Friday’s transfer rumours: Goretzka, Dembele, Ekitike, Olise, Maguire, and Lukaku

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

  • In the hunt to recruit 30-year-old England and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, Everton has surpassed Tottenham and West Ham’s offers.
  • In light of the uncertainty surrounding a release clause in the 21-year-old’s contract with the Eagles, Chelsea and Manchester City are stepping up their attempts to capture French winger Michael Olise from Crystal Palace. 
  • Goncalo Ramos, a 22-year-old striker for Benfica and Portugal, is almost certainly going to join Paris St. Germain. 
  • Clement Lenglet, 28, of France, is refusing to be sold by Barcelona to Saudi club Al-Nassr because he wants to go back to Tottenham, where he spent last season on loan. 
  • Chelsea’s dreams of trading 30-year-old Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku for the 23-year-old Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic in a player-plus-cash deal are being crushed by Juventus’ £35 million asking price.
  • For 27-year-old Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, Arsenal has made an initial offer of £20 million plus £3 million in add-ons. 
  • Leon Goretzka, a 28-year-old midfielder for Bayern Munich and Germany who is not thought to be in manager Thomas Tuchel’s plans, is being watched by Manchester United.
  • Tyler Adams, a 24-year-old midfielder for Leeds United, has a release clause of roughly £25 million that Aston Villa are prepared to activate. Chelsea is also exploring a move for him, but they are waiting for a response from the US international over his future. 
  • Alejo Veliz, a 19-year-old Argentinian attacker, is in negotiations with Tottenham about a transfer from Rosario Central, while the club is also trying to get rid of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 27-year-old midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Denmark, 26-year-old Frenchman Tanguy Ndombele from France, and 22-year-old winger Bryan Gil from Spain. 
  • Before concluding his transfer from Barcelona to Paris St. Germain, 26-year-old French striker Ousmane Dembele will have a physical checkup on Friday. 
  • For their 22-year-old Dutch midfielder Micky Van de Ven, Wolfsburg is demanding £43 million from Tottenham. 
  • French forward Hugo Ekitike, 21, is wanted by West Ham and Nottingham Forest. 
  • West Ham’s attempt to sign Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has failed because Tim Steidten, the club’s technical director, is opposed to signing the 28-year-old England international that manager David Moyes wants. 
  • Burnley has begun negotiations with Ajax to recruit Mohamed Daramy, a 21-year-old attacker from Denmark. 
  • Gaetano Castrovilli, a 26-year-old Italian midfielder now playing for Fiorentina, is expected to join Bournemouth for 12 million euros with add-ons. 
  • Brazilian centre defender Roger Ibanez, 24, has received a £21.5 million bid from Nottingham Forest. 
  • 26-year-old midfielder Franck Kessie of the Ivory Coast is about to leave Barcelona for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli for £12.9 million. 

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