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Gossip Column Inches – Part 7

The weekend is upon us and if you are a fan of a club in the Football League then the season is also on the horizon, the Premier League has to wait until next Friday night for things to kick off with the transfer window closing on Thursday night. With that in mind here is a big bundle of transfer gossip.

Gossip in normal text, my thoughts in bold

Real Madrid have put a £670m price tag on 32-year-old Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, named player of the 2018 World Cup, to deter Inter Milan from making any approach. (Mirror) Well that will be the end of that then

Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, 23, with the Colombia international waiting on the clubs to agree a deal. (Metro, via Mundo Deportivo) If this is the case then surely they will not need to buy Toby Alderwiereld, Tottenham fans will be keeping a keen eye on this one.

Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, has told his team-mates he is ready to leave Crystal Palace and could hand in a transfer request to force through a move to Chelsea. (Mirror) Tottenham fans will also be keeping a keen eye on this one also.

Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal, with the 31-year-old Chile midfielder set to cost the Spanish champions £27m. (Guardian) Looked like it was going to be Inter Milan earlier in the week but the Catalan giants seem to have stolen a march and now look set to sign the Chilean international.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is set for talks with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with Real Madrid eager to sign the 26-year-old Belgian. (Diario AS, via Star) Can Chelsea find a replacement in the next week though?

But the Blues have rejected a £31m bid for Courtois from Madrid, believing the offer to be too low. (Express) Should Real Madrid return with a bid nearer £35m then the wheels may well be greased.

Chelsea are interested in Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic after the 24-year-old Croatia midfielder reportedly turned down a move to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho’s style of play. (Express, via Calciomercato) Chelsea are highly stocked with centre midfielders, the signing of Kovacic is not priority.

Chelsea and England defender Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, will seek a loan move abroad if he does not get much playing time at the start of the season. (Times) Reinforcing the point about having too many midfielders at Stamford Bridge.

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 29, is prepared to run down his Tottenham contract if he fails to secure a move to Manchester United before next week’s deadline day. (Mirror) I think Tottenham fans would rather that than a move to Old Trafford.

Manchester United are considering offering French forward Anthony Martial, 22, to Bayern Munich as part of a deal to sign Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29. (Mirror) Lewandowski is not going to go Manchester United if they already have Lukaku.

However, reports in Germany suggest Martial will instead be used in a swap deal for the Bundesliga club’s 29-year-old German defender Jerome Boateng. (Bild) Do United need Boateng if they are about to sign Mina?

West Ham have opened talks with Ligue 2 side Le Havre over a £10m move for highly-rated French defender Harold Moukoudi, 20. (Mail) Le Havre have said, Harold….don’t leave me Harold.

The Hammers are also interested in Real Betis and Paraguay striker Antonio Sanabria, 22. (AS, via Sport Witness)
The hunt for a new striker at West Ham continues.

Championship side West Brom have told Burnley they will need to pay £20m if they are to part with 29-year-old English striker Jay Rodriguez. (Guardian) If Danny Ings is supposedly worth £24m then this would be a bargain.

Burnley have had an £11m bid rejected by Middlesbrough for English defender Ben Gibson, with Everton also interested in the 25-year-old. (Northern Echo) Again if Alfie Mawson is worth £20m then this could be another steal.

Newcastle are interested in signing Paris St-Germain’s French Under-20 international Stanley N’Soki. The 19-year-old can play at left-back or centre-back. (Mail) Not necessarily a name to get the pulses racing.

Newcastle have opened talks with Lyon over a potential deal for French teenage sensation Myziane Maolida, 19. (L’Equipe – in French) Nor this one.

Stoke City’s Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam, 32, is interested in returning to his first club Rangers before he retires. (Talksport) Whether Rangers are interested in him though is a different question.

However, Wolves are poised to break their transfer record to secure Middlesbrough’s Spanish winger Adama Traore, 22. (Telegraph) But he’s not Portuguese….

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