Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, August 25: Southampton make record £20m swoop, Mourinho snubs Arsenal defender bid and Sakho to Stoke?

25 Aug

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

Southampton are set to smash their transfer record by signing Moroccan Sofiane Boufal for £20million. The Saints are on the verge of wrapping up a deal to sign the exciting 22-year-old attacking midfielder from Lille. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho could be offered an Anfield escape route with Stoke keen on a loan move for the French defender. (Daily Telegraph)

Mario Balotelli is understood to be weighing up a move to FC Sion after the Swiss club’s chairman confirmed they are in talks to sign the striker on loan from Liverpool. (Guardian)

Manchester United are set to reject any offer from Arsenal for Phil Jones – because Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to do business with Arsene Wenger. The Gunners are believed to have enquired about the 24-year-old’s availability as they continue their search for a centre-back. (London Evening Standard)

Arsenal have made a late move for Everton target Lucas Perez. The Goodison Park club have proposed to pay the £16.9million buyout clause for the Deportivo La Coruna striker but are wary that negotiations have not been straight forward. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have made Calum Chambers available on loan despite their worrying shortage of fit central-defenders. The England Under 21 international is set to leave the Emirates Stadium on a temporary basis before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.(Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger could face competition from Leicester for Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand. Wenger’s Arsenal and the new champions have both made enquiries for the versatile DR Congo international who can operate at centre-half or right-back. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham have Chelsea’s Loic Remy as a fallback loan option – but only if they fail to land their primary targets. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are keen on Bayer Leverkusen and Turkey attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu. (Daily Mirror)

Nabil Bentaleb is closing in on a move to Schalke after accepting an offer from the German club. The Algerian midfielder is out of favour at Tottenham and is believed to have agreed the switch to the Bundesliga after learning he had no future at White Hart Lane. (London Evening Standard)

Hal Robson-Kanu will wait until transfer deadline day before deciding on his new club. The 27-year-old free agent — who left Reading this summer — has been in demand ever since his star turn for Wales in their run to the semi-finals of the European Championships. Swansea and Hull have been linked with the forward. (Wales Online)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Sunderland transfer news: Assistant manager Paul Bracewell confirms Javier Manquillo has undergone Black Cats medical

Joe Hart responds when asked whether he’s leaving Manchester City

Slaven Bilic: ‘We are not going to beg’ players to sign for West Ham

SHOCK TRANSFER REPORT! Super agent Mino Raiola trying to get Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli to Manchester United

Signing Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony is ‘an option’ for West Ham, reveals Slaven Bilic

Sunderland FC transfer news: Black Cats agree £7million deal for Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra

Tottenham transfer report: Schalke ‘close’ to signing out-of-favour Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb

Chelsea transfer news: Latest on Koulibaly, Romagnoli and other defender targets

Liverpool transfer round-up: Two in, three out? Including Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, Bruno Martins Indi, Balotelli to Everton? Plus MORE!

Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United in three-way fight for free-kick specialist Hakan Calhanoglu

Tottenham transfer news: Latest on Nkoudou deal, plus update on Mason’s future and a new goalkeeper

Stoke City tracking Borussia Dortmund’s American wonderkid Christian Pulisic


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