Football rumours from the media – 31st August 2017

What the papers say

Manchester City will return to Arsenal with an offer of around £70million for Alexis Sanchez on transfer deadline day and have already sent a team of legal and medical officials to South America to finalise a deal with the Chile international – who is on World Cup duty – if the Gunners give the green light for a transfer, reports the Independent.

Arsenal could allow Sanchez to leave, if they can sign Julian Drexler from Paris St Germain
Arsenal could allow Sanchez to leave, if they can sign Julian Drexler from Paris St Germain (Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport)

Arsenal could sanction Sanchez’s sale but only if they can complete a deal for Paris St Germain playmaker Julian Draxler, according to the Mirror.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one player who is on his way out of Arsenal and he is set to be part of a £175m spending spree by Liverpool on the last day of the window, with moves for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk also in the pipeline, says the Times.

Tottenham and West Ham are interested in signing Andre Gomes on a season-long loan from Barcelona
Tottenham and West Ham are interested in signing Andre Gomes on a season-long loan from Barcelona (Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport)

Staying in London, and Premier League rivals Tottenham and West Ham are going head-to-head to sign Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes on a season-long loan from Barcelona, according to the Telegraph.

Tottenham could also launch a late bid to pip Chelsea in the race for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, the tabloids say. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants support for Harry Kane and powerful Spain forward Llorente fits the bill.

Social/online round-up

Juventus have turned down a  €160m bid from Barcelona for their striker Dybala
Juventus have turned down a €160m bid from Barcelona for their striker Dybala (Simone Arveda/AP)

@GuillemBalague: Juve says no to €160m from Barcelona for Dybala (via @CorSport)

@PurelyFootball: Monaco have set a pricetag of £92m for Liverpool and Barcelona target Thomas Lemar????

 

Players to watch

Mahrez has been granted permission to temporarily leave the Algeria camp and finalise a deadline-day move
Mahrez has been granted permission to temporarily leave the Algeria camp and finalise a deadline-day move (Nigel French/PA)

Riyad Mahrez: The Leicester winger has been granted permission to temporarily leave the Algeria camp and finalise a deadline-day move, with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Roma and Liverpool among those sides who have been linked with the 26-year-old winger.

Eliaquim Mangala: Crystal Palace have switched focus to the Manchester City defender after failing in their bid for Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho, report the tabloids. Mangala, who could cost Palace around £23million, appears surplus to requirements at the Etihad, with City boss Pep Guardiola keen on West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans.

Diego Costa: The wantaway Chelsea striker continues to be linked with a return to former club Atletico Madrid, but Spanish sports daily Marca suggests a deal will not be struck before transfer deadline in Spain, which is on September 1.

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