Gossip Column: De Gea, Lascelles, Mangala, Gross, McGregor, Benitez, and Gerrard


Football Gossip Column

Saturday 29th April 2018

Manchester United will not sell David De Gea, 27, even though he is in the final year of his contract. Apparently, United have an option for another year so he isn’t in the final year of his contract.
Manchester Evening News

Newcastle United don’t want to sell Jamaal Lascelles, 24, but that won’t stop Chelsea and Liverpool
Newcastle Chronicle

Eliaquim Mangala, 27, will return to Manchester City this summer with Everton boss Sam Allardyce not rating him.
Liverpool Echo

Brighton boss Chris Hughton won’t sell Pascal Gross or Lewis Dunk this summer. His chairman, however, stood quietly working out how much the 26-year-olds are worth…

Allan McGregor, 36, isn’t talking to Rangers according to Andy Crosby, Hull City assistant manager…
Yorkshire Post

…but Steven Gerrard is.
The Times

Which in no way contrived segue brings us to ‘Boss Talk’, your one-stop shop for managerial shenanigans.

Antonio Conte isn’t going to be Italy boss for the next five years but only because the Italian FA won’t give him a five-year contract.
The Times

If Chelsea want Maurizio Sarri to replace him, they must stump up £7m in compensation to Napoli; that’s the value of his release clause.
Evening Standard

Rafa Benitez, Ra-a-fa Benitez, Rafa Benitez – so good the Toon Army named him thrice – is in talks with Newcastle United about a new contract.
The Times

Pep Guardiola doesn’t want Mikel Arteta to take the Arsenal job. Which is just as well since neither do the Arsenal board.
Daily Mirror

And soon-to-be-former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could become the highest-paid manager in world football thanks to an unnamed Chinese Super League club…
Daily Mirror

…or he can become the highest-paid General Manager in the world thanks to an unnamed Ligue Un club with the letters P-a-r-i-s-S-t-G-e-r-m-a-i-n in their name.