Papers: Chelsea line up Higuain

Last Updated: 19/07/18 11:44pm

Back-page headlines and transfer rumours from Friday’s national newspapers.


Chelsea are close to confirming Juventus defender Daniele Rugani as their second signing of the summer in a £44.6m – and will then turn their attentions to Gonzalo Higuain.

Jack Wilshere has thanked Unai Emery for being honest about the lack of game-time the midfielder would have got if he had stayed at Arsenal this season.

Fulham have made contact with Espanyol about signing David Lopez, with the Spanish side wanting £35m for their versatile captain.

Former England defender Joleon Lescott is set for a season tracking Manchester City’s youngsters around Europe after being appointed to their pathways team.

Sheffield United have made a club-record £5m bid for Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn.


Raheem Sterling could be sold by Manchester City if he fails to agree a new contract with the club by the end of the season.

Everton are plotting an offer of cash plus Crystal Palace old-boy Yannick Bolasie for £60m-rated Wilfried Zaha.

Anthony Martial, who is a target for Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus, will be handed a final chance to impress Jose Mourinho on Manchester United’s tour of the USA.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are unlikely to sign Nabil Fekir this summer, as he is confident Alisson will be their final purchase of the window.


Willian is still determined to quit Chelsea this summer, despite Maurizio Sarri replacing Antonio Conte as head coach.

Rafa Benitez rejected two contract offers from Newcastle United this summer because he was not given the assurances he was looking for regarding the club’s future.

Arsenal have appointed Mikhail Zhilkin, one of the developers of Candy Crush, as their new ‘data scientist’.

Roman Abramovich has ordered new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri to smarten up – telling him to wear suits on the touchline and to cut out his half-time cigarettes.

Hertha Berlin are willing to sell Germany left-back Marvin Plattenhardt, with as many as six Premier League clubs – including Leicester and Everton – keen on a £20m deal.


Newcastle United and West Ham United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of midfielder Miguel Almiron after Atlanta United decided not to sell him this summer.


Greg Doherty is likely to leave Rangers on loan after Steven Gerrard told the midfielder he was not in his plans for this season.

Former Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson is expected to complete a move to Italian side Hellas Verona this week after agreeing a four-year deal.

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