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Everton expected to improve offer for Swansea’s Ashley Williams

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• Swansea turned down £10m bid for defender
• Wales captain open to move to Merseyside

Everton are expected to test Swansea City’s resolve to keep Ashley Williams with an improved offer for the Wales defender.

The Goodison Park club were hopeful of signing the 31-year-old for £10m earlier this week only for Swansea to announce they had “turned down the offer currently on the table”. Williams, who is believed to be open to a move to Merseyside, has two years on his contract and remains a target for the new Everton manager, Ronald Koeman.

Related: Roberto Martínez appointed as new Belgium head coach

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic dovetails with United captain in Rooney testimonial

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• Manchester United 0-0 Everton
• José Mourinho refuses to speak about protracted pursuit of Pogba

It was Wayne Rooney’s night and so José Mourinho took a back seat for his first home game as Manchester United manager – arriving without fanfare, leaving without a press conference – but the other big name arrival at Old Trafford this summer made his presence felt on an otherwise tame testimonial against Everton. “I think every big player can work with other big players,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic before kick-off. First impressions at Old Trafford suggest that was not simply another tribute to the United captain.

An immediate rapport between Ibrahimovic and Rooney was the most promising aspect of a United performance that showed the rigidity of the Louis Van Gaal era will not disappear at a stroke. The pair may have a combined age of 64 but their touch, quality and understanding was evident in United’s final outing before Sunday’s Community Shield against Leicester City. “I see no problems, only success,” Ibrahimovic had added. “I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I’m absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him.”

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and José Mourinho will make Manchester United winners | Hernán Crespo

Related: Wayne Rooney detects return of the ‘old’ Manchester United this season

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Roberto Martínez appointed as new Belgium head coach

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• Former Everton manager to succeed Marc Wilmots
• Martínez has been out of work since leaving Goodison Park

Roberto Martínez has been appointed as Belgium’s new head coach. The Catalan’s appointment was announced on the official Twitter account of the Belgian Football Association on Wednesday night.

Martínez, 43, has been out of work since he was sacked by Everton in May after three years at Goodison Park. He will be officially presented at a news conference on Thursday afternoon and replaces Marc Wilmots, who lost his job after Belgium were eliminated from Euro 2016 at the quarter-final stage.

Related: Premier League 2016-17 preview No6: Everton

Our new head coach: Roberto Martínez ! #welcomeRoberto #tousensemble pic.twitter.com/3JiQYAeYI1

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Roberto Martínez appointed as Belgium manager

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• Former Everton manager to succeed Marc Wilmots
• Catalan has been out of work since Goodison Park sacking

Roberto Martínez has been appointed as Belgium’s new manager. The Spaniard’s appointment was announced on the official Twitter account of the Belgian Football Association on Wednesday night.

Martínez, 43, has been out of work since he was sacked by Everton in May after three years at Goodison Park. He will replace Marc Wilmots, who lost his job after Belgium were eliminated from Euro 2016 at the quarter-final stage.

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Premier League 2016-17 preview No6: Everton

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Everton look strong off the field but Ronald Koeman needs to strengthen an imbalanced squad before improvements should be expected on it

“Everything will be fine,” Ronald Koeman replied when asked why Everton had not signed one outfield player less than three weeks before the start of the Premier League season. The calm assurance was based not on his experience at Southampton – where Koeman’s first campaign began with a player exodus and ended in seventh place – but the rebuilding work commenced by Farhad Moshiri. Fundamental change is under way at Goodison Park but the new manager’s confidence will carry weight only when it emerges from behind the scenes.

This summer provides the first test of the British-Iranian billionaire’s intentions for Everton after he acquired an initial 49.9% stake in February. The club’s major shareholder has stayed in the background while the chairman, Bill Kenwright, remains front-of-house, but the early indications are of an investor with long-term aims and genuine ambition.

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Swansea City reject Everton’s bid for captain Ashley Williams

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• Welsh side insist they are not looking to sell the 31-year-old
• Gylfi Sigurdsson agrees new four-year deal with Swansea

Swansea enjoyed a successful day of business as they tied Gylfi Sigurdsson to a new four-year deal and then rejected a bid from Everton for Ashley Williams.

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Everton sign Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa for £7.1m on four-year deal

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• Midfielder is Ronald Koeman’s first outfield signing
• Everton triggered Gueye’s buyout clause at Villa

Ronald Koeman has signed his first outfield player as Everton manager after Idrissa Gueye joined from Aston Villa. Everton triggered the Senegal midfielder’s £7.1m buyout clause last week and the 26-year-old has agreed a four-year deal.

Related: Everton to sign Ashley Williams from Swansea after £10m deal agreed

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Everton to sign Ashley Williams from Swansea after £10m deal agreed

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• Wales captain will become Ronald Koeman’s first major signing
• John Stones is still to join Manchester City for around £50m

Ashley Williams’ eight-year association with Swansea City could be coming to an end with a £10m move to Everton.

The Wales captain has emerged as a leading target for the new Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, and director of football, Steve Walsh, and a deal between all parties is believed to have been agreed in principle.

Related: Newcastle chase Mohamed Diamé to spell more woe for troubled Hull

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Manchester City reluctant to meet Everton’s valuation of John Stones

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• Everton want £50m but City unwilling to go above rejected £40m bid
• Everton close in on deal for Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye

Manchester City are reluctant to match Everton’s £50m valuation of John Stones, with their preferred price being around £40m, plus potential add-ons. City have had this bid rejected but their sporting director, Txiki Begiristain, does not want to go higher.

Related: Manchester City under Pep Guardiola: five things we have learned so far | Jamie Jackson

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Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic signs long-term deal to end Everton interest

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• Austria winger was a transfer target for Ronald Koeman at Everton
• Arnautovic joined Stoke City from Werder Bremen in 2013

The Stoke City winger, Marko Arnautovic, has signed a new four-year deal with the club until 2021. The 27-year-old former Inter Milan forward had 12 months remaining on his previous contract.

The Austria international, Stoke’s top-scorer last season, had been linked with a move to Everton.

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Pep Guardiola confident of signing John Stones and waiting on Bonucci

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• Manchester City considering Bonucci if Kompany does not recover from injury
• Everton want £50m for Stones, but City rate him at £42m

Manchester City are confident of buying John Stones from Everton but may acquire Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus only if Pep Guardiola is unsure about Vincent Kompany’s fitness.

City are on tour in China, where they trained at Shenzhen Stadium on Wednesday afternoon before Thursday’s friendly against Borussia Dortmund at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.

Related: Pep Guardiola set to take Manchester City spend past £100m with triple move

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