Football gossip: Pogba, Karius, Rabiot, Mario, Norwood, Rojo, Denayer, Bakayoko

Football gossip

AC Milan are targeting 23-year-old Chelsea's France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal. (Sun)external-link

Barcelona will pursue Paul Pogba after the European summer transfer window closes on 31 August after 'privately accepting' Manchester United will not sell the 25-year-old France midfielder this month. (Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, 25, is a target for Besiktas. The Turkish side are keen to sign the German on a season-long loan. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City's England forward Raheem Sterling has yet to agree a contract extension with the club but manager Pep Guardiola says the club "are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay". (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says centre-back David Luiz has a "big future" at the club, despite the 31-year-old Brazil defender struggling for first-team action last season under previous Blues boss Antonio Conte. (Mirror)external-link

Sarri says he regrets not signing Gonzalo Higuain for Chelsea, but the 30-year-old Argentina striker says he joined AC Milan from Juventus because Sarri "was the only one who wanted me at Chelsea" whereas "at Milan everyone wanted me". (Star) external-link

Tottenham's England attacking midfielder Dele Alli says the players "don't get caught up in what's going on" around the club after Spurs did not make any signings during the summer transfer window. (Mail)external-link

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says midfielder Jack Grealish looked "every penny a £30m footballer" in his side's win over Wigan on Saturday in the wake of Tottenham failing in a £25m bid for the 22-year-old. (Mail)external-link

Manchester City's 23-year-old centre-back Jason Denayer has refused to go out on loan as the Belgium defender wants a move to Turkish club Galatasaray. (Star)external-link

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Juventus make a move for Lazio's midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The 23-year-old Serb had been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea. (Star)external-link

Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, has turned down an offer to renew his contract with the Ligue 1 champions. The France player's current deal runs out at the end of the season. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Schalke's German defender Thilo Kehrer, 21, is set to join Paris St-Germain after a £33m deal was agreed. (Guardian)external-link

Real Betis could make an offer for Inter Milan's Joao Mario. The Portugal midfielder, 25 made 14 appearances during a loan spell with West Ham United last season and played in the World Cup. (Mundo Deportivo)external-link

Watford's French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, has indicated that he could move away from the club in the future. (Watford Observer)external-link

Championship side Sheffield United may sign Oliver Norwood, 27, from Brighton and Hove Albion in January after negotiating a loan-to-buy agreement for the Northern Ireland midfielder. (Sheffield Star)external-link

Manchester United are reportedly holding talks with Fenerbahce over a deal for 28-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo. (Mirror)external-link

Scotland forward Ross McCormack, 31, and former England defender Micah Richards, 30, could be released from their contracts by Championship side Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Former Premier League referee Neil Swarbrick says it is "disappointing" there is no VAR in the top-flight this season, and that Everton defender Phil Jagielka deserved his red card for his tackle on Diogo Jota against Wolves. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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