Transfer Talk: Man United have Madrid’s Valverde in their sights

The coronavirus pandemic made the transfer market unlike any before it, but there was still plenty of action on Deadline Day. With the window closed across the major leagues in Europe, you can check out the latest major completed transfers across the globe.

TOP STORY: Man United go after Valverde

Manchester United have their eyes set on Real Madrid star Federico Valverde, The Sun reports.

The youngster, who has a massive £640 million release clause at the Bernabeu, is slowly but surely starting to prove himself in Real’s first team after years of hype from the media and the club themselves.

United midfielder Paul Pogba has been tipped to go in the opposite direction in recent months, but the Red Devils’ focus seems to be shifting towards bringing Valverde over to Old Trafford with the idea of a swap deal being fresh in their mind.

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20.58 BST: Manchester City will consider pursuing Lionel Messi in the January window in hopes of beating potential rivals to his signature, reports the Daily Star.

City appeared to be in pole position to sign Messi this summer before the 33-year-old’s change of heart about leaving Barcelona. They know they will have competition and could offer £15 million this winter, which the outlet says could make the difference as Barca face losing Messi for free in the summer.

19.50 BST: Huddersfield have signed free agent midfielder Alex Vallejo until the end of the season, the club announced.

The former Spain Under-19 international last played for CF Fuenlabrada.

18.55 BST: Virgil van Dijk‘s knee injury could prompt Liverpool to change its transfer policy this winter, writes the Liverpool Echo.

Van Dijk is set for surgery and could miss multiple months as he recovers. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are expected to be the Reds’ centre-back pairing in Van Dijk’s absence. The only issue? They’ve never partnered each other for an entire match before, and Liverpool are thin on alternative options should they struggle.

18.01 BST: The Seattle Sounders are preparing to send midfielder Handwalla Bwana to Nashville, reports The Washington Post.

The 21-year-old Homegrown product is expected to sign a contract extension once the deal is completed.

17.07 BST: Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has admitted that “you always have to keep doors open” despite recently signing a new contract at the club.

Jimenez, 29, signed a new deal until 2024 earlier this month, just a year after turning his season-long loan from Benfica into a permanent move.

Before that, the Mexico international was linked with some major European clubs including Real Madrid and Juventus, and he has not ruled out a future switch.

“I was on my days off, on holiday, and every day that I woke up I was at a new…

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