Thursday’s Football Transfer Gossip around the world12/08/2021

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Arsenal are ready to offer Lautaro Martinez a lucrative £275,000-a-week contract to tempt him to leave Inter Milan and have a crack at the Premier League.(The Sun)

Tottenham could make a move for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr before the transfer window closes at the end of August.(The Sun)

Anthony Martial could be in the ‘last-chance saloon’ at Manchester United and will need to impress early in the season while other attacking options like Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani are sidelined.(Daily Mail)

Premier League clubs are being blocked from using player lounges this season despite the full re-opening of stadiums.
Antonio Rudiger’s options for next summer could include lucrative free-agent offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.(Daily Mail)

Tottenham are considering a move for Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha.(Daily Mail)

Manchester United could suffer an indirect transfer blow with Crystal Palace set to do a player-plus-cash deal to sell Wilfried Zaha, significantly cutting into their 20 per cent sell-on fee.(Daily Mail)

Arsenal could have a free pass at signing Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso this summer, with Manchester United reportedly having dropped their interest in a cut-price £8.5m deal.(Daily Express)

Barcelona’s dressing room is in turmoil, with Philippe Coutinho in a particularly sour mood after Lionel Messi’s departure for Paris Saint-Germain.(The Sun)

Romelu Lukaku is on the brink of completing a £97.5m move from Inter Milan to Chelsea after the 28-year-old Belgium striker flew to London on Wednesday evening. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are in advanced talks with Sheffield United to sign 23-year-old England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, with the Gunners set to pay an initial fee of £24m that could rise to £30m with add-ons. (Football. London)

Manchester United will announce the signing of France centre-back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid on Thursday after the 28-year-old completed his medical on Wednesday. (Sun)

Chelsea have accepted a £34m bid from Roma for England striker Tammy Abraham, 23, that includes a buy-back clause. (Goal)

Roma manager Jose Mourinho will speak with Abraham on Thursday to try to convince him to join the Serie A club. (Mirror)

However, Arsenal will offer their France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 30, to Roma in order to pave the way for Abraham to move to the Gunners. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Sevilla are willing to sell Chelsea target Jules Kounde, however the Blues are unwilling to meet the 22-year-old France defender’s £68m release clause and may instead include a player in their offer. (Evening Standard)

Sevilla would want an additional £20m in return for allowing Chelsea to pay the fee for Kounde in instalments, with the Blues concerned about Financial Fair Play rules. (90min)

Southampton have accepted a £15m bid from Leicester City for Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard, 29. (Daily Echo)

Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are both preparing an offer for Southampton’s 26-year-old England midfielder James Ward-Prowse. (Telegraph – subscription required)

Lyon are in negotiations with Liverpool over a deal to sign the Reds’ 29-year-old Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona still owe their former Argentina striker Lionel Messi €39m (£33m) as part of a loyalty bonus included in the 34-year-old Paris St-Germain player’s final contract. (El Espanol, via 90min)

Inter Milan are interested in signing Everton’s 21-year-old Italy striker Moise Kean, who spent last season on loan at PSG. (Sky Sports)

Inter were set to propose a £50m offer for Manchester United’s France forward Anthony Martial – but the Premier League side have no intention of selling the 25-year-old. (Mail)

Lazio are closing in on a loan deal for Arsenal’s Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 25, with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

Newcastle United and Joe Willock are still a distance apart when it comes to agreeing personal terms, after the Magpies agreed a £25m fee with Arsenal for the 21-year-old English midfielder. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are set to step up their attempts to sign Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Palhinha, with manager Nuno Espirito Santo a long-term admirer of the 26-year-old Portugal midfielder. (A Bola – in Portuguese)

Newcastle have opened talks with Roma over a deal to sign 23-year-old Spanish winger Carles Perez on loan with the option to buy. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Referees could offer in-game explanations of key decisions from as early as next season under plans being proposed by the Premier League, with automatic offside calls also in development. (Telegraph – subscription required)

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