Football Gossip & Transfer News For August 23, 2016


Everton have been put off making a move for Manchester City keeper Joe Hart because of the combined £7m cost of the loan fee and wages. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have had a £30m bid rejected for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, 21.(Sky Sports)

Chelsea have told Napoli they will not increase their offer for Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, with their last bid worth £40m.(Daily Telegraph)

Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic, 24, is another target for Chelsea – but Napoli are also interested in signing the Serbia international.(Football Italia)


England boss Sam Allardyce has not ruled out a return to international football for Chelsea defender John Terry, 35.(Guardian)

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 33, is due to finalise his move to Manchester City on Thursday and trigger Joe Hart’s exit from the club.(Sky Sports)

The Telegraph’s sport section leads on John Terry’s potential England recall

Barcelona will turn to Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen, 27, as a replacement for Bravo in a £10.35m move.(Marca)

West Brom are unwilling to sell defender Jonny Evans, 28, to Arsenal for any less than £25m,(Daily Telegraph)

Inter Milan have opened talks with Newcastle United for midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 27. (TalkSport)

Arsenal have inquired about Monaco’s Congolese defender Marcel Tisserand, with Espanyol also hoping to sign the 23-year-old. (Daily Mirror)

Brazil forward Gabriel Barbosa is being chased by Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester – and the 19-year-old Santos player is now ready to make a decision on his future after winning gold at the Rio Olympics.(Daily Express)

West Ham are hoping to sign Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 27, and end their pursuit of Juventus forward Simone Zaza, 25. (Gazzetta World)

The Times back page leads on Sam Allardyce’s thoughts on England keeper Joe Hart’s future

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 26, looks set for a move away from the Premier League, with Bologna, Lazio and Chievo interested in signing the Italy international. (Gazzetta World)

Major League Soccer clubs in the USA will throw big-money offers at England forward Wayne Rooney, 30, if he decides to leave Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are interested in signing Barcelona forward Munir, 20, with Everton and Stoke also keeping an eye on the Spaniard. (Sport – in Spanish)

Watford and West Ham have both registered an interest in Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat, 27.(Daily Mail)

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira says he admires Arsene Wenger’s strict transfer policy, but the current Gunners side are missing a “physical presence and personality”. (Guardian)

Napoli will have to go head-to-head with Hull City to sign striker Nemanja Nikolic, 28, from Legia Warsaw. (ESPN)

Hull have also offered striker Abel Hernandez, 26, an increased contract to ward off interest from Aston Villa and several Italian clubs. (Hull Daily Mail)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he cannot wait for the transfer window to be closed, as he can’t believe how “obsessed” people were with signing new players. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal’s Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, 23, has been offered the chance to play for the Kosovo national side. (Evening Standard)

Jack Wilshere paid tribute to his Arsenal team-mate Joel Campbell, who has joined Sporting Lisbon on loan for the rest of the season.

Jack Wilshere

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi is ready to get back to Premier League action, but he’ll do it as an Olympic bronze medallist with Nigeria.

John Obi Mikel

Norwich City midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu shared this photo of his post-derby recovery after they drew 1-1 with Ipswich Town.

Youssouf Mulumbu

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian made a montage of Michail Antonio’s moves after his strike helped the Hammers to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

Adrian San Miguel

Former Arsenal striker Gervinho has made a bumpy start to life in the Chinese Super League. The Ivorian was sent off while playing for Hebei China Fortune, after stamping on a delicate area of an opponent.(Metro)