Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, July 6: Stones tells Everton he wants Man City move, Arsenal ready to pay €40m for striker

6 Jul

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


Paul Pogba will join Manchester United only if his first choice of Real Madrid proves impossible, with José Mourinho’s hopes of securing the France midfielder resting on outbidding the Spanish club and meeting the player’s wage demand of €300,000 (£250,000) a week. (Guardian)

Arsenal have indicated they are prepared to pay the €40million (£34.2  million) fee that will trigger talks with Lyon to sign their striker Alexandre Lacazette. However, no bid has been lodged yet for the 25-year-old France international who has once more rejected the chance to join West Ham United. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsene Wenger is taking Dutch keeper Guy Smit on a fortnight’s trial at Arsenal. The talented 20-year-old is is out of contract at Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen and has had offers from a string of Championship clubs, including Brighton. (Daily Mirror)

Valencia have rejected a bid of around £40million from Chelsea for Portugal international midfielder Andre Gomes. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will turn his attention to signing a new attacking midfielder after securing a deal for striker Vincent Janssen. Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum is among his targets. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham are prepared to sell Ryan Mason, who has been tracked by Hull City and Bournemouth, and would listen to offers for Nacer Chadli or Son Hueng-Min. (Daily Telegraph)

John Stones has told Everton he wants to leave the club to join Manchester City this summer. Everton want £50million for the England international which would make him Britain’s most-expensive defender. (Daily Mail)

Everton are exploring the possibility of signing Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester City. Ronald Koeman has signed Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham but wants another high-profile name to contest the No 1 slot following Tim Howard’s departure to Colorado Rapids. (Daily Mail)

Everton also remain confident of beating Napoli to the signing of Axel Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg. The Belgium international is on holiday but is weighing up his next move with Everton favourites to sign him in a deal worth around £28million. (Daily Mail)

QPR midfielder Matty Phillips had a medical at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday ahead of his £5.5million transfer. (Daily Mail)

Watford have rejected a proposed £20million swap deal with West Bromwich Albion involving Saido Berahino and Odion Ighalo. (Daily Mail)

Watford are targeting £6million Genk midfielder Wilfried Ndidi. The 19-year-old Nigerian was signed by his Belgian club for just £150,000 less than two years ago. (Daily Mirror)

Mark Hughes is closing in on the capture of highly-rated Egypt striker Ramadan Sobhi. Stoke are understood to have agreed a £3.5million fee for the 19-year-old Al Ahly star who can also play out wide. (Daily Mirror)

Iceland ace Johann Gudmundsson could be set for a move to Premier League new boys Burnley – after their bid was accepted by Charlton. The Clarets offer is thought to be £2.5million with another £1m in add-ons. (South London Press)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

TRANSFER BATTLE! Liverpool and Tottenham target Germany left-back Jonas Hector

Mario Balotelli latest: Sampdoria president offers to help relaunch Liverpool flop’s career in Italy

Monaco to beat Southampton and Sunderland in race for Lille defender Djibril Sidibe

Tottenham transfer news: Vincent Janssen deal close after Spurs up bid for Dutch striker to £17million

Sunderland FC transfer news: Euro 2016 star Emanuele Giaccherini on verge of £2m move to Torino

Liverpool transfer news: Reds face missing out on Piotr Zielinski as Napoli step up pursuit

Chelsea FC transfer news: Juventus ready to step up pursuit of Nemanja Matic

Transfer news: Aston Villa on verge of signing former Manchester United youngster Pierluigi Gollini in £5m deal

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