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Philippe Coutinho set for sensational return to Liverpool

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Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho is set for a sensational move back to his former club Liverpool, according to reports. 

Brazilian star Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million after a protracted transfer battle. However, his time in the Catalan capital has not been a happy one, with injuries and a loss of form ensuring he hasn’t made the impact that was hoped for.

Now, with Antoine Griezmann joining Barca from Atletico Madrid, Coutinho could be pushed further down the pecking order.

However, former club Liverpool could offer him a way out of his Camp Nou nightmare. Italian news site Calciomercato have reported that the Reds have put together an offer of a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy for £88 million.

Calciomercato also report that Coutinho is keen on this deal. His agent, Kia Joorabchan, has previously hinted that his charge would find it difficult to play for another Premier League club.

This would appear to be a blow to Manchester United, who have also been linked with the player in recent weeks.

Yet Coutinho could get stay at Barcelona. Joorabchan also said that Barca bosses have no intention of selling him and have not spoken to any parties about this.

Make of that what you will. Coutinho might be on his way out of Barcelona. Or not. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Everton chasing deal to sign Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa

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Everton are targeting a move for Atletico Madrid – and former Chelsea striker – Diego Costa, according to reports. 

Costa was a cult hero at Stamford Bridge – as much for his antics on the pitch as his goal scoring – but left two years ago to return to Atletico in Spain.

However, it has been reported that he is open to moving again and would consider a return to the Premier League.

Atletico have signed Joao Felix and made Alvaro Morata’s move from Chelsea permanent this summer, so they could be willing to let Costa leave.

Signing Costa would end Everton’s long quest to sign a number 9 – they have never properly replaced Romelu Lukaku who left for Manchester United two summers ago in a £75 million deal.

However, he wouldn’t come cheap – Everton would be looking at spending £45 million on the Spaniard. However, this is within their compass and would be a statement of intent for the upcoming season.

Manchester United bid for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes

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Manchester United look set to continue their summer spending after bidding for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. 

However, Sporting have rejected the £31 million bid, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Sporting want to keep hold of their star midfielder and have offered him a contract worth £5.4 million plus bonuses, the Gazzetta reported.

Another consideration for Sporting is that if Fernandes leaves, they will have to pay the player £4.5 million.

Fernandes, 24, scored 19 goals in 31 Primera League matches last season, and 31 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions.

United are thought likely to come back with another bid. Other clubs are thought to be interested in the Portuguese international but United are the only ones to firm up their interest with a bid.

Sporting want £60 million for the player, but United are hoping to bag him for less than £40 million.

In addition, United are thought likely to make a £25 million bid for Newcastle United youngster Sean Longstaff this week.

Real Madrid prepare sensation deal to swap Marco Asensio for Liverpool star Sadio Mane

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are preparing to offer Liverpool the chance to sign forward Marco Asensio – but want Sadio Mane in return, according to reports. 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is known to be a big fan of £85 million-rated Asensio, who scored 6 goals in 44 appearances last season for Madrid. The Reds have been linked with him in the past too.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is willing to let Asensio go as part of his overhaul of the squad this summer. He is known to rate Mane and sees him as a potential part of a front three next season.

However, whether Klopp would be willing to let Mane go – he scored 22 goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season – is another matter.

Juventus and Napoli eye bids for Tottenham Hotspur star Kieran Trippier

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Italian giants Juventus and Napoli are set for a battle to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s our-of-favour right-back Kieran Trippier. 

The Daily Mirror has reported that new Juve boss Maurizio Sarri has identified Trippier as one of his first signings for the perennial Serie A champions. It is thought he was impressed by him when he was boss of Chelsea.

Napoli have previously been reported to be interested in the 28-year-old and are thought to have already opened talks with the player and his representatives.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has indicated he would be prepared to sell Trippier for the right price – thought to be about £28 million – as he has cover at the position. French international Serge Aurier and promising home-grown player Kyle Walker-Peters are both vying for the right-back position.

Trippier could be tempted by a move to Italy. Both sides are in next season’s Champions League, although an extra pull to Juventus could be the presence of former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey.