Paper Talk: Thursday’s football transfer rumours and gossip from UK newspapers


Check out all the latest rumours and gossip from Thursday’s national newspapers.


Virgil van Dijk is close to forcing his way out of Southampton after a series of tense meetings with the club this week.

Their imminent deal for Barcelona forward Neymar is set to cost Paris Saint-Germain a total of £576m over five years – and earn the Brazilian £27m-a-year.

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho believes Liverpool’s star Philippe Coutinho could make the switch to Barcelona.

Everton expect to finally tie up a £45m deal for Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson by the weekend.

RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick concedes Liverpool target Naby Keita is unlikely to sign a new deal.

Turkish champions Besiktas have joined the £20m chase for Leeds striker Chris Wood.

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson says Darron Gibson’s reputation is in tatters after his drunken row with supporters.

Barcelona will step up their chase for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho by making a new bid of €120m.

Chelsea face the prospect of paying outcast Diego Costa’s wages until January as the forward is not keen on joining AC Milan.

Arsenal’s £35m move for Jean Michael Seri could depend on Nice’s Champions League qualification.

Ouasim Bouy is on his way to Spanish Segunda side Cultural Leonesa, after penning a four-year deal with Leeds United.

Manchester United almost beat Paris Saint-Germain to the £196m capture of Neymar.

Manchester United are willing to spend £27m on Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier.

United are also interested in 22-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker, but they’ll not be making a bid in this window.

Swansea City’s head coach, Paul Clement, has said Gylfi Sigurdsson’s proposed move to Everton could be completed “in the next couple of days”.

Jack Wilshere wants to stay and try to salvage his flagging Arsenal career after returning this week to full training following his broken leg.

UEFA will demand to know how Paris Saint-Germain intend to finance their world-record £198m transfer deal for Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar Neymar.

While Barcelona want to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, they are more likely to move for Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.

Finally, Leicester City could be about to sell Riyad Mahrez to Roma in order to sign Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.


Gylfi Sigurdsson’s £50m move to Everton is expected to be completed by the weekend.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned Barcelona not to even waste their time trying to sign Philippe Coutinho as Neymar’s replacement.

Southampton face being backed into a corner over their refusal to sell Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho would like to make three more additions to his Manchester United squad before the end of the transfer window.

Manchester United have reportedly given up on trying to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has threatened to join Manchester United if Zinedine Zidane fails to play him.

Sky Bet Transfer Specials: Manchester United 7/2 to sign Gareth Bale!

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is ready to promote Scottish youngster Scott McTominay to his senior squad.


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