Thursday's Paper Talk: Football transfer news, rumours and gossip including Countinho, Dembele and more

Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages

Thursday's Paper Talk has news of an audacious Newcastle bid for Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool's pursuit of Timo Werner, and more.



  • Newcastle have opened talks with Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.
  • Inter Milan are hatching a plan to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner from under Liverpool's noses, but will have to sell Lautaro Martinez first.
  • Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly offered a contract to Bayern Munich youngster Taylor Booth.
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  • The Premier League has compiled its own study which shows the average time players are in close contact during a match suggests the risk of catching coronavirus is extremely low.
  • Chelsea have been told they could sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico for just £22.4m in the next transfer window.
  • Frank Lampard will hold more talks with N'Golo Kante after Premier League clubs voted to move to phase two of restricted contact training.
  • Manchester United are prepared to offer Angel Gomes a deal worth around £1.5m a year to stay at Old Trafford.
  • Borussia Dortmund have been frustrated by a calf injury Jadon Sancho carried into the Bundesliga restart.
  • Championship clubs are set to begin contact training next week to boost hopes of a season restart in mid to late June.
  • Nathan Jones is on the brink of making his return to Luton Town as manager.

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  • Chelsea have made a shock move for Brentford's tricky Algerian winger Said Benrahma.
  • Real Madrid have reportedly offered four players, including James Rodriguez and Martin Odegaard, to Manchester United in an attempt to sign Paul Pogba.
  • Manchester United have taken out a £140m loan to get through the coronavirus crisis.
  • West Ham want to sign £40m Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko on a season-long loan, according to reports.
  • Barcelona have reportedly put Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele on the transfer list.
  • Arsenal are ready to launch an offer for Lille striker Victor Osimhen, according to reports.
  • William Saliba is set to finally start training with his Arsenal team-mates next month - although his move to England could be delayed.
  • Ex-Southampton manager George Burley has revealed that the club once knocked back a £3m Manchester United bid for Gareth Bale as they had just received £12m from Arsenal for Theo Walcott.
  • Mario Balotelli is set to be released from his Brescia contract after a bust-up with club president Massimo Cellino, according to reports.


  • Real Madrid have reportedly offered four players, including James Rodriguez and Martin Odegaard, to Manchester United in an attempt to sign Paul Pogba.
  • Chelsea are lining up a shock £15m move for Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Burki.


  • Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Barcelona star Rafinha with the Spanish champions planning a clear out in the summer transfer window.
  • Everton have been touted to rival Newcastle for the signing of John Stones from Manchester City.


  • Rangers are keen on attacking duo Saido Berahino and Manuel Benson, according to reports in Belgium.
  • Hearts winger Donis Avdijaj is in talks with Portuguese side Braga after a disastrous stint at Tynecastle.
  • Drumchapel United are preparing a swoop for Partick midfielder Darian MacKinnon.
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