Football transfer rumours and news: Friday, August 31

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Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa are making the headlines today.

Arsenal are planning a move for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien. Arsene Wenger wants the 29-year-old on loan after he fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge - Daily Mail

Chelsea will consider loaning out striker Daniel Sturridge, 22, if they can push through the purchase of Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old forward Andre Schurrle before the deadline - The Guardian

Liverpool will pursue a loan deal for Sturridge after loaning out fellow striker Andy Carroll, 23, to West Ham - Liverpool Echo

Porto say Tottenham will have to smash their £16.5m transfer record to land 25-year-old midfielder Joao Moutinho - Daily Mail

Arsenal are ready to send striker Marouane Chamakh, 28, out on loan, with Malaga or Besiktas likely destinations - The Metro

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun, 32, could be set for a deadline-day return to former club West Ham - Daily Express

Aston Villa are aiming to pull off a double swoop for Genk striker Christian Benteke, 21, and Charlton’s 22-year-old midfielder Dale Stephens - Daily Mirror