54 days until the transfer window closes, here are the key stories you need to know…
Liverpool spending to reach £100 million?
The Mail link Liverpool with Swansea City duo Wilfried Bony and Ben Davies. The striker and left-back would cost £20 million and £10 million respectively, with Tottenham previously holding talks over the pair.
Liverpool are close to wrapping up another £30 million duo, Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic, to add to the signings already made of Rickie Lambert £4m, Emre Can £10m, Adam Lallana £23m.
The spree would be offset by the rumoured but not confirmed departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Bony scored 26 goals in all competitions for Swansea last season while Davies is recognised as one of the most adept and talented left-backs in the league.
Lambert and Sturridge should not be expected to should the goalscoring burden alone, so Bony would be a wise addition especially with Origi strongly rumoured to be likely to head back to Lille on loan.
Liverpool have been trying to sign a left-back all summer, abandoning their pursuit of Alberto Moreno, also linked to Argentina’s Marcos Rojo.
Markovic is due for his medical at Liverpool later this week – The Guardian claim today (Thursday), with the Reds also moving closer to signing Divock Origi of Lille. The striker was pictured at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground today although rumours it was for a medical have been denied by Times journalist Tony Barrett.
Khedira would oust Ozil as Arsenal’s highest paid player
Arsenal’s prospective signing of Sami Khedira will have to overcome his sizeable wage demands. The Mail report his £8 a year million salary at Real Madrid at present is a stumbling block, with the possibility he could have to take a pay cut to join The Gunners
Khedira’s current salary exceeds Arsenal’s highest earner, his international teammate Mesut Ozil, who the club viewed as worth making an exception to their structure for. Ozil earns £140,000 a week, £10,000 a week less than Khedira’s Real wage.
Khedira, valued at around £30 million and deemed available by Real Madrid, does not possess the ‘wow factor’ Ozil does, and several alternate defensive midfielders are options for less money and lower wages, including Morgan Schneiderlin, and potentially even Lars Bender.
Sunderland contact Nigeria star
Sunderland are eyeing a deal for Nigerian international Babatunde, report SkySports . The 21-year-old attacker says he has been approached by the Black Cats and two Turkish clubs over his signature and is waiting for further developments.
Babatunde currently plays for Ukrainian side Volyn Lutsk.
West Ham cancel Diarra contract
West Ham have terminated the contract of midfielder Alou Diarra by mutual consent, report SkySports. Diarra made just 14 appearances for the Hammer since signing for £2 million in 2012, and now becomes a free agent.
Chelsea clinch Pasalic deal
Chelsea have completed the signing of Croatian teenager Mario Pasalic. The midfielder signs from Hadjuk Split and went straight into pre-season training earlier yesterday.
Pasalic earned recognition for his excellent season in his homeland by being called up to Croatia’s preliminary World Cup squad