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TOP STORY: Lemar, Van Dijk to follow Ox
It’s set to be a busy end to the transfer window for Liverpool, who have already wrapped up a club-record £48 million move for Naby Keita this week and are close to sealing a £35m deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
With the Reds having to wait until July 1, 2018 for Keita to join when his release clause kicks in at RB Leipzig, the Telegraph claims they have two more major targets on deadline day.
The big story on the paper’s back page is that Liverpool are willing to pay up to £70m for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar and have a medical team ready to travel to France to put the 21-year-old through his paces.
If that wasn’t enough, a £175m splurge will be completed by a £70m offer for Virgil van Dijk. The Southampton defender has been top of Jurgen Klopp’s shortlist all summer and has handed in a transfer request to try and force through a switch to Anfield.
Should Liverpool pull off this trio of signings — which includes securing the Ox on wages of £120,000 a week compared to the £180,000 Arsenal offered him — then they stand to be big winners from the transfer window.
Mamadou Sakho’s proposed £30m move to Crystal Palace could help finance the new arrivals, while Divock Origi is the subject of a £6m loan bid from Wolfsburg.
With the Spanish transfer window closing 24 hours later on Sept. 1, there is still a chance Philippe Coutinho could join Barcelona, but the Reds remain adamant he is not for sale.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) August 30, 2017
06.32 BST: Former Manchester United youth product Ravel Morrison has returned to England after meeting with Liga MX club Atlas. Manager Jose Guadalupe Cruz has said that he is eager to work with the 24-year-old and is “hoping” a loan deal from Lazio can be completed before the end of the day.
05.55 BST: Rise and shine! It’s Deadline Day! We kick-off proceedings that Riyad Mahrez has left the Algeria national team camp to “formalise his transfer” to a new club. But where is the Leicester City star going? We’ll find out soon enough…
PAPER TALK: Draxler key to Sanchez deal
After trying to convince Alexis Sanchez to stay all summer, Arsenal could be about to lose the forward in the final 24 hours of the transfer window.
Manchester City are the favourites for Sanchez’s signature and have sent a delegation to Chile, where he is training with the national team, to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.
City’s £70m bid could hinge on Arsenal bringing in Julian Draxler, however, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Arsene Wenger has been in touch with Paris Saint-Germain regarding a potential transfer.
Draxler has been pushed down the pecking order at the Parc des Princes by Neymar’s arrival and will be even less likely to start when Kylian Mbappe completes his £199m move from Monaco. That could open the door for Arsenal, although the Gunners have lined up Liverpool target Lemar and Riyad Mahrez as alternatives — along with Raheem Sterling — as they insist on finding a replacement for Sanchez.
It could be a long day elsewhere at the Emirates Stadium as Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi look a long way off finalising their departures on Thursday.
Spurs eye Llorente
It’s been relatively quiet on the transfer front at Tottenham this summer, but Mauricio Pochettino is keen to get a couple of deals over the line on deadline day. Spurs have already secured an £8m move for young Argentine defender Juan Foyth and have now turned their attention to Swansea striker Fernando Llorente.
The Spaniard remains a target for Chelsea but, according to The Sun, the Blues face late competition for his signature from across London. With Vincent Janssen struggling to impress, Pochettino wants more back-up for Harry Kane which could lead to a £15m bid being lodged for Llorente.
Should the deal go ahead, the 32-year-old could be joined at White Hart Lane (or Wembley Stadium!) by £23m full-back Serge Aurier, who has finally been granted a work permit, along with Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes who is reportedly available on loan.
– After accepting defeat in their bid for William Carvalho, whom Sporting Lisbon have valued at £40m, West Ham will turn to Arsenal outcast Jack Wilshere. The England midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and could be set for a similar move to the Hammers, according to The Sun.
– Diego Costa could still join Atletico Madrid from Chelsea after the Spanish club submitted a £49m offer for the striker. Costa wouldn’t be able to play for Atletico until January, with the Daily Mail reporting that Everton, Besiktas and Las Palmas are all eager to loan him until then.
– Leicester City have joined Arsenal and Manchester City in the race to sign Jonny Evans, claims the Telegraph. The Foxes have apparently seen a £25m bid rejected but could return with a bigger package for the West Brom defender.
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