Gossip Column: Sterling, Hazard, Tosun, Smolov, Musa, and Rose

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Football Gossip Column

Arsenal target Raheem Sterling, 22, is holding off on contract talks until after next summer in the hope he has a good tournament and can persuade Manchester City to pay him more. Has anyone told he is playing for England in Russia…?
Daily Mirror

Eden Hazard, 26, isn’t in a hurry to sign a new £300k per week deal with Chelsea. He’s waiting for Real Madrid to make a move.
The Times

And an offer is being prepared as the Spanish champions believe Hazard is just the man to make Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, tick.
Daily Express

In true transfer madness style, Besiktas value Cenk Tosun, 26, at €100m. It’s hard to work out whether Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are crying tears at another target being priced out of the market or tears of laughter.
Newcastle Chronicle

Real Madrid are set to challenge West Ham United for the services of Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov, 27, which is sure to set Ronaldo’s pulse racing.
Daily Mail

Ahmed Musa,25, may be heading to Hull City but he won’t be reuniting with Leonid Slutsky; he’s been sacked by the Tigers which may cause the Leicester City striker to have second thoughts about a loan deal.
Leicester Mercury

Manchester United believe they will sign Danny Rose, 27, in 2018. Tottenham didn’t succeed in putting them off with a £45m fee so bumped it up to £50m for good measure.
Daily Mail