Football News & Transfer Gossip For August 5, 2016


Everton are prepared to fight Arsenal for the £63m signing of Wolfsburg’s 22-year-old Germany winger Julian Draxler. (Independent)

And the Merseyside club will refuse to budge on their £50m valuation of England defender and Manchester City target John Stones, 22. (Sky Sports)

Paul Pogba’s world-record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United is complete, and will be announced when the 23-year-old France midfielder returns from holiday. (Manchester Evening News)

Kasper Schmeichel has agreed a new five-year deal to stay at Leicester City. The 29-year-old Denmark goalkeeper had been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions. (ESPN)

Chelsea are watching Brazil’s Thiago Maia, 19, during the Olympics, before making a £15m bid to take him from Santos. (Daily Mirror)

And Diego Costa, 27, is likely to stay at Stamford Bridge, after Atletico Madrid’s president, Enrique Cerezo, said the Spain striker’s “place is with Chelsea”.(Marca,via ESPN)

However, Chelsea will have to work to secure former striker Romelu Lukaku’s signature once more, after Everton offered the 23-year-old £135,000 a week to stay at the club. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid are prepared to offer £55.1m to secure the signature of Bayern Munich’s 24-year-old Austria midfielder David Alaba. (AS)

Madrid could allow Norwegian Martin Odegaard to join a Bundesliga club on loan, but the 17-year-old midfielder is hoping for a temporary switch to Liverpool. (Daily Mail)

Jurgen Klopp will not allow midfielder Lucas Leiva, 29, to leave Liverpool until he has secured defensive cover for his injury-depleted backline. (Liverpool Echo)

Roma are interested in reported Liverpool target and former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, 30, currently at Barcelona. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Veteran Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 35, could move to Championship side Wolves in a bid for more first-team football. (Birmingham Mail)

Aston Villa are prepared to allow 33-year-old centre-back Joleon Lescott to leave the club for free, with Leeds interested. (Telegraph)

Defender Harry Maguire, 23, could hand in a transfer request to force through a £5m switch from Hull to fellow Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough.(Daily Mail)

West Ham seemed pretty chuffed after their first game at the Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic Stadium

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook hasn’t been having much luck with a popular football computer game…

Steve Cook on Twitter

Leicester City’s Andy King enjoyed his team’s pre-season friendly against Barcelona.

If Cristiano Ronaldo followed King before this tweet, it’s doubtful he did afterwards…

Leicester co-owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha doesn’t seem too keen on the idea of selling last season’s Premier League player of the year Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez not allowed to leave Leicester

Former Southampton and England striker Matt Le Tissier turned up to a schoolboy’s prom to help him defeat bullies.(Daily Mirror)