Gossip Column: Evans, Alderweireld, Costa, Burke, Coutinho, Wimmer, Mustafi


Friday 18th August 2017

The transfer window brings strange deals to the surface and they don’t come any stranger than Manchester City’s £25m bid for West Brom’s Johnny Evans, 29. He’ll be to John Stones what Jimmy ‘Five Bellies’ was to Gazza…
Daily Mirror

More believable is City taking an interest in Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, 28, whose contract talks have stalled.
Daily Mail

Liverpool are determined to take the Premier League into a new banter era. Turning down a Barcelona offer €125m for Philippe Coutinho, 25, is just that.
Liverpool Echo

Stoke City’s sights are aimed lower. Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer, 24, read the writing on the wall and will beat a retreat to the Potteries. That’s if he doesn’t move to West Brom next week.
Stoke Sentinel

If Diego Costa, 28, was worried about what he will do while Atletico Madrid serve their transfer ban, the way he had Chelsea boss is tears of laughter today suggests a career as a stand-up comic beckons.
Sky Sports

Shkodran Mustafi, 25, must choose whether he wants to be a big fish in a small pond at Arsenal or a big fish in a small pond at Internazionale.
Daily Star

Frank de Boer didn’t deny Crystal Palace were interested in RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke, 20, which is good enough for everyone to declare they are looking to sign the Scottish international.
Daily Mail