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LIVE Transfer Talk: Willian

LIVE Transfer Talk: Willian
The ESPN FC crew delve into Jose Mourinho’s latest comments about Liverpool’s spending and Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity.

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TOP STORY: Willian exit key to Chelsea’s Zaha move?

Chelsea remain keen to sign winger Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, but a move could hinge on whether Willian leaves Stamford Bridge, according to the Mail.

It says that with Palace demanding £70 million for Ivory Coast international Zaha, “whether Chelsea come close to their valuation will depend on the future of Willian,” who could be sold for £75m.

Sources confirmed earlier reports to ESPN FC that Chelsea would also be interesting in swapping the Brazil international to Manchester United in exchange for Anthony Martial, who is in Mourinho’s doghouse after failing to promptly rejoin their summer tour.

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri is set to discuss potential signings with officials as the window enters its final days, with Zaha “top of the agenda,” and the Mail saying the 25-year-old “has told teammates there is an offer for him to leave Selhurst Park.”

Zaha, who signed a long-term contract last year, turned down further improved terms earlier this summer and “is well aware that he could earn significantly more” at Chelsea than at Palace.


08:07 BST: Even though he will be out of contract next summer and has acknowledged he cannot seeing himself playing for any other Premier League club than Tottenham Hotspur, Mousa Dembele has turned down a £20m move to Inter Milan, the Daily Mail reported.

Dembele started two of Belgium’s four World Cup games and twice came on as a substitute but appears to have fallen behind Victor Wanyama in the pecking order.

PAPER TALK (by Chris Borg)
United ‘prepare mega Maguire bid’

Man United have not given up on signing Leicester City defender Harry Maguire before the window closes, with Sky Sports reporting they are readying a huge offer.

According to the report, United are prepared to break the world-record transfer fee for a defender in order to bring the England international — reported to be Jose Mourinho’s preferred target — to Old Trafford.

That would mean surpassing the £75m paid by Liverpool for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk — but alternatives remain if a Maguire moves turns out to be impossible.

And that appears to be the case, with sources telling ESPN FC that a move for Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng appearing more likely as negotiations for Maguire and Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld growing more difficult, despite reports over the weekend that  United were making progress.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that another option, Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, could be on his way to Everton, saying the club “have agreed a £28.4m fee after his talks with United stalled.”

Newcastle poised to wrap up Rondon arrival

This one has been a while in the making, but West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon is finally on the verge of moving to Newcastle United.

Sky Sports reports that Newcastle and West Brom have agreed a season-long swap deal involving Rondon and Dwight Gayle, with Newcastle paying around £2m.

Rondon, a Venezuela international, is in the northeast to complete a medical, with the development coming a day after Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez had voiced hope that a deal could be done imminently.


— Championship side Aston Villa are set to bring in Man United defender Axel Tuanzebe on a season-long loan, according to the Sun.

Tuanzebe was loaned to Villa in January, only to suffer an ankle injury — but boss Steve Bruce is set to sign him again and is also interested in Ingolstadt goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.

— Rangers manager Steven Gerrard’s hopes of signing Bournemouth centre-back Jack Simpson on loan may have suffered a setback after the Cherries’ Nathan Ake was injured.

Sky Sports reports that Bournemouth will put Simpson’s move on hold while they assess Ake after he was hurt during the friendly against Marseille.

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