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Football Rumours on Sunday 8th August 2021
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  • Arsenal are exploring the possibility of signing Manchester City's 26-year-old Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, who has previously told the Premier League champions he wants to leave the club. The Gunners see Silva as an alternative to Leicester City and England midfielder James Maddison, 24.
    (Sunday Mirror)

  • Silva is preparing for talks with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and will be pushing to get a move to Barcelona.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • City are willing to offer Silva in any deal for Harry Kane but are prepared to miss out on the England captain altogether rather than meet Tottenham's asking price of £150m.
    (Mail on Sunday)

  • Tottenham are prepared to consider selling England striker Harry Kane, 28, if Manchester City offer £120m plus another £20m in add-ons.
    (Daily Star on Sunday)

  • City are relying on Kane convincing Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to allow him to leave for the Premier League champions.
    (Sunday Mirror)

  • Italian champions Inter Milan are planning for the departure of Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea and want two additions up front, with Chelsea's England striker Tammy Abraham, 23, Atalanta's Colombia forward Duvan Zapata, 30, and Roma's 35-year-old Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko all targets.
    (Sky Sport Italia)

  • Arsenal and West Ham are also interested in Abraham but Atalanta will bid for the Chelsea striker if Inter Milan ask for Zapata as Lukaku's replacement.
    (Fabrizio Romano)

  • Lukaku will have a medical in Belgium on Sunday before completing his move and is set to arrive in London on Monday.

  • Arsenal have made a move for Kieran Trippier after Manchester United were unable to agree a fee with Atletico Madrid for the England right-back, 30.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • Inter Milan have targeted Manchester United striker Anthony Martial to replace Lukaku, with the Italian champions wanting to take the France forward, 25, on loan next season, while Everton have also been linked with a loan move.
    (Sunday Mirror)

  • Aston Villa explored the possibility of selling England midfielder Jack Grealish to Real Madrid or Manchester United before a British record £100m deal for the 25-year-old was reached with Manchester City.

  • Tottenham have been linked with Barcelona's Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, but a move for the 29-year-old would hinge on Spurs selling England striker Kane.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

  • Barca have already offered Coutinho to Everton, but the Merseyside club are likely to turn down the chance to sign the former Liverpool playmaker.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Atletico Madrid are close to completing a deal to sign Wolves' 24-year-old Spain striker Rafa Mir on a four-year deal.

  • Brighton are hoping to sign English striker Eddie Nketiah, 22, from Arsenal for about £20m.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • Burnley are struggling to get a deal for RB Leipzig's 23-year-old English winger Ademola Lookman done, so may focus on trying to sign Ivory Coast defender Maxwel Cornet, 24, from Lyon.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • Sheffield United's eyes are on Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng to replace Arsenal-bound Aaron Ramsdale.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • Derby have snapped up Ravel Morrison on a free transfer, subject to international clearance.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • West Ham are continuing to negotiate personal terms with Fiorentina's 23-year-old Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic but are struggling to meet the demands set out by his representatives.

  • Newcastle United have enquired about signing 24-year-old English defender Nathaniel Phillips from Liverpool.

  • Leeds United are tabling an improved offer for Huddersfield Town's 22-year-old English midfielder Lewis O'Brien after an initial approach was rebuffed.
    (Football Insider)

  • Spanish club Granada are close to signing 34-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United at the end of his contract this summer.

  • Newcastle have opened negotiations with Arsenal over a £20m deal for Joe Willock.
    (Mail on Sunday)

  • Everton are expected to send Portuguese goalkeeper Joao Virginia out on loan after he was left out of the squad for Saturday's pre-season friendly against Manchester United. There is interest in the 21-year-old from unnamed clubs in the Championship and abroad.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Liverpool have agreed to sign 16-year-old English midfielder Bobby Clark from Newcastle United after Tottenham turned down the chance to sign him this year.
    (Football Insider)

  • Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain have agreed a two-year deal, with the 34-year-old Argentina forward expected to officially end his 21-year association with Barcelona with "dignity" on Sunday with a Nou Camp news conference.
    (Le Parisien)

  • If Messi does move to the French capital, he is set to receive a yearly pay packet of 40m euros (about £34m).

  • Messi's potential move to Parc des Princes could boost Manchester United's hopes of signing Rennes' 18-year-old French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who has been strongly linked with a move to PSG.
    (Daily Star on Sunday)

  • Sergio Aguero, 33, will remain at Barcelona, despite reports he was looking to leave after news that his good friend and fellow Argentine forward Messi was not staying at the club.


  • Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed Wesley Fofana will have an operation on his broken fibula on Monday, after the defender was injured in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Concerned Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has made a new striker his top priority amid links with Celtic star Odsonne Edouard.
    (Sunday Mail)


  • Eddie Nketiah, Thomas Partey and Gabriel will not be available to Mikel Arteta for the start of Arsenal's Premier League season, with the trio sidelined due to injuries.
    (Sky Sports)
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