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Transfer news and football gossip: Celtic sign Lukaku’s cousin, Arsenal’s boost in pursuit of Tierney, Coutinho staying put at Barcelona rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Celtic have signed Belgian left-back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo from Rapid Vienna. The 24-year-old, cousin of Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku, has signed a four-year deal after joining for a reported £3million fee. – FULL STORY

Bolingoli-Mbombo could be a potential replacement for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, who is wanted by Arsenal. The Gunners have already had a £15million bid rejected by the Scottish champions. – FULL STORY

Barcelona have told Philippe Coutinho he will not be sold this summer, according to the player’s agent. Liverpool were one of several clubs reportedly interested in bringing the former Red back to the Premier League, along with Chelsea and Manchester United. – FULL STORY

Manchester City have activated the release clause in Rodri’s Atletico Madrid contract. The Spanish club confirmed City have paid £62.3million for the midfielder, who will become the Premier League champions’ most expensive player of all time. – FULL STATEMENT

Leicester are close to landing Ayoze Perez from Newcastle and securing the permanent signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco. The Foxes will also continue to play hardball with Manchester United over Harry Maguire. – FULL STORY

Yaya Toure left Manchester City last summer

Former Manchester City and Barcelona star Yaya Toure has joined second tier Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai. The 36-year-old has been without a club since having his contract terminated by Greek giants Olympiakos last December. – FULL STORY

Manchester United have made a fresh contract offer to goalkeeper David de Gea after he rejected a £350,000-a-week deal earlier this year. (Standard)

Juventus will offer Man United the chance to sign Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro AND Blaise Matuidi as they attempt to take Paul Pogba back to Italy. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Real Madrid, meanwhile, want to include Gareth Bale in their offer to sign Pogba, in a bid to bring down his £150m price tag. (Daily Mail)

Both Juventus and Real Madrid are trying to sign Pogba this summer
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Arsenal are ready to submit a new offer for Wilfried Zaha having seen an opening £40million bid rejected out of hand by Crystal Palace. (Standard)

If Arsenal can not get a deal for Zaha over the line, however they could instead sign Barcelona winger Malcom, who has been offered to the Gunners on a loan deal with the option to buy next summer. (Mirror)

Maguire would prefer a move to United’s rivals Manchester City, as he wants to play Champions League football. (Daily Express)

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is a target for Atletico Madrid, as the Spanish side search for a replacement for Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann(Daily Mirror)

Would Lacazette be tempted to Arsenal after their failure to qualify for the Champions League?

Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann, who could replace Atletico Madrid target Hector Bellerin at the Emirates. (Bild)

Liverpool have made an approach for Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele. (Daily Star)

However, reports from his native France claim Dembele wants to stay at Nou Camp this summer. (L’Equipe)

Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake is ‘likely to sign’ for Manchester City this summer, with the 24-year-old – reportedly valued at around £40m – seen as a cheaper alternative to Harry Maguire (L’Equipe)

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Tottenham are ready to sell Toby Alderweireld to Roma to raise funds for the Italian side’s £40m-rated starlet Nicolo Zaniolo. (Daily Mail)

West Ham fear they could find themselves in a stand-off with Marko Arnautovic if they do not sell him, after the 30-year-old Austrian handed in another transfer request. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for 25-year-old France defender Samuel Umtiti, who is a target for Manchester United. (Sport)

Meanwhile, United have made an offer for Dinamo Zagreb’s 21-year-old Spain Under-21 midfielder Dani Olmo. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace believe Arsenal are deliberately trying to unsettle talisman Wilfried Zaha, though the Gunners are preparing a new bid

The Red Devils are also keen to capitalise on the uncertainty at Newcastle United by making a formal approach for 21-year-old English midfielder Sean Longstaff. (Chronicle)

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is a target for Ligue 1 club Bordeaux. (L’Equipe)

Chelsea have agreed a new long-term contract with England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek(Daily Telegraph)

Peter Crouch has had a lucrative offer from China to continue his playing career in the Far East. (Daily Mirror)


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