Transfer Talk – Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester United
The summer transfer window is closed for the major leagues in Europe. However, with an eye on January, there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Ronaldo set for Man United exit
Erik ten Hag’s initial plans were to include the 37-year-old striker as part of his project at Old Trafford, but the former Ajax Amsterdam boss won’t stand in his way any longer, after failing to incorporate him as a regular starter in the team.
Ronaldo informed the Red Devils of his desire to leave the club in the summer, with eyes on moving to a team in the Champions League. Despite being linked with Borussia Dortmund and a potential return to Sporting CP, no move materialised before the transfer window closed.
Ten Hag said he didn’t play Ronaldo in the rout at Etihad Stadium out of “respect” for the striker’s storied career. The club’s top goal scorer last season, Ronaldo has tallied just once in eight appearances.
08.00 BST: Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez called for Lionel Messi to be left in peace as the Paris Saint-Germain forward continues to be linked with a return to Camp Nou.
Messi, 35, is out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and Barca vice president Eduard Romeu said last week it would be viable to bring him back to the club on a financial level.
Romeu’s remarks came after president Joan Laporta opened the door to a sensational reunion with Messi in an interview with ESPN in the summer.
“With Leo, let’s see, but it’s not the moment to talk about it right now,” Xavi said in a news conference ahead of Barca’s Champions League game against Inter on Tuesday. You know the love I have for him. He is a friend and I will always wish him the best. Barca is his home, but we’re not doing him any favours speaking about [his future], either.
“Let’s leave him in peace to enjoy his time in Paris and wish him all the best.”
Shaka Hislop discusses Lionel Messi returning to Barcelona after Vice President Eduard Romeu said it would be possible next summer.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Paris Saint-Germain are hopeful of reaching an agreement over a contract extension for Lionel Messi, says Mundo Deportivo. While the 35-year-old forward has been linked with a Barcelona return or a move to Major League Soccer next summer, PSG see his future at the Parc des Princes and are preparing to open talks in January to allow him to focus on the upcoming World Cup with Argentina.
– Ismael Bennacer is attracting interest from both Liverpool and Chelsea, writes Calciomercato. The Rossoneri were keen to extend the 24-year-old midfielder’s contract in the summer, but having so far failed to reach an agreement, it looks as though clubs in the Premier League are beginning to circle for his signature. He will enter the final 18 months of his contract at San Siro in January.
– Top clubs in Italy are keeping a close eye on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. It is reported that his contract status is being watched carefully, with the 27-year-old midfielder nearing the final 18 months of his deal with Lazio. He remains a key player for the Biancocelesti, having contributed to eight goals in as many Serie A appearances
– Eintracht Frankfurt have offered Evan N’Dicka and Daichi Kamada new deals, reports Sky Sports Germany. Both players have been offered three-year contracts until the summer of 2025 that will make them the highest earners in the squad, though it is understood that the Bundesliga club are keen not to significantly increase their offer if either decide to reject terms. AC Milan have been linked with N’Dicka after the 23-year-old centre-back impressed last season, while 26-year-old Kamada has contributed to six goals in seven Bundesliga appearances from midfield this season.