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Gossip Columned – Episode 66

Gossip Columned – Episode 66

Have you heard today’s gossip?

Leicester City have promised England centre-back Harry Maguire, 26, he can leave if Manchester United or Manchester City eclipse the £75m Liverpool paid for Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk and set a new world record fee for a defender. (Telegraph)

Tottenham are willing to pay Real Madrid £54m for former forward Gareth Bale, 30, but Spurs have told the Spanish giants they would not be able to afford the Wales international’s reported £600,000-a-week wages. (Marca, via Express)

Paris St-Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar, 27, has reiterated his intention to leave the club in a short meeting with sporting director Leonardo. (ESPN)

Newcastle United will pay £4m compensation to Sheffield Wednesday for their former manager Steve Bruce, who is set to be named as the new Magpies boss. (Sun)

Bruce’s assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence have also left Sheffield Wednesday and will join him at St James’ Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester United will make an official bid for Sporting Lisbon’s Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, within the next three weeks. (Independent)

Alderweireld and Spurs team-mate Christian Eriksen – the 27-year-old Denmark midfielder – are preparing to travel to Singapore with the club on Wednesday, despite ongoing uncertainty over their futures. (Evening Standard)

Bayern Munich have given up hope of completing a £100m deal for Manchester City’s Germany winger Leroy Sane, 23, this summer. (Sky Germany, via Mail)

Arsenal remain in negotiations with Celtic over a deal for 22-year-old Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney after failing with a second bid for the defender that is thought to have been for £25m. (Evening Standard)

The Gunners will miss out on Lyon and France playmaker Nabil Fekir, 25, because they cannot offload former Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30. (L’Equipe, via Sun)

Inter Milan are wary of the £75m fee Manchester United have demanded for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26. Inter have offered a two-year loan proposal, which would see them pay instalments of £9m, £27m and £27m – but United want the fee in full. (Star)

Sweden defender Victor Lindelof says he is “very happy” to be a Manchester United player, despite his agent saying Barcelona wanted to sign the 24-year-old. (Mirror)

West Brom’s Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon is set to be reunited with Rafael Benitez after flying to the Far East for talks with the Spanish manager’s Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang. The Baggies have agreed a fee for the 29-year-old, who spent last season on loan with Benitez at Newcastle. (Express and Star)

Newcastle have revived their interest in Hoffenheim striker Joelinton and Magpies owner Mike Ashley is prepared to release £36m for the 22-year-old Brazilian. (Mail)

West Ham are in talks to sign Eintracht Frankfurt’s French forward Sebastien Haller, 25. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal have sent doctors to Brazil to assess Gremio’s Brazil forward Everton, 23. (Fox Sports, via Calciomercato)

Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars, now chief executive at Ajax, believes the Gunners should replace German playmaker Mesut Ozil with the Dutch club’s 26-year-old Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, who has a release clause of about £22m. (Calciomercato)

Meanwhile, Overmars says the transfer of Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt – the 19-year-old Netherlands defender – to Juventus is nearing its conclusion. (Goal.com)

Barcelona made a late attempt to sign centre-back De Ligt. (Mundo Deportivo)

Wolves are in contention to sign Lazio’s Brazilian defender Wallace, 24. (Birmingham Mail)

Galatasaray are facing competition from Serie A giants AC Milan for the signature of Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri, 27. (Fanatik, via Sport Witness)

Zimbabwe midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, 25, is refusing to train with Club Brugge in a bid to force through a transfer to Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is considering a move to the Bundesliga as he plots his return to management. (Independent)

Everton will visit the House of Commons on Tuesday as they step up engagement for their Bramley-Moore Dock stadium proposal, which they argue will transform an area of north Liverpool. (Times – subscription required)

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