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Transfer Talk: Juve, Milan keen on USMNT’s Pepi

The summer transfer window is closed for the top leagues in Europe! After a summer full of international football, countless clubs waited until the last minute to pull off their transfers. See all the major deals here and check out how we graded the biggest signings. But just because the window is shut until January, that doesn’t mean the rumours won’t keep coming.

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TOP STORY: Juve, Milan keen on USMNT’s rising star Pepi

Juventus and AC Milan are interested in FC Dallas wunderkind and United States forward Ricardo Pepi, according to Calciomercato.

The 18-year-old has shown promise in MLS, registering 12 goals and two assists in 24 appearances, and scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists in his international debut with the U.S. That’s attracted a lot of interest across European, with the two Serie A clubs joining a list of those eyeing the youngster.

Juventus are said to be in talks with the player’s agent, while Milan have held talks with Dallas over a potential move. Rival Italian sides Bologna and Fiorentina were interested in the Texan last summer but failed to secure a deal for him.

Bayern Munich are also reportedly interested in the striker and have the advantage of a partnership with Dallas. Pepi was one of a number of players who trained with the Bundesliga outfit in the offseason as part of the arrangement, one that’s seen the likes of Chris Richards and Justin Che join the Bavarian outfit.

He is the youngest-ever player to score a hat trick in the MLS, and if he continues to rewrite the history books in Dallas, a move to Europe is surely on the horizon.

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10.50 BST: Dani Alves has explained his decision not to sign for another Brazilian club this season.

Alves terminated his contract with Sao Paulo earlier this month by mutual consent following a wage dispute. The 38-year-old, who was linked with other Brazilian clubs including Flamengo had until Friday to register with a local club to play this season but opted against it.

In a post on Instagram, Alves wrote: “I came to Brazil because of a childhood dream, and the dream was fulfilled. To be champion with the club of the heart is priceless.

“It’s not about money, it’s about values, it’s about manhood, it’s about character, IT’S ABOUT LEGACY. Difficult decisions need to be made, but as usual nothing in my life has been easy. It’s just another decision.

“Thank you all for your interest, but I would like the chapter to be closed without any interference.

“I know that many things were said, but the truth is only one, I came here for a dream and I leave here fulfilled. Thank you very much.”

09.53 BST: Former France midfielder Samir Nasri announced on Sunday that he was officially retiring from professional football after a career that started in 2004.

Nasri, 34, served an 18-month doping suspension from 2018, an episode that he said changed his way of seeing football.

“An incident really hurt me and changed my relationship with football: my suspension,” the former Marseille, Arsenal and Manchester City player, whose career effectively ended last year after a short stint at Anderlecht, told Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

“I found it more than unfair as I didn’t take any drugs. It was just an injection of vitamins because I was sick. It stopped me in my tracks.”

Nasri scored five goals for France and won 41 caps between 2007 and 2013.

09.00 BST: Juventus are hopeful of beating Chelsea to the signing of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni next summer, Calciomercato reports.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri is reportedly keen to completely revamp his midfield at the end of the season, with Manuel Locatelli the only player whose position in the squad is not in jeopardy.

Tchouameni, 21, has impressed in Ligue 1 since joining Monaco from Bordeaux in January of 2020, making more than 50 appearances for the club since then and earning his first caps for the France national team this season.

Calciomercato reports that Monaco would look for a transfer fee of around €40m.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)

– Despite only signing him this summer, Barcelona may have to kick off contract talks with Memphis Depay next year. Mundo Deportivo reveals the forward’s contract runs until 2023 and has no option for another year — a clause the club had initially planned for. It means that by the end of the season, the Netherlands international will only have a year left on his deal and the Blaugrana may be forced into offering fresh (presumably improved) terms or risk losing the 27-year-old on a free transfer after just two seasons in the Catalan capital.

Inter Milan are willing to let former Arsenal and Manchester United playmaker Alexis Sanchez leave the club in January, reports Calciomercato. The report states Marseille, Real Betis and Sevilla are three possible destinations for the 32-year-old who’s played just 52 minutes for Inter so far this season.

– Barcelona are eyeing a move for youngster Alberto Moleiro from UD Las Palmas, according to Sport. The 17-year-old has been playing regularly in LaLiga 2 at the start of this season as an attacking midfielder with Ronald Koeman’s side interested in youth with lots of potential in Spain.

– Juventus are planning a move for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic next summer, with the January window recruitment centred around bolstering the midfield. Tuttosport reports that the Bianconeri are ready to compete with other European clubs to land the 21-year-old next year as an alternative to Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, who both are likely to move in significantly more-lucrative deals.

– Inter are interested in Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi but are unlikely to match the valuation set by their Serie A competitors. Calciomercato reports that the La Dea wouldn’t consider sanctioning the departure of the 28-year-old for any transfer fee below €30m, just two years after signing him for €13m from Genk. The Ukraine international is still on the radar of the Nerazzurri, who he scored against on Saturday.

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