Chelsea eye Higuain as part of double deal – Thursday's gossip


New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would like to sign two Juventus players – Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain, 30, and Italian defender Daniele Rugani, 23 – but an unofficial “non-aggression transfer pact” means he will not be able to sign several Napoli players he would like. (Evening Standard journalist Tom Collomosse on BBC Radio 5 live)

Liverpool have beaten Chelsea to the signing of Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, 25, and are expected to confirm the £66.8m signing before the weekend. (Liverpool Echo)