Gossip column: Bale, Rafael, Traore, De Gea, Ramos, Llorente – BBC Sport
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Manchester United will not give up on their pursuit of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, 26, despite the Spanish side wanting a world-record fee of £86m for the player.
Ligue 1 side Lyon are close to signing Red Devils full-back Rafael, 25, for £7m.
(Daily Star Sunday via Le Parisien)
Premier League clubs are on alert after it was revealed that Barcelona’s B side have to offload 13 players before the start of the new season.
Southampton are looking to hijack Liverpool’s deal for Barcelona winger Adama Traore, 19.
Leicester City have completed a £5.6m deal to sign Caen’s 24-year-old midfielder N’Golo Kante on a four-year deal.
(Mail on Sunday)
The Foxes are discussing personal terms with Chile international midfielder Charles Aranguiz, 26, after agreeing a club-record £10.5m fee.
Sunderland are in talks to sign Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M’Vila, 25, as manager Dick Advocaat looks to add to his four summer signings.
The Black Cats are also closing in on a season-long loan deal for QPR midfielder Leroy Fer, 25.
(Sun on Sunday – subscription required)
Crystal Palace are interested in signing Newcastle centre-back Fabricio Coloccini, 33, who has one year remaining on his deal at St James’ Park.
(Mail on Sunday)
The Eagles and Stoke are both interested in signing Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, 30, who is valued at £8.5m by the Serie A champions.
(Tuttosport – in Italian)
Potters striker Peter Odemwingie, 34, is targeting 10 goals next season after missing the last 11 months with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, will be fit for the start of the new season on 8 August despite leaving the pitch holding his left leg in a recent friendly.
Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores admits he does not know who will start for his side against the Toffees next weekend.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood faces concerns over new signing Jose Crespo, 28, who injured his knee half an hour into his debut against Nottingham Forest.
Notts County forward Ellen White, 26, says “women’s football is still 50 years behind the men’s game” despite England coming third at the recent World Cup.
(Daily Star Sunday)
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Sergio Ramos fuelled speculation that Real Madrid could be close to signing Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea after favouriting a tweet which said the Red Devils had left the goalkeeper out of their new shirt promotion.
AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong seems to be a Star Wars fan, showing off his motorcycle helmet.
He said on Instagram:
“Darth Vader. Day off, cruising…”
Having taken the Champions League rights, BT Sport are close to securing a deal to show La Liga football on their channels. The Spanish league has been aired on Sky Sports for the last two decades.
Former Arsenal man Nicklas Bendtner, who once called himself
one of the best strikers in the world,
came off the bench in the German Super Cup to score a last-minute equaliser for Wolfsburg against Bayern Munich before netting the winning penalty in the shootout.
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