Gossip Column: Van Dijk, Werner, Benzema, Palmer-Brown, Costa, Wilshere, Ronaldo

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Football Gossip Column

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Liverpool will bid for Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk, 26, in January’s transfer window and are looking to bring RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, 21, to Anfield next summer.

Belfast Telegraph

But Werner is also interesting Real Madrid, which may put a spanner in Liverpool’s works.

TalkSPORT

Arsenal pursued Karim Benzema, 29, for many years and may finally get their man as Real Madrid want Juventus’ Paolo Dybala, 23, or Antoine Griezmann, 26.

Daily Star

Erik Palmer-Brown, 20, has signed a pre-contract with Manchester City. The Sporting Kansas City defender will move to the Etihad in January.

ESPN

Diego Costa can rub clean the word “SLAVE” off his cheek. Chelsea’s 28-year-old Spanish international could sign for Atletico Madrid today!

Daily Mirror

No Turkish delight for Jack Wilshere. Trabzonspor manager Muharrem Usta claims he held talks with the 25-year-old during the summer but the proposed loan move fell through when the England international decided to stay at Arsenal.

Daily Star

Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, is edging closer to a return to Manchester United. The Real Madrid star appointed Jose Mourinho’s tax lawyers to act on his behalf as he continues his fight against the authorities.

Daily Express