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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 63

Tuesday is upon us, I’m up far too early in all fairness. But thankfully that gives me plenty of time to debunk this latest batch of transfer rumours. A whole host of gossip for you to sift through before you start the morning commute.

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Chelsea are growing increasingly confident they will agree a £35m deal to sign midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, from Arsenal. (Evening Standard) With Oxlade-Chamberlain not prepared to sign a new contract then Arsene Wenger could well be tempted to cash in, whether he will want to sell to a direct rival remains to be seen though

The Blues have given striker Diego Costa a set of demands he must meet before they will consider selling the 28-year-old. (Guardian) If I was Diego Costa I’d just stay in Brazil and get fat.

The transfer window will shut ­before the start of the season in new changes that are ­expected to be approved by the Premier League next month. (Telegraph) Good news for Paul Clement who was making the same point yesterday. Does make sense in all fairness, so I would imagine it would close around August 1st.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says he will try to convince team-mate Philippe Coutinho to stay at Anfield, with the 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder seeking a move to Barcelona. (Daily Mirror) Not sure if his efforts will be enough to keep the Brazilian at Anfield

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, is more likely to join Chelsea or Manchester City than Liverpool, but the Saints will demand a fee of more than £70m. (Yahoo) If we are talking that amount of money then it would put Liverpool at the bottom of the list.

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez’s agent is trying to persuade Roma to increase their offer for the 26-year-old to £40m including add-ons. (Sky Sports) I think that will finally be the price that sees Mahrez moves to the Italian capital.

Colombia defender Davinson Sanchez, 21, has told Ajax he wants to move to Tottenham before the close of the transfer window. (Independent) Sounds promising for Tottenham

Spurs officials travelled to Amsterdam on Monday to continue negotiations with Ajax, who are holding out for a fee of close to £36m. (Guardian) The price however not so much

Chelsea are also interested in the defender, but Ajax have insisted Sanchez is not for sale. (Daily Star) If Chelsea got involved then they will be able to blow Tottenham out of the water in terms of a bid.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has targeted five more signings before the transfer window closes in just over a fortnight. (Telegraph) Is Rafa Bennitez finally getting the backing he has been looking for all summer

The Magpies are expected to sign 21-year-old Chelsea winger Kenedy on loan, but Blues boss Antonio Conte has slowed the deal down because of concerns over his squad size. (Goal) This was meant to be a done deal last week, Chelsea’s defeat to Burnley may have put the skids on that

Juventus are interested in signing midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, from Arsenal. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Daily Mirror) That’s not happening

Stoke are set to announce the signing of 24-year-old Paris St-Germain attacker Jese Rodriguez. (Telegraph) That will be quite the coup if they can land the former Real Madrid attacker

The Potters’ Spanish striker Joselu, 27, is set to complete a £5m move to Newcastle.(Daily Star) Good news for Newcastle fans, be interesting to see what he can do at St James’ Park.

Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, 32, will sign for Watford, Newcastle or Crystal Palace, according to his agent. (CalcioNapoli24, via Hertfordshire Mercury) Watford certainly need a new goalkeeper as Huerelho Gomes was up to his old tricks at the weekend

Leicester City winger Tom Lawrence, 23, is on the verge of joining Derby County in a deal worth £7m. (Daily Mail) This is another one which was meant to be a done deal last week

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he would like to coach Newell’s Old Boys, the club where he started his playing career, and the Argentina national team in the future. (TyC Sports, via ESPN) Bit of a non story to be honest

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