Gossip Column: de Jong, Romagnoli, Caldara, Maguire, Herrera, Terry, and Rabiot


Football Gossip Column

Monday 10th September 2018

Ajax rejected bids from Tottenham and Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21. But like Arnie, they’ll be back…
Mundo Deportivo

Chelsea aren’t deterred from chasing Italian defenders despite their abysmal record in signing targets. AC Milan pair Alessio Romagnoli, 23, and Mattia Caldara, 24, are the latest objects of their affections.
Daily Mail

Expect Harry Maguire, 25, to sign for Manchester United in January. His new deal means Leicester City will get top dollar as Jose Mourinho’s desperation kicks in.
The Times

Roma like the cut of FC Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, 28, jib. They might try and sign him, but then they may not. It’s all just admiration at the moment.
Corriere dello Sport

Sometimes a player is made for a club and former Chelsea centre-back John Terry, 37, is made for Spartak Moscow.
Daily Mirror

Pep Guardiola was amazed to find out that Adrien Rabiot’s phone number wasn’t ex-directory. So, he called the 23-year-old midfielder in a bid to get him to move to Manchester City when his PSG contract expires next summer.
Manchester Evening News

West Ham United thought they were getting a bargain when an agent offered them “Lukaku for £10m”. Either that or there was a zero missing somewhere. They quick realised there was too many zeroes when it turned out to be Lazio defender Jordan, 24, not older brother Romelu.