Gossip Columned – Episode 5

Have you heard today’s gossip?

10 minutes of your time as I discuss what is making the back pages

Up for discussion today:

Chelsea are closing in on a deal to bring in AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, 31, currently on loan from Juventus, with fellow forward Alvaro Morata, 26, set to join Milan on loan. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Milan will consider selling Ivory Coast international midfielder Franck Kessie, 22, linked with Tottenham and Chelsea, for about 45m euros (£40m). (Calciomercato)

Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan have made an approach to sign Tottenham’s Belgium international midfielder Mousa Dembele, 31. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, 24, is close to joining Arsenal. The Spaniard was previously linked with Everton and West Ham. (Sport – in Spanish)

Manager Unai Emery wants Arsenal to keep Aaron Ramsey until the end of the season, rather than allow the 28-year-old Wales midfielder, who has been linked with Juventus, to leave this month. (London Evening Standard)

Former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon remains in contention to buy Newcastle and has contacted owner Mike Ashley personally with a promise to resume negotiations this month. (Mail)

Liverpool will not allow England midfielder Adam Lallana, 30, to leave on loan in this month’s transfer window. (Sky Sports)

Fenerbahce had offered former Southampton midfielder Lallana a loan deal until the end of the season. (Fotomac, via Express)

Manchester City have missed out on signing 19-year-old Toulouse centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, with the Frenchman close to completing a move to Barcelona. (Independent)

West Ham defender Reece Oxford, 20, linked with a move to Borussia Monchengladbach this month, may wait for a summer switch to Arsenal. (Mirror)

Tottenham are increasingly resigned to losing centre-back Toby Alderweireld, 29, after activating a £25m release clause by extending his contract. (ESPN)

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