Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, July 8: Man United plot £50m Spurs raid, Lukaku and Rooney latest, Costa to STAY at Chelsea?

8 Jul

talkSPORT.com bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku, the Old Trafford club has announced – FULL STORY HERE

Everton are expected to confirm the free-transfer signing of Wayne Rooney by the end of the week – FULL STORY HERE

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is apparently ‘livid’ at the failure to land Romelu Lukaku, which has left his future at Stamford Bridge ‘in doubt’ – FULL STORY HERE

United will turn their attention to signing 23-year-old Tottenham and England midfielder Eric Dier for a fee in the region of £50m once the Lukaku deal is completed. (Daily Telegraph)

Diego Costa could remain at Chelsea this summer with the Spanish striker reportedly willing to have talks with manager Antonio Conte over his future, despite being told by the boss via text that he does not feature in the first-team plans. (The Sun)

However, contrasting reports claim Costa has started to say his goodbyes to his team-mates, with Chelsea now facing a striker crisis. (Telegraph)

The Blues want more than £60m for Costa and will let him go even if they fail to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton. (Daily Mail) 

Chelsea will move for Torino striker Andrea Belotti to replace Costa this summer, but will have to pay about £90m to sign the Italy international. (Daily Mirror)

Inter Milan want to make Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez the “poster boy” for the club’s new era. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

The Gunners are adamant they will NOT sell forward Alexis Sanchez or Liverpool-linked Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to a title rival, even though the pair are heading into the final year of their contracts. (Daily Star)

Arsenal are awaiting a response from Monaco after making a £40million bid for France winger Thomas Lemar, 21. (Football London)

Meanwhile, reported Arsenal target Riyad Mahrez has been told by Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare that “if he doesn’t show commitment he won’t play”. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool have received a number of enquiries about defender Mamadou Sakho and are confident a club will meet their £30m asking price. (Liverpool Echo)

Swansea City are braced for a revised £32m bid from Everton for midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27. (Daily Mail)

West Ham have cooled their interest in Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. (The Sun)

Manchester City are hoping to recoup around £14million for striker Wilfried Bony, who is attracting interest from a number of Chinese Super League clubs. (The Independent)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Danny Higginbotham believes Chelsea would need to change their style of play if they sign Romelu Lukaku whereas the Belgian would suit Manchester United perfectly

Leyton Orient’s new owner Nigel Travis outlined his plans for the club when he joined Jim White on talkSPORT on Friday afternoon

Crystal Palace are ready to make a move for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen

Fenerbahce have made a loan offer for Liverpool and Southampton target Emre Mor – the man dubbed ‘the Turkish Messi’

Paris Saint-Germain are open to selling Juventus and Manchester United target Serge Aurier – but want to bring in a replacement first

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target Jose Gimenez has revealed it is his dream to play in the Premier League

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