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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 72

There is less than a week left before the transfer window closes and that also means there is not many left in regards to these daily bundles of gossip. Lets see what Thursday’s back pages are telling us this morning

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Barcelona are preparing an offer for 29-year-old Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian. (Times – subscription required)
I think until Barcelona actually sign someone then there are going to be a lot of links with players, I would not read too much into this one personally

Chelsea have made a new £35m bid to sign Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24. (Telegraph) Wenger will be too stubborn to sell and would rather he walked away at the end of the season

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, could leave the La Liga club before the end of next week. (El Pais via Manchester Evening News) He could but he won’t

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 25, is considering making a public statement highlighting his discontent at the club in order to force an exit. (Yahoo Sports) These final few days are going to be pretty tense on Anfield

Inter Milan have made a bid for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, 25, on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent £20m-plus deal. (Mirror) Surely Arsenal cannot consider selling another centre back, they are already thin there as it is

West Brom defender Jonny Evans, 29, expects to complete a £30m switch to Manchester City next week. (Mirror) A smart move at an insane price

Sunderland could lose out to Aston Villa as they try to sign winger Robert Snodgrass, 29, from West Ham. (Northern Echo) Snodgrass at West Ham just hasn’t worked out has it.

Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, 27, has turned down the chance to join Brighton from Inter Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Talksport) I cannot say that comes as too much of a surprise to be honest.

Paris St-Germain are looking to sign Napoli and former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 34. (AS) Could be a decent backup to what they already have in the goalkeeping ranks

Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal with PSG to sign former Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria, 29. (Sport via ESPN) Barcelona’s twitter account was hacked to say he had already signed, we will have to wait and see if that ever rings true.

Tottenham are preparing a new offer for Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao, 22, who has also been linked with Juventus. (Corriere dello Sport via Talksport) Tottenham’s transfer window is picking up some positive late momentum.

Stoke have held further talks with Club Brugge over an £8.5m deal for 22-year-old centre-back Bjorn Engels. (Mail) Are Stoke going to be Bjorn again?

Everton are ready to rival Newcastle United in their bid to sign midfielder Dennis Praet, 23, from Sampdoria. (Times – subscription required) Everton surely don’t need another midfielder do they?, let someone else buy some players

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