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January BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 23

Now that the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga is finally complete it is time to see who else is making the backpages this morning as I once again wade through all of the headlines and make sense of the world of football transfer gossip. Ready? Let’s go…

As always – gossip in plain text, my views in bold

Manchester City want Aymeric Laporte and are considering meeting Athletic Bilbao’s £60m release clause for the 23-year-old French centre-back. (S*n) Not quite Jonny Evans from West Brom but this would be more of a long term defensive addition and perhaps the heir apparent to Vincent Kompany at Manchester City

Borussia Dortmund are demanding Arsenal’s France striker Olivier Giroud, 31, in part exchange for Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, or they will put the deal off until the summer. (Mirror) It rests with you then Giroud

Chelsea are considering breaking their policy of not paying transfer fees for outfield players aged over 30, to sign Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, 31, from Roma. Antonio Conte’s side could complete a double deal for Dzeko and Roma’s Italy left-back Emerson Palmieri, 23, for £44m. (Telegraph) This one is repeated again

Alternatively, Chelsea could pay £50m for the pair. (Mirror).…and again

Newcastle are set to secure the loan signing of Chelsea’s Brazilian winger Kenedy, 21, in the next 24 hours. (Mail) Newcastle need some new additions this month, it looks as if they will have to make do with the bargain basement

Real Madrid are lining up a summer move for Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, 25, according to the president of the Egyptian FA. (Liverpool Echo) Real Madrid are lining up a lot of moves if you believe what you read, there will undoubtedly be a lot of transition in the Summer. Will Salah be part of that?

Newcastle are working on a deal to bring Atletico Madrid’s French striker Kevin Gameiro, 30, to St James’ Park. (Express) That would be a good signing in fairness to Newcastle.

England and West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 29, is out for three months after having surgery on his broken foot. (Telegraph) Well I for one am shocked that Carroll is out injured again

The Hammers also face being without attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini, 24, for six weeks because of a hamstring injury. (Times – subscription required) A double bubble burst for the Hammers

West Ham remain keen to sign Lyon’s French midfielder Clement Grenier, 27. (RMC via Inside Futbol) West Ham’s hunt for a midfielder has been fruitless at present

Concerns over Fabian Delph’s fitness mean Manchester City are looking at signing Shakhtar Donetsk’s 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fred now rather than waiting until the summer. (Manchester Evening News) This was mentioned a couple of days ago.

Brazil winger Lucas Moura, 25, a target for Tottenham, says he is “not happy” at Paris St-Germain. (L’Equipe) Good news for Tottenham

Arsenal initially wanted PSG’s Lucas Moura on loan but are now in talks over a permanent deal for him as they compete with rivals Tottenham for the player. (Express) Bad news for Tottenham

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says the return of English winger Junior Stanislas, 28, and Norway striker Joshua King, 26, from injury is like having two new signings. (Bournemouth Echo) Ah that old cliche

Uefa could bring in rules which will act as a form of “luxury tax” to stop the world’s richest clubs signing all the best players. (Telegraph) But knowing UEFA they will make a botch of it

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 39, is in talks to become the next Oxford United manager. (S*n) Supergoals

 

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