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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 69

It’s Monday. No-one likes that day of the week but everyone loves gossip and here is today’s batch

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Manchester City are ready to break the world transfer record and meet forward Lionel Messi’s £275m buyout clause at Barcelona. (Yahoo Sport – in French) Well if the transfer record is to be broken then I guess it would have to be for Lionel Messi

City officials have met Messi’s representatives to discuss the possibility of a move for the 30-year-old Argentine to the Etihad. (Daily Record) Although £275m for a 30 year old is insane, but again it shows that football clubs just have too much money

Arsenal have offered winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, a four-year contract worth £125,000 a week to fend off interest from Chelsea.(Daily Star) Offered but I’m not sure if it will be enough to tempt Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay.

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta, 33, whose contract expires next summer, has hinted that it is not certain he will stay at the club. (El Pais, via Daily Mail) I think personally this will be Iniesta’s last season with the club.

The La Liga side are set to pay the £36m release clause of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, 26, with hopes of playing him alongside Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, 25, next season. (Mundo Deportivo, via Daily Mail) This will be a decent signing for Barcelona, although whether he will play alongside Coutinho remains to be seen.

West Ham are close to completing a deal for 25-year-old midfielder William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon. (Sky Sports) They were meant to be close to a deal last week

Turkish side Antalyaspor have offered Manchester City’s France midfielder Samir Nasri, 30, a two-year contract worth about £70,000 per week. (Times – subscription required) Nasri will have to take a pay cut but first team football may well be tempting enough

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer says Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho, 27, is much too expensive for him to sign. (Guardian) Palace look like they could do with the services of the French international once again.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis must decide whether he wants to spend £15m on Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer, 24, after the club sanctioned the deal. (Birmingham Mail) This could depend on whether they sell Jonny Evans to Manchester City or not

Manchester United expect 35-year-old striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract to stay at Old Trafford as early as this week. (ESPN FC) This could be a massive boost to United’s title hopes in the second half of the season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he must sell before he can buy and admits the club “have too many players”. (Independent) That’s not strictly true though they have plenty of money to spend

Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells, 27, has joined Sheffield Wednesday’s Jordan Rhodes, 27, on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ shortlist of transfer targets. (Birmingham Mail) Wolves looking for forwards who can get them out of the division, Nakhi Wells could well be that guy

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