Transfer Rumours 24/11: Madrid to Swap Isco for Eriksen, Man City Want Grealish, Barca Shift Focus From Depay

Nov 24, 2020, 2:10 PM GMT+5:30
Real Madrid are considering swapping Isco for Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne has reportedly agreed a new five-year deal with Manchester City that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2025. The new deal will also see the 29-year-old become the joint-highest paid player in the City squad alongside Raheem Sterling.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Dean Henderson is 'part of his plans' and wants to remain at Old Trafford, despite reports suggesting that the 23-year-old wanted a loan move away in January. Reports emerged over the weekend that Henderson is considering leaving Old Trafford on loan again in January, with his place in England's Euro squad potentially hanging in the balance. But Solskjaer was adamant that Henderson 'wants to stay' at United.

As part of our build-up to the January window, we bring to you the top transfer stories of the day. Additionally, along with the stories, we will hand out ratings to all rumours to validate their authenticity. A rating of 1 means the transfer is least likely to happen and a 10 denotes that the deal will certainly take place.

Madrid to swap Isco for Eriksen

Real Madrid have reportedly held talks with Inter over a potential swap deal involving Isco and Christian Eriksen, according to Sky Germany.

Eriksen has been extremely vocal about his desire to leave Inter after falling out of favour with Antonio Conte, and Isco finds himself in a similar boat because of a lack of regular action. Eriksen has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United touted as possible destinations.

Rumour Rating: 5.5/10

Lampard wants Giroud to stay

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted Olivier Giroud is an "important" player and insists he wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge, according to the Mirror.

Giroud is seeking a move in order to secure first-team football ahead of next year's European Championships and has been linked with a number of clubs, including David Beckham's Inter Miami in the MLS.

Rumour Rating: 6/10

Man City want Grealish

Pep Guardiola has reportedly identified Aston Villa's Jack Grealish as a number one target for Manchester City, according to the Independent.

City have struggled in front of goal this season, and Guardiola is a huge admirer of Grealish, who he sees as a highly buyable player who can also restore a spark to City’s play. Manchester United had previously been favourites to sign Grealish this summer, only to balk at Villa's asking price of around £70m.

Rumour Rating: 6/10

Arsenal target Sheffield midfielder

Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, according to Norwegian media outlet VG.

The 22-year-old central-midfield operator joined the Blades from Belgian outfit Genk back in January, sealing a move to England in a big-money deal.

Rumour Rating: 5/10

Barca shift focus from Depay

Barcelona have reportedly shifted their focus from Lyon forward Memphis Depay to Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, as reported by Goal.

Gerard Pique’s cruciate knee ligament injury has prompted Ronald Koeman to focus on bringing on a new defender in the January transfer window. Barca have tracking Garcia for some time, having failed to strike a deal earlier this year - with the Catalans unable to match Manchester City’s valuation.

Rumour Rating: 6/10