Football gossip

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants to bring Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, to the Nou Camp. (Algemeen Dagblad – in Dutch)external-link

United have backed away from a loan deal for Juventus and Brazil winger Douglas Costa, 29, and will instead consider a move for Bournemouth’s 23-year-old Wales forward David Brooks. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

United have been told they must pay Bournemouth £40m to sign Brooks. (Sun)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur are planning a move for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles – the versatile 22-year-old Englishman played in defence and midfield for the Gunners last season. (Mail)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is weighing up whether to sign Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who is available for about £30m and keen on a move. Finance is not the key consideration, with the Reds needing to move other midfielders on first. (Independent)external-link

Paris St-Germain are monitoring Manchester United and Portugal full-back Diogo Dalot, 21. (O Jogo – in Portuguese)external-link

Brighton will not accept Leeds United’s third bid for English defender Ben White and have reiterated that the 22-year-old is not for sale. (Argus)external-link

Aston Villa are poised to make an opening bid of £18m for Brentford’s English striker Ollie Watkins, 24, but the Championship side are holding out for £25m. (Mail)external-link

Brazil attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson, 27, is considering leaving West Ham United. (Sun)external-link

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