Gossip: Bale rejects Arsenal move; Coutinho wants out

Date published: Thursday 27th July 2017 9:30 - Joe Williams


Arsenal have had their bid to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale turned down by the Spanish side, according to reports.

Don Balon claims that the Gunners want to replace Alexis Sanchez with the Wales international, with Sanchez looking increasingly likely to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.

However, Bale is understood to have snubbed Arsenal’s advances as the north London club couldn’t offer him Champions League football…and presumably because he couldn’t face playing for Tottenham’s arch-rivals…

The report continues by saying that although Bale is keen to return to the Premier League he isn’t interested in leaving the Bernabeu for the Gunners.



Philippe Coutinho has expressed a desire to leave Liverpool and move to La Liga giants Barcelona, according to reports.

Catalan radio station RAC1 claims that the Brazilian midfielder is pressuring the Reds to let him join the Spanish side.

Barca are understood to have had one bid of £72million rejected for the 25-year-old but the Daily Star understands that they are readying another bid of £80million.

Other reports suggested only yesterday that Coutinho had agreed personal terms with Barca and that it was up to the two clubs to finalise a suitable fee.

A reporter for Radio Catalonia tweeted last night saying: “CLOSED AGREEMENT with COUTINHO.

“The FCB has everything tied up with the footballer.

“The club negotiates with Liverpool the transfer.

“Liverpool is NOT the PSG, ready to negotiate the transfer by the Brazilian.

“MSN [Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar] looks favourably on [Coutinho’s] arrival.”



Arsenal are reportedly on the brink of completing a deal for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.

The Sun claims that the Ligue 1 side are ready to grant Lemar his move to London in a deal worth £45million.

Monaco were understood to be holding out for nearer their £80million valuation, but two bids from the Gunners later and they are apparently prepared to accept substantially less.

The report continues by saying that the French midfielder had already agreed personal terms earlier this month and was just waiting on the two clubs to come to a resolution over the transfer fee.

Lemar would be Arsene Wenger’s third signing of the transfer window with Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette both joining earlier this summer.


Paris St-Germain remain confident of concluding a £198m deal to sign Barcelona’s Neymar…Barcelona will try to sign Philippe Coutinho should they lose Neymar…Gareth Bale could join Manchester United if Kylian Mbappe heads to Real Madrid…Pep Guardiola claims Man City have the finances to challenge Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe…Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere wants to stay in England…Jose Mourinho has given his clearest indication yet that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain at Old Trafford next season…Manchester United are still keen on Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic…Tottenham want Benfica midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa… Middlesbrough have made a £7million bid for West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher…Birmingham are closing in on the signing of Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing…

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