Football transfer rumours –Friday, August 24

THE latest football transfer rumours on Friday, August 24, involve Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United, Celtic, Swansea, Everton and Southampton, amongst others.

Barcelona will test Chelsea’s resolve with a £30m offer for 25-year-old defender David Luiz before the transfer window closes on 31 August – Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Manchester City still hope to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez after Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer admitted their deal for the 23-year-old was “nowhere near being completed” – Full story: Manchester Evening News

Tottenham are open to offers for Rafael Van der Vaart and are still keen to sign 25-year-old Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho – Full story: Evening Standard

Tottenham look set to rival Manchester United for Fulham star Moussa Dembele, 25, with Andre Villas-Boas prepared to trigger a £15m release fee for the midfielder – Full story: talkSPORT

QPR are believed to have entered talks to sign Inter Milan’s Brazil international goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 32 – Full story: Daily Telegraph

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is hopeful of completing the signing of Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, 23, this week and bringing in Pablo Hernandez from Valencia – Full story:

West Brom and Everton are battling it out to sign FC Copenhagen left-back Bryan Oviedo, 22 – Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are working hard to bring in Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Willian, 24, but no longer want Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, 23 – Full story: the Guardian

West Brom have made a move to sign Blackburn defender Martin Olsson, 24, as left-sided defensive cover – Full story: Birmingham Mail

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins aims to bolster his defensive options with the £2m signer of 23-year-old Japan captain Maya Yoshida – Full story: the Sun