Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, August 19

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Chelsea are likely to make a last-ditch bid to hijack Manchester United’s deal with Barcelona for winger Pedro. United remain firmly in pole position to sign the Spain international after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward flew to Barcelona for further talks on Monday. However, it is understood Chelsea are ready to go toe-to-toe with their Premier League rivals as they look to boost their own attacking options before the close of the summer transfer window. (Daily Mail)Chelsea are considering whether to lodge a final bid worth £40m for the Everton defender John Stones after seeing their third offer of the summer for the England international flatly rejected by the Merseyside club. (Guardian)Turkish club Fenerbahce are planning a shock move for Chelsea captain John Terry. The defender has struggled as Chelsea have won just one point from their opening two matches, the second of which was overshadowed by Jose Mourinho substituting him at half-time. The captain has a year left on his contract and Fenerbahce hope to sign him on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)Manchester City are set to take their spending this summer through the £150million barrier with the signings of Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne. Premier League leaders City are closing in on deals of £56m for Wolfsburg midfielder De Bruyne and £32m for Valencia defender Otamendi. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are considering a move for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe. (Daily Mail)Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat, meanwhile, has made a move for FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, also a target for Brentford. (Daily Mail)Joey Barton is ready to sign for Nottingham Forest after a secret summit with owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi. Barton, 32, met the Kuwaiti at his luxury family home in London to thrash out a long-term deal. (The Sun)Rangers boss Mark Warburton is facing an anxious wait to discover if Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem is willing to move to the second tier of Scottish football. Zalalem has held talks with the Ibrox club over a loan deal but is also mulling over similar short-term deals at Fulham, Charlton and Birmingham City. (Daily Record)And here’s the latest headlines…West Brom reject Tottenham bid and have ‘no interest in selling Saido Berahino’Exclusive – ‘A stupid practical joke!’ De Bruyne’s agent furious following Wolfsburg declarationMan United offered goalkeeper Keylor Navas as Real Madrid continue David de Gea pursuitWellington Silva set for Championship loan after Arsenal reject Hertha Berlin bidArsenal transfer rumours: Mario Gotze would be a ‘great signing’ but ‘he’s not what the Gunners need right now’Everton set to make £15m move for Ukraine winger Andriy YarmolenkoJuventus showing interest in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh MkhitaryanFenerbahce holding out for £9m fee for West Ham and Sunderland targetMario Balotelli latest: Liverpool outcast wants Premier League stay as Watford eye ambitious moveAdnan Januzaj to leave Man United despite match-winning performance?The man to solve Sunderland’s woes? Black Cats want £6.5m French strikerlast_img read more