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Today’s Gossip: Duo Tussle For Barkley; The Latest On Ox, Coutinho

Blues Aim To Hijack Spurs’ Move For Barkley, while Newcastle are poised to offer a Chelsea outcast a reprieve, according to Thursday’s papers.

Tottenham Target Ajax Star 
Tottenham have targeted Ajax’s £35m-rated Colombia defender Davinson Sanchez as their first summer signing, according to reports.

The Sun claims Mauricio Pochettino has identified the powerful centre-half as a target and claim the north London outfit will beat Chelsea, Barcelona and Crystal Palace to his signature.

The 21-year-old has been twice capped by his country and was named as Ajax’s player of the year. He was also their outstanding player as the Amsterdam side were beaten by Manchester United in the Europa League final in May.

Sanchez can play at right back or in the centre of defence and is regarded as something of a no-nonsense customer.

The paper believed Spurs are ready to make an opening £25million bid for the player, but could go as high as £35million with the player widely regarded as one of the top young defensive talents in the world.

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Chelsea Outcast To Join Toon On Loan 
Kenedy is set to become Newcastle United’s next signing, a fortnight after he was sent home from Chelsea’s tour of China for his posts on social media.

The Brazilian star, who can play at either left-back or in a more advanced role, will join Rafa Benitez’s men on a season-long loan, according to the Daily Mirror.

The move is likely to be in the best interests for all parties after the player embarrassed both himself and the club during their tour of China by making some derogatory remarks on social media.

The former Fluminense star went public with a couple of shots on Instagram in which he wrote: ‘Damn China,’ and ‘Wake up China, you idiot,’ the second of which was accompanied by a picture of a security guard asleep.

What followed was a huge row in which Chelsea were accused of racism and xenophobia and the official paper of the ruling Communist Party reprimanded the youngster in an editorial for his ‘absurd comments.’

The player, 21, will now hope he can rebuild his career and his reputation on Tyneside.

On Wednesday it was revealed that Newcastle would leave Jack Colback out of their squad for the forthcoming campaign.

Chelsea ready huge offer for the Ox
Chelsea have upped their interest in Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and will pay up to £35 million for the England international, the Mirror reports.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown no signs of extending his contract at the Emirates, which has just one year remaining.

Chelsea coach Antiono Conte is determined to transform the Southampton product into a right wing-back, with the 23-year-old possessing the qualities to thrive in the role.

While Arsene Wenger is adamant that Alexis Sanchez will not be leaving, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future has been less discussed, with the player reportedly unhappy at being pushed over to the left flank.

Blues Aim To Hijack Spurs’ Move For Barkley
The Telegraph claims Chelsea will compete with Tottenham for the signature of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

Everton have failed to attract strong interest at their initial price of £50m, but are set to drop their demand — and now Chelsea could snatch the 23-year-old from under Spurs’ noses.

Progress towards a move to North London has been slow, with Barkley’s wages reportedly an issue, but Chelsea look to be better prepared to meet the player’s demands and, should the price tag drop to £25m, could seal a move.

Reds Knock Back Another Offer For Coutinho
The latest transfer saga of the summer has taken another twist, with Liverpool rejecting a €100m offer — €85m and €15m in add-ons — from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho appears keen to move but is reluctant to rock the boat, but the Blaugrana have again asked the question despite Liverpool’s insistence that the player is not for sale.

The 25-year-old currently has a back problem and will miss the Premier League opener against Watford this weekend.

Barca are desperate to replace Neymar and look set to push the issue.

Hammers Make Ambitious Carvalho Move
West Ham are set to launch a £25m move for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho,according to the Mirror.

The Portugal international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal often tipped as a likely destination.

Sporting want £39.5m for the 25-year-old, whose agent is the brother of Pep Guardiola. That led to rumours he could join Manchester City, while West Brom are also thought to be keen.

Others
Inter Milan star Geoffrey Kondogbia is eager to join Valencia, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, with the midfielder having failed to impress new manager Luciano Spalletti.

An own goal against Chelsea in preseason could be one of his final acts for Inter, with the 24-year-old set to move on two years after his €40m switch from Monaco.

The Nerazzurri also aim to pick up Sampdoria starlet Patrik Schick after his move to Juventus broke down because of a failed medical.

Corriere dello Sport claims the problem has been resolved and a deal is close, with Samp set to receive £27.6m for the Czech striker.

The agent of Shanghai Shenhua striker Carlos Tevez has denied reports that his client could leave the club, with the news coming as the pressure on coach Gus Poyet increased.

Tevez is due to travel back to his native Argentina, with reports suggesting he could seal a return to former club Boca Juniors.

Chelsea’s Willian has told Goal.com he spoke about the possibility of a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, adding that there had been “a few conversations with my agent.”

RB Leipzig could lose midfielder Naby Keita, a target for Liverpool this year, in next summer’s transfer window.

Leipzig rejected a reported €83 million approach from Liverpool, but Guinea international Keita can trigger a reported €55m release clause next year.

Ripples at Tottenham, where Danny Rose has said he would consider offers to leave and added that the club need to add a few “well-known players” before the summer window closes.

Rose, who has been out with a knee injury for six months, has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea this summer and said the Yorkshire-born defender said he would like to play “up North” before the end of his career.