This comes on the heels of Palace manager Alan Pardew‘s comments following an opening day loss to West Bromwich Albion, in which Pardew essentially confirmed that Bolasie is on his way out. “We know there is a big offer and a big club in for him,” Pardew told the BBC. “The deal is close and he will go with my best wishes. There’s no medical done or agreement 100% done. It’s fair to say we know his heart and soul may be elsewhere.”
Ronald Koeman has chased Bolasie for much of the summer, with a number of reported bids turned down before the two clubs settled on the current $28 million total agreed upon.
Bolasie joined Crystal Palace back in 2011, and spent two seasons in the Championship with the Eagles before earning promotion in 2013 via the playoff. He proceeded to help the club become an established Premier League side, making 90 top-flight appearances with Palace over the last three-plus seasons.
Everton has also been linked with Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour, who made just 11 league appearances in his first season with the La Liga club. This potential transfer would still be in the early stages, however, with just the Daily Mail reporting the link following the breakdown in talks for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone.
The Italian giants are looking for a replacement to Pogba’s midfield role, and Conte apparently would sacrifice Fabregas to the cause. According to the report, Juventus had made attempts to capture Axel Witsel, but those talks have not gone well. They contacted Chelsea to discuss Nemanja Matic, but Conte has instead offered Fabregas.
The report indicates that Juventus also checked in on Blaise Matuidi, but PSG had no desire to sell.
Fabregas would represent far less of a defensive presence than any other targets mentioned in this report, and indeed less than the man they intend him to replace as well, but having struck out on a number of options, it might be the only way forward for Juventus at this point.
Valencia is rumored to be close to completing the sale of Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal. With the transfer reportedly nearing completion, the Valencia fans did something special in a last-ditch attempt to get him to stay.
Following Saturday’s final preseason friendly against Fiorentina, during the customary presentation of the players prior to the start of the regular season, the fans serenaded Mustafi in the hopes of convincing him not to leave. Mustafi was not in the lineup for the game and did not feature, fueling the transfer fire even more, but was on hand to experience the act of good will from the fans.
With the falling out between Stoke City and defender Marc Wilson following an ill-advised Twitter rampage, the 28-year-old is set to leave the Britannia, and reports indicate that Bournemouth is the most interested.
ESPN’s Pete O’Rourke has reported that the Cherries are “lining up a move” for Wilson, who played just one Premier League game last season for Stoke.
Wilson was clearly upset at both his lack of playing time and manager Mark Hughes‘ training methods, and aired that laundry out in public on social media during a Q&A with fans. Hughes responded by telling reporters at his pre-match press conference this weekend, “Marc probably feels his future lies elsewhere and it’s fair to say I probably agree with him.”
The ESPN report was corroborated by Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam, who posted that the two clubs had agreed to a deal of $2.5 million. Wilson spent a portion of the 2006/07 season on loan at Bournemouth, while with parent club Portsmouth.