Sturridge Set To Leave
Liverpool slashed their asking price for Daniel Sturridge before allowing him to leave for Inter Milan.
The Reds were seeking a £5million loan fee for the England Striker — in addition to the full payment of his £150,000-a-week wage.
But despite circulating his name widely, the Merseysiders were finding it difficult for anyone to take the bait.
Though every major club in Europe was made aware the 28-year-old would be available, concerns over the player’s patchy injury record and lack of match practice led to potential suitors steering well clear.
In the end, demands for the loan fee were dropped to £1.5m — and Sturridge, now named in the squad for Saturday's FA Cup loss to West Brom, is now set to join Serie A giants Inter.
He is hoping to make a late bid for his England spot in Russia on the back of regular game-time in Italy but will have to play and score consistently if he is to drag himself anywhere near Gareth Southgate’s final 23.
Chelsea are ready to make an improved offer to Roma for Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko in a bid to break the deadlock over the former Manchester City man.
Antonio Conte wants Dzeko and his team-mate Emerson Palmieri in a £50million double swoop before the transfer window closes. But they are struggling to reach an agreement with Dzeko who isn't keen on moving his family to London after buying a new home in Italy.
Speaking earlier in the week, Roma sporting director Monchi said the club were open to offers for Dzeko – but were yet to receive an acceptable bid.
“At this moment I don’t like the offers that we have received, so we do not take them into consideration,” he said.
“All the clubs in the world listen to the offers that come, we are ready to listen and then decide.
“Now Edin is here and we are happy. This means that what arrived [bids] was not good.”
The striker is also demanding a two-and-a-half year contract to ply his trade at Stamford Bridge. However, Chelsea are only prepared to offer the 31-year-old an 18-month deal.
Should a move for Dzeko fail, the Blues are also considering a move for Arsenal misfit Olivier Giroud, Express Sport understands. But Arsene Wenger reiterated on Friday that he would only sanction Giroud’s departure if the club signed a replacement forward.
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Paris St-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the rumours of Neymar, 25, moving to Real Madrid make him laugh and insists "2,000%" that the Brazil international will be at the Ligue 1 outfit next season. (Mail on Sunday)
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Liverpool and Tottenham are set to miss out on 28-year-old Paris St-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, who has confirmed that returning to Italy is his priority. (Metro)
The odds of Mesut Ozil, 29, following Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester United have been slashed. (Manchester Evening News)
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Roma have turned down Liverpool's bid for 25-year-old Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker. (Metro)
Newcastle are set to beat Liverpool to the signature of Brazil forward Luan, 24, from Gremio for £17.5m. (Sun on Sunday)
Jorginho's agent has met Manchester United representatives ahead of a move for the 26-year-old from Napoli. (Manchester Evening News)
Manchester United are set to reject offers from Juventus and Roma to sign Italian defender Matteo Darmian, 28, on loan. (Sunday Express)
Tottenham will continue talks with Paris St-Germain over a potential £22m deal for 25-year-old Lucas Moura. (Sunday Telegraph)
Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa, 31, is reportedly close to a loan move back to former club Brighton. (Leicester Mercury)
Feyenoord have set Newcastle a deadline to meet their £20m asking price for 27-year-old Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen. (Newcastle Chronicle)
Newcastle and Crystal Palace are eyeing moves for Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye, 24. (HITC)
West Ham are trying to bring 32-year-old former Southampton striker Graziano Pelle back from China. (Inside Futbol)
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