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Gossip Columned – Episode 72

Gossip Columned – Episode 72

Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan are keen on signing Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. They want to make the 30-year-old the highest-paid player in Chinese football history. (Telegraph)

The deal Beijing Guoan have offered Wales international Bale is worth a tax free £1m a week. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain have discussed a potential swap deal for Bale involving their Brazil forward Neymar, 27. (Independent)

Manchester United, who have previously been strongly linked with a move for former Tottenham winger Bale, do not intend to sign him. (Manchester Evening News)

United have finally agreed terms on signing Leicester City and England defender Harry Maguire. The 26-year-old will arrive at Old Trafford in an £80m deal. (Bleacher Report)

Manchester City are still interested in signing Maguire but they would need to offload Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi, 31, and 28-year-old France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala to fund the transfer. (Mirror)

Inter Milan’s Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 26, has rejected a proposed swap deal with 30-year-old Arsenal and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Calcio Mercato, via Sport Mediaset)

The Gunners are set to beat Tottenham to the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos. The 22-year-old Spain international would join on loan. (Mirror)

Liverpool’s English midfielder James Milner, 33, says he is unsure about his long-term future at the club even though he wants to extend his stay. (Liverpool Echo)

The Reds are considering joining Barcelona in trying to sign Augsburg left-back Philipp Max, with the German valued at £18m. (Express)

Bayern Munich have emerged as surprise candidates to sign Crystal Palace’s Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, after failing to sign Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and Real Madrid’s Bale. (90min)

Bayern offered 27-year-old Austria defender David Alaba as part of a deal to sign Germany winger Sane, 23, from City, who rejected the offer. (Mirror)

Everton striker Ademola Lookman will have a medical with RB Leipzig in the next 48 hours before the 21-year-old England Under-21 forward makes a £22.5m move to the German club. (Mail)

Crystal Palace have had a £20m bid for English defender Reece James rejected by Chelsea. The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Wigan. (Star)

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham are all interested in signing Dynamo Kiev’s 20-year-old Ukraine international Mykola Shaparenko. (Caught Offside)

Real Madrid have rejected six offers for 23-year-old Spain midfielder Marco Asensio, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool. (Cadena SAR, via Football Espana)

Burnley made an £11m bid for Barcelona’s 20-year-old Spanish winger Marc Cucurella before he decided to move to Getafe on a season-long loan. (Marca)

Manchester United and England Under-21 keeper Dean Henderson’s move to Sheffield United on loan is in doubt because Blades boss Chris Wilder is considering alternatives to the 22-year-old. (Sun)

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