get a significant boost in the centre of the park if Grujic joins. David Moyes’ team have suddenly come to life reeling off back to back wins against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City. They scored a combined seven goals in the two games.
Grujic is a classy midfielder and typically plays at the base of a three-man midfield. He isn’t just a defensive stopper. The 6ft 3in player can pick passes and score from range. West Ham do have competition for Grujic. Southampton and Herth Berlin are both interested. The latter could pay Liverpool’s £20m transfer valuation on deadline day.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea to Southampton – 4.4
There was a time when Ruben Loftus-Cheek was highly rated at Chelsea. After returning from a loan spell at Crystal Palace in 2018, Loftus-Cheek expected to crack on at Stamford Bridge. Problem was Chelsea are a difficult club for academy graduates to breakthrough at – unless you are already loved by Frank Lampard.
Loftus-Cheek is now set for a loan move to Southampton. Football Whispers understands that Chelsea are so desperate to offload the winger that they will pay £100,000-per-week of Loftus-Cheek's wages. Loftus-Cheek earns £173,000-a-week. Chelsea’s desire to pay over half his weekly wages shows just how much they want him out of the club.
Southampton are in the midst of a quiet transfer market. Getting the winger on loan would be a big boost as Ralph Hassenhuttl’s team sit on six points from 12 possible. Southampton are also linked with a deadline day move for former player Theo Walcott.
Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United – 4.0
Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Manchester United 6-1 on Sunday. Now, the pressure is growing on Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to finally get a transfer done for winger Jadon Sancho. The transfer saga for the England international is long and winding. There is hope a deal will go through before the end of today, but supporters shouldn’t get their hopes up.
News headlines have already claimed a deal will get done based on Sancho being back in England. What they seem to forget is that Sancho is in England due to the current international break.
Sancho missed Borussia Dortmund’s last two matches in Germany. Doctors diagnosed him with a respiratory infection, but tests confirmed he did not have anything more serious. The infection kept him out of Borussia Dortmund’s German Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich and win over Freiburg at the weekend.
Manchester United are struggling to sign new players. Whether it is a financial issue, a problem deciding on which players to sign, or top stars not wanting to join the Old Trafford outfit, they are having trouble attracting new talent. Sunday’s loss to Tottenham Hotspur won’t help.
If the Red Devils want to sign Sancho, they must improve on the £90m bid they previously made. Borussia Dortmund want at least £108m. With 17-year-old Gio Reyna’s performance at the weekend, they will surely sell if Manchester United can find the funds. Leading sportsbooks now have Sancho to Manchester United at 4/1.
Rhian Brewster – Liverpool to Sheffield United – DONE
Football Whispers can confirm that Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster will join Sheffield United (as early as Friday) for £23.5 million. The striker’s options at Anfield were limited and now, he moves to a club in desperate need of a goalscorer.
Sheffield United are the only Premier League team not to score a goal in 2020-21. Brewster showed a keen goalscoring ability at Swansea City last season. Liverpool loaned the striker to Swansea City for the second half of the 2019-20 campaign. Brewster appeared in 22 games for Swansea City and scored 11 times. His goalscoring was one of the chief reasons that Swansea City made the EFL Championship playoffs.
Football Whispers reported on this deal weeks ago and it is believed that the reason it took so long to be finalised was due to the clauses included in it. Sheffield United are not just paying £23.5m for Brewster. The transfer includes a 15% sell-on clause and Liverpool have a buy-back option good for the next three seasons.
Sheffield United’s willingness to agree to both clauses and shell out £23.5m shows their desperation for a striker. Brewster is an exciting player and has the chance to showcase his abilities in the Premier league at Bramall Lane.
Carlos Vinicius – Benfica to Tottenham Hotspur – DONE
Benfica have agreed on the transfer of Carlos Vinicius to Tottenham Hotspur. Football Whispers can confirm the player will join Tottenham Hotspur on loan for the current campaign. Vinicius was a target of Wolverhampton Wanderers and it was believed by the West Midlands club they were going to land him.
Now, Tottenham Hotspur, who qualified for the Europa League group stage this week, have overtaken Wolves in the race to add the Brazilian. Football Whispers can confirm that the loan will cost Spurs £2.7m and an option to buy the striker outright will cost £38.2m in the summer of 2021.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was on the lookout for a capable strike to back up the often-injured Harry Kane. The manager believes Vinicius is a player that will not only chip in important goals but offer competition to Kane.
Benfica signed Vinicius in the summer of 2019 from Napoli. He scored 24 goals in all competitions last season for the Portuguese giants. Vinicius drew interest from top clubs around Europe and Spurs have landed him. Football Whispers can confirm that Vinicius will undergo a medical in London on Friday.
Nicolas Tagliafico – Ajax to Manchester City – 4.8
Still reeling from their 5-2 loss to Leicester City last weekend, Pep Guardiola is looking for squad depth at Manchester City. The manager’s recent interest surrounds Ajax player Nicolas Tagliafico. Football Whispers understands a deal is close with Manchester City ready to pay £23m for the player.
Tagliafico is yet another defender and would presumably slot into the team’s defence at left-back right away. Guardiola officially loaned Angelino back to RB Leipzig after using him heavily at the beginning of last season. The manager also paid big money for Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo, but neither have held down the starting position at left-back.
Football Whispers discovered that a deal for Tagliafico may depend on off-loading left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko. The club may need to bring in money before adding Tagliafico in the end. Guardiola already paid £41m for Nathan Ake and £65m for Ruben Dias. He was able to move centre-back Nicolas Otamendi as part of the Dias deal.
Gleison Bremer – Torino to Leicester City – 4.5
Leicester City are in need of defensive depth and Torino’s Gleison Bremer is on the radar. The 23-year-old Brazilian defender could be a budget-friendly buy for the Foxes. Bremer signed for Torino in 2018 for €5.8m from Atletico Mineiro. He played 35 times in 2019-20 and scored five goals. The centre-back also added three assists to the Torino cause.
Bremer’s style of play fits into Brendan Rodgers’ tactics at the King Power Stadium. He is athletic and likes to play the ball out from the back – as his three assists from last term prove.
Leicester City are finalising a deal for Saint-Etienne's Wesley Fofana. Adding Bremer would give Rodgers further options to an injury-depleted backline.
Said Benrahma – Brentford to Crystal Palace – 4.4
Striker Said Benrahma increased Brentford’s transfer asking price on Thursday night with a brilliant performance against Fulham in the Carabao Cup. The striker is one of the most sought-after forwards still on the transfer market. There is no secret that Brentford are happy to sell Benrahma, but won’t lower their asking price.
Leading sportsbooks have Crystal Palace as the odds-on favourite to land Benrahma. The Eagles are 11/4 to sign Benrahma. The transfer window closes on October 5th and Brentford could make out well with teams desperate to land a proven goalscorer.
Crystal Palace are not the only Premier League club trying to sign Benrahma. Fulham, Leeds United, Aston Villa, and West Ham are all linked to the player. Arsenal were favourites to sign Benrahma earlier in the transfer window. However, the Gunners are no longer interested in adding the Algerian.
Crystal Palace are in need of further goalscoring options. The price could turn off the Eagles in the end and cause the deal to fall through. According to Transfermarkt, Benrahma’s value in the transfer market is just £9.45m. Brentford should get at least double for the forward.