Today’s football gossips



Barcelona are “working silently” on a deal to lure Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah to the Nou Camp, with new boss Xavi wanting the 29-year-old “at all costs”. (El Nacional – in Catalan)

Barca are also monitoring Cesar Azpilicueta’s situation at Chelsea. The Spain full-back, 32, is in the final eight months of his contract and the Spanish side are targeting free agents as a result of their financial difficulties. (ESPN)

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Today’s football gossip


Barca’s bid to sign England winger Raheem Sterling from Manchester City on loan in January “doesn’t look easy” because of their financial situation and the 26-year-old’s wages. (Sport – in Spanish)

Juventus are keen to offload 21-year-old Sweden winger Dejan Kulusevski and while a swap deal with Arsenal for Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 26, has been suggested, the Italian club prefer cash. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Newcastle United are keen on Monaco and France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 21, who is also wanted by Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester Cityas well as Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain andBayern Munich. (El Nacional, via Sun)

Aston Villa want to sign Rangers defender Nathan Patterson following Steven Gerrard’s arrival as manager from the Scottish champions – but face competition for the Scotland right-back, 20, from Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Paris St-Germain. (90min)

Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to make a quick return to management in the Premier League after being sacked by Tottenham but his agent is also teeing up a move to France with Lyon and Lille possible destinations. (Sun)

Leeds United, Wolves and Burnley are considering a move for Reading’s 26-year-old former England Under-21 midfielder John Swift, who has also been a long-time target of Sheffield United. (Sheffield Star)

AC Milan have joined Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in pursuit of France Under-21 forward Mohamed-Ali Cho, 17, from Angers. (L’Equipe – in French)

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France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 30, and former England Under-21 forward Eddie Nketiah, 22, are set to leave Arsenal when their contracts expire in the summer. (Football London)

Newcastle United hope the lure of first-team football will improve their chances of signing England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, from Manchester United in January – with West Ham also interested.(Northern Echo)

Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij, 29, has told friends he is interested in leaving Inter Milan to join Tottenham in January. (Football Insider)

Sevilla’s France centre-back Jules Kounde, 23, says Chelsea’s failed bid to sign him in the summer has had an impact on his performances this season. (Telefoot, via Goal)

Senegal midfielder Nampalys Mendy, 29, wants to leave Leicester City but says he “has to be patient” to get his wish. (APS, in French)

Birmingham City have offered a professional contract to England Under-18 midfielder George Hall, 17, as they look to fend off interest from Leeds United. (Football Insider)

Inter Miami coach Phil Neville has cut 10 players from his squad after missing out on the MLS play-offs and his son Harvey, 19, is set to be promoted to the first-team squad for next season. (Sun)

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