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Gossip Columned – Episode 29

Have you heard today’s gossip – It’s a veritable feast of transfer fun, so get a beer out of the fridge and look at what is on the menu:

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will sign a three-year deal to become Juventus manager next week. (Guardian)

Real Madrid may prioritise signing Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, over Manchester United and France’s 26-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba. (Independent)

But the La Liga club could potentially target Manchester United midfielder Pogba in a bid to send Gareth Bale to Old Trafford. (Mirror)

In another potential swap deal, Real Madrid could be set to offload James Rodriguez as part of a deal to land Pogba, after the 27-year-old asked Bayern Munich not to take up their option to buy him, once his loan deal with the German club finishes at the end of June. (Star)

Football agent Mino Raiola, who looks after the likes of Pogba and Matthijs de Ligt, could have his three-month worldwide ban lifted before the summer transfer window. The Court of Arbitration for Sport are considering suspending the ban. (Mail)

Tottenham and England midfielder Eric Dier, 25, is being considered by Manchester United to fill the holding midfield role in their starting 11. (Times – subscription required)

Barcelona have denied reports they will swoop for legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after the 41-year-old announced he would leave Paris St-Germain this summer. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Buffon wants to cap off his career by winning Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 with Italy. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mail)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been in contact with Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier more than once in a bid to persuade him to join the Gunners. (Star)

Barcelona will turn their attentions to Manchester United’s England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, if they fail in their moves to sign Antoine Griezmann or Neymar. (Mail)

Atletico Madrid want to bring Chelsea and Spain defender Marcos Alonso, 28, back to his homeland. (Goal)

Tottenham are considering a £50m swoop for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The 22-year-old, who has been hailed as the new N’Golo Kante, is also a target for Manchester United. (Sun)

Fulham’s England Under-21 winger Ryan Sessegnon, 19, has told the club he will not sign a new contract and has set his heart on a move to Tottenham. (Guardian)

Liverpool are to rival Tottenham and Manchester United for the signing of 24-year-old Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. (Record, via Mirror)

Lille’s Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe will snub the Premier League in favour of a move to Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old is on Liverpool and Manchester United’s radar. (Sun)

Arsenal have been told they will have to pay Sampdoria £44m for 22-year-old Italy defender Joachim Andersen and Belgium winger Dennis Praet, 25. (Star)

West Ham and Arsenal are both interested in Eibar’s Spanish midfielder Joan Jordan, 24. (Marca – in Spanish)

The Hammers are also interested in Newcastle’s former England Under-21 midfielder Isaac Hayden, 24. (Star)

Everton have joined Arsenal in the race to sign 27-year-old Togo defender Djene Dakonam from Getafe. (Marca – in Spanish)

Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has been appointed the club’s loan player coordinator. (Sun)

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