Man United set to turn backs on Danny Rose
Manchester United are ready to abandon plans to sign Tottenham defender Danny Rose, the Telegraph reports.
It says the England full-back “is facing disappointment over his dream move after United boss Jose Mourinho shelved plans to sign another full-back.”
Rose has been strongly linked with a switch to Old Trafford in recent months and had been tipped to make a £50 million move ahead of the new season.
But the Telegraph says he will return from the World Cup “to find out he may have to stay at Spurs” because Mourinho has suspended a move after the arrival of Diogo Dalot.
Instead, the manager wants to focus on other areas, “with a central defender a greater priority.”
Burnley are in the market to sign two West Bromwich Albion players, with defender Craig Dawson and striker Jay Rodriguez, a former Burnley player, their targets. The Lancashire Evening Telegraph says the Clarets are ready to spend £25 million on the pair.
Bordeaux are considering an offer for Manchester City forward Thierry Ambrose, a 21-year-old France under-19 international who spent a successful loan spell at NAC Breda last season.
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has had his say on transfer rumours surrounding Gonzalo Higuain: “Our players are not for sale unless they ask to leave — at the moment, he’s at the World Cup in Russia and he’s not expressed any desire to leave.”
Fiorentina owner Diego Della Valle has said Federico Chiesa is “in form, beautiful, excellent and well-mannered, with a perfect father, so who is asking him to leave Florence?” amid rumours that Inter Milan are ready to offer €70 million for him.
At least one player appears pleased with Thomas Lemar’s impending move to Atletico Madrid.
Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez snapped a photo with Lemar and posted it on Twitter, expressing plenty of delight at the forward’s transfer:
Reds to call time on Alisson move
Liverpool will turn their attention away from Roma’s Alisson in the search for a new goalkeeper, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Alisson has been reported to be a strong contender for a move to Anfield, but the Echo says that, contrary to recent reports in Brazil, no bid has been made.
It adds that there has been “no change in Liverpool’s stance from earlier this year, when they informed Alisson’s representatives not to expect an offer this summer.”
Roma “are determined not to allow any club to pick up any of their players for what could be considered a cut-price fee,” and Liverpool now feel it would be tough to strike a deal.
But the Echo adds that manager Jurgen Klopp “is still likely to sign a new keeper, with Simon Mignolet expected to depart.”
Juve join chase for Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele
Italian champions Juventus are interested in Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele, who has a year left on his contract but seems increasingly likely to move on.
Dembele, 30, has been linked with a Chinese Super League move, but the Mail reports that Juventus, along with Napoli and Inter Milan, could try to bring him to Serie A.
However, it adds that Spurs — who would want in the region of £20 million for the Belgium international — “have yet to field any official enquiries as they prepare to offload him.”
There will be incomings, with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and a new central defender among Mauricio Pochettino’s reported priorities.
Meanwhile, defender Toby Alderweireld, a mooted Manchester United target, has said he is open to the idea of staying, the Telegraph says.
— Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno is set to sign for Arsenal for a fee of around £20m, according to Sport Bild.
Leno, 26, was left out of the German World Cup squad and would take over as No. 1 from Petr Cech, whose contract expires in 2019.
— Stoke are one of several clubs interested in Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle, but the Magpies will not consider letting him go until they have a replacement lined up, the Chronicle reports.
It adds that former Crystal Palace player Gayle, rated at more than £10m, is happy at St. James’ Park and “would prefer to stay in the North East if possible.”
— Big changes could be afoot at Sheffield Wednesday, says the Mirror, which reports that the Owls “face a huge fire sale in a battle to balance the books.”
That means they “face the prospect of losing top earners like Fernando Forestieri, Barry Bannan and George Boyd” after finishing 15th in the Championship last season.