Manchester United could still sign three players before Wednesday’s transfer deadline, while We...
Manchester United could still sign three players before Wednesday’s transfer deadline, while West Brom are closing on two deals, with one arriving from Spurs for a club record fee, according to Monday morning’s papers.
Markovic ‘Can Leave Liverpool’
Liverpool have reportedly told Lazar Markovic that he can leave Anfield this summer, with a pair of European giants interested in him.
Markovic joined the Redmen in 2014 for £20million from Benfica, but has failed to live up to his price tag during a frustrating spell at the club.
The Sun state that Jurgen Klopp is happy to let the 22-year-old leave on loan again, having spent last season in Turkey with Fenerbahce.
The report goes on to say that Italian club AC Milan are interested in a potential loan swoop for the Serbian international, as well as Schalke, although their interest is not thought to be as serious.
Sadio Mane’s signing from Southampton has pushed Markovic even further down the pecking order, with the winger yet to start under Klopp outside of preseason.
Chelsea Have Loan Bid For Real Madrid Star Rejected
Chelsea have been rebuffed in their efforts to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez on loan, according to reports.
The Colombian has become a bit-part player and has struggled for game time under Real boss Zinedine Zidane, and is reportedly keen on relocating to England.
The president of the Spanish club Florentino Perez would rather cash in on Rodriguez’s £60million valuation, and has rejected a loan move from the Blues as a result.
Rodriguez, 25, played 13 minutes in Real’s opening game in La Liga and notched an assist, but was left out of the matchday squad for their second game against Celta Vigo.
Manchester United Target Two Deadline Day Deals
Manchester United hope to bring in two defenders before transfer deadline day, with Southampton’s Jose Fonte, 32, and Monaco’s Brazil international Fabinho, 22, the leading candidates.
But the Daily Record claims the attempts to strengthen the centre and right side of Jose Mourinho’s back four remain dependent on convincing at least two senior squad members to leave Old Trafford on permanent or season-long transfers.
Ideally, United will add both an experienced central defender and an elite-level right back to Mourinho’s squad.
The Portuguese wants to add quality and height in both positions, with Southampton captain Jose Fonte and AS Monaco’s athletic Brazil international Fabinho leading candidates for the two roles.
Fonte, the subject of a £9million offer from Everton earlier in the summer transfer window, has asked Southampton to honour a gentleman’s agreement that he be allowed to leave the South Coast club should the 32-year-old be offered significantly superior financial terms elsewhere.
Regarded as one of the best right backs in the European game, Fabinho has been aware of Mourinho’s interest in him throughout a summer in which he helped Monaco qualify for the Champions League group stage.
In an effort to make room for the new central defender, United have been working on a deal to sell Marcos Rojo to Valencia as one replacement for Arsenal-bound Shkodran Mustafi.
West Brom Set For Double Swoop
West Brom have agreed a club-record £13m fee for Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli, 27, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.
Chadli is expected to undergo a medical at Albion’s training ground on Monday and will be the first arrival of the week, with Pulis targeting another four signings before Wednesday’s deadline.
The reinforcements cannot come quickly enough and Pulis – who admitted on Sunday he urgently needed to strengthen his squad – will be hoping 27-year-old Belgium international Chadli can spark life back into an Albion side whose deficiencies were exposed on Sunday as Middlesbrough easily secured a point to maintain their unbeaten start.
Mathieu Debuchy has seen his Arsenal exit blocked by injury (Daily Mirror)
Crystal Palace are keen on a deal for Everton midfielder James McCarthy, with the Ireland midfielder set on leaving Goodison Park (Daily Mirror)
Stefan De Vrij is the latest defender that Chelsea are chasing as Antonio Conte continues to scour Serie A for defensive reinforcements (The Sun)
Manchester United have told defender Marcos Rojo, 26, he is not for sale after rejecting two bids for the defender (Yahoo)
Joe Hart is wanted by AC Milan and Torino as the Manchester City goalkeeper looks to seal a move away from the Etihad (The Sun)
Juventus are hoping to force through a cut-price £15m move for Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko before the summer transfer window closes (The Sun)
Christian Eriksen is close to agreeing a new deal at Tottenham that will see him more than double his wages (The Sun)
Derby boss Nigel Pearson will fork out £6m for unsettled Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban (The Sun)
Hull are ready to see off Burnley for Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick (The Sun)
Christian Fuchs’ talks over a new contract have stalled, putting Liverpool on red alert (The Sun)
Atletico Madrid have offered rivals Real Madrid a whopping £60m for Alvaro Morata (The Sun)
Manchester United are plotting an audacious £100m move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale next season (Daily Star)
Asamoah Gyan has arrived in England ahead of a possible loan move to Sunderland or Fulham (Daily Star)
Gyan, 30, is set for a medical at Championship Reading before a season-long loan from Chinese club Shanghai SIPG (Get Reading)
Tony Pulis has hinted the club could sell England U21 striker Saido Berahino, 23, before Wednesday’s transfer deadline (Express & Star)
Liverpool have moved back into pole position in the £15m race for Croatian starlet Ante Coric (Daily Star)
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has emerged as a target for Bundesliga side Schalke (Daily Mail)
Stoke City target Mamadou Sakho faces being frozen out at Liverpool if he doesn’t leave the club on loan this week (Daily Mail)
Sunderland will face competition from Valencia to sign £7m-rated Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra, 28, from Sevilla (Sunderland Echo)
Former Arsenal and AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 32, is close to a return to Italy, with Roma and Torino in negotiations (Metro)
Aston Villa are trying to sign Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah, 28 (HITC)