Gossip Column: Coutinho, Mata, Sanchez, Özil, Townsend, Sagna, Nagatomo


Football Gossip Column
Thursday 12th October 2017

Barcelona are ready to suffer bruised pride and a battered ego as they try to sign Philippe Coutinho, 25, in January but they are sure Liverpool will sell this time…
The Guardian

…and Liverpool are ready to sell the Brazilian for £98.6m, which is around £12m less than they rejected from Barcelona in the summer…
Daily Mail

…but it’s going to be an interesting deal to strike since Liverpool are putting their fingers in their ears and shouting, “La-la-la-la-la, I can’t hear you!”, so that they don’t have to talk to Barcelona.

Confused? You will be…

Meanwhile, Juan Mata, 29, rejected the chance to leave Manchester United and play in the Chinese Super League.
Daily Mirror

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, is wanted by Paris St Germain and Dani Alves thinks it would be “great” if he signed for the French club. Whether Pep Guardiola agrees is another matter.

Mesut Özil, 28, may stay at Arsenal. His agent claims talks are going well and the German wants to stay in the Premier League for another 2 – 3 years. Which dashes out Besiktas hopes of signing him.

Leicester City want Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, 26, but the Eagles aren’t interested in selling.

Meanwhile, Craig Shakespeare admitted that Leicester City are interested in signing free agent Bacary Sagna, 34.
Leicester Mercury

Yuto Nagatomo, 31, is interested in leaving Inter Milan with BurnleyNewcastle United, and, West Brom are preparing a sales-pitch to sell their cities to him.