THERE has been some transfer movement on Merseyside as both
Liverpool and Everton have been linked with potential deals.
Plus Manchester City are planning their latest bid as West Ham
prepare for a double deal and Arsenal reject Alex
It’s Rumour Mill!
LIVERPOOL’S LATEST SEES STURRIDGE OFFERED
Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has rejected a shock big
money move to China on their deadline day.
The Mirror reports Beijing Guoan, coached by former
Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt, approached the
Instead, Sturridge has opted to stick it out at Anfield and
fight for regular football, with former striker Emile Heskey
saying a fully fit Sturridge is first choice at Liverpool.
“He’s a great player, wonderful player, wonderful ability,”
said Heskey in the Liverpool Echo. “Not only for
Liverpool but for the national team too, but he needs to be
playing so we start seeing the best of him.
“When you’re sitting on the bench and coming on now and again,
you get a few niggles, so I think for Daniel, he needs to be
Meanwhile, Emre Can is set to turn down Juventus in
order to sign a new Liverpool contract.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who report Can will
sign a new five-year deal when he returns from a
post-Confederations Cup holiday.
But there has been a blow for Liverpool’s pursuit of Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Arsene Wenger insisting the
Arsenal utility won’t leave this transfer window.
The Ox has just 12 months left on his contract and Liverpool
have been circling, but Wenger is adamant he will stay put.
“Yes. 100 per cent, I expect him to stay. No matter the
speculation, he will stay,” Wenger said in Australia.
EVERTON’S $125M PL DOUBLE BID
But the biggest transfer noise on Merseyside is coming from the
blue half, with Everton linked with two major, big money moves.
The Mirror reports Everton are targeting Arsenal’s
Walcott would set the Toffees back £30m (AU$50m) which would
prove to be a bargain as Ronald Koeman’s men also continue
their chase for Swanesa’s Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Express reports Everton have made a “massive” £45m
($75m) bid for Sigurdsson, who has been left out of the Swans’
pre-season tour amid increasing speculation of a move north.
Sigurdsson’s arrival will almost certainly see Ross
Barkley depart the club.
Barkley has yet to sign a new contract with the club he came
through the ranks at, despite Wayne Rooney’s calls for him to
The Mirror reports Tottenham want to wrap up a deal for
Barkley, 23, before they leave for the United States next week.
Spurs’ other transfer move has reached a roadblock, according
to the London Evening Standard.
Their bid for Porto fullback Ricardo Pereira has stalled
as Juventus begin to show interest. Sky Sports also
claims Porto are playing “hardball” over Pereira, who has a
£22m ($37m) buyout clause.
WEST HAM WANT TWO DEALS
West Ham could snap up both Joe Hart and Marko
Arnautovic according to UK reports.
The Express claims the Hammers want to complete the
signing of Hart on loan from Manchester City after agreeing to
pay 90% of his £130,000-a- week ($220k) wages.
Hart has already completed a West Ham medical but the two clubs
are yet to reach an agreement regarding a potential loan fee –
with City wanting £5m, while West Ham don’t want to offer more
The Daily Mail reports West Ham are also plotting making
a third bid for Arnautovic, rumoured to be around the £22.5m
The 28-year-old Austrian has already submitted a transfer
request at Stoke, who have rebuffed previous bids of £12m and
MAN CITY PLAN ANOTHER TRANSFER
Manchester City have been told they can’t sign Danny
Rose from Tottenham, according to The Express,
instead turning their full attention to Monaco’s Benjamin
Mendy will cost around £50m ($83.6m) – the same price City paid
for Kyle Walker – and Monaco have left the 22-year-old
out of their pre-season camp in Switzerland.
RIYAD MAHREZ BID REJECTED
Finally, Leicester will want £40m for Riyad Mahrez claim
the Daily Mail.
AS Roma continue to show interest in the Algerian, seen as a
replacement for Mohamed Salah who joined Liverpool. Mediaset
have already reported Mahrez has agreed personal terms with
Roma, while Sky Sports say a £20m first up bid has been
rejected by the Foxes.