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Liverpool agree to deal for Ox, Arsenal firm on Alexis

The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Liverpool close in on Oxlade-Chamberlain, eye Lemar

Liverpool are going to be busy over the next 48 hours. With reports that Philippe Coutinho is on the verge of a £150m transfer to Barcelona, the Reds have gone into overdrive to try and seal a deal for either Monaco's Thomas Lemar or Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Lemar has been a target for Arsenal, but the Daily Mail reports that Liverpool officials have flown to France to seal a deal upwards of £60m. Oxlade-Chamberlain, who turned down a move to Chelsea, has now been allowed to talk to Liverpool, reports the Mirror.

Meanwhile, Sport states that Barcelona have readied a "Plan B" if they cannot prise Coutinho away from Liverpool, with Monaco's Thomas Lemar their preferred alternative at a reported cost of around €80m. Mundo Deportivo reports that Juventus' Paulo Dybala and Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid are also suitable replacement options. And Barca have an extra day to bring one in, too.

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23.15 BST: That will do it for a wild and action-packed day with our live Transfer Talk. Please check back in a few hours as we bring you all the rumours and signings from what figures to be an eventful and fascinating deadline day. Take care!

23.05 BST: With under 24 hours until the transfer deadline, Arsenal are scrambling to complete a deal for PSG's Julian Draxler, according to the Mirror.

The 23-year-old Germany international has been linked with a move away from PSG since the Neymar signing  and would be a way for Arsenal to justify selling Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City.

23.00 BST: Oxlade-Chamberlain update: James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reports that the England international has undergone his medical and agreed to personal terms with Liverpool. We told you earlier this one was close but expect Liverpool to make it official soon.

22.55 BST: After reportedly ending their pursuit of Celtic's Moussa Dembele because of a cost, Marseille have entered the fray for Arsenal castoff Lucas Perez, sources have told ESPN FC

Perez has been linked with a return to Spain and old cub Deportivo La Coruna and Newcastle but Marseille have reportedly joined the race for the Spaniard.

22.45 BST: German-American and U.S. international Julian Green has been rumoured with a move away from newly-promoted Stuttgart for a few weeks now. Today the Washington Post's Steven Goff claims he has got word that Green will be on the way to 2. Bundesliga club Greuther Furth.

22.35 BST: DONE DEAL Updating earlier reports on Philipp Wollscheid, the German has made his move from Stoke City to Metz official. The twice-capped German made 56 appearances for Stoke and moves to France on a three-year deal.

22.27 BST: On the red side of Manchester, United and Wolves are engaged in talks over a loan deal for youngster Scott McTominay, according to the Express and Star. The 20-year-old made two Premier League appearances for United at the end of last season.

22.20 BST: A couple news items regarding Manchester City:

According to the Independent, City have sent a delegation to Chile to try and finalise a deadline-beating move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and are reportedly ready to up their bid to £70 million.

Sanchez is training with Chile ahead of their upcoming qualifiers and reportedly is trying to push his way out of Arsenal and into Champions League football. 

In separate and much smaller news, City have are close to loaning defender Jason Denayer back to Galatasaray. Denayer made 24 appearances last season for Sunderland while on loan.

22.15 BST: With two signings completed and another (Serge Aurier) seemingly imminent, Tottenham have reportedly entered the ring for Barcelona wanaway Andre Gomes.

The Barcelona man has publically said he wants out due to a lack of playing time and could be an option for Spurs alongside Everton's Ross Barkley. Reports have linked Gomes to a few Premier League clubs included West Ham.

22.05 BST: Reports from Turkey claim that Arsenal could make a late move for Besiktas playmaker Tolgay Arslan. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the way out and Jack Wilshere maybe right behind him, Arsenal are in need of some midfield cover. 

21.55 BST: Arsenal and Leicester have both had £25 million bids rejected by West Brom for defender Jonny Evans. Evans is being pursued by those two clubs and his reported desired Manchester City but West Brom are asking for £30m for the Northern Irishman. Don't be surprised if this one goes right down to the wire.

21.45 BST: Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has confirmed his club are monitoring Liverpool's Emre Can but will wait until next summer regarding any move for the Germany international.

"Emre Can is a great player, I don't know if he will sign a new contract, we will definitely monitor the situation", Marotta said.

Can is out of contract at the end of the season and has to this point, been unable to agree to an extension with the Reds.

21.40 BST: With reports claiming that Fernando Llorente is on his way out, Swansea are close to bringing another player in. Sources have told ESPN FC that the Swans have all but agreed to bring in Renato Sanches on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich.

The 2016 Golden Boy winner, Sanches struggled to get into a groove in his first season in Germany and for the first time started to show his youth. Regardless, this is a major move for a club the size of Swansea as they are getting a top talent that can help them secure top-flight survival.

21.30 BST: Chelsea are closing in on signing Swansea's Fernando Llorente, sources have told ESPN FC. Llorente previously played for Antonio Conte at Juventus and was very close to joining the Blues in January.

Chelsea have already signed one striker this window (Alvaro Morata) and Llorente's imminent signing could mean a loan or permanent move for Michy Batshuayi.

21.20 BST: Brendan Rodgers and Celtic have given big boost to hopes of keeping striker Moussa Dembele. L'Equipe claim that Marseille have been priced out in their pursuit for the French striker and are moving on to other options.

The French youngster bagged 32 goals for the Hoops in his debut season in Scotland and is central to any hopes Celtic has of advancing past the Champions League group stage.

20.50 BST: As we mentioned earlier, West Ham are searching for a central midfielder after their £40 million move for William Carvalho fell through at the final hurdle. The Sun claim that one potential replacement could be oft-injured Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. 

Wilshere finally looks set to leave London and the report claims that Slaven Bilic is open to signing the England international on a season-long loan. Wilshere is a risk for sure considering his injury history but there is no doubting Wilshere's ability when he is healthy and given adequate gametime. 

20.40 BST: Although Jose Mourinho said his side were likely done in terms of signings a few reports in Europe have linked Manchester United with major deadline-deal moves.

French TV station SFR Sport hinted that Mourinho is interested in Leicester City winger and Arsenal target Riyad Mahrez but that the Algerian is likely to stay put.

Meanwhile the Independent claim that United are in contact with Alexis Sanchez's representatives, who want to force a move before the deadline shuts. Sanchez has long been linked with a move to rivals City but could Jose have one more big card to play before the window shuts?

20.25 BST: Linked with Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Fernando Llorente, Diario Gol report that Chelsea are keen on Real Madrid duo Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Llorente ,and could make a shock deadline-day move for one of the two.

These reports come out at the same time that Inter have reportedly shut the door on a Chelsea move for Antonio Candreva, according to calciomercato.com.

It would be a surprise to see Real sell a talent like Llorente but with a loaded midfield could Kovacic be headed to London?

20.15 BST: DONE DEAL A major deal has just been completed in the women's game, as USWNT midfielder Morgan Brian has been traded for future considerations from the Houston Dash to the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL. The 24-year-old already has 67 caps for the U.S. and joins Chicago after two years with Houston.

19.58 BST: With Fulham making a bid for striker Dwight Gayle and Newcastle reportedly open to selling the player, Rafa Benitez has reportedly turned his eyes to Italy and Sampdoria's Denis Praet as a replacement. 

According to SportItalia, Newcastle are set to make a late £20 million bid on the Belgian attacking midfielder. The £20m is double what Sampdoria paid Anderlecht last season for Praet and could tempt the Blucerchiati to sell.

19.48 BST: With all the talk about deals that are going through, here are a few words about a deal that may not. Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi, who was linked with a move to Inter Milan over the weekend, will not be joining Inter after all.

Inter sporting director Walter Sabatini had this to say about the German international: "We won't make any more signings. It has been a pragmatic transfer campaign."Mustafi? We made an attempt, but we decided to 'recycle' someone else."

19.40 BST: DONE DEAL Club Brugge have announced that they have signed Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie on a season-long loan.

19.25 BST: After a much publicised deal for William Carvalho fell through, West Ham have reportedly moved in on a Barcelona player as Plan B. Bleacher Report's Dean Jones claims that the Irons have inquired about Barca midfielder Andre Gomes but wages could be the snag to a potential deal. 

Gomes reportedly makes £80,000 a week which would be a steep price for a club of West Ham's size and ambition to pay. That being said, Slaven Bilic and Co. have started poorly and desperately need some positive news at the London Stadium.

In unrelated news, Foot Mercato also claim that West Ham have opened talks for French wonderkid Alexandre Mlinde. The 17-year-old scored 21 times in 22 games last season for amateur side Minguettes and is one for the future.

19.10 BST: With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's move to Liverpool imminent, the Guardian's Ed Aarons has tipped the club to make a bid for Nice playmaker Jean-Michael Seri.

The 26-year-old Seri has been linked with the London club all summer long, and with Nice eliminated from the Champions League, and transfer rivals Barcelona seemingly removing him from their future plans, Seri could be destined for the Emirates, who are suddenly in need of another midfielder.

19.00 BST: Leeds are still hopeful of acquiring Burnley's Ashley Barnes to replace Chris Wood at Elland Road. Originally Barnes was supposed to go the other way in the Wood deal but Leeds now are hoping to sign the player separately. After raiding Leeds for the Championship's top scorer, it would be the least Burnley could do...

18.45 BST: DONE DEAL West Brom is on the board again with their second signing of the day. The Baggies have unveiled Poland international Grzegorz Krychowiak as a West Brom player.

Krychowiak comes to The Hawthorns on a season-long loan deal from PSG, where he has struggled for playing time since arriving last summer. The no-nonsense midfielder has 45 caps for his nation and seems a right fit under Tony Pulis. Full story.

18:35 BST: According to reports out of France, West Ham target Abdul Majeed Waris has had an £11 million price tag attached to him by club Lorient. The Ghanaian scored nine league goals last season has also been pursued this summer by Burnley.

18.25 BST: Still in search of another striker, Everton have reportedly moved down their list toward Watford's Stefano Okaka. The 28-year-old Italian has been a bust for the most part for Watford but scored in his lone appearances this season against, of all people, Everton's archrivals Liverpool.

18.15 BST: And it now looks like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is off to Anfield. Sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool have agreed to a deal with Arsenal for the versatile England international worth up to £40 million.

Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed destined for Chelsea just hours ago but rejected the Blues in favour of a move to Liverpool. More to come when/if this becomes official. 

18.06 BST: DONE DEAL Juventus have officially announced the loan signing of Schalke and Germany international defender Benedikt Howedes.

The deal is a one-year loan with the option to buy permanently next season. Howedes is Juve's 10th signing of the window and join high-profile additions like Blaise Matuidi, Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa in Turin.

17.50: BST: With rumours swirling that Divock Origi could be on the move, Andy Hunter of the Guardian has reported Wolfsburg is closing in on the 22-year-old Belgium international.

Tottenham has also show interest in Origi, whose father, has publically said needs to leave Anfield for regular first-team football. Keep a close eye on Liverpool who look to be busy ahead of Thursday's deadline.

17.25 BST: Hull City head coach Leonid Slutsky could be reunited with Leicester's Ahmed Musa, who played for him at CSKA Moscow, with reports suggesting a season-long loan deal could be struck.

17.15 BST: The Mirror reports that Shkodran Mustafi is likely to stay at Arsenal after Inter Milan failed to reach agreement on a deal.

17.03 BST: Renato Sanches could yet end up joining Swansea on loan from Swans manager Paul Clement's former club Bayern Munich, according to Sky Sports. It reports that they are close to close to reaching agreement on a loan deal for the Portugal international.

16.52 BST: Brazil national team coordinator Edu Gaspar has told ESPN that the CBF is aiming to treat the preparation and training of Philippe Coutinho with caution in order not to influence any transfer negotiation with the player, Barcelona or Liverpool.

Coutinho was passed fit for Brazil's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, despite not having played for Liverpool this season because of what the club have said is a back injury.

16.45 BST: DONE DEAL Everton midfielder Conor Grant has joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until January.

16.40 BST: Juan Foyth's first reactions on arriving at Spurs: "It's a club that believe in young players and I'm very pleased to be here. It's a dream for me.

"I like individual duels, and players taking me on. I'm also fast, so that's what I think I can bring to the team."

16.33 BST: Stoke City defender Philipp Wollscheid could be off to France on loan, with reports linking him with a loan switch to Metz.

16.25 BST: A little more on Huddersfield striker Nakhi Wells' impending move to Burnley -- the Mirror reports that the clubs have agreed a £5m fee.

16.20 BST: Reading defender Jordan Obita is staying where he is -- he has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal.

16.10 BST: DONE DEAL Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak has moved to League One Rotherham United on loan for the rest of the season.

16.03 BST: DONE DEAL Tottenham have completed the signing of defender Juan Foyth from Estudiantes.

15.54 BST: The Diego Costa saga could soon end with his return to Atletico Madrid, according to AS, which reports that the move "inches closer to a conclusion as Chelsea and Atletico representatives met on Wednesday to finalise a deal worth €43m and €11m in add-ons."

15.50 BST: DONE DEAL That Birmingham defender in/out has come to fruition - after the departure of Ryan Shotton to Middlesbrough, Harlee Dean has come in from Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

15.35 BST: There's been plenty of talk about Manchester City incomings this summer, but here's news of two potential outgoings.

Sources have told ESPN FC that City and Stoke are "some way apart on valuations" of Fabian Delph, with a deal now appearing less likely, while they are waiting for Swansea to make a firm move for striker Wilfried Bony.

15.25 BST: Alaves, Las Palmas and Malaga are all interested in striking a loan deal for Stoke City midfielder Bojan Krkic, according to reports.

15.20 BST: Reports in Belgium say Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie is on his way to Brugge and is undergoing a medical ahead of the transfer.

15.15 BST: DONE DEAL Another done deal from the Championship, where Ryan Shotton has arrived from Birmingham City on a three-year deal.

15.10 BST: Burnley are closing in on the signing of Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells, Press Association Sport has reported.

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner had confirmed earlier this month that the club were open to offers for Wells.

15.05 BST: DONE DEAL Norwich City, who have conceded eight goals in two away games, have brought in defender Grant Hanley from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee as they look to plug some of those gaps.

14.45 BST: DONE DEAL Sunderland defender Michael Ledger has moved to nearby Hartlepool United on a season-long loan deal.

14.35 BST: Emmanuel Petit has told Arsenal to bring Leicester's Riyad Mahrez to the club and ditch the "defeatist" Mesut Ozil. "[Mahrez] is the kind of player cruelly lacking for Arsenal down the right," he said, adding of Ozil: "If I were Arsene Wenger, I'd say: 'Get out.'" Full story.

14.24 BST: Marseille have made an improved offer of €17 million for Porto forward Vincent Aboubakar, footmercato.net reports. The Ligue 1 side had originally bid €15m for the 25-year-old Cameroon international.

14.10 BST: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is "optimistic" that the club can sign Chelsea's Diego Costa after a breakthrough in talks, the London Evening Standard reports, saying a £41m fee "is likely to be enough" to take Costa back to his old club.

14.05 BST: One in, one out for defenders at Birtmingham, according to reports: Ryan Shotton is off to Middlesbrough for £3m, with Harlee Dean coming in from Brentford to replace him.

14.01 BST: And so the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain situation develops: Liverpool have made contact with Arsenal over a possible transfer, a source has told ESPN FC.

Sources said Chelsea had agreed a fee with Arsenal for Oxlade-Chamberlain but the player had turned down a move to Stamford Bridge. Talks between Arsenal and Liverpool are ongoing.

13.53 BST: DONE DEAL FC Twente have signed Nottingham Forest defender Thomas Lam on loan for the season.

13.50 BST: Chelsea are in advanced talks with Swansea over a deal for striker Fernando Llorente, sources close to the Welsh club have told ESPN FC.

ESPN FC reported earlier this week that Everton had made a late move for Llorente as they look to bring a new striker to Goodison Park, but Chelsea have always been favourites for the Spain international.

13.48 BST: West Ham striker Diafra Sakho is closing in on a move to French club Rennes, Sky Sports reports, saying he has passed a medical.

13.45 BST: DONE DEAL A new face at Sheffield Wednesday, who have brought in central defender Joost van Aken from Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee.

13.40 BST: DONE DEAL A hat trick of loan deals between Bristol City and Cheltenham -- Freddie Hinds, Taylor Moore and Joe Morrell have all moved to Cheltenham's Whaddon Road on loan.

13.33 BST: Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has told L'Equipe that FIFA should impose limits on transfer spending but stressed that his club had done nothing wrong in their world-record move for Neymar.

Belgium international Meunier, 25, said PSG had "acted within the rules" but warned that the overall transfer picture "could go in all directions" without guidance from world football's governing body.

13.22 BST: Douglas and Munir El Haddadi both trained with Barcelona on Wednesday but the club remain hopeful of finding suitors for the pair this week, sources have told ESPN FC. Benfica are reportedly close to signing Douglas on loan with an obligatory option to buy next year, while an agreement is said to be in place between Barca and Torino for the transfer of Munir. Full story.

13.11 BST: As speculated about earlier, Tottenham are poised to complete a £23 million deal for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, with Press Association Sport reporting that the player has received the all-clear to work in the UK. Full story.

13.05 BST: Liverpool are now in talks with Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain over a move from Arsenal to Anfield, according to the Liverpool Echo...

12.47 BST: Sources close to Raheem Sterling have confirmed to ESPN FC that the Manchester City midfielder is unlikely to join Arsenal as part of any deal for Alexis Sanchez. Pep Guardiola is not willing to let him go, with City preferring a straight cash purchase. Full story.

12.40 BST: West Brom have already signed Kieran Gibbs today and it now looks like they could be close to announcing the capture of Grzegorz Krychowiak from Paris Saint-Germain too after this tweet...

12.29 BST: Tottenham had been waiting for Serge Aurier to be cleared by the Home Office -- having received a criminal conviction in France -- before confirming his move from Paris Saint-Germain. After this tweet from the full-back, it looks like Spurs could be close to announcing the deal pretty soon...

12.15 BST: Frank de Boer is a man under pressure after losing all three of his opening Premier League games as Crystal Palace boss, but the club are still prepared to back him with at least three new signings, according to the Daily Star, with Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Tottenham pair Michel Vorm and Vincent Janssen said to be among their targets.

11.54 BST: Kieran Gibbs has thanked Arsenal and their fans for their support over the years following his move to West Brom...

11.50 BST: DONE DEAL West Brom have just confirmed the signing of left-back Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal on a four-year deal... Will we see Jonny Evans go the other way before tomorrow night? Full story.

11.45 BST: Where will Virgil van Dijk end up come the end of the transfer window? Well, The Sun is reporting that the Southampton man has agreed terms with Liverpool, but that Arsenal and Chelsea are still hoping to beat them to the defender, who could cost at least £70 million.

11.33 BST: Marcus Bettinelli has signed a new contract extension with Fulham until the summer of 2020...

11.24 BST: DONE DEAL Marseille have confirmed the signing of Tunisia international Aymen Abdennour, who moves to the Stade Velodrome on a season-long loan from Valencia. Full story.

11.14 BST: Sources have told ESPN FC that while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is holding out for a move to Liverpool, the Reds have yet to make an offer for the Arsenal man. Full story.

11.03 BST: Kevin De Bruyne has had his say on Manchester City's pursuit of Alexis Sanchez... "I think City is doing the business perfectly this summer and if they want him they will try everything to get him," he told Sky Sports. "And if he comes to us that's a good addition."

10.49 BST: DONE DEAL Hull have signed Australia international midfielder Jackson Irvine from Burton Albion... Full story.

10.36 BST: Divock Origi's father has said that the Liverpool striker must leave Anfield in order to secure regular first-team football and added that Tottenham are interested in him. Full story.

10.32 BST: The Daily Mirror has news of a potential swap deal which would see Leicester's Demarai Gray moving to Crystal Palace and Andros Townsend heading the other way. Sky Sports, however, is reporting that Townsend's representatives have told them the winger will not be part of any swap, but could still move on in a straight cash deal.

10.18 BST: Fulham have tabled a £15 million bid for Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle after it became clear the player could be available, according to Press Association Sport. The bid was received this morning, hours after reports of the Championship club's interest in the 26-year-old emerged. Full story.

10.07 BST: The Alexis Sanchez saga takes yet another twist... This time it's Sky Sports claiming that Raheem Sterling is staying at Manchester City and will not be going to Arsenal as part of any deal involving the Chile international.

09.50 BST: DONE DEAL Borussia Dortmund have completed the transfer of full-back Jeremy Toljan from Hoffenheim for a reported fee of €5 million, with Felix Passlack moving the other way on loan for two seasons... Full story.

09.36 BST: Sources close to Leicester have confirmed to ESPN FC that Danny Drinkwater has submitted a transfer request as he tries to force through a move to Chelsea. Full story.

09.33 BST: Benedikt Howedes has arrived at Juventus for his medical ahead of his move from Schalke...

09.22 BST: AS has the lowdown on two transfers involving Swansea... Chelsea are said to be closing in on the €15 million signing of Fernando Llorente -- and if that deal goes through, the Swans will bring back Wilfried Bony from Manchester City as his replacement.

09.03 BST: Julian Draxler has been linked with an exit from Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer window closes, with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal having been touted as destinations. Germany boss Joachim Low, however, insists PSG want to keep him, saying: "I know for a fact that Paris don't want to sell." Full story.

08.52 BST: BBC Sport's Ben Smith says that while Liverpool are still in for Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thomas Lemar of Monaco, they will not be signing both players...

08.36 BST: Another player who could be leaving Arsenal before the transfer deadline is Jack Wilshere. The Sun says Arsene Wenger has told him he is not part of his plans at the Emirates Stadium and La Liga side Real Betis could be willing to offer him a chance to rebuild his career in Spain.

08.20 BST: There looks like being a fair bit of movement at Arsenal in these final days of the transfer window, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Kieran Gibbs' switch to West Brom is done. The paper says the left-back completed his medical last night and the Baggies are paying £7 million for his services.

08.05 BST: So with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain apparently turning down Chelsea, will the Premier League champions now turn to Ross Barkley to strengthen their midfield? That is what the Daily Mail is suggesting, with Chelsea reportedly submitting a £25 million bid to Everton for the England international.

07.22 BST: Sky Sports News reports that Leicester's Danny Drinkwater has submitted a transfer request as he tries to force through a move to Chelsea, where he would be reunited with former midfield partner N'Golo Kante.

PAPER TALK

Arsenal reject Alexis Sanchez bid, squad turns on player

Arsenal have turned down a massive £50m offer from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez, but the Gunners remain unchanged on their position that the Chilean is not for sale.

Arsenal risk losing the former Barcelona star on a free transfer next summer, but £50m is not enough, neither is Raheem Sterling and £30m. With less than 48 hours until the deadline, the Gunners face the very real prospect of losing Sanchez for free in 2018.

The Mirror, as well as the BBC's David Ornstein, believe only huge money, or perhaps a player in exchange, can persuade the Gunners into a sale, with £70m floated as the figure that would be appropriate to sell at.

The whispers of discontent are crescendoing into a dull roar at the Emirates, if the Telegraph is to be believed. The paper reports that the "majority of the first-team squad" have now had enough of  Sanchez and the saga regarding his future.

Conflicting reports over Coutinho's fate

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the transfer waters, Philippe Coutinho's summer move to Barcelona rears its ugly head once again.

With Liverpool standing firm to keep the Brazil international -- who was seen training with his national team despite not having played for his club yet this season due to illness and injury -- Barcelona are once again ready to up their bid.

So how much will Barca pay after having three enormous bids rejected already? According to Yahoo Sports, a Spain and England record fee of €160 million including add-ons.

But there continues to be two (three?) sides to this never-ending transfer tale, with the Liverpool Echo saying that the Anfield club's CEO Peter Moore has rubbished the latest report suggesting that Coutinho will be a Barcelona player by the end of the week.

Ox rejects Chelsea move

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a chance to move to Chelsea and would prefer to move to Liverpool or stay at the Emirates, according to a BBC report.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, was the subject of a bid from Chelsea on Monday, with an ESPN FC source confirming that a fee had been agreed to bring the attacking midfielder and wing-back to Stamford Bridge.

However, the BBC reported on Tuesday night that the England international has rejected a £40 million move to join Antonio Conte's team because he wants to be used a central midfielder and not at wing-back, where he believes Chelsea envision using him.

In another revelation from the report, Oxlade-Chamberlain would apparently prefer a move to Liverpool over Chelsea in order to get his chance to play in his preferred role, with Jurgen Klopp's team expected to make a bid before Thursday's end to the summer window.

Tap-ins

Shkodran Mustafi is a target of Inter Milan, with Sky Sports reporting that the Serie A club have offered Arsenal £23m for the Germany centre-back. The outlet reports that Inter would also be open to a loan with an option to buy, although the 25-year-old is still thought to be part of Arsene Wenger's plans for the Gunners defence this season.

- The Sun suggests West Brom are lining up a move for Grzegorz Krychowiak with Tony Pulis looking for cover after the departure of Darren Fletcher to Stoke. The Poland international, also a target of Chelsea and Leicester, never settled into life at Paris Saint-Germain and does not appear to factor into Unai Emery's team despite a high-profile move from Sevilla last summer.

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