Gossip column: Sanchez, Kepa, Coutinho, Ghoulam, Chiellini

Football gossip

Transfer news - 12:30 GMT update

Manager Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are yet to receive an offer for 29-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, who is a target for Premier League leaders Manchester City. (Sun)external-link

Real Madrid are set to meet Athletic Bilbao's buyout clause of 20m euros (£17.8m) for Spain goalkeeper Kepa, 23. (Marca)external-link

Premier League strugglers Swansea are keen to move for West Ham's unsettled French striker Diafra Sakho, 28. (WalesOnline)external-link

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton, 28, could be set for a return to Leeds. (Yorkshire Post)external-link

Charlton have been linked with Crystal Palace winger Jason Lokilo but Addicks boss Karl Robinson insists he has never heard of the 19-year-old Belgian. (Croydon Advertiser)external-link

Earlier transfer news

Liverpool will demand an "astronomical" fee from Barcelona before they consider selling 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Telegraph)external-link

The Spanish giants have been told that it would take a deal worth almost £160m to bring Coutinho to the Nou Camp. (Onda Cero Radio commentator Alfredo Martinez)external-link

Napoli will be ready to allow left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, 23, to move to Manchester United for his £53m release clause as they close in on the £26.6m signing of his replacement - 22-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Grimaldo from Benfica. Algeria international Ghoulam tore his cruciate knee ligament in November last year. (Record - in Portuguese)external-link

Chelsea's hopes of convincing 33-year-old Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini to move to Stamford Bridge have suffered a setback after he hinted at extending his contract with Juventus. (Sky Italia - in Italian) external-link

Swansea want West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, but may need to consider bids for English centre-back Alfie Mawson, 23, or South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yeung, 28, to make a deal for the 28-year-old happen. (Guardian)external-link

Huddersfield have made an approach to sign Monaco's 23-year-old Netherlands defender Terence Kongolo on loan. (Huddersfield Examiner)external-link

Meanwhile, both Huddersfield and Watford are targeting Wolves centre-back Kortney Hause, 22. (Sun)external-link

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Arsene Wenger has accused referee Mike Dean of seeing things following his controversial decision to award West Brom a late penalty on Sunday.(Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United legends Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson went into the dressing room to congratulate the players after their 2-0 victory at Everton on New Year's Day. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Little Mix's Perrie Edwards was at Turf Moor to see boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Liverpool's win over Burnley.

Perrie Edwards on Instagram

While Jesse Lingard's performance in Manchester United's win over Everton impressed former Red Devils defender Mikael Silvestre.

Mikael Silvestre

Brighton's Shane Duffy gives an honest assessment as the Seagulls are held to a 2-2 draw by Bournemouth at the Amex.

Shane Duffy tweets after Brighton's draw with Bournemouth

Meanwhile, Brighton boss Chris Hughton says keeping the club in the Premier League will be as big an achievement as getting them there. (Argus)external-link

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says striker Diego Costa is "home" and the club have an "extraordinary player and great friend" back after the 29-year-old completed his move from Chelsea. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Yeovil's League Two game with Crawley was held up for more than 10 minutes on Monday when a drone appeared over Huish Park. (Sky Sports)external-link

Best of Monday's gossip

Real Madrid are preparing an opening £120m bid for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 26. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed talk of a rift between striker Alexis Sanchez, 29, and the rest of the squad. (Sky Sports)external-link

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola refused to rule out a fresh approach for Sanchez after Gabriel Jesus sustained a suspected knee injury against Crystal Palace on Sunday. (Talksport)external-link

Southampton want to sign 28-year-old Arsenal winger Theo Walcott on loan in January. (Mail)external-link

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