Celtic set to sign 'Europe's next star' Musonda, Liverpool step up Keita chase and today's other transfer rumours
Celtic are poised to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder CHARLY MUSONDA according to today's transfer talk.
The Belgian is on the fringes of the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge after progressing from the youth set-up and it seems the Hoops are set to offer the 20-year-old a way out, writes the Express.
The paper also says Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has tipped Musonda as 'Europe's next star'. Boyata is quoted as saying: “The hype around him has been confirmed by the fact he is playing for Chelsea. I have seen him play so many times and I can honestly tell he is a very, very good player. I think he needs some time to play first-team football and show what he can do. He is a player who can confirm all the hype around him when he gets his chance."
Meanwhile, Musonda's current club Chelsea have enquired about Real Madrid's in-demand full-back DANILO, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The Brazilian has struggled to command a regular first-team spot during his two-year stay at the Bernabeu and Real could be tempted to let him leave if they receive an offer of 35million euros (£30.7m). However, the Premier League champions face competition for his signature with Serie A titlists Juventus also expressing an interest in the former Santos and Porto right-back.
Staying at Stamford Bridge and the Daily Telegraph says Chelsea are plotting another round of negotiations to resolve the future of Juventus left-back ALEX SANDRO. The Italian giants are loath to see the Brazilian left-back leave and hope they can persuade him to stay in Turin by offering him a new contract worth £76,000-a-week. But the Blues would be able to top that with a six-figure deal for the 26-year-old, who is also attracting the interest of Paris Saint Germain.
The Ligue 1 club are also set to test the resolve of Liverpool to hang on to playmaker PHILIPPE COUTINHO, reports the Daily Mirror. The Brazilian midfielder committed his long-term future to the Reds earlier this year by signing a new contract but the Merseysiders would be willing to part with one of their star performers if they received 100m euros (£87.7m) from PSG. Barcelona's interest in the 25-year-old has been well-established but they seem to be taking a long-term approach to convincing Coutinho to move.
Looking at potential arrivals at Anfield and boss Jurgen Klopp will tell the club to make a concerted effort to land NABY KEITA when he returns to the Melwood base for pre-season training this week, claims the Times. Leipzig have placed a £70m price tag on the highly-rated Guinea midfielder's head but Liverpool could test the waters by submitting an offer which includes add-ons.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
RIYAD MAHREZ: Arsenal are preparing to seal a £35m swoop for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and a deal could be concluded as early as this week, according to Italian website Calcio Mercato.
ADRIEN SILVA: Tottenham are set to return with a second offer of around 30m euros (£26.3m) for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, claims Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola. Spurs' first offer of around 20m euros (£17.5m) was instantly rejected.
MITCHELL DIJKS: The left-back is heading for the exit door at Ajax and a potential move to Birmingham after being left out of the Dutch club's pre-season training camp to Austria, writes the Birmingham Mail.