Good morning. Here are the news making the rounds today 17-08-2016.
Manchester United will offer Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 26, to Southampton as part of a deal to sign Saints captain Jose Fonte. Arsenal also want the 32-year-old Portugal centre-back.
Southampton have offered Fonte a new contract that would put him among their top earners.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, will leave Manchester City this month as they have agreed a £17m deal with Barcelona to sign Chile international Claudio Bravo, 33.
Everton and Sevilla are interested in Hart, whose contract runs until 2019.
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, will fight for his Chelsea future – despite being left out in favour of new signing N’Golo Kante, 25, by new boss Antonio Conte.
Leicester want to keep Ghana left-back Jeffrey Schlupp, and have rejected two bids for the 23-year-old from West Brom.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, 30, will not be offered a contract extension for at least 18 months. The England striker’s contract runs until the summer of 2019 but he must now prove he is worth an increase on his £300,000-a-week wages.
Everton and Inter Milan want Newcastle attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko but the 27-year-old would like to join Real Madrid.
Liverpool want a straight £30m for Christian Benteke. They rejected a £30m deal from Crystal Palace because the fee came with add-ons, including Alan Pardew’s side qualifying for the Champions League.
Pardew is facing mounting discontent from a number of players over the handling of his decision to strip Mile Jedinak of the club captaincy and install Scott Dann in the role.
Watford have agreed a £13m deal to sign Juventus and Argentina midfielder Roberto Pereyra, 25.
Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 25, would only be tempted leave Leicester for “two or three clubs”.
Manchester City want to sell Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, striker Wilfried Bony, 27, and French defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25.
Barcelona are interested in West Brom and Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 26.
West Ham are close to signing Palermo’s 24-year-old Morocco left-back Achraf Lazaar, who is valued at £2.5m.
The Hammers have been unable to increase their capacity to 60,000 for their first home Premier League game at their new stadium against Bournemouth on Saturday. Newham Council has limited the attendance to 57,000 – after too many home fans stood for long spells during the first two matches in the all-seater stadium.
Sunderland’s 30-year-old French defender Younes Kaboul is close to signing for Watford.
Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal with Valencia for 22-year-old Spain striker Paco Alcacer.
Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres believes he was portrayed as a “traitor” following his controversial departure to Chelsea five years ago and says the team has not progressed since he left.
A fundraising dinner at Wembley last month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup victory resulted in a financial loss of £220,000.
Uefa is considering changing the format of the Champions League so the top four teams from the top four European leagues would qualify automatically.
West Ham captain Mark Noble believes referees need help from video replays before a player is seriously injured.
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