Soccer Tori (Gists, rumours, speculations and transfer updates)


Arsenal will make an improved GBP35m bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 25, after having an initial GBP29.3m offer rejected by the French club. Also, the Gunners are interested in signing Torino full-back Bruno Peres, 26, however, his club wants GBP16.9m for him.



Arsene Wenger’s side are in talks to sign Valencia’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi, 24, who has a GBP42.1m release clause in his contract.



Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 29, says that his life is “carnage” and that he rarely leaves his house because of the attention he gets after helping his club win the Premier League last season.



Man United are inching closer to completing a world-record deal for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, in the region of GBP100m.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says that forward Harry Kane should not be made the scapegoat for England’s failure to go beyond the last 16 at Euro 2016.



West Ham’s deal for the Olympic Stadium could make the club’s owners richer than was previously thought.



Everton have offered Southampton GBP9m for Portugal centre-back Jose Fonte, 32.



West Brom have agreed a GBP15m fee to sign Diafra Sakho from West Ham, but the 26-year-old forward is unsure about the move.



New Sunderland manager David Moyes will try to sign winger Adnan Januzaj, 21, and forward Will Keane, 23, from his former club Man United.

Premier League clubs with money to spend thanks to a new television contract are being overcharged significantly for players by their European rivals.

Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign Swiss forward Breel Embolo, 19, from Basel – according to Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel, who signed him instead.

Chelsea have had a GBP57m bid for their former striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, rejected by Everton, with the Toffees holding out for GBP75m.



Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 24, has turned down a new contract as he wants a significant rise on his current GBP30,000-a-week deal.



Swansea have made an offer for Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente, 31, after Bafetimbi Gomis joined Marseille on a season-long loan to leave the Swans without a recognised striker.

Leicester City are ready to offer a new GBP100,000-a-week contract to playmaker Riyad Mahrez, 25, who is believed to be a target for Arsenal.



New England manager Sam Allardyce wants Leicester assistant manager Craig Shakespeare to join his backroom staff.

Man United are closing in on signing Monaco’s Brazilian right-back Fabinho, 22.

Aston Villa are likely to sell Senegal international Idrissa Gana, 26, to Everton in a GBP7.1m deal this weekend.

Man United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 19, could leave the club on loan after having discussions about his future at Old Trafford. West Ham are interested in signing him on a season-long loan deal.



Paul Pogba’s transfer to Man United and John Stones’ move to Man City are both ‘only a matter of time’ before they happen, says Times journalist Rory Smith.



Everton have not made a bid for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, 27, despite reports suggesting a GBP14m offer has been made.



The Toffees are interested in signing Swansea defender Ashley Williams, 31, who could cost up to GBP10m.


Man City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, 20, who made three penalty saves in a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund, wants to stay at the club and fight for his place under new boss Pep Guardiola.


West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, is willing to stay at the club until his contract runs out next summer and leave on a free transfer to join a club in Europe.


Newcastle have had an approach rejected by Championship rivals Brighton for winger Anthony Knockaert, 24, who could cost up to GBP10m.


Man City are reluctant to meet Everton’s GBP50m valuation of defender John Stones, 22, with their preferred price being around GBP40m.




West Ham have had a GBP7m bid rejected for Hull City left-back Andrew Robertson, 22.




Galatasaray want to sign Man City defender Jason Denayer, 21, and Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, 29.




The FA says it will review new England boss Sam Allardyce’s ambassadorial role with a sports betting company.


Man United captain Wayne Rooney organised a picture of his three sons as he gets ready for his testimonial match against Everton on Wednesday.




Man City will confirm Argentina international Sergio Aguero, 28, has signed a new contract before the start of the season.




A fan of Barcelona star Neymar was arrested after being discovered in the laundry room of the Brazil national team’s hotel in Rio de Janeiro.




Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is confident the club will re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, from Everton with the Blues set to offer GBP60m for the Belgium international.




Arsenal could bid GBP50m for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 23, if a deal for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette falls through.




West Ham are willing to bid GBP20m for Swansea City forward Andre Ayew, 26.




Man City could complete the GBP46.5m signing of Schalke forward Leroy Sane, 20, this weekend.




Chelsea full-back Baba Rahman, 22, is set to join Schalke on a season-long loan deal less than year after joining the Blues for more than GBP20m.




Swansea City are interested in signing Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli, 26.



Arsenal are planning a GBP15m move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, 28.



Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, 29, is set to complete a GBP2.3m move to Turkish side Galatasaray next week.




Man City boss Pep Guardiola has told full-back Pablo Zabaleta, 31, that he wants the Argentine to stay at the club.




Man United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, 21, has told boss Jose Mourinho he wants to leave the club by permanently signing for another club, rather than going on loan somewhere.




Wolves could complete their first big-money deal since being taken over by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International with the GBP18m signing of Benfica forward Talisca, 22.




Burnley have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan, 23, on a season-long loan deal.




PSG are keen on Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez, 23.




Aston Villa boss Roberto di Matteo says Republic of Ireland defender Ciaran Clark, 26, will be staying with the club despite interest from West Brom.




English footballing icon and World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton joined Twitter on Saturday; sending his first ever tweets on the 50th anniversary of England’s 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley.




Former Man United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard liked what he saw from his old team in their 5-2 win over Galatasaray in their pre-season friendly on Saturday.




Chelsea are preparing a GBP68m bid to buy back striker Romelu Lukaku – even though Everton do not want to sell the 23-year-old.




Man United forward Wayne Rooney, 30, will continue to be available for England even if manager Sam Allardyce does not retain him as captain.




Mourinho and his new forward signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, will make Man United successful again, according to retired striker Hernan Crespo, who played for the manager at Chelsea and Inter Milan.


New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is losing his voice because he shouts at his players so much.


New United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, left his hotel in Man just a few hours after arriving in England, because it did not have a swimming pool.


Brad Smith, the 22-year-old defender who has just left Anfield to join Bournemouth, says Cherries midfielder Jordon Ibe, 20, could turn out to be better than Smith’s former Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling.




League One side Walsall are set to break their transfer record by paying GBP300,000 to Cypriot top-flight side Anorthosis Famagusta for striker forward Andreas Makris, 20.


Man United captain Wayne Rooney organized a picture of his three sons as he gets ready for his testimonial match against Everton on Wednesday.




Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, 16, from FCB Escola Varsovia, Barcelona’s academy in Poland.


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