Football rumours from the media – 29th August 2017

What the papers say

Chelsea want to make a triple swoop for England trio Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley before the transfer window closes, according to the Telegraph.

Is Diego Costa's bid to leave Chelsea nearly over? (PA)
Is Diego Costa’s bid to leave Chelsea nearly over? (PA)

The future of wantaway Chelsea striker Diego Costa might also be close to being resolved, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Premier League champions are close to agreeing a deal with Atletico Madrid that would see the Spain international return to his former club in a deal worth up to £50million.

Staying in London, Crystal Palace could try to tempt Sam Allardyce back as manager if they decide to sever ties with Frank de Boer, the Times reports. Palace are second-bottom of the Premier League after losing their opening three games under De Boer, who took charge in the summer.

Another Premier League manager in the spotlight is Slaven Bilic, whose West Ham side are the only team below Palace in the table. However, the Telegraph reports the Croatian will be given four games after the international break to “save his job”.

Liverpool are looking to follow up an agreement for Naby Keita with a £135million double swoop for Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk and Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, say various.

Social/Online Round-Up

@FabrizioRomano: Benedikt Howedes will join #Juventus from Schalke on next hours. Loan + buy clause, around €15M total. He’ll have medical soon ???????? #transfers

@MARCAinENGLISH: Liverpool turn attention to Monaco man. Could he be a Coutinho replacement?

@DeadlineDayLive: Julian Draxler is on the verge of leaving PSG, with Borussia Dortmund interested. (Source: Le10Sport)

Players to watch

Nikola Vlasic: Everton are hoping to seal a £10million deal for the 19-year-old Hajduk Split winger before the transfer deadline, according to the BBC.Serge Aurier: Spurs will hear on Tuesday whether their proposed £23million signing of the Paris St Germain defender will be successful, reports the Independent, with The Home Office set to decide on whether the Ivory Coast international will be granted a UK work visa.Renato Sanches: Swansea have joined the list of clubs hoping to sign the Bayern Munich midfielder on loan, but they face competition from the likes of Paris St Germain, Chelsea and AC Milan, report the tabloids.

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