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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 66

This issue is incredibly late, I’m incredibly hungover. Let’s crack on with the gossip shall we

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Ajax’s 21-year-old centre-back Davinson Sanchez. (Telegraph) The deal has been agreed and…

Colombian Sanchez will cost Spurs £28m up front with a potential further £14m to come in add-ons. (Independent) It is now just the medical that needs to be carried out. Finally Tottenham look set to spend some money

Manchester City are ready to offer West Brom £22m for their 29-year-old captain Jonny Evans after having an £18m bid rejected. City are prepared to almost double the Northern Ireland defender’s £75,000 a week wages. (Mirror) “In today’s market”

Chelsea have had a £63m bid for Juventus’ 26-year-old wing-back Brazil Alex Sandro rejected. (Mirror) Chelsea are persistent but Juventus are holding firm on this front

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez says it will be “difficult” to sign Liverpool’s 25-year-old attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho because he doesn’t have a release clause. (Liverpool Echo) Especially as now this has happened – Liverpool turn down third Barcelona offer

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, says he will not return to Stamford Bridge and intends to rejoin Atletico Madrid. (Telegraph) Whether he goes on loan in the first half of the season remains to be seen but he is not going to be hurrying back to Stamford Bridge anytime soon.

Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer, 24, is in talks with West Brom over a £15m move. (Telegraph) West Brom are also interested in Mamadou Sahko but Wimmer would cost half the price

Stoke are also keen to sign Austria international Wimmer. (Stoke Sentinel) And he may also have a decision to make as to just where he will end up.

Arsenal and Brazil defender Gabriel, 26, is close to a £10m move to Spanish club Valencia. (Evening Standard) This is surely going to leave Arsenal depleted in the centre back ranks, a risky strategy it must be said.

Paris St-Germain are still keen to sign Monaco’s 23-year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho. (L’Equipe – in French) If they sign Fabinho then the rest of the French League may as well pack up and go home.

PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 30, has completed a medical at Juventus but the two clubs are yet to agree on how any transfer fee will be paid. PSG boss Unai Emery did not want to sell the player. (Le Parisien – in French) Just a minor hold up in terms of the deal but Emery cannot be all that pleased with the departure of Matuidi.

Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive says Barcelona are “not even close” to meeting their valuation of 20-year-old France forward Ousmane Dembele. (Kicker – in German) Barcelona cannot get a breakthrough in their pursuit of either Dembele or Coutinho.

Sunderland risk losing record signing Didier Ndong, 23, as Lyon could make an offer for the midfielder if they miss out on Celta Vigo’s Pape Cheikh Diop. (Daily Star) The mass exodus of names at Sunderland could be set to continue.

Southampton are closing in on the signing of Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt, 23, fromLazio after making a £15m bid. (Daily Mail) This is the third day in a row in which this has been reported.

Manchester United have not given up hope of signing winger Ivan Perisic, 28, despite only offering £39m to Inter Milan. (Mirror) I really don’t care

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