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Transfer rumor roundup: Carvalho to West Ham; Mahrez, Wilshere updates

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Sixteen of 20 Premier League clubs had a look at their season squads by the time Sunday’s transfer rumors hit the Internet, and that’s seemingly upped the ante for buyers.

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First, to Leicester: the Foxes had a thrilling 4-3 loss to Arsenal, one of the squads who’ve been linked many times to Leicester attacker Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian has been more in focus when it comes to AS Roma, and the Italian club is apparently not going to budge from its valuation of the player.

The Leicester Mercury has quotes from Roma sporting director Monchi which may close the door on his joining i Lupi:

“In the last press conference I said we had bid what we believe to be a fair offer, which is also the biggest in the club’s history,” said Monchi. “We won’t bid again.”

The same report says the only clubs which would pry Mahrez’s attention from the Premier League would be Barcelona and Real Madrid.

West Ham may end up landing one of the more coveted if under the radar players in Europe, set to seal a club record transfer for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

$35 million is the fee quoted, and Carvalho could combine with Cheikhou Kouyate to make the sort of midfield foes would rather not enter on any given match day.

Finally, The Sun is quoting Jack Wilshere‘s “friends” in saying the midfielder was fit for selection and left out by Arsene Wenger despite the manager’s claim that Wilshere was hurt. That’s cued up more rumors of a move to Newcastle United.

Yet Benitez feels he can land Wilshere who, in an added bonus, thinks his Arsenal career is over.

Transfer rumor roundup: Salah to Liverpool; Abraham, Semedo to NUFC

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Liverpool is hoping that Mohamed Salah will get another chance at Premier League success this time at Merseyside.

AS Roma’s Egyptian star didn’t produce much at Chelsea, scoring twice in 19 appearances over parts of two seasons, but impressed in loans to Fiorentina and Roma before sealing a deal to join i Lupi.

Roma is asking for as much as $50 million for Salah, and Liverpool’s bids have reportedly reached $36 million. The Reds spent $32 million on Georginio Wijnaldum and $44m on Sadio Mane, so it’s understandable if they think Salah is a bit overvalued by Rome.

Sky Sports says Newcastle is in the lead for Sporting CP center back Ruben Semedo. The 23-year-old has also played a little defensive midfield, and played all 540 minutes in Sporting’s UEFA Champions League group with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Legia Warsaw. West Ham and West Brom are also linked, according to the report.

Multiple outlets say the Magpies are going to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea. Abraham, 19, scored 26 goals for Bristol City last season, and Antonio Conte would love to see the Englishman get PL experience. The Daily Star has a pretty sensational claim that Rafa Benitez used part of his wedding anniversary to recruit Abraham. Romance.

Transfer rumor roundup: Morata flying to Milan, Carvalho to Newcastle

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Alvaro Morata is one of the hottest properties on the planet. Like James Rodriguez, he doesn’t get the time at Real Madrid he’d receive at most other clubs in the world. And like James, he’s been linked with plenty of clubs including Premier League powers Chelsea and Manchester United.

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But Italian site Gazzetta says Morata will skip over the Premier League for a return to Serie A, this time heading to AC Milan. The ex-Juventus star, 24, scored 20 goals in 42 appearances for Real this year.

Morata is said to be flying to Italy, hours after Marca claimed that Jose Mourinho would insist on his inclusion in any deal for David De Gea.

Newcastle United is the latest club linked to Portuguese center midfielder William Carvalho, and the Magpies are said to be looking into a $78 million bid. The 25-year-old Sporting CP dynamo is a regular in the transfer rumor mill, and has 31 caps for Portugal. The Angola-born Carvalho played nearly every minute of Portugal’s EURO 2016 winning run.

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Chelsea the latest to be linked with in-demand (again) William Carvalho

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If reports out of Italy are any indication, William Carvalho will again be a fixture of the transfer rumor mill come January.

The highly-sought after defensive midfielder has been linked to Premier League clubs for years in the past, often with Arsenal.

The Sporting CP player, 13-times capped by Portugal, had been out of action since July, but returned to the club fold with a 21-minute shift in league play on Saturday.

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Carvalho has been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal in the past, and the Blues are again in the news as a possible destination for him. Also mentioned: Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.

He’d provide cover for Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge, though the 27-year-old Serbian hasn’t been as peerless as his 2014-15 season (who has at Chelsea?).

Wherever he winds up, his destroyer skill set looks set to translate pretty easily.