Sunday, July 31, 2016

#SOCCER CHAT 256 - Trending July 31, 2016

■Top gossips trending in world football■

Manchester United's summer recruitment will not end once they complete a world record move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23. Manager Jose Mourinho also wants to sign an experienced central defender.
(Sunday Times)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is confident the club will re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, from Everton with the Blues set to offer £60m for the Belgium international.
(Sunday Express)

Arsenal could bid £50m for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 23, if a deal for Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, 25, falls through. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester City could complete the £46.5m signing of Schalke forward Leroy Sane, 20, this weekend. (Bild - in German)

West Ham are willing to bid £20m for Swansea City forward Andre Ayew, 26. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea full-back Baba Rahman, 22, is set to join Schalke on a season-long loan deal less than year after joining the Blues for more than £20m. (Evening Standard)

Swansea City are interested in Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli, 26. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still "in the market for players" after losing a "heavyweight" in 31-year-old defender Per Mertesacker to a long-term injury. (Sunday Telegraph)

The Gunners are planning a £15m move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, 28. (Sunday Mirror)

Swansea defender Ashley Williams, 31, will become Ronald Koeman's first signing at Everton after the clubs agreed a £10m deal for the Wales international. (Sunday People)

Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela, 24, says he has never thought about leaving the club, despite speculation linking the Argentina international with a move. (ESPN)

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, 29, is set to complete a £2.3m move to Turkish side Galatasaray next week.
(Milliyet, via Sunday Express)

Zinedine Zidane's son Enzo, a 21-year-old Real Madrid midfielder, is a loan target for Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has told full-back Pablo Zabaleta, 31, he wants him to stay. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, 21, has told boss Jose Mourinho he wants to leave by permanently signing for another club, rather than going on loan. (Mail on Sunday)

West Ham are interested in signing Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 19, on a season-long loan deal. (Sun on Sunday)

Burnley have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan, 23, on a season-long loan deal. (Sunday Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are keen on Real Madrid forward Jese, 23. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa boss Roberto di Matteo says Republic of Ireland defender Ciaran Clark, 26, will be staying despite interest from West Brom. (Birmingham Mail)

Italian and Spanish clubs are pushing for changes to the Champions League, with a new breakaway competition a possibility. (Sunday Telegraph)

Chelsea defender and USA international Matt Miazga, 21, says he is not aware of any plans for the Blues send him out on loan. (ESPN)

An English football icon joined Twitter on Saturday. World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton sent his first tweets on the 50th anniversary of England's 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley.

It is 20 years to the day since Newcastle United made England striker Alan Shearer the most expensive player in world football when they signed him for £15m from Blackburn.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard liked what he saw from his old team in their 5-2 pre-season win over Galatasaray on Saturday.

Ninth-tier side Jarrow Roofing entertained Hartlepool in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, and had a rather unique excuse for failing to keep supporters up to date with how the second half was going...

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