Gossip Columned – Episode 7

Have you heard the gossip?

Yes we start the week with another quickfire blast of what is making the back page headlines, just 10 minutes of your time in return for discussing the following stories:

Manchester United have opened talks with Barcelona to sign their Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 26, but any offer would need to exceed a £100m base fee. (Caught Offside)

Real Madrid have begun a move to try to sign Denmark attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen, 26, from Tottenham and are preparing what they hope will be a £100m deal. (Independent)

Juventus say they would consider selling Manchester City target Paulo Dybala, 25, in the summer but only if they receive a bid of more than £90m for the Argentina forward. (Express)

Barcelona are determined not to sell Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez, 25, to Arsenal this month. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich hope offering Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi the number 10 shirt currently worn by Arjen Robben will help seal a £30m move for the 18-year-old English forward. (Sun)

Wolves have finalised a deal with Tammy Abraham’s parent club Chelsea to take him on loan until the end of the season. The England international, 21, is set to decide on Monday whether to end his loan at Aston Villa and switch to Molineux. (Express and Star)

Manchester United are monitoring Roma’s Greece defender Kostas Manolas, 27, who has a £32m buyout clause in his contract. (Sun)

United are also competing with Real Madrid to sign Brazil right-back Eder Militao, 20, who has a £42.5m release clause in his contract at Porto. (Sun)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says it is “impossible” that 18-year-old English winger Phil Foden will leave on loan. (Independent)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he has never heard of Sunderland striker Josh Maja – despite the Eagles being linked with a January move for the 20-year-old Englishman. (Mirror)

Manager Eddie Howe says Bournemouth may make further signings this month despite having signed two England internationals – forward Dominic Solanke, 21, and right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 27. (Sky Sports)

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