Football gossip: Kante, Gomes, Malcom, Neymar, Perisic, Doucoure

Published on: 13 July 2018

Chelsea have been offered a cash-plus-player deal by Barcelona for France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27. Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, 24, is the player Barca are willing to include. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham look set to miss out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, 21, with Inter Milan favourites to sign the Brazilian on an initial loan deal. (Times)

Leicester are ready to offer England defender Harry Maguire, 25, an improved contract - taking his weekly wage from £45,000 to about £75,000 - in an attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United. (Mail)

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Lazio's Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson, 25, is expected to complete a move to West Ham in the next few days, after having a medical on Friday. (London Evening Standard)

Paris St-Germain will offer Neymar an improved contract as they try to deter Real Madrid from making an offer for the 26-year-old Brazil forward. (AS)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says Mali midfielder Bakary Sako, 30, has turned down the offer of a new contract. (Football.London)

Manchester United are in discussions to sign Inter Milan's Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 29. (Paris United, via Sun)

Newcastle's hopes of signing Crystal Palace's English winger Andros Townsend, 26, depend on whether Stoke can agree a deal for the Magpies' Scottish winger Matt Ritchie, 28. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian could be set to return to Italy, with Inter Milan having made a loan offer for the 28-year-old Italian. (Mirror)

Kyle Bartley is expected to complete his move to West Brom in the next 24 hours after the Baggies agreed a £4m fee with Swansea for the 27-year-old English defender. (Express and Star)

Reports Watford have rejected a bid in excess of £20m from Everton for French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, are wide of the mark. (Watford Observer)

Brighton are keen to sign Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma from Lille, with Fulham also thought to be interested in the 21-year-old. (Argus)

Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi says he has never thought about leaving Leicester, and the club are set to offer the 21-year-old a new contract. (Leicester Mercury)

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