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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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Thursday's Star says Tottenham are chasing Bournemouth Lewis Cook

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