Gossip Column: Isco, Bakayoko, Hudson-Odoi, Firpo, Ndombele, Pepe and More!

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 Football Gossip Column

Monday 31st December 2018

Chelsea are plum out of luck in the transfer window so far with Isco, 26, declaring his undying love for Real Madrid. OK, so he didn’t go that far, just that he isn’t leaving in January.
Metro

But this may not be as bad as they think. Tiemoue Bakayoko, 24, is ready to ditch Chelsea for AC Milan. Presumably this isn’t the same Tiemoue Bakayoko who was ridiculed by the Rossoneri hierarchy for not being very good at all.
Daily Mail

But the clamour for Callum Hudson-Odoi is growing. RB Leipzig are the latest club to show an interest in the 18-year-old Chelsea winger.
Kicker

Remember the name Junior Firpo, 22. We can’t forget it since everyone thinks the Real Betis full-back has Manchester City and Real Madrid hot on his trail.
Daily Mirror

It’s a sign of how badly Arsenal are playing that are no longer linked with Firpo. Still, there’s always Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 23. No-one else is on his trail, aside from Manchester City and Barcelona; oh…
Daily Star

Once bitten, twice shy. Not something Crystal Palace care to heed with soon-to-be former Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke, 21, undergoing a medical at Selhurst Park. Wonder what happened to the other Liverpool striker Palace signed? What was him name…
Daily Mail

And finally, in the real world, West Bromwich Albion are certain that Everton utility man Mason Holgate, 22, is a man to help them return to the Premier League.
Express and Star

Rajiv van La Parra, 27, is so desperate to play Championship football again that he’s willing to ditch Huddersfield Town’s relegation fight and move to Middlesbrough.
Yorkshire Post

Manchester City were right; they aren’t signing anyone this winter. Or at least not Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 22. The French club wants £79m and City only bid £45m. What’s the French for “Non!”?
Manchester Evening News