Football Paper Talk

  • Last Updated: July 25 2014, 8:13 BST

A look at the football transfer gossip in Friday's national newspapers, with Didier Drogba set for a return to Chelsea.

Didier Drogba: Could make an emotional return to Chelsea
Didier Drogba: Could make an emotional return to Chelsea

DAILY MIRROR

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he wants to bring Didier Drogba back to Chelsea.

Meanhile, Petr Cech has warned his Stamford Bridge bosses "I will not be a Chelsea bench-warmer" if he loses his place as first-team keeper to Thibaut Courtois this season.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk is keen to play for his fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Southampton. The Scottish champions want at least £10m for the centre-back, but Saints are set to rake in around double that from the sale of their defender Dejan Lovren to Liverpool.

Roma are weighing up a move for Tottenham centre-back Vlad Chiriches.

West Brom boss Alan Irvine admits never having seen striker Brown Ideye before making him the club's £10m record signing. He he has only watched his new star signing on DVD.

Hull City are hoping to clinch the £2m signing of Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire today.

Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale is a £1m target for Brighton.

Arsenal's World-Cup winning trio of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski will miss the start of the new Premier League season after being granted an extended break.

THE SUN

Chelsea are set to make a move to re-sign former striker Didier Drogba, 36.

Meanwhile, Blues winger Marko Marin is in talks over a loan move to Turkish side Besiktas.

Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City can cut the red tape and sign Nigerian wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho.

Muhamed Besic is close to joining Everton.

Paul Lambert says Aston Villa have not received a single bid for Dutch defender Ron Vlaar - despite huge interest.

Dani Osvaldo is set to become the latest player to leave Southampton by signing for Inter Milan.

West Brom head the £3m-chase for striker Leonardo Pavoletti.

Burnley are lining up a bid for Nottingham Forest star Henri Lansbury.

DAILY STAR

Juventus star Arturo Vidal, 27, has ruled out a move to Manchester United this summer with Liverpool also thought to be interested.

Leicester City have joined QPR and Crystal Palace in the race to sign Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby, 23, on loan.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is on the verge of signing a new deal that will take him to 2016.

DAILY EXPRESS

Arsenal have offered Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 33, a five-year deal worth £1.4m per-year.

Atletico Madrid have joined Inter Milan in the race to sign £15m-rated Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

DAILY MAIL

Hull City finally hope to sign full-back Andrew Robertson from Dundee United today in a £3m deal.

Sunderland are interested in a loan deal for Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt.

THE TIMES

Newcastle are ready to reopen talks regarding a deal to let Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa join Bordeaux.

Sevilla are ready to make an approach for Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer.

QPR are willing to lower their asking price to allow Adel Taarabt to join AC Milan on a permanent basis.

THE GUARDIAN

Everton are on the brink of clinching a deal for 21-year-old Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic.


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