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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 34

It’s Friday afternoon and I’ve had far too much to eat at Lunch, while I digest that with a desk based coma you can chew on all this transfer gossip instead

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Manchester United are waiting to see if Chelsea will sell £40m-rated midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28, before moving on to other targets. (Daily Mail) Relations between the two are not all that smooth after United won the race to sign Romelu Lukaku, that said though Matic will be surplus to requirements once the defending Premier League champions sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco

AC Milan have agreed a £35m deal to sign defender Leonardo Bonucci, 30, from Serie A champions Juventus. (Guardian) AC Milan mean business this summer as they look to finally return to the summit of Italian football

Tottenham rejected an enquiry from Manchester City about left-back Danny Rose, 27, during talks to sign right-back Kyle Walker, 27, for £45m. (Evening Standard) Don’t push your luck Manchester City

West Ham have ended their interest in signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 30, as the Hammers are not the Frenchman’s first-choice destination. (Sky Sports) Does this mean a move to France is on the cards? 

Newcastle will have to pay more than £10m to sign midfielder Jacob Murphy, 22, from Championship side Norwich. (Chronicle) When will Newcastle be able to add to their ranks they’ve only signed the one player this summer 

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, 31, wants to extend his deal at the club. The Scotsman has just one year remaining on his contract with the Potters. (Stoke Sentinel) Great news for Stoke fans?

Birmingham will open transfer talks with Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing, 32, next week when he returns to England from pre-season training in Portugal. (Gazette) Triffic

Leeds have allowed midfielder Toumani Diagouraga, 30, to find another club as he is surplus to requirements at Elland Road. (Yorkshire Evening Post) Whoooooooooo

Bournemouth are looking at building a new 25,000-seater stadium at Kings Park athletics stadium, which is next to their current ground. (Bournemouth Echo) If they can continue to stay in the top flight then this makes perfect sense

Crystal Palace and Reading have joined the race to sign Livingston teenager Matthew Knox, 17. The striker trained with Manchester United last season. (Teamtalk) Knox, knox who’s there

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