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Gossip Columned – Episode 46

Have you heard today’s gossip? On the menu today, are the following morsels of transfer news:

Arsenal will need to spend half of their summer transfer budget to bring in Celtic’s Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 22, with the left-back valued at £25m by the Scottish champions. (Telegraph)

Manchester United are willing to pay more than Manchester City for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, 26, but the England international would prefer a move to Premier League champions City. (Sun)

The future of Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 25, at Chelsea is uncertain, with his loan deal from Real Madrid running out on 1 July. The Stamford Bridge outfit are yet to offer him an extension. (Goal)

Paris St-Germain offered Manchester United the possibility of swapping Brazil forward Neymar, 27, for 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Independent)

United will reignite their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s England forward Jadon Sancho, 19, if they sell Pogba. (Sun)

Neymar will not be allowed to return to his former club Barcelona from PSG until he apologises to the Spanish giants’ fans and accepts a cut in his wages. (El Mundo – in Spanish)

Newcastle United hope to have Rafael Benitez’s successor in place by the time the team travel to China to compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy in just over a fortnight’s time. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid will not consider bids of less than 50m euros (£47.7m) for 22-year-old Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, who is a target for Tottenham. (AS- in Spanish)

Arsenal are resisting interest from AC Milan in Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 23. (Mirror)

The Gunners are still interested in Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco, but are yet to make a bid for the 25-year-old Belgium international. (Football.London)

New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has identified Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier, 28, as the player he wants to make his first signing but faces tough competition from Napoli who have already made contact. (Mirror)

Real Madrid’s 27-year-old Colombia forward James Rodriguez, who has spent two seasons on-loan at Bayern Munich, is unsure if he will be at the Bernabeu next season. (Marca)

Liverpool expect Belgium keeper Simon Mignolet to stay at the club unless an offer is made for the 31-year-old which is good for the club and player. (Times – subscription required)

Liverpool’s first signing of the summer could be 17-year-old FC Zwolle central defender Sepp van den Berg, with Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven also interested in the Dutch Under-19 international. (Mail)

The next Chelsea manager will have the chance to keep Gianfranco Zola, who was assistant to ex-boss Maurizio Sarri last season, as part of their backroom coaching team. (Express)

Newcastle United remain interested in West Brom’s 29-year-old Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon – who spent last season on loan at the Premier League club – despite manager Rafael Benitez’s exit. (Star)

Southampton are looking to sell at least five senior first-team players and want to bring in a striker, centre-back and wing-back during the summer transfer window. (Telegraph)

Real Zaragoza have denied they have agreed a deal to sell 16-year-old Spanish winger Mateo Mejia to Manchester United.(Mail)

Aston Villa want to bring Luton Town’s 21-year-old English full-back James Justin to Villa Park, with fellow Premier League club Leicester City also interested. (Birmingham Chronicle)

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