Football gossip: Mina, Rojo, Cook, Kovacic, Courtois, Pogba, Rabiot

Football gossip

Manchester United are set to bid for Barcelona and Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, 23, after failing in their attempt to sign 25-year-old Leicester City and England defender Harry Maguire. (Mirror)external-link

Everton are not willing to match Barcelona's £35m valuation of Mina, and will instead move for Manchester United's Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 28. (Goal)external-link

Tottenham are lining up a £30m bid for Bournemouth's 21-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook, who captained England Under-20s to World Cup success last summer. (Star)external-link

Chelsea will risk losing 26-year-old Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a free transfer if they are unable to recruit a replacement before the transfer window closes on 9 August. (Mail)external-link

Chelsea want Aston Villa's 22-year-old English midfielder Jack Grealish, who is also a target for Tottenham. (Sun)external-link

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 24, will not join Manchester United because he does not want to play under Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho. (Marca)external-link

Adrien Rabiot, 23, can leave Paris St-Germain if the Ligue 1 champions sign his fellow France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27, from Chelsea. (Mundo Deportivo, via Calciomercato)external-link

Bayer Leverkusen have made contact with Tottenham over signing 19-year-old English midfielder Marcus Edwards. (Sun)external-link

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is set for for talks with Brazil winger Willian, 29, with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona interested. (Star)external-link

West Ham have had a £27m bid for Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez rejected by Celta Vigo, who are demanding the 21-year-old's £35m release clause is met. (Mirror)external-link

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is set to sign 22-year-old Germany midfielder Max Meyer. (Sun)external-link

Crystal Palace are closing on Swansea's 26-year-old Ghana forward Jordan Ayew in a deal that will involve 21-year-old Netherlands midfielder Jairo Riedewald going the other way. (Guardian) external-link

Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is staying at Lazio this season. The 23-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea this summer. (Star)external-link

Barcelona technical director Eric Abidal has denied he met Paul Pogba to discuss a transfer for the 25-year-old Manchester United and France midfielder. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

The transfer of Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, from Juventus to AC Milan is "just about" done, according to Milan's general manager Beppe Marotta. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via ESPN)external-link

AC Milan are also set to sign another Chelsea target - Juventus and Italy defender Mattia Caldara, 24 - in a swap deal for 31-year-old Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci. (Mail)external-link

However, Chelsea are not giving up on signing Higuain, and could sell 31-year-old France striker Olivier Giroud to Marseille in order to finance a move. (Mirror)external-link

Wigan Athletic are interested in signing Everton's 20-year-old United States left-back Antonee Robinson on loan. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Shrewsbury have put a £1m valuation on Congolese defender Toto Nsiala after rejecting a bid for the 26-year-old from Ipswich. (Mail)external-link

The transfer season begins
Thursday's Star says Tottenham are chasing Bournemouth Lewis Cook

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