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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 38

We’ve reached Monday afternoon, I hope your start to the week has not been too bad, if it has then things can only get better as it is time for another serving of transfer rumour debunking. Let’s go.

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, is likely to turn down a move to Premier League champions Chelsea and instead opt to join AC Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian) AC Milan are looking a pretty ominous outfit with all the signings they have made, if they can pull off the signing of Morata that really would be the jewel in the crown. Could it be a another massive blow for Chelsea?

Manchester United are expected to complete the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic, 28, in the next few days in a deal worth £48m.(Independent) This one is really dragging it’s heels. Not sure why it is taking so long, we’ll have to wait and see if it ever does come to a conclusion

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, says he is “happy” at Real Madrid, despite being linked with a move.(Marca) I can’t see Bale leaving this Summer, although give it another 12 months and who knows

Chelsea look set to miss out on Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, 26, as the Italian club do not want to lose another defender having sold Leonardo Bonucci, 30, to AC Milan.(London Evening Standard) More bad news for Chelsea

Liverpool will increase their £57m bid for Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, but RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl says the 22-year-old is “comfortable” at the club.(Kicker via Liverpool Echo) Still not £70m though is it

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28, is keen to join Juventus but wants the Blues to lower their reported £40m asking price. (Corriere dello Sport, via Mail) £40m for Nemanja Matic is pretty absurd but this is the way the market is going right now.

A Manchester City fan placed a bet in 2010 that Wayne Rooney would join Everton from Manchester United and, after losing his betting slip, had to provide an example of his handwriting to get his hands on his £2,000 winnings. (Manchester Evening News) Scraping the barrel here in terms of news aren’t we?

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