Gossip Column: Bellerin, Mahrez, Morata, James, Vitolo, Mbappe, Sigurdsson, Taylor

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Tuesday 27th June 2016

Barcelona are all about saving face and have given Hector Bellerin ten days to decide if he wants to join them from Arsenal. That’s despite the full back telling them he wants to stay in London
El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish)

It’s a shame the Catalans don’t practice what they preach. Riyad Mahrez is tired of waiting for them to make an offer, he’s on the verge of signing a four-year deal with Arsenal.
Sport

Alvaro Morata is joining Manchester United and that’s nearly official. Just the small matter of Cristiano Ronaldo getting a new payrise at Real Madrid is stalling the deal.
Daily Express 

The Portuguese legend needs to make up his mind quickly because James Rodriguez is fed up with languishing on the Bernabeu bench and wants to get to the Old Trafford one PDQ.
Don Balon (in Spanish)

If it’s got a pulse, Chelsea are signing it. VitoloSevilla‘s 27-year-old winger, passed that medical and is heading to Stamford Bridge if Roman Abramovich finds a spare £35m.
Daily Star

Liverpool are really keen on Kylian Mbappe but are preparing their fans for disappointment. They don’t think the Monaco striker wants to live in England but that’s just code for “We’re not paying that much for him”.
Sky Sports

Leicester City will need to shell out £40m for Gylffi Sigurdsson if they want him to move to the East Midlands. Swansea City want a similar sum. Well, if you’ve ever been to Leicester, you’d understand…
Leicester Mercury

Sporting Lisbon resisted the temptation to tell Tottenham, “If Harry Kane’s worth £200m then Adrien Silva will cost double that.” Instead, the Portuguese club are willing to listen if Spurs say £26m.
Daily Star

Burnley are winning the chase for Leeds United full back, Charlie Taylor. A lifetime supply of black pudding and the secrets of Lancashire’s martial art, Ecky-Thump, will beat West Brom to the punch.
Lancashire Telegraph