A happy 40th birthday of sorts to the column which is definitely showing signs of ageing. So while I sit down and catch my breath here is the Tuesday lunchtime serving of transfer gossip
Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 27, has arrived in Turin to complete a £10m move to Italian champions Juventus. (Evening Standard) This is an extension of what was reported earlier this morning, it looks as if it is almost a done deal
Manchester United’s French forward Anthony Martial, 21, may be used in a swap deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, 28. (Gazzetta dello Sport) Who knows to be honest, if Jose Mourinho has no idea then we’re all doomed to be honest
Newcastle United are interested in Bordeaux’s Uruguay forward Diego Rolan, 24, who is available for £5m. (Chronicle) Fulham were also reportedly interested in the player can the offer of Premier League football but Newcastle to the head of the queue.
Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer is convinced striker Christian Benteke, 26, will stay despite speculation linking him with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Everton. Benteke scored 15 Premier League goals in 2016-17. (Evening Standard) Chelsea are linked with just about forward right now while Everton seem hell bent on signing just about everyone in this transfer window, we’ll watch this one with a keen eye if he was to go anywhere though I reckon it would be Everton.
Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick, 29, is set to join fierce rivals Birmingham City after just one season at Villa Park. The former Bournemouth player is reported to have fallen out of favour with Villa boss Steve Bruce. (Birmingham Mail) Triffic
Sunderland’s hopes of signing former Leicester City, Leeds United and Saint-Etienne winger Max Gradel, 29, have suffered a setback after the £3m-rated Ivory Coast international said he wanted to stay at Bournemouth. (Sunderland Echo) Whether Eddie Howe wants him to stay though is a different matter