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Gossip Columned – Episode 36

Have you heard today’s gossip? A 10 minute blast of who is going where over the course of this summer transfer window. On the menu today, we have:

Derby manager Frank Lampard will be appointed the new Chelsea boss after Maurizio Sarri rejected a late plea to stay. Lampard wants former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba as part of his backroom staff, but not John Terry. (Sun)

Manchester United’s France international Paul Pogba, 26, insists he wants to leave the club for Real Madrid. (Marca)

Crystal Palace’s £50m-rated England Under-21 defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, would favour a move to Manchester United, but is not pushing to leave the Eagles. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham have ruled out a move for Sporting Lisbon’s Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, who has been linked with Manchester United. (Mail)

Manchester United believe they can win the race to sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire because of Manchester City’s reluctance to pay in excess of £80m for the 26-year-old England international. (Mail)

Chelsea’s Brazil midfielder Willian, 30, is on the brink of signing a two-year deal to stay at Stamford Bridge. (Sun)

Manchester United are ready to make David de Gea, 28, an improved offer in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford beyond June 2020. (ESPN)

Arsenal are keen to sell 30-year-old German midfielder Mezut Ozil to fund other summer transfer targets. (Mirror)

Ajax will seek just over £30m for their Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech this summer. The 26-year-old has been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal. (Mirror)

Manchester United are favourites to sign Argentina international Giovani Lo Celso, 23, but Real Betis have put a £67m asking price on their midfielder, who has also been linked with Tottenham. (inews)

Liverpool have made an offer for Lille’s Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 24. (Le10 Sport, via Daily Express)

And Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is willing to sell Egypt striker Mohamed Salah, 27, if Pepe comes to Anfield. (Le10 Sport – in French)

Fulham’s Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has been linked with West Ham, is on the verge of a move to Real Betis. (Star)

Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 29, could be set for a move to AC Milan with his agent flying to meet with the Serie A side. (Star)

Arsenal are planning to offer Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29, a huge new contract as they aim to ward off interest from the Chinese Super League. (Mirror)

Leeds will reject any interest from Tottenham in 18-year-old forward Jack Clarke and from Aston Villa for 23-year-old midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Star)

The brother and agent of former Chelsea forward Gonzalo Higuain has appeared to end speculation linking the former Argentina international with a move to Roma by saying the 31-year-old wants to end his career at Juventus. (Mirror)

Manchester United are convinced Sean Longstaff wants a move to Old Trafford – despite the 21-year-old midfielder publicly declaring his commitment to Newcastle. (London Evening Standard)

United want the English youngster in time for him to join the squad on their pre-season tour to Australia on July 7. (Star)

Brighton are in talks with Genk over a deal for the Belgian club’s captain and winger Leandro Trossard, 24. (Sky Sports)

River Plate midfielder Santiago Sosa, 20, linked with a £13 move to Everton, could be granted an EU passport through his European ancestry, which would increase his chances of a move to the Premier League this summer. (Liverpool Echo)

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