Real Madrid, Barcelona edge in on Manchester United’s Fernandes

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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: Real Madrid & Barcelona battle for Fernandes

Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to battle it out over the signing of Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, The Sun reports.

Despite spending just over half a year at Old Trafford, Fernandes’ status with the club is already up in the air, with the two Spanish juggernauts monitoring the situation closely.

Fernandes himself has denied that there are problems emerging between him and the club, but regardless of whether or not that’s true, the stature of Real and Barca can pose a risk to just about any player in world football.

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09.42 BST: Santos have suspended the contract of former Brazil international forward Robinho, the club announced on Friday.

Robinho, 36, rejoined Santos for a third stint this week, signing a five-month contract with the Sao Paulo side. However, the deal was met with public outrage in Brazil, which stemmed from a 2017 conviction for the former AC Milan and Manchester City man’s involvement in the rape of a 22-year-old woman at a nightclub.

“Santos Football Club and Robinho, by mutual consent, have resolved to suspend the contract signed on Oct. 10 in order for the player to concentrate exclusively on his defence in the ongoing case in Italy,” the club said in a statement.

Robinho confirmed the news on Instagram, saying: “It’s true that, with a lot of sadness in my heart, I come to tell you that I made the decision along with the [Santos] president to suspend my contract at this difficult time in my life.”

“My goal always was to help Santos Football Club, and if I’m getting in the way, it’s better that I leave and focus on my personal issues. To the [Santos] fans, those who love me, I will prove my innocence to you.”

On Thursday, Brazilian orthodontics franchise Orthopride announced it had ended its sponsorship deal with the Sao Paulo giants “out of respect for women,” and said the company had not been informed before Robinho was signed.

Robinho, who was a free agent, had signed a five-month contract with Santos that would have paid him $271 (R$1.500) a month, which is just above the Brazil’s minimum wage.

09.00 BST: The English domestic window closed on Friday, and perhaps the biggest deal to be sealed before the deadline was Tottenham Hotspur’s signing of Swansea City for defender Joe Rodon.

Sources told ESPN’s James Olley the deal is worth an initial £11m with a further £4m in add-ons. Rodon has signed a contract that will last until 2025, the club confirmed.

The deadline for transfers involving English Football League clubs passed at 5 p.m. local time on Friday and Spurs ended their search for a centre-back by striking a deal with just hours left.

Spurs had turned their attentions to Rodon after being rebuffed in their attempts to sign Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, with the Blues reluctant to strengthen their London rivals.

They signed Rodon after having an opening offer of around £10m rejected, sources said. However, Rodon is unlikely to have been registered in time to feature in Sunday’s Premier League home game against West Ham.

PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle): Chelsea still want Donnarumma

Calciomercato is reporting that Chelsea are still interested in trying to sign AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma next summer.

The link was made between the two parties in recent months as the Blues went after a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, and yet despite going in the direction of Edouard Mendy instead, Donnarumma could still be a surprise option.

The youngster’s contract is set to expire next year and while Milan are trying to lock him down to a new deal, there are some lingering issues preventing them from getting it done.

Griezmann to PSG a possibility?

Antoine Griezmann could leave Barcelona in favour of a move to Paris Saint-Germain based on his relationship with Lionel Messi, OkDiario reports.

The Frenchman is said to be interested in making history back in his homeland with the Ligue 1 champions after failing to set the world on fire since jumping ship from Atletico Madrid to the Nou Camp last year.

Griezmann’s partnership with Messi reportedly leaves a lot to be desired, with the two being unable to combine for the sort of chemistry they need to succeed.

Tap-ins

– Manchester United will attempt to make a push to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala next summer, TodoFichajes reports. He has fallen out of favour with the Italian champions and is set to be moved in the next 12 months if he does not agree to extend his current contract, which would be expiring in 2022.

Yannick Bolasie’s proposed loan move from Everton to Middlesbrough is now off the table, Sky Sports reports. The winger has been in talks with the North East club over a deal since yesterday but as the deadline for transfers expired in the Football League today, the disappointed Bolasie has announced that he won’t be making the switch after all.



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