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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 62

The first weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season is in the history books and what a week it was, 31 goals across 10 matches and one of them was a boring stalemate between Southampton and Swansea. I don’t know about you but I need a breather from all that action and what better way to relax then to read this morning’s transfer gossip.

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Chelsea are considering a late move for long-time Manchester United target Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic, 28, as part of their end-of-window spree. (Mirror) Does anyone else not get the fuss about Ivan Perisic

Cesar Azpilicueta, 27, thinks Chelsea still need to make several new signings before the window closes. (Evening Standard) After Saturday’s performance I think Cesar is right

The Blues are ready to make a £50m bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this week in an attempt to fend off interest from Liverpool. (Daily Star) I think it’s going to take at least £60m for Southampton to consider letting van Dijk go

Manchester United are close to agreeing terms with Portuguese club Oliveirense for forward Bruno Amorim, 19. (Daily Mail) Nothing too get all that excited about for Manchester United fans

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann, 26, would be unhappy if Atletico Madrid sell goalkeeper Jan Oblak and could consider a move to Manchester United. (Don Ballon – in Spanish) Although this however….

Leicester City will turn down a £31.8m bid for Riyad Mahrez, 26, from Roma as they are determined to have their £50m valuation met. (The Mirror) If the two can meet in the middle, then I reckon £40m will be enough to see Mahrez move to the Italian capital

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta reveals they are interested in Liverpool target and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, 22. (La Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian) We know how it goes by now, £70m is the price required to land Keita

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool need to strengthen their squad before the end of the transfer window. (Liverpool Echo) They certainly do.

The Liverpool boss is also considering Lorenzo Insigne as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho amid interest from Barcelona. (Express) This was reported yesterday

Tottenham could step up interest in Lazio forward Keita Balde, 22, after he was left out of his club’s Supercoppa Italiana squad. (Mirror) Could do, but we will have to wait and see.

Ronald Koeman says he will not stand in the way if midfielder Gareth Barry, 36, wishes to leave Everton this summer. (Liverpool Echo) Barry has been a great servant for Everton, I think Brighton would suit him well.

West Brom could let Nacer Chadli, 28, leave but only if they find a suitable replacement amid interest from Swansea. (Express and Star) All part of the Gylfi domino effect that could be set to come into play.

Paul Clement has pleaded with the Premier League to shut the window before the start of the season as he continues to fight off interest in Swansea forward Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27. (Daily Mail) He’s not the first manager to suggest that, maybe the window needs to end on August 1st instead?

Schalke are in talks with Chelsea over bringing defender Baba Rahman, 23, back on loan. (Sky Sports) Ah yes, another Chelsea player set to depart on loan. Where have we read that before?

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