Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, August 9: Man City close to £50m deal, Chelsea eye Icardi and Arsenal to land Jonny Evans?

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

Manchester City are increasingly confident of concluding a £50million deal to sign John Stones from Everton before the Premier League season starts on Saturday. City and Everton have been in negotiations over Stones for the past three weeks but are understood to have moved closer to agreement over the past 24 hours. (The Times)

Everton have offered £18million for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone as they prepare for John Stones’ departure. (Daily Mail)

New Everton boss Ronald Koeman is also not giving up in his pursuit of Ashley Williams. Swansea have rejected an initial £10million bid by Everton for the Welsh club’s captain. But Koeman still wants the Wales international defender and skipper, who impressed in Chris Coleman side’s run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace have rejected a bid of £18m from Everton for the forward Yannick Bolasie, with the south London club holding out for a fee closer to £30m. (Guardian)

Arsene Wenger wants to land a new defender by Friday after Arsenal ‘s injury crisis deepened. Boss Wenger is trying to push through a move for either Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafior Jonny Evans of West Brom before the season opener at home to Liverpool on Sunday. (Daily Mirror)

Pep Guardiola has decided to sell Samir Nasri and Manchester City want £18million for the midfielder. Inter and AC Milan are keen on the Frenchman. (Daily Star)

City boss Guardiola is also ready to ditch Eliaquim Mangala, Jesus Navas and Wilfried Bony this summer. (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho will turn his attention to clearing out unwanted players at Manchester United after the signing of Paul Pogba for a world-record fee. Mourinho’s list of players who can go is headed by Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been cut from the first team, and also includes defenders Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind and midfielder Juan Mata. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea have turned their attentions to £50m-rated Inter Milan striker Mario Icardi after Everton refused to let Romelu Lukaku return to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)

West Brom defender and Euro 2016 hero James Chester is wanted by Albion’s relegated neighbours Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)

Gabby Agbonlahor has been told he has played his last game for relegated Aston Villa. The ex-England forward held talks with new boss Roberto Di Matteo before the start of the Championship season and is not part of future plans. (Daily Mirror)

Brendan Galloway is likely to become a Newcastle player this week as Rafa Benitez finalises a loan fee. The Magpies are in talks with Everton about borrowing the young left-back for the season, and hope to have him in their squad later this week. (Daily Mirror)

Wolves are set to beat Liverpool to Brazilian forward Anderson Talisca – and smash their transfer record. The Championship side are close to concluding a deal with Benfica for the £20m-rated ace. (The Sun)

And here are the latest headlines…​

OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Paul Pogba from Juventus for world record transfer fee of £89m

Andre Ayew joins West Ham from Swansea for club-record fee

Chelsea FC transfer news: Juventus planning to spend Paul Pogba money on Nemanja Matic

Arsenal transfer report: Gunners to offer Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan in bid to land striker Mauro Icardi

Carlos Bacca meets with agent to discuss potential £24m West Ham move

Jose Mourinho issues Zlatan Ibrahimovic warning to Manchester United’s Premier League rivals

Manchester City transfer report: Blues open to offers for out-of-favour Samir Nasri

Deal STILL ON! Tottenham remain hopeful of signing Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

Manchester United and Chelsea target Blaise Matuidi is ‘the heart of the club’ and not for sale, say Paris Saint-Germain owner

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