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Premier League rumours: Newcastle eye £18m midfielder | Manchester Untied plan £100m deal | Updates on Liverpool, Chelsea

Newcastle and their Premier League rivals continue to be linked with a host of players as the transfer window ticks into its final weeks.

And reports today suggest that Rafa Benitez is prepared to meet the £18m valuation placed on a World Cup star.

Who is Rafa Benitez targeting?

Who is Rafa Benitez targeting?

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Elsewhere, there are updates on a host of clubs from around the Premier League as teams look to complete deals before the August 9 deadline.

Here's the rumours doing the rounds today:

Newcastle United are 'prepared to meet' the £18m valuation placed on Uruguayan midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta. Celtic are also said to be interested in the Cruzerio man, who made two appearances for his country at this summer's World Cup (Talksport)

Defender Domagoj Vida continues to interest Liverpool, who have reportedly increased their offer to £20m as they look to prise the Croatian international away from Besiktas (Mirror)

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Jose Mourinho is lining-up a double deal to bring Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic to Manchester United - a move which could cost the Red Devils up to £100m (Mail)

Manchester City have refused to meet Real Madrid's £80m valuation of midfielder Mateo Kovacic (Sky Sports)

Gonzalo Higuain could be set for a move to Chelsea, with talks ongoing over a £53m deal (Evening Standard)

Southampton have distanced themselves from reports linking them with a move for Liverpool striker Danny Ings (Daily Echo)

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Gareth Bale looks set to remain at Real Madrid - despite interest from Manchester United - with new manager Julen Lopetegui believing he is key to his plans (Metro)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is 'going nowhere for four years' according to his current manager, Roy Hodgson (Liverpool Echo)

Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr are interested in a £40m move for Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa (Leicester Mercury)