Gossip Column: Lemar, Bale, Barkley, Sanchez, Coutinho, Conte

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Saturday 2nd September 2017

Liverpool tried with a late £82m bid for Thomas Lemar, 21 and could return to Monaco in January although Arsenal’s €100m offer set a higher benchmark.
Daily Express

Beauty and beauty; a new Disney film for the family. It will be set in David Beckham’s Miami MSL franchise club, with the leading actor being Cristiano Ronaldo, 32. Has anyone told Real Madrid?
Daily Mirror

It was Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0 in the transfer window with Fernando Llorente opting for Wembley rather than Premier League glory. Will Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, do the same or will he sign at Stamford Bridge this time?
The Times

Gareth Bale, 28, rejected a move to Manchester United and opted to stay another year at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid said he could leave which doesn’t bode well for the future.
Daily Star

Manchester City are so angry with Arsenal that they will make a formal complaint about the Gunners refusal to sell them Alexis Sanchez, 28, and then try and buy him on the cheap in January. That’ll work…
Sky Sports

Another big money move which failed was Barcelona’s attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho, 25, from Liverpool. The Brazilian was so upset that colleagues saw him blubbing after Brazil’s 3 – 0 over Ecuador during the week.
Calcio Mercato

It’s not what you did but what didn’t happen which is all the talk, especially at Chelsea where Antonio Conte isn’t in a hurry to let anyone forget that they missed out on Romelu Lukaku, 24, Alex Sandro, 26, Virgil Van Dijk, 26 or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 25, Ross Barkley, 23, and Fernando Llorente, 32.
Daily Telegraph