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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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Pep Guardiola waits on Vincent Kompany’s fitness for Manchester City

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• City confident of signing Everton’s John Stones
• Club may consider Leonardo Bonucci if Kompany does not recover from injury

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 ahead of 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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Football transfer rumours: Blaise Matuidi to Manchester United and Jesé to Arsenal?

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Today’s rumours are gathering pace

In this year of great uncertainty and unpredictability it is refreshing that we can still rely on one thing to remain the same: Arsenal players sustaining long-term injuries. The news that Per Mertesacker has suffered a serious knee injury in a friendly against Lens last Friday and is likely to be ruled out for five months is no surprise considering the squad’s record.

Related: Gonzalo Higuaín seals £75.3m move from Napoli to Juventus

Related: Everton meet Aston Villa’s £7.1m release clause for Idrissa Gueye

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Everton meet Aston Villa’s £7.1m release clause for Idrissa Gueye

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• Ronald Koeman lines up first signing at Goodison Park
• Senegal midfielder also attracting interest from France

Everton have triggered Idrissa Gueye’s release clause at Aston Villa. Ronald Koeman’s team have bid £7.1m for the Senegal midfielder as the new manager aims to make his first major signing of the summer.

However Gueye is attracting attention from elsewhere, with a return to France possible, and Everton face competition with more bids expected.

Related: Stiliyan Petrov offered non-playing role with Aston Villa

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Everton forced to drop Kasper Schmeichel interest after Steve Walsh arrival

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• Everton agree not to sign players from Leicester City for specified period
• Schmeichel was under consideration for No1 role at Goodison Park

Everton’s search for a new first-choice goalkeeper will no longer include Kasper Schmeichel as a result of Steve Walsh’s arrival from Leicester City.

Related: Everton appoint Leicester’s Steve Walsh as their first director of football

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Everton appoint Leicester’s Steve Walsh as their first director of football

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• Premier League champions accept improved offer for head of recruitment
• Former Leicester assistant manager to start immediately

Leicester City have lost another key member of the team behind their Premier League title triumph after Steve Walsh was appointed as Everton’s first director of football.

They initially rejected Everton’s approach for their head of recruitment, credited with the purchases of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kanté and Jamie Vardy, before the Goodison Park club returned with an improved offer that met Leicester’s compensation demands.

Related: Juventus and Everton set for battle over Newcastle’s £35m Moussa Sissoko

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Everton take Steve Walsh from Leicester to be their first director of football

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• Walsh leaves league title winners Leicester City
• Former assistant manager to start immediately

Leicester City have lost another key member of the team behind their Premier League title triumph after Steve Walsh was appointed as Everton’s first director of football.

The Premier League champions initially rejected Everton’s approach for their head of recruitment, credited with the astute purchases of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kanté and Jamie Vardy, before the Goodison Park club returned with an improved offer that met their compensation demands.

Related: Juventus and Everton set for battle over Newcastle’s £35m Moussa Sissoko

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Juventus and Everton set for battle over Newcastle’s £35m Moussa Sissoko

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• Juventus regard Sissoko as ideal replacement for Paul Pogba
• Italian club and Everton prepared to meet Newcastle’s asking price

Juventus have earmarked Moussa Sissoko as their preferred replacement for Paul Pogba and face competition from Everton for the £35m-rated midfielder.

Related: Liverpool agree deal to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25m

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Manchester City step up efforts to sign John Stones from Everton

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• England defender has indicated he wants to join Pep Guardiola
• City expected to make offer for 22-year-old

Manchester City are stepping up their interest in John Stones after the central defender indicated to Everton he is keen on moving to the Etihad Stadium to work under Pep Guardiola.

The new head coach is intent on adding a high- class central defender given the uncertainty over Vincent Kompany’s long-term fitness and the faltering form of Eliaquim Mangala.

Related: Premier League clubs embark on globetrotting pre-season – but at what cost?

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