Football rumours from the media
Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham are all reported to be considering moving players on to new clubs.
What the papers say
Chelsea rejected a third bid by Barcelona for Willian, according to reports. The Spanish giants offered more than £55million for the Brazilian on Friday, Sky Sports says. According to the Daily Mail the offer was as high as £65million. The Mail says Barcelona could be successful if they raise their bid to £70million.
Maurizio Sarri is on the verge of landing former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina from AC Milan, The Sun reports. The new Blues boss worked with the Spaniard at his former club Napoli and Chelsea could lose Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid before the summer is out. Reina, who spent eight seasons at Anfield, joined Milan as a free agent earlier this summer. At 35, he may only have a couple of playing years left, however he could join Sarri’s backroom staff, the paper says.
Jose Mourinho would consider selling Anthony Martial, but only at the right price and to an overseas club if possible, The Guardian reports. The Portuguese boss is said by the newspaper to have changed his mind over keeping the French forward at Old Trafford amid speculation he does not want to play for the Reds. Martial has a year left on his contract, although there is an option for United to extend it by 12 months if they desire. Having arrived at United for £36million plus add-ons in 2015, triggering the extension would likely see his value climb to nearly £60million, the paper says.
Tottenham could sell Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente to raise £30million for Mauricio Pochettino’s kitty, the Evening Standard reports. Dutch striker Janssen failed to shine at White Hart Lane and Spurs may be hoping to offload him for close to the £17million they spent on him in 2016. Tottenham’s Spain-capped striker Llorente is also up for sale, the paper says. The club will also listen to offers for Manchester United target Toby Alderweireld, Belgian Mousa Dembele and left-back Danny Rose, according to the Standard.
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Willian Jose: Fulham have made a £26million bid for Real Sociedad’s Brazilian striker, The Sun reports.
Lucas Digne: The 25-year-old Barcelona defender is an Everton target, according to the Liverpool Echo.