Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, August 18: Joe Hart latest, Arsenal to make £40m defender bid, Balotelli set for shock Championship move?

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

Joe Hart is reportedly keen on leaving Man City on loan after being dropped by Pep Guardiola, but is NOT interested in moving to Sevilla for the season. The England goalkeeper is instead prepared to bide his time at the Etihad and make a decision on his future in January. (The Guardian)

Liverpool are set to bid for Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi to solve their defensive woes. The 24-year-old Dutchman can also play at left-back, where Jurgen Klopp is light on options. (Daily Mirror)

Reds misfit Mario Balotelli could be set for shock move to Wolves. The Championship outfit want to give the Italian a lifeline, with Italian manager Walter Zenga able to meet the Reds’ asking price for the striker as the Molineux club are now rich with investment from their new Chinese owners. (Daily Express)

Injury plagued Arsenal are keen to talk to Atletico Madrid about signing £40million-rated defender Jose Gimenez. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are NOT favourites to sign £30m-rated Santos striker Gabriel Barbosa. Inter Milan and Juventus are reportedly more likely summer destinations for the 19-year-old known as ‘Gabigol’. (Daily Star)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will ignore interest from Juventus to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge this season. (Evening Standard)

Hertha Berlin are considering a bid for 21-year-old Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry. (Bild)

West Brom are set to reject Arsenal’s £16m bid for defender Jonny Evans. (The Sun)

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