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Manchester United have been in secret talks to try to buy 23-year-old Barcelona forward Neymar.
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Chelsea have agreed a £69m deal to sign 22-year-old Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba, while attacking midfielders Oscar, 23, Willian, 27, and Juan Cuadrado, 27, could go the other way.
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The Blues are ready to spend a combined £100m on former Manchester United youngster Pogba and Everton defender John Stones, 21.
Manchester City are expected to announce they have agreed a £50m fee with Wolfsburg for Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 24, over the weekend.
The former Chelsea player’s representatives have already agreed personal terms on a long-term contract with City.
Manchester United are holding firm on their asking price of £29m – or £22m plus 28-year-old Costa Rican Keylor Navas – for fellow goalkeeper, Spaniard David De Gea, 24.
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says everyone in his squad is for sale, adding: “If the player wants to go, he can go.”
The Black Cats are braced for their unhappy Dutch boss to quit and retire and will try to get Sam Allardyce to replace him if he does leave.
Bournemouth have bid about £5m for 31-year-old Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray after making him their top target.
Chelsea will listen to offers for 24-year-old winger Victor Moses, with Tottenham and Aston Villa interested in the Nigeria international.
Everton are set to sign River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori, 24 for £6m with the Argentine to have a medical this weekend.
Roma legend Francesco Totti, 38, is set to sign a new one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until his 40s.
Brighton have turned down a £2.5m bid from Championship rivals Derby County for midfielder Dale Stephens, 25.
Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund both want 17-year-old winger Rafik Zekhnini, who impressed for Norwegian side Odd in the Europa League against Dortmund.
(VG – in Norwegian)
West Ham want QPR goalkeeper Rob Green, 35, but are not willing to meet his £50,000-a-week wage demands.
LA Galaxy were close to signing Frank Lampard, 37, now at Sunday’s opponents New York City, before Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea as manager in 2013.
(LA Galaxy website)
Marseille want Manchester City’s 20-year-old Belgium defender Jason Denayer, who spent last season on loan at Celtic.
New Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin, 22, has revealed Arsenal once tried to sign the Frenchman.
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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez tweeted “Buenos dias, good morning” along with a
picture of a dog boarding an aeroplane.
“Just getting some last-minute practice in before La Liga kicks off” with a video of him doing an acrobatic volley over a swimming pool before falling in.
tweeted an extract of a recent Southampton programme where defender Matt Targett struggled to decide if the chicken or the egg came first.
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is on the verge of returning from injury and
said on Twitter:
“It won’t be too long before I’m back in my own dream team!! Counting the days!!!”
Spanish club Mallorca have banned piercings, necklaces and extravagant haircuts, placed a curfew on the team and told them not to steal toilet paper.
(Marca via IB3 Radio)
New signing Mateo Kovacic has not got off to the best start at Real Madrid, as he spoke in Catalan, the language of Barcelona’s region, rather than Spanish at the start of his unveiling.
West Ham’s youngest ever player Reece Oxford, 16, received his GCSE results this week.