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Football transfer rumours: Sampdoria to sign Jack Wilshere for £9m?

Today’s fluff is sweeping through the heather like deer in the glen

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang “is at the centre of a tug of war between Liverpool and Chelsea”, according to the Sun, though after that exciting introduction they go on to suggest neither of the English clubs will actually complete the “proposed £65m move”. Liverpool, it seems, “are reluctant to meet Borussia Dortmund’s valuation or the player’s £180,000-a-week wage demand”, which would appear to rule them out. Chelsea, meanwhile, want to rid themselves of Diego Costa before committing to anything and “risk missing out on the Gabon star as a result”. Still, nice story. The Evening Standard reports that “Dortmund have told Aubameyang that his future must be decided one way or the other by the time they go to Switzerland for a training camp on 24 July”, so the clock is very much ticking on this one.

Meanwhile, the hunt for Nemanja Matic is very much on. Arsenal want him so badly they’ll offer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in exchange, writes the Express, and though Manchester United are still interested the Mail announce that Chelsea “would ideally like to see him leave the Premier League” and that Juventus are willing to make that dream come true – a bid of £40m should make it happen. “Internazionale have also shown interest but will struggle to match his salary and contract wishes,” they add.

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