Gossip Column: Coutinho, Alli, De Gea, Asensio, Sterling, Roberto, Vicari

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Football Gossip Column
Monday 25th September 2017

Philippe Coutinho may be focussing his mind on Liverpool but his heart’s not in it. He’s told the Reds that he definitely wants to join Barcelona. January isn’t a day too soon either.
Daily Mirror

Real Madrid are set for busy times in the next two transfer windows. Their first target is Dele Alli and they will offer Tottenham Mateo Kovacic in a straight swap deal for the 21-year-old England international…
Don Balon, via Daily Star

…After that, it’s Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 26, who is mulling over a new contract offer from the club. United are confident of holding the Real Madrid advances for the Spanish international…
Independent

…Finally, Real Madrid are ready to offer 21-year-old striker Marco Asensio a new contract and to fend off Europe’s uber-wealthy clubs, will insert a €200m+ release clause.
AS, via Daily Express

Arsenal are set to be disappointed in their chase for Raheem Sterling. Manchester City will begin talks over a new contract for the 22-year-old shortly.
Daily Star

Rebuffed during the transfer window, Chelsea are undeterred in their pursuit of Juventus full-back Alex Sandro, 26. They will return in January with an offer the Italian champions cannot refuse.
TransferMarketWeb

Manchester City will tempt Sergi Roberto, 25, with a bumper salary once they have triggerred the €40m release clause in the Barcelona midfielder’s release clause.
Don Balon, via Calciomercato

SPAL, celebrating their return to Serie A after a 49-year absence, are set to lose Francesco Vicari this January. West Ham have been monitoring the 23-year-old defender as they look to improve their poor start in the Premier League.
Calciomercato