Liverpool handed midfielder boost, Man Utd willing to offer £352k for forward, Spurs eye ex-Arsenal target
Our take on some of the latest Premier League transfer rumours.
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Just as soon as the new season begins, it's almost time to look ahead to 2024 and all the excitement that promises to come with it. The summer transfer window delivered plenty of twists, turns and major talking points but Deadline Day was definitely more of a dog-eared page, rather than the end of a chapter.
Plenty of transfer targets slipped away and deals failed to get over the line. A lot of these links continue to progress behind the scenes too, hinting that some clubs could have unfinished business once January arrives. Let's take a look at some of the latest updates on the Premier League transfer rumour mill.
Liverpool given green light to sign top target
Liverpool's summer was largely focused on revamping their midfield and Jurgen Klopp is still not completely satisfied. The Reds remain interested in signing a new No.6 and André of Fluminense is a long-standing target.
Liverpool wanted to sign the Brazilian in the summer but his club were firm on their 'no transfer talk until January' stance while they focused on winning the Copa Libertadores. Now, true to their word, Fluminense are said to be open to accepting a £30 million offer for André, according to Football Insider.
The 3AM Verdict: Liverpool have a chance to redeem their blunder with Roméo Lavia by returning for another summer target in André. At £30m, the price tag is very friendly, especially as other Premier League clubs are said to be in the loop as well. The Reds want to bolster their squad in other areas but one glaring miss is Fabinho and signing a proper replacement for Klopp's first choice No.6 will be a very good way to start their winter spending and could be key in their battle at the top of the table.
Spurs eyeing former Arsenal target
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly dropped their interest in Ivan Toney and have now shifted their attention to Barcelona's Raphinha. The former Leeds United man has been pursued by Arsenal and Newcastle United in the past, but his €100 million (£87.5m) asking price put them off.
Now though, according to FootballTransfers, Barca would be willing to cash in on Raphinha if a club can cough up €70 million (£61.3m) instead. Spurs have 'concrete interest' in bringing the Brazilian back to the Premier League and the LaLiga giants could also welcome a swap deal, as they are keen on defender Cristian Romero.
The 3AM Verdict: Spurs have been looking to bolster their forward ranks ever since Harry Kane departed for Bayern Munich. In his debut season with Barca, Raphinha enjoyed contributing 10 goals and 12 assists across all competitions. Prior to that, he fired home 11 goals in the Premier League for Leeds, with whom he was a key player right up until his departure. If Spurs are looking for a tried and tested winger who can work well with players like Heung-min Son, Raphinha is a very good option and someone who knows England's top flight well.
Man United willing to pay £352k per week for forward
Manchester United are eager to bring in new attacking options as their overall flair up front has diminished somewhat. Ahead of the January window, Nacional has reported that the Reds are keen on signing Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid. His release clause is just £22 million but it's his wages where United are looking to go big.
The Reds are willing to triple the Frenchman's current annual salary to around the €21 million (£18.3m) mark, which would see him take home a whopping £352,000 per week.
The 3AM Verdict: If United have the means to pay such a high wage to Griezmann, then it seems like a good fit for both parties. Despite being 32, the forward is still a clinical figure in attack and has notched 12 goals this season. Last term, he contributed an impressive 16 goals and 19 assists across all competitions. It has already been noted that Atletico cannot compete with the figures quoted by United, so it could be a straight forward move for the Premier League giants.