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  • Alexandre Lacazette sustained a hip injury during Lyon’s 4-1 Trophee de Champions loss to PSG yesterday, which could end Arsene Wenger’s interest in striker (FW Index 4.4)
  • Valencia will receive a formal £40 million offer for German defender Shkodran Mustafi today following Gabriel Paulista’s injury against Manchester City on Sunday (3.9)
  • Gunners’ target Mauro Icardi is now also said to be on the radar of Chelsea according to reports in Italy (3.3)


  • Paul Pogba could make his ‘second’ Manchester United debut at Dean Court on Sunday… while Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe looks set to stick rather than twist with his squad before the big kick off but could re-enter the market before the window shuts on 31 August

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  • Turf Moor target Lewin Nyatanga has opted to join Northampton Town on loan from Barnsley on a 12-month loan deal instead
  • Champions Leicester City have upped their bid for defender Michael Keane to £17m (1.9)
  • Sheffield Wednesday have retained the services of up-and-coming defender Tom Lees to end his link with the Clarets


  • Romelu Lukaku’s agent is said to be flying in to Merseyside to open talks on a ‘lucrative’ improvement on the player’s current three-year deal that could yet keep him out of Chelsea’s clutches (4.5)
  • Napoli are close to bringing in Serbian Nikola Maksimovic from Torino ahead of with the impending switch of Kalidou Koulibaly to Stamford Bridge (3.6)
  • One player all set for a return to Italy is Colombian Juan Cuadrado after Milan tabled a €30m offer for the former Juventus and Fiorentina player (3.1)

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  • A deal heating up over the last 24 hours is Yannick Bolasie to Everton, with the Toffees said to have already had a £18m offer rebuffed (1.7)
  • Wolves have ended their pursuit of Jordon Mutch, leaving the door open for Brighton & Hove Abion to snap up the former Cardiff City forward (1.4)


  • John Stones to Manchester City has been completed for a fee in the region of £50m – the player's move had been leaked earlier this morning when UEFA's website revelaed he had been handed the No24 shirt at City
  • … that has prompted Ashley Williams' Goodison Park whisper to ratchet up a few notches in the FW Index (4.7)
  • Despite Chelsea lining up Inter’s Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, Romelu Lukaku to the Blues remains one of the hottest Premier League whispers (4.5)

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Hull City

  • Tigers’ Caretaker Manager Mike Phealan will take charge of first-team matters for their Premier League opener against Leicester City
  • Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez remains linked with a move back to the Championship with Aston Villa (2.9)

Leicester City

  • Simmering down is talk of Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal (4.4), although the 2016 PFA Player of the Year was spotted in the same hotel as Antonio Conte fuelling flames of a move to Chelsea
  • Boiling up is 27-year-old Deportivo De La Coruna striker Lucas Perez Martinez – who could be on his way to the King Power Stadium in a £12.5m deal (4.0)
  • A deal for youngster Michael Keane could still be on if Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is willing to meet the Claret’s £17m valuation of the defender (1.9)


  • Real Madrid’s Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard could yet be lining up for Jurgen Klopp on loan in 2016/17 (3.1)
  • FC Koln and Liverpool remain tight-lipped about left-back Jonas Hector’s move… which usually means an announcement is imminent (3.2)
  • Serbian forward Lazar Markovic looks set to end his two years on the sidelines at Anfield as Lazio stepped up their pursuit of the man that cost ex-Reds’ boss Brendan Rogers £20m (2.8)

Manchester City

  • Speaking for the first time as a Man City player, John Stones told the club's official website that he is ‘absolutely delighted' to sign for the club and is ‘looking forward to the next stage in his career'.
  • Pep Guardiola is listening to offers for out of favour Franchman Samir Nasri – Roma (1.1) and Milan have reportedly been on the phone (1.0)
  • Joe Hart could face competition for the No1 spot from Real Sociedad’s Geronimo Rulli this season (1.4)
  • Meanwhile, Etihad favourite Pablo Zabaleta is staying put despite consistent talk of a switch to Italy – new boss Guardiola has informed the Argentine that he ‘will be part of his squad for this season’

Manchester United

  • It’s not just at the Rio Olympics that world records are tumbling… Paul Pogba is now officially the planet’s most expensive footballer after finally sealing his protracted £89m Old Trafford move from Juventus
  • A deal with significantly fewer zeros on the cheque could be Jose Fonte’s move from Southampton – the Portuguese said yesterday that he would be interested in a switch to a ‘world class club’ (1.4)
  • Heading out on loan again is James Wilson – Birmingham City lead the chase for the England under-21 international who spent last season loan at Brighton & Hove Albion (2.2)

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  • Jonathan Woodgate could be set for an emotional return to Leeds United after his release from Boro – the 36-year-old played at Elland Road between 1998 and 2003 (1.3)
  • Brazilian Fabio could yet make the move to the Riverside from Cardiff City – the Welsh club are set for talks with the player next week


  • International midfielders Roberto Pereyra (1.3) and Stefano Sturaro (3.2) may trade Turin for St Mary’s – both men have spent time out on loan at Serie A rivals, Genoa and Udinese, respectively (3.2)
  • Another Azzurri star, forward Manolo Gabbiadini, is also being lined up for a move from Napoli to the South Coast to replace compatriot Graziano Pelle (2.3)

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Stoke City

  • Mark Hughes is also keeping tabs on Gabbiadini, who moved to Naples from Sampdoria for £10.5m last summer (2.1)
  • West Brom’s unsettled striker Saido Berahino remains top of the Potters’ shopping list for £20m (2.1)


  • French newspaper L’Equipe say Yann M’Vila has agreed a return to the Wearside from Rubin Kazan on a permanent deal, although the clubs are yet to announce the deal (3.9)
  • Scottish international Liam Bridcutt is finalising the terms of his move to Leeds United (3.9)
  • While Lamine Koné is reported to be the subject of a new £17m bid from Everton (2.4)

Swansea City

  • André Ayew to West Ham is a done deal – with both clubs announcing the news this morning
  • Atletico Madrid youngster Borja Bastón, 23, is being lined up as his countryman Fernando Llorent’s strike parter at the Liberty (3.9)
  • Should Everton fail with their swoop for Sunderland’s Koné, Swans’ skipper Ashley Williams remains in the Toffees’ transfer dossier (4.7)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Spurs are awaiting Marseilles boss Frank Passi’s reply on their offer for young winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou (3.3) – ex-Lyon man Clinton N’Jie has been offered as part of the deal (1.7)
  • Brendan Rogers looks all set to be reunited with Michel Vorm – the Dutchman will challenge Craig Gordon for the No1 shirt at Parkhead (3.1)


  • Can West Brom and Watford agree a deal for Odion Ighalo (3.0) or will it be a straight swap for Saido Berahino, perhaps? (2.1)
  • Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand, who has been on loan at Toulouse, remains an option for Hornet’s boss Walter Mazzarri (1.4)
  • While Huddersfield Town are being sounded out about their promising midfielder Jack Payne (1.4)

West Bromich Albion

  • New Hawthorns Chairman John Williams is meeting the club’s hierarchy to discuss a bid for Odion Ighalo from Watford (3.0)
  • Tony Pulis could be set to lose Wales international James Chester to Aston Villa (3.9)
  • While another of the Baggies’ central defenders, Jonny Evans, remains a medium whisper to Arsenal, although that could cool should a deal for Valencia’s Mustafi go through at the Emirates (3.7)

West Ham United

  • André Ayew is a done deal – the Irons have smashed their club record for a £20.5m, three-year deal for the Ghanian – eclipsing the £15m paid for Andy Carroll in 2013
  • Inter Milan’s Davide Santon could yet fill in for the injured Aaron Cresswell at left full-back (2.1)
  • Newcastle United’s French attacker Florian Thauvin is an outside bet for the Olympic Stadium (1.5)


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