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EPL Transfer Rumours: Coutinho, Ozil, Sanchez

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With the transfer window open, let’s have a look at some of the rumours doing rounds on various online publications.

By Sport Reporter

Telegraph has reported that Liverpool will demand an “astronomical” fee from Barcelona before they consider selling 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The Spanish giants have been told that it would take a deal worth almost £160m to bring Coutinho to the Nou Camp. (Onda Cero Radio commentator Alfredo Martinez)

Napoli will be ready to allow left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, 23, to move to Manchester United for his £53m release clause as they close in on the £26.6m signing of his replacement – 22-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Grimaldo from Benfica.

Algeria international Ghoulam tore his cruciate knee ligament in November last year. (Record – in Portuguese)

Arsene Wenger said no offers for Mesut Ozil and Alex Sanchez so far in the transfer window: “We have not been contacted by anyone yet. We will try to keep them but I answered that question many times. The best thing is to focus on tomorrow’s game.”

According to Sky Italia, Chelsea’s hopes of convincing 33-year-old Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini to move to Stamford Bridge have suffered a setback after he hinted at extending his contract with Juventus.

Swansea are keen on West Ham’s unsettled striker Diafra Sakho, but may need to consider bids for English centre-back Alfie Mawson, 23, or South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yeung, 28, to make a deal for the 28-year-old Frenchman happen. (Guardian)

Huddersfield have made an approach to sign Monaco’s 23-year-old Netherlands defender Terence Kongolo on loan. (Huddersfield Examiner)

Meanwhile, both Huddersfield and Watford are targeting Wolves centre-back Kortney Hause, 22. (Sun)

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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