Gossip Column: Mkhitaryan, Umtiti, Giroud, Mavropanos, Coutinho, Sandro, Chiellini, Luiz, and Allen

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Football Gossip Column

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 28, is the centre of a tug of love. Inter Milan want him so much it hurts and Joao Mario, 24, can go to Manchester United as part-exchange…
Daily Mail

…But Paris St-Germain are not worrying about a trifling thing like a UEFA investigation into FFP breaches and they want the Armenia international as well.
talkSPORT

Samuel Umtiti wants 24 hours to think about an offer from Manchester City, and compare their offer to the one Barcelona recently made.
Daily Mirror

It’s Groundhog Day! Olivier Giroud, 31, joined Arsenal as a replacement for Robin van Persie, 34, and now Fenerbahce want to sign the Frenchman to replace the Dutchman.
Football London

Arsenal meanwhile, are close to completing the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos, 20, from PAS Giannina. A fee of €2.5m is being mooted.
Evening Standard

Barcelona must pay £133m if they want to sign Philippe Coutinho, 25, from Liverpool. It might be a good idea; Nike are selling shirts with his name on them and he’s chosen his squad number.
The Times

It’s been a while since Chelsea had a good old-fashioned transfer splurge and Antonio Conte is determined to put that right. First in is Juventus defender Alex Sandro, 26…
Daily Mirror

…while the former Italy coach want to land Juventus defender, Giorgio Chiellini, 33. Roman Abramovich is right to wonder if it wouldn’t be cheaper just to buy the club.
Daily Mail

He’ll be able to fund it by selling David Luiz, 30, who has been linked with Arsenal, and Michy Batshuayi, 24, who hasn’t. The Chelsea owner signed off on both players leaving in January.
Daily Telegraph

Joe Allen, 27, will get to strut his Pirlo-esque stuff in the London Stadium if West Ham can persuade Stoke City to sell.
Sky Sports