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Today’s Gossip: Reds Plan £60m Bid For Italian; Prem New Boys Want Wilshere

Liverpool have identified the player they want to potentially replace Philippe Coutinho, while Newcastle have stepped up their efforts to…


Liverpool have identified the player they want to potentially replace Philippe Coutinho, while Newcastle have stepped up their efforts to land an Arsenal star, according to Sunday’s papers.

Liverpool target Insigne to replace Coutinho
Despite a robust stance on Philippe Coutinho’s future, Liverpool have quietly prepared for an event in which they do sell the Brazilian to Barcelona, reports the Mirror.

Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne is a prime candidate to replace him, and the ambitious move reportedly would cost around £60 million, though the Reds would likely face extreme resistance, similar to their own effort to keep Coutinho.

The Partenopei are notorious in resisting approaches for their star players, having succeeded in knocking back offers in recent years for Kalidou Koulibaly and Marek Hamsik, while Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani only departed for exceptionally high fees.

Further complicating such a move will be the Champions League qualifiers. The Reds face Hoffenheim and Napoli take on Nice, with any deal likely to be on hold until those matches have been played.

Barcelona target Dembele remains suspended
As things stand, the 20-year-old is not under consideration for selection as coach Peter Bosz prepares for the Bundesliga opener away to Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Conte demands reinforcements 
Antonio Conte is to demand a flurry of signings in the closing stages of the transfer window after his Chelsea side capitulated in a 3-2 defeat to Burnley on the opening day of their Premier League title defence, reports the Telegraph.

The Blues are to immediately return to Leicester with an improved £25m offer for midfielder Danny Drinkwater, with the bonus that the England international would boost Chelsea’s homegrown quota.

Further targets include Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Virgil van Dijk and right-wing-back options Joao Cancelo and Serge Aurier.

After a mass exodus of young players on loan and Cesc Fabregas’ red card in the shocking defeat to the Clarets, Conte is faced with playing one of Andreas Christensen and David Luiz out of position, or 19-year-old Kyle Scott, who is yet to play a senior game in his career, against Tottenham.

Roma make Mahrez ultimatum
After weeks of negotiations, Roma have given an ultimatum to Leicester for Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that the Foxes have not responded to the third offer of £32m.

Leicester want £40m to sell to a club abroad, but director of football Monchi wants to draw a line under the situation.

A deal could still be done with a Premier League rival, where £50m is the asking price, but the Giallorossi remain the most likely destination for the 26-year-old.

Toon Chase Wilshere
Rafa Benitez has reportedly stepped up his bid to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The England star is said to believe that his days are numbered at The Emirates after he was left out of the squad to face Leicester in Arsenal’s Premier League opener on Friday night.

Arsene Wenger had stated before the game that the 25-year-old was not fit enough to feature but Wilshere has revealed otherwise, saying that he feels in “top condition” after recovering from a fractured leg in April.

Wilshere is currently featuring in Arsenal’s Under-23 side in a bid to prove his fitness but Newcastle’s interest will be a huge boost to a player who no longer looks to be part of Wenger’s plans.

Toon boss Benitez is desperate to bring in more new signings before the transfer window shuts on August 31 and the addition of Wilshere could be a real coup at St James’ Park, should the report in the Sun on Sunday prove correct.

Others
Chelsea striker Diego Costa faces a fine up to £300k after going AWOL (Sun on Sunday)

Gylfi Sigurdsson will finally seal his £50m move to Everton this week, which will trigger a series of moves, according to the Mirror. Swansea want West Brom’s Nacer Chadli to replace the Icelandic midfielder and will offer the Baggies £20m, a £7m profit 12 months after becoming the club’s record-signing.

Arsenal have given up on their chase for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, according to the Mail, accepting that the Ligue 1 champions have no interest in selling the 21-year-old this summer.

Everton’s Ross Barkley wants to join Tottenham and fit into their wage structure – despite the supposed pay crisis at the club (Sun on Sunday)

Joe Hart has taken a swipe at Pep Guardiola by saying he does not care about the Spaniard’s opinion of him (Sun on Sunday)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been told to ease up as he makes a rapid return from a knee injury (Sun on Sunday)

Swansea manager Paul Clement is keen to make a shock £20m move for Bournemouth hitman Benik Afobe (Sun on Sunday)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche will make a bid for Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam – if he loses Steven Defour (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea’s third-choice keeper Eduardo wants to leave the club to preserve his Portugal World Cup place (Sun on Sunday)

Watford are set to launch a £10m bid for Gent goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic (Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal have told Newcastle and Brighton to stump up £20m to sign striker Lucas Perez (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham are plotting a £50m double swoop for Pape Cheik Diop and Davinson Sanchez (Sun on Sunday)

Luke Shaw has no intention of leaving Manchester United despite the club being linked to Danny Rose (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United could yet land Ivan Perisic, the Mirror reckons. They claim that United will meet Inter Milan’s £48m asking price to give Jose Mourinho the fourth summer signing he wants.

Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a club-record £35 million deal to sign Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez.

However, De Telegraaf reported on Saturday morning that Ajax remain determined to retain the player, with director of football Marc Overmars telling the newspaper that the club have made Sanchez a “top offer” to sign a new contract.

Liverpool have told Emre Can he is going nowhere – even though the German’s contract stand-off with the club shows no sign of being resolved (Sunday Mirror)

Barcelona are set to announce the signing of midfielder Paulinho in a deal worth £36.5m (Sunday Mirror)

Jose Mourinho has revealed that Manchester United left it late to launch a bid to land Nemanja Matic – because he didn’t think Chelsea would be crazy enough to sell the Serb (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham’s £27m target Davinson Sanchez has gone on strike – refusing to board the Ajax team bus for their first game of the new season (Sunday People)

Gylfi Sigurdsson will finally seal his move to Everton this week – setting off Nacer Chadli to Swansea and Ross Barkley to Spurs (Sunday People)

Wolves are plotting a £20m double striker swoop for Sheffield Wednesday’s Jordan Rhodes and Nelson Oliveira of Norwich (Sunday People)

West Brom will join the race for Hull midfielder Sam Clucas if they miss out on Everton veteran Gareth Barry (Sunday People)

Liverpool and Newcastle are leading the chase for the ‘new Andy Carroll’, Hartlepool kid Connor Simpson (Sunday People)

Arsenal have admitted defeat in their efforts to sign Monaco star Thomas Lemar (Mail on Sunday)

Championship rivals Reading have offered Aston Villa a £3m deal for Leandro Bacuna (Sunday People)

Glenn Hoddle says Danny Rose is only saying what all Tottenham players are thinking and his team-mates won’t be angry (Mail on Sunday)

Hugo Lloris has backed the Tottenham board following Danny Rose’ outburst over transfer policy and wages (Mail on Sunday)

Fabian Delph is in the middle of a stand-off with Manchester City that could affect his chances of playing for England at next summer’s World Cup (Mail on Sunday)

Paris Saint-Germain have secured the signature of Kylian Mbappe for a transfer fee that is set to exceed the record £200m they paid for Neymar less than a fortnight ago (Sunday Times)