Thursday’s transfer gossip: 31.08.2023

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

  • Ibrahima Konate, a 24-year-old French defender for Liverpool, has been contacted by Al-Ittihad about a potential transfer. 
  • In the £35 million transaction that sent 22-year-old American striker Folarin Balogun to Monaco, Arsenal agreed to a 17.5% sell-on clause. 
  • Mohamed Salah is not for sale, according to Liverpool, but Al-Ittihad is drafting a £118 million deal for him. If the Reds are tempted to accept Al-Ittihad’s offer for Salah before the transfer deadline on Friday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would be “furious.” 
  • Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly planning a move for England striker Eberechi Eze, 25, of Crystal Palace after a deal for Wales forward Brennan Johnson, 22, of Nottingham Forest, came to light.
  • The Moroccan international midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, 27, of Fiorentina, is the player Manchester United are most interested in signing before the transfer deadline. Fiorentina turned down United’s £1.7 million loan offer for Amrabat, although they are open to a deal with a buy-back clause. 
  • Tottenham and Manchester United have spoken about a possible transfer for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a 28-year-old Danish midfielder. 
  • Joao Palhinha, a 28-year-old Fulham midfielder who is open to a new transfer and is valued at 90 million euros (£77 million) by the London club, has caught Bayern Munich’s attention. 
  • There are concerns over Bayern’s approach for Chelsea’s 24-year-old English defender Trevoh Chalobah, so they have turned to the Portugal international and are prepared to make an offer of up to £50 million for Palhinha. 
  • 26-year-old French Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who spent last season on loan at Napoli, is being pursued by Inter Milan.
  • Ligue 1 club Strasbourg has not responded to Wolves’ original 25 million euro (£21.5 million) offer for French midfielder Habib Diarra, who is 19 years old. 
  • English defender Teden Mengi, 21, who plays for Manchester United, is expected to join Luton Town. 
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi, a 22-year-old winger for England, is on the verge of being acquired by Nottingham Forest from Chelsea. 

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