Gossip Column: Coutinho, Barkley, Conte, Tierney, Sessegnon, Can, Wilshere, and Viera

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Football Gossip Column

Friday 5th January 2018

Barcelona will have to stump up more than £140m if they are to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, this month.
The Times

Chelsea still want to sign the Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 24, this month and someone found a long-forgotten stash of Asti Spumante and decided West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 28, to be a January loan target this month.
Daily Mail

Or it might be the Chelsea board letting Antonio Conte his days are numbered. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is being targeted as the next Chelsea manager to be sacked.
The Times

Manchester United found the magic wand, chanted “Izzy Wizzy, let’s get busy”, and found next one-year deals for Ander Herrera, 28, Juan Mata, 29, and Ashley Young, 32. Even 27-year-old Daley Blind got one so who says Christmas miracles never happen.
Daily Mirror

Jose Mourinho likes shiny new things though and Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, 20, is the one he wants. Or Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon, 17, he’s not really bothered which one.
Daily Record

But Tottenham and Paris St Germain are determined to beat the Portuguese to Sessegnon in a good old-fashioned transfer auction.
Daily Mirror

If anyone can, Emre Can! Juventus can but Liverpool can’t. The 23-year-old is set for an £85,000 weekly wage if he moves to Turin next summer.
The Guardian

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, wants to become a club legend so turned down a move to Marseille.
Daily Mail

Newcastle United are going cash crazy! Or certainly crazy if they think Watford striker Troy Deeney is the best way to spend £20m.
Northern Echo

The Magpies face competition from high-flying Burnley for Las Palmas midfielder Jonathan Viera, 28.
Daily Telegraph

Nurse! Can you find a pulse? Yes, Mr Allardyce there is one, how much would you like Everton to bid for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri?
Sky Sports

Besiktas think 29-year-old Leicester City striker Islam Slimani is the answer to the Cenk Tosun-sized hole in their attack.
Leicester Mercury