Gossip Column: Marega, Neymar Jr, Umtiti, Elmas, Alisson, Battaglia, Mario, Hennessey, and Bond


Football Gossip Column

Monday 2nd April 2018

Everton, Swansea City and West Ham are all hoping the riches of the Premier League will make up for never playing in European competition again as they look to tempt Porto striker Moussa Marega, 26, this summer.
Daily Mirror

Kylian Mbappe stifled his laughter just long enough to claim tales of Neymar Jr, 26, leaving Paris St-Germain for Real Madrid. Or were the tears welling up in his eyes something else…

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, 24, worries he might be sold on the cheap because his release clause “isn’t that high”. He’s still not joining Manchester United though.
Daily Express

Roma are still not selling Alisson, 25, which is just as well since nobody has contacted them about buying the Brazilian, according to Monchi the club’s sporting director.
Football Italia

Fenerbahce midfielder Eljif Elmas, 18, is attracting a lot of attention from PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, and Borussia Dortmund. The Turkish club wants more cash so dragged Manchester City into the bidding.

West Ham must pay €30m to Sporting Clube for Rodrigo Battaglia, 26, although Inter Milan, Napoli, and Roma are also keen on the Argentina Under-20 international…
O Jogo

…and much of that decision will depend on whether the Hammers sign Joao Mario, 25, from Inter Milan this summer. Despite saving his bacon, David Moyes isn’t sure whether to make the deal yet.
The Times

Wayne Hennessey, 31, gave Roy Hodgson a boost when he claimed he wants to stay at Selhurst Park when his contract expires even if Crystal Palace get relegated.
Croydon Advertiser

Sunderland believe in miracles and are already planning for next season in the Championship by signing Reading goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, 24.
Newcastle Chronicle