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Gossip Column Inches – Part 8

A relatively thing amount of gossip to digest this morning, something to line your stomach before a hefty load of Football League action takes place later in the day. The Premier League sits on the back burner until next Friday night but before then there is going to be a lot of transfer madness, could any of the below happen?

Gossip in normal text, my thoughts in bold

Liverpool are interested in signing Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, from Arsenal. (Express) Not sure what rumour is more nonsense, this one or the one linking him with a move to Chelsea.

French forward Anthony Martial, 22, could be staying at Manchester United as boss Jose Mourinho does not want to sell unless he can bring in a direct replacement. (Mirror) Bad news for Tottenham fans who have been mooting a swap deal involving Toby Alderweireld, then again that may be good news as it could mean that the Belgian stays in North London. Then again what do I know?

Chelsea’s Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 24, is wanted by Spanish side Atletico Madrid. (L’Equipe – in French) Earlier in the week he was told that he is set to feature in Maurizio Sarri’s plans, so I’m not sure this one will get out of first gear

West Ham have revived their interest in Brazil winger Bernard, 25, who is still without a club after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of last season. (Guardian) West Ham’s pursuit of a forward looks like edging a step closer.

Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele, 21, has been hanging out with Arsenal players during the summer break, leading to speculation he will join the Gunners. (Goal.com) Bit lazy speculation that.

Tottenham are “nowhere near” reaching the asking price for Aston Villa’s English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22. (Sky Sports) Classic Levy tactics this, I think they will get their man in the end.

Burnley have had a £15 bid for English defender Ben Gibson, 25, accepted by Middlesbrough. (Mail) Good business by Burnley there

Burnley are weighing up a move for Aberdeen’s 18-year-old Scottish midfielder Lewis Ferguson after he scored an overhead kick against them in the Europa League. (Mail) Who needs scouts, just let the opposition score goals against you and then buy their players.

But Burnley will have to remove 2,000 wooden seats in the away end at Turf Moor and replace them with plastic seats if they qualify for the Europa League group stage. (Mail) This is not transfer news.

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