Transfer Window Talk - Coutinho, Arsenal, Sigurdsson, Perisic
Monday 24 July 09:28 Tweet
We take a look at the big transfer rumours and news of the day featuring Coutinho, Arsenal, Sigurdsson and Perisic.
Barcelona will test Liverpool's resolve to keep Philippe Coutinho with an £80 million bid. Barcelona's initial £72m offer was rejected and are keen on returning with an improved offer for the Brazilian midfielder. Jurgen Klopp insists the club will not go down the route of previous transfer windows when they've sold Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez.
With Suarez I was far away. When the club sold Sterling I was maybe the last to know about it. So those situations have nothing to do with this one. We are approaching a very important moment and we want to get better. For this we have to keep our players. So that's the answer.
When Barcelona come calling for a player, they usually get what they want and with Coutinho knowing Barcelona's Neymar and Luis Suarez, they could be plotting seeds of doubt in his mind about staying at Liverpool.
According to reports in France, Alexis Sanchez's potential move to Paris Saint-Germain has been put on hold. The Arsenal forward met with PSG's club sporting director Antero Henrique on Friday to discuss terms of a four-year contract.
But French news outlet Le Parisien claim negotiations with the player are now over after talks broke down over Sanchez's high wage demands. The 28-year-old has one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and remains a target for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, who could now step in for the Chile international.
Arsene Wenger insists that the club will not sell the player this summer.
My mind has been made up for a while now. I think I've made it clear a few times that this is my stance. Sanchez has got one year to go on his contract and we have no need to make money. He will part of the team next year and after that I can understand it.
Chelsea will step up their interest in signing Arsenal midfielder Alexis Oxlade-Chamberlain but can expect a battle from Manchester City. Oxlade-Chamberlain is coming into the final year of his contract and last week he told Arsene Wenger that he won't be signing a new deal.
The Arsenal midfielder has been offered around £100,000 a week to stay at the Emirates but wants assurances about regular first-team football. Liverpool have been keeping close tabs on his contract talks but Chelsea are reported to want him and will table an offer.
Everton have made an offer of £40m plus £5m in add-ons for Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Toffees are poised to take their summer spending over £130m by agreeing on a deal with Swansea City for their star player.
Sigurdsson has made it clear he wants a move to Goodison Park and has remained in South Wales while Swansea have travelled to the United States to force through a move. According to reports, Everton are willing to pay him around £90,000 per week to move to the club. Swansea initially rated Sigurdsson as a £50m player but they are willing to compromise with Everton over a deal.
Inter Milan boss Luciano Spaletti admits Ivan Perisic will join Manchester United but only if the price is right. Croatia international Ivan Perisic is Jose Mourinho's top priority but Inter Milan are holding out for a fee in the region of £50m for the winger.
He's a fantastic player and if his future was totally up to me, I would definitely keep him. However if an offer comes and the club are satisfied with the money, which will be used to invest in and strengthen the team, he could leave. - Luciano Spaletti