Football Gossip & Transfer News For August 19, 2016


Manchester City are refusing to let England goalkeeper Joe Hart leave on loan and want more than £30m for the 29-year-old. (Sun) Joe Hart began to fear for his future at Manchester City in May. (Manchester Evening News)

Joe Hart will join Everton on loan because Manchester City have moved a step closer to signing Chile keeper Claudio Bravo, 33, from Barcelona in a £17.4m deal. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona will sign Ajax and Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 27, as a replacement for Claudio Bravo. (Telegraaf – in Dutch)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola may sign a centre-back after the arrival of Claudio Bravo. (Manchester Evening News)

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri believes midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 26, is close to signing a new contract with the club. (Daily Star)

Arsenal have started talks with Atletico Madrid over the signing of 21-year-old Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez. (Daily Mail)

However, Arsenal will have to pay Jose Gimenez’s release clause of 65m euros (£56m). (Marca)

Crystal Palace initially offered £15m for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke before finally getting the 25-year-old striker for £27m plus add-ons. (Daily Express)

Stoke midfielder Joe Allen, 26, says he found out he was leaving Liverpool after a text from a friend and that the Reds could have handled his exit better. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United will not be signing any other players this summer after spending £156m on France midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 22, and Armenia winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland boss David Moyes has offered Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone a new £50,000-a-week contract. Everton want to sign the 27-year-old. (Sun)

Swansea are looking to Italy’s Serie A as they try to replace 31-year-old Wales defender Ashley Williams, who has joined Everton. (Wales Online)

West Brom will only give up on signing Ghana full-back Jeffrey Schlupp if the 23-year-old signs a new deal at Leicester. (Birmingham Mail)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has told Oumar Niasse he needs to leave the club for the sake of his career. Hull are said to be interested in the 26-year-old Senegal striker. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, 25, is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury and could play again in 2016. (Daily Express)

Colombia striker Carlos Bacca says he will stay at AC Milan this season. The 29-year-old has been linked with West Ham. (AC Milan website)

Tottenham have moved again for Espanyol’s Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez. The London club have already failed with a £3m bid for the 21-year-old and will now try to sign him on a season-long loan. (Evening Standard)

Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo, 33, will join Chelsea next week, according to Dinamo Zagreb manager Zlatko Kranjcar. (ESPN)

Stoke have agreed a £200,000 deal for Dundee United’s 6ft 7in central defender Harry Souttar, 17. (Dundee Courier)

Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino is losing patience with manager Garry Monk after just four games of the season. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo is weighing up a £3m move for Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin, 23. (Daily Telegraph)

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia welcomed new signing Mile Jedinak on his Twitter account…

Dr Tony Xia

Free agent Tomas Rosicky has been hanging out with former Arsenal team-mate and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Fabregas posted a picture of Rosicky on Snapchat. (Metro)

They may be Premier League rivals but that didn’t stop Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and Germany team-mate Ilkay Gundogan, now at Manchester City, going for dinner. (Instagram)