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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 39

The column that is on the verge of reaching its 40th birthday, so before it officially gets old there’s time for another round of morning transfer debunking. Now where did I put my glasses

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Juventus have rejected an £88m offer from Chelsea for their striker Gonzalo Higuain, 29. (Tuttosport via Daily Mirror) This was news that was first reported yesterday, more frustration for Chelsea

Chelsea also have “serious and strong interest” in signing Higuain’s Argentina team-mate and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 29. (Sky Sports) And this is not going to take place, there’s no way Manchester City sell Aguero to Chelsea

Manchester City have had a £2.6m bid rejected for Napoli’s former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 34. (Daily Mirror) Would Pepe Reina be prepared to be a third choice goalkeeper at City, unless this means that Claudio Bravo is to leave the club as well.

City will not face competition from Bayern Munich for 28-year-old Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, after the German club’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge ruled out a move for the Chile international. (Manchester Evening News) It looks as if it is going to be City or bust for Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United are considering a final £60m offer for 23-year-old Tottenham and England midfielder Eric Dier. (Daily Mirror) A final offer that will be refused

Arsenal and England defender Kieran Gibbs, 27, is one of West Brom’s top defensive targets, but the clubs are not yet close to a deal. (Birmingham Mail) Watford supposedly had a £15m bid turned down so it looks like a fee of nearer £20m will see Gibbs out of the day

Crystal Palace are on the verge of signing Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald, 20, in a deal worth around £8m. (Evening Standard) This is a deal that was meant to have been concluded last week, it should get over the line soon though

Brazil forward Neymar will not leave Barcelona because no club is prepared to meet his £195m release clause, the club’s sporting director says, amid speculation linking the 25-year-old with Manchester United and Paris St-Germain. (Daily Mail) No real surprise there to be honest. The market is crazy but United are not going to spend nearly £200m for Neymar

Newcastle United have had their bid for 22-year-old midfielder Jacob Murphy accepted – and the winger is now expected to link up with the Magpies at their pre-season training camp. (Chronicle) Finally some good news in the transfer market for Newcastle.

Arsenal’s Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 27, is set to join Juventus after agreeing a deal in principle with the Italian champions worth about £10m. (Guardian) This one was first mooted back in May and to be honest it went a bit cold but Juventus seem to have the heir to Buffon’s goalkeeping crown

West Ham hope to finalise a move for Bayer Leverkeusen and Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, as the 29-year-old former Manchester United player moves a step closer to making a move back to the Premier League. (Daily Mirror) Could this finally end West Ham’s search for a striker, it looks very hopeful.

Egypt winger Ahmed Elmohamady, 29, is set to become the latest player to leave Hull City following relegation to the Championship after flying home from a training camp in Portugal to seal a £1m move to Aston Villa. (Hull Daily Mail) A move to Villa is perhaps something of a sideways one but they themselves will be looking for promotion as Steve Bruce gets a full season under his belt.

Another Hull player, Scotland left-back Andy Robertson, 23, appears to be a step closer to joining Liverpool in an £8m deal after he reportedly also left the training camp. (Liverpool Echo) A good signing for Liverpool which will solve their long standing left back issues

Former Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, 28, has not travelled with the Manchester City squad to the United States, amid speculation the Swans are keen on re-signing the Ivory Coast international. (Wales Online) Never been the same since leaving Swansea but they do also say you should never go back, then again it beats not being registered by Manchester City for next season.

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