Friday’s gossip: 25.08.2023

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5Times brings you the latest gossip on football transfers today from around the globe…

  • Eden Hazard, a free agent from Belgium who formerly played for Chelsea and Real Madrid, will be offered a one-year contract from Crystal Palace despite his injury issues. 
  • Ivan Toney, a 27-year-old England striker, has a price tag of £80 million, and once he has completed his eight-month suspension for breaking gambling laws, Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing him. 
  • Real Sociedad and Arsenal are close to agreeing on a season-long loan for Kieran Tierney, a 26-year-old defender. 
  • With Monaco, The Gunners have agreed to sell 22-year-old American striker Folarin Balogun for 45 million euros (£38 million) plus add-ons. 
  • Jonny Evans, 35, and Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement on a one-year deal, which might cast further questions on the future of fellow centre-defender Harry Maguire, 30, at Old Trafford. 
  • Mason Greenwood, a 21-year-old striker for Manchester United, is being pursued by an undisclosed Albanian team after the club and player decided mutually that he should leave Old Trafford following an internal probe. 
  • Brennan Johnson’s transfer to Tottenham is at a standstill because Nottingham Forest won’t let the 22-year-old Wales attacker depart for a sum less than £40 million. Johnson is well-respected at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea is also interested in signing him. 
  • Abde Ezzalzouli, a Moroccan winger for Barcelona, is a target for Aston Villa, although Bayer Leverkusen is also interested in the 21-year-old. 
  • Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos, 19, will join Nottingham Forest on loan from Chelsea until the conclusion of the current campaign. 
  • After being left out of Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou’s squad for the opening two Premier League games, Fulham has inquired about signing England centre-back Eric Dier, 29. 
  • Following the 28-year-old Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s agreement to join Al Hilal, the Cottagers are also interested in Atalanta’s 32-year-old Colombian attacker Duvan Zapata
  • After their initial offer of about £47 million was turned down, Manchester City is prepared to submit a second offer to Wolves for 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder Matheus Nunes. However, City is ready to back out of a Nunes deal if they don’t think it’s a good value for their money.
  • Barcelona will sign Joao Cancelo from Manchester City on a season-long loan; however, the agreement will not contain a buyout clause for the 29-year-old Portuguese defender. 

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