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Alan 12:31 Fri Aug 23
Friday newspapers
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Manchester United are facing a £12m bill for Alexis Sanchez's wages this season - even if the Chile forward, 30, moves on loan to Inter Milan before next week's European transfer deadline. (ESPN)

United are close to agreeing a deal to sign former Tottenham and Spain forward Fernando Llorente, 34. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

A delegation from Real Madrid is in France to negotiate the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar, 27, from Paris St-Germain. (Marca - in Spanish)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has told German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny, both 27, they are free to leave the club before the European transfer window shuts. (Express)

Leicester City's Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva, 30, has flown to Monaco for a medical on Friday before signing for the French side on a season-long loan deal. (Telegraph)

Liverpool are close to signing a new Premier League record kit deal with Nike, beating Manchester United's £75m-a-season package with Adidas. (Mail)

Chelsea's Argentina keeper Willy Caballero, 37, is wanted by Real Madrid. (Marca - in Spanish)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to use the £75m raised from the sale of 26-year-old Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter Milan earlier this month, in January. (Talksport)

West Ham's 26-year-old Argentine forward Manuel Lanzini says he wants to extend his stay with the Hammers and is in talks about a new contact. Lanzini's deal expires next summer. (Sky Sports)

Belgian forward Christian Benteke, 28, and English defender James Tomkins, 30, are in negotiations over extending their contracts at Crystal Palace. (Guardian)

Fenerbahce have distanced themselves from a move for Manchester United and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 29. (Star)

Sunderland are close to being taken over by American investors that manage the capital of Michael Dell, founder of Dell Technologies. (Times - subscription required)

Real Madrid's Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 32, is edging closer to a move to Paris St-Germain. (Marca)

Barcelona have rejected an offer from Inter Milan to sign Chile international midfielder Arturo Vidal, 32, on loan. (Mundo Deportivo)

Lille are confident of signing Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, 22, from Bayern Munich. (L'Equipe - in French)

Chelsea's Brazilian winger Kenedy, 23, is exploring options to leave permanently before the European transfer deadline. (Goal)

Marseille have rejected a bid of 3m euros from Fenerbahce for Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo, 32. (L-Equipe - in French)

Watford have warned season ticket holders they must tell them if they are not going to a game - or they could be stripped of their seat. (Sun)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Are Manchester United interested in signing Fernando Llorente? Well, nobody seems quite sure. A report in pink Italian paper the Gazzetta dello Sport claims the 34-year-old Spanish striker has been offered a two-year deal at United, but closer to home the Daily Mail insists no such move is ahoy. Llorente, a free agent since being released by Tottenham in June, has also been linked with moves to Serie A clubs Napoli and Lazio.

Victor Wanyama is another player who is surplus to requirements at Tottenham, who are still busy negotiating the midfielder’s sale to Belgian side Club Brugge. Elsewhere in north London, Arsenal have told Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny to sling their respective hooks before the European transfer window closes next week, or face prolonged periods of footballing inactivity. “They are very big players but for one circumstance or another they are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches,” said Unai Emery. Mustafi has attracted interest from Monaco, while a number of Turkish Süper Lig clubs are believed to be hitching their skirts at Elneny.

Following the departure of Islam Slimani for Monaco on a season-long loan earlier this week, his former Leicester City teammate Adrien Silva is about to join him on the French Riviera. Eager to further reduce numbers in his squad, Brendan Rodgers also hopes to offload winger Rachid Ghezzal and midfielder Fousseni Diabaté before the end of the month. “It’s difficult for the likes of Diabaté and Rachid because there are players in front of them,” he said. “There will be, in the next few weeks, opportunities for these guys to go [somewhere else] and play.”

Brazilian winger Kenedy is exploring his options, having dropped below Pedro, Christian Pulisic, Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and the person who makes the half-time tea in the Chelsea pecking order. Despite featuring prominently in Chelsea’s pre-season games, the 23-year-old did not make the bench for last weekend’s match against Leicester. Midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko is also expected to leave Stamford Bridge, although negotiations over a season-long loan move to Monaco are reported to be at an impasse.

Inter’s hopes of securing Arturo Vidal from Barcelona on loan appear to have been dashed by the revelation that the Spanish champions want to sell the Chilean midfielder. Any money they raise from hawking him around will presumably go towards funding the latest bid for Neymar that Barcelona news outlet Sport say is in the pipe. While it remains to be seen whether the Brazilian goes to Barça or Real Madrid, his current employers, PSG, seem hell-bent on signing Juventus striker Paulo Dybala as his replacement.

And finally, rumours that Marcos Rojo is on the verge of moving to Fenerbahce appear to have been greatly exaggerated, as a spokesman for the Turkish club has insisted they are not interested in signing the Manchester United defender.













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Takashi Miike 5:53 Fri Aug 23
Re: Friday newspapers
Thanks Alan

Eddie B 1:25 Fri Aug 23
Re: Friday newspapers
Alan, thanks.

Texas Iron 12:42 Fri Aug 23
Re: Friday newspapers
Cheers...
PS...
All Grauniad writers are long-winded...
Paid by the word...???
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