The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer market unlike any before it, but there were still plenty of deals done, and you can check out the major ones here. The window might be closed across the top leagues in Europe, but here are the best rumours from around the globe.
Gunners losing patience with Pepe
Arsenal are ready to sell Nicolas Pepe after his underwhelming performances in North London so far, reports the Daily Star.
The 25-year-old scored against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday, making amends for his sending off against Leeds the prior weekend, but is still to deliver on the promise he showed while playing for Lille.
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The Gunners have admitted internally that they paid over the odds for the Ivory Coast international, having agreed to a £22 million up front deal and a further £50m in add-ons to lure him from the French club in August 2019.
Arsenal are reportedly now ready to allow the winger to leave if a suitable offer comes in. However, they are looking to avoid a situation similar to Mesut Ozil’s, so have told manager Mikel Arteta to handle the situation carefully to maintain the player’s market value.
Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe is reportedly headed for the Arsenal exit door. MOLLY DARLINGTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Martinez makes move to leave Inter
Lautaro Martinez seems increasingly desperate to leave Internazionale, and Marca claims he has made his biggest move yet to force a departure.
It is suggested that the Argentina international has put transfer guru Jorge Mendes in charge of finding him a new club.
So far, Beto Yaque and Rolando Zarate have represented the forward and, while they will remain his agents as well, Mendes will take over the search for a new club.
There have been links to Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent months, but nothing has come to fruition as of yet.
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Barcelona willing to sell Dembele
Barcelona are open to the idea of selling Ousmane Dembele, reports Mundo Deportivo.
There have been various links between the winger and Manchester United, but Barca are said to be holding out for €70m-€80m, which the Red Devils are not willing to pay.
The Catalan giants are not willing to let the Frenchman leave on loan, as they hope to use any fee made to sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City.
However, Dembele’s contract comes to an end in 2022, and Barcelona are wary of letting it run into its final year.
– L’Equipe has revealed that Maxime Lopez will be allowed to join Sassuolo for as little as €3m. The 22-year-old is currently on loan at the Serie A outfit from Marseille with there being an option for Sassuolo to buy him. If the permanent deal is completed, Marseille will receive 30% of the fees made on any future sale.
– Bojan Krkic is currently weighing up his options after the Montreal Impact were knocked out of the MLS playoffs. Sport reports that, as well as an offer from his current club, the Spaniard has received interest from Saint Etienne and the New England Revolution, among others. The 30-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of staying put but is also considering a move elsewhere.