Arsenal will meet Barcelona chiefs on Sunday and discuss a potential loan move for a playmaker, while Paulo Dybala’s wage demands have been revealed, according to Saturday’s papers.
ARSENAL MAKE SHOCK LOAN BID FOR BARCA STAR
Arsenal and Barcelona chiefs will reportedly meet on Sunday during their pre-season friendly to discuss a potential loan deal for Philippe Coutinho.
The Gunners and the Catalan giants will face off at the Nou Camp on Sunday for the Joan Gamper Trophy.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi will meet his Barcelona counterparts and discuss if a move for Coutinho could be offing.
Spanish publication Sport claims that Barca are ready to send the Brazil playmaker out on loan, with the Premier League the most likely destination.
Barcelona want to sell the midfielder, who cost £143million just 18 months ago, after he failed to make a substantial impact – although they accept that a loan deal may be the best option, as the Premier League window shuts next Thursday.
However, the report goes on to add that it is unclear where the north London side will find any money for a loan deal, especially after shelling out a club-record £72m for Nicolas Pepe earlier this week.
Get the latest personalised Arsenal products on our new TEAMtalk Gunners shop!
AND THE REST
Harry Maguire will earn £190,000-a-week at Manchester United after an £80m fee was agreed with Leicester City (Daily Mirror)
Crystal Palace are expected to make a second attempt to land Brentford striker Ollie Watkins after an initial £11m bid was rejected (Daily Mirror)
Palace are leading the race to try and sign Gary Cahill from Chelsea, but will have to fight off competition from West Brom and Burnley (Daily Mirror)
Despite a £20m swoop for Adam Webster, Brighton are intent on keeping centre-back Lewis Dunk (Daily Mirror)
Sheffield United are keen on signing Leicester defender Daniel Amartey (Daily Mirror)
Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, wants £350,000 a week if he is to join Manchester United (The Sun)
Tottenham are determined to buy either Bruno Fernandes or Giovani Lo Celso as a long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen (The Sun)
Everton are expecting to complete the £30m signing of Moise Kean in the next 24 hours (The Sun)
Manchester City are “a way off” agreeing a new contract with Leroy Sane (The Sun)
Norwich are ready to make a late attempt to sign Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes (The Sun)
Brendan Rogers is considering an approach for Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor from his old club Celtic (The Sun)
Cedric Soares will be allowed to leave Southampton ahead of the new season (The Sun)
Tottenham are close to agreeing a £30m fee with Fulham for Ryan Sessegnon (Daily Mail)
Paul Pogba has made a fresh attempt to force a move to Real Madrid after missing Manchester United’s team flight for their pre-season friendly against Milan in Cardiff on Saturday (Daily Mail)
Chelsea are close to agreeing contract extensions with Willian, Tammy Abraham and Reece James to give Frank Lampard a major boost before the start of the season (the Times)
Leeds are interested in Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle with Steve Bruce open to loaning him out (Daily Star)
Brighton are hoping to sign Brentford’s £20m-rated French striker Neal Maupay, 22, who is also being tracked by Sheffield United and Aston Villa (London Evening Standard)
Hull will benefit by £9.45m following the sale of their former defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United. The Tigers agreed a 15% deal on transfer profit when they sold the 26-year-old to Leicester in 2017 (Hull Daily Mail)
Hearts have opened transfer talks with Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan (Daily Record)
Miles Storey is set for a dramatic return to Inverness after leaving Partick Thistle last season (Daily Record)