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Milan Close To Morata Coup Just when you thought AC Milan’s summer couldn’t get any better, La Gazzetta dello Sport says that …

Milan Close To Morata

Just when you thought AC Milan’s summer couldn’t get any
better, La Gazzetta dello Sport says that the Rossoneri are “on the
verge” of signing Alvaro Morata.
The Real Madrid striker is one of the transfer window’s
most-wanted men, and while it was first Manchester United and then Chelsea that
seemed in the box seat to sign the 24-year-old, Milan seems to have gazumped
both Premier League clubs.

The paper says that Vincenzo Montella’s side have tabled a
€70 million bid for Morata, and have offered a further €10m per year to the
player in order to convince him to join the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Lucas
Biglia, Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu in heading to the San Siro.

Arsenal’s Now
Focused On Lemar
Arsenal are out of the running to sign Kylian Mbappe from
Monaco but remain eager to add Thomas Lemar to their squad. Although, adding
the winger could lead Arsenal to allow Alexis Sanchez to leave the club.
The Telegraph says Arsene Wenger has been cautious about the
departure of either Sanchez or Olivier Giroud up until now because he is unsure
about his chances of landing Lemar, a player for whom he has already seen two
bids rejected.
The report goes on to say that Sanchez and Giroud are
unsettled but Wenger is mindful of leaving himself short of attacking options.
However, he is more confident that Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are
happy to remain at the club despite entering the final year of their contracts.
Danilo’s Fate
Remains In Question
Sport reckons that Real Madrid right-back Danilo has already
agreed to a deal to join Chelsea, but the Premier League champions could still
face competition from Manchester City and Juventus to complete his signing.
There could also be resistance from Madrid coach Zinedine
Zidane who wants to keep hold of Danilo despite not being able to offer him
regular football.
Los Blancos are preparing for another busy campaign in which
they are expected to challenge on all fronts and the importance of squad depth
is not lost on Zidane.
Danilo joined Madrid from Porto for €31.5 million two
seasons ago and is said to be available for around the same price.
Barcelona Changes
Strategy On Verratti, Paulinho
Sport reports that Barcelona are set to change tactics in an
attempt to land Marco Verratti or Paulinho — having been unsuccessful in their
attempts to sign the two midfielders thus far.
Barca pursued Verratti and Paulinho publicly and asked the
players to push for a move — a plan that has not had the desired effect.
Now, they will bide their time and wait for Paris
Saint-Germain or Guangzhou Evergrande to give them a signal that either player
is available in the hope of completing a deal later in the transfer window.

Joe Hart will have a medical at West Ham on Monday before
completing a season-long loan move from Manchester City, the London Evening
Standard reports. The English goalkeeper, who has no future at City under Pep
Guardiola, is keen to play in the Premier League ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Another England international on the move ahead of the World
Cup could be Ross Barkley. The Independent claims Tottenham is interested in
Barkley, with Everton happy to strike a deal now rather than see the midfielder
move for nothing at the end of his contract next summer. The only stumbling
block is Everton’s £50m valuation.

Roma are trying to negotiate a deal to sign Riyad Mahrez
from Leicester, but the Premier League side want £40m for their star man,
according to the Daily Mail. However, the Serie A side only want to offer £21m
plus add-ons.

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, could still become
a £60m Liverpool player this summer after insisting he will only move to
Anfield. (Sun)
But Arsenal are also considering a £45m bid for the
Dutchman. (Daily Express)
West Ham will make a third bid for Stoke City winger Marko
Arnautovic. The Hammers have already failed with two offers for the 28-year-old
Austrian. (Sky Sports)
Borussia Dortmund will only wait “a few more days”
on any offers for Gabon forward and Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,
28. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea want to sign Manchester City’s Argentine striker
Sergio Aguero, 29. (Daily Star)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants German midfielder
Toni Kroos, 27, in any deal that takes 26-year-old Spanish goalkeeper David de
Gea to Real Madrid. (Sun)
Tottenham Hotspur are preparing another push to sign Everton
midfielder Ross Barkley. The two clubs have been unable to agree a fee so far
this summer but Everton are happy to sell the 23-year-old. (Independent)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rejected a £6.5m offer from LA Galaxy
and wants to rejoin Manchester United when he returns from injury later this
year. The Swedish striker, 35, left Old Trafford this summer. (Calciomercato,
via Daily Express)
Manchester City will compete with Chelsea for Real Madrid’s
26-year-old Brazilian right-back Danilo. (Daily Star)
Loic Remy, 30, is set to leave Chelsea this summer with
Everton and Southampton interested in the French striker. (Metro)
Alexis Sanchez, 28, has hinted his Arsenal career could be
over after admitting he wants “to play in the Champions League,” but
boss Arsene Wenger thinks they can convince the Chile forward to stay. (Daily
Or, Wenger will turn to Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, 20, if
Alexis Sanchez leaves. (Daily Star)
Swansea are keen to sign another Las Palmas player –
attacking midfielder Jonathan Viera, 27. (Wales Online)
Chelsea have offered Atletico Madrid’s Belgian winger
Yannick Carrasco, 23, a five-year contract. (Don Balon, via Daily Express)
Former Wales forward John Hartson says Swansea City cannot
sell Everton target Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, at any price. The Icelandic
midfielder has been linked with a move away from Liberty Stadium. (Wales
French winger Thomas Lemar, 21, has demanded Monaco sell him
to Arsenal. (Sun)
Tottenham hope to complete the signing of £8m Estudiantes
defender Juan Foyth, 19, by the end of this week. (Daily Mirror)
Fulham are looking to complete a £5m deal to bring Bordeaux
striker Diego Rolan, 24, to Craven Cottage. (GetWestLondon)

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