Rumour Mill: Arsenal & Chelsea in £65m battle; big Mustafi hint

Date published: Tuesday 16th August 2016 11:49

James Rodriguez: Wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea

James Rodriguez: Wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea

Chelsea and Arsenal will do battle for Real Madrid ace James Rodriguez, Matteo Darmian is a wanted man and a team-mate of Arsenal target Shkodran Mustafi hints the defender is on the move.

ARSENAL

– £65million-rated Real Madrid star James Rodriguez is interesting Arsenal (Marca)

– Chelsea are hoping to pip Arsenal to the signing of James Rodriguez (Sport)

– Arsenal are still haggling with Valencia over Shkodran Mustafi and fear a deal will not be in place before Saturday’s trip to Leicester (The Sun)

– The arrival of Shkodran Mustafi is seemingly complete after his Valencia team-mate Roberto Soriano let slip that the German wasn’t staying in Spain (Marca)

Shkodran Mustafi

CHELSEA

– Chelsea are weighing up a move for Germany left-back Jonas Hector before the transfer window closes. (Mirror)

– Chelsea are hoping to pip Arsenal to the signing of James Rodriguez (Sport)

– Chelsea have cooled their interest in Benfica star Victor Lindelof and will focus on signing either Torino ace Nikola Maksimovic or Kalidou Koulibaly (Record)
 – Chelsea are considering adding Colombian Juan Cuadrado as part of a deal to lure Juventus’ Kwadwo Asamoah (Italian press)

CRYSTAL PALACE

– Crystal Palace have had a £23m bid plus £7m in add-ons rejected by Liverpool for Christian Benteke (Various)

EVERTON

– Ronald Koeman is also plotting to bring Southampton striker Charlie Austin to Everton (The Sun)

– Everton are tracking Liverpool striker Christian Benteke ahead of a possible summer bid (Star)

Christian Benteke Liverpool

HULL CITY

– Hull City are in discussions with former Crystal Palace defender Adrian Mariappa (The Sun)

LEICESTER CITY

– Danny Drinkwater has rejected a new and improved £80,000-a-week Leicester deal amid interest from Tottenham (The Sun)

LIVERPOOL

– Jurgen Klopp blocked Lucas Leiva’s proposed transfer to Galatasaray, according to his agent Metin Korkmaz (Turkish Football)

– Everton are tracking Liverpool striker Christian Benteke ahead of a possible summer bid (Star)

– Crystal Palace have had a £23m bid plus £7m in add-ons rejected by Liverpool for Christian Benteke (Various)

– Liverpool’s £25m bid for Mahmoud Dahoud has been snubbed by German side Borussia Monchengladbach (The Sun)

– Jurgen Klopp is exploring the possibility of signing Portugal and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao on loan (Sport)

Fabio Coentrao

MANCHESTER CITY

– Barcelona have accepted a £21.7m offer for Claudio Bravo from Manchester City plunging Joe Hart’s future into doubt and amid claims Everton want to sign him on an initial loan deal (The Sun)

– Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has insisted that he and his team- mates know nothing about Claudio Bravo‘s proposed transfer to Manchester City (Various)

MANCHESTER UNITED

– Jose Mourinho is ready to beat a host of rivals with a £30m move for Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Barbosa. (Sun)

– Napoli have reportedly joined Roma in pursuit of Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian (Football Italia)

Matteo Darmian

SOUTHAMPTON

– Ronald Koeman is also plotting to bring Southampton striker Charlie Austin to Everton (The Sun)

SUNDERLAND

– Watford are planning  another move for Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul (L’Equipe)

TOTTENHAM

– Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing a move for Russian side Rostov’s Angolan defender Bastos (Il Messaggero)

– Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is still in London waiting to complete his move to Tottenham (L’Equipe)

– Danny Drinkwater has rejected a new and improved £80,000-a-week Leicester deal amid interest from Tottenham (The Sun)

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou

WATFORD

– Watford have agreed a £13m deal to sign 25-year-old Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra (Sky Sports)

– Watford are planning  another move for Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul (L’Equipe)

WEST BROM

– West Brom have made a revised £21m offer for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani (The Sun)

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