Football Gossip & Transfer News For August 22, 2016


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he hopes to sign German World Cup winning defender Shkodran Mustafi, 24. (SFR Sport via Daily Express)

But Wenger might need to spend heavily amid reports Mustafi could cost the Gunners £50m. (Daily Mirror)

Joe Hart, 29, will be allowed to leave Manchester City after they agreed to sign fellow goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 33, from Barcelona in a deal worth up to £17m. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton’s hopes of signing Hart depend on a chain of goalkeeper transfers – beginning with Barcelona completing a deal for Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen, 27.(Liverpool Echo)

Winger Kevin Mirallas, 28, has urged Everton and Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku, 23, to sign a new contract. (Daily Express)

Everton are in talks with Porto to sign Algerian forward Yacine Brahimi, 26.(Sky Sports)

Santos striker Gabriel Barbosa, 19, has hinted he could join Brazil team-mate Neymar, 24, at Barcelona. (Sun)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he he would be an “idiot” to make panic buys in the wake of defeat at Burnley. (Guardian)

The Sun
The Sun says Joe Hart must leave Manchester City for the sake of his England place

England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 26, will become the latest Leicester City player to sign a new contract this week. (Daily Mirror)

Hull caretaker-manager Mike Phelan has called on the club to allow him to sign more players after their impressive start to the Premier League season. (Daily Mail)

Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, 28, is expected to complete a permanent move from Chelsea to Juventus in the next few days. (ESPN)

Manchester United still want Portugal defender Jose Fonte, 32, to replace Marcos Rojo, 26, and Phil Jones, 24, at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis is interested in signing England forward Jay Rodriguez, 27, on loan from Southampton, with Hull City also interested. (Daily Telegraph)

Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves’ future is in doubt as the 31-year-old Brazilian’s predicted transfer might not happen. (Marca)

Fiorentina want to sign West Ham’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang, 24.(Gazetta della Sport)

But Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is targeting one more “proper” signing of his own before the end of the window. (West Ham official website)

Turkish club Caykur Rizespor are close to signing former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini and striker Emmanuel Adebayor, both 32.(

Tottenham have made a number of offers for Espanyol’s Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez, 21.(Sky Sports)

FC Porto have convinced Portugal Under-21 striker Andre Silva, 20, to sign to a new five-year contract. (ESPN)

Daily Star back page
The Daily Star’s back page includes a warning from new Sunderland manager David Moyes that the club face another relegation battle

Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald, 27, has urged team-mate Ryan Sessegnon, 16, to stay at Craven Cottage despite rumoured interest from the Premier League. (Daily Star)

A game in Germany between bitter rivals Dynamo Dresden and Red Bull Leipzig was marred when a severed bull’s head was thrown by fans towards the pitch. ( – warning: contains graphic image)

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia says the club hope to make more new signings before next week’s transfer deadline.(Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will consider changing his formation to get £17m summer signing Vincent Janssen, 22, combining effectively in attack with Harry Kane, 23. (Daily Mail)

Los Angeles Galaxy have ruled out a move for Joleon Lescott, with the 34-year-old defender seeking a way out of Championship club Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira believes the current side lack the toughness required to win the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

Best of social media

West Ham youngster Ashley Fletcher had more reason than most to celebrate after his side’s victory over Bournemouth in their first Premier League game at the former Olympic Stadium.

Ashley Fletcher tweet

Fletcher’s team-mate Andy Carroll, who has reached double figures just once in a Premier League season, remained confident on Twitter despite being ruled out for four to six weeks by a knee injury.

Andy Carroll tweet

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton revealed more than he bargained for when he posed with his team-mates in the dressing room after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sunderland. (Sun)

Germany midfielder Robert Bauer has apologised for taunting Brazil fans after the home nation won Olympic gold in a penalty shoot-out on Saturday night. (AS)