Football transfer gossip: Szczesny, Sandro, Hart, Gibson, Hughes

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Transfer news - latest update (23:05 BST)

Arsenal and Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 27, is wanted by Inter Milan and Juventus. Szczesny is expected to leave the Gunners this summer having spent the past two seasons on loan at Roma. (London Evening Standard)

Everton are expected to announce the £5.2m signing of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez, 21, on Thursday. The Spaniard will become the Blues' third signing of the summer following the captures of keeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and Ajax midfielder and captain Davy Klaassen. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City may have to lower their £25m valuation of Joe Hart, 30, as they have yet to receive any firm offers for the England goalkeeper. (Daily Mirror)

Stoke City have made a £12m offer to Middlesbrough for 24-year-old defender Ben Gibson. (Times, via Sentinel)

Preston boss Simon Grayson and former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson are the leading contenders to take charge at Sunderland, where takeover talks continue with a German group. (Sunderland Echo)

Watford are closing in on Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, 22, and are prepared to pay a fee of £4.5m potentially rising to £8m. (Watford Observer)

Wolves owner Fosun International saw its share value plummet by 9.6% on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday. (Express & Star)

Queens Park Rangers want to sign Saint-Etienne forward Dylan Saint-Louis, 22, who has one year left on his contract and is valued at £525,000. (getwestlondon)

Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny has been at Arsenal for nine years

Transfer news (previous update 09:00 BST)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, will defy manager Antonio Conte and refuse to leave Stamford Bridge unless he can return to former club Atletico Madrid. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid are waiting for Manchester United to bid for striker Alvaro Morata, 24, before the European champions pursue Monaco's 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe. (Diario Gol, via Daily Express)

Leicester City are planning a £25m move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20. (Daily Telegraph)

The Foxes are considering their options after West Brom said the Foxes would need to double their £10m bid for defender Jonny Evans, 29. (Leicester Mercury)

Chelsea are close to signing 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for £35m, which could prompt Nemanja Matic, 28, to leave for Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City's bid to sign Kyle Walker, 27, will drag into next week as Tottenham Hotspur refuse to lower their £50m valuation of the England defender. City's pursuit of the right-back will not end if they sign Dani Alves, 34, from Juventus. (Independent)

Crystal Palace and Southampton are keen on former Liverpool and Valencia defender Mauricio Pellegrino for their vacant manager positions
Crystal Palace and Southampton are keen on former Liverpool and Valencia defender Mauricio Pellegrino for their vacant manager positions

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to complete the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic, 28, before the squad travel to the United States for their pre-season tour. (Gazzetta dello Sport - via Metro)

Former Chelsea captain John Terry is prepared to drop into the Championship. The 36-year-old defender is a free agent and is wanted by Birmingham and Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa are in pole position to sign former England captain Terry on a £60,000-a-week contract. (Sun)

Barcelona have rejected a £31m offer for midfielder Andre Gomes, 23, from a Premier League club. (Catalunya Radio, via Metro)

La Liga giants Barcelona want to sign Guangzhou Evergrande's former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, with the 28-year-old Brazil international impressing in China. (Goal)

Bayern Munich have told suitors of Robert Lewandowski they can forget about signing the Poland striker. The German champions also pointed to Fifa rules preventing clubs from making contact with the 28-year-old. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea target Alex Sandro will have to ask to leave Juventus before they accept any offer from the Premier League champions. The Blues have been linked with a £45m move for the 26-year-old full-back. (Daily Mail)

Lyon are close to completing a £16.6m move for Chelsea's 21-year-old forward Bertrand Traore, according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United have agreed a £9.7m deal to sell winger Adnan Januzaj, 22, to Real Sociedad. (France Football - via Daily Star)

Liverpool will complete the £39m signing of winger Mohamed Salah, 25, from Roma on Thursday. (Times - subscription required)

Virgil van Dijk has been urged to strike at Southampton by a Liverpool legend
Virgil van Dijk has been urged to strike at Southampton by a Liverpool legend

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is being kept informed about Pepe Reina's ongoing contract situation at Napoli in the hope the 34-year-old former Liverpool goalkeeper could still end up moving to St James' Park. (Northern Echo)

Everton remain open to offers for striker Oumar Niasse despite the 27-year-old scoring five times in 20 matches when on loan at relegated Hull City last season. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, should go on strike in order to force through a move to the Reds.(Daily Mirror)

The agent of Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca has played down talk of the 23-year-old joining Manchester United.(Record - via Daily Express)

Long-term Liverpool target Julian Brandt, 21, has agreed to join Bayern Munich from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018.(TZ - via Metro)

AC Milan's 18-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma should not turn down a move to Real Madrid, according to former Madrid and Milan striker Antonio Cassano.(Sky Italia, via FourFourTwo)

The back pages

The Daily Mirror lead on John Aldridge calling on Virgil van Dijk to strike at Southampton
The Daily Mirror lead on John Aldridge calling on Virgil van Dijk to strike at Southampton

Meanwhile...

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard saw the positive side to injury, telling fans on Instagram: "Being driven around by my family, so can keep my foot up. Good progress as I have managed a summer haircut!"

Eden Hazard was pleased he made it far enough to have a haircut on Wednesday
Eden Hazard was pleased he made it far enough to have a haircut on Wednesday

Former Liverpool defender Mauricio Pellegrino has impressed Southampton as their interviews for their vacant managerial job near a conclusion but he is also prominent on Crystal Palace's shortlist to succeed Sam Allardyce. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, 20, has paid tribute to his mother by having her face tattooed on his arm. (Manchester Evening News)

A former Manchester City youth player has hung up his boots to become one of Britain's youngest agents at the age of 22. (Bleacher Report)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes Arsenal target Kylian Mbappe, 18, will go on to become one of the greatest players in the world as he revealed Los Blancos are "following" the young Monaco striker. (Onda Cero - via Evening Standard)

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster showed how thorough he can be in working through certain snacks. Other forms of peanut sweets are available...

Ben Foster eats the chocolate off peanut M&Ms

The best of Wednesday's transfer news

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 29, asked for a move to Manchester City last summer before being convinced to stay at the Camp Nou by team-mate Luis Suarez. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez is set to leave the club this summer with West Brom keen to resurrect a £12m move for the 27-year-old. (Daily Echo)

Chelsea are planning to loan out 22-year-old centre-back Kurt Zouma this summer as they look to sign Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 30, and Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, 25. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal have told Barcelona that defender Hector Bellerin, 22, is not for sale and are confident the Spaniard will stay this summer. (Independent)

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, 26, is discussing a move to Lyon. (Daily Mail)

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