Football rumours from the media – 17 July 2017

What the papers say

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is considering handing in a transfer request in an effort to force through a move to Liverpool, according to the Sun. However, the Daily Express claims that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to sign the Dutchman.

The Sun reports that Jose Mourinho wants Toni Kroos as part of any deal that takes David de Gea to Real Madrid. The Spanish champions have renewed their interest in goalkeeper De Gea recently, and Mourinho has insisted that German midfielder Kroos is included as a makeweight should the transfer go through.

Chelsea are preparing a bid for Sergio Aguero – with Pep Guardiola having already sanctioned the Argentine striker’s Manchester City exit, claims the Daily Star. Meanwhile Loic Remy is heading for the Chelsea exit, with Southampton and Everton both keen on the forward, according to Metro.

Online/social round-up

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata could replace Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal
Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata could replace Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal (Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport)

@TheSunFootball: Arsenal ready to join hunt for Alvaro Morata – if Alexis Sanchez quits club

@DailyStar_Sport: Jose Mourinho wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return… and he’s keen on making an Old Trafford comeback #MUFC

@AgentOfficial59: Oh, big development in the Perisic-saga. Must say I am still very sceptical. And so expensive as well. £15m more gets you Sanchez.

Players to watch

Borussia Dortmund will only entertain offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a few more days
Borussia Dortmund will only entertain offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a few more days (Martin Rickett/EMPICS Sport)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Borussia Dortmund have warned Chelsea and AC Milan that they will only consider offers for the Gabon forward for “a few more days” as they begin their pre-season preparations, reports the Daily Mail.Ross Barkley: Tottenham are set to return to Everton with an improved offer for the midfielder, whose Goodison Park contract expires next summer, according to the Independent.Danilo: Manchester City are ready to join Chelsea in the race to sign Real Madrid’s Brazilian full-back, claims the Daily Star.

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