EVERTON PULL PLUG ON HART DEALJoe Hart’s will have to explore alternative options in his quest for first-team football after Everton decided to opt out of a loan deal for England’s No.1 goalkeeper.
According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees came away from the negotiating table after holding preliminary talks with Manchester City on Monday.
Everton were reportedly put off by the Citizens’ demands after the Merseyside club learned that it would cost them £7million to take him on loan for the season, a deal which also brought his £135,000-a-week wages into account.
Everton were not willing to accept those terms, with the good form of current No.1 Maartin Stekelenburg also being a factor in their decision-making process.
Hart has a little over a week to resolve his short-team future at least but, with Sevilla cooling their interest, the 29-year-old could be set for life on the Manchester City bench until January.
ARSENAL CONTINUE DEFENDER SEARCH
Injury-ravaged Arsenal are ready to hijack Marcel Tisserand’s proposed moved to Espanyol, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Monaco and DR Congo international was all set to move to La Liga, but has since stalled on the deal as he waits to see if Arsenal’s interest results in a firm bid.
Tisserand can cover two positions at centre-back and right-back, and is said to be looking for a fresh start after struggling to make a name for himself at Monaco.
Arsene Wenger, who has been forced into the market due to the long-term absence of Per Mertesacker, has said that expects Arsenal to sign a new defender before the window closes.
AND THE REST
Brazil forward Gabriel Barbosa is being chased by Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester – and the 19-year-old Santos player is now ready to make a decision on his future after winning gold at the Rio Olympics (Daily Express)
Chelsea have had a £30m bid rejected for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, 21 (Sky Sports)
Chelsea have told Napoli they will not increase their offer for Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, with their last bid worth £40m (Daily Telegraph)
Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic, 24, is another target for Chelsea – but Napoli are also interested in signing the Serbia international (Football Italia)
England boss Sam Allardyce has not ruled out a return to international football for Chelsea defender John Terry, 35 (Guardian)
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 33, is due to finalise his move to Manchester City on Thursday and trigger Joe Hart’s exit from the club (Sky Sports)
Barcelona will turn to Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen, 27, as a replacement for Bravo in a £10.35m move (Marca)
West Brom are unwilling to sell defender Jonny Evans, 28, to Arsenal for any less than £25m (Daily Telegraph)
Inter Milan have opened talks with Newcastle United for midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 27 (TalkSport)
Arsenal have inquired about Monaco’s Congolese defender Marcel Tisserand, with Espanyol also hoping to sign the 23-year-old (Daily Mirror)
West Ham are hoping to sign Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 27, and end their pursuit of Juventus forward Simone Zaza, 25 (Gazzetta World)
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 26, looks set for a move away from the Premier League, with Bologna, Lazio and Chievo interested in signing the Italy international (Gazzetta World)
Major League Soccer clubs in the USA will throw big-money offers at England forward Wayne Rooney, 30, if he decides to leave Manchester United (Daily Mirror)
Tottenham are interested in signing Barcelona forward Munir, 20, with Everton and Stoke also keeping an eye on the Spaniard (Sport – in Spanish)
Watford and West Ham have both registered an interest in Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat, 27 (Daily Mail)
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira says he admires Arsene Wenger’s strict transfer policy, but the current Gunners side are missing a “physical presence and personality” (Guardian)
Napoli will have to go head-to-head with Hull City to sign striker Nemanja Nikolic, 28, from Legia Warsaw (ESPN)
Hull have also offered striker Abel Hernandez, 26, an increased contract to ward off interest from Aston Villa and several Italian clubs (Hull Daily Mail)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he cannot wait for the transfer window to be closed, as he can’t believe how “obsessed” people were with signing new players (Liverpool Echo)
Arsenal’s Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, 23, has been offered the chance to play for the Kosovo national side (Evening Standard)