Arsenal and Chelsea have registered interest in signing a new midfielder, while Jurgen Klopp is ready to raid his ex-club with an £11m bid, according to Saturday’s papers.
AGENT CONFIRMS BROZOVIC INTEREST
Arsenal and Chelsea are both locked in a transfer battle to sign Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Following the imminent arrivals of Gabriel Barbosa and Joao Mario at the San Siro, the Croatian is inching closer to exit door and a move to the Premier League could be on the cards.
“It’s true, there are many options and we are talking about some big European clubs,” agent Miroslav Bicanic told Index in Croatia.
“I heard that Chelsea representatives are in Milan and that Arsenal are also prepared to sign him. Inter are pushing to sell to one of these two clubs who are prepared to pay a sum that satisfies all concerned.
“However, I am currently in Zagreb and there’s plenty of time before transfer deadline day. The matter is not so urgent and until Marcelo signs a contract with another club, he remains an Inter player.”
KLOPP TO RAID FORMER CLUB
Liverpool have joined Stoke in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Reds have reportedly tabled an £11million bid for ‘one of the most exciting young talents in Europe’, but Klopp’s former club are determined to keep hold of the 17-year-old.
Pulisic joined the German club’s under-17 side 18 months ago and broke into first team in February, making nine appearances and having a helping hand in two goals.
With the transfer window closing on Wednesday, Liverpool are leaving it late to conclude a deal and may be forced to wait until January to reignite their interst.
AND THE REST
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, could be set for a surprise move to Sunderland (Sunderland Echo)
Meanwhile, City are prepared to pay up to £90,000 of Hart’s £120,000-a-week wages to move the out-of-favour goalkeeper on (Daily Mirror)
The England international will not be joining Liverpool, with manager Jurgen Klopp not interested in signing another goalkeeper (Liverpool Echo)
As well as Hart, City sporting director Txiki Begiristain is trying to secure moves away from the club for midfielder Samir Nasri, 29, defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, and forward Wilfried Bony, 27 (Manchester Evening News)
But City captain Vincent Kompany, 30, is understood to have won the approval of new manager Pep Guardiola (Times – subscription required)
Chelsea have turned their attention to signing former Bolton and Sunderland left-back Marcos Alonso, 25, from Fiorentina (Daily Telegraph)
Blues manager Antonio Conte also wants to bring Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 23, to Stamford Bridge (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Croatia international Brozovic’s agent says Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder (Index, via Football Italia)
Sam Allardyce will name Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 21, in his inaugural England squad on Sunday – following a conversation with United manager Jose Mourinho (Daily Express)
Allardyce – who is expected to be in attendance at the Premier League encounter between Everton and Stoke City on Saturday – is also considering whether to offer Potters centre-back Ryan Shawcross, 28, a place in his squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on 4 September (Times – subscription required)
Southampton are set to break their transfer record to sign 22-year-old Morocco forward Sofiane Boufal from Lille in a move which could be worth up to £21.2m (Guardian)
Arsene Wenger says he is not “panic buying” as the club prepare to spend £52m on Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, 24, and Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez, 27 (Daily Express)
The Gunners only moved to sign Mustafi after missing out on Bayer Leverkusen’s Omer Toprak, 27 (Daily Mirror)
England striker Harry Kane, 23, would love to see out the rest of his career at Tottenham (Sky Sports)
West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis wants to sign up to five players before the transfer window closes (Birmingham Mail)
Inter Milan are on the verge of signing Manchester United target Gabriel Barbosa, 19, from Santos, with the striker set to be joined by Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario, 23, at the San Siro (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Meanwhile, Sporting have rejected Leicester City’s £21m offer for Islam Slimani – with the Portuguese club understood to want £34m for the 28-year-old Algeria striker (Talksport)
Norwich City boss Alex Neil has confirmed the club are closing in on the signing of Benfica forward Nelson Oliveira, 25, while deals for two other forwards – West Ham’s Enner Valencia, 26, and Anderlecht’s Stefano Okaka, 27 – are also possible (HITC)
Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, 22, has been made available for loan, with the club considering offers for the Serbia international prior to next week’s transfer deadline (Liverpool Echo)
Aston Villa defender Jores Okore, 24, is set to sign for FC Copenhagen, meaning he could face Leicester in the Champions League (Sun)
Ruud Gullit will no longer assist Danny Blind with coaching the Netherlands after a disagreement with the Dutch football association (Daily Mail)
New Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama, 25, says he used to walk for miles in his bare feet as an 11-year-old to get to away fixtures when growing up in Nairobi (Guardian)
Newcastle United are close to signing Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy, 33, in a £5m deal (TWTD)