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Gossip Columned – Episode 60

Gossip Columned – Episode 60

Have you heard today’s gossip?

Barcelona have turned their attention to Manchester United’s Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 24, with Ajax and Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, 19, set to choose Juventus. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain will want 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona if they are to sign Brazil forward Neymar – the same fee the French club paid the Spanish side for the 27-year-old. (Mirror)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce would welcome an approach from Newcastle United after the ex-Sunderland boss became the favourite to succeed Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park. (Chronicle)

Manchester City assistant boss Mikel Arteta and Nice coach Patrick Vieira have been warned off the Magpies job by Benitez. (Sun)

Real Madrid will have to pay a record fee of about £162m to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United. (Marca)

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will ask 26-year-old Pogba to wait one more year before leaving Old Trafford. (Sun)

Tottenham Hotspur and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is United’s main target to replace Pogba if he ends up moving. (Evening Standard)

Eriksen, 27, stated his desire to leave Spurs earlier this summer but the club expect him to return for pre-season training later this week having received no official bids. (Guardian)

United manager Solskjaer wants Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, to turn down a move to Inter Milan and stay at Old Trafford next season. (Sun)

Bayern Munich are still interested in signing Germany winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City, despite the 23-year-old’s £90m asking price. (Mirror)

Everton are among a number of clubs keen on City’s England midfielder Fabian Delph, 29. (Sky Sports)

The Toffees are also interested in 19-year-old Italy forward Moise Kean, with Juventus wanting £31m and a buyback clause in any deal. (Mail)

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid’s Dominican Republic striker Mariano Diaz, 25, for a reduced fee of £18m. (Star)

Bournemouth have offered England striker Callum Wilson a new five-year contract with West Ham, Chelsea and Everton having been linked with the 27-year-old. (Mail)

West Ham United’s deal to sign Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez is off after the club failed to agree a payment structure for the 22-year-old Uruguayan. (Sky Sports)

The Hammers have been offered Marseille’s Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 28, on a free transfer as an alternative to Wilson and Gomez. (Mirror)

Liverpool are optimistic that Belgium forward Divock Origi, 24, will agree a new contract at Anfield. (ESPN)

Crystal Palace are close to signing Swansea’s 27-year-old Ghana forward Jordan Ayew, who spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona are interested in signing Romania attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi, son of ex-Barca midfielder Georghe Hagi, from Viitorul Constanta and then sending the 20-year-old on loan to Real Valladolid. (AS – in Spanish)

Norwich City’s England Under-19 defender Max Aarons, 19, has agreed a new five-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. (Telegraph)

Derby County boss Phillip Cocu is trying beat Huddersfield Town to the signing of Everton’s England Under-21 midfielder Kieran Dowell, 21. (Mail)

English billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has had a breakthrough in his bid to purchase French club Nice. (L’Equipe – in French)

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