Premier League transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Jean Michael Seri
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says move for Ronaldo was never on table
The transfer window may be closed for most of Europe, but that doesn’t stop the rumour mill from grinding.
According to reports today, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar would prefer a transfer to London - Arsenal or Chelsea - rather than a move to Manchester rivals City or United.
Here we look at the rest of the transfer gossip from England’s top flight.
Premier League transfer news and rumours
Mourinho: Ronaldo not an option
Before leaving Real Madrid for Juventus earlier this summer, Cristiano Ronaldo had been linked with a move back to Manchester United. However, United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the Portugal captain was never an option. As United gear up to face Ronaldo and Juve in this season’s Champions League group stage, Mourinho said: “Cristiano was never on my table to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Cristiano to come to us. It was never on the table.” (Sky Sports)
De Gea expected to sign contract
One deal that is on the table at Old Trafford is a new £350,000-a-week contract for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. Jose Mourinho expects the Spanish stopper to sign the deal, but de Gea is reported to be “holding out for terms in the ballpark of teammates Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba”. (The Sun/Sky Sports)
Mousa Dembele: Tottenham to Beijing Sinobo Guoan
It looks like Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele may leave the north London club in January. He’s being linked with a big-money transfer to Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan. (The Sun)
Schmeichel extends Foxes stay
Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new five-year contract with Leicester City. The Denmark goalkeeper had been linked with Chelsea and Roma. (Sky Sports)
Danny Drinkwater: Chelsea to Leicester City
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is being tipped to make a return to Leicester in January. Southampton are also interested in the 28-year-old. (The Guardian)
Toure seals return to Olympiacos
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has rejoined Greek side Olympiacos - 12 years after leaving. The Ivory Coast star was in attendance as Olympiacos beat Giannena 5-0 yesterday. (Daily Mail)
Seri: Fulham showed respect
Jean Michael Seri has revealed that he rejected moves to Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham this summer. The midfielder, who jumped from Nice to Fulham in a £25m deal, said: “When I played for Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal, Nice came for me and they really came. Fulham wanted me the same way. They said, ‘We want you, come to Fulham.’ Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, they saw me, but they didn’t say, ‘We want you.’ Because Fulham gave me this respect, although other clubs wanted me, I wanted to sign for Fulham.” (The Times)