Everton will refuse to sell Romelu Lukaku to Everton, while Arsenal and Liverpool are among a nu...
Everton will refuse to sell Romelu Lukaku to Everton, while Arsenal and Liverpool are among a number of clubs interested in a Charlton prodigy, according to today’s papers.
Everton Stand Their Ground On Lukaku
Chelsea are set to miss out on re-signing former striker Romelu Lukaku as Everton remain adamant they will not sell their prized asset.
The Londoners have chased Lukaku all summer, with reports last week suggesting a £65million bid had been made.
However Everton, who signed the Belgian for £28million in 2014, refuse to budge in their stance that 23-year-old will stay at Goodison Park.
And according to the Daily Express, the Toffees will now open talks over a new long-term deal for the former Anderlecht hitman.
Lukaku still has three years left to run on his current contract but Everton will offer much-improved terms in order to reflect his status at the club.
Barcelona Allow Vermaelen To Attend Roma Medical
The Belgium international centre-back has struggled for playing time at Camp Nou and is now set to depart after two difficult seasons in Spain
Barcelona have confirmed that defender Thomas Vermaelen has been given permission to travel to Italy and undergo a medical with Roma.
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti on Friday stated that the Serie A club are in advanced talks to sign the 30-year-old Belgium international. And Barca on Sunday posted a tweet announcing the former Arsenal player was set for a physical examination in the Italian capital.
Vermaelen has struggled for playing time at Camp Nou since leaving the Gunners for a reported €20 million fee in 2014.
A thigh injury meant he was unable to make his Barca debut until the final match of the 2014-15 LaLiga season against Deportivo La Coruna, and he only made 15 starts in all competitions last term.
Christian Benteke's agent has confirmed Liverpool have yet to receive any new offers for the Belgium striker, but the 25-year-old hopes to leave Anfield before the end of the transfer window. (Guardian)
Turkish side Besiktas are willing to either offer £21.1m for Benteke or take the striker on loan. (Haber7, via Daily Express)
Everton have been angered by what they see as Chelsea's attempts to unsettle striker Romelu Lukaku, with the Blues yet to bid for the 23-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)
Officials at Goodison Park will meet Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, in the coming days as they look to resolve the forward's long-term future. (Daily Express)
West Ham are close to completing the signings of Swansea striker Andre Ayew, 26, and Olympiakos left-back Arthur Masuaku, 22. (Talksport)
Swansea are ready to break their transfer record and pay around £15m to bring Atletico Madrid striker Borja Baston to the Liberty Stadium. (South Wales Evening Post)
Tottenham will complete the signing of Marseille midfielder Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, 21, this week, with 22-year-old Clinton Njie heading the other way. (La Provence, via HITC)
France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, and Wilfried Bony, 27, appear to be edging towards the exit at Manchester City after being left at home for the game with Arsenal in Gothenburg. (Manchester Evening News)
Arsenal and Liverpool are among the favourites to sign Charlton and England U19s forward Ademola Lookman, 18, for more than £2m. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested the club will not be signing a new centre-back before their opening Premier League game against Liverpool next Sunday. (Metro)
Southampton have initiated contact with Napoli over a potential deal for Italy forward Manolo Gabbiadini, 24. (Tutto Mercato, via HITC)
Kelechi Iheanacho's agent says he blocked a move to Arsenal before the striker, 19, moved to Manchester City in 2014. (AllNigeriaSoccer, via Manchester Evening News)
AC Milan will start a £300m transfer outlay by securing Arsenal target Isco from Real Madrid, but will have to pay £37m for the 22-year-old Spain midfielder. (AS)
Newcastle United and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko says he is "flattered" to have been linked with a move to some of Europe's top clubs this summer. (L'Equipe, via Chronicle)