Paper Talk: Friday’s football transfer rumours


Barcelona could use midfielder Ivan Rakitic in a part-exchange deal for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho say Friday’s Papers.


Manchester United have been given a fresh boost in their long-term pursuit of Gareth Bale, with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitting he cannot guarantee the Welshman will stay at the Bernabeu this summer.

Liverpool are ready to make one last-ditch attempt to prise Naby Keita away from Germany.

Barcelona could tempt Liverpool into parting ways with Philippe Coutinho by using influential midfielder Ivan Rakitic as part of the deal.

AC Milan have spoken to Diego Costa’s agent this summer – but chairman Marco Fassone remains tight-lipped over a move for the Chelsea striker.

Chelsea are still interested in both Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Juventus full-back Alex Sandro.

Manchester United are set to send scouts to Belgium to watch Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker in their Friday night season-opener.

Roma are set to return with a new £32m bid for Leicester’s wantaway winger Riyad Mahrez, after having an initial offer of £20m rejected.

Brighton are lining up a move for £8m-rated Leicester forward Tom Lawrence which could see them smash their club record for a second time this summer.

Left-back Alan Hutton has both Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland chasing him.

Striker Nahki Wells has been told by Huddersfield boss David Wagner that he can leave the club.

Manchester City will be without new signing Benjamin Mendy for the start of the Premier League season after it was revealed he has been carrying an injury for eight months.

Barcelona target Paulo Dybala has poured cold water on talk of a switch to the Catalan giants by insisting he is happy at Juventus.

Tottenham will become the first Premier League club to trial safe standing with an area in the north stand of the redeveloped White Hart Lane.

Premier League scouts are expected to flock to catch Celta Vigo’s 19-year-old midfield star Pape Cheikh Diop in action.

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti singled out the outstanding performance of Ivan Perisic in his side’s 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich – but remains unsure over his future.

Real Betis are hopeful of signing Middlesbrough’s Gaston Ramirez in a £4m deal.

AC Milan chief Marco Fassone has denied reports that his side are set to sign Renato Sanches, admitting that Bayern Munich’s asking price is too high.

Juventus have turned their attention to Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi as they look to sign a defensive midfielder, further clearing Manchester United’s path for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.

Chelsea are considering bids for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley as Antonio Conte moves to boost his squad with English players.

Sunderland are leading the race for Aston Villa ace Tommy Elphick – but Leeds are also in the hunt.

Liverpool are hopeful of keeping Philippe Coutinho out of Barcelona’s clutches this summer.

Former Scotland man Jay McEveley had departed Ross County and joined National League side Tranmere Rovers.

St Johnstone are reportedly eyeing a swoop for Hearts’ out-of-favour Irishman Conor Sammon.


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