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Football Transfer Gossip – Thursday 22nd July



So the gloves are off, and silly season has begun. As with all Gossip columns, these headlines should be taken with a shovel of salt!!

Chelsea have spoken to the agent of Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 32, about a possible move to Stamford Bridge. (Bild, via Sun)

Arsenal are preparing a bid of £30m for Sheffield United’s English goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 23. (TalkSport)

However, the Gunners have been told to raise their offer for Ramsdale to more than £32m after having two offers rejected. (Times)

Chelsea are willing to let English striker Tammy Abraham join Premier League rivals Arsenal on loan. Tottenham and West Ham are also keen on the 23-year-old. (Sun)

German forward Timo Werner, 25, is open to leaving Chelsea this summer and would ideally prefer a return to the Bundesliga. (90min)

Liverpool could sell English centre-back Nat Phillips, 24, Welsh winger Harry Wilson, 24, Belgian forward Divock Origi, 26, Wales full-back Neco Williams, 20, and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 29, as they look to raise £60-70m. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool have identified West Ham’s 24-year-old English forward Jarrod Bowen as a potential transfer target. (Athletic, via Metro)

Paris St-Germain are interested in Manchester United’s France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, but the French club will need to sell players first. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are leading Arsenal in the race to sign Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 24, for £35m from Wolves this summer. (TalkSport)

United remain in discussions with Real Madrid’s France defender Raphael Varane, 28. (Daily Express)

Meanwhile, United have offered Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka £200k-a-week to sign when the 26-year-old’s Bayern Munich deal expires next summer. (Daily Mail)

Also, United midfielder Donny van de Beek is set to go on a season long loan to Ajax in order to rediscover his form (Sport Anon)

But Real Madrid have also already made contact with Gortezka about a move. (Bild, via Marca)

Aston Villa are in advanced talks to sign Norwich City’s 23-year-old English midfielder Todd Cantwell. (Football Insider)

Villa are also ready to move for Bayer Leverkusen’s 23-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, who is valued at between £25m-£30m. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace are negotiating with Schalke over a deal for Turkey defender Ozan Kabak, 21. He could cost £10-12m. (Guardian)

Everton have joined the list of clubs interested in 28-year-old English forward Jesse Lingard’s situation at Manchester United(Sun)

West Ham manager David Moyes will target Aston Villa’s English midfielder Ross Barkley, 27, if the club cannot sign Lingard. (90min)

Newcastle United are likely to pay £13m if they are to sign 21-year-old Sweden midfielder Jens-Lys Cajuste from FC Midtjylland(Chronicle)

Newcastle hope to reach agreement with Southampton over a £4m deal for Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina, 27, this week. (Daily Mail)

Leeds United are close to signing Chelsea’s 18-year-old English midfielder Lewis Bate. The Blues are expected to include a sell-on clause, but not a buy-back option. (Leeds Live)

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 24, is determined to stay at Manchester United this summer despite interest from clubs in Italy, Spain and Germany. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus are close to agreeing a deal with Sassuolo for Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, 23. (Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)

Barcelona are facing a wage bill crisis and could be forced to make £441m worth of cuts to meet La Liga’s salary cap. (Star)

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Gossip Column

Transfer Gossip – July 13




Gossip Columns from the Papers


Hector Bellerin has told Arsenal he wants to leave in the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old Spain defender, who is the longest-serving member of Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad, is hoping for a move to Inter Milan(Metro)

A tweet by Real Madrid midfielder Isco – since deleted – hints that the Spain player will be leaving when the last 12 months of his contract are up, with interest registered from ArsenalTottenham Hotspur and Napoli. (Mirror)

Arsenal are edging closer to deals for Lyon‘s 23-year-old France playmaker Houssem Aouar and Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, 21, from Anderlecht. Leicester City and England midfielder James Maddison, 24, is also in their sights. (Sun)


Chelsea are set to make a ‘big offer’ for Haaland. (Star)

Man City

Manchester City have ruled out a move for Barcelona’s France striker Antoine Griezmann, 30, but will step up their interest in Borussia Dortmund and Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland, 20, and Tottenham’s England captain Harry Kane, 27. (Sun)

Juventus are targeting Manchester City’s Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus, 24. The Italian club also have Everton’s Italy striker Moise Kean, 21, on their shortlist. (Tuttosport, via Mail)

Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both in the frame for 23-year-old Fulham defender Antonee Robinson. (Mirror)

Man Utd

Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms with Real Madrid’s France defender Raphael Varane, 27, who has been a long-term target to partner Harry Maguire. (Mail)


Griezmann could be heading back to former club Atletico Madrid, via a prospective swap with Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 26. (Express)

Bayern Munich are looking to sign a replacement for 32-year-old Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who could be keen on a move to Real Madrid next summer when he has a year left on his deal with the German club. (AS – in Spanish) 

Other Clubs and Championship

Former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney is giving much-travelled Jamaica forward Ravel Morrison, 28, a career lifeline by letting him train at Derby County. (Sun)

New Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is lining up English goalkeeper Remi Matthews, 27, who has just been released by League One Sunderland. (Mirror)

Championship side Bournemouth are keen on signing 22-year-old English midfielder Flynn Downes from League One side Ipswich Town. (East Anglian Times)

West Brom are trying to sign English midfielder Trevoh Chalobah, 22, from Chelsea but face competition from a Premier League club, believed to be Brentford, and French side Lorient, among others. (Express & Star) 

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