What the papers say
Chelsea are preparing for life after Diego Costa by making a serious enquiry about prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. According to the Daily Mirror, the Pole is unsettled in Bavaria and, after scoring 30 goals during Bayern’s title-winning season, would represent a masterstroke in the transfer market if the Blues were to secure his services. Spain international Costa claims he has been told by boss Antonio Conte that he is not in his future plans.
Arsenal are opening contract talks with Aaron Ramsey over a year before his current deal expires, according to the Daily Telegraph. Talks are said to be ongoing with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the Gunners are also keen to tie Wales midfielder Ramsey to a long-term arrangement as he remains central to manager Arsene Wenger’s plans.
If Juventus lose right-back Dani Alves to Manchester City they could look to Manchester United’s squad for a replacement. The Sun reports that Italy defender Matteo Darmian has been identified as the ideal candidate to succeed Alves in Turin, and United would be willing to let him go as he is not a guaranteed starter at Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail reports that West Brom are ready to reject an improved £15million bid from Leicester for defender Jonny Evans. The Northern Irishman was reportedly the subject of an opening £10m offer, an initial approach that was actually made before the Foxes landed Harry Maguire from Hull for £17m.
Former Barcelona forward Christophe Dugarry is quoted in Marca as saying he does not think Marco Verratti is good enough to play for the Catalans. The Italian playmaker has been linked with a switch to Camp Nou from Paris St Germain, but Dugarry said: “I’m surprised, because Verratti is anything but a great player. He’s a good player, but what has he done? Every six months he appears in the media asking for a raise.”
@TheCalcioGuy: Milan have stopped looking for a Donnarumma replacement, signalling a change in contract talks between club and agent.
@DeadlineDayLive: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed interest in Kylian Mbappe – but they have not made an offer yet.
Players to watch
Andres Iniesta could be offered an opportunity to close out his illustrious career in Serie A with Inter Milan, according to the Sun. The veteran Spaniard only has a year remaining on his deal at Camp Nou and ambitious Inter have made their interest known.Tammy Abraham impressed while on loan at Bristol City last term and his 23-goal haul could have earned him a temporary move to Swansea. The Daily Mirror says Paul Clement’s Swans will take the 19-year-old on a season-long loan.Danny Williams might have lost the Sky Bet Championship play-off final with Reading but he could follow victors Huddersfield into the Premier League after all, as the Sun claims the Terriers are circling a free-transfer swoop for the German-American midfielder.