Friday’s transfer gossip: 15.09.2023

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5Times brings you the latest gossip on football transfers today from around the globe…

  • Real Madrid has identified Reece James, a defender for Chelsea and England, as a long-term successor for Spain’s Dani Carvajal, 31. In 2022, James agreed to a six-year deal with the Blues. 
  • Valentin Barco, a highly regarded left-back from Boca Juniors who is 19 years old, and Manchester City have reached an agreement in principle. 
  • Martin Odegaard, 24, of Arsenal and Norway, and Ben White, 25, are expected to sign new contracts committing their long-term careers to the Gunners. 
  • Besiktas is interested in taking on Manchester United player Hannibal Mejbri on loan after the Turkish team recently had a permanent contract offer for the 20-year-old midfielder from Tunisia rejected. 
  • Jesse Lingard, a former England midfielder now training with West Ham, has also had offers from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Major League Soccer since leaving Nottingham Forest. 
  • Asmir Begovic, a 36-year-old former Chelsea goalkeeper who also played for Bosnia-Herzegovina, calls his former team a “mid-table squad” and asks, “What has happened at Chelsea Football Club? It’s unbelievable.”
  • Thiago Alcantara, a 32-year-old midfielder for Spain, has no intention of having his contract terminated by Liverpool to pursue a transfer to Turkey. Trabzonspor are interested in signing Thiago on a three-year contract. 
  • Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis, 25, has signed a loan agreement to join Istanbul Basaksehir from Nottingham Forest. 
  • John Terry, a former Chelsea and England defender, has started talking with Saudi club Al-Shabab about a coaching position.
  • Graham Potter, a former manager of Brighton and Chelsea, is waiting for a Champions League team to approach him.
  • Mario Balotelli, 33, a former Italian striker now playing for Swiss side Sion, is being re-signed by Adana Demirspor. 

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