Liverpool to make third bid of £70m for Naby Keita while Man United and Chelsea join race to sign Ross Barkley

Sport360 staff 12:57 20/07/2017
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With the transfer window in full swing the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.

We dissect all of the top gossip doing the rounds across media channels in Europe to discover the fact from the fiction.

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NABY KEITA

Liverpool will make a third offer of £70million to RB Leipzip for midfielder Naby Keita, according to The Mirror.

Jurgen Klopp is determined to land his No1 transfer target with Keita himself ready to push through the move despite Leipzig making it clear they won’t sell having rejected £66.3m this week.

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SPORT360 VERDICT

This will likely be Liverpool’s last offer but the £70million fee is the one touted as enough to convince Leipzig to sell.

It’s clear the next couple of days in negotiations will be pivotal but with talk Keita’s agent is in Hong Kong to meet Liverpool representatives, it seems a deal could be struck.

ROSS BARKLEY

Ross Barkley could find himself at the centre of a bidding war between Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

A report in The Times says Spurs are favourites but Chelsea and United are keeping tabs, although clubs have been put off by Everton’s £50million valuation for a player who has a year left on his contract.

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The 23-year-old is expected to miss the start of the season after surgery on his groin but it’s clear Everton are happy to let him leave if the right money comes in and the interest is present also.

The quoted fee has so far put clubs off, although, Spurs still appear to be the frontrunners despite reports he has demanded £150,000 per week to join them.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley

DIEGO COSTA

Chelsea are seeking £44million for Atletico Madrid target Diego Costa, according to the Independent.

The Blues are looking to recoup a large chunk of the £70million outlay on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata by holding out for a big fee for Costa.

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Diego Costa wants to leave Chelsea and the club want him to make an exit, too, but it seems the Premier League champions won’t let the Spain international go cheap.

Atletico had hoped to get a cut-price deal in the region of £25million but it looks like they will have to pay almost double that with the deal expected to go through upon Morata’s competed switch.

Diego Costa bites his Premier League title winning medal

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