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Monday’s transfer rumors – Bale to Arsenal? Gunners eye shock swap deal

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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Bale to join Arsenal?

A surprise transfer rumor has emerged claiming Arsenal would swap Alexandre Lacazette for former Tottenham star Gareth Bale.

Accepting that Lacazette does not wish to extend his contract, which expires next summer, Arsenal hope to cut their losses by trying to offload the striker in January.

The Gunners have offered Lacazette to Real Madrid and have asked about Bale being a part of the deal. However, Florentino Perez isn’t interested. The Spanish club’s president only has eyes for Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. [Defensa Central – in Spanish]

The reason Pogba probably won’t join Barcelona

Paul Pogba’s salary demands make a move to Barcelona in next summer’s transfer window an unlikely prospect.

The midfielder will be available as a free agent once his Manchester United contract expires next year. However, Barcelona won’t be among the clubs chasing him.

The Blaugrana suspect his agent, Mino Raiola, is simply auctioning Pogba off to other clubs to force United into offering the Frenchman better terms for a contract extension. [Sport]

PSG shortlist two Mbappe replacements

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland are on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar.

The Parisians will target either one of the strikers for a transfer if Kylian Mbappe leaves. The 22-year-old’s contract with the French club expires at the end of the season. His mother, though, has reported that he is in talks with PSG over a renewal. [Le 10 Sport – in French]

De Ligt’s agent in talks with Manchester City and Chelsea

Matthijs de Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola, has held transfer talks with Manchester City and Chelsea.

Raiola hopes to work out a deal for the 22-year-old Dutch defender, who remains under contract at Juventus until June 2024. [Calciomercato – in Italian]

Fati-Barcelona contract talks have stalled

Contract talks between Ansu Fati’s agent, Jorge Mendes, and Barcelona have stalled.

Barcelona want to tie Fati down to a new long-term deal but cannot offer the terms Mendes seeks. The Portuguese has turned down proposals that include a €1 billion release clause.

Therefore, aware the debt-stricken club cannot match his terms and of Fati’s desire to stay, Mendes has asked for a two-year contract offer instead. [El Nacional – in Catalan]