Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, August 26: Arsenal close to £50m double deal, Joe Hart eyes Liverpool move

26 Aug

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


Arsene Wenger will splash out more than £50million before the transfer deadline on centre half Shkodran Mustafi and striker Lucas Perez. Arsenal have had bids accepted on both players and are confident of clinching the deals before the transfer window closes on Wednesday. (Daily Mail)

Joe Hart is willing to take a huge pay cut to tempt Liverpool to bid for him. The England keeper is desperate to move after being told he is not wanted at Manchester City. But Kop boss Jurgen Klopp has so far shown no interest in offering Hart an escape route. (The Sun)

West Ham have agreed a €28m (£24m) fee with Juventus for Simone Zaza, with the Italy striker set to fly to England on Friday for his medical after agreeing personal terms. (Guardian)

Everton have revived their interest in Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini after missing out on Lucas Perez, who is set to join Arsenal. Napoli want £30million for the 25-year-old Italy international. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham are considering a move for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala before Wednesday’s transfer deadline. (ESPN)

Valencia are considering making a move for out-of-favour Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo. (Various)

Southampton defender Jose Fonte looks set to stay at the club and reject interest from Manchester United after holding one-on-one talks with Saints chairman Ralph Krueger to discuss his future. (Metro)

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata wants to stay at Old Trafford despite not being guaranteed a starting role under manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is wanted by Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford is expected to agree a season-long loan with Burnley on Friday. (Daily Mail)

West Bromwich Albion are set to ramp up interest in Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez to ward off interest from Premier League rivals Hull City. The Baggies are in advanced talks with the Saints over a potential season-long loan deal for the 27-year-old striker. (Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle United are in talks to sign Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar. And the club are pressing on with plans to bring in another winger and striker before the transfer window closes next week. (Newcastle Chronicle)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Liverpool FC transfer news: Nice hold talks with Reds misfit Mario Balotelli concerning transfer to Ligue 1 club

Tottenham transfer latest: Spurs open negotiations to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha

Transfer news: Chelsea could turn to ‘new Vidic’ with AC Milan set to reject £35m bid for Alessio Romagnoli

Manchester United FC transfer news: Monaco warn full-back Fabinho will cost Red Devils £25m-plus

Manchester City transfer report: Besiktas in talks over possible loan move for Samir Nasri

Arsenal FC transfer news: Lucas Perez set for £17m move as Everton lose out on striker

Tottenham transfer latest: Spurs outcast Nabil Bentaleb on the verge of signing for Schalke with £17m purchase option

Arsenal transfer news: Shkodran Mustafi breakthrough, plus Everton beaten to signing of £17m Spanish striker Lucas Perez

Manchester United transfer news: Jose Fonte latest, Raphael Varane revelations and more

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