THE transfer rumours are beginning to hot up now that the Premier League season is finished – with a number of the top-flight’s big guns being linked with signings..
Manchester City are leading the chase, ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United, for AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia and are set to bid £16m for the Moroccan international – Full story: Daily Star
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is looking to West Bromwich Albion’s England under-21 striker Saido Berahino to help solve the goal-scoring problem at St James’ Park – Full story: Daily Mail
Everton want to keep long-serving defender Tony Hibbert and have offered the 33-year-old full-back a new contract to stay at Goodison Park – Full story: Liverpool Echo
Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony says he has knocked back a £2m offer for one of his players, rumoured to be defender Jack Baldwin, 20 – Full story: Peterborough Telegraph
Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for England star Adam Lallana, but according to the Daily Star, the Reds fear they could miss out on England international Adam Lallana, 26, this summer if Tottenham are successful in their attempts to poach Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ side are reportedly planning a club-record £60m move for Edinson Cavani, 27, if his Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez does leave Anfield, according to Caught Offisde.
Elsewhere, Arsenal’s striker search is gathering pace.
The Daily Telegraph reports they are set to make a £30m bid for Karim Benzema – who has one year of his contract remaining at Real Madrid – having failed to sign him on two previous occasions. Arsenal have tried to sign Benzema during the last two summer transfer windows
One player who could be returning to the Emirates is Carlos Vela, 25, after the Metro said the Gunners reportedly activated a buy-back option in his Real Sociedad contract.
Other transfer headlines:
German champions Bayern Munich are poised to launch a £25m bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz, 27. Full story: Daily Mail
The Blues will consider allowing goalkeeper Petr Cech, 31, to leave if the Czech international does not want to be understudy to Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, 21, who is expected to return from his loan at Atletico Madrid to become first choice. Full story: Daily Telegraph
Tottenham are set to make an £8m offer for Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo, 19, after chairman Daniel Levy gave the green light to the transfer. Full story: Metro
Chelsea have joined Liverpool and Arsenal in the chase for MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, 18, who has been dubbed the ‘new Steven Gerrard’. Full story: Daily Express
Former England midfielder Joe Cole, 32, is being eyed by Major League Soccer chiefs after leaving boyhood club West Ham for a second time. Full story: Daily Mirror
Everton are keen on Hannover striker Didier Ya Konan, 29, as a replacement for Belgian Romelu Lukaku, 21, who has returned to Chelsea after a season-long loan at Goodison Park. Full story: Daily Express
Chelsea are set to offer striker Lukaku a new contract. Full story: Independent
Billy Jones, 27, is set to leave West Brom on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract at The Hawthorns. Full story: Birmingham Mail
Liverpool hope to sign Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, 21, this summer for a fee in excess of £15m. Full story: Liverpool Echo