Here is today’s football speculation and fact from the morning papers, Sunday, August 9.
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Bournemouth have been given permission to speak to Barnsley right-back Mason Holgate, the Manchester United target who has been training at Old Trafford recently. The South coast Premier League side have had a £1million bid plus add-ons accepted for the Doncaster-born 18-year-old.
Louis van Gaal is demanding £35m from Real Madrid for goalkeeper David de Gea, but the Spaniards are preparing to test Manchester United’s resolve with a £25m bid.
United are preparing for De Gea’s departure by reigniting their interest in Ajax ‘keeper Jasper Cillessen.
Ajax boss Frank de Boer has warned United that Jasper Cillessen will not come cheap, and that his price is increasing by the week.
Everton’s John Stones will be allowed to leave the club, but only if Chelsea pay £34m for the defender.
Chelsea have been warned off Newcastle new boy Gini Wijnaldum by manager Steve McClaren.
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Liverpool are having difficulty offloading Mario Balotelli, who has been rejected by four Serie A clubs.
Chelsea have had a £17.7m (€25m) bid for Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman rejected, with the German club holding-out for £21.2m (€30m) for the Ghanaian.