Chelsea plan £40m ‘final’ bid for Everton ace, but reports that Neymar could join Man United are dismissed

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Chelsea will make a fourth and final offer worth £40m for Everton defender John Stones after the 21-year-old England international handed in a transfer request, it is reported toda

Everton have bid £5m for Tottenham’s Argentina defender Federico Fazio after Stones asked to leave Goodison Park. (Daily Mail)

But Zenit St Petersburg will resist any attempt by Chelsea to sign Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay if they pursue him as an alternative to Stones. (Telegraph)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed talk that Brazil forward Neymar, a reported Manchester United target, could be sold. (Catalunya Radio)

However, United manager Louis van Gaal believes he is building a side capable of winning the Champions League. (Daily Star)

Turkish club Besiktas claim they have agreed to sign Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes from the Old Trafford giants. (Times)

Tottenham will make an improved offer of £23m plus add-ons for West Brom striker Saido Berahino after having two previous bids rejected. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom will move for QPR striker Charlie Austin - a long-time transfer target for Newcastle - if they do finally allow Berahino to leave The Hawthorns. (Daily Express)

Liverpool made a “major mistake” in signing Italy striker Mario Balotelli, says former Reds defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher. Balotelli is set to rejoin AC Milan on loan. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are considering a move for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi, who is not wanted at the Bernabeu. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Spurs winger Erik Lamela is in talks with Serie A side Inter Milan, according to the Argentine’s father. (Gazzetta)

Manchester City defender Jason Denayer, 20, is deciding whether to join Galatasaray or Marseille on a season-long loan. (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona could beat Arsenal and Everton to the signing of Dynamo Kiev’s Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko. (Sport)

Elsewhere, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is looking to sign Italy striker Simone Zaza on a season-long loan from Juventus. (Daily Star)

Newly-promoted Premier League side Watford have opened talks with French club Rennes over a £8m move for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. (Daily Mail)

Championship side Wolves have put a £14m price tag on England Under-21 striker Benik Afobe, who is wanted by Norwich. (Daily Mirror)