The Premier League season may not be until October, but that doesn’t mean the clubs aren’t planning their transfer deals for the coming window.
With just over two and a half months left until the January market opens and with teams reflecting on how they kicked off the campaign, it looks like a number of entries and exits are already in progress.
The players will also take stock of their current situation with a lack of playing time or a return to form perhaps leading them to contact their agents before a possible move.
What are the latest rumors and headlines? talkSPORT.com takes a look …
Newcastle are reportedly considering a January move for Chelsea striker Timo Werner.
German newspaper Bild claims the Magpies are “in regular contact” with the attacker’s agent as they prepare to spend money this winter.
Newcastle have been linked with many players since their £ 300million buyout was confirmed and reports in Werner’s home country suggest the ex-RB Leipzig man could be top of the wishlist of the new owners.
The 25-year-old joined Chelsea in a £ 48million deal in June 2020 but failed to set the world on fire in the Premier League as the Blues broke a club record of £ 97.5million on Romelu Lukaku this summer.
And Newcastle chiefs are hopeful Werner might be tempted to become their new main man instead.
Elsewhere on Tyneside, Mauro Icardi would reject Newcastle’s transfer interest to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentina striker has been presented as a possible target after his playing time at PSG was cut short by the summer arrival of Lionel Messi.
However, according to Gabriele Giuffrida – the agent who helped orchestrate Icardi’s move from Inter Milan to Paris – star Wanda Nara’s wife has no desire to leave the French capital.
Giuffrida told Gazzetta: “Leaving Paris is not in Mauro and Wanda’s plans, it’s the last thing they want.
“I don’t see Mauro joining another club soon.”
Mino Raiola is expected in talks with Manchester City regarding a transfer for the Borussia Dortmund striker.
The 21-year-old is widely expected to leave the German club next summer and all of Europe’s top clubs are expected to be in the race to sign the player.
Pep Guardiola’s team are among those on the hunt and according to the Times, talks could begin as early as January on a possible decision.
The Manchester City forward wants clarification on his future at the club before resuming contract talks, according to The Sun.
Sterling has another 20 months on his contract and after falling out of favor under Pep Guardiola he has since been linked with a move to Barcelona.
As time is running out for his deal, it looks like the England international will be biding his time before deciding what his next step will be.
Liverpool are open to the prospect of selling the midfielder, but only at the right price.
Arsenal have been credited with an interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain who struggled to find opportunities for the first team under Jurgen Klopp.
With the Gunners keen to reunite, the Mirror says a deal is a possibility.
Newcastle are preparing a blow for the Arsenal striker, according to Spanish publication Fichajes.
The Magpies are looking for a flagship signing and believe the Frenchman could be the answer as they seek someone with a global pedigree to lead their line.
Lacazette is out of contract next summer and according to Football London the 30-year-old has no plans to sign a new contract at Emirates Stadium.
The Belgian winger has been linked with a sensational return to Stamford Bridge according to reports in Spain.
Chelsea are said to have had informal talks with Real Madrid over a possible move for the star who spent seven years in west London until 2019.
However, the report claims the Spanish giants would only consider a deal if it involved Reece James going to the Bernabeu.
Manchester United are considering signing the Leicester City midfielder.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to strengthen his midfield option with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Paul Pogba who is out of contract next summer.
According to Fichajes, the 24-year-old is a long-term target for the Red Devils who could finally take action.
Liverpool are looking to capitalize on Barcelona’s continuing financial difficulties with a decision from the midfielder.
Dembele faces an uncertain future with his contract expiring at the end of the season, meaning he can sign a pre-contract deal outside Spain from January 1.
However, with the 24-year-old struggling with a knee injury, that means Jurgen Klopp’s side may want to bide their time to take a step.