Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Salah, Azpilicueta, Sterling, Tchouameni, Lacazette, Lingard, Kounde

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Salah, Azpilicueta, Sterling, Tchouameni, Lacazette, Lingard, Kounde

  • 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)


  • 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 City as well as Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Bayern 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)


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  • 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)


  • 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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