FOOTBALL RUMOURS: De Bruyne inches closer to City, Anfield flop set for loan, Barton opts to join Clarets

Here are today’s national football rumours...

Friday, 28th August 2015, 5:50 am

Kevin de Bruyne is expected to earn about £200,000 a week when the 24-year-old Belgium winger finally completes his move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City.

The Belgian is poised to rubberstamp his transfer to the Etihad in the coming days. (Telegraph)

Lazar Markovic is close to agreeing a season-long loan move from Liverpool to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

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Markovic, 21, failed to impress last season following his £20million switch from Portuguese giants Benfica. (Mirror)

Manchester United have still had no contact from Real Madrid since rejecting an offer for David de Gea earlier in the summer and do not now anticipate a new bid will be submitted before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. (Telegraph)

Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel is wanted by Besiktas.

The Turkish giants have turned to the Nigerian after seeing a deal they had pursued for Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva fall through. (Mirror)

Burnley have announced the signing of former QPR midfielder Joey Barton on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old has penned a one-year deal at Turf Moor and says a chat with manager Sean Dyche convinced him to join. (Sky Sports)