Manchester United hijack ANOTHER Chelsea target, Celtic's Moussa Dembele tipped for France switch and today's other transfer rumours
After nipping in under Chelsea's nose to land Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United could be set to repeat the raid for a target from Monaco, according to today's transfer talk.
The Daily Star report that United have agreed a fee of £35 million for TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO. The Guardian add that Chelsea could have brought this on themselves, after refusing to sell United's preferred midfield target NEMANJA MATIC.
Meanwhile, Celtic striker MOUSSA DEMBELE has been made the number one target of Marseille. The French club are determined to land the 20-year-old forward as a replacement for Bafetimbi Gomis, who was offloaded to Galatasary last month, according to Sky Sports.
Dembele, of course, joined Celtic from Fulham last summer and netted 32 goals in 48 games during his first season in Scotland. Chelsea, AC Milan, Liverpool and West Ham have all been linked with moves for the promising forward and now Marseille have joined that list of rumoured suitors.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Everton are set to make an improved offer of £32million for Swansea midfielder GYLFI SIGURDSSON. The Swans have rebuffed numerous offers for the Icelandic playmaker but Sigurdsson's desire for a fresh challenge and an increased bid could tempt the club to part with the midfielder. Sigurdsson's potential arrival at Goodison could pile more pressure on ROSS BARKLEY, who may struggle to fit into Ronald Koeman's line-up.
Arsenal are set to return with a third bid for Monaco winger THOMAS LEMAR, reports the Daily Mirror. The Gunners have seen bids of £30m and £40m rejected by the French side but Arsene Wenger is now prepared make an increased bid of £45m. Lemar is Arsenal's top target to provide them with some width and they hope to link him up with fellow France international Alexandre Lacazette, who recently joined the club from Lyon.
The Daily Mirror reports that Newcastle are looking to make a swoop for Norwich midfielder JACOB MURPHY. Magpies boss Rafael Benitez is closing in on a deal worth around £8m for the England Under-21 international and will have to fight off Premier League rivals Southampton and Crystal Palace, who are also keen.
West Brom are keen on Bournemouth's versatile defender MARC WILSON, writes the Birmingham Mail. Wilson has not travelled with the Cherries for their pre-season training camp in Marbella as talks continue over a £1m move to the Hawthorns. Baggies manager Tony Pulis signed Wilson while he was boss of Stoke and also signed him on loan for West Brom earlier this year.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
SHEYI OJO: Newcastle and Middlesbrough both want to sign the Liverpool winger on loan next season, reports the Times.
WOJCIECH SZCZESNY: The Poland goalkeeper, who has sent the last two seasons on loan at Roma from Arsenal, has been linked with a permanent switch to Juventus.
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