Paper Talk - 27 August 2015

Jon Obi Mikel: Chelsea midfielder linked with Besiktas

Gossip: Mikel off as Chelsea chase Pogba

Jon Obi Mikel to Besiktas, Paul Pogba to Chelsea, and Jonny Evans to West Brom are among Thursday's transfer stories from the newspapers.

  • After an impressive performance by Lucas Leiva at Arsenal on Monday convinced Liverpool to keep the midfielder, Besiktas have targeted Chelsea's John Obi Mikel, according to the Daily Mail.
  • Mikel is one of the Blues' longest-serving players but has made only one substitute appearance in the Premier League so far this season and could find his first-team opportunities restricted even more if Jose Mourinho gets his way.
  • Yes, you guessed it, the newspapers are once again full of 'updates' of Chelsea's apparent pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with the Daily Mirror claiming they will make a new £70million offer for the 22-year-old before Tuesday's transfer deadline.
  • It has been widely speculated that Chelsea have received encouragement from Juve that a deal could be done in this transfer window - and the player will be offered £300,000 a week to move to Stamford Bridge, according to the tabloid.
  • Despite Everton boss Roberto Martinez insisting yet again that John Stones is not for sale, the Mirror also says talks are ongoing over a £34million deal that, if completed along with the Pogba transfer, would take Chelsea's summer spending to £159million.
  • After failing to agree terms with Tottenham defender Federico Fazio, who is now said to be a target for Everton, West Brom are 'closing in' on a deal to sign Jonny Evans from Manchester United, according to The Sun.
  • Albion do not want to pay much more than the £5million they had agreed to sign Fazio for, while United are looking for around £10million, but talks between the clubs are set to resume on Thursday, it is claimed.
  • There is likely to be a willingness on all sides to make the transfer happen, with Evans into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and yet to appear this season.
  • - Manchester City will break their transfer record for the second time this summer after finally agreeing a deal with Wolfsburg to sign Kevin de Bruyne (Various)
  • - Tottenham have made a move to sign Bayer Leverkusen forward Son Heung-Min
  • - Juventus will make a move for West Ham midfield target Alex Song (The Sun)
  • - Southampton are expected to offer £8million for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk to push through a deal over the next 48 hours (Daily Mail)
  • - Stoke are going back in for Hamburg's Ivica Olic, a year after he snubbed them (The Sun)
  • - Leicester are in talks to sign Demarai Gray from Birmingham City after activating his £4.7m buy-out clause (Daily Mail)
  • - Norwich have had a £10million bid for Wolves striker Benik Afobe rejected so may now revisit a bid for Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle (Daily Mail)
  • - Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak has turned down a move to Celtic (Daily Mail)
  • - Sheffield Wednesday have made a £3m bid for Watford striker Fernando Forestieri, also a reported target for Leeds (The Sun)
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