Gossip Column: Lewandowski, Bale, Alba, Karius, Alisson, and Giminez


Football Gossip Column

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Remember last week how Manchester City were “closing in” on a £60m deal for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, 27? Well, they are still “closing in” on that £60m deal…
Manchester Evening News

Robert Lewandowski, 29, has told Bayern Munich he wants to do one this summer. Chelsea, PSG, and Real Madrid are all waiting on a wing and a prayer.

Manchester United have suddenly found the £120m they need to buy Gareth Bale, 28, from Real Madrid and not the £200m Jose thought it would cost earlier this week.

Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba, 29. In any other walk of life, that’s called stalking.

Maurizio Sarri wants Mauro Icardi, 25, if he becomes Chelsea boss. Whether the Inter Milan striker wants to move to Chelsea is a trifling detail.

Rimini FC want Loris Karius to join them. The 24-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper will “rediscover calm and his self-belief” with them the club president reckons. Rimini has changed a lot since we went there with Club 18 – 30…
Rimini FC

Roma want €90m for Alisson, 25, and will wait until after the World Cup finals before starting a bidding war. Liverpool are still waiting in the wings.
The Guardian

David Sullivan is hopping mad. The West Ham phone bill is sky-high as they continue to talk to Barcelona about Marlon, 22.
Mundo Deportivo

Armando Izzo, 26, is also on the Hammers wanted list. Whether Genoa want to sell will become clear over time…
Sky Sports

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, 23, doesn’t care if people don’t like him. He’ll need a thick skin if he signs for Real Madrid and not Arsenal

One of the Gunners backroom staff is a fan of the Uruguay national team. Lucas Torreira, 22, of Sampdoria has a €25m release clause and that’s right up Arsenal’s street.
Daily Mirror

In a big hint to Manchester United, Lazio president claims he turned down €110m for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Football Italia

It’s a novel excuse for not signing a player but Tottenham think Fulham won’t sell Ryan Sessegnon, 18, because the Whites owner Shahid Khan wants to buy Wembley. No-one’s sure why this will hurt Tottenham’s chances but that’s what they are telling everyone.
Evening Standard

Mauricio Pochettino has seen enough of Hugo Lloris’ comedy goalkeeping act to know Alex McCarthy, 28, of Southampton is a good bet.

Daily Mirror

Jay Rodriguez is set to return to Burnley after the Clarets let it be known they want to re-sign their 28-year-old former striker from West Bromwich Albion.
The Times

Newcastle United want Ryan Fredricks, 25, and Fulham want Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23. Swap deal anyone?
Newcastle Chronicle