Gossip Column: Luis Alberto, Afobe, Özil, Arthur, Coutinho, Barco, Ings, Shaw, Kovacic, Lemar, Batshuayi, Fabinho

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Thursday, 14th December 2017

FC Barcelona continue active on their pursuit of attacking players, and have set their sights on Lazio‘s star Luis Alberto. The Spaniard already played for Barca’s B team on loan back in 2012.
Sky Sports

Bournemouth have put a £15m price tag on Benik Afobe, with the Cherries eyeing a profit on the striker they bought from Wolves for £10m.
The Sun

Mesut Özil and Arthur are the two back-up plans for FC Barcelona in case they fail to land Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window.
Mirror

Independiente star Ezequiel Barco confirmed he won’t return to Independiente next season after winning the 2017 Copa Sudamericana with El Rojo. He’s expected to move to Atlanta United in the MLS for a reported $12 million fee.
ESPN

Newcastle are ready to go on a spending spree during the upcoming January transfer window. They are looking at several players, including Liverpool‘s forward Danny Ings and Manchester United‘s left-back Luke Shaw.
Daily Star

Liverpool have reached a verbal agreement to land Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, but Juventus are also interested in the Croatian playmaker.
Sports Illustrated

Chelsea remain interested in Thomas Lemar, and could offer Mitchy Batshuayi as part of a potential deal with AS Monaco.
The Telegraph

Lemar wouldn’t be the only player leaving the Ligue 1 side, though, as Fabinho is set to leave AS Monaco during the upcoming summer amid Atletico Madrid and PSG links.
ESPN