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Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, August 21: Ibrahimovic to sign new Manchester United contract this week? West Ham to clinch Carvalho deal?

21 Aug

Here’s all the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…


Manchester United expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract to stay at Old Trafford as early as this week. Free agent Ibrahimovic, 35, is recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in a Europa League match against Anderlecht in April which was expected to keep him out until 2018. But he has made a quick recovery and United have moved to hand him a new deal. (ESPN)

Arsene Wenger admits he must sell before he can buy at Arsenal. The Gunners have only added two players this summer – Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette – and their shortcomings, particularly defensively, were exposed as they lost 1-0 at Stoke on Saturday evening. (Independent)

Arsenal have offered Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a new four-year deal worth £125,000-a-week to fend off interest from Chelsea. (Daily Star)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put Chelsea on alert after admitting he has to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer in order to “grow”. (The Sun)

West Ham have reopened talks with Sporting Lisbon over a £30m deal for William Carvalho. The Hammers looked to have given up on the midfielder after the Portuguese club turned down a £22m bid but Sporting are now ready to find a compromise and Slaven Bilic hopes to clinch a deal. (Daily Mirror)

Frank de Boer has insisted Liverpool’s valuation of Mamadou Sakho is “much too expensive” for Crystal Palace although his club remain keen on bringing the France international back to Selhurst Park. Liverpool want £30m for Sakho, who has been frozen out of the squad by the manager, Jürgen Klopp, since a breach of discipline last summer. (Guardian)

Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer is ready to offload Andros Townsend in order to fund a spending spree. (Daily Mail)

West Bromwich Albion bosses have sanctioned a move for Kevin Wimmer – and now it’s down to Tony Pulis to decide whether he wants to spend £15million on the Tottenham Hotspur defender. (Birmingham Mail)

Brendan Rodgers plans to add a quality striker and a central defender to the capture of Patrick Roberts as Celtic close in on a £30million Champions League windfall. The Hoops are poised to re-sign Roberts on a loan deal from Manchester City and Rodfers is also looking at Rubin Kazan’s £11m-rated Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun and South African defender Rivaldo Coetzee. (Daily Mail)

Leeds United are lining up Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes as a replacement for Chris Wood. The Championship side are believed to have agreed a £15m fee with Burnley for last season’s top scorer and Leeds will waste no time in trying to bring in a new recruit as they plot a swoop for Rhodes. (The Sun)

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