Football gossip: Hazard, Zaha, Golovin, Neymar, Alcantara, Grealish,

Football gossip

Barcelona are ready to test Chelsea's resolve by offering French forward Ousmane Dembele, 21, in return for 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard. (Onda Cero, via Metro)external-link

Crystal Palace's Ivorian forward Wilfried Zaha, 25, tops Marco Silva's wish-list for Everton, while Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck, 27, is also on the Toffees' radar. (Mirror)external-link

Liverpool have dropped all interest in Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir, 25, amid their pursuit of Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, 25. (Mail)external-link

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would like to sign two Juventus players - Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain, 30, and Italian defender Daniele Rugani, 23 - but an unofficial "non-aggression transfer pact" means he will not be able to sign several Napoli players he would like. (Evening Standard journalist Tom Collomosse on BBC Radio 5 live)

But Rugani has already agreed personal terms at Stamford Bridge. (Sky Sports Italia, via Express)external-link

Brazil forward Neymar, 26, will turn down Real Madrid to stay at Paris St-Germain - as long as they continue giving him VIP treatment. (El Pais)external-link

Chelsea are leading the race to sign 22-year-old midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow after his impressive performances for Russia at the World Cup. (

Spanish defender Nacho Monreal, 32, will stay at Arsenal this summer after Real Sociedad ended their interest in the left-back. (Mundo Deportivo)external-link

Arsenal are also set to announce a deal for Barcelona's 16-year-old left-back Joel Lopez, after agreeing scholarship terms. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester United are considering moves for two Bayern Munich players - Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 27 - while Tottenham's Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld, 29, is also an option. (Independent)external-link

The new season begins

But Alcantara wants to move back to Barcelona, five years after leaving for Bayern Munich. The Spaniard has won five Bundesliga titles in five seasons at Bayern. (AS)external-link

Manchester United's Italy full-back Matteo Darmian, 28, is close to a move to Juventus after three years at Old Trafford. (Football Italia)external-link

Fulham are close to confirming a deal worth about £20m for Newcastle's 23-year-old Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored 12 goals on loan to help the Cottagers win promotion to the Premier League. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Tottenham are in talks with Aston Villa over English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, who is valued at £30-£40m by the Midlands club. (Sky Sports)external-link

Everton are considering a move to sign Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj, 23, from Spanish side Real Sociedad. (Het Nieuwsblad, via Sun)external-link

Burnley have held talks with Swansea over a potential double deal for £20m-rated English defender Alfie Mawson, 24, and English midfielder Sam Clucas, 27. (Mail)external-link

Huddersfield are close to agreeing deals for Monaco's French striker Adama Diakhaby, 22, and Club Brugge's Belgian winger Anthony Limbombe, 24. (Sun)external-link

Stoke are pursuing an £8m deal for Aston Villa and Wales defender James Chester, 29, after having a £5m offer turned down. (Mail)external-link

Stoke also want Huddersfield's English winger Tom Ince, 26. (Sky Sports, via Huddersfield Daily Examiner)external-link

Express back page
The Express lead on news that Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may miss the whole of the 2018-19 season

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC