Thursday’s Edition of Football Transfer Gossip around the World 26/08/2021

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Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar has been offered on a loan-to-buy deal as Lyon desperately attempt to sell the midfielder.(The Sun)

Real Madrid are planning an improved bid for Kylian Mbappe with Paris Saint-Germain finally willing to sell the forward if they receive an offer of €210m (£180m) before the transfer window closes next Monday.(The Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea have held talks with Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez, pushing them ahead of Manchester United in the race for the Spain midfielder.(The Daily Telegraph)

Trevor Sinclair has hit out at Rio Ferdinand for ordering injury-hit Manchester United defender Phil Jones to ‘find a new club’ as he is a ‘waste of time’ at Old Trafford.(Daily Mail)

Manchester City will reportedly turn their attention to Cristiano Ronaldo after Harry Kane confirmed he is staying at Tottenham.(Daily Star)

Sevilla are asking Chelsea for £60m for the services of Jules Kounde as the Blues look to push for a move before transfer deadline day.(Daily Star)

Jesse Lingard is now ‘likely’ to join West Ham from Manchester United this summer.(Daily Star)

Paris St-Germain want 220m euros (£188m) from Real Madrid for 22-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe. (Le Parisien – in French)

Manchester City have not ruled out signing Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, after England captain Harry Kane committed his immediate future to Tottenham. (ESPN)

Kane is upset Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would not sanction his sale and the 28-year-old could sign a new contract with the club that includes a release clause. (Telegraph)

Pep Guardiola will leave Manchester City when his deal runs out after the 2022-23 season and take a break from football before becoming a national team boss. (Globo, via Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is not in immediate danger of losing his job despite the Gunners’ poor start to the Premier League season. Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been linked with replacing him.(Independent)

Roma manager Jose Mourinho is planning a £13.5m bid for Chelsea’s English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 25-year-old briefly worked with Mourinho during the Portuguese’s second stint with the Blues. (Mail)

Manchester United will not be able to bid for either Rennes’ French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, 18, or Atletico Madrid and Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 26, unless they can sell players to raise funds. (ESPN)

Chelsea are thought to be in pole position to sign Niguez, with Atletico open to selling the Spain international. (Express)

Sevilla say they have rejected an offer from Chelsea for 22-year-old French defender Jules Kounde and do not need to sell any players. (Goal)

Chelsea and RB Leipzig are possible destinations for Barcelona midfielder for Ilaix Moriba if the 18-year-old Guinean does not renew his contract with the La Liga side. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Arsenal and Brazil winger Willian, 33, is trying to secure a move to Corinthians. (Sun)

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets has agreed to take a further pay cut and wage deferral to help the Spanish giants reduce their wage bill. (ESPN)

Former Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 29, says he is considering retiring after receiving no offers following his release by Championship side Bournemouth. (Athletic – subscription required)

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