Gossip Columned – Episode 67

Gossip Columned – Episode 67

Paris St-Germain have rejected a bid from Barcelona – of £40m plus 31-year-old Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic and 27-year-old Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho – for Brazil forward Neymar, 26. (L’Equipe, via Express)

Inter Milan are expected to meet Manchester United’s £75m valuation for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, but only in a deal which would involve paying £60m over three years and another £15m depending on bonus payments. (Sun)

Real Madrid’s Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 22, is close to signing for Arsenal. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Tottenham’s Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, is one of the names identified by Atletico Madrid as they look to sign a playmaker. (Evening Standard)

Roma cannot afford Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld’s £25m release clause and could offer Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, 20, as part of the deal to sign the 30-year-old Belgium centre-back. (Mirror)

England left-back Danny Rose, 29, will not travel with Spurs on their pre-season tour to Singapore, with a view to him being sold. (Telegraph)

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s agent says the 31-year-old Belgian still aims to leave the Reds in search of more first-team football. (Les Sports Plus – in French)

AC Milan could try to sign Manchester United and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 25, after being put off by Liverpool’s £18m asking price for 30-year-old Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren. (Tuttosport, via Mail)

Manchester United have made a big-money offer – thought to be £50m – to Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (Mirror)

France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala can leave Manchester City for free. The 28-year-old was the most expensive defender in British history when he joined City from Porto for £42m in 2014. (Mail)

English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 27, says he is not looking to leave Newcastle United. (Star)

Southampton striker Charlie Austin, 30, reacted angrily when he was told he would not travel with the first-team during pre-season and called manager Ralph Hasenhuttl “disrespectful”. (Sun)

Barcelona are interested in bringing Real Betis’ 22-year-old Spain Under-21 left-back Junior Firpo to the Nou Camp this summer to provide cover for Spain international Jordi Alba, 30. (Marca)

Arsenal have sent a club doctor to Brazil to check the status of 23-year-old Everton Soares as a deal to sign Gremio’s Brazil striker gets closer. (Fox Sports, via Metro)

William Saliba wants to seal a transfer to the Gunners but Saint-Etienne prefer rivals Tottenham’s offer for the 18-year-old French centre-back. (Sun)

Liverpool have included 35-year-old English goalkeeper Andy Lonergan – who is a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough – on their pre-season tour of North America because of a shortage of cover. (Mail)

Atalanta’s 23-year-old Italy defender Gianluca Mancini is set to sign for Roma for 26m (£23.48m). (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)


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