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Gossip Columned – Episode 79

Gossip Columned – Episode 79

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is “very confident” the Bundesliga champions will finalise a deal for Manchester City’s Germany winger Leroy Sane, 23. (ZDF Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

City have identified Real Sociedad’s 22-year-old forward Mikel Oyarzabal as Sane’s replacement and are willing to pay the Spain international’s 75m euros release clause. (AS)

Wales forward Gareth Bale has been left “furious” by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s decision to call off his proposed move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. (Sun)

Perez decided 30-year-old Bale was too valuable to lose cheaply, with Jiangsu Suning set to sign him on a free transfer. (Star)

Crystal Palace have turned down an offer from Everton for Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha. (Mail)

The Toffees have made a £55m cash-only bid for Zaha, with no players offered in exchange to their Premier League rivals. (Sky Sports)

Palace want £60m up front for the 26-year-old and also have concerns about how Everton want to structure the payments in any potential deal. (Mirror)

Everton may need to sign five players if they are to improve on next season, as Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 29, nears a move to PSG. (Liverpool Echo)

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 24, will complete his £72m transfer to Arsenal on Tuesday or Wednesday – as long as French champions Paris St-Germain do not try to make a late move. (La Voix Du Nord)

Manchester United have agreed to sign Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 24. (Mail)

Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, is not due to fly to England to have a medical with United. (Express)

Meanwhile, Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 32, is interested in a move to Manchester United. (Corriere di Torino, via Express)

Aston Villa’s hopes of signing 26-year-old Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland have been hit by a sell-on clause that would give West Midlands rivals Birmingham about 20% of the fee. (Sun)

Premier League newcomers Villa have been given encouragement in their pursuit of Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, 29, after Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock said the Championship club would be willing to listen to offers for the Philippines international. (Wales Online)

However, Villa are not willing to meet Burnley’s £10m asking price for England keeper Tom Heaton, 33. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool plan to integrate 16-year-old Harvey Elliott into the first-team squad this season rather than him joining up with their academy sides following the English winger’s move from Fulham. (Liverpool Echo)

Paris St-Germain left-back Stanley Nsoki, 20, is keen to move to Newcastle United, although the Premier League club are yet to meet the Ligue 1 champions’ £13.5m valuation for the France Under-21 international. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Watford are in talks with French club Rennes over Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr, 21, and an agreement on a price is thought to be close. (Watford Observer)

Polish centre-back Krystian Bielik, 21, is set to leave Arsenal for one of several interested Championship clubs. (Sportowefakty)

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen have rejected bids thought to be in the region of £3m from Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Queen’s Park Rangers for Scotland centre-back Scott McKenna, 22. (Daily Record)

Blackburn Rovers are still confident of signing Manchester City’s 21-year-old English centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo on a season-long loan deal, while Fortuna Dusseldorf’s German defender Robin Bormuth, 23, and Norwich City’s Scotland international Grant Hanley, 27, could also arrive. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Former Norwich winger Ben Marshall, 28, could join Sheffield Wednesday or Hull City after the Englishman’s contract with the Canaries was cancelled by mutual consent. (Norwich Evening News)

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