FOOTBALL GOSSIP

 

Chelsea’s Diego Costa, 28, is in talks over a £40m move to AC Milan after the Spain forward revealed the Premier League champions want to sell him. (Daily Mirror)

 

 

Blues boss Antonio Conte’s decision to get rid of his top-scorer by text and Costa going public on the private exchange has shocked the Chelsea board and is set to cost the club millions. (Daily Mail)

 

 

Costa has pleaded with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to save his career at Stamford Bridge. (Sun)

 

 

Bayern Munich will offer Arsenal’s 28-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez £350,000 a week as they look to beat Manchester City to his signature. (Daily Mirror)

 

 

Southampton will not let Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, leave for less than £70m. Chelsea and Manchester City are interested after Liverpool pulled out of the race. (Daily Mail)

 

 

Saints legend Matt le Tissier has criticised Liverpool over their pursuit of Van Dijk. (Talksport)

 

 
Friday’s Guardian looks at the future of Chelsea forward Diego Costa
Chelsea want to sign Everton’s Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 27, but the Toffees are not interested in selling. (Bleacherreport.com)

 

 

Arsenal are confident Spain defender Hector Bellerin, 22, will stay at the club despite reports he could move to Barcelona this summer. (London Evening Standard)

 

 
Conte doesn’t want me at Chelsea – Costa
Newly promoted Brighton are looking to bring in Australian keeper Matthew Ryan, 25, who is at Valencia but spent last season on loan in Belgium at Genk. (The Argus)

 

 

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is wanted by Southampton, who are close to sacking Frenchman Claude Puel after one season in charge. (Independent)

 

 

Brighton, Newcastle, Watford and Stoke are interested in signing Arsenal’s England defender Kieran Gibbs, 27, although the Gunners could be forced to lower their £15m asking price. (London Evening Standard)

 

 
Norwich City will sign Darmstadt’s Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Mario Vrancic, 28, for around £650,000. Vrancic made 23 appearances as Darmstadt finished bottom of the Bundesliga in 2016-17. (Bild)

 

 

Wolves are close to signing Portuguese defender Roderick Miranda, 26, from Rio Ave for £2.5m. Miranda missed just one game as Rio Ave finished seventh in Portugal’s top flight in 2016-17. (Express & Star)

 

 

Former Coventry City winger Steve Froggatt, 44, says he will “not step foot near that club again until the owners have gone” and “people running the club are an embarrassment” after the Sky Blues were relegated to League Two. (Coventry Telegraph)

 

 

A football fan spoiled his general election ballot paper by scrawling ‘Wenger Out’ on it in reference to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. (Daily Mirror)

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