Football rumours from the media – 3 July 2017

What the papers say

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.

Finally, Celtic look poised to seal the £5m signing of Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda, writes the Daily Star. The Belgian is on the fringes of the first-team squad after progressing from the youth set-up and it seems the Hoops are set to offer the 20-year-old a way out.

Online/social round-up

Mexico's Raul Jimenez goes airborne during the Confederations Cup semi-final (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
Mexico’s Raul Jimenez goes airborne during the Confederations Cup semi-final (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

@MirrorFootball: West Ham take on Liverpool for Mexico’s Raul Jimenez

@TheSunFootball: PSG target £87m Premier League star if James Rodriguez deal falls through

@MARCAinENGLISH: Bellerin is ready to tell @Arsenal he wants out. He’s looking to join @FCBarcelona!

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.

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