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Gossip Columned – Episode 68

Gossip Columned – Episode 68

Real Madrid are planning to launch their “Operation 200” as they look to offload forwards Gareth Bale, 30, and James Rodriguez, 28, to fund their move for 26-year-old Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. (Marca, via Sun)

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has refused to discount the prospect of the Manchester United midfielder returning to Juventus. (AS)

Neymar, 27, has opened the door to United as the Brazil international desperately bids to leave Paris St-Germain. (Mundo Deportivo, via Sun)

Barcelona are exploring different packages to try to re-sign Neymar from PSG, with one involving taking him on loan this summer and an obligation to buy him permanently in a year’s time. (Sport, via Express)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will decide whether Brazil international Willian will get a new contract at the club. The 30-year-old winger has one year left on his Blues deal and Barcelona are interested in signing him for £30m. (Express)

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce could have more than £90m to spend this summer in the transfer window. (Sky Sports)

Bruce ‘was the 11th choice’ for the Newcastle job and not even on their original shortlist. (Mail)

Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer says he told Bruce not to take the manager’s job at the club. (Sun)

Hoffenheim have confirmed striker Joelinton, 22, is in “concrete talks” with a Premier League club – and Newcastle United are hoping to complete what could be a record-breaking deal for the Brazilian forward. (Chronicle Live)

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has warned Manchester United there is a time limit if they want to sign England centre-back Harry Maguire, 26, as the Foxes do not want to leave themselves short. (Star)

Rodgers has praised the professionalism of Maguire and admitted he was “relaxed” about the interest of Manchester United in the central defender. (Independent)

Liverpool remain highly unlikely to sell Simon Mignolet, 31, and have no plans to send the goalkeeper on loan before the transfer window closes. (Liverpool Echo)

Striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, is intent on leaving Manchester United for Inter Milan. (Times – subscription required)

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, who is a free agent after his Tottenham contract expired, is weighing up an offer from Serie A side Fiorentina. (Mail)

Unai Emery insists Arsenal are working to bring in “three or four” players before the start of the new season. (Independent)

Defender Laurent Koscielny, 33, faces showdown talks and being docked pay after he refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season USA tour. (L’Equipe)

Midfielder Granit Xhaka is in pole position to replace Koscielny as the Arsenal captain. (Telegraph)

Juventus supporters gave Matthijs de Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola a rock star reception as he accompanied the 19-year-old defender for his medical on Wednesday. (Metro)

Arsenal’s pursuit of Celtic and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney is fast becoming the transfer saga of the summer, but the Gunners could have competition for the 22-year-old. (Scotsman)

Arsenal have been warned they have not come “anywhere near” meeting Crystal Palace’s valuation of 26-year-old forward Wilfried Zaha. (Mirror)

Pep Guardiola has opened the door for Leroy Sane, 23, to quit Manchester City – by telling the £100m-rated German winger he can leave if he is unhappy. (Mirror)

Burnley are looking for £12m for 33-year-old England international keeper Tom Heaton, £8m more than Aston Villa have currently bid. (Birmingham Mail)

Ashley Cole has sparked speculation he is about to join Chelsea’s coaching staff after posting a picture of himself in an airport before a flight to Japan, where the Blues are on tour. (Mirror)

Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri is set to join Turkish side Galatasaray on loan for an initial £1.3m with an option to make the deal permanent. (Mail)

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