COUTINHO SAYS ‘NON’ TO PSG
This comes from Spanish newspaper Sport so obviously they have a vested interest here, but it is easy to believe that Philippe Coutinho has no interest in PSG when he knows that Barcelona are interested.
This has gone through Google Translate so forgive us, but we think you get the gist: ‘PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has mobilized his team of collaborators with the mission to convince Coutinho of the benefits that would represent him in the club owned by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI). The carioca star, however, remains irreducible in his position. Just think of Blaugrana key. Moreover, as SPORT has learned, it has explicitly asked its two representatives not to enter into any negotiations with the club in Paris.’
Thomas Vermaelen, Aleix Vidal, Paco Alcacer, Arda Turan and rumoured Tottenham target Andre Gomes are among those Barcelona players set to be sold to fund Barcelona’s January move for Coutinho. After all, how long can they keep winning games with Gerard Deulofeu?
CHELSEA MOVE FOR IMMOBILE?
This is an exclusive from Alvise Cagnazzo and his record is fairly appalling but this is a gossip column and we are here to bring you gossip. He writes in The Sun that ‘CHELSEA are set to make a move for Ciro Immobile in order to help rebuild the broken relationship with Antonio Conte’.
Immobile has scored 13 goals in Serie A so far this season so will not come cheap, but the report claims that Lazio will sell for around £53m, though The Sun claim vaguely that Chelsea could offer ‘squad players plus cash’. What squad players? Not sure Lazio will fancy a piece of Baba Rahman.
RONALDO’S REPLACEMENT COULD BE…
Nobody from the Premier League, according to Spanish reports. Apparently what Real Madrid want is a ‘rough diamond’ (cheap) so they are targeting PSG’s Gonçalo Guedes, who is currently impressing on loan at Valencia, Gremio midfielder Lincoln and 17-year-old Palmeiras prospect Alan Souza.
AND THE REST
Liverpool are weighing up a £22m move for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri after his recovery from knee surgery…Moves for Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and West Ham striker Andy Carroll were discussed at a meeting as Newcastle representatives met with PCP Partners to discuss potential signings…Stoke manager Mark Hughes is set to meet the £2m release clause in the contract of Groningen forward Mimoun Mahi…Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is set to sign a new five-year contract with the club.