Football News & Transfer Gossip For July 29, 2016


Manchester United and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, could become the first big-name casualty of new manager Jose Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford. (Daily Express)

Mourinho is planning a clearout at United with nine players set to leave to make way for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23. (Sun)

If United fail to sign Pogba, they will target his France international team-mate Blaise Matuidi, 29, who plays for Paris St-Germain. (Manchester Evening News)

German champions Bayern Munich have stopped new England manager Sam Allardyce from adding their assistant manager Paul Clement to his backroom team. (Guardian)

Colombian striker Marlos Moreno is set to join Manchester City after the 19-year-old’s agent confirmed an £8m move from Atletico Nacional. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid are planning a move for Paris St-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 23, after accepting defeat in their pursuit of Paul Pogba. (AS)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is considering using England midfielder James Milner, 30, as an emergency left-back after giving up on signing Ben Chilwell, 19, from Leicester City. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal have said they are not willing to spend more than £33.7m on Lyon’s France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 25. (Squawka)

West Ham’s 17-year-old defender Reece Oxford, valued at £18m by the Hammers, wants first-team assurances from the club after interest from Manchester United. (Evening Standard)

West Ham are close to signing 26-year-old Swansea City forward Andre Ayew for £16m. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, 46, has described the Premier League as “attractive” and hinted his future could be in England. (Daily Mail)

Former USA coach Bob Bradley, 58, is the bookmakers’ favourite to be appointed Steve Bruce’s successor at Hull City. (NBC Sports)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has hinted 23-year-old Spanish forward Jese, a target for Arsenal and Liverpool, could be set for a move away from the Bernabeu. (Metro)

Arsenal are in talks to sign Valencia’s 24-year-old Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi. (Sky Sports)

Everton defender Leighton Baines, 31, is set to sign a new contract with the Toffees. The England international has made 280 Premier League appearances for the club since joining from Wigan in 2007. (Liverpool Echo)

Stoke City’s former England striker Peter Crouch, 35, is the latest forward being linked with a move to Swansea City. (South Wales Evening Post)

Newcastle United have not received a bid for Ayoze Perez, 23, from Barcelona – despite reports of a £15m offer for the Spanish forward.(Chronicle)

Everton striker Oumar Niasse, 26, is set to leave the club after being left out of the pre-season trip to Germany. Niasse only joined the Merseyside club in January for £13.5m. (Sky Sports)

Sunderland have been linked with a move for Benfica’s Argentina striker Eduardo Salvio, 26. (Sunderland Echo)

Manchester City target Gabriel Jesus, 19, is on the verge of completing a transfer away from Palmeiras – but the Brazilian forward has not confirmed his destination. (Talksport)

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez missed his team’s pre-season tour of America with an ankle injury but has now returned to London.

Stoke City goalkeeper Shay Given announced on Twitter that he is retiring from international football after winning 134 caps for the Republic of Ireland. The former Newcastle and Manchester City man said he’d now be “shouting the lads on as one of Ireland’s biggest fans”.

New Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has said he had to leave Napoli as he “couldn’t stand to be around owner Aurelio de Laurentiis for another minute”.(