Gossip Column: Luiz, Grealish, Torreira, Leno, Verratti, Boateng, and Mbemba

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Football Gossip Column

Thursday 14th June 2018

Arsenal are determined to strengthen their backline, but Chelsea won’t help them. Not until they up their £18m bid for David Luiz, 31, anyway. And how bad must your back four be to think that Luiz is an improvement…
talkSPORT

Tottenham offered Aston Villa £15m for Jack Grealish, 22. No word from Villa yet about whether they accept but “do one” is probably the answer. Chelsea and Leicester City are poised if Levy’s chutzpah pays off.
Sky Sports

Arsenal are poised to announce Lucas Torreira, 22, if they can agree a fee with Sampdoria and get him to sign a contract…
Evening Standard

…and, Bernd ‘Jay’ Leno, 26, from Bayer Leverkusen. That’s if they can agree a fee. And personal terms. You know, the sort of stuff which makes it, well, a transfer.
Sky Sports

He’s not the only ‘Jay’ on the move. Burnley want West Brom striker/defender combo Rodriguez and Craig Dawson, both 28, for a combined £28m. And they said three is the magic number.
Daily Mail

Paris St-Germain are willing to offload Marco Verratti, 25, after he held “dispiriting talks” with Thomas Tuchel over his future. Manchester United are reportedly poised. Poised for what isn’t clear, but they are poised.
Metro

And the Red Devils are also eyeing Jerome Boateng, 29, after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sniffed that he’s not much cop as a defender and if the price is right, Bayern Munich will sell him.
Manchester Evening News

Newcastle United centre-back Chancel Mbemba, 23, is on his way to FC Porto after agreeing terms on a four-year £8m deal.
Daily Mirror

Liverpool are praying for divine intervention in their search for a goalkeeper. Burnley and surprise England custodian Nick Pope, 26, is hoping Sean Dyche will give his blessing to an Anfield move.
90min

And that’s because new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui wants Roma goalkeeper Alisson, 25. A fee of €60m is being bandied around.
Gazzetta dello Sport