Sunday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Stones-to-Chelsea, Berahino-to-Spurs links persist

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With the 2015 summer transfer window coming to a close for Premier League sides in just eight days’ time, the rumor mill is only going to get hotter and hotter this week. A roundup of the greatest gossip from around the world Sunday:

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The Express reports that John Stones has gone straight to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and “begged” the Toffees boss to make his “dream move to Chelsea” a reality. The Mirror believe Chelsea are willing to make a fourth bid — this time more than $56 million — in order to land their long-term replacement for John Terry. The Standard reports Chelsea have also inquired about Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane as a back-up plan to Stones.

Elsewhere, Saido Berahino was left out of the West Bromwich Albion squad to face Chelsea on Sunday, which has every paper in the UK surmising and reporting that the 22-year-old will leave The Hawthorns this week. Sky Sports and the Mirror believe Tottenham Hotspur will be his new home.

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Neymar’s agent is still doing to his best to get his client, who still has three years on his current deal at Barcelona, a new contract by saying the Brazilian superstar is “open to a move to Manchester United.

Paul Scholes wants Manchester United to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Paris Saint-Germain: “You need more than one [striker]. They’ve got Chicharito and young James Wilson, who is a really good player, but last year he didn’t really take his chance when he had the chance to do it. … I wonder if they could take a chance on Ibrahimovic for a year. Maybe he could do something in the Van Persie mould.”

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani is fueling speculation himself that a return to Italy might be on the cards for out-of-favor and want-away Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli: “Some love stories never end, they do immense tours and then they come back. Me and the president are romantics.”