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Everton willing to go the distance for Zouma

Everton have told Kurt Zouma that they want to sign him permanently as the club prepare for another summer of change. The France defender’s future remains complicated by Chelsea’s impending transfer ban, although the club’s officials are considering appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) if Fifa upholds the punishment.

-source: The Times


Pog-back off-to-Madrid


Chelsea playing it tough over Baka

Chelsea have no intention of giving Milan a discount on Tiemoue Bakayoko, it’s reported, as they demand the full €38m. According to Sportitalia, Rossoneri attempts to negotiate a discount or a way of spreading out the cost have been met with resistance.

-source: Football Italia


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Rafa Benitez could extend contract

Rafa Benitez says he has held initial talks with Newcastle United’s managing director Lee Charnley over a contract extension. Newcastle manager Benitez’s contract expires at the end of the season, but the Spaniard has been keen to avoid any questions over his future.

-source: Sky Sports News


Juve reject Higuan-Dzeko swap

Roma offered Edin Dzeko to Juventus in exchange for Gonzalo Higuain, claims the Corriere di Torino, but the Bianconeri would prefer Kostas Manolas or Nicolò Zaniolo.

-source: Football Italia


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Changing atmosphere

Marcus Rashford is ready to commit to a new Manchester United contract following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as permanent manager, Sky Sports News understands. The ball is currently in United’s court, with the England striker waiting for the club to return with an offer following several rounds of positive talks.

-source: Sky Sports News


Headstart


Lucas Hernandez replacement

Atlético Madrid have actively started looking for a Lucas Hernández replacement (and possibly Filipe Luis) and their sights have fixed on Wendell, the 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen left-back.

-source: Diario AS


Rejuvenated


Zidane to leave Madrid for Basel

As he has learned Bernabéu Digital, Luca Zidane is on the agenda of the Swiss Basel, who still has not formalized any kind of offer by the player. 20-year-old Luca live one of their best moments at Real Madrid.

-source: Bernabeu Digital


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Everton, West Ham vie for Kouame

Everton and West Ham United have reportedly sent scouts to view Genoa forward Christian Kouame several times. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the two Premier League clubs have been keeping a close eye on Kouame.

-source: Football Italia