Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, August 12: Arsenal £30m deal imminent, West Brom in for Benteke and Hart facing Manchester City axe?

12 Aug

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…


Arsenal are expected to complete a £30m swoop for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi in the next 48 hours. The Germany international is understood to have agreed a five-year deal worth in the region of £75,000-per-week and is now waiting on the all clear to undergo a medical. (Daily Mail)

Joe Hart has been left fearing for his future at Manchester City. England keeper Hart is concerned that Pep Guardiola still wants to bring in a new No1, with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen set to be his next big-money target. (Daily Mirror)

Everton have explored the possibility of signing Juan Mata with it appearing that the Manchester United midfielder has no future at Old Trafford. (The Times)

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Everton are looking to sign a striker before the close of the transfer window. But the Blues are not interested in Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has pleaded with Nemanja Matic to snub a move to Juventus. The Italian giants want Matic to replace Paul Pogba and have made an approach to the Chelsea midfielder’s representatives. But despite Matic being uncertain about his future after the £32m arrival of N’Golo Kante, Conte wants to keep the Serbian international. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham have put a £20m price tag on Nacer Chadli. Winger Chadli is wanted by Swansea and German side Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Mirror)

West Bromwich Albion have joined the race to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool. The Merseysiders are keen on recouping much of the £32.5m they paid Aston Villa for the Belgian last year and the Baggies are keen, along with Crystal Palace. (Guardian)

Valencia and AC Milan are keen on Manchester City’s £32million flop Eliaquim Mangala. Pep Guardiola wants to offload Mangala , Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri, who cost City a combined £84million, and has axed the trio from his Champions League squad. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa are ready to sell midfielder Ashley Westwood to Burnley and bring in Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace. (Daily Mirror)

Swansea City, Burnley and Hull City are all keen on West Brom defender James Chester, but Aston Villa remain frontrunners for his signature. (HITC)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Liverpool transfer report: West Brom join race for Christian Benteke

Transfer report: Fenerbahce plotting £20 million move for Manchester United star Juan Mata

Manchester City FC transfer news: Eliaquim Mangala tells agent to engineer exit this summer

Arsenal set to miss out as AC Milan close in on 19-year-old Boca Juniors star Rodrigo Bentancur

West Brom accept offer from Aston Villa for Wales international defender James Chester

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore heading out of club as Ajax make loan swoop

Arsenal FC news: Gunners XI for 2016/17 season – featuring Shkodran Mustafi and £60m striker

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