The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.
TOP STORY: Ox edges closer to Chelsea switch
Reigning champions Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the midfielder rejected a new £180,000-a-week contract at Arsenal, according to the Sun.
Considering he’s only ever been a squad player at the Emirates Stadium, starting just 16 Premier League matches last season, it perhaps seems strange that the Gunners are putting up such a fight to keep the 24-year-old. But the report claims that the club’s tactics have failed, with Oxlade-Chamberlain telling Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis that he wants to leave.
Chelsea are prepared to pay £35 million for the England international who, like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, is in the final year of his contract.
The Blues have also lined up bids for Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater, according to several reports in Britain, as Antonio Conte looks to build a new English core at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool lead Sanches race
Liverpool face a testing final week of the window as Barcelona step up their interest in Philippe Coutinho, but, if they hold on to the Brazilian and complete a move for Renato Sanches, their midfield could look a lot stronger by the start of September.
According to the Daily Mirror, Sanches is keen to quit Bayern in search of first-team football after starting just eight games in all competitions last season. The 20-year-old has slipped further down the pecking order this summer following the arrival of Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez.
A loan deal appears most likely, with Sanches emerging as a late alternative to Jurgen Klopp’s failed pursuit of Naby Keita. If Liverpool can help the Portugal international reignite his form from Euro 2016, they will have a serious player on their hands.
Serge in activity at Spurs
Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier could soon be a Tottenham player if all goes to plan in the club’s enquiry with the Home Office.
Spurs have a £23.1m deal in place for Aurier, but the Telegraph reports that they are waiting for the green light on his visa following the 24-year-old’s arrest last year for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The incident saw Aurier banned from entering the country for a Champions League clash against Arsenal in November 2016 after his visa application was rejected.
Spurs are confident they can cut the remaining red tape, however, and finalise a move for the Ivory Coast international before the end of the window.
– Divock Origi‘s days appear numbered at Liverpool after he was left out of the squad for Wednesday’s win over Hoffenheim. The Belgian striker has made just one appearance so far this season in the draw at Watford and the Telegraph claims he is being tracked by Marseille and Anderlecht.
– Another player expected to leave Anfield is Mamadou Sakho, with West Brom eyeing a £30m move for the centre-back. Sakho impressed on loan at Crystal Palace last season and could join the Baggies as a replacement for Manchester City-bound Jonny Evans, claims the Telegraph.
– Islam Slimani is a target for Watford and Newcastle after struggling to command a starting spot at Leicester. The striker joined the Foxes for £29m a year ago, but the Daily Mirror reports that he could be on the move after alerting potential suitors with a midweek brace against Sheffield United in the League Cup.
– One transfer that doesn’t appear to be happening is West Ham’s bid for William Carvalho. Sky Sports claims the Hammers have ended their interest in the midfielder after Sporting Lisbon refused to budge in their £40m valuation.