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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 41

We’ve reached the middle of the week and what better way to burn off that Wednesday morning malaise then by helping yourself to another large serving of transfer gossip debunking. Make sure you leave room for breakfast as this is a hefty one.

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Barcelona forward Neymar, 25, has accepted an offer from Paris St-Germain after the French club triggered his £195m release clause. (Esporte Interativo via Daily Mail)If” this is true then it will blow all other transfer business out of the water this summer, truth be told I cannot see the player moving in this transfer window

But Barcelona’s vice-president, Jordi Mestre, has insisted Brazil international Neymar will not leave the Spanish giants any time soon. (Star) You and me both Jordi, you and me both

South American football expert Tim Vickery says Neymar could leave Barcelona to step out of team-mate and Argentina forward Lionel Messi’s shadow. (BBC Radio 5 live) Nonsense analogy from Tim Vickery as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale co-exist in the same set up at Real Madrid. Every team needs a superstar

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley wants £150,000 a week to join Tottenham and the Toffees are demanding £50m for the 23-year-old.(Mirror) In that case leave him at Everton

And Spurs face having to pay midfielder Moussa Sissoko to leave the club having spent £30m on the 27-year-old last summer.(Daily Mail) I think Tottenham need to get an addition to the squad before buying him out otherwise they run the risk of being a bit threadbare

Arsenal will try to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 29, if Alexis Sanchez leaves the club this summer. (Don Balon via Daily Star) If this is the case then it’s either good news for Alvaro Morata or it could mean Kylian Mbappe is going to Real Madrid

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has said Manchester City target Sanchez, 28, is not for sale. (Sky Sports) Be that as it may, he is still out of contract at the end of the season. So the balance of power does not sit with the club

But Paris St-Germain have renewed their interest in the forward and are now emerging as favourites to sign the Chile international. (Telegraph) Alexis Sanchez and Neymar in the same window, absolutely no chance

Newcastle and Crystal Palace are considering moves for West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, 30, after his club signed England keeper Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City. (Mirror) That makes sense as West Ham now have three senior goalkeepers on their books, one was always going to have to make way what with the arrival of Joe Hart

Ivan Perisic has flown to China for Inter Milan’s pre-season tour after Manchester United failed to reach an agreement with the Italian club over a fee for the 28-year-old winger. (Telegraph) Is anyone else just really bored of this particular rumour now?

United have ended their pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier, with the north London club unwilling to sell the 23-year-old. (Mirror) Good news for Tottenham fans

Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier, 26, has signed a new five-year contract and is believed to earn around £70,000 per week. (Daily Mail) And here is some more

Everton defender Matty Pennington is joining Championship side Leeds United on loan. The 22-year-old, who made three appearances for Everton last season, has flown to Austria to complete the deal.(Liverpool Echo) Everton’s squad is now bursting at the seems so a smart move for the youngster who will get some more game time at Elland Road.

Jack Wilshere has been told he can leave Arsenal this summer. The England midfielder, 25, is now considering his options as he has a year left on his Gunners contract.(Mirror) I wrote about this one yesterday

Hull City have struck a deal to bring back Fraizer Campbell, 29, back to the club after his release from Crystal Palace.(Hull Daily Mail) A good spell at Hull previously could he be the man to fire them back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking

Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, 20, is set to move to either Fulham or Middlesbrough on loan. The Reds have received offers from both of the Championship clubs and are prepared to let him leave this season.(Liverpool Echo) After Jurgen Klopp was supposedly keen on keeping him in the first team squad this season, it seems as if he has decided that a loan move would be best for Ojo.

Juventus’ bid to sign striker Patrik Schick, 21, from Sampdoria has fallen through, despite him having a medical.(ESPN FC) Bad news for Juventus fans, good news for Sampdoria fans

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