Gossip Column: Costa, Aurier, Barkley, Keita, Danilo, Mendy, Randolph, Konoplyanka

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Thursday, 20th July 2017

Atletico Madrid reminded everyone that they are sitting on the transfer naughty step so won’t be signing Diego Costa, 28, any time soon. And not for £44m being demanded by Chelsea.
Daily Mirror

Serge Aurier, 24, is a new target for Manchester United as 23-year-old Fabinho doesn’t want to swap Monaco’s sunny climes for Manchester’s gloom and misery. Or Jose Mourinho as his parents christened him.
Independent

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is looking at Ross Barkley, 23, and wondering if he fit into the United midfield…
Daily Mirror

…so to does Barkley. He prefers Tottenham instead of Old Trafford, not least because he really likes Mauricio Pochettino.
Evening Standard

Manchester City are going full-back crazy. First to arrive is Danilo, 26, in €30m move from Real Madrid
Guardian

He’ll be holding the door open for Benjamin Mendy, 23, who is fleeing Monaco by the longest route possible, so long is it taking for him to arrive at the Etihad.
The Times

Naby Keita, 22, is pleased Liverpool won’t take no for an answer but their bank manager isn’t. The Reds are determined to land the Guinea international and £70m is enough to get RB Leipzig’s attention.
Daily Mirror

Darren Randolph, 30, has seen the writing on the wall and is set to join Newcastle United for next season’s shooting practice.
Chronicle

Randolph’s departure isn’t going to dampen Marko Arnautovic’s desire to join West Ham. Stoke want to replace him with Schalke’s Yevhen Konoplyanka, 27.
Stoke Sentinel